Big Impact - vancouver
Women in Male Dominated Industries
How to Stand Out, Be Recognized, and Achieve Success
Big Impact Event by Christy Clark
Today’s business climate is slowly transitioning from being male-dominated to embracing equality. But despite there being steps in the right direction, women still face an uphill struggle in terms of proving themselves in male-dominated industries such as finance, trades, technology, law, and politics. Disproportionately male environments are fraught with challenges that include sexual harassment, limited access to opportunities, pay gaps, and more. Join us as our speakers share their stories, offer advice for navigating your career, discuss how women can support each other, and highlight the importance of women in male-dominated fields.
11:30 am – Registration & Networking
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Keynote
1:30 pm – Q & A and Networking
2:30 pm – Event conclusion
Christy Clark – Premier of British Columbia, Canada from 2011 to 2017
2018 Top 100 Hall of Fame Winner
The Honourable Christy Clark’s political career is full of firsts for Canadian women. Her hard-won record includes being the longest serving female Premier in Canadian history, the only female Premier ever to be re-elected in Canada, and the first Cabinet Minister in Canada to give birth while holding office. She was also the first Premier in the country to openly discuss personal experiences of sexual assault.
Over her 6 ½ years as Premier, she defied the critics by proving herself as the best economic manager in the country. She balanced 5 consecutive balanced budgets, diversified BC’s economy with a visionary plan and ensured BC led the country in job creation. When she left office in 2017, the province had the strongest economy in Canada for more than one year running – the first time that’s happened since before she was born in 1965. When Ms. Clark retired, BC was also on-track to eliminating its operating debt by 2020 – the first time since 1976. BC was also the only remaining Canadian province with a AAA credit rating.
Her success was founded on her ability to create and communicate a bold vision for growth, her gift for building and executing on a detailed plan, and a strong capacity to predict, mitigate and manage risks.
British Columbia possesses some of the world’s richest unconventional gas resources. Ms. Clark set out an ambitious goal to create a new industry in liquefied natural gas. During her time in office, 3 LNG projects and 2 pipelines received their federal approvals. The pipelines are the only 2 pipeline projects in recent history to be approved for construction to the BC Coast by both levels of government.
Last year, Shell finalized its decision to start construction on its $40 billion LNG Canada project – an investment that will be the largest single private sector investment in Canadian history.
Prior to becoming Premier, she was the host of the Christy Clark Show on CKNW 980 and a columnist for the Vancouver Sun and Province. She used these platforms to establish a province-wide anti bullying campaign that continues to grow.
Today she is a Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP. She serves as a Director on the board for Shaw Communications Inc., and for Recipe Unlimited Corporation. She also serves as an Advisor for ThoughtWire Corp.
She is an Associate Member for the InterAction Council. The Council, founded in 1983 by Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda, brings together former world leaders to focus on the long term structural factors driving the global agenda.
Ms. Clark chairs the International Board, Roots of Empathy, a Canadian headquartered non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching children empathy and kindness around the world. She also co-chairs (with Dominic Barton and Michael Sabia) the founding advisory board of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.
Ms. Clark is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards, most notably the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in recognition of her work in the anti-bullying movement.
In November, 2018 she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She was also inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.
Clark holds an Honourary Doctorate from Sookmyung University in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 1906, Sookmyung is dedicated to women’s education.
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6