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 for 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

Heather van Munster

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Chapter Co-Chair, Event Facilitator &

Social Media Lead

Julie Potter

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Chapter Co-Chair



Julie joins Heather as the Victoria Chapter Co-Chair.


Julie is a community relations / public engagement professional passionate about creating community and transformative change. As a lifelong learner, she greatly believes in the value and power of mentorship. Her experience as a WIL mentee at the start of her career, led her back to WIL several years later.


“Throughout my career I have had many amazing female mentors who have helped me grow personally and professionally in a supportive and motivating environment. I want to continue to learn from inspiring leaders as well as support like-minded women as we continuously build community and support each other on our respective journeys.” – Julie Potter 



Heather joins the Victoria Chapter as the Chapter Co-Chair, Event Facilitator and Social Media Lead.


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.

“The impetus for becoming a Board member for WIL was stemmed from my drive 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
Ultimately, I want to bring women together, empower each other and encourage all women to unleash their inner lioness. 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


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, virtual and 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. 

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Annette Fraser

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Sponsorship + Fundraising Partnerships Co-Lead

Annette Fraser joins the Victoria Chapter as the Co-Lead of Sponsorship and Fundraising Partnerships. 

She is the Ombudsperson at the University of Victoria where she investigates complaints about procedural unfairness and attempts to resolve them, usually through recommendations  or informal mediation. As part of her duties she aims to identify systemic issues leading  breaches of policies.


Annette previously worked in various capacities in the BC provincial government including working as an investigative officer at the BC Ombudsperson's Office and case manager at the Civil Resolution Tribunal .


Her motivation in joining the WIL foundation is to learn new leadership skills, stretch beyond her comfort zone and to expand and connect with women beyond her personal and professional circle of influence.


Annette is a latin dancing enthusiast and enjoys entertaining friends and family. 

Jessica Craig

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Sponsorship + Fundraising Partnerships Co-Lead

Jessica Craig joins the Victoria Chapter as the Co-Lead of Sponsorship and Fundraising Partnerships. She is a recent MBA graduate from the Peter Gustavson School of Business. Since graduation,
Jessica has been working as a Small Business Advisor at Scotiabank.

Strong friendships and community have always been so important to Jessica's life and career. Working
for local female leaders,  Jessica was drawn to WIL as it presents an opportunity to support other women building their careers in Victoria and learn from the many amazing people who are part of this community.

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Speaker Series Lead


Laureen Nowlan-Card joins the Victoria Chapter as the Speaker Series Lead. She is a BC Crown Prosecutor, Women’s Empowerment Coach, Speaker Trainer, Podcast Host, and Yogini. She has been an advocate for women and children her whole adult life.


Laureen has had a successful career as a courtroom lawyer with the BC Prosecution Service for over 20 years. Seven years ago she became a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach so she could support women in more proactive ways. Laureen guides women to release their self-doubt and limiting beliefs, and to work with their emotions so they can attain increased joy and peace, and live their best life.


Laureen leads women’s public speaking training in Victoria, where she is proud to help women unleash the brilliance of their voices and ideas. She also hosts a podcast called Women Leading Change, where she is amplifying the voices of women who are leading positive change in the World. Laureen is also the founder of Women Thriving After Trauma, an online community offering trauma informed resources, skills classes, and support.

Laureen was inspired to join WIL because of the sense of community and the opportunity to support other women in the community and mentor young women. We are stronger together. 

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