Friday May 3, 2013 from 7:30 AM to 6:15 PM PDT
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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel 
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Danna Murray 
The Minerva Foundation for BC Women 
604-683-7635 ext 228 

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              Join us for a day of dialogue and discovery.

Learn how exceptional leaders are taking their values to work
and changing the face of leadership.

Friday, May 3, 2013 is your opportunity to participate in Vancouver’s first Changing the Face of Leadership Conference, a one day forum for women and men to engage in conversation and dialogue on values-based leadership.

Meet inspirational thought leaders from business, politics, social enterprise and the arts, and engage in interactive sessions dealing with emerging trends and the important issues and challenges facing leaders today.

As host, the Minerva Foundation for BC Women will bring together 225 men and women senior leaders and advancing leaders from around the province and beyond for this dynamic one day event.

Conference Fee: Includes admission, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and closing reception
$225 Early bird (before April 1st)
$275 (after March 31st)

Registration: from 7:30am
Conference: 8:30am - 6:15pm

Special Guest Speakers:
  • Danielle Bochove Broadcast Business Journalist
  • Launi Skinner  CEO of First West Credit Union
    Influential Women in Business Award – Business in Vancouver 2012
    Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award 2012, 2011, 2010

Conference Breakout Sessions: (will need to choose one when registering)

FULL 1. Taking Your Values to Work Panel
Moderated by: Nancy McKinstry: Director HSBC Canada

As more and more leaders become values-driven in both their personal and professional lives, it is not surprising that these values will have implications on their leadership journey.  Four inspiring and successful leaders will share their stories on how they have been able to create professional environments that match their values without compromising those whom they lead.

Panellists include: 
Fiona Macfarlane: Mg. Partner, Western Canada & Chief Inclusiveness Officer – Ernst & Young
Margaret Wheeler:
Senior VP, People Potential – lululemon athletica
Colin Hansen: MLA – Vancouver Quilchena
Brenda Leong: Chair and Chief Executive Officer BC Securities Commission

FULL  2. Transformational Failure: Turning Adversity into Success Panel
Moderated by: Lis Welch
: Vice Chair, the Welch Group

Every successful leader has faced some kind of adversity in his or her career and some will have even experienced significant failures that have transformed their leadership journey. Four passionate and highly successful leaders from Vancouver will share their stories and how they managed to turn adversity into success.

Panellists include:
Patricia Graham: VP Digital – Pacific Newspaper Group
Tracy Theemes: Financial Advisor – Sophia Financial Group
Yuri Fulmer: Chairman and CEO – FDC Capital Partners
Neil Chrystal: President and CEO – Polygon Homes

3. Respectful Workplaces? Holding Leaders Accountable Panel
Moderated by: Anne Stewart
Q.C.: Blake, Cassels & Graydon

Is your workplace a respectful environment for its employees? Do all individuals feel safe, healthy, valued and encouraged to excel or are some feeling belittled, intimidated or afraid to speak up? Is diversity (in the broadest sense of that word – including age, gender, culture, approach) seen as an asset to be cultivated or a problem to managed? How do you, as a leader, address these issues and, in turn, help to ensure a respectful environment in your workplace. In 2012, the BC Government passed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act which specifically address bullying and harassment. This session will discuss experiences, solutions and legislation, including the amendments. All of our panellists are recognized experts in their fields who will offer their unique perspective on these issues as well as practical and insightful strategies.

Panellists include:
Erica Pinsky: Respectful Workplace Solutions Expert
Shona Moore:
Partner – Moore Edgar Lyster
Blair Herrebout, CPP, CPOI: Securiguard Services Ltd.
Fiona Easton: HR Manager – TELUS Diversity & Inclusiveness

FULL 4. Innovation and Social Change Panel
Moderated by: Kirsten Sutton
: Managing Director – SAP Labs Canada

We are now in an era where innovation and social change are critical to the success of every enterprise, whether in business, politics or the non-profit sector. More than ever we must now embrace vital new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs of all kinds. Four engaging and knowledgeable speakers will share their expertise in innovation and social change.

Panelists include:
Joel Solomon: President & CEO – Renewal Foundation
David LePage: Team Manager – Enterprising Non-Profits
Jess Fraser: Co-Founder – Mobile Movement
Bryn Sadownik: Program Manager, Evaluation & Community Impact-Vancity Community Foundation

More information and a conference schedule will soon be available online at

We are also working to ensure that all efforts are being made to reduce our carbon footprint. Where possible we will be using recycled materials.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are possible only until April 1st, less a $49 admin fee.

**Also please note that some of the speakers listed may change without notice, but we will do our best to let you know in advance if possible.

We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our sponsors

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Presenting Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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