Speakers + Facilitators + Leaders
Listed alphabetically by first name.
ANDREANE LANTHIER NADEAU (ALN)
2019 Speaker + Panelist
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, or ALN as we know her, is a professional mountain bike racer on the Enduro World Series circuit. This phenom is now 26 years-old, and she has been crushing it on a bike since her childhood. She put in many great results over the years on the Cross-Country scene as a junior, U23, and elite, but it was her love for trail riding and an obvious talent for riding technical terrain combined with carrying speed that brought her curiosity to enduro.
Since switching discipline in 2015, leaving her dream for the Olympics to pursue the thrilling adventure of living from her passion for riding and racing, ALN’s been soaring even higher. She is now a constant podium finisher at the international level, and is currently ranked 3rd overall in the world.
She’s legitimately impressive on a bike - intensely focused, aggressive, and yet smooth as silk. The never ending learning that being a professional mountain bike racer involves is what keeps her motivated. Learning both about how to ride faster, but also about the mental side of performance, and how that side can transpose and help to move through off-the-bike real life situations.
On top of ALN's professional racing career, she is a mentor for Ride Like a Girl and active as a speaker at local events.
Andrew Funk has been rock climbing for a little over half his life. Growing up in the Canadian competition climbing community afforded him countless opportunities to meet and work with exceptional athletes, mentors, and coaches of all ages and experiences.
Now living in Vancouver as a member of the Hive Ambassador Team, Andrew continues to be pushed and challenged by some of the Nation's best climbers. Andrew’s impressive physical strength is matched with his calm and methodical head as he ticks V12s and 5.14s off his climbing list. If you’re not a climber, let me tell you - very few people climb that hard.
As Partner at Redshift Collective, Andrea works with C-suite teams to drive brand strategy and innovation, align culture, and shape customer experience & digital strategy.
She is an Advisory Board Member for Nature’s Path Foods, current Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, & a founding member of the West Vancouver 2010 Legacy Foundation.
Previously, Andrea was President of TBWA\Vancouver – one of Western Canada’s largest ad agencies, named in Canada’s Top Ten Creative Agencies for two years running.
Andrea is Past Chapter Chair of both YPO Gold (2017) and YPO (2006); winning “Best Global Education Year” in 2016. For 15 years she was on the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business & Board Member of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Andrea was also Board Member of Insception Lifebank, the Vancity Community Foundation & the Organizing Committee for the 2005, 2011& 2014 Grey Cups.
Andrea is a sought after facilitator, educator and executive coach. She has also written a “Strategy” column for the Globe and Mail for two years, & was named in Vancouver’s Power 50.
BONNIE DE BRUIJN
Bonnie de Bruijn has been rock climbing since the early 90s. The sport has taken her to crags all over the world. She was also a competitive climber for the better part of 20 years, a highlight of which was representing Canada at three World Cup bouldering events. She now dedicates her time to climbing outdoors.
Bonnie has a PhD in Religion, with a collaborative degree in Women and Gender Studies, from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation focused on the psychoanalytic and cultural theories of Julia Kristeva.
Bonnie and her family recently moved to Squamish to be closer to nature and the boulders. She has enjoyed various writing and teaching jobs and is an editing consultant for The B.I.G “Bring in the girls” Initiative.
From an early age I decided to stray from the norm and do things my way. While I never got that coveted university degree, I did travel the world with my mountain bike and skiis, learning valuable life lessons along the way. I fought forest fires, built log cabins and won the Canadian Mountain Bike Championships in 1986.
From being an adventure enthusiast, I knew there was a market for affordable, performance eyewear. So in 1986, I refused to continue to buy into the overpriced performance eyewear that was available on the market. Instead I decided to create my own eyewear line, Ryders Eyewear, based on the North Shore and distributed globally.
Whether you plan for it or not, spend some time with me and you’ll undoubtedly find yourself in a naturesque setting, likely gasping for breath. Nature and adventure bring an endless joy to me and I genuinely want to share that experience with everyone I cross paths with.
