Meet Betsy McGregor

Recognized as a passionate and articulate champion of ethics in leadership and the advancement of youth and women, Betsy began her career in the United Nations. Founder of a global network of professional women in agriculture, she has been a path-breaker for “gender mainstreaming” in agriculture, science and technology. Her work at Harvard University on "Value-Centered Leadership" and "Mountains and Leadership", is the foundation for two visioning workshops.

Three time candidate for nomination and two-time federal candidate for Canada's Parliament, Betsy has designed a Tool Box for candidates to help "break barriers" for women entering politics. She has worked around the world in international development and brings a wealth of experience and commitment to all she tackles. Diplomatic, compassionate, and dedicated, Betsy will be a strong partner to help you reach your goals.

In International Development

At the outset of her career, Betsy served as a 'Young Professional' with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Indonesia and at FAO Headquarters in Rome assigned to the delegation from China when it entered the UN. With the Science Advisor to the President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) In Canada, she worked on “Knowledge Brokering” of policy to decision-makers. Leading to the Beijing Conference, Betsy served as Director of Studies for the UN-Commission on Science and Technology for Development "Gender Working Group". At the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), she worked in research and agriculture. Betsy has travelled extensively in developing nations with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, UNESCO and with Ontario Veterinary College promoting women in science, agriculture, women’s health research and the protection of indigenous knowledge systems.

Networking Women Veterinarians Globally

In 1987, Betsy founded the World Women's Veterinary Association (WWVA) to tackle rural poverty and support women's role in agriculture as pivotal to food security and environmental sustainability. WWVA implemented grassroots projects around the world and also worked in international policy forums on mainstreaming gender in development. Four "Guidebooks" on gender in development were published with partners from the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, the UN, Canada's development agencies CIDA and the IDRC and regional organizations including IICA in the Americas.regional organizations including IICA in the Americas.

Advancing Gender, Science, Technology and Trades

For three decades, Betsy has championed women in science, technology and the trades. She was a founding architect of the APEC Women Leader's Network, coordinating the science and technology stream. As Director of Studies of the UN-CSTD Gender Working Group, Betsy worked with the Chair, Geoffrey Oldham, Delegates and the Gender Advisory Board to research, write and table "Seven Transformative Actions" at ECOSOC and the 1995 World Conference on Women in Development in Beijing. The Commonwealth Secretariat asked Betsy to author a Manual on Mainstreaming Gender for Ministries of Science and Technology, and with Dr. Sandra Harding, Betsy Co-Authored the Chapter on Gender for the 1996 UNESCO World Science Report.

As a Teacher

At the outset of her career, Betsy was a teacher of Physical Education in Secondary Schools. In Summer Camps across Canada and in the USA, Betsy has delivered high-impact workshops on "Value-Centered Leadership" including Trinity College Schools (TCS) Teacher's Institute and SHAD Valley. At the Kennedy School Betsy used grant money to film Mt. Everest athletes using mountains as a metaphor for leadership lessons. Based at Harvard Medical School, Betsy and her Youth Team built teaching modules on "Ethics, Science and Technology. With colleague Vicky Martins, Betsy designed a 'Legacy Year' framework for Pickering College. Most recently, she instructed a fourth year course on "Global Environmental Policy" and a created a community Continuing Education course on ethics and leadership at Trent University.

In Politics

Three time candidate for nomination and two-time federal candidate in Canada, Betsy never realized her dream to represent her Riding in Canada’s Parliament - but along the way, she accumulated a wealth of experience in campaigning and team building. She also has participated in national leadership races and serves in the Shadow Cabinet of her Party. The "Candidate’s Tool Box" she has developed contains diverse strategies and skills to equip and empower women entering the political arena. This “Tool Box” applies in Canada, in Parliamentary governments of the Commonwealth and many strategies apply wherever women run for election.

Betsy the Athlete

President of the Girl's Athletic Association (GAA) in High School, and selected for the Ontario Athletic Leadership Camp (OALC), Betsy started her career as a Physical Education teacher and coach of teams. She has climbed two of the world’s "Seven Summits"; Mt. Aconcagua in Latin America, and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa dedicated to the promotion of women’s health research. Volunteering four years ago, Betsy assumed leadership of "Special Olympics Soccer" in Peterborough and is Head Coach of 40 athletes, 20 coaches and 3 teams. The teams have three rules: ‘Have Fun, Build Skills, Support Your Team as a Family”. Betsy is currently learning rowing and plans to compete in the ‘Head of the Trent’ next Summer. This Fall, Betsy is walking sections of “El Camino” – the pilgrimage of St. James in France and Spain.

Life-Long Learning

Education is a continuing theme in Betsy's life. Every decade she has continued studies. She has her B.A. and M.A. from McMaster University with thesis research in the mountains of Ecuador. She achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph University and has pursued continuing education at Harvard, Georgetown and Trent Universities including the Summer Institute of MIT in Mexico. Betsy was a student of the viola and played with the Peterborough Symphony while she taught at St. Peter's Secondary School. She also studied painting and loves painting portraits.

The Mom

Betsy's son, Mac Faulkner, and her family are her top priority. She loved being involved in Mac's school, sports and scouting as he grew up. Betsy served as a Cub Leader for several years and subsequently helped coach Mac’s local soccer teams. She has cheered for Mac at hundreds of hockey arenas throughout his high-school and university years.  In a similar fashion, Mac became involved in his Mom’s political races and, since Betsy became Head Coach of Special Olympics Soccer in Peterborough, Mac helps coach and is a “Guide-Runner” when he arrives home from Europe where he currently plays professional hockey.

 

Distinctions

Betsy was recognized in 1998 with the Head of Public Service. At McMaster University, she was awarded the Gold Ring for combined advocacy and academics. The Royal Bank of Canada named Betsy as a "Woman of Influence" as a part of their speaker series for young girls. Recently, Betsy was named by a "Woman of Influence" by the Red Pashmina Campaign for her role in mentoring the next generation of women leaders. She has served on several leadership Boards including the APEC Women Leaders Network, Women in Livestock Development (WiLD) of Heifer International, and the Women's Leadership Board at the Kennedy School.

Publications

For the UN, the Commonwealth and APEC, Betsy has written manuals and discussion papers on the theme of women in science, technology and the trades. The NGO she founded, the World Women’s Veterinary Association, published five Guidebooks ranging from ‘Women’s Indigenous Knowledge Systems”, “Gender and Microenterprise”, “Women in Science, Technology and the Trades” and “Women and the Environment”. With Dr. Sandra Harding, Betsy co-authored the first chapter addressing gender for UNESCO’s World Science Report  For the Commonwealth Secretariat, Betsy authored a Manual for Mainstreaming Gender in Ministries of Science and Technology.