Women of Colour Rising: An International Women’s Day Event

2020, Equity + Justice, Future of Work

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Vancouver Hub and SFU Public Square are organizing a unique panel of Women of Colour in partnership with SFU Public Square. This free event will focus on how this panel of powerful women have successfully navigated, survived and thrived in high-pressure environments of business, politics and not-for-profits.

Thu, 05 Mar 2020

6:00 - 9:00 a.m. (PT)

SFU Woodwards World Art Centre
149 West Hastings

The Global Shapers Vancouver Hub and SFU Public Square asserts that this event is taking place on the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.


Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson

A citizen of the Haida Nation and also its General Counsel, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, LLB ’95, practices in the area of Indigenous-environmental law. Since 1995, she has represented the Haida Nation at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada in the Haida Nation case. She is also counsel for the Haida Nation’s aboriginal title case, as well as the related reconciliation negotiations–which have resulted in innovative agreements with British Columbia and Canada.

She was the Founding Executive Director of the charity EAGLE (Environmental-Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education). In 2014 she was honoured with the Andrew Thompson Award for environmental advocacy.

Terri-Lynn is presently completing a LLM and Ph.D. at Allard School of Law. She is also a multi-award winning performer, artist, dancer and author.

Amal Rana

Amal Rana is the Director of Cambium Arts & Education and a Pushcart Prize nominated poet living as a settler on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. She is a widely respected Inclusion and Racial Justice Consultant & Transformative Educator.

Before founding Cambium Arts & Education, Amal worked for over a decade as a Senior Labour Educator for public sector unions training members, staff and leaders in advanced curriculum design, facilitation skills, intersectionality and transformative models of change. 

Amal's public talks and organizing have taken them across the globe. She sits on the City of Vancouver’s Racial Ethno Cultural Advisory Committee and the coordinating collective of the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements. 

Through the years, Amal has been active in anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, feminist, anti-war and other movements for liberation. Creative resistance has played a huge role in her activism. 

Amal’s writing has been published widely and also featured online on platforms such as Split This Rock and The Feminist Wire. Amidst other creative projects they co-founded Breaking the Fast, an annual arts showcase featuring queer and trans Muslim artists and others. She recently completed a one year, interdisciplinary arts residency in the DTES with Carnegie Community Centre. 

Amal’s art practice is grounded in the passionate belief that poets are catalysts for decolonial futures. Find out more at

Angela MacDougall

Angela Marie MacDougall is an award winning speaker, educator and advocate who has worked domestically and globally on issues of gender equity, women’s rights and human rights for 30 years.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Angela is the Executive Director at Battered Women’s Support Services - a leading national advocate ending gender violence. There she leads a matrix of clinical and community-based services, legal and systemic advocacy, social enterprise and dynamic team that support thousands of survivors of gender violence. Angela’s impact includes curricula development, training programs combined with empowerment and advocacy-based service delivery models grounded in intersectional feminist and anti-oppression theoretical frameworks.

She is a contributor to Getting to the Roots: Exploring Systemic Violence against Women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Best Practices Manual for Stopping the Violence Counselling Programs, Economic Empowerment Strategies for Women and Women’s Health and Safety in the Downtown Eastside Companion Paper to the Second Generation Strategy Design Paper.

She is the co-author and editor of Empowering Non Status, Refugee and Immigrant Women Who Experience Violence, Freedom from Violence: Tools for Working with Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use, Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use Within an Anti-Oppression Perspective. Angela has brought tangible transformation through extensive grassroots community-based organizing to redress systemic and institutional barriers that undermine the liberation of women and girls.

Her Tedx talk Four Ways Men Relate to Violence against Women is both provocative and instructive. Angela was named a 2014 Remarkable Woman by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Magazine named her one of Vancouver’s 50 Most Powerful People.