Fear is something we’re all faced with on a daily basis, some greater fears than others. Photojournalist turned female-centric surf photographer, Bryanna Bradley, shares with us her story of learning how to navigate fear. This relatable story has been paired with stunning imagery Bryanna herself has captured while in the deep and often ferocious ocean.
Whether you’re a surfer, a photographer, or simply a human who can relate to fear holding you back from being your best, this presentation will warm your heart, make you love the females in your life just a little bit harder, and help you realize that with the right relationship with fear you can get through anything!
DEBORA DE NAPOLI
Debora De Napoli is an adventure documentary filmmaker, public speaker, yoga teacher, and advocate.
In 2013, Debora embarked on a mountain bike journey across the summits of the Canadian Rockies to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. She documented her journey, producing a film entitled Life Cycle Project, which premiered at the Banff International Mountain and Book Festival.
Debora has inspired large audiences at adventure festivals, including FEATCanada (Fascinating Expedition and Adventure Talks). She is a champion for the inclusion of womxn in sport, and is known for her work in promoting and helping to advance womxn in mountain biking communities. She has contributed to a wide selection of exciting projects throughout her 20 year career in Canadian Film and Television, including her most recent credit on The Moment,The Birth of Freeride Mountain Biking, directed by Darcy Hennessey Turenne.
Recently, Debora became a grassroots ambassador for Juliana Bicycles. Debora has strong advocacy ties with both Ovarian Cancer Canada and OvCare.
Farinaz Lari is an Canadian-Iranian kickboxer. She was the first Iranian woman to win the World Kickboxing Championships. Farinaz picked up kickboxing at the age of 18, while studying applied mathematics in university.
She began competing shortly after learning kickboxing and in only a few years managed to become the first Iranian woman ever to win the WAKO world kickboxing championship (Brazil, 2013). She currently holds the national Canadian k-1 title upon many other titles.
She spends all her time learning new and unique training methods to elevate the fitness level of District Warrior, a unique studio owned by her and her husband Ali Khanjari in downtown Vancouver. She teaches MuayThai fitness classes and trains private clients full time.
Greig Gjerdalen was born a nature lover. Raised on the forest-covered mountains of the North Shore he has built a deep relationship with nature. He is a professor at Capilano University in North Vancouver where he teaches in the Schools of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. He has earned a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.
An educator for over thirty years with a strong focus on experiential education, he is motivated to get people to bring their learning into day-to-day practice. Greig has led people on journeys of self-discovery through inspirational wilderness landscapes as a rafting, sea kayak, and backpacking guide. Daily adventures into the forest keep him grounded and strongly connected to the land. Internationally he has worked on human and community capacity-building for sustainable tourism projects in Cuba, Paraguay and Vietnam. Mountain biking, SUP, XC skiing, Yoga has made him into a Flow lover.
I have spent most of this life outside in the elements and adventuring in the mountains. Through a love of ski mountaineering, climbing and skiing all over Coastal BC and around the world I have gained many lessons.
I have worked in eco-tourism and heavy industry; I run a business in commercial and industrial services; and work with people in Somatic Healing and human performance.
I love to learn and share my love of life and curiosity for the human experience.
These days I am most often found on Vancouver’s North Shore with my own family ‘She Team’ including 2 daughters.
Jackelien Barelds has an extensive background in the field of change management. From managing various teams at Radboud University Medical Center, one of Holland’s leading university hospitals to consulting, writing, training and coaching on the topic of change management, Jackelien prepared professionally for a very personal life change in 2017.
For the past two years, Jackelien and her family left the Netherlands to pursue change themselves - right here in North Vancouver. Between formal study of Theory U developed by Otto Scharmer, outdoor adventure, and self-exploration, Jackelien’s perception of human behaviour related to change has grown deeper from her diverse study.
Jackelien is also the founder of Enroute Consulting, supporting individuals and companies through harnessing the power and clarity that comes from integrating the wisdom of the brain, body and heart.
