Thanks for joining us at our record-breaking 2018 Equality Breakfast!

We were thrilled to join with our friends, supporters, and allies, and to raise much-needed funds to support West Coast LEAF’s work for women’s equality. It was also a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day, all in one fantastic morning!

You can now relive it all by viewing our 2018 Equality Breakfast photo gallery featuring more than 200 gorgeous shots by Johnny Liu and Valerie Hsu of Johnny Liu Photography!

Friday, March 9, 2018
7-9 AM (doors at 6:30 AM)
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St.

Our keynote speaker: Robyn Doolittle

West Coast LEAF is thrilled to welcome Robyn Doolittle, an award-winning journalist and author as our keynote speaker. She joined the Globe and Mail’s investigative team in April 2014 after spending nearly a decade reporting for the Toronto Star. Doolittle’s probe of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s troubled personal life won the 2014 Michener Award and her book on the subject, “Crazy Town; The Rob Ford Story” was a national bestseller.

At the Globe, Doolittle’s “Unfounded” investigation into how Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases has prompted a national overhaul of policy, training and practices around sexual violence, with police services vowing to review tens of thousands of previously closed cases.



Emcee: Gloria Macarenko

We’re beyond thrilled that Gloria Macarenko is back as our emcee!

Long-time CBC News host Gloria Macarenko takes the host chair on Metro Vancouver’s afternoon show On The Coast, where she explores the day’s news and local communities, and goes in-depth with hyper-local stories. Gloria is also host of CBC Television’s Our Vancouver, a current affairs television show, as well as The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians the most lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.

She has twice been nominated for the Gemini Awards in the category of “Best News Anchor” in Canada. Learn more about our fabulous emcee!


What to expect in 2018

Menu: Check our events details page for our always delicious vegetarian breakfast menu.

Seating: All individual ticket holders are seated on a first-come basis on the morning of the event. Table purchasers are assigned reserved seating. Those who buy their table tickets earliest will be allocated seats closest to the stage.

Tax receipt: Individual ticket purchasers will receive a CRA tax receipt for the eligible portion of ticket(s) if a mailing address is provided. A $40 tax receipt is issued for $90 early-bird tickets before January 31; a $50 tax receipt is issued for $100 regular priced tickets.

Accessibility: We provide ASL interpretation and CART captioning, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is wheelchair-accessible. If you have other accessibility requirements, please contact us by Monday, March 5 at 604-684-8772. We would like to accommodate your needs.

Silent Auction: Our March 9th #EqualityBreakfast silent auction has something for everyone. Get ready to bid on a tempting array of goods and services from our generous silent auction donors, now listed on our website! To give you enough time to scope out your favourite auction items, the doors will open at 6:30 am. Check our events details page for the full list of available items.

Live Music: Learn about our fabulous performers Jen Hodge and Diane Lines!

Interested in sponsoring the 2018 Equality Breakfast? Becoming an Equality Breakfast sponsor is an excellent way to demonstrate that you value women in leadership positions, are committed to corporate social responsibility, support access to justice for all, and want to see a more equal BC! To learn about the impact and benefits of sponsorship, call 604-684-8772 ext. 114 or email

CPD Credit:  This has been confirmed as a 0.5 credit Continuing Professional Development course through the Law Society of BC. Click here to see the course page.

More questions? Ask us! Call 604-684-8772 or email


“I have been attending WC LEAF’s Equality Breakfast for [more than] 14 years and I don’t believe I have ever enjoyed the event quite as much as I did this morning. Dr. Nutt was an absolutely brilliant and inspiring speaker. The event as a whole was beautifully executed.” –Lindsay Waddell, human rights lawyer


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 Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Borden Ladner Gervais

Deloitte LLP

Health Sciences Association of BC

Lawson Lundell LLP

Mandell Pinder LLP

Moore Edgar Lyster

Ratcliff & Company LLP

Stikeman Elliott


Victory Square Law Office LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Canadian Bar Association BC Branch

Clark Wilson

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

Harper Grey LLP

Hollyburn Family Services

Hunter Litigation Chambers

Juristes Power | Power Law

Trial Lawyers Association of BC

Warnett Hallen LLP

ZSA Legal Recruitment


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