CFA Society Vancouver

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies

 Women's Symposium

Effecting Change: Closing the Gender Gap
March 5, 2015





Women's Symposium Agenda


Chief Superintendent Gordon Black - Trusting your Instincts, Leading with Confidence
Presented by Odlum Brown Limited

At the time of his retirement after thirty years of service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Mr. Black held responsibility for the Force’s overall National Operational Readiness capabilities. As the founding member and leader of the RCMP’s Domestic and International Response Group of Hostage Negotiators he and his team were tasked with securing the release of Canadians kidnapped or taken hostage overseas. He was positioned as a strategic advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Privy Council and Office of the Prime Minister on all terrorism related hostage takings.


Often described as Canada's “go to guy” when it came to resolving international hostage taking, Mr. Black has talked to and captivated kidnappers, terrorists and audiences of all flavours. Referencing real cases from war torn Iraq, the jungles of South America, the darkest reaches of the African Continent and right here at home, the audience is taken behind the scenes of the investigation and inside the minds of both the adversary and the negotiator during the tension filled struggle to save the lives of the innocent.


Julian Barling, PhD - Gender and Leadership: Where have we been and Where are we going?

Dr. Barling holds the Borden Chair of Leadership in Queen’s University’s School of Business, and is the author of The science of leadership: Lessons from research for organizational leaders (Oxford University Press, 2014). This book has been #1 in several categories at Amazon throughout the year, and was on’s summer recommended reading list. His research focuses primarily on the antecedents and development of transformational leadership, the effects of leaders’ own mental health on their leadership, and counterproductive workplace behaviors (e.g., workplace aggression, sexual harassment).


Dr. Barling is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, and the Canadian Psychological Association. He has received several teaching awards. MacLean's magazine 1996 survey of Canadian universities named him as one of Queen's University's most popular professors. In 2001, Dr. Barling received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award, and in 2008, the Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.


Cameron Phillips - The Daddy Hammer: Smashing Workplace Barriers by Embracing Fatherhood

Mr. Phillips is the founder and president of Bettermen Solutions, a consulting company designed to improve recruitment, retention and gender equity issues by helping business understand and adapt to the changing dynamics of today’s working fathers. He has worked for corporate clients like Canada’s largest credit union, Vancity Savings, and the world’s largest on-line distributor of glasses and contact lenses, Clearly Contacts.  He has guest lectured at the Ivey School of Business and his cutting edge work garnered him an invitation to speak at the world’s second largest HR conference in Toronto. He has been the subject of much media attention, including CBC’s “The National”, Canadian Business Magazine, The Globe and Mail and “Today’s Parent” Magazine. His public speaking skills have been sought by Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the NBA for over a decade.


First and foremost, however, Mr. Phillips is a passionate father of two beautiful sons—Connor, 8 and Nathan, 5. Shortly after becoming a dad and taking on a new mortgage, he lost a well-paying job. It was through this challenging transition that he began to examine the narrow definition of “provider.” By expanding this definition to include what men need to do to truly provide for themselves, their families and their employers, Mr. Phillips created Bettermen Solutions.


Carol Kinsey Goman - Body Language for Leaders

Dr. Goman is an international keynote speaker and authority on the link between effective leadership and nonverbal communication. She coaches executives, female leaders, salespeople, and change-agents to build strong and productive business relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma. Her clients include over 200 organizations in 25 countries , including Consolidated Edison, 3M, PepsiCo, American Institute of Banking, the Library of Congress and Petrofac.


Dr. Goman is a leadership blogger for Forbes and the author of twelve business books, including The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help – or Hurt – How You Lead. Her latest book is The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do about Them.


She has served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management. She’s a faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies.


Panel Discussion:  Success & Significance
Moderator: Janet Graham

When we ask women to describe their greatest Success at work or in life, they often frame their response very narrowly and in a specific context. They might describe a Success as a promotion, an award, an invitation to join a partnership etc. When we ask women to describe their work of greatest Significance, their response is often phrased in a broader way and in the context of their whole lives. Oftentimes, women view their work of greatest Significance by the nature of the impact they have on others in their lives. Their responses might include raising their children, contributing to a cause they care deeply about, sponsoring and championing people at work and watching their careers and lives flourish as a result etc. While both definitions and descriptions are personal, we believe women often feel their work of greatest Significance relates to where they see themselves having the greatest impact in the world. We believe it is this work which makes them leaders in their families, organizations, communities and the world at large and we are proud of them.