2019 Ride Host
Jaclyn Delacroix is the founder and owner of Essential Cycles and Ozmosis Training based out of North Vancouver, BC. Through these avenues she inspires the North Shore community as an avid mountain bike coach, guide, and advocate for the sport both personally and professionally.
Born and raised in the hardy Australian outback Jaclyn moved to Vancouver in 2007 where she quickly found her passion for mountain biking on the steep trails of the North Shore mountains. In 2013 she left her primary career as an accountant to follow her passion and become a full-time mountain bike coach for her company Ozmosis Training. Since then, Jaclyn has competed at the Pro/Elite level for many years has coached an all women’s mountain bike team for 6 years.
Jaclyn has a strong passion for promoting and inspiring women within the mountain biking communities all over British Columbia. She regularly teaches clinics throughout BC for all riders - beginner to advanced. She currently spear heads of one of the largest Ladies Only coaching events in British Columbia and frequently volunteers as a ride leader for the Muddbunnies riding club. In addition, Jaclyn is a key organizer and host for the Vancouver Bell Joy Rides. In her spare time, Jaclyn energetically is involved in trail building and mountain bike advocacy within the lower mainland. She was previously a TAP trail builder for the NSMBA and currently independently maintains the trail Executioner on Mt Fromme.
In the past, Jaclyn was the Director of Youth for the NSMBA where she developed youth programs including but not limited to the highly successful Youth Fiver. She has also worked with a number of other trail organisations to help support and build local youth trail programs.
It is undeniable that anyone who runs into Jaclyn on the trails knows she is a key influencer in the mountain biking community and is highly regarded not only for her personal mountain biking achievements but also for her true genuine passion for the mountain biking sport.
Jessica O’Dowd lives and works on the beautiful, ancestral, and unceded lands of the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) first nations. She comes from a family of settlers on this land and is currently exploring her role, impact, and complicity in colonialism. She leads Employee Experience as part of the People & Culture team at Arc’teryx Equipment, a North Vancouver based design company. A strong believer in commitment to the outdoors and in supporting people to get the most out of life, she has made an adventure of integrating purpose and passion into her work.
Jess’ work is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space, where even the quietest voices can be heard, in order for employees to innovate and thrive. She’s constantly curious, and currently focusing her learning on the immensely important landscape of diversity and inclusion.
She lives with her husband Dave and 3-year-old adventure-buddy of a daughter, Lyric. Outside the walls of Arc’teryx, Jess can be found on bikes with her family, at the climbing gym, in the mountains, on a yoga mat, or helping deliver babies as a birth doula.
2019 Panelist + Facilitator
My love of nature stems from growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and having the freedom to walk through thick Congo jungles, swim in the Congo River, or enjoy the epic rainstorms.
Since moving to Canada 9 years ago as a refugee, I’ve discovered hiking in the local mountains and bringing friends who’ve never hiked before along to coach and encourage them along the way. As a woman of colour, I’ve sometimes felt unseen by media campaigns that are not diverse. It is mostly white people that are portrayed as adventurers, while people of colour make rare appearances and mostly in secondary non-adventurous roles (cooks, carriers, extras). While many people of colour enjoy the outdoors, their stories are not represented in media campaigns that tend to cater to a white audience primarily. Nature is beautiful in the sense that it doesn’t discriminate.
I currently consult for a private Canadian charity that partners with local communities in low GDP countries. I help facilitate and run programs that help underserved and disadvantaged communities in East Africa, Haiti, Pakistan, Guatemala, and Vietnam, to reach their full potential and create a better future through sustainable development and microfinance.
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Kate Muker is a heart-centered community builder, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur. She founded Conscious Divas, a local organization modern women on a path of self discovery who came together at over 100 events in 5 years. Kate’s events regularly sell out with audiences of up to 700. She has hosted events with best-selling authors such as Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Danielle Laporte, Gabrielle Bernstein and Kate Northrup.
