Victoria is the birthplace of the Women in Leadership Foundation and where the first programming took place.  The city is a know as a Government & Tourism town, but also has a strong tech, entreprenuer and  education  community.


Mentorship Program

The Victoria Chapter will be opening registration fo the 2021 Cohort starting in January. Keep checking back for more.

Leadership Meetup

Please join us in Victoria! We’d like to get together with those of you seeking to get involved in the newest WIL Chapter in Canada. Please stop by on January 8th to meet David and Maya, and connect with Co-Chairs Julie Potter and Mehgan Cabrera. The goal is to meet you, share ideas, and prepare for our Chapter Launch during International Women’s Week in March.

National Diversity & Inclusion Forum Invite

We are inviting all stakeholders to join our National Virtual Forum March 7 & 8, 2021, which will be a series of panels, keynotes and a career fair. Email us

New Employer Partner

We are happy to welcome Natures Path to our Best Employer Program.


Meet The Team

Mehgan Cabrera

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Chapter Co-Chair

Mehgan is passionate about creating connections and bringing women together in support of growth and kinship. She brings her astute attention to detail, seasoned facilitation skills, and passion for strengthening and enabling empowered leadership. As a marketing strategist, public relations specialist, and professional communicator Mehgan is intent on opening doors and supporting the growth of women seeking to lead consciously through ‘inspiring’ rather than ‘forcing’ change. 

Julie Potter

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Chapter Co-Chair

Julie is a versatile and dynamic communication strategist and public participation practitioner, adept at building strategic relationships with stakeholders. She has over 10 years’ experience developing and executing communication strategies, special events, and community consultations within Victoria and Vancouver.

Specializes in public engagement, strategic communications planning, stakeholder relations, technical project communications, social media, media relations, writing and business development. 


Lauren Sutherland

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Chapter Administrator


Lauren has joined the Victoria Chapter as the Chapter Administrator. Lauren is a Registered Physiotherapist and the Owner of Core Connection Mobile Physiotherapy – a mobile rehabilitation company that serves the residents of Victoria BC. Core Connection is a woman led and operated team that offers in-home and virtual workplace physiotherapy, athletic therapy and yoga therapy services. 


Lauren has a special interest in women’s health and wellness and has taken extensive coursework to help support women with various physical dysfunctions throughout pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.

Her motivation to join the WIL Victoria chapter as a board member comes from her passion to educate and inspire women on how to achieve their best sense of self personally and professionally. Her goal is to surround herself with and learn from like-minded women who are constantly striving to empower each other. 


Lauren comes from an athletic background – a competitive soccer player in her teens and a varsity rower in University. Staying fit and active physically and mentally is an important part of her life and in her spare time you can find her running, in the gym, playing tennis, exploring the mountains of BC and travelling. 

Heather van Munster

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Event Facilitator + Social Media Lead

Heather joins the Victoria Chapter as the social media lead and event facilitator. Heather is a compassionate and empathetic leader with a passion for people, projects, and change. She is a certified PMP with a proven track record for seamlessly orchestrating complex projects with a natural ability to facilitate, coordinate and synergize teams. 


Her affiliative leadership style inspires action and focuses on collaboration, clear communication, creating harmony and cultivating strong feelings of trust and togetherness. She is deeply keen on bridging the connection between personal wellness and professional success with a constant craving for knowledge to better serve others.


“My impetus for becoming a board member for WIL was stemmed from my desire to be a part of the collective consciousness to change corporate culture by creating workplaces that work for women. I want to further explore the unique yet universal challenges women in business have faced and are overcoming. I want to learn from other women leaders who speak my language, who demonstrate strong leadership through the lens and heart of a women; a lioness.  Ultimately, I want to bring women together and empower each other. We need to teach the next generation that women’s socially constructed “weaknesses” are actually our strengths. The world needs our resilience, empathy & intuition” – Heather van Munster


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