BC Events


Panel on Higher Education

Higher education is entering a new reality. The education landscape includes emerging technologies, new online learning opportunities, funding challenges, rising costs, and shifting demographics. In this ‘age of the customer’, the increased availability of choices and options is also having a profound impact of how students view their education experience.

-KPMG’s report The Future of Higher Education in a Disruptive World

To consider these and other important issues, IWF has assembled a stellar panel of academic institutional experts:


Joy Johnson

President & Vice-Chancellor, Simon Fraser University

Santa Ono

President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of British Columbia

Kathy Kinloch

President, British Columbia Institute of Technology


The panel will be moderated by Gloria Macarenko, an IWF member and host of On The Coast on CBC Radio One.

Date: Thursday, July 8

Time 6:30 PM



Soup Sisters Online Cooking Class with Caren McSherry

Join your IWF sisters for a private online cooking class led by top chef and former IWF BC member Caren McSherry. Caren is the founder and owner of “The Gourmet Warehouse,” an 18 thousand square foot culinary store that is filled to the brim with everything cooking and beyond. She hosts Cooking 101 on Global TV and is a regular guest on CKNW radio in Vancouver BC. Caren is also the author of 7 cookbooks.

Caren will be showing us how to make Mini Tomato Soup With Parmesan Tuiles, a recipe from her latest cookbook “Starters, Salads & Sexy Sides”

In advance of the event, you will be sent the recipe, a grocery list and the zoom link for the class. On event day, you’ll login to the live Zoom class and get cooking!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Tickets are $49.

Please RSVP to caralyn@iwfbc.com by May 15. You will be invoiced prior to the event. Payment is due by May 23.

Attendance will be capped at 30 members on a first come first served basis.

This event is brought to us through Soup Sisters. For every ticket sold, Soup Sisters will deliver a (4 lb) family size bag of freshly made flash frozen soup to a local women’s shelter in your area. Members may remember the several in-person Soup Sisters events that IWF has had in the past. They were great fun and for an excellent cause. We hope to have another in-person event in the future.


Panel on Systemic Racism

Racial injustice, systemic racism, racial profiling—these terms have been around for a long time. But never have they felt more urgent than now, as societies have come to realize that racism doesn’t just impact communities of colour, it impoverishes our democracy, our civil society, and us as human beings. Please join us on April 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. for a conversation about systemic racism in Canada. We are fortunate to have two accomplished and outspoken speakers, Olympian and educator, Valerie Jerome, and author and Professor Emerita, Dr Lorna Williams. They will share with us their personal experiences with racism, the impact of unconscious bias on society, their frustrations, but also their hopes for the future. Through their stories and discussion we will learn how to identify individual actions available to all of us, that can start the shift towards a more just society.



Valerie Jerome, Olympian and educator Dr Lorna Williams, Author and Professor Emerita

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Moderator: Patricia Chew

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021. 5:00pm via ZOOM


Women in Politics

What does it take to be a leader today? Do women lead differently than men? Hear personal stories from BC’s political frontlines from two women trailblazers –BC’s first elected woman premier, Christy Clark, and Leader of the Opposition and BC’s first woman Attorney-General Shirley Bond share their insights and personal experience in what promises to be an inspirational discussion. For 5 years, Premier Clark invited IWF members into the inner sanctum of the premier’s office where she conducted the province’s business. Find out what she’s been up to since then!


Christy Clark

Former Premier of BC

Shirley Bond

Leader of the Opposition

Moderator: Pamela Martin

Date: Monday, March 29, 5pm-6:15pm via ZOOM


Women in Media

Dial in for a lively discussion with three prominent women in media about the challenges facing the news industry today. Our panelists will cover a range of media including TV, print, digital and radio.


Carey Bermingham

Digital Editor, Vancouver Sun

Jill Krop

Former BC Regional Director of News, Global News

Simi Sara

Radio Host, Mornings with Simi, CKNW

Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson: President and CEO, The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 5pm-6:15pm via ZOOM

RSVP to caralyn@iwfbc.com



IWF BC’s Thirsty Thursday events have been renamed to Connex. Join us via Zoom for the first IWF BC (virtual) event of the year – January Connex.

Thursday, January 21, 2021


It has been over a month since our last event. This is an opportunity to check in with each other and see how everyone is doing. The holiday season looked a little different this year, what did everyone do? How did you find alternate ways to celebrate?

Please RSVP to caralyn@iwfbc.com . The Zoom link will be sent out two days prior to the event to those who RSVP.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 24th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m

On behalf of the West Coast Regional IWF Forums, we are excited to have a special Cocktail Reception to celebrate the three honorees from our region who were featured at the IWF Global Conference for “Ideas Remaking the World!” We are incredibly proud of these amazing women whose passion, leadership and innovation are truly making a difference in world.

