Minister Monsef to deliver keynote address at the United Brotherhood of Carpenter’s Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference

News release

August 28, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Status of Women Canada

Canada and the United States share one of the most mutually beneficial economic relationships in the world. The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening this important relationship and creating new opportunities for workers and businesses on both sides of the border.

As part of these efforts, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, will deliver a keynote address today at the tri-annual Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference in Las Vegas, NV, and meet with Canadian and American members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC). She will provide the Canadian perspective on helping more women pursue careers in the trades, STEM and entrepreneurship, as well as on the economic importance of advancing gender equality.  

While at the conference, she will also meet with Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. It will be an opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest, such as trade between Canada and the United States, and efforts to advance gender equality.


“The labour movement has always been at the forefront of the struggle to advance gender equality. Our government recognizes this important legacy, and I look forward to learning from the trailblazing women leading the way in the field of carpentry, as well as discussing how we can continue to work together to grow the middle class, advance gender equality, and fill labour gaps in important sectors like the trades and STEM fields.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

Quick facts

  • Canada and the United States share the world’s longest secure border, over which approximately 400,000 people, and goods and services worth $2.5 billion, cross daily.

  • Canada and the United States share one of the largest trading relationships in the world. Canada is the largest market for the United States, with US$283 billion worth of goods exported to Canada in 2017—more than China, Japan, and the UK combined.

  • In June 2017, Canada became the first G20 country to include a trade and gender chapter within a trade agreement when it modernized its free trade agreement with Chile.
  • RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 percent.

  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women – such as employing more women in technology and boosting women's participation in the workforce – Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026. They also found that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality.

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Justine Villeneuve
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada

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