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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Margaret’s School is proud to be hosting the Girl’s STEM Leadership Conference.

If you want immediate impact, and a high profile, event sponsorship is the way to do it. Whether you have a specific idea in mind or want to contribute as a general supporter, there is something for everyone. Choose the level of sponsorship that best suits your organization (Title sponsor, presenting sponsor, supporting sponsor, or bursary sponsor of multiples).

  • Select from our list of specific sponsorship opportunities
  • If you have a custom idea, we want to hear it
  • Let’s discuss what we can do for you and how you can get involved in making an impact

Download sponsorship package

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

Call for Presenters

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 Girls’ STEM Leadership Conference. Please ensure that your proposal aligns with the conference theme.  Download the presenter package.

Contact: Lauren Hudson, Conference Coordinator

Please note:

  1. A Teacher Chaperone must register first; students are not permitted to register without a Teacher Chaperone.
  2. Teacher Chaperones – please ensure you have each student’s dietary requirements and t-shirt size available before you start filling in the form, as you will be asked to provide those details.

School Delegations

Schools are invited to bring delegations of up to ten (10) Gr. 7-10 female and female-identified students to this conference. Registration will open on Monday, January 7, 2019.

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