2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives: Janet Wood from SAP

Our 3rd speaker for the 2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives event #2016MME on November 16th is Janet Wood from SAP (@SAP).janet-wood

Janet Wood and her team are responsible for attracting and developing leaders and employees, encouraging them to achieve personal and professional excellence, which contributes to exceeding SAP’s strategic goals. In short, Janet’s team helps SAP employees be the best they can be, maximizing their contribution to the success of SAP and our customers.

Janet reports to SAP’s Chief Human Resources Officer and she has recently relocated back to Vancouver after two and a half years in Germany. In her former roles, Janet was EVP of Global Strategic Service Partners and EVP of Global Maintenance GTM. She joined SAP from Business Objects in 2008.  Prior to joining Business Objects, Janet was VP of Business Development at Crystal Decisions. She has also held various management positions at IBM.

Aside from her senior management role at SAP, Janet is active in her community. She is a partner in BC Social Venture Partners, a not for profit organization that supports children and families at risk in Vancouver. She has recently joined the Alberta School of Business Advisory Counsel, as well as entrepreneurship@UBC Advisory Board. She mentors several employees at SAP as well, plus some external protégés. She is passionate about helping women succeed and achieve their career objectives.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alberta, Canada.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on November 16th!  The event is open to all senior Sauder students. Spaces are limited so register on COOL today!


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2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives: Haleh Bahrami from LifeLabs

Today we announce our 2nd speaker at our 2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives #2016MME on Nov 16th at 5:00-8:00 pm Birmingham Centre.haleh-bahrami

Haleh spent her formative years in Iran, moving to Canada as a 15 year old.  After graduating high school she earned a degree in Microbiology, from UBC.  Her desire was to become a Medical Lab Technologist, so she headed off to BCIT for another 3 years to earn a diploma.
Haleh commenced her career at St. Paul’s Hospital, moving on to Canadian Blood Services and then LifeLabs (@LifeLabs) . A combination of hard work, and a willingness to take on new challenges allowed Haleh to steadily move up from Lab Tech to Director of Lab Operations in BC. Ms. Bahrami has never stopped learning. She embarked on her Masters degree in Leadership, specializing in Health Care, at Royal Roads University in 2008 and recently completed a certificate in Project Management at UBC.
As Director of Laboratory Operations BC, she is accountable for the overall operational performance of LifeLabs’ diagnostic testing facilities, ensuring delivery of premier quality and cost-effective laboratory services in the province. Haleh recently filled in as National VP of Operations for 6 months, as maternity leave coverage.
When not at work, Haleh enjoys spending time with her two children and family. She is a rookie DJ at her son’s hockey games and watches her daughter swim. She also loves travelling to new places and taking long walks on the sea wall.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 16th!  Open to all senior Sauder students. Spaces are limited – register on COOL today!

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2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives: Heather Pallas from Telus

We are excited to announce Heather Pallas from Telus (@TELUS) as our first speaker for the 2nd Annual Millennials Meet Executives event #2016MME. The event will be held on November 16, 2016 at 5:00-8:00 pm, Birmingham Centre.


Heather’s “roll up the sleeves” style is built on a track record of success in regional and national senior leadership roles working in corporations such as TELUS Communications, Nortel Networks, and Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals. She uses her leadership experience to ensure that whatever she is focusing on in her role is practical and relevant in the workplace and for customers. Heather has extensive background experience in strategic planning, marketing, operations, organizational development and project management. This helps her to add insight and value to her work.  She is currently the Vice President, Business Solutions West Customer Marketing with TELUS. Heather ran her own company – Painted Fire, from 2006 to 2016, focusing on Leadership, Org Effectiveness and Strategy.  Heather was General Manager of Southern Alberta Operations for TELUS in 2004.  She managed over 400 unionized journey people and 22 managers to achieve the best customer service results.   With over 20 years of business experience and over 9 years as an organizational effectiveness consultant in the Oil and Gas industry, she is an experienced team and process facilitator and a strong communicator.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 16th!  Open to all senior Sauder female students. Spaces are limited – register on COOL today!

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TED Talk Recap: ‘Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection’

On May 31st , over 100 attendees from seven different companies joined BWT for an engaging interactive online event.

Members of BWT shared ideas and life experiences after watching Reshma Saujani ‘s motivational TED Talk, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection”,  about the opposing ways that men and women are socialized and the effect that it has on their careers.   The event featured an online screening of the TED talk, followed by a moderated discussion.

The feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive.  Both women and men appreciated the anonymous environment by using the whiteboard to explore the topic in an honest and open way.

Watch for more events in the future!

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Let’s Elevate Gender-Balanced Leadership Event Summary


What a tremendous turn out last week for our Bringing Women Together: Lets Elevate Gender-Balanced Leadership event!

Over 250 people gathered at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver for our 6th Annual Marquee Event, continuing our successful trend executed by a solid volunteer team across seven sponsor companies, including BC Hydro, LifeLabs, McCarthy Tetrault, SAP, Sodexo, TELUS and Vancity.

Discussing the theme of Gender Parity, we had a solid representation of men supporting the cause.  Our speakers emphasized the importance of including men in the conversation.

We attracted executives from each company, where they had an opportunity to network with each other and with the broader audience as mentors.


Our emcee Deb Durocher, Director, Managed IT Services, Western Canada at TELUS opened with a personal story of two relatives who both experienced gender disparity, but let it affect them in entirely different ways.


