Carrie Gallant – M.C., Speaker and Consultant

Passionate about creating positive change in the world, Carrie devoted ten years of her early career to the Ontario Pay Equity Commission, first as a mediator-adjudicator, then as Chief Legal Counsel. Having observed the powerful difference legislation can make in many women’s lives by shifting gender inequities in pay systems, Carrie also discovered that profound and lasting change occurs when women are empowered to create positive changes in their own lives. A current theme of Carrie’s work is empowering women to create positive change in their worlds through mastering the art of negotiating and influencing, authentically and with integrity.

Carrie left Toronto in June 2001 for the beauty and outdoor life in Vancouver, and to become Director of the conflict resolution program at the Justice Institute of BC. After leaving there to launch her consulting business, Gallant Solutions Inc., Carrie continues to provide mediation, facilitation, coaching and negotiation consulting services to a wide variety of private and public sector organizations, nationally and internationally. An adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, where she has taught both Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy, Carrie is also a frequent speaker and facilitator at conferences throughout North America. She likes to blend her creative side by incorporating improvisational and forum theatre techniques into her work. A highlight has been her role as Legal Consultant for Headlines Theatre’s historic 2004 legislative theatre project, Practicing Democracy, including presenting the audiences’ recommendations to Vancouver City Council with Artistic Director, David Diamond.

Her current community involvement includes: Vice President of CoRe Conflict Resolution Society; Advisory Board member for the Young Women in Business; and Mentor with both the Advancing Women Leaders program with Women in Leadership Foundation, and the Connect to Success program with the Vancouver YWCA.


Constance Barnes, Vancouver Park Board Commissioner

Constance was elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2008. As a single mother, supporter of the Arts, community activist and Not-for-Profit leader, Constance is passionate about bringing change to our city in order to restore and improve community centres and recreation systems throughout Vancouver and stop the erosion of outdoor swimming pools that brought so much joy to her and her children.

“We need to bring back the programs and facilities that once served our families and communities.”

Constance’s father was the late Emery Barnes, one of the first Black politicians elected to the legislative assembly in British Columbia. He was known for his work relating to social justice, human rights and poverty. Constance is a strong voice in continuing his legacy of a “tradition of change and community participation”.

In addition to her work as a Park Commisioner, Constance serves on the board of the Canadian Special Events Society, was Operations Manager for Storyeum and has contributed hundreds of hours to grassroots community initiatives throughout the city.


Marcello Bernardo, Reporter and Part-time anchor CKNW

I graduated from BCIT’s Broadcast Communications program in 1994 and worked for a radio station (Pattison Group) in Kamloops until 2001 when I returned to Vancouver.

I did a brief stint at Canadian Press, then worked at News1130 for three years before coming to CKNW in May of 2004. I am currently a reporter and part-time anchor with hopes of hosting my own talk show on CKNW some day (and dreams of marrying George Clooney).


Frances Bula

Frances Bula has been covering Vancouver city politics and urban issues for 15 years. She is currently the city columnist for Vancouver Magazine, a contributer to the Globe and Mail and BCBusiness magazine, an urban-issues guest columnist on CBC’s The Point, and a political commentator locally on CKNW, CBC, and CTV. As well, she has an urban-issues blog at www.francesbula.com. Prior to that, she was the city-hall reporter at the Vancouver Sun for 15 years. She has seen many politicians at work in her 25-year journalism career and has always been impressed by the variety of skills — including performance art — demanded of them.


Hon. Pat Carney,Senator for B.C. (ret)

Carney was elected as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1980, the first woman to serve as a Conservative MP from British Columbia. She was re-elected in 1984 and withdrew in 1988 due to arthritis.

Carney was summoned to the Senate of Canada in1990 and is the second longest serving member of the Conservative caucus.

Senator Carney has held a number of senior positions, including Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Minister of International Trade, and President of the Treasury Board. Since her appointment to the Senate in 1990, Senator Carney has also served as a member of several Senate Standing Committees, including as Chair of the Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and co-chair the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on Lightstations.

Senator Carney’s priority before retiring in January of 2008 was to re-introduce two private members bills that died on the order paper with September’s prorogation: Bill S-215, An Act to Protect Heritage Lighthouses, (formerly Bill S-220); and Bill S-217, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act (bulk water removal) (formerly Bill S-225).


Christy Clark

Christy Clark was born and raised in Greater Vancouver, where she has an extensive track record of community involvement and leadership for British Columbia’s families.

Clark studied political science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Universite de la Sorbonne in Paris.