Janet Graham will moderate this panel of women who have achieved great Success and done work of great Significance who have lots to tell us about leadership in the context of having an impact in the world.                              


Philippa P. Wilshaw, CA, KPMG Canada
Philippa is an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Industrial Markets practice. She has over 20 years of experience with KPMG and began her career with KPMG UK, moving first to Toronto for two years and then to Vancouver in 2005. Philippa leads KPMG Vancouver’s Women in Mining program of speaker and networking events and KPMG’s internal initiatives in support of the advancement of women in business.  She is a member of KPMG’s GVA Management Committee in her role of Strategic Markets Leader which involves leading a number of market initiatives.  She is also Develop Leader for the firm’s Audit Practice where she is responsible for driving KPMG’s people strategy.

Philippa participates in a number of charitable and community bodies.  She is a member of the Finance Committee for the Minerva Foundation of BC and is a member of the Board of Resource Works, a non-profit society that helps bring information to the public about the role of the resources sector in British Columbia.

Kim Thompson, SVP, Advisory Services, Credential
Ms. Thompson provides strategic direction and oversight in the creation of wealth management programs, products and services to accelerate growth across all distribution channels. She also provides strategic guidance on corporate positioning and profile.

Ms. Thompson brings over 25 years progressive experience in the investment and financial services industry working with some of Canada’s largest financial institutions.  She has successfully developed and implemented wealth management and client relationship management strategies, and influenced distribution channels, including banking, mutual fund manufacturing, full-service brokerage and trust services. Ms. Thompson was a recipient of WXN’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 in 2013.


Sharon E. White, Q.C., Richards Buell Sutton LLP
Ms. White is a partner of Richards Buell Sutton LLP and is the Chair of the Real Estate Development Group and is also a member of the Business Transactions group.  She also chairs the Women's Roundtable at the firm, whose mandate is to ensure that the women lawyers have the resources and tools available to them to succeed in their careers.

Ms. White has been the President of the BC Liberal Party since 2011.  She was actively involved in the campaign that led Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals to a stunning re-election in May 2013 and is the driving force behind the current modernization and revitalization of the BC Liberals and their election machinery. 


Ms. White was named a Queen's Counsel in 2011 in recognition of her legal services.  In 2014, she was named to the Power 50 list of the most influential figures in Vancouver published by Vancouver Magazine.  She was also named a Top Female Executive, Professional and Entrepreneur of 2014 by WorldWide Who's Who.


Panel Discussion:  Diversity’s New Frontier: Diversity of thought and the future of the workforce

Moderator: Michelle Osry, Partner, Family Enterprise Consulting Practice, Deloitte

Diversity of thought refers to a concept that all of us know intuitively and experience throughout our lives. Each human being has a unique blend of identities, cultures, and experiences that inform how he or she thinks, interprets, negotiates, and accomplishes a task. Diversity of thought goes beyond the affirmation of equality—simply recognizing differences and responding to them. Instead, the focus is on realizing the full potential of people, and in turn the organization, by acknowledging and appreciating the potential promise of each person’s unique perspective and different way of thinking. The implication of this new frontier in diversity is that leaders and organizations must let go of the idea that there is “one right way” and instead focus on creating a learning culture where people feel accepted, are comfortable contributing ideas, and actively seek to learn from each other.


Hear from a diverse panel of BC leaders how they are harnessing diversity of thought in their respective organizations

Tom Waller, Vice President Whitespace, Lululemon Athletica

Tom joined lululemon to lead product innovation and R&D in 2012. Shortly after his arrival, he established the group now known as Whitespace™ and recruited an international team of scientists, engineers and technologists. In 2014 his vision for a world class R&D facility was realized with the completion of the Whitespace™ Workshop and reasserted the intention of enhancing guest experience through unique, industry shifting activities building on the legacy of the lululemon purpose to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness. 


