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Championing the Next Generation

October 14, 2016 | Vancouver Convention Centre West | Organizing Partners

advancing women and the B.C. economy #WeforSheBC conference brings together 500+ business leaders and 500+ students


he 2016 we for she: Championing the Next Generation conference aims to advance gender equality and grow B.C.’s economy by empowering young women. If you are a male or a female B.C. business leader or a young woman considering your career options, it is an event you won’t want to miss. One of North America’s largest gatherings of women’s organizations, companies, experts, business leaders, advocates and young women, we for she will feature compelling speakers, gripping personal stories and a few surprises. You will learn, be inspired, think differently about the possibilities, make great connections and get motivated to act and help make change happen. We guarantee you will leave energ i zed a nd bu z zing w it h thoughts and ideas. In 2014 and 2015, community leaders gathered at the B.C. Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth. We joined in a collaborative dialogue to generate strategies and practical recommendations to increase the economic impact of women

strides toward gender equality and help grow the B.C. economy by bringing established and emerging leaders together to champion change. This event is for both male and female champions of gender diversity in business and women who wa nt to brea k i nto new leadersh ip roles, g row t h i ndustries or entrepreneurship. And the next generation: young women at critical crossroads in their career planning. We want 1,000 women and men to participate – half of whom will be students in grades 10 to 12 from around B.C. If you know a young woman, be her champion and invite her to attend we for she with you. Shape the future for how women will participate in our economy and join us on October 14. • 2015 B.C. Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth, facilitated dialogue creating action ideas that will make a difference in advancing women. in B.C. The result was an action plan to grow more female leaders in B.C. by promoting and advocating for diversity, championing

women, fostering positive mindsets, incorporating diversity into early education and activating men.

The 2016 #WeforSheBC event uniquely addresses a ll t hese facets in a format unlike any other. Together we will make

Written by Laurel Douglas, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre, which helps B.C. women to realize their business potential by providing loans, advice and training to current and prospective women entrepreneurs. Find us at www. or wecbc.





Christy Clark Premier, province of British Columba

elcome to Vancouver – and thank you for coming together to inspire and mentor women to become leaders in whatever field they choose. That’s not always easy, because women face different challenges than men. But it’s necessary. First and foremost, it’s the right thing to do, but also because when men and women contribute together equally,

the world is a better, more prosperous and healthy place. In B.C., we are leading the way. Almost 40% of my cabinet and board appointments are women. So are 48% of my senior public servants – and 100% of my Premier’s Women’s Economic Council. Each and every one of them is there because she’s the best person for the job. E nc ou r a g i ng a nd s uppor t i ng



n behalf of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, welcome to we for she – our third annual forum aimed at promoting gender balance in business. We are proud to partner with the province of B.C. and the WEB Alliance to present this important conference, because it aligns perfectly with our values, and because we understand the economic benefits that await. Study after study has shown that female employment and engagement in the workforce drives economic growth. For us to achieve the full potential of our regional, provincial and national economies, it’s thus critical that we have more women active in the workforce – across all industries, and particularly in senior leadership and board positions.

To help faci litate t hat cha nge, we started a program in 2007 called the Women’s Leadership Circle – now one of the largest women’s networking groups in the country. In 2015, we launched our annual Wendy McDonald Awards to celebrate and recognize promising young women in B.C. and those who coach and mentor youth. Then in 2016, we were lauded across the country as the first “traditional” business organization in North America to achieve gender parity on our board: 19 women and 17 men. We are so excited to have hundreds of business leaders joining us today, alongside more than 500 exceptional high school students from across B.C. Together, we’re going to create a better tomorrow. Let’s get to work!

Iain Black, ICD.D President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Robin Silvester President and CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority 2016-17 chair, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade


women is cr ucia l, because w it h nearly one million job openings expected in B.C. alone in the next eight years, women will play an increasingly important role. Programs like Women in Trades Training help support women who want to pursue a career in an untraditional – but growing – field. That’s what w e for she 2016 is all about: giving young women the

opportunity to connect and get inspired by women leaders in fields as different as politics, business, skilled trades and tech. Because by supporting and encouraging the next generation of women leaders, we’re opening doors for them – and for us all.



elcome to w e for she : Championing the Next G enerat ion ! Important progress is being made to advance women in the workplace. However, at the current rate, it will take over 100 years to achieve gender parity in Canada. We need to take action to increase the economic impact of women in B.C. now, and for generations of young women to come. In its third year, the B.C. Economic For u m is focusi ng on accelerat i ng change and championing our next generation of women to help close this gap. We are excited to be bringing 1,000 male and female business leaders together

with young women to tackle this challenge. We will hear from trail-blazing leaders across generations and actively engage you in sharing ideas, experiences and actions. We look forward to having you be part of this landmark event. Inspire and be inspired! This has been a true collaboration and partnership. Our thanks to the WEB Alliance, the province of B.C. and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade for the vision and support for this unique event. Together with everyone at the forum, we will jump-start action for the next generation and ensure gender parity is achieved.