Kate believes that the secret to success lies in your ability to stay focused on your vision while listening to the whispers of your soul. Kate’s current focus is providing mentorship to women who are committed to success in motherhood, life and business that is meaningful, fulfilling and soul aligned.
Kate is a passionate rock climber and traveller who is deeply committed to building community and connection. Her devotion to gender equity is obvious through her dedication to empowering people through the space created by the sport of climbing. Kate makes events and marketing happen for The Hive Climbing & Fitness, and has been happily working in the amazing west coast climbing community for the last 6 years.
At the age of 58, Lynn Hill brings to us stories of wisdom from her decades of experience as a rock climber, as a woman changing the landscape of gender equality in adventure sport, and as a mother.
Being the first person on the planet to free climb The Nose in Yosemite, which has been considered one of the most momentous moments in climbing history, Lynn has obviously been pushing boundaries that we’ve all benefited from. This legend’s multimedia presentation will make you feel like you can ascend any summit you dream of.
Lotte Davis is the Co-Founder of AG Hair, the only manufacturer of professional hair care products in Canada, with distribution to over 20,000 salons and beauty stores internationally. Her hair care line, known for its integrity and meticulous selection of natural ingredients, has grown exponentially over the past 29 years and now employs over 100 people with projected sales of $35M this year.
In addition to building her company into a well-renowned and respected beauty brand, Davis has worked tirelessly to find a way to impact gender inequality, specifically in underdeveloped countries. Having grown up in the dawn of the apartheid movement in South Africa, she was acutely aware of the legacy of mistreatment and lack of opportunities for women in particular.
In 2008, she began building schools for girls in some of the poorest regions in Africa. By 2013, this initiative developed into the creation of her own NGO called One Girl Can, expanding the scope of the work she does in Africa to include scholarships for girls to secondary school and university, as well as a comprehensive mentoring and coaching program. Success for One Girl Can is realized only when these students begin to earn a living, and Lotte is personally invested in each girl to ensure she achieves this goal.
One Girl Can has become a sustainable entity that supports thousands of girls with educational opportunities that will begin to shift gender inequality.
With a career built around service and relationships, primarily in the education sector, Mary now works in her most challenging and rewarding job yet, at the Vancouver Waldorf School as a community-builder and fundraiser.
Mary has a BA in History, an MBA in International Business, and her current area of study is in support of her commitment to being an effective ally. As a permaculturalist, she will forever be a tinkerer in the garden and a wanderer in the woods.
Mary's worldview has been shaped by her big family, her many moves and travels, and her endless curiosity. She lives with her family in North Vancouver, on the unceded, ancestral, and overlapping territories of the Coast Salish peoples.
2019 Speaker + Panelist
Redbull and Ripcurl surfer Mathea Olin opens up about what it’s like to be a professional surfer while still in high school. Mathea shares with us stories of success and stories of challenge, but what runs through her entire presentation is a groundedness and wisdom that is atypical of a sixteen year-old.
Children, teenagers, parents and grandparents will be inspired by Mathea’s message to live our lives doing the things we love as this insightful teenager believes that’s the recipe for living a great life.
Michele Kambolis is a therapist, PhD candidate in Mind Body Medicine, acclaimed author and writer, and an unshakable believer in our capacity to self heal and thrive. She is wholeheartedly committed to developing evidenced-based resources to help you create the consciously healthy life you were born to live.
Michele is a keynote speaker and has been featured on leading media platforms such as Goop, Good Morning America, Huff Post Live, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Her book ‘Generation Stressed’ has revolutionized the way we address the effects of anxiety in children.
Michele will be bringing the power of meditation to the She Summits community for an evening of mindfulness wisdom and practice. As a long time meditator (over 35 years!) and meditation researcher she’ll be sharing the many ways you can tap into this this ancient practice to strengthen your mind and body.
Nick does not have parking karma and his cooking skills are a bit underrated. He communicates well with animals, he is a dedicated husband and father, pilot in training, wannabe surfer, lover of the outdoors, design, art, architecture and checklists.