In 1996 she was elected to the British Columbia legislature where, as an opposition MLA, she distinguished herself as a passionate champion for children. This commitment continued when the BC Liberals formed government and she was appointed Minister of Education and Deputy Premier in 2001.

As Education Minister, Clark brought major changes to the school system, focusing on improved accountability and outcomes. She increased parental involvement, led the effort to end junk food sales in schools and introduced a fellowship to recognize excellence in teaching.

In 2004 Clark was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development where she delivered increased funding for childcare. She was the first politician in BC to advocate tax credits for parents who enroll their children in sports, recreation and the arts.

On a personal note, Clark was the first Cabinet Minister in Canada to have a baby while serving as a member of the executive council. Her son Hamish was born three months after she was first appointed.

Clark retired from politics in 2005 to spend more time with her family.

She is now the host of the “Christy Clark Show” on CKNW – BC’s most listened to radio station . In addition, she writes a column for the Vancouver Province newspaper that appears on its editorial pages, she regularly is on CTV Newsnet’s The Verdict as a roundtable guest and is associated with Burrard Executive Search.

Clark lives in Vancouver with her son Hamish and husband Mark Marissen.


Elizabeth Cull, Former MLA, Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Elizabeth Cull was elected to the Legislature in 1989 for the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Re-elected in 1991, she served as Minister of Health, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations. After leaving elected office, Elizabeth served as Chief of Staff to BC Premier Dosanjh in 2001.

Before entering provincial politics, Elizabeth was a community planner for the BC government. She was also a school trustee and an elected member of the BC Government Employees’ Union. She has an MA in Community and Regional Planning from UBC and a BA in Urban Studies from York University.

In 2002, Elizabeth entered the entrepreneurial world and opened a retail business devoted to gardening. Discovering that the skills necessary for a successful political life are the same as those required to be a successful entrepreneur, Elizabeth has bought a second business and the franchise rights to expand the business throughout Canada.

Elizabeth teaches part-time at Royal Roads University in the areas of leadership development, systems thinking, public policy and the political process and is a regular commentator on CBC Vancouver Island’s political panel.


Hon. Mary Collins

From 1984 – 93 Mary served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament representing the constituency of Capilano – Howe Sound in BC. From 1989-93 she was a Cabinet Minister and was the first woman to hold the position of Associate Minister of National Defence. She also served as Minister of Health, Status of Women, Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for Environment.

After spending the last five years in Russia working on health policy, she has recently returned to Vancouver, where she is Director of the BC Healthy Living Alliance.

Mary was born in Vancouver and graduated from Queen’s University in Political Science. She has three adult children and has been an active participant in many community activities throughout her career as well in the advancement of women in political life.


Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East

Libby was first elected as Member of Parliament for Vancouver East in 1997. Re-elected in 2000, again in June 2004, 2006, and most recently in 2008, she is the Deputy Leader of the NDP, and has served as NDP House Leader since 2003. Libby is also the federal NDP Spokesperson for Drug Policy Reform and Solicitation Laws.

Her history as a strong community activist for Vancouver East began over 30 years ago. She and her late partner, Bruce Eriksen, were key figures in the formation of the Downtown Eastside Residents’ Association (DERA) in 1973. In 10 years of community organizing, Libby developed her strong grassroots approach to working with people and diverse communities.

Born in 1953 in England, Libby came to Canada in 1968. She moved to Vancouver in 1969 and has one son, Lief Eriksen. She lives with her partner, Kimberly Elliott.


Hon. Anne Edwards

A BC MLA for ten years, New Democrat Anne Edwards has served in cabinet and in opposition. Elected in 1986 for Kootenay-now called East Kootenay-her main areas of interest revolved around natural resources, and she became minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources from 1991 to 1996. She takes great pride in her work to found the Columbia Basin Trust, which returns Columbia River Treaty benefits to the region which cradles the river.

A long-time journalist, last November she published Seeking Balance:

Conversations with BC Women in Politics. She has also worked as a college English instructor, has chaired an Unemployment Insurance Board of Referees and a regional district Board of Variance. She was editor-in chief of a chain of community newspapers in the Kootenays and has worked in radio, television and the print media as well as freelancing for magazines. She is the mother of four, the grandmother of 11 and the great-grandmother of one.


Hon. Hedy Fry

The Honourable Hedy Fry, federal Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Centre, was born in Trinidad & immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s. In her previous capacity as a physician, Dr. Fry served as the spokesperson for the Canadian Medial Association, and then became the first female President of the British Columbia Medical Association in 1990.

