Keynote Speakers

Winter Convocation Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, February 26
1:30 p.m.

Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine Crooks is a Member of the Order of Canada, Five time Olympian, and Olympic Silver medalist (LA '84 Athletics) who has been an integral part of Canadian and global sport as a leader, innovator, and advocate. Currently, she is President of NGU Consultants Inc, and director on several charitable and public sector Boards in a variety of sectors including technology, finance, sport, and health.

At the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games where she was the Team Canada Opening Ceremony flagbearer, Charmaine was part of the first group of active Athletes elected by peers to the International Olympic Committee as voting members. There, she served on the IOC Press Commission, IOC Culture and Education Commission, New Media working group, IOC 2000 Reform Commission, founding IOC Ethics Commission, and the World Anti-Doping Agency. She was also appointed founding Chair of the PASO Athletes Commission and was elected Vice President of the World Olympians Association.

As one of the members of the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Winter Games (Vanoc), Charmaine was the only director to serve from the initial bid phase through to the successful end of the Games. Her current volunteer leadership in sport continues on the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Soccer Association executive board, and the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions.

She recently co-founded the 365 International Sport Foundation, dedicated to bringing communities together through sport. This includes the creation of Our Cityride, a mass participation sport for all cycling ride & Festival. Globally, she is a Champion for Peace with Peace and Sport.

In 2018, she was the recipient of two distinguished awards, recognising her various contributions to community, business and leadership. This included the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Canadian Women of Power Award and the 100 Accomplished Canadian Black Women Award.

Amongst numerous past recognitions and awards for leadership roles in sport, she was the recipient of the IOC Women in Sport Trophy- Americas in 2006. Charmaine is inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Athletics Canada Hall of Fame, and the University of Texas El Paso Sports Hall of Fame, where she attended on an Athletic scholarship.

Tuesday, February 26
6:30 p.m.

Catherine Roome
President & CEO, Technical Safety BC

Catherine Roome is a courageous futurist. She is a leader in the algorithmic economy where predictive insights are used to create long-term social and financial value. Her purpose is to deliver game changing strategies that employ technological innovation to serve the public interest.

Recently named one of the Top 100 women in Canada, Catherine is President and CEO of Technical Safety BC, an independent self-funded organization which is mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment across British Columbia. Catherine first served as Vice President, Engineering when she joined BC Safety Authority in 2005, becoming CEO in 2011.

Recognized for its bold 10-Year Strategy as a knowledge-based organization with an outstanding culture, Catherine has grown Technical Safety BC by 100% to become a $69-million organization with 450 employees. Catherine finds inspiration in building a modern, diverse people practice, and is deeply committed to supporting the next generation of leaders.

Wednesday, February 27
9:00 a.m.

Donna Wilson
Director, IZUNA Foundation
Executive Vice President, People and Diagnostic & Treatment Services, Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia

Donna Wilson is the Director of the IZUNA Foundation and the Executive Vice President for People and Diagnostic & Treatment Services at Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia (BC). Donna is responsible for human resources leadership across the PHSA and holds executive accountability for diagnostic and treatment services across the province. These services include the BC Pathology and Laboratory Agency, all provincial public sector laboratories, diagnostic imaging, and in-hospital pharmacy services. Prior to joining the health sector in BC, Donna was Senior Vice President for People, Community and Strategy at LifeLabs, Canada’s largest private laboratory.

Since 2001, Donna has held various executive roles in financial services, professional sport events, and insurance services. A highlight of her career was when she served as Executive Vice President of Workforce and Sustainability with the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and delivered the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, an Executive Management Certificate from Queens University, and a Chartered Director from McMaster University.