The next SHIFTED is happening May 5th, 2011 at District 319 with:
“From the convent, to the sit-in, to the boardroom”
Born in Ohio, Patrice Pratt moved to Vancouver in 1969 having traveled in a VWBus from San Francisco and her apartment down the block from Janis Joplin. A life-long community advocate and labour relations leader, she is currently serving her second term as Chair, Vancity Board of Directors. Patrice’s career has spanned 27 years with the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) including 20 years as director of the 60,000-member organization. Since retiring from the executive of the BCGEU in 2003,she has worked as a strategic planning consultant and board member. She chairs the board of the Burnaby-based Sharing Our Futures Foundation. Is a past chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and itsSuccess by 6 initiative. Patrice was also a director at the Vancouver Foundation and has served on the National Executive Committee for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. When her daughter was diagnosed with a developmental disorder at the age of four Patrice became a fierce advocate for people with disabilities in British Columbia. In 2008 Business in Vancouver recognized Patrice with their ‘Influential Women in Business’ award. She is also a recipient of the Joe Morris Labour CommunityService Award and the President’s Award of Distinction from the United Way and was named to the City of Burnaby’s Local Heroes list in 2007.
“Losing sight of the big picture and more and what it took to get it back.”
Terry McBride is the CEO, and one of three founders, of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Canada’s largest independent record label. Founded in McBride’s apartment in 1984, Nettwerk now has corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Hamburg and London. Since its inception, Nettwerk has released over 500 different albums and sold over 150 million albums worldwide. At the 2003 Juno Awards Terry received the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing an outstanding individual who has contributed to the growth and advancement of the Canadian music industry. In the past few years McBride has spoke at dozens of international conferences about advances in digital technology, intellectual property rights and the future of music distribution. In 2004, McBride stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time. He realized that yoga offered him more than just a flexible body and mind. Along with his friend and yoga instructor, Lara Kozan, McBride launched YYoga, a chain of wellness centers. His latest endeavor combines his two principle passions in the re-launch of Nutone Music, a devotional chant and world beat record label.
“Leaving the six-figure job to do what you love”
Heather White is an entrepreneurial business coach who helps clients strike a dynamic balance between grounded self-care and accelerated profitability. As a former World Champion Silver Medalist, Heather has based her success both in sport and business on a foundation of vision, goals, and action. Marrying these characteristics with discipline and attitude has enabled her to work with some global business leaders. Upon entry into the business world, Heather cut her teeth as a Business Developer for one of the largest Food Service Distributors in North America. Managing a product list of over 15,000 items and managing a clientele almost as diverse, she grew the sales in her territory by 700% during her four years of service. Today, Heather joyfully leads 2020 Communications — a business development consultancy for Small and Medium Enterprises. As a certified Ghost CEOTM, Heather manages a roster of private business coaching clients, as well as leads seminars on sales and business development — with an emphasis on intelligent upward momentum and work-life balance.
“A Peace Activist Asks for More Troops”
Shauna Sylvester is a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and the Executive Director of Carbon Talks, a national initiative focused on accelerating Canada’s shift to a low-carbon economy. For over 25 years, Shauna Sylvester has worked to support democratic development initiatives in Canada and around the world. From 2006 to 2010 she led Canada’s World – the most comprehensive citizen’s consultation on Canadian foreign policy in history. From 1997 to 2006 she was the founding Executive Director of IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society where she worked to strengthen democracy and support media development in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world. And from 1984 to 1997 she worked with a number of international development organizations and businesses in shaping social and environmental policies. Shauna has written and edited several publications related to democracy, peace, and Canadian foreign policy. She is a consultant to governments, media and foundations on issues as varied as human rights, democracy and the environment. In 2010 Shauna was named as a Simons Foundation Peace Leader. In 2003, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in the Globe and Mail after receiving a similar award in 2000 by Business in Vancouver Magazine.
“Following what feels right, even when everything can and does go wrong”
Natacha V. Beim is a renowned educational leader and founder and CEO of Core Education & Fine Arts (cefa). Born in Uruguay and raised in Montréal, she has traveled extensively and studied educational systems around the world. She speaks three languages and has worn many hats including teacher, ballerina, model, journalist, painter, writer, actress (theatre) and runner. While she still devotes time to these interests, her passion is now with helping the next generation of young learners by creating North America’s most regarded junior kindergarten program. Opening her first school made Homer’s Odyssey look like a walk in Stanley Park.The cefa methodology has been used successfully for more than 15 years in schools across North America. Beim designed the curriculum as an open learning source, meaning leading educators continually contribute to it, allowing the most creative, up-to-date and advanced philosophies to be incorporated. She now resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two amazing sons.