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’s Women’s Economic Council CEO, DNA Power

Nominations now open! Business in Vancouver is once again seeking nominations of BC’s most outstanding business women in private or public sector companies. Honourees have risen through the ranks in public and private companies to become senior executives or entrepreneurs. Through corporate board placements they help influence and shape policy at some of Canada’s largest companies. Access the nomination form at

Nominations deadline: November 7th, 2016 Gold Sponsors:

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Agenda TIME


7:30am – 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30am – 9:30am

Forum Opening – we for she: Championing the Next Generation

9:30am – 10:30am

10:30am – 11:00am


Business Leaders Session 1

NextGen Leaders Session 1 & 2

Not 100 Years – The latest research and progress on women and the economy

•Superhero Plasmids Save the World! •Navigating Your Finance Career •Build Together – Women Can Build Anything •SkillsBC InSPIRE: 4 Her •The Magic of Mentoring •Create a Better Future: Engineer Your World •Technology Workshop

Coffee & Networking Break Business Leaders Session 2

11:00am – 11:45pm

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

11:45am – 12:00pm

Madame Piri – UN Women

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch 12:45pm – 1:15pm

The Power of Generations – Women and NextGen leaders creating change now

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Taking Action and We for She Commitments

2:00pm – 2:30pm

Champions for Change – Rapid Fire Speaker Series

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Forum Closing

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs •Jill Earthy, chief growth officer, FrontFundr •Lois Nahirney, CEO, dnaPower Inc. Organizing Committee •Laurel Douglas, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre •Austin Nairn, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade •Amelia Wong, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Supporting Committee •WEB Alliance – a collective of women’s business networks •Premier’s Women’s Economic Council •Women’s Enterprise Centre •Women’s Leadership Circle •Kerrilee Auger •Shauna Harper •Hanne Madson •Dawn McCooey •Lisa Niemetscheck •Fariba Pacheleh •Jen Schaeffer •Renee Wasylyk •Louise Watson

Taking Up A Trade Is A Cool Alternative For Women


row i ng up, t he t r ade s w er e ne v er pr e s ente d to me a s a n opt ion for women. But after two years of genera l st ud ies at com mu nity college, I liked everything I took and received good grades; I just didn’t want to come out of four years of expensive school and not have a job. A friend told me about the Trades Discovery for Women program at BCIT in 2012. I signed up. It was the best decision I could e v er h av e m a de. I r e c ei v e d hands-on experience in 15 different trades and was able to f ind a great f it w it h a trade I would never have considered. And it was a lot of fun. Being a refrigeration mechanic is a mix of electrical, plumbing and refrigeration. I love that there are so many different aspects to the trade. No day is the same and I get to move around to different locations, which is really nice. I also love the independence. I have my own service vehicle with all my own tools. Often I’m

out in the field alone and I’m responsible for maintaining or repairing equipment. The work is also challenging. It’s physical, which I like. The trade is very technical and you have to wa nt to lea rn. There are always changes to systems, updates and new technolog y. W hen you’re dispatched to a site, you have to be comfortable at problem-solving and confident you will find the solution. The pressure can be high if a rack is down and thousands of dollars in product is at risk. Now I have a promising career in an industry that will never go away and it never would have happened if I didn’t have that conversation back in 2012 that pointed me towards the trades. As a third-year apprentice, I’ve joined the Build Together B.C. team. We are a group of women from the building trades construction unions that work to promote the trades to women a nd prov ide suppor t a nd mentorship. Women represent only 3% of

the construction trades. In my trade it’s just 0.2%. Many tradeswomen can go months without working on a site with another woman. Build Together provides a net work for women i n t he trades to connect. It also gives us a voice to push for changes to make the trades more accessible for women. Events like we for she are so important, because they promote opportunities for women in non-traditional careers. I was lucky enough to have a female mentor point me towards the trades. I’m happy to pass along the torch and talk with young women about the amazing opportunities that are available. My advice to women thinking about a career change is: do it. You have nothing to lose. You get paid to go to school. You get paid to learn on the job and, in the end, you can have a job you will love. • Julia Ballantyne Third Year apprentice refrigeration mechanic

Youth Advisory Committee •Camille Arrigo •Lily Buhr •Brittany Calder •Michelle Lam •Maira Malik •Margarita Mayista •Serene Mitchell •Kailyn Nahirney •Levi Nahirney •Alaina Podmorow •Monika Saran •Jackie Sarvini •Carrie Schulz •Cindy Shi •Rachel Sousa •Caitlyn Southey •Shaolin Temrick-Young •Gillian Weir




