Business Matters: Community Dialogue Series

Business Matters: Community Dialogue Series

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Anvil Centre

777 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6


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Business Matters: A Community Dialogue Series featuring 'Women in Business'. Thursday, August 25th, 2022

About this event

Join us at the Anvil Centre for the next event in our Business Matters: Community Dialogue Series, sponsored by Piva Modern Italian & presented by the New West Chamber of Commerce.

This is an opportunity to connect, network, and learn by hearing a panel of leading women in the New West Business Community.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25th, 2022 from 5pm - 7:30pm.

Space is limited - register today!

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About our Speakers:

Jennifer Thompson - Herstasis Health

Jennifer is an expert in the commercialization of applied science innovations with a focus on clean technologies and women's health. As a business mentor, board member and angel investor, she brings a wealth of experience to start-up hardware technology companies looking to make a positive difference in the world.

Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Herstasis Health (, a menopause digital health company, and the Executive Board Chair of CuePath Innovation (, a medication adherence technology for people managing complex medication regimes at home. She is also a Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, a grant reviewer for the Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and a philanthropist with the UNICEF Women UNlimited program.

Having lived in New Westminster with her family for nearly 20 years, Jennifer is a proud New Westie.

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Anita Dunn - Mila + Paige

Anita was born in New West, went to high school in New West and returned to her home town in 2013 after living in Vancouver and Victoria. During high school, Columbia street was an area you avoided. But since moving back and seeing little boutiques open up and cafes and then high end restaurants, Anita thought the only thing missing was a cute clothing boutique (that wasn't bridal). Anita has a CPA designation and she figured if she could handle the money side of opening a business (which is the #1 reason most businesses fail) that she could fake it til she made it in the retail/fashion area. In 2016 she opened Mila + Paige at 45 6th street and in 2018 doubled her square footage and moved into 665 Columbia Street. After 6 years and still in business, you might say she made it.

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Laura Grady - Arts Council of New Westminster

Laura is passionate about building relationships between artists and the community. As a creative person who has been surrounded by arts and crafts her entire life, Laura values the role art plays in our lives. Through her work as Executive Director of the Arts Council of New Westminster, she is committed to programming spaces and fostering opportunities for artists that celebrate inclusion and diversity. Prior to her role with the Arts Council of New Westminster, Laura spent over 15 years as a freelance writer producing content for various newspapers, online publications and National magazines such as Canadian Living and Today's Parent. Laura spent 10 years operating a monthly film series and partnered with independent movie theatres across the Lower Mainland. Laura has volunteered her time and communication skills to multiple organizations, including Union Gospel Mission, Medical Projects International, and The Vancouver International Children's Festival. When not working as an arts administrator or coordinating arts events, Laura is often behind her camera capturing people and moments in and around New Westminster.

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