Powerful & engaging working forum

WE FOR SHE 2017: Step it up for gender equality

Friday, November 17, 2017
8:00 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Breakfast:  8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Program:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch:  12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Program:  12:45 - 3:15 p.m
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The 2017 WE FOR SHE Forum will be one of North America's largest gatherings of women's organizations, companies, experts, business leaders, advocates and young women. Our goal is to advance equality and grow the Canadian economy by championing gender diversity in leadership as a business imperative.

Now in its fourth year, this year's forum will build on the WE FOR SHE Call to Action plan as well as focus on the top issues facing gender equity. This event will also mark the release of #Canada150Women book featuring remarkable Canadians from across the country.

Why attend?

  • Be part of one of North America's largest events tackling gender equity in leadership.
  • Hear how key influencers are Speaking Up, Stepping Up, and Acting Up in support of equality.
  • Champion young people from around Canada to Be Bold in their career decisions.
  • Discuss and commit to your personal action plan and help achieve gender equity.

Learn more and see the full program at WeForShe.ca.

Join current and emerging leaders for this powerful and engaging working forum.

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Keynote Speakers

Honourable Carole James

The Honourable Carole James

Minister of Finance
Province of British Columbia

Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Government of Canada

Speak up! Step up! Act up!

Lisa CharleyboyMina HoorfarKarina LeBlancKarina LeBlancsekretaryuk-georgiyVickie Whitehead

Lisa Charleyboy, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Urban Native Magazine
Mina Hoorfar, PhD, PEng Professor and Director, School of Engineering The University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus
Diane Ko, Front End Software Engineer, Airbnb
Karina LeBlanc, Retired Canadian Goalkeeper, UNICEF Ambassador
Georgiy Sekretaryuk, CEO, Cering Technology Inc.
Vickie Whitehead, Senior Manager, BC Lead Aboriginal Client Services, Deloitte Vancouver

Business Leaders Session 1

He For She: Activate Men and Boys

Philop GroschDinal Limbachia Rick PerreaultPhilop Grosch

Philip Grosch, Partner and National Leader, Digital Services Consulting practice, PwC Canada
Dinal Limbachia, HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Programme Manager, UN Women
Rick Perreault, CEO and Co-Founder, Unbounce
Moderator: Alice Laberge, Corporate Director, Royal Bank of Canada

Business Leaders Session 2

Promote and Advocate Diversity: Gender Equity in Pay and on Boards

Jan GrudePamela JefferyKory WilsonLori Mathison

Jan Grude, President and CEO, Pacific Blue Cross
Pamela Jeffery, National Lead, Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Practice, KPMG
Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships, BCIT
Moderator: Lori Mathison, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accounts of British Columbia

Create Positive Mindsets: The tackling of Unconscious Bias

Siri UotilaKirsten Tisdale

Siri Uotila, Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Kirsten Tisdale, Government and Public Sector Leader, EY Canada

Forum co-chairs:

Jill EarthyLouis Nahirney

Jill Earthy, Forum co-chair, Co-founder, WEB Alliance of Women's Business Networks, Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
Lois Nahirney, Forum co-chair, Chair, Premier Women's Economic Council, CEO, DNA Power


Organizing Partners:

The Province of British Columbia
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you want to gain direct access to the senior-level audience at this event? As a sponsor, you will benefit from enhanced visibility, which can lead to new business and increased brand recognition. We offer a wide range of opportunities. To discuss how we can help boost your business, call Lisa at 604-640-5484 or email .