Maya Roy has a BSW in Social Work from Ryerson University, and has a Masters in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and was recently appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for the G-7. Maya is the CEO of YWCA Canada, the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. Our 32 Member Associations across the country serve women and girls in nine provinces and two territories. YWCA Canada is the nation’s single largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence. Ms. Roy is a diversity specialist with many years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work. She has extensive experience working in marginalized and disadvantaged communities and has worked internationally with NGOs to support human rights and violence prevention. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, where she held the position for over 7 years. Ms. Roy is the winner of the 2013 CASSA Gender Advocate Award and the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People award in 2014. Her essays have been published by Insomniac Press and Oxford University Press.