Attend the Women’s Health Care Forum Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019

Join us on October 10, 2019 to learn why healthy women are your business.

Why healthy women are your business.

Women account for half the population and are central to our society. Healthy women benefit our families, communities, businesses and the broader economy.  Yet despite decades of dramatic progress and development in health research, practice and policy, the system is not balanced.  Health outcomes are not equal and there is a gender gap in health care.

Whether it is you, your employees or their families, you need to understand how important it is to invest in the health of women through the workplace.  

Learn about the importance of women's health to increase employee engagement, improve hiring and retention, decrease absenteeism, and lower health care costs.


Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder 
Multiple Award-Winning Singer Songwriter, and Mental Health Advocate

Serena Ryder is an artist adored by fans, peers and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has received numerous accolades, including six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award for "Stompa.", and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music – Original Song. Prior to her chart-smashing album, Harmony (2013), she also enjoyed success with previous releases, If Your Memory Serves You Well (2007), and Is it O.K. (2009), achieving Gold-selling status. In 2012, her single "Weak In The Knees" also achieved Gold Certification. Ryder's latest release, Christmas Kisses was named one of the Top 5 Christmas records of 2018 by Rolling Stone. Serena Ryder received the 2018 Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award and has been the face of Bell Let's Talk for multiple years.


The gender care gap: the state of women's health in B.C.

This panel will explore:

  • Why is there a gap in care for women?
  • What data should we be paying attention to and what trends are we seeing?
  • Where is the greatest opportunity for improvement?
Dr. Lori Brotto  Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-DebGenesa Greening Dr. Unjali MalhotraHeidi Worthington

Dr. Lori Brotto, Executive Director, Women's Health Research Institute 
Dr. Astrid Christoffersen-Deb, Obstetrician & Gynecologist, BC Women's Hospital 
Genesa Greening, President & CEO, BC Women's Health Foundation 
Dr. Unjali Malhotra, Medical Director, Women's Health at First Nations Health Authority 
Moderator: Heidi Worthington, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Pacific Blue Cross


Innovative solutions for closing the health care gap

This panel will explore:

  • How do organizations build a business case that pays to pay attention to women's health?
  • How to create robust benefit plans for a diverse workforce?
  • What does a benefit plan that suits working mothers and supports women's advancement in the workplace look like?

Aaron Brady Sarah Hoffman Juggy Sihota-ChahilHeidi Worthington

Aaron Brady, Director, Product & Innovation, Pacific Blue Cross 
Sarah Hoffman, President & CEO, Healthcare Benefit Trust 
Juggy Sihota, Vice-president, TELUS Consumer Health 
Moderator: Heidi Worthington, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Pacific Blue Cross

Additional panellists to be announced


Building a healthy corporate culture with a lens on gender diversity

This panel will explore:

  • Why does it make business sense to support gender diverse health & wellness programs?
  • Why should your company be prepared for the new gender-fluid reality?
  • Why extend beyond gender to other forms of diversity?
Rob ChiarelloPetra Kuret Tina StrehlkeHeidi Worthington

Rob Chiarello, Senior Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Privacy Officer, Pacific Blue Cross 
Petra Kuret, Senior Vice President, Business Transformation, Vancity 
Tina Strehlke, CEO, Minerva BC 
Moderator: Heidi Worthington, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Pacific Blue Cross

Additional panellists to be announced