International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

On March 8, the Chamber celebrates the achievements women have made locally, provincially and federally.

2022 | IWD – Break the Bias:

  • Keynote: Robyn Chisholm – VP, Commercial Banking, Scotiabank
  • Keynote: Robyn Chisholm – VP, Commercial Banking, Scotiabank
  • Panelist: Armin Amrolia – Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Panelist: Julia Chung – CEO, Spring Plans & Admin Slayer


2021 | IWD – Choose to Challenge:

  • Keynote: Dr. Lori Brotto, Psychologist
  • Local Inspiration: Angela Calla, The Angela Calla Mortgage Team
  • Local Inspiration: Sonia Andhi, Family Counsellor


2020 | IWD – Each for Equal:

  • Keynote: Jody Vance, Broadcaster, Writer & Entrepreneur
  • Emcee: Jennifer McKinnon, Chair, Women in Business Committee
  • Moderator: Alison Berg, Photonic Inc & SFU Venture Labs
  • Panelist: Stacey Marshall, Vancouver Women in Technology
  • Panelist: Leah Coss, Your Current Future
  • Panelist: Michelle Sklar, Innovate BC


2019 | IWD – Balance for Better:

  • Keynote: Leah Pells, RCC, Olympian, Mental Health Advocate
  • Special Guest: Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
  • Emcee: Wendy Mein, Director of Membership, Tri-CIties Chamber
  • Panelist: Lexa Hobenshield, External Relations Manager, Trans Mountain
  • Panelist: Claire MacLean, CEO, SHARE Family & Community Services Society
  • Panelist: Michelle Tremblay, Health & Wellness Coach, MPower Lives Company


2018 | IWD – Press for Progress:

  • Keynote: Fiona Forbes, Award Winning TV Host & Producer
  • Emcee: Karen Daniels, Morning Show Host, 93.7FM
  • Presenter: Kindi Dulai-Gill, Spark Expansion Consulting
  • Presenter: Sue Clement, Success Coaching
  • Presenter: Sandra Horton, Women’s Collaborative Hub




international women's day panelists

2017 | IWD – Be Bold for Change:

  • Keynote: Janet Austin, COO, YWCA Metro Vancouver
  • Panelist: Lisa Beecroft, Owner, Caffe Divano
  • Panelist: Lora Covinha, General Manager, Phoenix Truck & Crane
  • Panelist: Sheila Sharma, Owner, The Giggle Dam


2016 | IWD – Celebrating the Journey:International Women's Day 2016 Panel

  • Keynote: Rachel Lewis, COO, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Panelist: Bonita Zarrillo, Delegate to UN 16th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women 2016
  • Panelist: Sandra Horton, Owner & Change Agent, Horton Collaborations
  • Panelist: Hazel Postma, Vice President of External Relations, Douglas College
  • Panelist: Trish Mandewo, Serial Entrepreneur, Owner, Vancouver Tumblebus, Sensabus & more


International Women's Day 2015 - Keynotes

2015 | IWD – Elevate:

  • Barbara Stegemann, Top Game Changer CBC’s Dragon’s Den & CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues
  • Senator Yonah Martin, First Korean-Canadian Senator of Canada
  • W. Brett Wilson, Dragon Emeritus

2015 VIDEO