Master of Ceremonies
Thursday, October 1st
Liaison to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Past TV News Anchor
Pamela Martin is currently Liaison to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Director of Engagement for the BC Liberal Party. She previously worked as a television journalist, anchoring award-winning newscasts and reporting in the British Columbia market for over 35 years.
From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Martin served as Director of Outreach in the office of Premier Christy Clark. (Her prior political experience includes serving as membership chair for Clark’s successful campaign for the BC Liberal Party leadership in 2011.)
Pamela Martin has been a pioneer for women in BC broadcasting, with numerous “firsts” in the industry. She began her broadcast journalism career in 1975 at CHEK-TV in Victoria. A year later she became the first female beat reporter for top-rated radio station CKNW. That same year, she joined BCTV as a reporter and became the station’s first female anchor of a major Six pm newscast in B.C. in 1977.
Ms. Martin anchored, reported and produced newscasts at BCTV until 2001, when she joined the BC affiliate of the CTV network as anchor of CTV News at Six. With Martin at the helm, CTV News at Six won numerous awards including Best Newscast of 2010 chosen by the Radio and Television News Directors, the 2008 International Edward R. Murrow award and in 2006, the RTNDA National Award for Best Spot News Coverage.
In 2008, Martin was awarded the National RTNDA Award for Best Feature Story for her report on breast cancer, called “Kelli’s Red Devils.” In 2003, she won a Leo Award (BC’s Oscar Awards for Film and Television) chosen by viewers as favourite on-air news personality. And in 2000, Martin was chosen Woman of the Year by the Consumers Choice Awards.
In 2010, Martin and Bill Good anchored a nightly national Olympic newscast for the duration of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, winning numerous broadcasting awards.
Ms. Martin served as Co-Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland campaign of 2008. She was Honourary Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society campaign for BC/Yukon from 1998 to 2003. She stepped off the boards of the Looking Glass Foundation (for eating disorders) and the Pacific Autism Family Centre when she became active in politics and is currently on the board of the Face the World Foundation.
She also served on the board of directors for the Vancouver International Film Festival for 18 years. One of her most cherished memories is running with the torch for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Pamela was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 1968, as Miss Teen USA, she toured the US and Japan. Pamela became of proud Canadian Citizen in 2002.
Friday, October 2nd
The Storytelling Coach & Former TV News Correspondent
Diana Bishop is the creator of The Success Story Program™ which helps leaders in Business, Politics, Law, Healthcare and Not For Profit organizations shape their identities, raise their profiles and become confident and authentic communicators and specialists in their fields.
In her more than 20 years as a TV news correspondent, Diana Bishop has had a journalism career that has taken her far and wide. As a result, Diana has established an impressive network of global contacts.
She has interviewed presidents and prime ministers, covered major national and international news events and specialized in the internal workings of Canadian politics and foreign policy.
After cutting her teeth with CBC News in Montreal and Quebec City in the 80’s, Diana was snapped up by CTV National News in 1989 to become a National Political Correspondent in Ottawa where she filed news and did live reports on the Meech Lake constitutional crisis, the Oka Indian crisis, Commonwealth and Francophone Summits, visits by Russian President Boris Yeltsin, US President George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela’s first trip abroad, as well as traveled with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney across Canada, the US, France and Africa.
In 1992, Diana was posted as Beijing Bureau Chief, making history as CTV’s first full-time female foreign correspondent.
In CTV’s affiliation with ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Diana filed more than 100 news reports and current affairs documentaries on Chinese politics, human rights, and China’s economic and social revolution, as well as Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s first Team Canada business tour in 1994 to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Hanoi. Diana’s work in China earned her a Gemini nomination in 1995 for best reportage.
Then NBC News came knocking and Diana spent an additional year in China rebuilding the NBC News bureau and running Asia coverage for Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Weekend Nightly, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In 1997, Diana returned as a Senior Parliamentary Correspondent first for CTV News in Ottawa where she made regular contributions to W5, Sunday Edition with Mike Duffy and anchored Canada AM Weekend and CTV NewsNet. In 1999, Diana moved to Global Television where she travelled with Jean Chretien to international summits like the G8, as well as covered his 2000 federal re-election campaign..
Diana has also produced several documentaries, and most recently wrote, narrated and produced a one-hour documentary for Global Television entitled A Hero To Me exploring the legacy of her famous grandfather and Canadian icon World War One flying ace Billy Bishop.