The Odlum Brown FWE Gala: Pitch for the Purse
Monday, February 20, 2017 | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Join 600+ of Vancouver’s exceptional business leaders + entrepreneurs and celebrate FWE’s 15th anniversary at our annual Gala.


It will be a night to remember with the Pitch for the Purse Finale, celebrity judges, a celebration of women entrepreneurs, leaders and mentors and serious fun.

Who will inspire your vote? Come learn about these exceptional women entrepreneurs and hear their stories. Be part of the action and help award one Finalist a $25,000 cash prize for the best pitch. Learn more about Pitch for the Purse at


Meet the Pitch for the Purse Finalists and their Mentors:


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Tara Bosch


Dionne Laslo-Baker
DeeBee’s Organics Ltd.


Andrea Scott


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Dave Bustos
Founder + Partner | Fort Capital

Tracey McVicar
Managing Partner | CAI Private Equity

 Wayne Deans

Co-Founder | Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd.


Meet our Celebrity Judges:

The three Pitch for the Purse Finalists will be questioned LIVE at the Gala by our Celebrity Judges.

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Philanthropic Visionary + Investor
Founding Board Member of FWE

The youngest woman and first female trader to become Partner at Goldman Sachs, Jacki Zehner has devoted herself to the advancement of girls and women around the world in business, media, and more. As the Founding President of Women Moving Millions, a community which has given over $1 billion to organizations and programs that focus on women, she has been recognized on the international stage for her leadership. She current serves as a Board Trustee of the Sundance Institute, and is a past Board Member of UBC, the National Council for Research on Women, and many more.

Click here for her full bio.


Frank Giustra

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

One of Canada’s top business leaders, Frank’s entrepreneurial success expands to both his established works within the natural resource industry and film industry. Frank is President + CEO of Fiore Financial Corporation and is the founder of Lionsgate, one of the world’s largest independent film companies. He is also a passionate philanthropist, serving organizations such as International Crisis Group, the Radcliffe Foundation and Streetohome Foundation.

Click here for his full bio.






To inquire about the wait list please call the FWE Office at 604-682-8115 or e-mail 


Want to showcase your Product/Service in the Silent Auction? 

Our silent auction items are viewed by over 600 guests. Click here to sign up or call us at 604-682-8115 to discuss your contribution.


 Thank you to our Sponsors


Title Sponsor


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Gold Sponsor


Goldcorp Inc.


Silver Sponsor

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Bronze Sponsors

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Media Partner


Raffle Partner


Event Partners

AG Hair
ARC Document Solutions
Brix Media Co.
Brush Salon
Cocoa West Chocolatier
CountDown Events
Eclat Decor 
Amar & Natallie Doman
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Flower Factory
Imprint Plus
Innovation Lighting
Julie Yeem
Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel
Life & Times Productions
Mark Anthony Group
Pedersen’s Rentals
Proshow Audiovisual
Sara Borck Photography


Thank you to our amazing group of Gala Committee Members:

Christina Anthony (Co-Chair) | Odlum Brown Limited
Lara Dauphinee (Co-Chair) | Fiore Group
Monique Badun | Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Christina Brown | Committee Member
Dave Bustos | Fort Capital
Karen Christiansen | FWE
Monika Deol | Canadian TV Personality, Stellar Beauty
Vicki Gabereau | VG Shoes
Soha Lavin | CountDown Events
Gabrielle Malette | Odlum Brown Limited
Christine Marks | Goldcorp
Lisa Niemetscheck | FWE
Robin Peterson | Committee Member
Susannah Pierce | LNG Canada