Forum opening

We for She

Championing the Next Generation Premier Christy Clark

Nicole Verkindt

hristy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th premier on June 10, 2013, and has become Canada’s longest-serving female premier. Presiding over a cabinet of almost 50% women, her focus has been to protect and create jobs and opportunity in B.C. with her plan for a strong economy and secure tomorrow. Her plan starts by controlling spending today. Her proven commitment has led B.C. back to an era of balanced budgets. Her plan also includes working to continue growing B.C.’s diverse economy and markets, fighting for economic development in every corner of our province, expanding international trade and strengthening skills training to continue putting British Columbians first.

graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business, Nicole Verkindt is one of the Dragons on CBC’s online show Next Gen Den and the founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange), the only online platform in the world to manage obligations government contractors have to invest in local economies through offsets. Verkindt launched OMX in 2012, when she was only 27 years old. Today, OMX is a powerful online marketplace that serves thousands of companies around the world, including many in the defence, aerospace and shipbuilding sectors. The platform’s analytics also help governments understand the economic impacts of procurement decisions. Prior to founding OMX, Verkindt launched Tiburon, an offshore manufacturing business, which sold shelter components to government contractors during the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. When Haiti experienced its devastating earthquake, Nicole founded the non-profit organization GlassFrog, which provided aid to the torn nation. She eventually integrated Tiburon into a family business, became president and CEO of GMA, and then sold both companies to a private equity firm in 2011. Verkindt is a board member of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a sister organization to BDC and EDC. She is also the technology columnist for Vanguard magazine and a regular commentator on CBC’s The Exchange.


Jill Earthy


ill Earthy is passionate about the economic advancement of women and small business. She is currently the chief growth officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform connecting entrepreneurs and investors. As a community leader and active mentor, Earthy serves as a director on the board of governors for Simon Fraser University, and as board chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre. She is a co-founder of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 women’s business networks in the Lower Mainland of B.C., and was recently recognized as one of the 35 most influential women in B.C. by BCBusiness magazine.

If not you, then who?


Dr. Lois Nahirney


r. Lois Nahirney is president and CEO of dnaPower Inc. and SkinDNA Canada, DNA testing companies that help people make better diet, fitness and health decisions based on their unique genetic makeup. She is a champion and leader in advancing women in our economy. She is chair of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council and Vancouver Women’s Executive Network, cochair of the B.C. Economic Forum: we for she, board member for Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, and part of a family charity that builds schools in Vietnam and sends girls at highrisk of being trafficked to summer camps and school on scholarships. For her work, Nahirney has been recognized with the BIV Influential Women in Business and YWCA Women of Distinction awards.

PWC and Heforshe

Make your commitment PwC has joined the UN’s HeForShe initiative, a global movement for gender equity. Help us create real and lasting change in the world. Make your commitment today, and visit our HeForShe website to see how you can take it further and put it into action.

Editorial by PwC


s fou nd i ng IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions of t he United Nations’ he for she initiative, we are activating the power of our network to support global gender equity. We are asking our people – including you – to join leaders in business, government and education to make a lasting difference. he for she’s mission is to engage men as agents of change for global gender equity. All of us have a role in supporting gender equity in the workplace, and we all benefit from working better together. The more men and women play an active role in each other’s success, the more we can all realize our full potential. And when everyone is at their full potential, we all share the success, both as individuals and as an organization. It takes all of us. What’s at the heart of our commitment to he for she ? We’ve committed to taking a number of actions to support the he for she mission, including:

Engaging men as agents of change We’ve developed an innovative new

curriculum to educate and empower men as gender equity advocates. We’ve also promised to activate our network to engage no fewer than 80,000 men as he for she by 2018.

Further increasing women in leadership roles We’ve launched a Global Inclusion Index to evaluate women’s representation across all levels of our organization, with a specific focus on women in leadership. Based on the insights from this evaluation, we’ve developed tailored initiatives such as our award-winning Women in Leadership program. Accelerating action and awareness We’ll lend our full global footprint to HeForShe to drive awareness and action within and beyond our firm. Men are encouraged to commit online, and take specific actions towards supporting global gender equity. Join us and pledge your own commitment to gender equity and he for she, and find out how you can take action at •



