Past Events

Boardgames and Pizza

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April 2nd, 2019

This semester has been a heavy one, so ladies let’s balance it out together with some fun! Join us for some games and pizza and a chance to get to know each other!

Please register here, to let us know how much pizza we need!

Game Selection:

Monopoly, Yahtzee, Jenga, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Boggle, Agricola, Hogwarts Battle, Pictionary, Things in a Box, playing cards and Twister!

If you love a game that isn’t on the list, bring it with you! 🙂

Coffee with Professor Mila Lazarova

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February 28th, 2019

This casual series was started in the spring 2019 semester as a way to connect students and faculty on a regular basis to discuss topics of interest that may not come up in the classroom. Sometimes the topics will revolve around the professors’ research and sometimes they will just be relevant to current events and issues. The topic is always set in advance (based on suggestions from the professors, although some asked for our input), but where the conversation goes from there is up to the group. Students are given the topic in advance so that they may choose to attend whatever chats are of interest to them. Groups are meant to be kept small so that the setting is intimate and conversations are engaging for everyone. We kicked off this series of events with Professor Mila Lazarova and discussed the topic of gender equality.

Mila Lazarova (PhD, Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of International Business at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management. Mila has published extensively on topics such as international and comparative human resource management, global mobility and global careers, and career management in multinational organizations. She sits on several editorial boards and is an Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal. She is also the author (with David C. Thomas) of Essentials of International HRM: Managing People
Globally (Sage, 2014), and, most recently, the editor (with Hugh Gunz and Wolfgang Mayrhofer) of the Routledge Companion of Career Studies (Routledge, in press).

Run The World – Luv The Grub: Alia Sunderji

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February 22nd, 2019

For the first Run the World event in our series, the Graduate Women’s Council invited Alia Sunderji of Luv the Grub to hear about her experience in entrepreneurship!
Alia is a social entrepreneur and lecturer at Simon Fraser University where she teaches Sustainable Innovation and Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Passionate about the fields of sustainability, poverty alleviation and impact investing, Alia is the Founder of Luv The Grub an emerging social enterprise that operates at a number of levels in the food system by capturing produce seconds that would otherwise go to waste, hires newcomer refugees and immigrants through a paid employment training program and produces delicious chutneys and spreads for the local market. In addition, Alia is also the Co-Founder of Liv & Lola; a fair trade home decor business which works with artisans in rural areas of Nicaragua, Guatemala and Thailand where employment opportunities are scarce in an effort to lift them, their families and their communities out of poverty.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Center Christmas Collection

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December 7th, 2018

The GWC collected donations for the DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE WOMEN’S CENTRE at this event. The holidays are a time for giving and there are many people in this city in greater need than us. We collected toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap), mittens and socks at Segal and put together a donation for the shelter.

Wajd – Songs of Separation Film Excerpts Showing

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November 29th, 2018

The SFU Beedie MBA Games team and the Graduate Women’s Council hosted a unique movie night experience in order to raise proceeds for the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Amar Chebib, a Syrian-Canadian director based in Vancouver, wanted to shoot a film about the traditional Sufi music of Syria. Six months after he began this project, “one of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time” started. That’s how the movie turned into the story of three of the musicians that Chebib met in 2010, and their touching stories of overcoming their heartbreaking experiences and find relief in music.

Wajd is currently only being screened at large-scale events, but Amar has generously accepted to share a part of the movie with us all to watch and enjoy.

Run the World – Speakers: Emily Kerr and Maria Pacella

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April 1st, 2019

The Graduate Women’s Council is extremely excited to invite you to our second Run the World series with speakers Emily Kerr Vice President, Business Banking, Bank of Montreal and Maria Pacella CFA, Senior VP, Private Equity and Portfolio Manager, PenderFund Capital Management in a dialogue where they will share their insights and personal experiences in their career journeys.

Following the speeches, the GWC will host a sit-down dinner for a few like-minded individuals to closely connect with the speakers.

Spaces are limited, register here!

GBWC Dinner Series: Women in Banking

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Dinner at Nuba for our Women in Banking edition. Attendees (R to L): Sandra Stuart (CEO of HSBC Canada), Sabina Diaconescu, Anipa Jeyakumar, Amelia Zhang, Leonie Wilke, Yashu Mittal, ALexa Harder, Yenny You, Sophia Tsui (Head of Auditing HSBC) and Lindsay Cervenko.

The GBWC was absolutely delighted to host Sandra Stuart, CEO of HSBC Canada and  Sophia Tsui, Head of Auditing at HSBC for our Dinner Series event in May 2017. Sandra shared her awe-inspiring story of working from a teller position at HSBC to becoming the CEO of the company. She is the first female to run a major bank in Canada. Sandra has spent 33 years at HSBC and has a wealth of knowledge on creating business strategies and navigating the company through the economic cycles in the country.

Sandra and Sophia spoke about their experiences in commercial/corporate banking and auditing and how they successfully navigated office politics and gender stereotypes and honed their personal leadership style. They took the time to thoughtfully answer all the questions from the students and shared their industry wisdom freely. We look forward to hosting them again next year with the new GBWC cohort.

WXN Event: Disrupting Tradition- Taking the Road Less Travelled

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Dr. Elizabeth Croft, Senior Associate Dean of Education and Professional Development at The University of British Columbia










There are no longer “typical careers” for women and we have entered every industry and realm and work toe-to-toe with men everywhere.  However, women are still underrepresented in many STEM related industries. Our breakfast event showcased, Dr. Elizabeth Croft, a trailblazer in robotics research and engineering, and she shared her experiences of the taking the road less travelled and breaking the stereotype.

Dr. Croft gave an inspirational speech about how the mentors and positive figures in her career path helped open doors and expose opportunities to her. She mentioned the importance of using positive language and encouraging young women into STEM careers. She has chaired the NSERC Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon) program that promotes Science and Engineering as an excellent career choice for women and other under-represented groups, and eliminates barriers that results in attrition of women from these career paths.