Multicolored triangle patterning is on right hand side. Dorothy Roberts headshot is overlayed in a circle. Text reads: Equality Breakfast with Dorothy Roberts. International Women's Day. March 8, 2023. Presented by Vancity (visionary partner) and CBC Vancouver (media partner).


We’re thrilled to invite you back in person to kick off International Women’s Day with the 2023 Equality Breakfast!

This is the Equality Breakfast you know and love, bright and early on March 8, 2023, with keynote speaker Dorothy Roberts.


Early bird ticket sales on now!

Individual tickets*: $125 (early bird until Jan 31, 2023) / $140

Priority table of 10*: $1,400 (early bird until Jan 31, 2023) / $1,600

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*Tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket and/or table purchase prices.

Can’t attend in person? Join us by livestream.


About the event

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time: 7 am to 9:30 am PT (doors open at 6:30 am)

Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Health and safety: Please note that the venue has a recently upgraded air filtration system, and masks will be available.

Featuring ASL interpretation and CART live captioning!


The Equality Breakfast is West Coast LEAF’s major fundraiser of the year. Your support goes directly into creating a society that is just, equitable, and free from discrimination.

On International Women’s Day, let’s join together for transformative social change!

We respectfully acknowledge that this event is organized on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish homelands including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations—where many of us are settlers and uninvited guests. As we gather, we ask you to join us in uplifting Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people in resisting ongoing colonial and misogynistic violence and injustice.


Keynote Speaker: Dorothy RobertsDorothy Roberts, smiling subtly, with one hand resting on a table and the other hand supporting her chin. She is wearing glasses and a black sleeveless top.

Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in Africana studies, sociology, and the law school, where she is the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. An acclaimed scholar of race, gender, and law, she is author of Killing the Black Body; Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare; Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century; and Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World.

Read more about Dorothy.

Emcee: Gloria MacarenkoGloria Macarenko leaning against a wall. Her hands are in her pockets. She is wearin ga black plaid blazer.

Gloria Macarenko is the host of CBC Vancouver’s afternoon show On The Coast, where she explores the day’s news and local communities. Gloria is also host of CBC Television’s Our Vancouver, a current affairs program that focuses on the city’s diverse culture, as well as The Story from Here, a national Radio One show that brings Canadians lively and intriguing interviews from across the country.

Read more about Gloria.



Partner with us

Our annual Equality Breakfast is only possible because of the generous support of our Partners. Partnership is a highly visible way to demonstrate that you value gender inclusion and diversity in leadership, are committed to social responsibility, support access to justice for all, and want to see a more equal and just BC.

To learn more about the impacts and benefits of partnership, send us an email.


Silent auction

For the best of both worlds, our beloved silent auction will be available online and in-person this year! You’ll have several days to peruse and bid on coveted items and services you most want.

Can’t attend the event? You can still make your bids and win the items you most want. More details to come!



For event logistics, accessibility, and more details, visit our FAQ.




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Broadcast media

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