In the fall of 2017, a small group of volunteers got together and partnered with YWCA [email protected] to put on free finance workshops for women in Vancouver, BC.

We are motivated by the fact that financial literacy is an area that many people would like to improve and a study by Statistics Canada carried out in 2014 showed that Canadian women have lower levels of financial literacy and less confidence in their ability to manage their finances than Canadian men.  Since we also believe that women would feel more comfortable talking about money in a group composed of other women, we decided to hold the workshops for women only.

[email protected]’s goal is to help women achieve economic and employment sustainability. FAW is a free 12-week job search program for women that includes three weeks of skills enhancement workshops followed by nine weeks of one-to-one career coaching and group and peer support.   The program establishes a structured place for women to move out of an isolated job search to a place where they build connections, showcase their strengths, express their challenges and participate in a safe environment that fosters accountability, confidence and self-esteem. For more information about the [email protected] program please call 604-699-1788

Please keep in mind that the information offered in our workshops or other material is for educational purposes only and is not financial advice.


In response to the evolving situation of COVID-19, we are hosting workshops online using Zoom.

Registration for the June 2021 Webinars is now OPEN!

June 2, 2021 – Retirement Planning

In this workshop Meredith will discuss key retirement concepts including the different sources of retirement income that come from government programs such as the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). She will explain the types of retirement options that may be provided through employment and the importance of personal savings using Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) to make up any shortfalls. She will explain the importance of starting as early as one can and what to think about in budgeting for retirement income needs.


Meredith Young is a lead associate at Willis Towers Watson and assists companies in the  management of their pension plans. She holds a BScH (Chemistry and Math) from Queen’s University and a Certificate in Actuarial Science from SFU. She is an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and is working towards her Fellowship designation.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/webinar-for-women-retirement-planning-tickets-154109763451

June 9, 2021 – Buying a Home

Our presenter will give an overview of the basic concepts in buying a house and address some of the questions that you might have such as:

Overcoming fear

Is buying right for you?

Know your numbers

Drafting your team

What does actively looking actually look like?

What are the risks and benefits?

Define your goal and go for it!


Jen Hickey is an award winning, and MCNE certified realtor helping people buy and sell homes since 2015. She started in real estate in 2013 as a mortgage broker and was dual licensed until 2019. 

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/webinar-for-women-buying-a-home-tickets-154112228825

June 16, 2021 – An Economic Update

Things are looking up!

Despite ongoing lock-downs and a third wave of the virus, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. The rollout of vaccines across the world is bringing optimism to markets. This session will provide an analysis of the trends that are impacting capital markets and a discussion on what the future may hold once society can fully re-emerge from sheltering-at-home.


Lori Satov has CFA, FSA, FCIA designations; an MBA from McGill University; and an Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Western Ontario. Lori is a portfolio manager at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management, responsible for institutional client service. She also chairs the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Committee.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/webinar-for-women-an-economic-update-tickets-154640187965