IWF BC Annual General Meeting & Holiday Party

December 1st IWF BC will be hosting the 2022 Annual General Meeting followed by the IWF BC Annual Holiday Dinner Party.

The AGM portion of the evening will run from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and will be free for all members. The second portion of the evening will require a purchased ticket.  Following the AGM, the holiday celebrations will kick-off with cocktails, followed by an extravagant buffet dinner, silent auction and entertainment.  IWF BC Member tickets are being subsidized 50% by IWF BC, and will cost $75.  Members are encouraged to female guest who is a potential or future member of IWF BC.  Guests ticket prices are $150.  To purchase tickets please click the button below.  The deadline for tickets is November 24th.


Date:  Thursday, December 1, 2022

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel

Schedule of Events:

  • AGM: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Cocktails: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Buffet Dinner: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Silent Auction closes/entertainment begins: 8:30 PM


  • The AGM is complimentary for all members.
  • Tickets for the Annual Holiday Dinner for IWF BC Members is $75.
  • Members are welcome to bring a guest who is a potential or future member of IWF BC for $150.
  • Ticket deadline is November 24th.


*IWF BC is subsidizing 50% of the cost of the ticket for IWF BC Members.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, but would like to receive a copy of the AGM Package, please email Caralyn@iwfbc.com

We look forward to seeing you on December 1 to celebrate the incredible year we have had!

IWF BC Governance Salon (Nov 24)

IWF BC members Ruby Gill and Catherine Roome are co-hosting a group get together for some wide-ranging conversation about governance matters on Thursday, November 24, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in Catherine’s home in North Vancouver: Chatham House Rule applies. This is a drop in, informal and group-lead discussion for all of you governance geeks out there – please come by for a glass of wine and a nibble, as we learn from one another on managing Board issues, Board Chairing and recruitment, ESG, decision-making processes and global differences.  Ruby is the President, Board of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada and Catherine sits on several boards. We are thinking we would host a salon every 4 months or so (with alternating virtual get-togethers) as there are so many IWF BC folks who are on boards, wish to do more board work, or whose governance expertise we’d love to learn from. Please email to indicate your interest to catherine.roome@pulsetechnologies.ca. And see you on November 24!

Advances in Dementia Research and Care: Perspectives From Four Generations (Nov 9)

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 – Aging in the Time of Influencers & Instragram with Angela Haff (Oct 26)

Aging During the Time of Influencers and Instagram

Join us October 26th to learn about the ethics of the Aesthetics Industry. We will also discuss skincare options and other technologies to keep your skin youthful. 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.

October 26, 2022

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Project Skin, 1495 West 11th Ave, Vancouver

Cost: $25

IWF West Coast Cocktail Cafe (Oct 19)

Please join us for the IWF West Coast Virtual Cocktail Café!  We are bringing together our five West Coast Region forums – British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Southern California. We look forward to connecting our members and meeting many new members. Bring your favorite beverage and be ready for a fun conversation with your IWF sisters! The hosts will be from each of the five forums – all you need to do is sign up.

We will kick off the Café with introductions and “What is a fun fact about you?” This will be followed by an informal exchange of ideas and topics.

Please register by Wednesday, October 5 (TODAY).  We will mix up the groups to make sure you have an opportunity to meet as many other members as possible.  Each Café will have six or seven guests so we have time to engage in a robust conversation. Guests will receive an invitation from their host with relevant Zoom details by Monday, October 17.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

To Register: email vanessa@iwfbc.com


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 vanessa@iwfbc.com


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 https://www.deenachochinov.com


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 vanessa@iwfbc.com 


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.