BC Events

Suzanne Simard: Lessons from the Forest

After a year in which the Pacific Northwest has been pummeled by the impacts of climate change, there may be no one we need to hear from more than Suzanne Simard.

Dr. Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; revealing the truths about the complex and interdependent life of trees, truths vital to enabling a sustainable future.

Her ground-breaking work has influenced filmmakers (James Cameron’s Avatar, and authors (Richard Power’s The Overstory), and her TED talks have garnered more than 10 million views worldwide.

Join us February 15 for a wide ranging discussion in which Dr Simard will describe not only her fascinating findings, but also her personal journey from growing up in the rainforests of British Columbia to becoming a scientific world leader, overcoming, along the way, a deeply entrenched and skeptical scientific community.

Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Simard

Moderator: Patricia Chew

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Time: 12:00pm PST via ZOOM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (please register by Sunday, February 13)


Key Tech Trends That Could Change Your Future!

IWF Northern California is extending the invitation below to IWF BC Members.

Upon successful registration, registrants will receive a confirmation email with Zoom details. We also send out reminder emails with the Zoom details the morning of the event as well as 15 minutes before the event.  Please note that your members may need to check their spam folders if they don’t see our communications in their inbox, as sometimes our system generated messages are filtered out.

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm PST via ZOOM

The registration code is: IWF2022CES

If your members have any questions or difficulties, please direct them to our office at iwfnorcal@gmail.com or (415) 227-9987 and we would be happy to assist.


Let’s Gather Around A Table To Eat!

Join Christine Couvelier, Executive Chef & Global Culinary Trendologist ~ as she shares a peak into what tastes we will see on gourmet & grocery store shelves, restaurant menus and on our tables at home.

Learn how you can celebrate & “Eat Like An Italian “ or what variety of orange will make the headlines this year. We can still share our passion for food, during this virtual meeting.

Is it still all about Yuzu? Or are we thinking about Kalettes?

You will get hungry, hearing about the Culinary Travel Trend Report & where to plan for Destination Meals on location … or at home.

Taste! Taste! Taste!

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Time: 7:00pm PST via ZOOM




Dr. Reka Gustafson: separating COVID fact from fiction

Join us March 14 when our guest will be Deputy BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Reka Gustafson, Vice President of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Dr Gustafson also provides her leadership to the BC Centre for Disease Control and will focus her presentation and discussion on COVID-19 as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. In short, she will separate fact from fiction for all of us.

Pamela Martin
Speaker: Dr. Reka Gustafson Moderator: Pamela Martin

Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

Time: 5:00-6:00pm PST via ZOOM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (please register by Friday, March 11)


Cornerstone Conference: Discovery Through Earth, Seas, & Skies

Registration for the IWF 2022 Cornerstone Conference: Discovery Through Earth, Seas, & Skies in Santiago, Chile is now open. We are so excited that for the first time in over two years, we are able to bring IWF members from across the globe together in person to explore the issues most important to you as global leaders and decision makers.  In addition, the Cornerstone provides an opportunity for an immersion in Chile’s culture – from the arts to its political economy to its history, wine and food.

The Conference will begin with an opening reception on Tuesday, May 17 and will conclude with a celebratory dinner on Thursday, May 19.

The programming for the conference will release a never-before-seen analysis of 30 years of public opinion research on the attitudes towards and of women in 18 Latin American countries.  We will explore cities as epicenters of resilience, and gain understanding of how Chile is leading the charge on global energy transition and decarbonization.

This year, our Behind the Scenes tours have evolved into something more – immersive tours curated by members of IWF Chile – where members will experience the rich culture, history and gastronomy of Chile.

Date: Tuesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 19, 2022



Past 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


Moderated by: Gloria Macarenko, an IWF member and host of On The Coast on CBC Radio One.

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2022

Time: 6:30pm PST



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!

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm PST

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

Time: 5:00pm PST 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, 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm PST via ZOOM