The 2023 District Conference was FANTASTIC!
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2023 District Conference: Message from DG John Berry
Photos of the 2023 5040 District Conference
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Thank you to our Sponsors
A Special Thank You to all of our sensational speakers
Below are some of the speakers who appeared with their powerful messages
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre "A Perspective on Diversity in the Workplace"
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, Chief Diversity Officer, Microsoft, leads the company’s strategic efforts and systemic solutions to advance diversity and inclusion. The work she drives with the Global Diversity & Inclusion team is guided by a commitment to be mission-driven, outcome-oriented, globally informed, science-based, and culturally competent. With her team, she developed and hosted Include 2021, the company’s global, digital diversity and inclusion event featuring thought leadership from external experts and employee stories to accelerate the diversity and inclusion journey for Microsoft employees and the ecosystem. She led the publication of Microsoft’s first Diversity & Inclusion Report and helped shape the company’s holistic approach to addressing racial injustice.
Under her leadership, her global team of human resources professionals and employee engagement strategists are driving the adoption of Microsoft’s Core Priority for Diversity & Inclusion, cultivating thriving employee communities, introducing new solutions to advance inclusive behaviours, activating Microsoft’s Allyship Program, and helping leaders and managers take a growth mindset approach to their inclusion learning journey.
The Honourable Steven Point

The Honourable Steven Point is a double alumnus of UBC and retained close ties with the University after receiving his Bachelor of Laws in 1985.

Mr. Point served as director of the First Nations Legal Studies program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law from 1991 to 1994.  He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2013 for his exceptional commitment in the field of law, legal and Aboriginal education, and his leadership in the Indigenous community.

In addition to his role as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Point’s career included practicing as a lawyer, working at the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and in the Department of Employment & Immigration, serving as a provincial court judge and the Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission.

Mr. Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation and has advocated for Indigenous people throughout his career, pressing for greater recognition of their contributions and their fuller involvement in all aspects of life in British Columbia.

Mr. Point is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of B.C, the Joseph H. Cohen Award from the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Order of Chilliwack, and honourary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the Fraser Valley and Capilano University.

Matthew Corkum PhD "Walk A Mile In My Shaky Shoes"
John Weston "How Rotary Can Change the World ... Again and Helping Make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth by 2030
John Weston loves Rotary, has spoken at countless clubs, and was made a Paul Harris Fellow for work he performed as a Member of Parliament to promote Rotary’s battle against polio.
Founder of the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute, John has experience in law, politics, business, diplomacy, land development, and health and fitness. He has spent much of his life promoting the value of physical activity as core to a healthy personal and community life.


John served as M.P. for the riding that hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With others, he launched the Parliamentary Fitness Initiative, which got MP’s running, swimming, and moving together. With then-Senator Nancy Greene Raine, he quarterbacked the National Health and Fitness Day Act. 500 local governments have already proclaimed National Health and Fitness Day, the first Saturday in June each year.

In professional life at Pan Pacific Solutions Limited, John provides strategic advice in the areas of government relations, media, and communications. He speaks Mandarin and French; studied at Harvard and other places, and is married to Donna, whom he met in Taiwan.  They have three adult children, Shane, Jake, and Meimei.
Margaret Page, Past President, Toastmasters International
When Margaret Page delivered a speech to an audience in Washington, D.C., last year, she had no way of knowing the reverberations from her words would lead to her resignation as president of an international organization. As someone who spent years honing her communication skills and empowering others to do the same, Margaret was humbled by the process and developed a fresh respect for the awesome power of apology. 
During this keynote presentation, Margaret will draw on her leadership experiences to help anyone experiencing a pivotal decision point take responsibility and push forward with humility and sincerity.
Sophie Cheshire, Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society
Sophie Cheshire is an ambassador for the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society and an outdoor recreation student at Capilano University. Her work for HSBRIS has been co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise and Capilano University. Her core values are, collaborating with local communities and cultivating partnerships, supporting individuals to reach their goals, and working toward a sustainable future.
Jeff Foley, President & CEO, Para Space Landscaping
Sustainable Landscaping to Reduce Water Wastage
Para Space Landscaping believes that taking care of our clients and team means also minimizing our environmental impact through eco-friendly landscaping practices. We feel that leadership in education, safety, efficiency, and quality must be matched with leadership in ecological stewardship.
Our company advocates that urban landscapes are not solely decorative but also serve a greater environmental purpose; they help manage stormwater, reduce the heat island effect, sequester carbon, and clean the air.
Jeff Foley, CEO and President of Para Space Landscaping will discuss sustainable landscaping as a practice that aims to reduce water wastage by using water-efficient techniques and choosing plants that require less water. By implementing these strategies, we can create a sustainable landscape that helps to conserve this precious resource.