Prior to joining lululemon, Tom was Head of Aqualab, Speedo's global R&D and innovation facility, where he led all Olympic projects for elite swimming as well as new product and material developments. This role followed several years directly servicing many of the world's largest sporting goods brands through multiple postdoctoral research projects as a member of Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Research Group, and through his leadership of the consultancy arm of Progressive Sports Technologies, a university spin off company.


Sarah Dickinson, Managing Director & Co-Founder, THNK The School of Creative Leadership
Bringing innovation to market requires big thinking, consumer understanding, authentic communication and flawless execution. As a brand planner, digital strategist and social entrepreneur, Sarah is a determined dreamer with the staying power to bring imaginative ideas into exciting reality.

Sarah is the Managing Director of THNK Vancouver - a creative leadership school for personal and social impact. The school launched in Amsterdam in 2009, and will welcome students to their new Vancouver campus in 2014. Combining design, systems and critical thinking with real-world business design and leadership development, THNK delivers unique, hands-on learning experiences for curious and forward-thinking executives, entrepreneurs, and non-profits tackling 21st century global challenges.    

Louise Turner, President, Premier’s Technology Council
Louise Turner is the President of the Premier’s Technology Council.  The Council reports directly to the Premier of British Columbia, recommending policies and programs to build BC’s knowledge economy and support the growth of our technology and knowledge-based companies.

Louise began her career working for the British Government and the European Union, creating and negotiating international trade policy.  Arriving in Canada, Louise worked for Sir Terry Matthews at the telecom company Newbridge Networks Corporation, negotiating mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate venture capital investments.  Louise was the Director of Business Development for telecom start up Abatis Network Systems.  She has worked with high tech startup companies and not for profit organizations in BC and led a three-year national policy initiative to enhance economic development in Western Canada through the growth of life science and medical device companies.

Louise has an MBA from Cranfield University, a leading European Business School with an emphasis on personal development, leadership and management skills and is a Certified Executive Coach.  Louise is on the advisory board of THNK Vancouver, an international creative leadership program and on the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation. 

Carolyn Cross, Chairman & CEO, Ondine Biomedical

Carolyn Cross is one of the founders of Ondine Biomedical Inc., and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver-based company. She has 30 years experience with public market securities and 27 years experience working with early stage companies. With a background in finance, Ms. Cross was previously responsible for managing mutual funds and discretionary private client portfolios as a Vice President with Royal Bank Investment Management Inc., the fund management arm of the Royal Bank of Canada. Ms. Cross currently sits on a number of corporate boards including Periowave Dental Technologies, Inc., OrGenX Biopharma Corp., and Sinuwave Technologies Corporation.


She is a Board member and Treasurer of the International Photodynamic Association (IPA) and Founder of the PanAmerican Photodynamic Association. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the McGill University Dental School and of Gro Your Biz, a national organization assisting Canadian Women Entrepreneurs. She is a Founder and Board member of Women’s Economic Business Advisory Council and the Ernst & Young Global Women In Business Advisory Council. Ms. Cross was appointed to the Board as well as the Audit & Finance Commitee of The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure within Canada. Ms. Cross holds a CFA designation, an MBA from York University and an Honours in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.



Janet Graham - Lessons Learned by the Babes on Bay Street
Ms. Graham is an experienced corporate director, author and speaker. She serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust, a publicly-traded Canadian real estate investment trust and as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation, a publicly-traded owner and operator of long-term care facilities. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee of Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, a corporation without share capital which is funded by the federal, provincial and city governments.  


Ms. Graham is the proud founder of and the author of “Babes on Bay Street.” In her book, based on interviews with fifteen senior corporate women, Janet reveals what it takes to be successful on Bay Street.  Early life lessons to work-life balance, you will find real advice from women who have survived the challenges and triumphed.


Event Details

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 12:15 pm Presentations
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Presentations
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Cocktail Reception

Single Tickets 
Early Bird Price $175 until Feb 27th
Regular Price $190

Tables (10 people) 
Early Bird Price $1,750 until Feb 27th
Regular Price $1,900

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Waterfront Ballroom
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC



Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous support.