Gender Equality Conference: Overcoming Biases in the Workplace
November 22, 2018
8:00 am
2:30 pm
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street

How can we build better communities for everyone? Where are the seats of power to create change? This conference will inspire women to move into key leadership roles and drive the conversation to overcome institutional bias.

Getting Here
Anvil Centre is conveniently located across the street from New Westminster SkyTrain Station. If choosing to drive, there is limited underground parking available at Anvil Centre which can be accessed from Eighth Street. Alternative parking is available at Shops at New West or Front Street Parkade, as well as on-street parking.



7:45 AM - Registration open, coffee, continental breakfast

8:45 AM - Opening Remarks - Lisa Spitale, CAO, City Of New Westminster & Sharon Fisher, President Elect, Soroptimist International

9:00 AM - Keynote: Gender Equality and Overcoming Institutional Biases - Senator Mobina Jaffer

10:00 AM - Coffee break

10:15 AM - Panel 1: Why Women Are Great For Cities!

Themes include the impact women uniquely make on local government as an organization and government, and the physical/spatial changes due to a female's perspective. Moderator: Lisa Spitale; Panelists: Jerry Dobrovolny, GM Engineering, City Of Vancouver; Nina Leemhuis, CAO, District of West Vancouver; others to be confirmed.

11:00 AM - Panel 2: “Experiences, Challenges and How Women Can Be Heard At City Hall

Moderator: Bonita Zarrillo, Councillor Coquitlam; Panelists: Mary Ann Booth, Councillor West Vancouver; Ingrid Milne, Woodbridge Homes; Mary Trentadue, Councillor New Westminster; others to be confirmed.

12:00 PM - Lunch & Special Presentation (If you have food allergies please email with the subject line: Food allergy Nov 22.)

1:15 PM - Panel 3: Breaking In: Building Networks and Relationship

Moderator: Sharon Fisher, President Elect, Soroptimist International; Panelists: Kerry Gibson, UN Women 50/50; Mike Boehm, VP Business Development KPMG; Barbara Mowat, President Gro Your Biz.

2:15 PM - Closing Remarks

2:30 PM - Adjourn


Registration open Monday,October 1st to Friday, November 16, 2018.



Thursday, November 22, 2018
8:00 am
2:30 pm
City of New Westminster & Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities


Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street