Business Leaders Session 1

Not 100 years

The latest research and progress on Women and the Economy Fiona MacFarlane

Moderator Professor Santa Ono

President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC


rofessor Santa Ono officially stepped into his role as president and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on August 15. As a professor of medicine and biology, Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London and Emory universities. Last year he was inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. He and his research team are working to develop a blood test that could identify biomarkers in people who are progressing towards the disease. As a university administrator, Ono is also known for his vision beyond the laboratory. He was the first Asian-American president of the University of Cincinnati when he was appointed in 2012. Previously, he served as the university provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. Ono is deeply committed to diversity and his achievements were recently recognized by the American Council on Education with an award that honours individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. Inside Higher Education named him America’s most notable university president in 2015. Photo by Paul Joseph/UBC

Dr. Miklós Dietz

Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company (Vancouver)


r. Miklós Dietz is the managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s Vancouver office and leads the company’s global banking strategy and corporate finance group. A recognized expert in banking strategy, corporate finance, marketing, sales and digital transformation since joining the company in 2001, he had led more than 300 projects in 40 countries. As one of the leaders of McKinsey’s work on digital innovation in banking, Dietz also leads Panorama, a McKinsey Solution Centre that generates insights on the best strategic and investment opportunities in global banking markets. Dietz’s experience includes: •designing the retail strategy of banks, insurers and telecoms in Europe, Asia and the Middle East; •developing the long-term digital strategy, new technology infrastructure and national e-commerce platform for the financial and retail sectors of an Asian country; and, •helping major global companies develop innovation strategies and roll out pragmatic, high-impact projects and revolutionary, multi-country sales and distribution models. Dietz is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, ELTE University and the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked as a software specialist for Reuters Inc., and as a technology analyst and investment manager for Merrill Lynch in London, Los Angeles and New York.

Elisabeth Finch

Partner, Tax Services, PwC


lisabeth Finch is a passionate and creative leader who relishes opportunities to bring alternative perspectives to PwC’s business and her clients. Founded on her education and first career in the fields of metals and materials, in her second career Finch has advised multinational corporations on international tax, and specifically transfer pricing, for 19 years. Her background in technical and commercial roles within the international metals and materials industry before joining PwC UK, means that she brings a very practical and pragmatic approach to her advice to companies. Finch provides leadership in diversity and inclusion for PwC in B.C., and serves on the board of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She aims to be a role model in taking care of her mental and physical health by singing with the internationally renowned Elektra Women’s Choir, running and cycling.

Managing Partner, British Columbia, EY


iona Macfarlane is currently EY’s Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice and the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer. Prior to her current role, Macfarlane was the Canadian managing partner, people and Ernst & Young’s Americas chief operating officer, tax. Before joining Ernst & Young’s South African firm in 1983, Macfarlane trained as a lawyer in Cape Town, where she was admitted to the bar. Macfarlane was on the cabinet of Pathways to Education, an organization that provides access to education for youth in disadvantaged areas. Fiona was previously a director on the Canadian board of the International Women’s Forum. Macfarlane’s efforts in the immigrant community have been recognized with two awards: the TRIEC CBC Business Leader Award in 2008 and York University’s makeMORE Ontario Connections Award for Immigrants in 2010. In 2011, Fiona was awarded an Honorary CA. Macfarlane holds Bachelor of Arts, commerce and law degrees from the University of Cape Town. She also earned a Master of Law degree from Cambridge University.

Philippa Wilshaw

Partner, Mining Industry Leader, GVA, KPMG LLP


hilippa Wilshaw is the mining industry leader for KPMG’s practice in the Greater Vancouver Area. She began her career in 1993 with KPMG UK, moving first to Toronto for two years and then to Vancouver in 2005. She is a member of KPMG’s GVA Management Committee in the role of strategic markets leader, where she plays a lead role in revenue growth initiatives and works closely with industry teams to drive KPMG’s success in the market. In her role as lead audit partner, Wilshaw leads the audits for a number of global companies in the mining and resources sector and is experienced with public entity regulatory requirements including those arising from PCAOB audits, audits of internal controls over financial reporting, SEC and Canadian securities filing requirements, a broad base of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) and the public offering process. Formerly, Wilshaw was the develop leader for KPMG’s GVA audit practice where she was responsible for driving the firm’s people strategy. She is a mentor within the firm for managers and senior managers in the resource sector though KPMG Vancouver’s Women in Mining program and initiatives in support of the advancement of women. Wilshaw participates in a number of charitable and community bodies. Currently, she is a member of the board of Resource Works, a non-profit society that helps bring information to the public about the role of the resources sector in British Columbia.