In over 25 years of Business Management, Nick has spent much of his career as a serial entrepreneur, a senior executive and a trusted strategic business consultant. He has worked with everything from established companies- managing their multi-million dollar business sales transactions – to start-ups bootstrapping themselves from just an idea.
In all roles, Nick has demonstrated problem-solving, strategic capabilities and the proven ability to develop and lead teams of people to unprecedented results. Nick loves designing alternative strategic plans by spotting relevant patterns and developing innovative and imaginative solutions.
Sanoa Olin is only 14 years-old and has already been in the top 10 at the PanAm Games and has medals from numerous big title comps. She’s travelled the world to surf amazing waves to places like Hawaii, California, the Maldives, Peru, Portugal, and Japan with her sister.
What I love about both the Olin girls is their love for their family. Sanoa even included her “amazing mom”, her “cute little brother” and the most “inspiring big sister” in her bio notes to me. This teenager knows that as long as she’s by the ocean with the people she loves, she’s “the happiest person in the world”.
Strange how these are the most important lessons in life and sometimes it’s the youngest ones get it best.
2019 Speaker + Panelist
As an Nehiyaw Iskwew from Muscowpetung First Nations, Shayla Stonechild, has always been a catalyst towards Indigenous youth unlocking their full potential. By reclaiming their voices, bodies and spirit that have been silenced and stolen throughout history. There is a shift happening in humanity right now and she believes the arts, meditation, movement and medicine is a part of that shift.
From growing up around her mother's performing arts company, and continuing on to graduate from ‘Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.’ and 'Vancouver School of Healing Arts'. She has always been active within her community - she has received the titles of ‘Metis Youth Ambassador of Alberta’ and was a finalist for ‘Miss Teen Canada’ - representing her hometown, Medicine Hat.
Shayla is currently hosting Season 2 of APTN’s documentary series, “Red Earth Uncovered”. She has the opportunity to travel across Turtle Island; uncovering, researching and reclaiming Indigenous legends. When Shayla isn’t filming she can be found facilitating workshops in First Nations communities that focus on life promotion through healing through the arts, meditation, movement (yoga) and medicine (coming back to an Indigenous worldview). She has a history of collaborations but most recently with “Right To Play”, “Lululemon” and “Gathering Our Voices”. At GOV this year she launched “The Matriarch Movement” a meditation and movement practice dedicated to honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
PC: Michael P. Hall / Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Tara Janelle Llanes started with BMX racing in 1988 at eleven years old. In 1993, Tara transitioned from BMX to MTB and focused on Downhill, Dual Slalom and Four Cross events. She turned pro in MTB in 1996. It was in 1999 when she won her first title. She got a gold medal in Dual Slalom downhill event of that year’s ESPN Winter Extreme Games (Winter “X” Games). She went on to win another 14 medals over the next seven years of her career, including five championships.
On September 1st, 2007, Tara hit an obstacle during a race in Colorado and suffering massive and severe lower back trauma, resulting in a C-7 fracture and L-1 damage to her vertebrae, and paralyzing her lower extremities. Tara didn’t let that stop her. Since then, she moved to Canada, married legendary biker Elladee Brown, started Tara Llanes Industries, building adaptive bikes and acting as an advocate for adaptive mountain biking. She also just happens to be on the Canadian National Basketball Team. She’s nothing shore of incredible.
DR. THARA VAYALI
Thara Vayali bridges science and philosophy, movement & intellect. She holds a BSc in Nutritional Sciences from UBC and A Masters in Education & Communications from RRU. Her thesis was a finalist for the Governor General's Gold Award for her capacity to translate complex methodology into compelling narrative.
To straddle academia and social change, she trained in naturopathic medicine. She uses her clinical skillset to advocate for awareness about women’s physiology and to encourage body literacy. She has spent the last decade developing and refining transformative health education formats.
She is a sought after speaker, columnist, and performer in health promotion contexts. She strongly believes that knowledge is not enough for empowerment; engagement, understanding, and community are pivotal for change.