Michelle Obama Coming To Toronto

Michelle Obama is coming to Canada!

On November 28 in Toronto’s Mattamy Centre, the former first lady will take to the stage to promote education and equality for girls and women as part of an event to be co-hosted by the Economic Club of Canada and Plan International Canada.

According to Rhiannon Traill, the CEO of the Economic Club there will be a maximum of 3,000 tickets sold. Everybody who purchases a ticket, actually purchases two, with the other one going to a young person between the ages of 14 and 24.

Obama is one of the leaders when it comes to pushing for gender equality for women, and this marks her first public speaking appearance in Canada.

Applicants interested in attending the event, can enter into a lottery by signing up on the Plan International Canada website.

Those in attendance will also be able to submit questions for Obama to address during her speech.

“She’s going to be speaking about a number of things, but the economics of equality is really why she’s here. So, talking about how we can change the world through the advancement of women and girls,” said Rhiannon Traill, CEO of the Economic Club of Canada.

“The one thing I really didn’t want to happen was to have a bunch of Bay Street corporate leaders only bringing their children,” Traill said. “I don’t think that that’s inclusive and I don’t think that that’s fully the conversation that we need to have.”

“We really hope to facilitate that discourse and have people coming together from across genders to talk about this issue,” she said.

“I think that the young people in this country are prepared and a lot more eloquent and engaged than many suspect,” Traill added.

Tickets for the event go on sale for American Express card holders tomorrow, and to the general public on Friday.


Sarah Is a researcher and law student at York University (TORONTO). She has worked as the Director of the Graduate Lawyering Program. After school Sarah worked for an American law firms in Moscow, Russia for three years. She graduated from Columbia Law School, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard College. she research interest is in human rights and health law, with a particular focus on the law and policy of vaccination.

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