Mistress of Ceremonies
Mistress of Ceremonies
Trailblazing, award-winning news anchor and journalist. Public catalyst for change throughout British Columbia.
Pamela Martin is a trail-blazing and renowned veteran for women in news broadcasting in British Columbia. She is an award-winning news anchor and journalist who brought critical issues into the homes of British Columbians and helped shape their understanding of them for over 30 years.
Subsequently, Pamela parlayed her public profile to become a catalyst for change in BC, helping to elect the first woman Premier of British Columbia. As Director of Outreach in the Office of the Premier, Pamela engaged with stakeholders around the province and helped to advance issues in the BC economy for families.
As a broadcaster, she earned the trust of millions of British Columbians and is recognized as a source of fair and accurate information. For over two decades, Pamela was an integral member of a team that created and produced the highest-rated and most-watched local newscast in Canada at BCTV.
Over the course of her journalism career, she interviewed numerous newsworthy celebrities including every Canadian Prime Minister, US President Bill Clinton, US Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Cuban President Fidel Castro, feminist Gloria Steinem and actress Jane Fonda.
In addition to her career, Pamela has lent her profile and expertise to many charities and non-profit organizations.
Currently, Pamela serves on the board of Coast Mental Health Foundation, and the Pacific Autism Family Network Foundation supporting people with autism and their families, as well as the Face the World Foundation providing abused children, battered women, the hungry, the homeless, seniors and youth with a brighter future.
Pamela also serves in the cabinet of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Centre and on the Women’s Leadership Circle Advisory Council of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, which works to promote increased diversity in the BC business community. She is an executive board member of the Women’s Network of BC Liberal Party and has helped expand their membership and influence.
Pamela served as co-chair of the United Way Campaign of the Lower Mainland in 2008, one of the largest and most extensive charities in Vancouver. She was Honourary Chair of the Canadian Cancer Society for the BC/Yukon region from 1998 to 2003 and has been actively involved in numerous other community organizations, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Variety Club, for decades. Previously, she served on the boards of the Looking Glass Foundation (for eating disorders) and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Pamela graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and also studied in Mexico City and Florence, Italy.
Pamela is long time Vancouver resident and was a former Miss Teen USA. She is the mother of 2 children, including of a disabled adult child, and is particularly passionate about helping women and children succeed.