LIFT Breakfast Series


Minerva BC is pleased to announce our second LIFT Breakfast taking place on Thursday, May 16th, 8.00 am – 9.30 am, at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Join us for an inspiring morning including breakfast, networking and panel discussions.To purchase your ticket, please click here.


Re-thinking Mentorship

Having a mentor is a smart career development strategy. Having an experienced and trusted guide can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Yet research suggests that women are over-mentored and under-sponsored. In addition, women have less access to male mentors – a problem that is reportedly increasing in response to the #MeToo movement. Join us as we explore mentorship, sponsorship and the future of these important relationships in the modern workplace.


Heidi Worthington 

Senior Vice-President and Chief Revenue Officer | Pacific Blue Cross

As Senior Vice-President and Chief Revenue Officer of Pacific Blue Cross, Heidi’s focus is to drive profitable growth and innovation across all product lines for the organization. Heidi is also the Chief Operating Officer of BC Life, Pacific Blue Cross’ Work & Wellness division. When away from the office, Heidi supports her community as a Board Director at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. Heidi is also a member of the Board of Trade’s Women Leadership Council’s Policy Committee, and is a proud mentor to talented female leaders, including being a mentor in UBC’s Sauder School of Business MBA Mentor program.

”Mentoring is about making the most of our potential. Although only you will know what’s right for your career, getting trusted guidance can be so helpful. It can give you better vision to see what the paths look like, and the confidence to push ahead.”

Clare Hamilton-Eddy

Director, Media Relations | University of British Columbia

Clare is a passionate communications strategist with a proven track record working with public and private sector organizations across North America and Europe. She is currently the Director, Media Relations for the University of British Columbia, responsible for overseeing faculty-based news and helping manage the institution’s overall reputation. Clare has experience working with stakeholders at complex, multinational organizations, progressive mid-size companies, and innovative start-ups across a wide variety of industries. Clare has been on the board of directors for the B.C. chapter of the American Marketing Association and Women in Communications & Technology. She is currently a guest lecturer for UBC Sauder Accelerated Digital Marketing Diploma Program. In her spare time, Clare teaches violin on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, volunteers at Canuck Place, and is a keen triathlete.

”Mentorship provides me with the opportunity to have candid and more objective conversations that support my growth both as an individual and leader.”

Jan K Grude

Senior Strategic Advisor | KPMG LLP                                

Jan K. Grude is a Senior Strategic Advisor at KPMG LLP where amongst his various roles he coaches and mentors new Partners of KPMG as they manage through the rigourous demands of a major professional services firm. Jan enjoyed a thirty-five year career in professional and financial services, the last twenty of which was as CEO of several national and multinational insurance, investment and financial services firms. He retired from full time corporate life at the end of 2017 where he had served as President & Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Blue Cross Blue Shield, British Columbia’s largest regulated insurer.


Leslie Oman

Partner | M&A & Value Creation Services at Deloitte Canada

Throughout her career, Leslie has integrated continuing education as a key component in her growth: from night school to gain IT accreditation, completing her Masters Certification for Business Analysis, and then completing her MBA with RRU specializing in international business and innovation, learning new skills and interest areas, coupled with a strong mentorship network, has influenced her growth trajectory. Starting her career in municipal government roles, her passion for IT transformation and tangible solutions led her to switch gears to private sector with PWC. Here, Leslie was the IT lead for BC, then took on a national role and eventually moved to client-side Mergers & Acquisitions. Her next move was to Longview where she helped established their M&A practice.Leslie is now partner at Deloitte in the M&A practice where she coaches and mentors her team and advises clients.

”Mentorship means personally investing in the success of another, taking the time to help your mentee reach their potential; challenge assumptions, grow and achieve their goals.”


Standard Rate: $50

Student Rate: $25

*All tickets include breakfast.

To purchase your ticket, please click here


Roundhouse Community Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews

Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3


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