A B.C. for Families

Presented by the Forum for Millennial Leadership | UBC Robson Square

A B.C for Families

Presented by the Forum for Millennial Leadership

Date: TBA
Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
Cost: $10

5:00pm – Registration & Networking
6:00pm – Program Begins
8:00pm – Program Ends


Work, housing, affordability, child care: young families in BC are feeling the pinch and looking for hope. 

Millennials are tired of being stereotyped and written off. We’re tired of admiring the problem. We’re looking for solutions, not pity.  We can make things better for young families without breaking the bank or igniting a generational war. 

The Forum for Millennial Leadership (FML) is hosting a high-energy discussion featuring Millennial parents and leaders – each with their own common sense ideas on how to make things better for young families. 

Plus, we’ll share fresh opinion research that showcases a range of common-sense, cost-effective ideas that Canadians agree on. 

Childminding available on site with advance registration.

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6:00pm – Opening Remarks

Gavin Dew, Founder, Forum for Millennial Leadership

Gavin Dew is an entrepreneur, consultant, and most importantly a father to Abby. The Forum for Millennial Leadership was born out of his frustration that struggling Millennials are underrepresented in elected office.  Gavin will present FML’s new opinion research, which examines how British Columbians and Canadians feel about a wide range of practical ideas to make life better for young families in terms of childcare, health, schools, taxes, work, and the public realm.

6:10pm-7:00pm – Panel 1: Issues and Ideas

Session Details

Let’s talk about ideas. Four young leaders – parents and soon-to-be parents – will share their perspectives on how to make things better for young families. How do we make sure female entrepreneurs and businesspeople can thrive? How can we make childcare better, more available, and more affordable? How can we make things better for people who become parents through adoption and surrogacy? How does the tax system work – or not work – for young families, and how could it work better without costing an arm and a leg?

Paulina Cameron – CEO, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Eric Claassen – Partner, Claassen Chartered Professional Accountants
Matt Corker – CEO, The Corker Co
Erin Shum – Operator, Rain or Shine Childcare

Moderator: Kristine St-Laurent  – Senior Manager, Government & Public Services, Deloitte

7:10pm-8:00pm – Panel 2: Parents and Politics

Session Details

Four elected officials from across the political spectrum and levels of government – each of them parents, champions for families, or both – will share their perspectives. What’s working and what’s not? How do we address and move past the all-consuming conversation about housing affordability and address other issues? What are the constraints to adopting policies that help young families? What are the barriers to electing young parents, and what can we do to lower them?

Dylan Kruger – Councillor, City of Delta
Melissa de Genova – Councillor, City of Vancouver
Brad West – Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam
Raquel Dancho – MP, Conservative Critic for Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth

Moderator: TBA

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At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk as low to the general population for Covid-19.  The situation is rapidly changing and the health and safety of attendees and panellist is FML’s priority.  If the risk level changes, changes may be made to the format, or the event may be canceled, in which case a refund will be provided to ticket purchasers.