2017 Speakers

Keynote: Andrea Reimer – City of Vancouver Councillor

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Inspired by Mayor Gregor Robertson’s leadership to join Vision Vancouver, Councillor Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party, the first in Canada. In her original campaign for City Council, Andrea made commitments in three key areas: greenest city on Earth, a city of compassion and opportunity, and a city of strong communities

On Council, Andrea has spearheaded a number of initiatives including the first ever comprehensive urban plan for the Downtown Eastside, a nationally significant municipal framework for reconciliation with First Nations and urban aboriginal communities, the largest municipal childcare program in Canada and award-winning environment and open government policies

Twitter: @andreareimer

Facebook: @CouncillorAndreaReimer

Instagram: @CitizenAndrea

Keynote: Lotte Davis – CEO & Founder One Girl Can Society


Gender imbalance and racism have been a driving force in Lotte Davis’s life ever since she grew up in Africa in the 50’s. Now she’s building schools in Africa and providing scholarships for girls in an effort to create change. Learn how one woman can start a multiplier effect that will ultimately impact tens of thousands of people.

Lotte Davis is the Co-Founder of AG Hair, the only manufacturer of professional hair care products in Canada, with distribution in over 15,000 salons and beauty stores across North America, Australia, Central America, South America and Taiwan.In addition to building her company into a well-renowned and respected beauty brand, Davis has worked tirelessly to demonstrate that AG Hair cares. Having grown up in the dawn of the apartheid movement in South Africa, she was acutely aware of the legacy of mistreatment and lack of opportunities for women in particular.

In 2008, she began building schools for girls in some of the poorest regions in Africa with funding from AG Hair promotions and AG’s salon partners. In 2013, she developed her own NGO called One Girl Can expanding the scope of the work she does in Africa to include scholarships for girls to secondary and post secondary schools.

She continues to build infrastructure at these schools to create more dynamic learning environments, and now mentors and coaches thousands of girls each year to help them realize their potential through goal setting and confidence building. Since 2008, Lotte has raised more than $3.4 million, is building her sixth school in Africa, and provides scholarships for over 235 girls in university and secondary school.

Lotte is the 2016 winner of the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Twitter: @lottedavis

Instagram: @OneGirlCan

Emelia Symington Fedy: Theatre creator, storyteller, radio producer and writer


Emelia is learning how to be a “bad mom.” It’s taken 4 years and she’s finally getting it down pat. From teaching her kid the “F” word to living with grief to battling being present with her kids. This talk with make you laugh/cry and sigh in relief that you are not alone, in fact Emelia is leading the way…

Emelia’s purpose is to talk about the dark, in order to shed some light. She does not shy away from her own imperfections, in fact, she candidly shares them so you know you are not alone in your messy life.

Creator of the uber popular blog Trying To Be Good, Emelia has branched out and is now offering creative coaching services, personal-pep-talks about how to sustainably make a living doing what you love AND her favorite- “The Anti- Mastermind group.” A virtual space where women gather to get clear on realistic goals, share group wisdom and use Emelia as as personal trainer for follow through!

Emelia is a performer, social media personality, writer and rebel-heart who loves making women feel good about themselves- especially the gritty, sparkly fucked up bits.

Twitter: @emeliasf

Instagram: @emeliasf

Facebook: @EmeliaSF

Web: www.tryingtobegood.com

Tess Sloane: Director of Talent at Earls Restaurants & Co-Founder Talent Lab


When was the last time you told another mom how you were doing? And I mean really told them how you were doing. When was the last time you posted on Social Media that you cried yourself to sleep from exhaustion, or that you are questioning your relationship or that you desperately need 2 hours away from your kids? In today’s fast paced digital world where most connection occurs behind a screen; how do we change our in person interactions to be more authentic, connected and inspiring? How do we share the joy but also include the doubt, the fear? How do we hold each other during the times when we don’t feel like a ‘leading mom’? 

A magnet for finding and bringing top talent to renowned and loved brands, Tess Sloane has spent the last 11 years building a career in forward thinking, innovative Human Resources. In her current role as Director of Talent and Development for Earls Restaurants, she is breaking boundaries in how businesses attract, develop, coach, and inspire their greatest assets – people.

