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Recap Special Event – Vaccines

photo of woman      Speaker: Kimberly Matheson,
Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur
Date:  July 13, 2020 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Topic:  Vaccine Development

Kimberly Matheson gave a very interesting talk about vaccines. It takes just a moment to receive an injected or oral vaccine but 10-15 years to develop and produce it, primarily because the importance of testing for safety. So many issues have to be considered apart from safety, such as target age group, injection or oral, and cost among other things.

Kimberly urged us all to get annual flu shots, especially because “As we age our immunity is significantly less strong. There are serious repercussions without a flu injection.”


with thanks to member SG

Biography:  Kimberly is a Senior Director in New Vaccine Strategy and Execution at Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the Sanofi Group.  She leads a global, multi-functional team in the development of new vaccines to address unmet medical needs.  Her positive influence has been realized in multiple areas of vaccine development such as clinical supplies, alliance management, internal/external stakeholder engagement, compliance and risk mitigation.  

Recap Member Special Event

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June 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

After 60 years of undeserved obscurity, mainly due to sexism, Canada’s Anne Innis Dagg, the first-ever scientific giraffologist (a word she coined), is finally getting widespread public acclaim thanks largely to a 2018 documentary “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.”  On June 22, UWCNY had a special zoom screening and a zoom chat with Dagg and the film’s Canadian director Alison Reid.

In 1956, at 23, having graduated in biology at the University of Toronto, Anne made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa for a year to become the first person in the world to scientifically study giraffe behaviour in the wild. Later she wrote many scientific papers and books.

Anne has also launched a website with her daughter Mary to support giraffe preservation through the Wild Nature Institute.

with thanks to S.G.

Film Synopsis – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees … 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behaviour in the wild on that continent. 

In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, an older (now 85), wiser Anne takes us on her first expedition back to Africa. Anne offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.

Anti Racism

Message from the CFUW Board
Grace Hollett, National President
June 9, 2020


The CFUW Board is saddened and shocked by the tragic death of George Floyd and this has led many of us to join in protests against racial injustice. There is no justification for the actions that killed George Floyd or that kills and discriminates against many other black women, men and children. 
Although not as blatant, the ugliness and impact of racism in its many forms exists in Canada and this perpetuation of all forms of racial discrimination and oppression is a serious threat to fundamental human rights in Canada and throughout the world.
Silence in the face of injustice makes us all complicit; it is not enough to refrain from racism ourselves, we must speak out and advocate for an end to racism.  
We hope that members of CFUW are committed to creating a country and a world in which racial discrimination is no longer acceptable and in building an organization that is more culturally inclusive and diverse.

Recap May Speaker

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May 25 2020 3 pm via Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Olivier Courteaux
Topic: Women Spies in World War ll

Dr. Olivier Courteaux spoke to us about “Atkins Girls,” a group of spies in German-occupied France during World War ll. They were 46 wealthy women in their 20s and 30s – single, married, mothers and widows. They underwent the same gruelling physical and psychological training that male spies did and worked with the French Resistance, undertaking reconnaissance, espionage, and sabotage. It was very dangerous work; only 26 of the original 46 survived.
with thanks to SG

Our One Hundred Years

Cover of book Our 100 years

Our One Hundred Years: The Canadian Federation of University Women by Dianne Dodd

More than one hundred years in the life of a vibrant organization.

Second Story Press, the publisher of Our One Hundred Years: The Canadian Federation of University Women, has informed us that the book will be back from the printers and ready to ship to those you have pre-ordered in May.

To purchase the book, please follow this link and you will be contacted: