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Speakers at a Glance


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Gayle Lemmon

 Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Journalist and New York Times bestselling author of
Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers
(Soon to be Produced by Reese Witherspoon)  

& ” The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

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Peter Hall

Vice President & Chief Economist, EDC


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Pamela Martin

Liaison to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Director of Engagement, BC Liberals
Former TV News Anchor


Belle Puri

Award-Winning Journalist, Producer & Reporter, CBC


Angela Hofmann

President of World Strategies, LLC

Special Guests!

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Deputy Mayor Meggs

City of Vancouver


Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni, PhD

Kaouthar Feminine Capital & Goddess Belly Dance, Assistant Professor in Gender & Media, University of Amsterdam

 Shamantsut (Amanda) Nahanee

 Senior Cultural Ambassador, ChinookSongCatchers

Amy Carruthers

Partner, Global Energy Group, Fasken Martineau LLP

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Lisa Milburn

COO, BMO Insurance & Executive Sponsor BMO for Women, BMO Bank of Montreal

Michael E. Bonner

Sr. VP and Regional Head, BC & Yukon Division, BMO Bank of Montreal

Plenary Speakers!


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Alyse Nelson

Co-Founder, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

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Amanda Ellis

Special Advisor for International Programs & Partnerships
Office of the President, East West Center


Keith Tuffley

Managing Partner & CEO of The B Team and the Founder and Chairman of NEUW Ventures SA


Mahmoud Mohieldin

Senior VP for the SDGs and UN Relations and Partnerships, World Bank Group

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Sophie Pierre

OBC, OOC, and Ktunaxa Hereditary Chief

Chastity Davis

Owner, Chastity Davis Consulting

Ray Gerow

Ray Gerow

President, Eagle Spirit Community Solutions

Shelly Vermillion

Shelly Vermillion

Founder & CEO of Naoka Inc, Founding Principal Partner of In Synch Consulting Inc


Dr. Aladar A. Szalay, PhD

Founder & CEO, StemImmune Inc., Professor, University of Würzburg & University of California San Diego


Claudia Mitchell, PhD.

CEO of Universal Cells


Dan Sutton

Founder & Managing Director, Tantalus Labs

Juggy Sihota-Chahil


VP- Consumer Health, TELUS

Dr. Ailish Campbell

Chief  Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister,  International Business Development, Global Affairs Canada 

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Kristi Miller

National Managing Director, First West Capital 

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CEO/Founder, Stonz, MBA

Mary Jane Devine PhotoMary Jane Devine

President, MIO Global

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Ajung Moon

Founder & Director of Open Roboethics Institute (ORi)

Aliya AmershiAliya Amershi

CEO & Founder of AskaTechie


Christian Cotochini

Co-Founder & CEO of HeroX


Michael Litt

CEO, Vidyard

Meet the Experts!

Adrian Davis

President, Whetstone Inc.

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Ann Gomez

Founder & President, Clear Concept Inc.

Anne C. Graham

Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Accelerator 

Athena Taddei

President, Little Fish Big Pond 

Bob Lawrence

President, VEER Business Advisors

Camilita Nuttall

Founder, Event of Champions®, Executive Business Mentor & 7 Times Award Winning Sales Trainer

Catherine Grosz

Manager, Supplier Diversity at BMO Financial Group/  BMO Harris Bank

Chala Dincoy

CEO & Founder, The Repositioning Expert

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Owner & CEO, Antenna Social Media & Design

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CEO & Founder, Shift People Development and Chair of GroYourBiz St. John’s

DianeDiane McCurdy

CEO of McCurdy Financial Planning LL

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CEO, The Rice People

Archer-JenniferJennifer Archer

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jessica PautschJessica Pautsch

Founder & Visionary, MESHX

High_Res_Digital_Image_20170110-Hodgson-9573-Edit-3Kate Hodgson

Founder of 9to5 Narrative

Kari Yuers PhotoKari Yuers, FACI

President & CEO

Kelly-Lovell picKelly Lovell

Youth Mobilizer and CEO, Lovell Corporation

Kindi Dulai-Gill

Founder & CEO, Spark Expansion Ltd.

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Owner & Creative Director, Impagination Inc.

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Lisa Will

CEO/Founder, Stonz, MBA

Liz Radzick

President, Manifest Consulting

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Manager, Technology Strategy, Procurement & Supply Chain at TELUS

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CEO, Imprint Plus

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President, SommEvents

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President of WBE Canada

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CO-CEO & Co-Founder of Nature’s Path Foods Inc.

Roger Haskett

Owner, Artistic Director, Engagement Unlimited

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Founder & CEO, Livestreaming World Summit LLC

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Publisher of Barlow Books“Can a Book Grow Your Business?”

Sharon Gilmour-Glover

Chief Implementation Officer, Light-Core Inc.

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CEO of Corporate Attraction

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Sheri Spinks

Director of Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Diversity, DATA Communications Management

Vanessa-Shaw-photoVanessa Shaw

Business Success Coach

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