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

image0 (3).jpeg

Link to Register Mentors:

Link to Register Mentees:

Upcoming Events

WIL Victoria's Virtual Open House was held on September 17th. Click here to access the slide deck from the evening or below to watch the recording and learn more about the Victoria chapter. 













Monthly Virtual Speaker Series​

  • Thursday December 10th 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST

    • "Resilience and Leadership" Presenter Diane Lloyd 

    • Click here for Diane's slides

  • Click here to apply as a speaker 

Meet The Team


Heather van Munster

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Chapter Co-Chair, Event Facilitator &

Social Media Lead

1302201116 Julie Potter 5x7@300dpi.jpg

Julie Potter

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

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

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

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. 

2018 Headshot.jpg

Laureen Nowlan-Card

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Jessica Craig

  • Grey LinkedIn Icon

Sponsorship + Fundraising Partnerships Co-Lead

Jessica Craig joins the Victoria Chapter as the Co-Lead of Sponsorship and Fundraising Partnerships. 

Jessica is a Business Broker and M&A Advisor with Pacific M&A and Business Brokers Ltd. She helps clients plan and execute their exit strategies and find the right buyer for their business. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Victoria, with a specialization in Strategy and Consulting.

Jessica’s motivation to join WIL was to be part of a larger community that supports growth and leadership in a safe and empowering environment. She is excited to be part of a group that encourages connection rather than competition and  believes there is so much we can learn from each other.

In her spare time, you can find her at the dance studio, reading a great book or exploring the beautiful surroundings of Vancouver Island.

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • Instagram
  • Grey LinkedIn Icon


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.