Speaker Series - vancouver

In Conversation With Canada’s Most Powerful Female CEOs

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Ever wonder how many female CEOs there are in Canada? Even though women make up just over half the Canadian population and nearly 48 per cent of the workforce, men still dominate the top tiers of business and government. According to Catalyst.org, only seven of the 249 companies listed on the main index of the Toronto Stock Exchange in September 2017 were run by women. However, women are slowly but steadily breaking through the glass ceiling and while few head up large corporations in Canada, a growing number are CEOs of NGOs and smaller companies, often which they started themselves.


6:00 pm – 6:40 pm – Registration & Networking

6:40 pm – 8:00 pm – Cocktails, Discussion & Networking

8:00 pm – Cocktail Concludes

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Optional Networking


Natalie Dakers – President & CEO, Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator
2018 Top 100 Award Winner

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Natalie Dakers is a leading figure in the Canadian biopharmaceutical industry and one of B.C.’s most influential women. With four successful start-up companies to her credit, she’s regarded as a Life Science industry visionary with an ability to get things done.

Ms. Dakers is currently President and CEO of Accel-Rx Health Sciences Accelerator Society, an organization that identifies and supports promising early-stage companies by providing seed stage capital and expertise.  Ms. Dakers was also founding President and CEO of the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research of biopharmaceutical products.  She subsequently went on to create and run CDRD Ventures Inc., the commercial arm that supported company creation at CDRD, before creating Accel-Rx.  Prior to establishing CDRD, Ms. Dakers co-founded Neuromed Pharmaceuticals Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company developing drugs for chronic pain, anxiety, epilepsy, and cardiovascular diseases where she successfully raised $70 million in three rounds of venture financing.

Ms. Dakers has served on many local, national, and private company boards and advisory panels and has garnered numerous honours including Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2015), WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2016) and Business in Vancouver’s Most Influential Woman Award (2017).

Cybele Negris – CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca
Top 100 Hall of Fame Inductee

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Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, and columnist. Cybele is CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .CA Registrar and provider of hundreds of domain extensions, webhosting, email, security products, and other online solutions. Webnames’ clients include some of the country’s largest corporations, government, law-firms, and global Fortune 500 brands.

Cybele serves on the board, audit, and HR committees of the Royal Canadian Mint, the board of BCAA, and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. She is Vice-Chair of the Small Business Roundtable of BC, and is appointed by the Minister of Job, Trade, and Technology to the three-member Small Business Task Force of BC. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the Riverview Lands Redevelopment in Coquitlam, the advisory council of Science World, SFU Innovates, and other organizations. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of Capilano University, as Vice-chair of Small Business BC, and on the boards of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Vancouver Economic Commission and Wired Women.

A Hall of Fame Inductee of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and nine-time winner of PROFIT W100, some of Cybele’s other recognitions include BC Business Most Influential Women in Business 2018, 2017, 2015, and Business In Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business 2010 and Top 40 Under 40 2003.

She is a columnist for Business in Vancouver and speaks at dozens of events each year including TEDx.

Sandra Stuart – President & CEO, HSBC Bank Canada
2014 Top 100 Award Winner & 2016 Inclusion Vanguard Award Winner

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Sandra Stuart was appointed President and CEO for HSBC Bank Canada in 2015. She is also on the board of HSBC Bank Canada and is the Chair of the Board for HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited.  Prior to her appointment as President and CEO, she was Chief Operating Officer of the bank for 5 years. Sandra joined HSBC in 1982 and has held a number of roles in Canada and abroad including in the United States and Brazil.

Sandra is active in the community as a member of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, the Business Council of Canada and the Business Council of British Columbia.

She has been recognized by the Association of Women in Finance for Excellence in the Private Sector, received the Women’s Executive Network Deloitte Inclusion Vanguard Award (2016), was named one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2014), and British Columbia’s Most Influential Women by BC Business Magazine (2015).

Sandra has a BA with a double minor in Economics and Business from Simon Fraser University and has completed a number of Executive Management courses at the Harvard Business School, IMD, and UBC.


Margaret Page
Entrepreneur, Coach and Trainer

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Margaret Page started her first business at 21 and has since owned and operated multiple businesses in both Canada and the United States. She is a proven business leader, respected coach, and notable business etiquette expert who is known for her work with entrepreneurs ranging from the inexperienced to high-powered CEOs. She is passionate about helping others discover their confidence, step into their full potential, and harness success.

Margaret holds multiple coaching and protocol designations, including those from the Protocol School of Washington, CoachU, the University of Pennsylvania, the Gottman Institute, Matrix Essential Training Alliance, the Cultural Intelligence Center, and the National Association of Parliamentarians. She has also completed the WXN Get on Board governance training.

She was recently elected 2nd Vice President of Toastmasters International, a not-for-profit organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills and serves members in 142 countries worldwide. A dedicated community volunteer, Margaret has served on boards including Sunshine Coast Community Futures, the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, and Lakeland College. In 2008, Margaret was nominated for the prestigious RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award.


Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7

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June 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Vancouver, BC