Conference Details
 

The 2020 Conference Committee is building a list of informative and exciting speakers.  Check below for individuals who will widen your horizon and give you that 2020 vision.

More speakers will be added frequently.  Check with us regularly to see the latest.  Again, much more to come.

Rick Antonson

 
Author and scriptwriter, Rick Antonson, is the former President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which launched the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler.
 
Recognized by the tourism and international meetings industry in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia, Rick also served as chair of Destinations International (based in Washington, DC), and deputy chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (based in Bangkok, Thailand).
 
His most recent book, Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea, was published in Fall 2018. The New York Times noted at the time of publication that his book, Route 66 Still Kicks, was "one of the best books of the bunch" in a Christmas book roundup. The Chicago Tribune called his book, To Timbuktu for a Haircut, a "travel classic."

Dr. Marina Roma-March

 
Filipino Canadian activist and humanitarian  Dr. Marina Roma-March founded Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS)  a Vancouver-based, International Charity of eye doctors and opticians who travel to developing countries to provide thorough eye exams and prescription eyeglasses. She has pursued a mission of alleviating the burden of poverty by helping people see better.
 
For 25 years Marina has traveled to the most destitute barrios around the world to break the vicious cycle of poverty. She shares with us her insight about the poor and how we can make a greater impact in their lives, not from the top down but from the ground up by taking advantage of a recyclable resource found in every Canadian home.
 
Born in the Philippines, Marina moved to Canada when she was six years old, pursued a career in Optometry and practices her profession in Vancouver’s eastside, her childhood home.
 
Recognized locally and globally for her passion and dedication, she is the recipient of the Philippine Presidential Humanitarian Award, Flare National Volunteer Award and Presidential Circle Award by VOSH International (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity)
 

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