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POSTPONED Mind the Gap: BC’s Path to Gender Equity

April 21 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This event has been postponed. A new date will be made public as soon as it is available.

The fight for gender equity including addressing the gender wage gap remains a significant issue in British Columbia. Women in B.C make, on average 20% less than men – resulting in one of the largest pay gaps in Canada. This inequity disproportionately impacts women who are Indigenous, racialized, immigrants, LGBTQ+,  and women with disabilities. Unfortunately, the gender pay gap remains a significant issue in B.C and across Canada.

Understanding the root causes of and potential solutions to this disparity can provide a powerful path forward for women across Canada. Members of the public and private sector are committed to identifying and rectifying this inequality.

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Circle invites Richmond leaders to join the conversation about gender equity in B.C with afternoon tea and panel presentation. Guests will be invited to a Keynote address by Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Grace Lore to hear about how Budget 2022 seeks to enhance gender equity in B.C and the Governments work on pay transparency, followed by a lively panel discussion with local industry leaders and curated discussion roundtables. Individuals at various stages of their career are encouraged to attend.


Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel

7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3


Thursday, April 21st, 2022

2:30pm – Registration Open
3:00pm – Tea Served and Keynote Remarks
3:30pm – Panel Begins
4:15pm – Discussion and networking groups
4:50pm – Concluding Remarks


General Admission: $62 + GST

Chamber Members and their Guests: $39 + GST


Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill

Grace Lore was elected as the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill in 2020. She is the Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity and is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the Special Committee to Reform the Police Act.

She has been a dedicated anti-violence advocate, university instructor and community organizer.

Prior to the election, she sat on the Fernwood, North Park, and Quadra Village Neighbourhood Planning Group, was a member of a national advisory panel for the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and an Affordable Fernwood organizer. She has worked closely with the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre and other anti-violence organizations to support inclusive, accessible, and survivor-centred sexual assault response.

At the University of Victoria, she taught Canadian politics, gender and politics, and research methods. Her research has focused on social media harassment and online violence.

Kelly Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston

Kelly was elected as the MLA for Richmond-Steveston in 2020. She serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Environment.

Previously, ​Kelly was elected to Richmond City Council in 2018. On council she worked to preserve Richmond’s farmland and protect the local environment. Kelly co-founded an advocacy group to keep Richmond’s public schools open, funded, and safe, and was successful in achieving those goals.

She has also worked for multinational banking and accounting firms, as well as leading small businesses in Richmond.

Kelly grew up in Steveston and now lives in the area with her family.

Stephanie Howes, Dean, Melville School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Stephanie is the Dean of the KPU Melville School of Business, one of the largest business school in Western Canada and the first female dean of business at KPU. She has held progressive higher education administrative leadership positions at both KPU and BCIT. Stephanie started her career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse in Public Health, became a nurse educator, department chair, associate dean at KPU and BCIT and presently, Dean of Business. She has a successful history of working in a variety of leadership roles within complex multidisciplinary settings.

Stephanie is the winner of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Women in Business Corporate Leadership award 2020 and a member of the Women in Business group. She is member of the Steering Committee for Start-up Surrey, Founding member of the International Women in Business Education Network, Director on the Board of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Chair of British Columbia Business Deans.

Stephanie is passionate about building an emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion and indigenous ways of knowing in business and education. She possesses a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Master’s of Education in Adult Education from UBC and currently completing her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership with Western University of Ontario. Stephanie will continue to passionately study and research in equity and inclusivity in business, higher education and most especially women in leadership in any context.




April 21
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Richmond Chamber of Commerce


Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel
7571 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC V6X 1A3 Canada
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