Sustaining Our Future – April 25 & 26, 2019
Inspiring young leaders by sharing stories integrity, environmental stewardship and green innovation

The conference will take place at St. Margaret’s School in Victoria, the only all- girls K-12 school on Vancouver Island and the first all-girls school to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Canada.

The series begins
As the oceans fill with plastics and extreme weather events threaten our communities, the time for action is now. Sustaining Our Future is a leadership conference bringing to light how our innovative solutions and small contributions can add up to effective and much needed change.

Exploring the unique stories of female leaders from across all disciplines through engaging hands-on. SMS created and hosted the first Girls STEM Leadership Conference in 2017 and, due to popular demand, we are excited to be doing it again for 2019. The purpose of the conference is to inspire young leaders by sharing stories of integrity, environmental stewardship and green innovation. Approximately 400 girls in Grades 7 through 10 from both public and independent schools across Southern Vancouver Island and the mainland will participate in this conference.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, PhD

We are honoured to have Dr. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki as our keynote speaker. Sarika is interested in the ocean and fish, and the conservation of biodiversity. She has been a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation since 2011, and a board member of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea since 2016. Her research in marine biology has taken her to many parts of the ocean, from the high seas to remote tropical islands to the coastal intertidal zones of her home, British Columbia. Her PhD investigated the effects of boat noise on a singing fish in the Pacific Northwest, while her MSc focused on overfishing in the high seas, the results of which she presented to the United Nations.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Supporting Sponsors: TD Bank and Urban Solar

Session Sponsor: Salus Systems

Bursary and In-kind sponsors: CGI Constructors, Pokito, Chop Value, The Bay Centre, Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services, BC Children’s Hospital, Showtime Display, Matthews Store Fixtures and Shelving, and 98.5 The Ocean Radio.

Join the wave!
Register your school TODAY to attend the conference and join the delegations attending from:

Conference Schedule

Thursday,  April 25
6:30 pm – 8:00 pmTrashion Fashion Show
Friday, April 26
7:30 am – 8:15 amRegistration opens
8:35 am – 9:50 amOpening Ceremony and Keynote
9:50 am – 10:25 amNutrition Break and Exhibit Hall
10:30 am – 11:45 amAM Session
11:50 am – 12:50 pmLunch and Exhibit Hall
12:55 pm – 2:10 pmPM Session
2:15 pm – 2:40 pmIgnite Session
2:45 pm – 3:05 pmReflection and goal setting
3:10 pm – 3:30 pmClosing Ceremony

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall at Sustaining Our Future is the perfect place to showcase your organization to middle and high school students who show an interest in leadership and STEM fields. The Exhibit Hall is a venue to raise student awareness and engage students in opportunities with your organization, and it will be open to students from 9:45am – 4:00 pm on Friday, April 26.

Apply to be an Exhibitor online:

Download Exhibitor Package

Contact Us

General inquiries
Lauren Hudson, Conference Coordinator
STEM Program Support Teacher
250-479-7171 ext. 2350

Sponsorship inquiries
Barbara Sutton, Director of External Relations
St. Margaret’s School
250-479-7171 ext. 2122

Communications inquiries
Kelley O’Grady, Communications Coordinator
St. Margaret’s School
250-479-7171 ext. 2130