‘In Dialogue’ Episode 13: Aiming for Equity in Leadership

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In episode 13 of “In Dialogue,” paediatric emergency physician and CPSO Council member Dr. Sarah Reid speaks to Dr. Minna Woo, a clinician scientist and the first woman director of U of T’s Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, about needing more equity in leadership positions, the importance of mentoring young women, and the value of allyship in raising diverse voices and addressing bias.

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Dr. Woo is an endocrinologist, a professor in the division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine at Temerty Medicine, and holds appointments in the departments of immunology, pharmacology and toxicology, and the Institute of Medical Science. She just completed a 10-year term as division director of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University Health Network, Mount Sinai Hospital and the metabolism group lead at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. She now embarks on a five-year term at the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre.

Launching just before International Women’s Day 2023, it’s important to note that according to Statistics Canada, 34 percent of Canadians with a STEM degree are women, but they make up only 23 percent of Canadians working in science and technology. Dr. Woo is in an even greater minority having achieved several leadership positions throughout her career, but her story should not be the exception — embrace equity so one day it’s the norm.

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