Advances in Dementia Research and Care: Perspectives From Four Generations

Can you prevent Alzheimer’s? Find out the latest advances in dementia research and care from IWF’s own expert, Dr. Judy Illes. She will lead us through a discussion on research, emerging technologies, and the ups and downs of social media. Dr. Illes will moderate an all-women, four-generation IWF BC virtual panel on aging and dementia.

See below for the list of speakers:

IWF BC Dr. Judy Illes: Moderator

Dr. Lynn Beattie: Advances in research care

Dr. Julie Robillard: Emerging technologies for dementia care

Viorica Hrincu: The ups and downs of engaging with social media

Date: November 9, 2022

Time: 12 noon – 1:15 


IWF BC – Member Judy Illes Free Lecture at UBC

The Vancouver Institute invites IWF BC Members to a free lecure on October 1 at 8:15 p.m. to the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre at UBC (see map below) to hear our own Judy Illes  lecture on TRAPPED INSIDE YOUR HEAD: AN ETHICS JOURNEY IN MODERN BIOMEDICINE FOR THE BRAIN. Roslyn Kunin will be chairing this event.

SPEAKER: Dr. Judy Illes

DATE: October 1, 2022

TIME: 8:15 PM

LOCATION:  UBC Woodward Building – see directions HERE

Since some pandemic concerns are still with us, we kindly ask you to:

  • wear a mask during the lectures.
  • maintain your physical distance at the hall,
  • avoid crowding the entrance to the hall.

This is a free event and registration is not required. If you have any questions please email


IWF BC – Aging Gracefully and Naturally with Angela Haff

Join us October 26th to learn from one of Canada’s first Nurse Injectors about the science and psychology behind aging gracefully and naturally. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Angela Haff has educated and trained many of Canada’s top physicians and nurses. She is one of the founders and Executive Board member of The Canadian Society of Aesthetic Specialty Nurses.

Date: October 26, 2022

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: Project Skin, 1495 West 11th Ave, Vancouver

Cost: $25

IWF BC – How to be a Leader in the Boardroom and the Living Room

Join IWF BC and Deena Chochinov on September 27 to learn how to stay resilient and be a leader in the boardroom and the living room.

Deena recently published a book about the many crossovers between leadership in the boardroom and leadership in the living room. She believes that the two hardest jobs in the world are raising kids and managing people; and describes the essential qualities and lessons leaders can cultivate and learn so they can be successful in their roles as presidents, partners, and parents. She’s been working as a therapist, management consultant, and family enterprise advisor for three decades and is committed to helping her clients stay resilient, overcome obstacles and find leadership success in all their social systems. More info about her and her book HomeWork: How to be a Leader in the Boardroom and the Living Room, can be found at


IWF BC – Bard On The Beach – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

IWF BC invites you to join us for a Dreamy Evening at Bard on the Beach for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This IWF Special Evening includes an exclusive pre-show chat that you won’t want to miss, with Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Gaze. Find out why Shakespeare continues to be so relevant and the importance of storytelling in the digital age.

Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM – Chat with Christopher Gaze, 7:30 PM performance begins.

Tickets: $70 – with limited space – ONLY 25 spots – guests are welcome and tickets must be purchased by August 15th, so sign up quick!


It’s going to be a great experience!! A few reviews below from the Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun.

“(Dream is) a perfect piece of theatre…”

—The Globe and Mail

“…a crowd-pleaser with plenty of big laughs.”

—The Vancouver Sun

IWF BC New Member Event

Patra de Silva will be hosting this in-person event on Thursday, August 18th at 5pm on her beautiful garden terrace and serving her mouth-watering food.  You don’t want to miss out on a party at Patra’s!  If you are a new member we hope you will join us for this lovely evening and the opportunity to meet and connect with other IWF BC members. To register email 


IWF BC Higher Education Panel with Santa Ono & Joy Johnson

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.

To hear more about how leaders are navigating these changes 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

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

IWF BC Connex

Let’s connect! Join us on Thursday, June 28th for a social gathering at Local Gastown for some appies and beverages to kick off summer.

IWF BC – The State of Salmon with Jason Hwang

Salmon are a vital part of our west coast ecosystems, and hold a special place with the people of British Columbia. In a recent survey 86% of British Columbians show high levels of concern about declining salmon stocks. So what is going on with salmon in BC, and what can we do about declining populations?

Please join us on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to hear from Jason Hwang, Vice President with the Pacific Salmon Foundation. Jason will provide an overview of the current state of Pacific salmon from California to Alaska, and discuss in more detail the situation in BC. He will indicate how climate change is affecting conditions for salmon, and discuss what kinds of things can be done to help salmon populations recover and be sustainable into the future. He will share experiences and observations from the “front lines”, and will include a few salmon recovery success stories to show that we can make it better – if people are willing.


Dr. Shimi Kang: The Tech Solution

Join us on April 7 with IWF BC Member Dr. Shimi Kang who will speak to us about The Tech Solution: How technology is impacting our brains, bodies & behavior and what to do about it.