Miyo Yamashita

Managing Partner, Talent, Deloitte LLP


iyo Yamashita is the managing partner of talent and a member of the global board of directors at Deloitte. She is the former global chief privacy officer and head of social and digital media compliance at TD Bank Group. Yamashita is a market driven executive with a superior track record in generating sustainable profitable growth in rapidly changing, highly regulated environments. Accomplished in leading cross-functional, high-performing teams across banking, retail, telecommunications and government industries, she has more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing enterprise-wide transformation strategies, many of which were subject to regulatory approval across multiple jurisdictions. At TD, Canada’s second largest bank and one of the top 10 banks by retail branches in the United States, Yamashita led a global team of more than 100 compliance and regulatory risk professionals across Canada, the northeastern U.S., Singapore and London, England. She was responsible for designing the enterprise-wide compliance programs in privacy, online channels and social and digital media. Yamashita also led the Corporate Women in Leadership chapter at TD, which supports the advancement of women in leadership positions, and she led the talent strategy for the compliance department. Yamashita has a PhD in communications from McGill University.



The path to female leadership Editorial by KPMG


woman’s perception of leadership begins not with collegiate academic success, her first big break or when she’s named to a position of power. The trajectory to female leadership starts much earlier and is defined by key influences throughout life.

Addressing the challenge The KPMG Women’s Leadership Study, conducted by the independent research company Ipsos on behalf of KPMG’s member firm in the U.S., examines how the aspiration and ambition to lead is developed and nurtured – or not – in women. Notably, the findings reveal that there is no shortage of ambition among the women surveyed. Six in 10 of the professional working women who responded indicated they aspire to be a senior leader of a company or organization, and more than half aspire to serve on a board. Yet they also reported hesitancy: More than half of the women agree that, “as women,” they are more cautious in taking steps toward leadership roles, and six in 10 find it hard to see themselves as a leader. The results reveal a

Empowering talent in the tech sector critical disconnect: Women want to lead, but something is holding them back.

The socialization of leadership Childhood lessons and early exposure to leadership have a significant impact on a woman’s perceptions of her ability to lead. A woman’s views of leadership begin to take shape early in childhood, starting w ith the values she learns, her exposure to leadership skills and whether she has positive leadership role models. •Professional working women surveyed saw themselves as “smart” growing up and cited school and academics as the area where they most felt like a leader. •86% of women recall being taught to be nice to others growing up, 44% were taught to be a good leader and 34% were taught to share their point of view. •A full three-quarters (76%) of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up. • Read more of KPMG’s Women’s Leadership Study:

Editorial by Janet Kennedy, President, Microsoft Canada


n a n i nc r e a s i n g l y c om p e t it i v e marketplace having the right talent is critical and building a diverse team is key. We know that given increased connectivity to devices and the internet, consumers are looking for, in fact expecting, a more personalized and relevant experience. And having talent that reflects the values and backgrounds of an organization’s customers helps ensure they continue to resonate with consumers. Furthermore, diversity of thought drives new ideas and new ways of doing things. One area that my peers and I in the technolog y industr y are focused on is women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – what we refer to as STEM. In 2015, the Information and Technology Council shared its Labour Market Outlook. That report showed that by 2019, there will be 182,000 jobs in the ICT sector that we will struggle to fill in Canada due to a lack of skilled talent. When assessing why there is such a shortage of technical workers, we should start with the fact that statistics show that youth – girls in particular – are

shying away from degrees in STEM. In fact, I recently read a study that found while 52% of university graduates are women, less than 27% are working in the technology industry. We need to start encouraging youth and girls in particular to learn about computer science. Microsoft invests in initiatives like our global program YouthSpark, non-profits such as Girls Who Code, Ladies Learning Code and, Women in Communication and Technology, as well as events like we for she – all with the goal of ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to learn computer science, and students and young women have a greater understanding of their career options and potential. While we are making progress in this area, we know that as a company and an industry there is much more we need to do. Technology drives innovation and productivity, and having diverse digital talent is critical to Canada’s growth. It’s not only good for business, consumers and our country – it’s the right thing to do! • For more information on Microsoft’s Yout h Spa rk prog r a m, v i sit www.

Proud to champion the next generation of women in business Free YouthSpark programs give kids the tools and training to build digital skills and learn computer science. Get started on the YouthSpark Hub!

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Business Leaders Session 2

Expediting change

How leading companies are taking action to advance women


Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick

Sue Paish

President and Founder, Beehive Holdings

President and Chief Executive Officer, LifeLabs


s CEO, Sue Paish leads LifeLabs, approximately 5,400 professionally trained employees who deliver over 100 million laboratory tests and results, serving 19 million patient visits annually. Prior to joining LifeLabs, Paish led Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., the largest independently owned and operated banner of community pharmacies in Canada. She assumed this position after a successful career practising law and managing an international law practice. Paish was the managing partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in B.C. (now Fasken Martineau), where she led the growth of the firm from one office to an international presence with nine offices on three continents. Paish received a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2000 and was awarded the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women Lawyers and one of B.C.’s Most Influential Women in Business. In 2012, Paish was inducted into the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame — one of only 88 women in Canada to have this honour bestowed on them by the Women’s Executive Network. Paish is also a recognized community and business leader. She sits on a number of corporate and community boards including: director and human resources committee chair, CORIX group of companies; board member, Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership; director of the faculty advisory board, Sauder School of Business; chair of the MLA Compensation Task Force; member of the board and executive committee of the Business Council of B.C.; board member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland in B.C. and member of the B.C. Pharmaceutical Task Force. She is also past chair of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and past chair and governor of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Chris Hatton