Keynote Speaker Trish Arnish, Senior Vice-President, People & Culture at Canfor

In her keynote speech, Tracey Arnish spoke about the importance of promoting equality from an early age. Tracey shared how at home, she and her husband try to monitor their choice of words and actions related to gender roles. A concerted effort is made to ensure that weekly chores are delegated equally to their son and daughter.  One particular powerful video that Tracey showed in her presentation is linked here; in fact, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, wrote a post about this video and had called it “one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen.”

Additionally, Tracey stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion in the work place, and how it should be part of every organization’s talent management strategy.



Andy Cobbold, Group Vice-President and Head of Global Support Centre of SAP (Above) and Mark Breslaw, Vice-President, People & Culture of TELUS (Below)

Mark Breslaw and Andy Cobbold spoke about the benefits of gender parity from a male perspective and what they contribute as senior male leaders.   They were both pleased to be part of this discussion and expressed their eagerness to take part in many more events of this nature.


Maureen Daschuk, Director, Program & Contract Management, Transmission & Distribution, and Customer Service at BC Hydro

Maureen Daschuk encouraged women to explore the male dominated field of operations management.  One quote that particular resonated with the crowd: we should all get comfortable at failing fast, and learning from your mistakes.


Janet Wood, Executive Vice-President of Talent & Leadership, SAP

Janet Wood was lucky enough to have never felt at the receiving end of any direct discrimination. She encouraged everybody to be authentic and to demonstrate their capabilities. Never shy away from speaking up in meetings and ensure that everybody knows what a good job you’re doing. Success isn’t going to come calling. Being subtle and expecting people to discover your merits by themselves is not an advisable career tactic.


Lisa Vogt, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at McCarthy Tetrault

During the panel, Lisa Vogt shared a story about her own experience, early in her career, when she was invited to the Vancouver Club with a mixed group of colleagues. At the time, the Club only admitted men.  Female guests were required to use the women’s entrance, not the main entrance.  In solidarity, her colleagues all used the women’s entrance.  Today, Lisa’s experience reminded her that positive outcomes with gender parity often happen in smaller groups.


Thank you to the amazing speakers and panelists, volunteers and organizers and attendees for supporting our BWT Vancouver organization and helping us take one step closer to Gender Parity.  See you next year!

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BWT Marquee 2016: Meet Lisa Vogt


Lisa Vogt, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Last but certainly not least, we are proud to introduce our final panelist for our BWT Vancouver Annual Marquee Event 2016, Lisa Vogt from McCarthy Tétrault LLP!

Lisa Vogt, Q.C. is a partner in the national business law firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

She has held a series of leadership roles at her firm, consistently promoting diversity and inclusiveness for women. She is presently the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer. She served as Regional Managing Partner, British Columbia from 2004 to March 2010, and as National Practice Group Leader of the Real Property and Planning Group.

Ms. Vogt appears in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of real estate law and in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of property development.

Ms. Vogt is a strong advocate for women and families, and in particular, women in the legal profession. She was recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion in the 2012 Women of Influence magazine, received the University of British Columbia Law Alumni Association’s 2011 Award of Distinction and was named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2010. In 2010, she was also recognized by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) for her leadership, passion and dedication to advancing women in the legal profession. She was a member of the BC Law Society’s Task Force on the Retention of Women in Law which tabled its business case in 2009, and currently co-chairs Phase 1 of the BC Law Society’s Justicia Project. She has served as a long term board member with the Vancouver Children’s Festival and the YWCA (Vancouver), and is currently a board member and co vice-chair of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women.

As Chair of her firm’s National Diversity Committee (NDC) since 2009, Ms. Vogt helps to advance women lawyers and to foster a professional environment that attracts women and sustains and supports their career development. The NDC promotes gender diversity through monitoring equal opportunities to work on career advancing files and creating mentoring and leadership programs, parental and leave policies, flexible work arrangement policies, and business development initiatives focused on women clients and lawyers. Ms. Vogt has gained leadership support for these important and highly regarded programs. Her inclusive approach has elevated the level of discourse on these sensitive issues, greatly helping the firm to develop leading policies.

Ms. Vogt frequently speaks both within and outside the firm on advancing women in law. She never fails to impress and inspire young women with candid talks on being a committed parent and a very successful lawyer. As a mentor and leader, she has fostered change and opened doors for women lawyers in her firm and in the profession as a whole. She has shown by example that women can achieve partnership and managing partner status in a national law firm while managing a busy home life. Her own prestigious career, combined with being a mother of five children, is a testament to finding workable solutions to the work-life conundrum that most professional women face.

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BWT Marquee 2016: Meet Maureen Daschuk


Maureen Daschuk, BC Hydro

BWT Vancouver is excited to present another one of our panelists for our Annual Marquee 2016 Event, Maureen Daschuk from BC Hydro!

Maureen has worked as a Strategy Consultant for a Boston Based consulting firm, was Vice President of Strategy for a Technology start up and Director of Corporate Strategy for TELUS. Maureen moved from Strategy into Operations Management and led a team of 450 field technicians at TELUS.

Maureen joined BC Hydro in September 2009 as the General Manager of Field Support Service (Materials Management and Fleet)

  • Became Director of Resource Strategy and Management in June 2011.
  • Became Director of Distribution Project and Program Delivery in April 2013.
  • Became Director of T&D Program and Contract Management in March 2015.

Currently, Maureen manages the delivery of T&D work programs totalling $400 million per year and leads a team of more than 130 people. Programs are collections of similar activities that can grouped together to gain efficiencies in delivery. A good example is the wood pole replacement program. Maureen’s team also manages the contracts with our Distribution Line Contractors as well as the Vegetation contractors. The team strives to get as much value as possible out of every dollar we spend in delivering work programs safely and on time.

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