  • Shimi Kang, M.D. – Psychiatrist, Best-selling Author and Founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future Ready Leaders, Member of IWF British Columbia
  • Heidi Kuhn – Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace and Best-selling Author, Member of IWF Northern California
  • Geraldine Richmond, Ph.D. – Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon and Founder of COACh, Member of IWF Oregon

We will have an informal reception and brief Q&A session with each honoree, moderated by Cheryl Jennings, 9-time Emmy Award winning journalist and member of IWF Northern California. The reception is designed to hear directly from each of these accomplished women and most importantly, to celebrate and congratulate them on their achievements!

RSVP to caralyn@iwfbc.com by November 20, 2020.

There will be fascinating committee updates, a tantalizing reveal of what’s instore both locally and internationally for IWF in 2021 and a delicious key note speaker. Surrounded by the faces of your IWF BC sisters, we will connect on ways we can help ensure IWF BC stays relevant for all our members as we lean into a new normal.
RSVP to caralyn@iwfbc.com


Please save the date for

IWF BC Women Explorers Panel

October 20th, 5pm – 6pm, Pacific Time

Exploring Horizons That Others May Have Thought Impossible

Teara Fraser

Teara discovered her passion for aviation at age 30, on a trip to Africa when she experienced her first flight in a small plane. On her return home she decided to pursue her new passion, and in less than a year, she obtained her commercial pilot’s license. During the 2010 winter Olympics, Teara had the idea to establish an airline that could support Indigenous tourism by providing access to small, remote First Nations communities in British Columbia. Nine years later she turned her dream into a reality, officially launching Iskwew Air in Vancouver on International Women’s Day 2019. Iskwew (pronounced IS-KWAY-YO) is a Cree word for woman; the name was chosen to celebrate the first Indigenous woman owned airline, all women, and all those lifting women.

Teara holds a Master of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and she is a Certified Executive Coach. Teara completed the Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy (AFOT) and Complex Trauma certificate at JIBC. Proud of her Indigenous ancestry, she is a member of the Métis Nation of Northwest Territories.

Cathy Press

As the first female flight instructor in Canada, Cathy Press is CEO of Chinook Helicopters, a flight training school based out of Abbotsford, British Columbia, which has become a national leader (with 25% of the market) in training some of the best helicopter pilots in Canada and around the world. In fact, as someone who started flying at the tender age of 11 and did her first solo flight at 16, Cathy has a long history of persevering toward big challenges and goals in her extraordinary aeronautical career. Cathy inherited her passion for aviation from her father who had owned a floatplane charter service, flying up and down the rugged BC coastline, and then started Chinook Helicopters in 1983 when Cathy was 13 years old. Cathy helped around the office answering the phone and attending to the needs of student trainees, and within a few short years, had also acquired both her private and commercial pilot and helicopter licenses.

Cathy was one of only six women in Canada privately licensed to fly helicopters at that time. In her early twenties, Cathy started flying charters in southwestern BC in areas of electronic newsgathering, aerial survey, search and rescue, forestry, and air taxi. At 21, Cathy completed Chinook’s flight instructor training, and at 27, she did the helicopter instructor program to become the first female helicopter instructor in Canada. Currently Cathy is also the only person in Canada to hold a “Transport Canada Pilot Examiner” status in both airplanes and helicopters, which gives her the ability to licence new instructors and pilots.

Jacqueline Randen

Jacqueline has been employed in the Commercial Marine Industry and obtained the Master Mariner Certificate through Transport Canada in 2010. This STCW International Unlimited Masters Certificate allows her to sail as Captain on any type and tonnage/size of the vessel, in any waters. She obtained her commercial sea time over eighteen years by sailing as Officer and Master on various vessels including cruise ships, BC Ferries, Canadian Coast Guard Offshore Science Research and SAR Vessels, Eco-tourism Charter vessels, Traditional Sail Training vessels, as well as through owning and operating her company Mystic Oceans Adventure Cruising School and Young Mariner Programs since 1998.

Cap’n Jacq started sailing as a toddler in the Netherlands on her father’s boat. At the age of twenty, she started instructing basic to advanced cruising courses for the CYA (Canadian Yachting Association), and later also for the ISPA (International Sail and Power Association) on the west coast of British Columbia. Since 1989 she has skippered and taught on many different types of sail and power boats with different rigs, deck layouts, and sail configurations, including various traditionally rigged sail training and charter vessels.

Moderator: Catherine Roome

Catherine is a courageous futurist, and a leader in the algorithmic economy – where predictive insights are used to create long-term social and financial value. Her purpose is to deliver game changing strategies that employ technological innovation to serve the public interest.

A professional engineer, Catherine is President and Lead Executive Officer of Technical Safety BC, an independent self-funded organization which is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across British Columbia.