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2023 Equality Breakfast

March 8 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am

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

We’re thrilled to announce that our beloved silent auction is back online and is now open for bidding.

When something catches your eye and you want to place your first bid, you will be prompted to create an account, add a credit card, and follow the prompts to keep bidding. Please be sure to register using the email address and mailing address you would like your items shipped/sent to if you win.

Avoid being outbid by using the “max bidding”’ feature to set your upper limit and have the system place bids on your behalf. Bidding is open to everyone, regardless of where you live or whether you’re attending the Breakfast. Check the FAQ for more details.

Head to westcoastleaf.org/auction to start bidding today!


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


Presented by

 Visionary Partners

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Media Partner

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With Partners




Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch


Fasken LLP

Moore Edgar Lyster LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Ratcliff LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP 

Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Victory Square Law Office LLP

Whitelaw Twining


Dentons Canada 

Faculty of Law – Thompson Rivers University

Faculty of Law, University of Victoria

Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP

Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP

Harper Grey LLP

Houssian Foundation


Juristes Power | Power Law

LAT Multilingual Translation & Marketing Inc.

Lawson Lundell LLP

Lidstone & Company

Mandell Pinder LLP

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Murphy Battista LLP

Public Service Alliance of Canada – BC Region

The Arnold and Anita Silber Family Foundation

Triage Data Solutions

Trial Lawyers Association of BC

Print Partner

Audiovisual Partner

Merchandise Partner



  • West Coast LEAF


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