What is Driving Change in Board Diversity?

October 25, 2018, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Presented in partnership by:

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Join the Association of Women in Finance (AWF), CFA Society Vancouver, WCM Vancouver and our distinguished panelists for an informative event and thought-provoking discussion on how Canada's corporate boards contemplate diversity.


Thursday, October 25, 2018


Rosewood Hotel Georgia

801 W Georgia St Vancouver, BC


11:45 am - Registration and Networking

12:00 pm to 1:45 pm - Panel Discussion and Luncheon


Individual Tickets $75 + GST

Hosted Tables of 10 with signage $700 + GST


HIGH_RES-IMG_3789_DONE-3.jpgMaureen Howe, Chairperson

Maureen Howe has extensive experience in the capital markets sector, with a career that spanned corporate finance, portfolio management, equity research, and investment banking. She sits on a number of Boards including TimberWest Forest Corp. where she Chairs the Audit Committee, Methanex Corporation, and Pembina Pipeline Corp. Dr. Howe is the Chairperson of the Phillips, Hager & North Centre for Financial Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder School of Business and is a member of the Canadian Securities Institute Foundation Board. Other organizations where Dr. Howe has served as a Board Member include, most recently, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia where she Chaired the Investment Committee, as well as Veresen Inc. where she Chaired the Governance Committee, the UBC Board of Governors where she Chaired the Finance Committee, the YWCA, the HealthCare Benefits Trust, the Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia, the BC Credit Deposit Insurance Corporation, the UBC Sauder School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and the UBC Investment Management Trust. Dr. Howe holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Paul_Georges_Leroux.jpgPaul Georges Leroux, Western Consultant, Catalyst Canada

Paul Leroux is an independent consultant based in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in diversity and inclusion advocacy, program development and training. As Catalyst Ambassador for Western Canada, Mr. Leroux speaks regularly with the corporate community on all matters related to building and fostering inclusive workplaces, engaging men in gender equality, and transforming behaviours and cultures. 

Over the course of his career Mr. Leroux has been involved in the specification, design, development, and operation of complex information technology, telecommunication, training, and defence technology solutions for large and small companies. Throughout his time leading teams Mr. Leroux has been passionately committed to the recognition of diversity and the values of inclusion. Mr. Leroux has an earth science background in physical oceanography with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering (computer science and artificial intelligence).  

Scott_Thomson.jpgL. Scott Thomson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Finning International Inc. 

L. Scott Thomson joined Finning International Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer in June of 2013. Prior to joining Finning, Mr. Thomson was Chief Financial Officer of Talisman Energy Inc. with responsibility for finance, tax, treasury, investor relations, marketing, business development and strategy, planning and performance management from 2008 to 2013. Prior to Talisman, Mr. Thomson held several executive positions with Bell Canada Enterprises from 2003 to 2008 including the role of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to Bell, Mr. Thomson was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Thomson currently serves as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Mr. Thomson formerly served as a director of Interfor Corporation.

Mr. Thomson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Thomson is a member of the Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility Committee.


MB Moderator.jpgMelanie Bradley, Partner, BLG 

Melanie Bradley is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She advises public and private companies on a variety of matters including, financings, mergers, acquisitions, takeover bids and reorganizations; mining joint ventures; derivatives documentation (including ISDAs and repurchase agreements); and regulatory compliance. Melanie also advises issuers with respect to public offerings and private placements, particularly issuers whose securities are listed in more than one country. Melanie focuses her practice on four sectors: mining, transportation, technology and media & entertainment.

Melanie graduated from the Faculty of Law at UBC in 2003 and from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois in 1996. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2004. Melanie was an Adjunct Professor (Close Corporations) for the UBC Faculty of law, a member and gender Diversity Officer for the Law Society of BC’s Justicia Project and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Securities Law subsection. Melanie was a Director for the Association of Women in Finance from 2014 to 2018. 

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

BLG, EY and Leith Wheeler

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