B.C.'s economy needs more women leaders — in business, on boards and in growing industries.
The inaugural forum in October 2014 highlighted opportunities here in B.C. to support women in business and to advance the conversation into action strategies for economic growth. Most importantly, it resulted in feedback to create Women as a Catalyst for Growth: A B.C. Action Plan which outlines practical recommendations for government, business and individuals — to shape policy and ultimately create change. In order to increase the economic growth and impact of women in B.C. and Canada, the key recommendations in this action plan include:
- Promote and advocate diversity
- Champion women
- Foster positive & self affirming mindsets
- Incorporate a diversity focus in early education
- Activate men
To ensure the successful implementation of this action plan, we need organizations and individuals to take action now. These combined actions will propel us towards sustained social and cultural changes. The result will be greater economic growth through the promotion of gender diversity in leadership and throughout our workforce in B.C. and in Canada. The time for action is now!
- Help to grow the economic impact and outcomes for women in B.C. and contribute to the growth of our provincial economy and beyond.
- Engage with men, women, government and corporations to commit to advancing women in senior leadership.
- Discuss and commit to your personal plan of action.
Join the leaders — men and women in your community — in a powerful and engaging working forum.
WELCOME REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE CORALEE OAKESMinister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch, Government of British Columbia
Taking action: Tackling the diversity challenge
Leaders who are taking action will share their experiences as well as specific examples of how they, their organizations and the broader world are making diversity a priority. The impacts of these actions will also be discussed.
Jay Dilley, President, HawkAir
Joe Olivier, Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services for B.C., RBC
Michelle Osry, Partner, Deloitte
Moderator – Lois Nahirney, CEO, DNA Power
REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE SHIRLEY BOND
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Government of British Columbia
Walking the talk: Applying lessons from the day
Leaders will share their insights and identify specific ideas that can be applied to their workplace. Panellists will outline their plan of action and encourage attending participants to do the same.
Susan Arthur, Vice President & General Manager, US Health & Life Sciences Industry, Hewlett-Packard Company
Renée Wasylyk, CEO, Troika Group
Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Port Metro Vancouver
Moderator – Sophie Lui, Anchor, Global BC