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Table set with cutlery and cups and saucers with a burgundy table cloth. A yellow program with West Coast LEAF's logo is on one of the table settings.

2016 Equality Breakfast

March 11, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Celebrate International Women’s Day with West Coast LEAF’s 29th Annual Equality Breakfast

Honour our collective achievements, inspire and be inspired, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and raise much-needed funds for West Coast LEAF’s upcoming projects in the areas of public legal education, law reform, and litigation.


Keynote speakers: Michele Landsberg and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

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We are proud to welcome mother and daughter human rights activists Michele Landsberg and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis as the keynote speakers for our 2016 Equality Breakfast. Michele and Ilana will share an intergenerational perspective on equality and reflections about their experiences on the front lines of the fight to advance women’s rights in Canada and around the world. Michele Landsberg is an award-winning journalist, author, and social activist. Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is a passionate labour and human rights lawyer who is devoted to global grassroots social justice and gender equality.

We are equally thrilled to have CBC investigative journalist Erica Johnson as this year’s emcee.


What to expect in 2016

Menu: Mediterranean vegetable hash (roasted peppers, zucchini, asparagus, Pemberton potato), poached eggs with pesto Hollandaise, freshly baked breakfast pastries, freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, traditional herbal and flavoured teas

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 tax receipt for the eligible portion of ticket(s) if a mailing address is provided. A $40 tax receipt is issued for $80 early-bird tickets before January 31; a $50 tax receipt is issued for $90 regular priced tickets.

Accessibility: We provide American Sign Language interpretation, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is wheelchair-accessible. If you have other accessibility requirements, please contact our office, 604-684-8772. We would like to accommodate your needs.

Silent Auction: To give you enough time to peruse our legendary silent auction, we’ll again be opening the doors at 6:30 a.m. Check out all of the amazing businesses who have already become silent auction donors! And get ready to bid! If you are a business owner or professional who can offer a great product or service to our guests, we would be delighted to feature you in this year’s silent auction. Contact Sharon Xia at donormgr@westcoastleaf.org to make a donation.

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Equality Breakfast? To learn about the impact and benefits of sponsorship, call Basya Laye, Director of Development & Engagement, at 604-684-8772, ext. 114, or email to development@westcoastleaf.org.

More questions about the Equality Breakfast? Ask us! Call 604-684-8772 or email info@westcoastleaf.org.


The best event this side of noon

I have been attending WC LEAF’s Equality Breakfast for 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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Bronze sponsors: Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Labour Congress, Fasken Martineau, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC, Harper Grey LLP, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, National Union of Public and General Employees, Unifor, Woodward & Company LLP, ZSA Legal Recruitment

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Audiovisual sponsor:   PSAV_MainLogo

And don’t forget our amazing silent auction donors! Click here for the current list. 




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  • The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • 900 W Georgia St
    Vancouver, BC V6C Canada
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