March 31, 2023 | JW Marriott Parq Vancouver | 11am to 2pm

BC Women’s Health Foundation’s signature education, awareness, and fundraising event.

Supporting Financial Research Awards through the Women’s Health Research Institute.

Illuminations Luncheon


Please join us Friday, March 31, 2023 for the 22nd annual Illuminations Luncheon presented by RBC Wealth Management dedicated to leading change in women’s health through research.

This event brings together community, corporate, government and medical research leaders to support and learn from extraordinary women’s health researchers. Enjoy a three-course lunch, and hear from a panel of experts on the latest research happening today and, with your support, in the future.

Unable to join in person? Illuminations will be presented via Live Stream as well. This is an exceptional opportunity to join us from the comfort of your own home or lunch and learn at the office.



During the Fund-a-Need portion of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to invest in a variety of financial research awards. Offered through the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI), these awards provide a launch pad for the brightest minds and most cutting-edge ideas — improving care and changing lives for decades to come.



11:15am to 11:45am: Research Spotlight
12:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch + Speaking Program



Single Seat: $225
$125 charitable tax receipt will be provided per ticket

Table of 8: $1,800
$1,000 charitable tax receipt will be provided per table

Ticket Sales are now closed!

Live Stream: Complimentary



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Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould


Former Member of Parliament

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Bestselling Author

Click to read biography

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, OBC, KC, was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, she’s built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice.


Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019.


During the 2019 election, Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as an Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, making her Canada’s first ever female Independent MP elected and the only elected Independent in the 43rd Parliament.


Prior to politics, Wilson-Raybould was a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and served three terms as an elected Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. She was also elected BC Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. She served until 2015, holding responsibilities for governance and Nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive.


Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, meaning “woman born to noble people.” She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board.


Wilson-Raybould is the bestselling author of three books, the political memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, which was a finalist for The Writers’ Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada; and, her most recent, True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force For Change.



Dr. Lori Brotto
Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute


Dr. Angela Kaida
Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


Dr. Pascal Lavoie
Investigator, Women’s Health Research Institute;
Neonatologist, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre


Dr. Gina Ogilvie
Associate Director, Women’s Health Research Institute;
Senior Public Health Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control


Research Spotlight

Showcasing cutting-edge research. Learn from recent WHRI research award recipients and their research teams as they share information on their latest studies and the impact they hope to achieve.

Dr. Jerilynn Prior
Catalyst Grant Recipient

Project theme: Perimenopausal night sweats

Dr. Maya Gislason
Catalyst Grant Recipient

Project theme: Young women and climate change in rural communities

Danette Jubinville
Graduate Fellowship Research Award – Doctoral-level Award Recipient

Project theme: Exploring Indigenous doula care

Emilie Théberge
Catalyst Grant Recipient
(Lead Researcher Dr. Tara Sedlak)

Project theme: Women’s heart health


Sophie Lui of Global BC





Research Spotlight







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Audio + Visual



We acknowledge that we carry out our work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.


When we refer to “women”, we are referring to women in all their diversity, inclusive of LGBTQ2SAI+ individuals.

For information on how to become a sponsor or donate to this year’s Fund-A-Need, please contact Stephanie Marron, Manager, Partners + Events at

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