Dr. Fry was first elected to federal Parliament in 1993 and has remained MP for Vancouver Centre ever since. She served six years as the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women. Dr. Fry is currently in her 6th term as an MP and has Opposition Critic for Sport and the 2010 Olympics, and Heritage. She is currently Chair of the Committee for Status of Women.


Betsy Goldberg, Senior Manager, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

Betsy Goldberg is a senior manager with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. She has trained hundreds of spokespeople from companies such as Microsoft, General Electric and Starbucks and created programs to strengthen participant communications skills. Betsy brings both PR expertise and media savvy to her trainings, building on her background as a television reporter, anchor and producer. She has also designed and taught broadcast journalism courses at colleges and published articles on media training and media relations. Betsy received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.


Sue Hammell

Sue Hammell was first elected as the MLA for Surrey–Green Timbers in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996. She was re-elected again on May 17, 2005.

Sue was elected Assistant Deputy Speaker of the Legislature.

Sue served in a number of cabinet positions as MLA, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and the Minister for Women’s Equality. In addition, she was Government Caucus Chair and was active on several legislative committees.

Sue is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia.

Sue has been working with Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute since 2000. With NDI she traveled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates.

In 2002, Sue worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director. She developed the Society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over 2 million dollars.

Born in Vancouver, Sue was raised on Sea Island in Richmond. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, in Courtenay and Surrey. Sue is married and has one grown daughter, Sage.

Sue and her husband John have lived in the Surrey Green Timbers area since 1990.


Margaret Hope, Internationally Accredited Speaker

Margaret Hope, author of You’re Speaking – But Are You Connecting? is speaking at her 11th Campaign School. She is an Adjunct Professor at SFU as well as creating and teaching courses for her many corporate and association clients. Marg keynotes conferences and also coaches executives and politicians helping them to craft and polish critical speeches. She holds a Masters Degree in (Speech) Education, and has been teaching others to communicate for more than 25 years. She is the only Canadian woman and one of fewer than 65 speakers worldwide ever to qualify as an Internationally Accredited Professional Speaker. Margaret is a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International).


Lois Johnson

Lois Johnson is a long-time political activist working primarily at the federal level, where she has served on national campaign teams, two leadership campaigns and managed several local riding campaigns. She has also worked on nomination campaigns at all three levels of government and campaigns at the municipal level.

She also fund-raises to help find solutions for treatment and rehabilitation for drug dependent and mentally ill Vancouver Downtown East Side residents and was on the Board of the Vancouver Public Library for 4 years, including as Vice Chair and Chair of Strategic Planning.

She is co-owner of a manufacturers’ representative firm in the high tech field.


Anna Lilly, VP Fleishman-Hillard Canada

Anna Lilly is vice president with Fleishman-Hillard Canada in Vancouver. She is a communication strategist specializing in public affairs, media relations, and corporate communications.

Fleishman-Hillard Canada provides communications, government relations and opinion research services across Canada through its offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The Fleishman-Hillard group of companies is a worldwide leader in strategic communications with more than 80 offices around the globe.

Before joining Fleishman-Hillard in 2007, Ms. Lilly was Director of Community Relations in the office of Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. Previously, she was a Consultant with Fleishman-Hillard in Vancouver (formerly GPC Public Affairs) and Manager of Corporate and Marketing Communications for a global Internet solutions company with offices in North America and Europe. Ms. Lilly began her career as a journalist with Business in Vancouver Media Group and was Editor of The Western Investor, Canada’s leading commercial real estate and business investment publication.

An active community volunteer, Ms. Lilly has led charitable projects in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and in the arts sector, in addition to her involvement in party politics in British Columbia. She holds a Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations from Kwantlen University College.


Sophie Lui, Anchor, Global TV

Anchor, Saturday and Sunday Morning News & Noon News

Sophie Lui has been a part of the Global BC family for a number of years – whether in Vancouver or in Victoria at affiliate CHEK News. In early 2008, Sophie began filling in on Global BC’s Saturday and Sunday Morning News, as well as Noon News programs.

Her favourite part of the job is the opportunity to learn something new every day. She loves that she has an occupational excuse to call just about anybody to ask just about any question.

Sophie was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and has been a news junkie for as long as she can remember. She attended BCIT and graduated from the Broadcast Radio program. From there, she worked at several news radio stations like CKNW, CKIQ-Kelowna, and CFAX-Victoria – before turning toward television news.


