Evidence of meeting #36 for Status of Women in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was work.

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4:30 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

4:30 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

You just told us how old your are too.

4:30 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

Jennifer Flanagan

Yes, I was 18 when I started!

It was a very grassroots beginning. We were university students who thought there was a need for this type of programming. We thought it would be a great thing to do nationally, and started it that way.

4:30 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

That's fantastic.

4:30 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

Jennifer Flanagan

I have a science degree and got an MBA after that.

4:30 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

Fantastic. Thank you so much.

4:35 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

Jennifer Flanagan

Thanks for asking.

4:35 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

Do I have more time?

4:35 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

You have one minute.

May 28th, 2012 / 4:35 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

Perfect.

I want to ask you about the all-girls model and why you think that's important. Even though it's not our jurisdiction specifically here at this committee or for this government, we have talked to other witnesses about all-girls models for education and other programs. Why do you think they're important?

4:35 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

Jennifer Flanagan

That is based purely on internal research we've done. We asked the girls what they prefer, where they're more comfortable, and how they like to participate. Overwhelmingly, within the context of science and technology and engineering, they prefer an all-girls environment.

4:35 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

Even at a young age?

4:35 p.m.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Actua

Jennifer Flanagan

Yes. They will often do coed as well once they're in the program, but from the response from parents and the girls.... And in terms of the waiting lists, it's never a problem to fill all-girls camps. So there's definitely a demand.

4:35 p.m.

Conservative

Stella Ambler Mississauga South, ON

That's good to know. I found it interesting when you were talking about the grade levels, and where you found the switch happening between grade four and grade six.

4:35 p.m.

NDP

The Chair Marie-Claude Morin

I must stop you here. I am sorry. Your time has expired. Thank you.

Ms. Sgro, you have about five minutes left. Please go ahead.