Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Feb 14, 2019
Guest Speaker: Barb Gosse , Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay St. Toronto
Topic: The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking: Launch of the National Hotline 
Host: WIC Chair, Jane FitzGerald  and the Women's Initiatives Committee
 
Our Story
Jane FitzGerald, Chair Women's Initiatives Committee
 
Back in 2011, a partnership was initiated between The Rotary Club of Toronto 
Women’s Initiatives Committee (WIC) AND Wendy Leaver, a former Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit Detective. Under the leadership of Marg Stanowski of our WIC Committee, there was research and consultation carried out both in our community and across the country over a 4 year period on the issue of human trafficking. This study led to the conclusion that a SAFE House would be an ongoing solution to assist sex trafficking victims in their recovery. The Covenant House, the Women’s Initiatives Committee, Toronto Community Housing and the City of Toronto worked together to open this facility and we can all be very proud of our Club and this Committee for its hard work to see this project through to its completion.

Based on our past commitment in this area we are very pleased to have Barbara Gosse as our speaker today, who has been a key person in working to end human trafficking. Barbara will discuss her current project being the development of a National Hotline for trafficking victims.
Biography of Barbara A. Gosse, MS. Pl.

Barbara Gosse is the Chief Executive Officer at The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking where she provides leadership designed to enhance collaboration, coordination and efforts to end human trafficking in Canada with community based practitioners, relevant experts, law enforcement, members of the public and government representatives. Barbara is also working to advance federal, provincial and municipal policy and programs through evidence based measures and research and is assisting to establish a national hotline/textline for all forms of human trafficking.Prior to joining the Centre, Barbara was the Senior Director of Research, Policy and Innovation with the Canadian Women’s Foundation where she played an instrumental role assisting the National Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. Prior to this Barbara held management positions with a non-profit, a large Toronto Law Firm, Provincial and Municipal governments. Barbara has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto.
 
Barbara is a recipient of the 2018 Ontario Premier’s Women Building Communities Award. She has also served as Director of Saving and Asset-Building with Prosper Canada (formerly SEDI), a national charity dedicated to finding solutions to assist Canada’s low-income individuals and families become economically self-sufficient.