Penny Priddy, Former MP

Penny Priddy was elected Member of Parliament for Surrey North in 2006. After six successful elections and twenty two years of holding elected positions, she chose not to reoffer her name in the last federal election.

Penny has a long history of representing her community. She chaired the Surrey School Board, served as a City Councilor, and was the MLA for Surrey-Newton from 1991 to 2001. As an MLA, she held a number of cabinet portfolios in the BC NDP government — including Children and Families, Health, Education, Labour, Women’s Equality. and Small Business Tourism and Culture.

Penny is the only woman in Canadian history to be elected to school board, city council, the provincial legislature and the House of Commons. She is also the co-chair of the Women’s Campaign School. In 2001, Penny received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for her service to the people of BC.

Penny is originally a nurse by education. In her career outside public life, she has worked at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, served as Executive Director for the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living, and has been a faculty member. at BC’s Douglas College . She has also worked as an independent consultant providing evaluation, education and strategic planning for a wide variety of organizations. Penny moved to B.C. in 1981 after living and working in Toronto, Northern Ontario and Nova Scotia. She was first elected to public office in 1986.

Penny continues to be involved as a community activist with various groups and organizations and most recently was elected to the Board of Children of The Street Society.

She has recently established Penny Priddy Consulting.

As a woman surviving after breast cancer, Penny mentors other women and their families who are walking a similar journey.

Penny and Robert Priddy have two children and three grandchildren


Chief Lisa Shaver

Chief Lisa Shaver is currently the Chief of the Penelakut Tribe. She was first elected as councilor in 2002 and then elected Chief in 2006 and then re-elected in 2008.

She is the former President of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group and on the board of the Kwumut Lelum Child Care Society and the Hul’hetun Health Society.

Chief Shaver is also the Assembly of First Nations National Women’s Council Regional Representative to BC and serves on the Assembly of First Nations Chief’s Economic Development Committee. She has also served as a member to the Federal Government Treasury Board’s Aboriginal Horizontal Manament Committee. In addition, she was a participant attending the First Nations Leadership Selection Focus Group sponsored by Department of Indian Affairs in colloboration with Assembly of First Nations. Currently a member of the Union of BC Indian Chief’s Social Development Committee. Her educational background includes a Certificate in Indigenous Relations from Royal Roads University 2003 and a Certificate of Completion from The Osoyoos Indian Band Centre for Aboriginal Community Enterprise 2007.

She is a happy single mother of three children, ages 12, 10, and 2 and they live on Kuper Island.


Councillor Barinder Rasode

Councillor Barinder Rasode grew up in Kamloops BC and has been a resident of Surrey for the past 20 years. She studied at SFU and works for the Professional Employees Association.

Councillor Rasode believes that we need a better public transit system and supports Mayor Watts’ work to get greater funding from Victoria and Ottawa to address transit funding inadequacies in Surrey. She Chairs the Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Committee and serves on the Capital Cabinet of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. She also volunteers for the RCMP.

Councillor Rasode organizes the Annual Rasode Soccer Tournament to raise awareness about the negative impact of drugs. In 2007, over 1,100 young people participated in the Tournament in Newton.


Councillor Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer is a first-time Vancouver City Councillor. She previously served as a Vancouver School Trustee (2002-2005), the first to be elected in Canada under the Green Party banner and one of the first elected officials in the country to maintain a blog while in public office.

No stranger to the backrooms, Andrea has served as the communication director for the BC Green Party (2001 provincial election), was a long time chair of the Vancouver Green Party, and co-chaired Gregor Robertson’s successful campaign for the Vision Vancouver mayoral nomination.

Andrea is the current Executive Director of the Wilderness Committee and has volunteered with many community organizations including serving as past President of the Canadian Women Voters Congress.


Katherine Whittred

Katherine Whittred has served as a BC MLA for 13 years. First elected in 1996, she was re-elected in 2001 and 2005 for her riding of North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

In her many years of public service, Ms. Whittred continues to be a strong advocate for seniors and social issues.

Ms. Whittred currently serves as Deputy Speaker in the BC Legislative Assembly.

Her previous responsibilities have included chairing a number of Committees, including the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development and the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth.

Ms. Whittred has also served in Cabinet as Minister of State for Intermediate, Long Term and Home Care.

Further in her quest to advocate for seniors, she helped to guide BC into abolishing the practice of mandatory retirement based on age.

Before her career in politics, Ms. Whittred was a secondary teacher. Katherine and her husband Don live in North Vancouver, nearby to their grown children and grandchildren.


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