Mi-Jung Lee: Leading Moms 2015 Keynote

Mi-Jung Lee CTV News, Investigative Reporter / Anchor

Mi-Jung Lee is an award winning reporter and anchor for CTV News Vancouver. It’s her dream job.
Her investigative reports have won numerous RTDNA awards for excellence in journalism. The investigations included a report on massage parlours that sell sex and one business’s attempt to defraud taxpayers. Mi-Jung has uncovered how one “natural health doctor” claimed she can cure cancer. She and her team have also done hidden camera investigations into how casinos fail to protect problem gamblers, essay mills and endangered shark fins.

She began her broadcast career in 1990 as a reporter and part-time anchor on Victoria’s CHEK-TV. She joined BCTV in 1992 where she reported and anchored. At BCTV, she was nominated for a Jack Webster Award for ‘Best TV Reporting in BC’.

In 1998, she joined Vancouver Television as the co-anchor of VTV Live at 6. In 2008, she hosted CanadaAM: Western edition. Mi-Jung was the anchor and producer of CTV News at 11:30 p.m. from 2001 to 2010.

Born in Choon Chun, South Korea, she has lived in Vancouver since she was four. She majored in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. After getting her B.A., she was off to Ryerson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Journalism.

In 2008, Mi-Jung travelled to Brazil as an ambassador for World Vision’s Vancouver Campaign for Children. She continues to volunteer with several local charities and organizations. In 2013, Lee battled breast cancer.  Since then she has shared her story to raise awareness about the disease.

When she’s not chasing a story, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Alexandra T. Greenhill at Leading Moms 2015

Alexandra T. Greenhill, Physician Tech CEO

Alexandra T. Greenhill is a mom of three and a physician tech CEO. Passionate about big ideas that use tech to make people’s lives better, she co-founded myBestHelper, an award-winning tech company transforming how families find help for child and elder care, finding awesome hires as well as being able to help each other.

Alexandra has served on numerous non-for-profit boards, including a two-time public school trustee and Chair of the French School board of BC and the Canadian Institute for Child Health. She has received many recognitions, including YWCA Women of Distinction, BIV Top 40 under 40, YWCA Women of Distinction nominee, WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service.

Samantha Reynolds at Leading Moms 2015

Samantha Reynolds, Poet and Award-winning Storyteller

In 2011, Samantha Reynolds pledged to write one poem a day to try to “be present” and not miss the fleeting first year of her son’s life.

Her popular poetry blog, bentlily.com was featured in ‘O’ Magazine and has sparked a movement of people around the world to slow down and savour their lives.

When not racking up reams of poetry, she runs Echo, an award-winning storytelling agency specializing in personal memoirs and company histories. In 2005, she was named one of Vancouver’s “Top 40 Under 40.” She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Vancouver.

Jessie Farrell at Leading Moms 2015

Jessie Farrell, Juno and CCMA Recording Artist

Jessie Farrell is a Juno and CCMA award winning recording artist best known for her hit singles “Let’s Talk About Love” and “Fell Right Into You.”

Inspired by her outdoor adventures with her three-year old daughter, Jessie has just released an album of family-friendly  songs about the joy and wonder of connecting with nature. The album is titled “Take Me Outside,” it is kid tested, with catchy melodies and simple, sing-along lyrics.

Jessie is from Vancouver, BC and splits her time between living in Saanich, BC and San Francisco. She is the Mother of 3 year old girl, Eloise Bunny, and a newborn son, Waylon River. She is constantly seeking balance between her music career and raising a family and believes the key is healthy smoothies and dark chocolate. When life gets crazy, Jessie loves to unplug from technology and go for a walk outside with her family… even if just for five minutes. www.jessiefarrell.com

Bonnie Foley-Wong at Leading Moms 2015

Bonnie Foley-Wong, Founder of Pique Venture Management

Bonnie Foley-Wong is the founder of Pique Venture Management Inc. (“Pique Ventures”), an impact investment firm, and is the founding investor of Pique Venture Investments (VCC) (the “Pique Fund”), a BC-based early-stage impact fund investing in Leadership Diversity, the Creative Economy, and Social Technologies. The Pique Fund is a place where people can make an impact with their investment dollars, in the company of like-minded people. Previously, she worked with companies such as Spring Activator, Invoke Labs, and Vancity, connecting entrepreneurs to resources and capital and connecting investors to opportunities. Bonnie was an investment banker in London, where she lived for 12 years, and is originally from Toronto, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Bonnie is presently authoring a book called Integrated Investing: How to Invest with Head, Heart, Body, and Soul. She now lives in Vancouver with her husband and young daughter.

Amy Robinson at Leading Moms 2015

Amy Robinson, Founder and Co-Executive Director, LOCO BC

Amy has 18 years experience working with businesses to embed sustainability into operations. She has worked with organizations ranging from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to big industry, regional governments and the UN. However, she has a passion for small businesses, with their unique challenges and opportunities.

Amy started the not-for-profit LOCO BC in 2009 to connect, support and promote local businesses while advocating for increased local spending by consumers, businesses and institutions. LOCO’s work springs from her perception that BC undervalues the economic and social pillars of sustainability that strengthen communities, build resilience and foster innovation.

Tara Hungerford at Leading Moms 2015

Tara Hungerford, Award Winning Filmmaker

Tara Hungerford is a filmmaker with a portfolio of award winning documentaries, music videos and short films.

Over the past 15 years, Tara has built and managed Two Story Productions, a creative production firm recognized for excellence in original content for networks including CBC, Knowledge Network, Bravo!, and MTV.

She is a sought after writer and director, known for her creative leadership in aesthetics and storytelling. Her work has earned multiple Leo Awards, the Kodak Directing Award and a Canadian Screen Award.

With her husband, Eric Hogan, they have created a children’s television series, Scout & The Gumboot Kids, for Kids’ CBC. The show is inspired by their two young children, Wilfred and Paris. Together they live in Vancouver, BC.

Morgane Oger at Leading Moms 2015

Morgane Oger, Transgender Activist, Leader in Social Change

Morgane is the trans mom of two children in Vancouver who attend primary school. She owns a small business in tourism and works as an IT cloud systems engineer in Vancouver. She is a highly engaged advocate working to promote social change that improves the lives of transgender and gender-variant Canadians.

Morgane is the chair of the Trans Alliance Society, a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of transgender and gender-variant persons in BC. Additionally, she sits on the DPAC executive committee of the Vancouver Board of Education and on the City of Vancouver LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee.