Todd Minerson of the White Ribbon Campaign speaks on being a father and role model at ‘What Makes a Man’.



Todd Minerson is the Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest effort of men and boys to end men’s violence against women.  Initiated in Canada in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign now has a presence in over 60 countries around the world.  The White Ribbon symbolizes a man’s pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.


Todd has spent the past 15 years working in gender justice, HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-poverty work, housing and  homelessness, and with at-risk youth.  In all of these experiences he has seen the complex and negative effects of violence and harmful masculinities on the lives of too many people.  He has also served as a volunteer and consultant for many community organizations, including sexual assault crisis centers.


In 2003, Todd co-founded an urban arts project for street involved youth called Beatz to Da Streetz, which has now provided creative and employment opportunities for over 1000 youth. In his home of Toronto, he was recognized in 2009 as one of the city’s young city builders, and awarded the Diverse City Fellowship from the Toronto City Summit Alliance.


As Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, he was also one of the co-chairs of the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality in Rio de Janeiro in March 2009.  He was on the Board of Ending Violence Against Women International, based in the US.


Most recently Todd was invited as a member the UN Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders, part of the UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign.


His life’s commitment to social justice was instilled while studying at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where he obtained an honours history degree with a concentration in gender studies and social change movements.

Of all his accomplishments, he is most proud to be a husband and father.



Join us at ‘What Makes a Man’ the White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 12th to hear Todd and many other speakers speak at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.


10:30am – 3:30pm SCC 115, Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St, Ryerson University

$5 for Ryerson members. $10 for friends of Ryerson (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.

Keynote event ‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm
Admission $10* (or pay what you can – free for Conference Delegates)

*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*
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