2024 Women leading the Way - Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

2024 Women leading the Way

Please join us for a unique in-person event celebrating the power of women and their remarkable achievements in driving systemic change. Be inspired by influential women leaders, engage in meaningful conversations, and enjoy a delightful high tea experience at the 2024 Women Leading the Way event.

DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

TIME: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: Capilano Golf & Country Club, West Vancouver


12:00 PM | Registration and High Tea served

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Keynote address and panel discussion

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM | Q & A and closing remarks


Please RSVP here or contact Jennifer McDonald at: [email protected] or 604.984.5847.


Key themes in groundbreaking report on Trust and Transformation; Canadian women and philanthropy

Women in Canada influence billions of dollars in charitable giving each year. The number of female donors is increasing at a rate far greater than men; and women have a unique way of donating. Despite the challenges wrought by the global pandemic and the subsequent economic disharmony, Canadian women have provided further evidence that they remain a driving force within the charitable sector. Not only do they provide much-needed funding, particularly at the grass-roots level, and a cadre of volunteers, but women participating in the sector are increasingly driving systemic change. This is the major finding of the detailed study of Canadian women in philanthropy which was released by TD Bank Group in 2023.

Please join us for an insightful discussion of the findings of this groundbreaking report, featuring the following panelists.

Guest Panel

Jo-Anne Ryan FEA, MFA-P 

Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice President of Philanthropic Advisory Services at TD Wealth, specializes in integrating philanthropy into clients’ financial and estate plans, particularly working with multi-generational families as a certified 21/64 advisor. She has led TD’s research efforts around Women and Philanthropy since 2014, and serves as the Executive Director of the Private Giving Foundation, the first donor advised fund launched by a Canadian financial institution.

Carmen Thériault

Carmen Thériault, K.C., a former partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, led its private wealth, trusts, and estates team, and was recognized as the 2020 Trusted Advisor of the Year at the STEP Private Client Awards. With extensive contributions to legal literature and notable leadership roles in various organizations including Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, Carmen was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009.

Lisa Wolverton 

Lisa is a co-owner of the Pacific Investment Corporation and leads the Wolverton Foundation, dedicated to elevating exposure to the arts and facilitating artistic programs for children who would otherwise be excluded from these opportunities, notably hosting The Sarah McLachlan School of Music. She also serves as President of Forward Global Canada, and sits on various boards including The Fuller Project and previously the Freedom Fund and the International Crisis Group, advocating for youth and social change.

Lotte Davis

Lotte Davis, Co-Founder of AG Hair and Founder of One Girl Can, pioneered AG Hair into Canada’s largest manufacturer of professional hair care products, known for its integrity and plant-based ingredients. Committed to addressing gender inequality, she established One Girl Can in 2008, focusing on building schools, providing scholarships, and mentoring programs for girls in Africa, earning her numerous awards for entrepreneurship and global impact.

Nareena Switlo

Nareena grew up in Vancouver and her passion for learning about different cultures led her to a career in International Development. Nareena is an experienced project manager with a background in anthropology who has served as a program advisor and leadership facilitator focused on holistic approaches to development. She has worked with innovative organizations in Zanzibar, Kenya, Ghana, India, and Canada. Nareena’s passions have led her to co-found Naledo, a social enterprise that aims to tackle some of our most pressing global issues.

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