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2018 Equality Breakfast

West Coast LEAF

Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PST)

2018 Equality Breakfast

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Earlybird individual tickets   more info Jan 31, 2018 CA$90.00 CA$5.63
Earlybird Table (10 seats)   more info Jan 31, 2018 CA$900.00 CA$35.83
Bronze sponsor   more info Mar 8, 2018 CA$1,200.00 CA$43.33
Silver sponsor   more info Mar 8, 2018 CA$3,000.00 CA$88.33
Gold sponsor   more info Mar 8, 2018 CA$4,000.00 CA$113.33
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Event Details

The best event this side of noon!

Join friends, supporters, and allies of West Coast LEAF to celebrate International Women's Day and to raise critical funds to advance equality in BC. 

Keynote speaker: Roberta A. Kaplan

Roberta A. Kaplan

Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, the founding partner at Kaplan & Company, LLP, one of the few women-led elite boutique litigation law firms, has been described as a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” She has been selected as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States, as a “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, and as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law.


In addition to representing large institutional and corporate clients like Fitch Ratings, Airbnb, Columbia University and T-Mobile, Robbie represented Edith Windsor in the landmark civil rights case of United States v. Windsor in which the United States Supreme Court held in 2013 that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA violated the U.S. Constitution leading to the Supreme Court mandating marriage equality nationwide two years later. Robbie is also the author of “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” (W.W. Norton 2015), which was chosen by the L.A. Times and Ms. Magazine as one of the top 10 books of 2015. In commenting on the book, President Bill Clinton called Robbie an “American hero.”


Robbie has received numerous recognitions for her legal accomplishments and charitable activities, including the New York Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award; Financial Times Legal Innovator of the Year; the National Law Journal’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States; the Columbia Law School Medal of Excellence; and the Stanford Law School National Public Service Award.

Emcee: Gloria Macarenko

2017 Equality Breakfast emcee Gloria Macarenko

We’re beyond thrilled that Gloria Macarenko will return as emcee!

Long-time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host chair on Metro Vancouver’s afternoon show On The Coast, where she explores the day’s news and local communities, and goes in-depth with hyper-local stories. Gloria is also host of CBC Television’s Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show, as well as The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.

She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada.

Learn more about our fabulous emcee!


What to expect

Seating: Individual ticket holders are seated on a first-come basis on the morning of the event. Available tables will be visible by a coloured balloon and ushers will be present to help direct you. Sponsors and those who have purchased full tables have reserved seating, which will be assigned on a first-purchase, first-serve basis.

Want to buy a table but split the cost with friends and colleagues?

Option 1) You can pay for the whole table (10 seats) and receive the tax receipt for the eligible portion.

Option 2) You can pay for the whole table (10 seats) and have your table guests reimburse you directly. West Coast LEAF can then issue separate tax receipts for each payer, if you provide contact information for each guest. To do this, please list a Table Champion (can be yourself or someone you assign with this task) when making your purchase. The Table Champion is the main contact person who liaises with West Coast LEAF to organize the tickets and receipts. The Table Champion must email with the breakdown of: how much each person has paid, which guests require a tax receipt, and the addresses for where to mail each tax receipt. This is in addition to communicating any accessibility requests, including any mobility and dietary restrictions, etc.

Option 3) You can organize a table by separately purchasing individual tickets, and then combining 10 paid tickets to populate one table. To request a table reservation (consisting of 10 individual ticket holders), contact before Thursday, March 1, with: 1) the Eventbrite order numbers of all 10 purchased tickets, along with the guest names; and 2) what name you would like to appear on the event table directory and map. Your request will be processed ONLY after all 10 ticket purchases have been confirmed. You will 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 your dietary requirements in your ticket order OR email by Friday, March 2.

Accessibility: We provide Sign Language Interpretation, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you would benefit from ASL interpretation so that we can ensure that you have appropriate seating. For those who use a wheelchair or other assisted mobility device, we would like to reserve you a fully accessible seat. Please enter any accessibility requests on your Eventbrite order form or email Please note that the deadline for accessibility requests is Friday, March 2.

Silent Auction: We're excited that doors will open at 6:30 AM to provide you the most time possible to browse and place your bids! More information on the auction is coming soon. We can't wait to start giving you a sneak peek at all those fabulous items. If you would like to support West Coast LEAF with a silent auction donation, we'd be so thankful! Please contact Sharon at We'd love to feature your business or creative venture at our event!

Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Equality Breakfast? To learn about the impact and benefits of sponsorship, call Basya at 604-684-8772, ext. 114, or send her an email at

More questions about the 2018 Equality Breakfast? We'd love to answer your questions! Call 604-684-8772 or email your questions to


Presenting Sponsor


Media Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Hospital Employees' Union          Miller Thomson      UFCW 1518


Silver Sponsors

Lawson Lundell LLP

Moore Edgar Lyster



Bronze Sponsors

Harper Grey LLP

Trial Lawyers Association of BC


Audiovisual Sponsor




Have questions about 2018 Equality Breakfast? Contact West Coast LEAF

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When & Where

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

Friday, March 9, 2018 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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