International Women's Day 2020

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Name: International Women's Day 2020
Date: March 5, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM PST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. On March 5, the Tri-Cities Chamber is excited to host our 6th annual International Women's Day celebration.

Keynote Speaker: Jody Vance
Jody Vance is a born and raised Vancouverite who’s spent 30 years in both local and national media. The first woman in the history of Canadian TV to host her own sports show in primetime, since 2011 she’s been working in both TV and radio covering news and current affairs.

Jennifer McKinnon, Employment Engagement & Culture Specialist 

  • Jennifer is a BCIT graduate in Human Resources, Director for the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director for the Downtown PoCo BIA and President of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise. Jen owns Creating Culture, an HR and Community Relations consulting company. She offers a professional but personal approach to recommending best practices on maximizing employee and workplace potential, as well as provides high-level support to execute full-cycle recruitment and performance management processes. Jennifer is an active member and volunteer in the Tri-Cities community, speaker and mom to a sassy teenage girl. Passionate about efficiency, yoga, writing, reading, and giving back (not necessarily in that order) she lives every day to help others and enjoys mentoring and encouraging those looking to grow through professional projects and personal goals. 

Alison Berg, Photonic Inc. & SFU Venture Labs

  • Alison Berg is the VP of People and Communications at Photonic Inc, a Vancouver startup creating the world's first quantum processors in silicon. She holds 20+ years of strategic marketing, communications, and HR experience in the technology sector, having worked for early-stage innovators in big data, telecommuncations, and high-performance computing. She also currently serves as an Executive-in-Residence at SFU VentureLabs, mentoring technology companies as they prepare to scale up. 

Stacey Marshall, Vancouver Women in Technology
  • After accidently getting into IT sales 20 years ago, Stacey Marshall has enjoyed a successful career supporting enterprise clients evolve in the ever changing world of technology. Stacey recently started as a Sales Executive at TELUS and is incredibly proud to be part of an organization so committed not only to their customers, but also the community. In her spare time she is VP PR for her Toastmasters Club, an avid traveler, having been to 49 countries so far and an amateur photographer. Someday Stacey will focus on her professional speaking career, but for now tech is too much fun.

Leah Coss, Your Current Future 
  • Leah Coss is an Entrepreneur & Consultant with a background in Franchising & Culture Development. She has worked with brands such as 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, and other assorted service based industries. Franchising’s foundation is built on automation. Over her years, she observed as technology & automation simplified the way we do business, and with it, corporations & individuals were being “blindsided” by change and had to confront their actual Value to the economy. Even more alarming was that the education system was not preparing youth for The Future of Work. Co-Founding Build a Biz Kids & The Fuel Academy, Leah’s mission is to help Businesses & individuals remain relevant and create true fulfillment in their work in this ever-changing economy.

Michelle Sklar, Innovate BC 
  • Michelle Sklar is an entrepreneur and tech executive for Startups and Scale ups with expertise in strategic communications, marketing and PR. She has focused her professional career development on bringing ideas from inception to execution in the Emerging Technology, Digital Media, Events and Nonprofit industries. Having recently been the Director of Conferences role for SAAS NORTH, Canada's largest conference for SaaS companies scaling up, she is now the Events Director for the #BCTECH Summit, as well as an Executive in Residence with the Entrepreneurship@UBC Accelerator.  Michelle's core strengths are in brand & digital marketing, project management, team building and marketing operations. Michelle is passionate about people, innovation and helping entrepreneurs tell great stories. Her and her husband recently acquired a UVIN (wine-making business) in the bedroom community of New Westminster. Her insatiable appetite for travel and culinary adventures keeps her road-tripping across North America, taking cooking classes in Morocco and exploring beaches from Barcelona to Cuba.


  • 11:00 am - Registration Opens 
  • 11:30 am - Welcome & TD Presentation
  • 11:45 am - Lunch Served
  • 12:20 pm - Keynote Speaker
  • 1:10 pm - Panel Begins
  • 1:55 pm - Closing Remarks
  • 2:00 pm - End of Event 
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Event Sponsors:







Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club 
1630 Parkway Blvd, Coquitlam, BC 
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, March 5
11:00am to 2:00pm
Contact Information:
Chloe Wan, Special Events Coordinator
Member Ticket: $55 +GST
Member Table of 8: $420 +GST
Future Member Ticket: $95 +GST
Future Member Table of 8: $740 +GST
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