Chief Operating Officer, HSBC Bank of Canada


hris Hatton was appointed chief operating officer for HSBC Bank Canada in July 2015. Hatton joined HSBC in 1996, and has held senior management roles across the bank in both the UK and the U.S. Previous roles include: regional chief operating officer, North American commercial banking, HSBC Bank USA, NA; chief of staff, global commercial banking, HSBC Holdings plc; senior manager, commercial banking Europe, HSBC Bank plc; and manager development, commercial banking, HSBC Bank plc.


rior to founding Beehive, Nanon de Gaspé BeaubienMattrick worked in sales and marketing for Playtex International before moving on to become senior vice president of Telemedia Corporation for 10 years. While at Telemedia, she helped grow the company into Canada’s largest consumer magazine publisher with titles ranging from Elle and TV Guide to Canadian Living. She also helped oversee the building of Telemedia into one of the country’s largest radio operators. Born in Montreal, de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick graduated with honours from Harvard College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She is currently a member of the board of directors for Allocadia Software and the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Foundation. She is also an executive chair for Monthly Gift and an advisor to the board of directors for Accompany and Ruby Ribbon. Nanon is married with two children and resides in Victoria.

Ravi Saligram

Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board, Ritchie Bros.


avi Saligram is the chief executive officer of Ritchie Bros., a global leader in asset management and disposition, and the world’s largest industrial auctioneer with gross auction proceeds of US$4.25 billion in 2015. He was appointed CEO of Ritchie Bros. in July 2014 due to his proven ability to grow businesses, build brands and drive shareholder value. In his short time with Ritchie Bros., Saligram has been transforming the company through a growth strategy including a multichannel approach, sector diversification and expanding services. He has focused on fostering innovation through greater diversity and inclusion in the workforce and added several female executives to his senior leadership team. Under Saligram’s leadership, the company has returned to being a growth engine and has added over US$1 billion (+40%) in shareholder value in just two years. Prior to joining Ritchie Bros., Saligram was president and CEO of OfficeMax, where he transformed the company from an office products distributor to an omnichannel provider of workplace products, services and solutions. To accelerate the transformation, he led a historic true merger of equals with Office Depot in November 2013. Under his leadership, OfficeMax was the only office supply company to be named to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list for two consecutive years. The company was also awarded Private Sector Business of the Year in 2013 by the US Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation for its commitment to employing people with disabilities, including veterans.

Membership means opportunity. Get involved with the Women’s Leadership Circle. Learn more at



Creating a winning talent value proposition for the 21st century

Outsmarting the brain: The journey to overcoming hidden biases

Editorial by Deloitte

Editorial by EY


t Deloitte, Canada’s largest independent professional services firm, inclusion is not a standalone program. It is a core leadership value, fundamental to the mindset required to solve the most important and complex problems facing our clients and communities. And we believe that people want to work at Deloitte because they can solve some wicked problems, with some very cool teams. In the process, we aim to create the best conditions for our people to thrive, both personally and professionally. We’ve been conducting and compiling global research into human capital trends, including inclusion, since 2012. This body of work represents some of the most comprehensive research ever conducted in human capital, and gives us insight into the ongoing and emerging forces shaping the world of work. For example, our research tells us that 70 percent of millennials, who now make up half of the workforce, expect their employer to be “like a second family.” We also found that a growing number of new employees, at Deloitte as well as at

the many clients we serve, are refusing to self-identify on the basis of demographic characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity. This has challenged us to think differently about inclusion, and particularly about our employee engagement strategies around diverse and under-represented groups. In recent years, Deloitte undertook some bold initiatives to advance inclusion at the firm and develop a winning, inclusive talent value proposition for the 21st century. These initiatives include our national workplaces of the future and our new performance management system. At Deloitte, we believe inclusion is fundamental to our talent value proposition – because inclusion is fundamental to engagement. And we know that engagement is critical to creative thinking, and to the development of bold, innovative solutions to the problems confronting our world in the 21st century. To learn more about our new performance management system, read “A New Tune On Performance Management,” by Deloitte’s Miyo Yamashita, managing partner of talent and Tim Christmann, managing partner of consulting. •

not like you.

