Tuesday, October 1, 2019   |    Vancouver Convention Centre — West

Key strategies of the WE FOR SHE Action Plan were brought to life in our program with keynotes, activities and table discussions to promote and advocate diversity, create positive mindsets, champion women and activate men.

Speakers moved us with stories of their perseverance, shocked us with stats, relayed lessons they’ve learned and pumped us up! Here are some of the takeaways:

  • Jake Stika, Executive Director, Next Gen Men: Look for situations where men and women both experience bias; these are opportunities to use empathy as a gateway to change.
  • Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada: With the polarizing political environment and technology keeping gender issues in the news, pause and reflect to make sure you’re acting with a purpose.
  • Tru Wilson and Levi Nahirney, Transgender Advocates: What you believe to be your weakness may be your gift. Levi and Tru overcame adversity to educate their schools about transgender youth and implement inclusive policies.

NextGen Leaders widened their horizons, improved their confidence and connected with business leaders from a variety of industries in breakout sessions.

Generations came together to share personal stories, empower each other, provide mentorship and set priorities to advance women.

Organizations demonstrated their support for women in trades, STEM, entrepreneurship and professions in an interactive showcase.

We each shared our newfound words of wisdom on a post-it note, then brought them together to create a giant mural spelling out “Equality.”

2018 Speakers

Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
Lieutenant Governor, British Columbia

Jake Stika
Executive Director, Next Gen Men

Tara Bosch
Founder, SmartSweets

Full Speaker List

We For She 2018 Highlights

2019 Action Plan