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2017 Equality Breakfast

West Coast LEAF

Friday, March 10, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PST)

2017 Equality Breakfast

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual tickets   more info Mar 7, 2017 CA$100.00 CA$6.10
Table (10 seats)   more info Mar 7, 2017 CA$1,000.00 CA$38.00
Bronze sponsor   more info Mar 7, 2017 CA$1,000.00 CA$38.00
Silver sponsor   more info Mar 7, 2017 CA$2,500.00 CA$75.50
Gold sponsor   more info Mar 7, 2017 CA$3,500.00 CA$100.50
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Celebrate West Coast LEAF and International Women's Day at the best event this side of noon!

Celebrate with friends, supporters and allies of West Coast LEAF, and help to raise critical funds for our work to advance equality in BC. We'll also be honoring 106 years of International Women's Day, all on one fantastic morning!


Keynote speaker: Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University.

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. 

Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. 

An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.



2017 Equality Breakfast emcee Gloria Macarenko2017 Equality Breakfast emcee Gloria Macarenko

We’re thrilled that long time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko will be the emcee for our 2017 Equality Breakfast!
Macarenko is well-known as the host on B.C. Almanac connecting British Columbians through conversation. She also hosts The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country. Gloria is also on CBC Television, hosting Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show. Learn more about our fabulous emcee!



What to expect in 2017

Seating: Individual ticket holders are seated on a first-come basis the morning of the event. Table purchasers and sponsors are assigned reserved seating, which will be assigned on a first-purchase, first-serve basis starting closest to the stage.

Buying a table and splitting the costs with friends and colleagues:

Option 1) Have one person pay for a table upfront, and have your table guests reimburse you directly. West Coast LEAF can then separate the table purchase into separate tax receipts for each payer. When you purchase your table, please list a Table Champion; this Table Champion will be the main contact person who liaises with West Coast LEAF. The Table Champion must email the breakdown of: how much each person has paid, which guests will need a tax receipt, and the addresses for where to mail tax receipts (in addition to communicating accessibility requests including any mobility and dietary restrictions, etc).


Option 2) Separately purchase individual tickets, and then combine 10 paid tickets into a table. To request a table reservation (consisting of 10 individual ticket holders), contact before Thursday, March 2, with: 1) the order numbers and names from all 10 purchased tickets; and 2) what table name you would like to be listed on the table map directory. Your table request will be processed only after all 10 ticket purchases have been confirmed and you receive a final confirmation from West Coast LEAF.


Tax receipts: Individuals who purchase tickets will receive a tax receipt for the eligible portion of their ticket(s) if a mailing address is provided. A $40 tax receipt will be issued for $90 early-bird tickets; a $50 tax receipt will be issued for $100 regular priced tickets.


Food: The Equality Breakfast menu is coming soon and is, as usual, vegetarian with vegan options upon request. For other dietary requests, please note this in your ticket order OR email ASAP by Friday March 3.


Accessibility: For the first time, we are proud to offer live event captioning via Accurate Realtime Inc., generously supported in part by a private donor and We provide Sign Language Interpretation if required, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is wheelchair accessible; however, please let us know if you would benefit from ASL interpretation so that we can cancel this service if it will not be used. CCACaptioning.orgFor wheelchair users, please indicate this on your order so that we can reserve your seat in more accessible areas of the hotel. Please enter any accessibility requests in your Eventbrite order form or email We would like to accommodate your needs. Please note that the deadline for accessibility requests is Friday March 3.


Silent Auction: Doors will open at 6:30 AM to provide time to peruse and bid on the always amazing silent auction items. More information on the auction is coming soon. To support West Coast LEAF with a silent auction donation, contact Sharon Xia at We'd love to feature your business or creative venture at our event!


Interested in sponsoring the 2017 Equality Breakfast? To learn about the impact and benefits of sponsorship, call Basya Laye, Director of Development & Engagement, at 604-684-8772, ext. 114, or send her an email to


More questions about the 2017 Equality Breakfast? Ask us! Call 604-684-8772 or email your questions to


Diamond Presenting Sponsor

 BCGEU logo        





   Gold sponsors            


Borden Ladner Gervais

Clark Wilson LLP

Health Sciences Association of BC

Lawson Lundell LLP

Mandell Pinder LLP

Moore Edgar Lyster

Ratcliff & Company LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Trial Lawyers Association of BC



Victory Square Law Office LLP



Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

Bennett Jones LLP

Black Gropper

Canadian Labour Congress

Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

Fasken Martineau

Harper Grey LLP

McCarthy Tetrault

Public Service Alliance of Canada - BC Region

Warnett Hallen LLP

Woodward & Company LLP


                 Print                                                  Audiovisual

The Printing House - Print sponsor                      PSAV - A/V sponsor


         Merchandise                                           Accessibility 
Merchandise                              Accessibility sponsor                        


Have questions about 2017 Equality Breakfast? Contact West Coast LEAF

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The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6

Friday, March 10, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PST)

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West Coast LEAF

West Coast LEAF is the only organization in BC dedicated to promoting women’s equality through the law. West Coast LEAF and our sister organization LEAF National have helped bring about some of the most important victories for women in Canada: safe access to reproductive rights; fair workplace standards; fair separation agreements; “no means no” in sexual assault; the right to be free of sexual harassment from landlords, and more. We’ve been working since 1985 to end discrimination against women through BC-based equality rights litigation, law reform, and public legal education. Learn more at 

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