Sydney Piggott, project director and researcher

Sydney Piggott (she/her) is a dynamic, results-oriented project manager and researcher with over five years of professional experience in international development, corporate social responsibility, gender advocacy, and youth empowerment. She is the Manager of Programs and Projects at YWCA Canada where she is in charge of national initiatives with a vision to see women and girls empowered in a safe and equitable society. Sydney is also on the board of directors of Springtide Resources, a member of Gender Equality Network Canada, and a contributor for a financial literacy blog and newsletter aimed at young women professionals in Canada.

Sydney is a recent graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program at the University of Toronto – Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy where she co-founded the Intersectional Feminist Collective, was a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee scholar, and a researcher for the Reach Project – an initiative that focuses on the delivery of development interventions to the world’s most vulnerable groups. Sydney also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University.

Sydney is an advocate for the empowerment of women, girls, and non-binary people on a global scale. She has presented her work in several international fora including the Commission on the Status of Women, Women Deliver Conference, and RightsCon. Sydney is currently leading work around the economic empowerment of women, girls, and non-binary people of marginalized experiences in Canada.

Policy vision: In line with UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5, the policy change Sydney would like to see is a global strategy to achieve gender equity, specifically in terms of women’s economic empowerment. Sydney is advancing women’s rights by conducting research on the major barriers and innovative approaches to attaining pay equity. #SDG5