•B e pr o a c t i v e a b out r e c o g n i z i n g


hanging deep-seated behaviour is profoundly challenging, requiring a long-term commitment to incremental improvements, one encounter at a time. Armed with awareness, intent and a sense of responsibility, leaders can adopt a more mindful approach to their interactions and decision-making. Broadly speaking, this empowered approach can be imagined as a three-pronged effort: •T hink differently: Make a conscious effort to seek out people with different backgrounds, experiences and capabilities to collaborate on teams and projects. •L earn differently: Seek out opportunities to immerse yourself and your team members in different environments outside your (or their) comfort zones. •Act differently: Take deliberate actions that disrupt your normal process and help prevent biases from shaping your decisions and behaviour.

Tips for avoiding biased behavior •I ncrease purposeful mentoring and coaching. Sponsor people who are

people’s different capabilities and help prepare them to take on challenging assignments. •Consider who might consistently feel like an outsider and take steps to actively address the situation. •W hen preparing for interviews, establish clearly defined measurable criteria against which all candidates will be evaluated. Invite a colleague from HR or another business line to sit in on the interview and validate that you are applying the criteria fairly. •Set reasonable parameters around the nature and amount of help you will offer to special connections to ensure such opportunities are distributed equally. •A ttend professional affinity groups and inclusiveness events to enrich your understanding of the diversity of perspectives in your organization, industry or community. •Evaluate your actions daily. Be extraalert to the types of situations in which you are particularly vulnerable to hidden biases. •Seek out regular feedback on your own behaviours and actions from trusted, yet objective, colleagues. •

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the Power of generations

Women and NextGen leaders creating change now Moderator JILL KROP

Karina LeBlanc

News Director And Station Manager, Global BC

Retired Canadian Goalkeeper, UNICEF ambassador


ne of Vancouver’s best-known news anchors and sought-after MCs, Krop is now the station manager/ news director at Global BC. She took on the role after 29 years of reporting and anchoring news right across Canada, from Prince George to Regina and Halifax and then back home to Victoria, before arriving at Global (then BCTV). She’s a co-recipient of the CanPro Gold Award for Breakfast Television in Halifax. Krop most recently was named one of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 - People Who Are Shaping Vancouver’s Future and also graced the cover of BC Business’s March 2016 edition as one of the Most Influential (and disruptive) Women in BC. Jill has a young son, two step kids, who are almost adults and a Fire Chief for a husband. She’s an avid traveller, who is ridiculously curious about the world around her and is known by her travel mates as someone who will talk to anyone!

arina LeBlanc is a recently retired Olympic and professional athlete who has had the honour of being the longest serving soccer player for Canada, playing for nearly 18 years. She has been a part of five World Cups and two Olympics, winning a bronze medal in London in 2012. Soccer was her platform to realizing her greater purpose in life. LeBlanc’s energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing as she challenges people to live life purposefully and being the best version of themselves daily. A UNICEF ambassador, motivational speaker, broadcaster, on-air personality, host and MC, she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. LeBlanc thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field. This summer LeBlanc worked with both Yahoo! Canada Sports and CBC Soccer as their content media talent during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Premier Christy Clark

Emily Naing



hristy Clark was sworn in for her second term as British Columbia’s 35th premier on June 10, 2013, and has become Canada’s longest-serving female premier. Presiding over a cabinet of almost 50% women, her focus has been to protect and create jobs and opportunity in B.C. with her plan for a strong economy and secure tomorrow. Her plan starts by controlling spending today. Her proven commitment has led B.C. back to an era of balanced budgets. Clark’s plan also includes working to continue growing B.C.’s diverse economy and markets, fighting for economic development in every corner of our province, expanding international trade, and strengthening skills training to continue putting British Columbians first.

Janet H. Kennedy

President, Microsoft Canada


anet Kennedy is the president of Microsoft Canada. With over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing of business solutions, she is focused on Microsoft’s mission of helping people and businesses realize their full potential. Kennedy joined Microsoft in 2002 with a concentration on helping shape the organization’s Industry approach, specializing in retail and hospitality. She spent time in the west and central regions of the U.S. as the vice president for enterprise customers. During her tenure, the business was able to grow more than $1 billion to over $3 billion and has been instrumental in leading the transformation to the cloud with some of the largest and earliest customers on Office 365. Prior to Microsoft, she had a long career at IBM in numerous roles. From an educational perspective, Kennedy first earned a degree in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and then went on to achieve her MBA from McColl School of Business, Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Originally from Chicago, Janet and her family now live in Toronto. When she isn’t working, the self-proclaimed “device geek” enjoys playing with apps, trying the latest exercise trend, and enjoying movies – both box office and obscure!

