Panel 1: Issues and Ideas
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
Paulina creates ripples of impact with people who care. In her role as CEO of FWE, she leads an ambitious team to educate, mentor and connect wildly successful women entrepreneurs across Canada.
Prior to FWE, she was the Regional Director for Western Canada at Futurpreneur Canada, where she led a team that brought hundreds of youth entrepreneurial dreams to life. A champion of gender equality, Paulina is the author of bestselling Canada 150 Women: conversations with champions, leaders and luminaries; co-founder of Young Women in Business, and is a sought after speaker and advisor.
Paulina currently serves on the Board of Directors for YWCA Metro Vancouver, Immigrant Employment Council of BC, and the Government of British Columbia’s Small Business Roundtable.
Believing in empowerment for the next generation, Paulina is also a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Simon Fraser University, and has advised the federal government and the Prime Minister on Canada’s Youth Employment strategy. She has been recognized in the community for her significant contributions, including being awarded the Vancouver Board of Trade’s inaugural Wendy McDonald Award, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Award in Washington DC, the KPMG National Leadership Award, and was a finalist for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards.
She gained her business expertise working at KPMG in audit and management consulting, obtaining the CPA, CA designation.
Eric Claassen, Partner, Claassen Certified Professional Accountants
Eric has achieved a wealth of knowledge and insight since joining the firm in 2007. He brings a fresh and personable approach to clients, while ensuring their objectives are met.
Matt Corker, CEO, The Corker Co
Matt with his sister Steph Corker, are the dynamic sibling duo and principal consultants behind The Corker Co, a human capital consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC, dedicated to crafting people strategies that put the heartbeat into business’ bottom line. Through innovative talent acquisition, transformational talent acceleration, and impactful e-learning, Team Corker delivers programs and people that take companies to the next level.
Team Corker has worked with leaders within multiple industries – from apparel companies like lululemon athletica, Outdoor Voices, MEC, Aritzia, Knix, and Stitch Fix, technology-based companies like Google and Blackbird Interactive, and service-based organizations like The Westin Resort & Spa and WestJet. The common thread? They truly care about their people, and so do we.
Team Corker stands by the belief that healthy leaders lead healthy businesses; together, they really are your biggest fans!
Erin Shum, Operator, Rain or Shine Childcar
A graduate from UBC with a degree in Forest Genetics, Erin has been an Educator for 10 years with the Burnaby School District, passionately working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She previously served as the elected Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Park Board, where she advocated for families. Born and raised in Vancouver, she is fluent in Cantonese.
Moderator: Kristine St-Laurent, Senior Manager, Government & Public Services at Deloitte
Kristine is a Senior Manager, Government & Public Services at Deloitte. She helps public sector clients deliver large capital projects that make the lives of British Columbians and Canadians better. Previous to this, Kristine was Director of Strategic Initiatives and Indigenous Reconciliation with the Business Council of British Columbia, where she was responsible for providing sound economic and public policy expertise to senior public administrators and elected officials, business executives and Indigenous stakeholders on matters that may impact business operations and the provincial economy. She helped to shape major policy outcomes across federal, provincial and municipal governments to poise B.C. as a top global destination to live, work and invest.
Kristine has lived, worked and studied across the Prairies, Eastern Canada, the Maritimes and Canada’s North over the last decade. She holds her Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and is happy to finally be back in her home province of British Columbia. This is Kristine’s second year on the AWF Board.