Inspiring Speakers

Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell – keynote speaker

As Canada’s first and only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell’s life has been a life of firsts. From the age of 16, when she became the first female student body president of her high school, until 30 years later, as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 46, Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Holding audiences since the age of ten, Ms. Campbell speaks widely on issues related to leadership, international politics, democratization, climate change, gender, and Canadian/American relations all over the world. In recent years, she has addressed audiences in Kiev, Cordoba, Toronto, Prague, Brussels, Vancouver, London, Beijing, and Washington, DC among others, but now dedicates most of her time to serving as the Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta.

Kerry Slavens – MC

Editor in Chief of YAM & Douglas Magazine at Page One Publishing.

MLA Carole James, Victoria-Beacon Hill – panelist

Carole James was elected MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill in 2005 and served as Leader of the Official Opposition in our province for seven years. She is honoured to serve the people of the community she grew up in, raised her children in, and continues to live in. Carole is the Official Opposition spokesperson for Finance. She previously served as Opposition critic for Children and Family Development.

A community leader for over 25 years, Carole served as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995. She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Her experience and dedication to communities is reflected in a number of appointments to provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, and the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.

In addition to serving a two-year term as the Director of Child Care Policy for the Government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention. Carole is married to Albert Gerow, a First Nations artist and former elected Chief of the Burns Lake First Nation. She’s the mother of two children, Alison and Evan, and a proud grandparent to Hayden and Charlie. She was a foster parent for over 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.

Edith Loring-Kuhanga – panelist

Edith Loring-Kuhanga, Nox Gyes is from the Wolf Clan of the Gitxsan Nation, BC. In August 2007, she was given the head Matriarch’s name within her house, Nox Gyes recognizing the role that she carries in her family and across Canada. Edith has her Bachelor of Education Degree and a Masters in Education Leadership.  For the past 30 years, she has worked extensively in the education and health fields. She owned and operated her own company called, First Nations Training & Consulting Services for 21 years which provided training and consulting in the areas of education, health, child care, head start, proposal writing, leadership, governance, administration, policy development and economic development. In May 2002, Edith was awarded  the YM/YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training & Development category recognizing her contribution to First Nations education in Canada.

Aygadim Majagalee (Teanna Noel) Ducharme – panelist

Aygadim Majagalee (Teanna) comes from the Nisga’a Nation in northern BC. Teanna works as an Aboriginal Intern with the Government of BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development. She is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty, women and children’s rights and empowerment. Teanna is a member of the Daughters of the Vote, an initiative led by Equal Voice that ensures women are dynamic and equal participants at every political decision making table in the country. As an historic event, young women leaders from every province filled all the seats in the House of Commons, 338 young women between the ages of 18 and 23, on International Women’s Day 2017. From Coast to Coast, emerging young women leaders became familiar with Canada’s political institutions and those women and men serving in them – so they are equipped and inspired to participate in the formal political sphere in the years and decades to come. See the videos and hear these inspiring voices,