2015 Conference

These are the incredible women who took the stage in our March 2015 event and inspired us with their stories, their wisdom, and their passion.

Each of these women are a hallmark in one of the four pillars of our conference; Accelerate Growth, Balance Life, Inspire Change & Creating Connections that matter.

These are women on the rise!

Maninder Dhaliwal

Director, Vancouver Board of Trade Director, Ballet BC

Janice Hulse

Principal, Kickstart Alliance Former VP, Global Enterprise Accounts, Cisco Systems

Erin Treloar

Founder and CEO, RAW Beauty Talks

Marcella Szel

Board Chair, Translink BC

Sue Adams

Owner, Bevendale Enterprises Inc

Jill Earthy

Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr

Samantha Rahn

Wine Director + Manager at Araxi Restaurant + Bar 2013 VIWF Sommelier of the Year

Marissa Cepelinski

Co-Founder & Partner of Capital Core Financial

Devon Brooks

Co-Founder, Blo Blow Dry Bar

Allison Warnyca

Financial Security Advisor at Capital Core Financial

Pam Goldsmith - Jones

Public Affairs and Strategic Planning Consultant, Former Mayor of West Vancouver

Meredith Powell

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Next Big Thing Foundation

Ashley Pincott

Founder, Resilience in Motion

Shannon Ward

Freedom-Based Business Coach & Author of "Babyproofing Your Business"

Jen Schaeffers

Executive Director, CKNW Orphans Fund & Chief Connector at Networkinginvan.com


ARRIVAL, COFFEE & CHECK-IN: 8:45-9:45 am

MORNING SESSION: 9:45-12:30pm 
KEYNOTE: Opening Keynote Address – Erin Treloar
TALK: “Will this Baby Wreck my Career?” – Tools and Strategies to help find the difficult balance between a rewarding career and family life – Shannon Ward
WORKSHOP: “Networking & Your Authentic Introduction” – Jennifer Schaeffers
WORKSHOP: Facilitated Networking Break
TALK: “Image, Authenticity, and Power” – Pam Goldsmith-Jones
TALK: “How to be the CFO of your life” – Marissa Cepelinski & Allison Warnyca
TALK: “Female Executive Resilience and Strategies to Thrive” – Ashley Pincott

WEST COAST LUNCH: 12:30-1:30pm

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:30-4:30pm   

KEYNOTE: “How Technology is changing the opportunity for women to rise to the top”- Meredith Powell
PANEL: “Board Games: Mastering the methodology to get on and contribute to boards”
Moderator: Jill Earthy, Director BC & Yukon Futurpreneur
Panelists: Marcella Szel, Transportation Executive & Board Chair of TransLink
Sue Adams, Owner, Bevendale Enterprises Inc and serial board member
Maninder Dhaliwal, CEO & Founder, Lion’s Gate International & Director, Vancouver Board of Trade
TALK: “Navigating your greatest failures, fuck-ups, and misfortunes” – Devon Brooks
CONFESSIONS: An open forum, micro-talks.
KEYNOTE: “Glass Ceiling: Corporate Myth or Reality” –Janice Hulse

A rising star in the Canadian wine scene, Samantha Rahn (2013 BC Sommelier of the Year) introduces WNORTH attendees to her delicious new wine made at Okanagan’s Crush Pad, named “Samantha”. Wine, appetizers and stimulating conversation included.


Optional Activity: Experience the tranquility of this world-renowned Scandinavian Bath Experience while networking with new connections of WNORTH.  Enjoy access to this 20,000 square foot outdoor spa with exclusive pricing for WNORTH attendees.
*Additional purchase required*


Optional Activity: Reserve a seat at a number of WNORTH dinner tables at some of Whistler’s finest restaurants, and enjoy dinner with other dynamic women from the day.
*Additional purchase required*

*Program is subject to variation and change