Event Details

Join us for our highly anticipated Celebrating Women event!

Celebrating the 10 year anniversary, this event is a cornerstone of our community where we honor the remarkable achievements of women in our industry. This year, our theme is Changemakers, spotlighting women who are driving positive transformations in our city and beyond.

Our esteemed speakers will share their inspiring career journeys, offering invaluable insights, lessons learned, and practical advice gleaned along the way. From navigating challenges to embracing opportunities, each speaker embodies the spirit of resilience and passion that propels our industry forward.

We invite you to delve into the unique perspectives of our Changemakers as they discuss what fuels their commitment to effecting meaningful change. Through their stories, we'll explore the essence of perseverance, uncover strategies for overcoming obstacles, and ignite the spark of passion that drives innovation and progress.

This inclusive event is open to all, whether you're a seasoned professional, an aspiring leader, or simply passionate about supporting women in our industry, you're welcome to join us for an evening of celebration, inspiration, and community.

Mark your calendars and be part of this enriching experience as we toast to a year of empowering women and championing diversity across all sectors.

Please join us from the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).


  • Hon. Suzanne Anton, K.C.

    Hon. Suzanne Anton, K.C.

    Suzanne Anton, K.C. is a former BC Attorney General, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for Public Safety. Previously Anton served as a Vancouver City Councillor and as an elected Park Board commissioner.

    Suzanne is currently leading a consortium of Vancouver Arts Organizations in the pursuit of a new cultural precinct for the city, with the goal of a new concert hall, recital hall, and opera/ballet hall.

    Suzanne is a lawyer, mathematics teacher, community activist and a leader in Vancouver and British Columbia’s political landscape. She is a board member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, United for Literacy, and Business for the Arts and has served on many other community and sport related boards.

    Suzanne and her husband Olin stay active with family, golf and tennis.

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  • Virginia Bird (Principal at Pottinger Bird Community Relations)

    Virginia Bird

    Principal at Pottinger Bird Community Relations


    Virginia Bird is the Principal of Pottinger Bird Community Relations, a Vancouver-based company that creates community engagement strategies for the public approval process of various residential and commercial development projects across the region. With over 18 years of hands-on experience, she specializes in building strong relationships between developers and other stakeholders in the Lower Mainland.

    Virginia holds a bachelor's degree in arts from Queen's University and began her career as a junior associate at Pottinger & Associates in 2006. She became the Principal of Pottinger Bird in 2013 and is responsible for the management and effective execution of all client programs and projects.

    Virginia is an active member of the Urban Development Institute Board of Directors and was a former Chair of the Women of UDI Committee. She also sits on the boards of the YMCA BC Foundation, the Vancouver Resource Society, and formerly, the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

    Virginia was one of the founding members of the Women of UDI Committee, sits on the UDI Board of Directors, and was the recipient of the 2018 Maureen Enser Future Leader Award and recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 in the same year.

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  • Carol Lee, O.B.C (Vancouver Chinatown Foundation)

    Carol Lee, O.B.C

    Vancouver Chinatown Foundation


    With long-standing family ties to the history and development of Chinatown, Carol is deeply committed to the revitalization of Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. She is the co-founder and chair of Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, a registered charity which is dedicated to building a more resilient and inclusive community while preserving its irreplaceable cultural heritage. Ongoing projects include affordable housing, seniors housing, and cultural and economic development.
    Carol serves on several other boards and organizations including the BC Achievement Foundation, National Coalition Against Anti-Asian Racism, and Harvard Business School Canadian Advisory Board. She is the chair of UBC Properties Trust and the Honorary Patron of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society. In 2022, she was the recipient of the YWCA Icon Award and the VPD Jim and Vicky Chu Community Safety Leader Award. In 2023 she was appointed to the Order of Canada, and the Independent Advisory Board Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from BCIT and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2021, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia. She has been on Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 list for the past 10 years.

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  • Louise Tagulao (Vice President, Sales & Marketing at PC Urban Properties Corp.)

    Louise Tagulao

    Vice President, Sales & Marketing at PC Urban Properties Corp.

    Louise has been a valued member of the PC Urban team since 2017, rising through successive levels of responsibility to her current position as the lead of our Sales & Marketing team. A natural born storyteller, Louise enjoys the challenge of communicating about real estate development and community enhancement in a whole new way.

    Louise is the current chair of the Women of UDI Committee and sits on the UDI Board of Directors.

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Fine Print

Cancellation Policy:

  • 7 days' written notice for individuals, and 14 days for corporate tables to cancel with no penalties
  • Substitutions are allowed at any time

Corporate Tables: 

  • Deadline for attendees' names & and dietary restrictions is April 19, 2024. Any dietary request after April 19th can not be guaranteed
  • If you don't have all your attendee names and emails at the time of booking, please email them to events@udi.org once you do
  • Please contact events@udi.org if you are inquiring about purchasing a corporate table.  


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration & Networking
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinning Room Doors Open, Dinner Served
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Panel Discussion


Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

Burrard Street 845
Vancouver, Canada

If you have any questions please contact Events Team

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