In 2013, IWF Vancouver hosted more than 800 delegates for the 2013 IWF World Leadership Conference and Gala.
The theme of Modern Movements Shaping the World was a perfect fit for Vancouver and its spectacular setting. For three days, the city played host to a who’s who of those who shape the world – architects, artists, communicators, economists, entertainers, environmentalists, financial and legal experts, media, medical experts, planners and politicians.
Given the Vancouver forum’s beginnings, it was only appropriate that The Right Honourable Kim Campbell provided opening remarks to set the stage for this impressive conference.
From the spectacular opening celebration at Science World to the hugely successful dine-arounds to the closing gala (and lighting of the Olympic Cauldron) at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre, Vancouver’s IWF forum did itself proud.
Vancouver’s nominees into the IWF Hall of Fame included beloved Canadians: Cartoonist Lynn Johnson, Singer/songwriter (and cultural icon) Anne Murray as well as Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller. Two local IWF Members – BC Premier Christy Clark and Fiona McFarlane – also received awards in the “Women who make a Difference” category
Led by Co-Chairs, Lynne Kennedy and Diane McCurdy, the various conference committee chairs and their volunteers went above and beyond devoting countless hours and energy to ensure that no detail was too small to be overlooked – making it one of the most successful IWF conferences ever.
Lillie Richardella, Chief Executive Officer, IWF & Leadership Foundation offered these comments after the event: “Nothing could be more gratifying than to hear that you feel your city, your forum, your people and nation were represented well. You had magnificent ideas, start to finish, and you made this the best.”
By the summer of 2014, membership in IWF Vancouver stood at 96.