PAST KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
2019 Keynote Speakers | Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Prior to being sworn into office in 2018, Her Honour spent 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metro Vancouver, and earlier as Executive Director of Big Sisters of the Lower Mainland. As such, she knows and understands the challenges that we face as a non-profit organization and as a society. We are excited to hear her insights into both and look forward to her impassioned style as she helps us understand how to improve the lives of those in our communities who need our support.
Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir
2018 Keynote Speakers | Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallists, Figure Skating
For many Canadians, that moment that defines Canadian Skating is the performance delivered in front of the home-crowd by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Vancouver 2010. They became the youngest Ice Dance champions in Olympic history. The golden duo, however, was not content.
The partnership that started when she was seven and he was nine would continue through to Sochi 2014 where they delivered an artistic and athletic performance that would define the pair’s legacy. They danced beautifully and despite a seasonbest, settled for silver. This only fuelled their fire.
After a short hiatus, Tessa and Scott believed that they still had the competitive fire and artistic depth to make a return to their third Olympics. It was in PyeongChang 2018, where Tessa and Scott captured the imagination of the world with emotionally-charged and provocative performances, drawing on twenty years of creative commitment to one another. They skated magically to Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge earning their second gold medal of the Olympics.
The medal was their fifth medal overall making them the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. Applauded internationally as the sweethearts of the Games and revered as Canadian royalty, the pair truly represent what it is to be Canadian.