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WE FOR SHE: Championing the Next Generation

Friday, October 14, 2016
7:30 AM
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Registration & Breakfast:  7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Morning Program: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch:  12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Program 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

B.C.'s economy needs more women leaders, in business, on boards and in growing industries. Gender equity is key to helping us meet the demand for a skilled workplace, an important part of delivering the B.C. Jobs Plan.

WE FOR SHE aims to increase the economic impact of women in the province of British Columbia and will be one of North America's largest gatherings of women's organizations, companies, experts, business leaders, advocates and young women.

Now in its third year, the 2016 forum will focus on young women – and will bring established and emerging leaders together to champion change.

Why attend?

  • Discover how to prepare for the workplace of the future from Canada's top consulting firms.
  • Learn what actions have been taken by B.C. CEO's to expedite leadership diversity.
  • Champion young women from around the province by sharing career insights with them.
  • Discuss and commit to your personal action plan to help achieve gender equity.

Help us Champion the Next Gen:
Partial proceeds from every ticket sold will go towards supporting grade 10, 11, and 12 students from across B.C. to attend this event which will include both youth and adult tracks.

The WE FOR SHE conference will play an important role in growing our provincial economy and advancing gender equity by giving students a greater understanding of their career options and potential, expanding their confidence in what they can achieve, and giving them a chance to meet dynamic and successful role models.

Learn more and see the full program at

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

Forum Opening

We for She: Championing the Next Generation

Hon. Christy ClarkNicole VerkidntJill EarthlyLois Nahirney

The Honorable Christy Clark, Premier, Province of British Columbia
Nicole Verkindt, CEO of OMX, Star of CBC's Next Gen Den
Jill Earthy, We for She Co-Chair
Lois Nahirney, We for She Co-Chair

Session 1

Case for Change and the Future of Work

Miklos DietzElisabeth FinchFiona MacfarlanePhilippa WilshawMiyo YamashitaProf. Santa Ono

Miklos Dietz, Managing Partner - Vancouver Office, McKinsey and Company
Elisabeth Finch, Partner, Tax Services, PwC
Fiona Macfarlane, Managing Partner, British Columbia, EY
Philippa Wilshaw, Partner, Mining Industry Leader KPMG
Miyo Yamashita, Managing Partner, Talent, Deloitte
Moderator: Professor Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC (Photo: Paul Joseph/UBC)

Session 2

Expediting Change: How leading companies are taking action to advance women

Chris HattonRavi SaligramNanon de Gaspe Beaubien MattrickSue Paish

Chris Hatton, COO, HSBC Bank Canada
Ravi Saligram, CEO and Director of the Board, Ritchie Bros
Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick, President and Founder, Beehive Holdings
Moderator: Sue Paish, President and CEO, LifeLabs

The Power of Generations

In Conversation With:

Hon. Christy ClarkJanet KennedyKarina LeBlancEmily NaingJill Krop

The Honorable Christy Clark, Premier, Province of British Columbia
Janet Kennedy, President, Microsoft Canada
Karina LeBlanc, Retired Canadian Goalkeeper, UNICEF Ambassador
Emily Naing, Co-Founder, Swave
Moderator: Jill Krop, News Director and Station Manager, Global BC


Rapid Fire Speaker Series

Raven LacerteAnn MakosinskiLeigh Wall

Raven Lacerte, Co-Founder, Moose Hide Campaign
Ann Makosinski, Serial Inventor, Google Science Fair Award Winner
Leigh Wall, Truck and Transport Mechanic Apprentice



Organizing Partners:

The Province of British Columbia
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Presenting Sponsor:

Special Guest Sponsor:

Business Leaders Sponsors:


NextGen Leaders Sponsors:

Next Use

Media Partners:

Global News
Business in Vancouver

Event Partners:


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email
or call 604-640-5484 for more information.
All sponsors are subject to review.