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

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. 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

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