Tess is the Co-Founder of Talent Lab, an established and coveted speaker series intended to disrupt and elevate the Talent Acquisition profession and establish YVR as a hub for global talent. She exemplifies inspirational leadership fully owning and embracing motherhood as part of her personal brand. Her greatest hits include Jack, 6 and Samuel 3.

Tess is a regular speaker at universities and HR conferences on the importance of remaining deeply connected to your purpose and the continued development of your whole self – regardless of what you choose to do after becoming a parent. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia; Tess has called the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver home since 2006.

Twitter: @tesssloane |  @talentlabyvr

Instagram: @tessysloane  |  @talentlabyvr

Web: www.talentlabyvr.com

Shauna Elton & Artists: Contemporary Dance Performance


Performance Title: Amae | “No matter how wide she stretched her arms, the amount that she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained. It was ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching’s universe and then ten thousand more. Her love was full throated and all-encompassing and unadorned. Every day she blew through her entire reserve.”

Shauna Elton is a professional contemporary dance teacher, choreographer and performer; who has taught professionally, performed and choreographed across Canada and internationally.

Having studied in Thailand and India she is a certified yoga instructor with a long standing meditation practice. She holds Mindset workshops that focus on reducing anxiety while increasing a sense of wellbeing and body awareness. Her interests in whole body health bridge into nutrition and she holds a certificate as a Holistic nutritionist.

She continues to teach dance and perform professionally; and is based in Vancouver with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Lara Boyd: Neuroscientist & UBC Professor


In her talk Dr Boyd will discuss how learning changes the brain during education, being a woman in science and (trying) to balance the demands of work, life and family.

Dr. Lara Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, a Peter Wall Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia.

She is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist. Dr. Boyd directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at the University of British Columbia and has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers. Her work is centered on answering the question of what limits, and what facilitates, neuroplasticity.

Dr. Boyd also serves as the Health Research Advisor to the Vice President for Research at UBC and is UBC’s delegate to the Canadians Institutes for Health Research.

Twitter: @laboyd47

Did you know? More than 13 MILLION people have watched the video of Dr. Boyd’s presentation at TedX Vancouver?

Dr. Deborah Bell: Psychologist & Founder, Sand Story Psychology Services


At times it can feel like we are raising our children in a climate of uncertainty. Moms have an incredible power to change the world in a positive way—and the secret lies in how we interact with our children.

Dr. Deborah Bell is a registered psychologist who has specialized in empowering children and parents for over 18 years. She has a background working with children and adults who have histories of abuse and trauma.

Deborah takes great joy in working with infants (ages 0-5) and their caregivers, and seeing the resiliency build as their caregiver gains confidence and understanding. Deborah has extensive training in play therapy and attachment-based therapy approaches. Deborah enjoys sharing her love of the spirit of children and attachment-based parenting through teaching and supervising practitioners in their clinical work.

She is an experienced and energetic presenter and presents to parents and professionals both locally and internationally.

Twitter: @sandstoryca

Facebook: @Sand Story

Web: www.sandstory.ca

Ginalina: Storyteller, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Educator


Making music in a house with four young kids can sound rollicking, ridiculous, … and restorative. Join Ginalina as she tells stories of how the honest process of songwriting has affected the heart of others, including her own. Song presentation included.

Ginalina is an offbeat and gentle-hearted songwriter who writes from her love for forests and four rollicking kids! Her vision is to inspire others to connect meaningfully with nature, childhood, and family.

With 3 albums, 3 Parent Choice Awards, and 3 nominations for children’s artist of the year (Juno, Western Canadian Music, Canadian Folk Music), her music features lively guitars, straight-up fiddle, and a blend of entertaining folk and other instruments. Sometimes silly, sometimes sentimental, Ginalina has “a voice of singular loveliness … and her respect for her young audience shines throughout” (Parent’s Choice Review).

Catch her on Kids’ Network television and CBC kids’ radio stream!

Twitter: @GinalinaMusic

Facebook: @GinalinaMusic

Youtube: Ginalina Music

Web: www.ginalina.com

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