Women, and especially women of colour, continue to face considerable barriers and obstacles in the workplace. The added pressure and expectations to represent their communities and families while also fighting against discriminatory behaviours and work-life imbalances is a lot to take on. The connection to burnout and rising mental health concerns are clear.
Monique Fry, BA’07, MA’18, is working to change that. As a cultural mediator, executive leader and First Nations woman, Fry works in “two worlds” to bring reconciliation and equity to the forefront of our collective conversations.
Join us this International Women's Day as we "dig in” to Fry’s work, understand the importance of legacy, and learn how we can use Indigenous knowledge and living in a good way to progress all of our futures, together.
The morning will include a continental breakfast, a fireside chat with Monique and a question-and-answer period.
About the Speaker
Monique Fry, BA’07, MA’18
Monique Fry joined BHP, a leading global resources company, in November 2022 as a new principal of internal and external strategy and advocacy for North America. Her time will be split between leading the creation of a reconciliation action plan for Canada and improving BHP’s engagement with tribal organizations throughout the U.S.. Monique is from the Xwchíyò:m First Nation on her grandfather’s side and from the shíshálh Nation on her grandmother’s side. Both Nations are located on territories that are currently known as the province of BC. She has more than 14 years’ experience in cross-cultural communication and stakeholder relations with a focus on successful engagement and partnerships with Indigenous communities.
About the Moderator
Kate Wong, BN’12
Kate Wong has been a registered nurse with Alberta Health Services since 2012 and is currently studying for her PhD in nursing at UCalgary, as well as acting as vice-president and vice-chair of the UCalgary Alumni Association Board. Prior to her involvement with the board, Kate was a member of the UCAA Recent Grad Committee. She has served as a speaker and emcee for several university events and programs, including the 2013 spring convocation as a distinguished graduate.
About Dig In!
The UCalgary Alumni “Dig in!” series lets you “dig in” to the most important and interesting topics of the day while also “digging in” to some delicious pastries! Join us for unique and interactive discussions examining hot topics, trends and more.
About the Location
UCalgary Downtown Campus is located at 906 8 Ave. S.W.
Find information on parking and transportation. Please note that downtown street parking is free before 9 a.m.
The UCalgary Downtown Campus has accessible elevators, as well as a gender-neutral washroom on the first floor.