INFORMATION ABOUT ‘What Makes a Man…’ The White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson

What Makes a Man flier FINAL revised PDF

What Makes a Man someone I love?  What Makes a Man someone I hate?   What Makes a Man become so full of anger?
What Makes a Man
walk away? What Makes a Man someone I admire?

…how did you come to understand What Makes A Man?


The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign and the White Ribbon Campaign presents: What Makes a Man. The White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University

Saturday February 12th at 10:30am
SCC 115 in the Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St. (Corner of Church and Gould). Ryerson University

A discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

It will be more of an ‘anti-conference’ as speakers are invited to complete the statement ‘what makes a man’ with a 5 minute casual talk (not an academic lecture) that sparks conversation. Our facilitator then includes the audience in further dialogue for 15-20 minutes.  We have invited speakers who’s voice will provide great contributions to a casual discussion of how manhood, masculinity and gender are created and enforced in society.

Click here to see the list of speakers as we update and announce more names!



Conference @ 10:30am – 3:30 pm
Facilitators – DJ Danforth(AM) and Carlos Andrés Gómez (PM)

Click regularly HERE to see the list of speakers and events for the day as we reveal more information!

Limited Seating – Register Today –



‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez
and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm

Featuring the winner of the 2011 Urban Hip Hop Union Poetry Slam
Admission $10* (free for Conference Delegates)
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign


Behind the Masc: with Carlos Andrés Gómez: A special interactive and intimate performance that looks at what it means to be a ‘good man’ in a world where ‘masculinity’ is confined by the narrowest of definitions. Carlos performs a spoken word piece addressing various themes around masculinity and then the audience shares provoked thoughts, their reflections and own related stories. It will also be an exploration of the powerful and beautiful things that can define manhood.

Performance to be illustrated by Graphic Recorder Reilly Dow (TEDx Ryerson performer visit for more info)


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RWRC works to end men’s violence against women and inspire men to be the best versions of themselves. We don’t seek to blame or shame men, but encourage them to become part of a change affecting the lives of both men and women.

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