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Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards Reception

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
5:30 PM
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Schedule:Registration & Reception:  5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation:  6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Reception & Networking:  6:45 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us on the beautiful rooftop of Telus Garden to celebrate outstanding women and champions of women in our community. The annual Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards recognize individuals who are working to promote and increase diversity in leadership positions.

Hosted by the Women's Leadership Circle (WLC), this will be an evening of celebration, conversations, and connections.

Why attend:

  • Meet past winners and learn about the outstanding contributions of the 2018 Wendy McDonald Diversity Award winners
  • Connect with WLC Advisory Committee members and Directors of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Learn about the Women's Leadership Circle's ongoing initiatives and plans for 2018

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Master of Ceremonies


Karina LeBlanc
Two time Olympian, UNICEF Ambassador, Motivational Speaker, On-Air Talent, Emcee

2018 Winners

Diversity Champion


Kory Wilson
Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships, BCIT

Community Catalyst


Jill Earthy
Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr

Women to Watch


Careesa Liu
PhD Student and Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Entrepreneurial Innovation


Carolyn Cross
Chairman & CEO, Ondine Biomedical Inc.

Outstanding Mentor/Sponsor


Joan Sheehan
Senior VP, Sales, STEMCELL Technologies


About the Awards:

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Women's Leadership Circle is excited to launch its fourth annual Wendy McDonald Diversity Awards to increase the profile of outstanding women and champions of women in our community.

These annual awards are presented in honour of the late Wendy McDonald, a Canadian business icon who served as the first female Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Award categories include Diversity Champion, Community Catalyst, Entrepreneurial Innovation, Outstanding, Mentor/Sponsor, and Women to Watch.

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This event is presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Women's Leadership Circle (WLC) Program. The WLC is an inclusive Program that recognizes the need for diversity in leadership. Launched in 2007, the WLC has grown to become one of the largest women's business networking groups in Canada. Based on the pillars of connections, conversations, recognition and advocacy, the WLC is engaged in the social, business and political communities in which the Board operates. Learn more at