Co-founder, Swave


t 18 years old, Emily is already an accomplished entrepreneur as the co-founder of the startup, Swave. Swave is a device that uses the technology behind a lullaby to transition the user from an awakened state to a stage of restorative sleep. She is also the recipient of the Scrymgeour Scholarships in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Toronto. Aside from Swave, Emily in an active member in her community, reaching out to youth all over the Lower Mainland through Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (Yell Canada’s) extensive alumni network. She is also a youth ambassador for TriCelerate, a Coquitlam innovation hub focused on bettering their community. Specifically, she focuses her work on providing accessible resources to young entrepreneurs looking to innovate and start changing their community. Emily Naing is a recent graduate from Pinetree Secondary School in Coquitlam where she was first exposed to and involved with entrepreneurship. Emily was a part of the Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL Canada) program in Coquitlam, where she began working on her first startup, finishing as a finalist in YELL Canada’s Annual Venture Challenge. Since then, she has worked extensively to continue her development as a young entrepreneur.

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Champions for change


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Rapid Fire Speaker series— with role models and champions sharing their stories Raven Lacerte

Co-founder, Moose Hide Campaign


aven Lacerte is a proud member of the Carrier First Nation in northern B.C. and belongs to the Grizzly Bear Clan. She is the co-founder and youth ambassador for the Moosehide Campaign, a national grass-roots effort to end violence towards indigenous and non-indigenous women and children. Lacerte is also a member of the national steering committee for the 4R’s Youth Movement. The goal of 4R’s is to bring indigenous and non-indigenous youth together to speak about reconciliation. She is a hunter and a practitioner of traditional indigenous cultural and ceremonial activities; and she is in the final semester of the indigenous studies program at Camosun College.

Ann Makosinski

Serial inventor, Google Science Fair award winner


BC student Ann Makosinski is an internationally acclaimed inventor whose creations include the Hollow Flashlight, which runs off the heat of the human hand. Ann has appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, has given five TEDx Talks, and was named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30. A science fair participant since the age of 6, Makosinski’s interest in alternative energy harvesting techniques and improving the life of people around the world have made her one of the most sought-after inventors and global influencers of her generation. Her inspiration for the Hollow Flashlight came in Grade 10, when her friend in the Philippines failed her grade because she had no electricity or light to study with at night. Her invention won awards at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the 2013 Google Science Fair. She is currently in talks to manufacture and globally distribute her flashlight. Makosinski’s next invention also won several awards at ISEF. Recognizing that young students were often waiting too long for their hot coffee to cool down and had phones that were running out of power, she created the eDrink, a cup that converts excess heat from a beverage into electricity that charges a device via a cable. Her numerous awards and honours include a Quest Climate Change Grant from Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic, selection as one of Teen Vogue’s Global Earth Angels, being names Popular Science’s Breakout Young Inventor of the Year, and winning the 2015 Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award in Vienna. Makosinski is currently a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece and the AAT Project, which provides a platform for young scientists, researchers and inventors to help bring their visions to life.

Leading B.C.’s next generation Editorial by Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia


he Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPA BC ) is pleased to be t he presenting sponsor of this year’s we for she – Championing the Next Generation event on October 14. The CPA profession and education programs support young women to be leaders within their organization and engaged members of the business community. CPABC encourages and promotes female leadership through CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council. This council is a catalyst for change and advocates for pay equity and boardroom diversity. It focuses on promoting and creating a work environment within the accounting profession that retains, promotes, and advances women to positions of leadership. The Council

empowers women in the accounting profession by equipping them with career navigation and talent management knowledge, and creates a powerful national peer networking platform. Provincially, CPABC is the second largest professional organization in B.C. with over 34,000 members. Women are well represented within its leadership structure, holding key roles at the executive table and senior management positions throughout the organization, and more than 40% of CPABC’s membership is female. CPABC supports the goals of we for she , recognizing the importance of gender equality and the need to develop more female leaders for executive roles within the business, government, and not-for-profit sectors. • Richard Rees, FCPA, FCA is the president and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

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Exploring Possibilities | Expanding Potential Leigh Wall

Truck & transport mechanic apprentice, student recruitment specialist


drastic career change from legal administrator to truck and transport mechanic has empowered Leigh Wall and created a passion for encouraging other women to break through barriers in non-traditional roles. Wall, a female ambassador for the trades, speaks regularly on the importance of diversity in the workplace. As a natural progression and a love for where she trained, Wall became a student recruitment specialist with Vancouver Community College where she shares her enthusiasm with others every day. A dedicated volunteer, Wall enjoys spending time with her senior dog on a therapy team with St. John Ambulance and finding forever homes for rescue cats and kittens as an adoption counsellor with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association.

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