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


On Friday, March 1, 2024 BC Women’s Health Foundation held the 23rd annual Illuminations Luncheon presented by RBC Wealth Management dedicated to leading change in women’s health through research.

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



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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser Bio

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser

Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist | Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice.
A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Wickenheiser’s hockey IQ is highly respected in both the male and female game. She has played in/coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2018, Wickenheiser joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as assistant director of player development in 2018 before being promoted to assistant general manager in 2022.

Alongside her career in the NHL, Wickenheiser is a medical doctor practicing family and emergency medicine in the Toronto-area — a pursuit she had dreamt of her whole life and began in 2017 following her retirement from the National Women’s Team after 23 years. She is also the author of Over the Board: Lessons from the Ice.

In addition, Wickenheiser is a member of the Order of Canada, a retired member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Commission, member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and founder of The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival.

Fireside Chat

Be inspired as three extraordinary women’s health researchers discuss their research that has transformed women’s healthcare nationally and internationally, and their journeys to making it happen.

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Dr. Gina Ogilvie
Canada Research Chair | Global Control of HPV-related Diseases and Cancer

Associate Director | Women’s Health Research Institute

Senior Public Health Scientist | BC Centre for Disease Control

Dr. Gina Ogilvie is a globally recognized leader in women’s reproductive and sexual health, with a particular expertise in cervical cancer prevention. Her research has shaped global policy as the world strives to eliminate cervical cancer, including guiding policies on HPV vaccine dosing and at-home cervical screening.

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Dr. Gillian Hanley

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair | Population-Based Gynecologic and Perinatal

Dr. Hanley’s research specializes in ovarian cancer prevention and survivorship. Her studies have found that a BC-developed procedure reduces ovarian cancer risk and her team continues to work to refine recommendations for prevention.

For more information please click here. 

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Dr. Wendy Norman

Founder & co-Director | Canadian Contraception & Abortion Research Team
Family Planning Public Health Research Chair | Public Health Agency of Canada and the CIHR
BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre
Principal Investigator, Family Planning, WHRI

Dr. Norman founded and leads Canada’s Contraception & Abortion Research Team (CART). CART research has informed federal and provincial policies, health professional licensing policies, and national clinical guidelines.

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Research Spotlight

Research topic: Sexual health + vulvar LS

Research topic: Sexual health after childbirth trauma

Research topic: Triple negative breast cancer


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Research Spotlight

Fireside Chat

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For information on how to become a sponsor for the 2024 Illuminations Luncheon presented by RBC Wealth Management, please contact Stephanie Marron, Senior Manager, Partners + Events.

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.