November 17, 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre — East
We For She 2017 Highlights
The 2017 WE FOR SHE Forum will be one of North America’s largest gatherings of women’s organizations, companies, experts, business leaders, advocates and young women. Our goal is to advance equality and grow the Canadian economy by championing gender diversity in leadership as a business imperative.
Now in its fourth year, this year’s forum will build on the WE FOR SHE Call to Action plan as well as focus on the top issues facing gender equity. This event will also mark the release of #Canada150Women book featuring remarkable Canadians from across the country.
The WE FOR SHE: Step it up for gender equality 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.
Be part of one of North America’s largest events tackling gender equity in leadership;
Hear how key influencers are Speaking Up, Stepping Up, and Acting Up in support of equality;
Champion young people from around the province to Be Bold in their career decisions;
Discuss and commit to your personal action plan and help achieve gender equity.
SESSION 1 – Build Together – Women Can Build Anything
Women make up just 4% of the construction trades. Build Together – Women of the BC Building Trades are taking steps to change that. Their team is made up of female journeypersons and apprentices from across the trades. They work to promote the trades for women and expand opportunities. This panel will highlight three women in trades and explore their journey through the trades.
Lisa Langevin, Journey Electrician Julia Ballantyne, Apprentice Refrigeration Worker Sarina Hanschke, Traffic Control Person
Brynn Bourke, Director of Campaigns & Policy (BC Building Trades)
SESSION 2 – “What I Wish I’d Known” – Getting started in BC’s Tech Industry
It’s often said there’s no substitute for experience. On their way to becoming leaders in British Columbia’s technology industry, our panelists encountered many expected and unexpected challenges, while learning some valuable lessons. Join us as they share their stories of success and provide some valuable advice about what it took for them to make their mark in BC’s booming tech sector.
Paris Gaudet, Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association Alexandra Greenhill, CEO cofounder, myBestHelper Aliya Hassam, lead Windows Developer, Eventbase Kristine Steuart, CEO and Co-Founder, Allocadia
Tarah Ferguson, Founder, She Built That
SESSION 3 – SkillsBC InSPIRE: 4Her
Based on the popular in school presentation program that SkillsBC provides to students in communities across the Province, the InSPIRE: 4Her program will include a variety of hands-on activities, team challenges and informative career related videos from a female perspective. The InSPIRE program provides students with a new perspective on skilled trades and technology careers by connecting these careers to classroom subjects and students’ passions. The program also provides useful industry resources and links to educational pathways. *Max 30 students per session
Rene Ragetli, Director of Operations Skills Canada British Columbia Michelle Skelly, Program Manager Skills Canada British Columbia
SESSION 4 – The magic of mentoring – how a mentoring relationship can provide support and enable success
Establishing a mentoring relationship is a great way to maximize your potential and advance your career. Using their experience and sharing their insights, a mentor can help you build your network, open doors and provide guidance. In a mentoring relationship the mentor and mentee grow together.
Come and be inspired by women talking about how their mentors have had a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. You will learn about the benefits of having a mentor, and get tips and ideas for how to find a mentor that can help you set and achieve career goals.
Dr. Maria Gyongyossy-Issa, Director, Pathology Education Centre, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC Anja Lanz, EIT, Haakon Industries Megan Leslie, P.Eng., Sustainability Consultant Lee Ling Yang, MSc, CAPM, Customer Success Manager at Vision Critical
Zhila Pirmoradi, Vice President, SCWIST – Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology
SESSION 5 – Finance the Future
What are the capital markets and why are they important? Participate in our Finance the Future game and learn how the capital markets affect the smallest and largest aspects of the Canadian economy, while also learning about the different areas of the capital markets.
Your team will conceptualize a product. With the help of an investment banker, discover the process of securing capital to develop and launch your product and learn how you can finance Canada’s future. Should you seek out a corporate banker? Someone from debt capital markets? Who else is available to you? You’ll have the opportunity to meet capital markets professionals from diverse areas of the industry, including Investment Banking, Private Equity, Corporate Banking, Equity Capital Markets and Debt Capital Markets, who will help you along the path to financing the future.
Gain insight into the world of financial markets, learn about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available to you, and find out why you may want to consider a career in the capital markets!
Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO, Women in Capital Markets
SESSION 6 – Create a Better Future: Engineer your World
What does an Engineer do? Where do they work? This panel has a variety of speakers, from new university students to successful professionals, and they’re all Engineers! Learn why all of them chose to become Engineers and how they are solving tomorrow’s problems today.
Dr. Lesley Shannon, P.Eng., NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, BC/Yukon, Simon Fraser University Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering, Director, eng•cite Engineering Outreach Program, University of British Columbia
Dania Carrillo, Assistant Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave, Civil Engineering Student, University of British Columbia Dr. Carolyn Sparrey, Associate Professor, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University Catherine Roome, President & CEO, BC Safety Authority Caroline Andrewes, Director, Risk Management, Creation Technologies
SESSION 7 – Superhero Plasmids Save the World!
Zombies are inhabiting an abandoned power plant and attacking trespassers. The unearthing of an Egyptian tomb has unleashed a curse that could wipe out entire species. An island of robots is poised to bring international shipping trade to a halt. Working in teams, you will combat these potential world-wide catastrophes while exploring the principles of biological engineering. Choosing from a set of genes, you will design a custom make plasmid (a small piece of DNA you can add to bacteria) with the traits it will take to save the world!
Ashley Port, Geneskool Summer Camp Director and Lower Mainland Assistant Coordinator Evelyn Sun, Student Madeline Couse, Student Maryam Ghaedi, Student Marija Jovanovic, Student Rania Khelifi, Student Maggie Cheng, Student