Janet Helm (l) of Janet Helm Presents, with Nicole Stefenelli, president and CEO of Urban Impact and FWE board member.

Janet Helm (l) of Janet Helm Presents, with Nicole Stefenelli, president and CEO of Urban Impact and FWE board member.

Anabel Barrado (l), Honorary Consul of Spain, with Brent Bergeron, VP of corporate affairs at Goldcorp Inc.

Anabel Barrado (l), Honorary Consul of Spain, with Brent Bergeron, VP of corporate affairs at Goldcorp Inc.

FWE's chair and founder, Christina Anthony (l), with FWE CEO Jill Earthy. Christina is also a financial adviser for Odlum Brown Ltd., and Jill is the co-founder of momcafé Network Inc.

FWE's chair and founder, Christina Anthony (l), with FWE CEO Jill Earthy. Christina is also a financial adviser for Odlum Brown Ltd., and Jill is the co-founder of momcafé Network Inc.

From left: Michelle Rupp, board chair of The Minerva Foundation of BC; John Smith, partner at Lawson Lundell LLP; and Judy Brooks, chief of staff at Nurse Next Door and co-founder of BLO Dry Bar.

From left: Michelle Rupp, board chair of The Minerva Foundation of BC; John Smith, partner at Lawson Lundell LLP; and Judy Brooks, chief of staff at Nurse Next Door and co-founder of BLO Dry Bar.

From left: Clara and Vahe (Steve) Agopian of Lugaro Jewellers Ltd., with Catherine McLeod-Seltzer of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

From left: Clara and Vahe (Steve) Agopian of Lugaro Jewellers Ltd., with Catherine McLeod-Seltzer of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

The team from Sparkling Hill Resort (from left): CEO Hans Peter Mayr, Nadja Mair and Wendy Patriquin.

The team from Sparkling Hill Resort (from left): CEO Hans Peter Mayr, Nadja Mair and Wendy Patriquin.

Eira Thomas (l), founder of Stornoway Diamonds, with Dee Brown, VP of premier sales at Telus.

Eira Thomas (l), founder of Stornoway Diamonds, with Dee Brown, VP of premier sales at Telus.

Bill Gibson (l), chair of Western Executive Network, with Kevin Zakus, CEO of BCCA Employee Benefits Trust.

Bill Gibson (l), chair of Western Executive Network, with Kevin Zakus, CEO of BCCA Employee Benefits Trust.

Cybele Negris (l), co-founder and president of Webnames.ca, with Monica Murray, VP of client relations at Echo Memoirs. Cybele and Monica are both on the FWE board.

Cybele Negris (l), co-founder and president of Webnames.ca, with Monica Murray, VP of client relations at Echo Memoirs. Cybele and Monica are both on the FWE board.

Doug Pearce (l), CEO/CIO of bcIMC and FWE honorary council member, with Tracey McVicar, managing director at CAI Capital Management and founding FWE board member.

Doug Pearce (l), CEO/CIO of bcIMC and FWE honorary council member, with Tracey McVicar, managing director at CAI Capital Management and founding FWE board member.

Heather White (l), principal and founder of 2020 Communications, with Felicia Lee, principal and founder of Candeo Business Coaching.

Heather White (l), principal and founder of 2020 Communications, with Felicia Lee, principal and founder of Candeo Business Coaching.

Niki Jacques (l), owner of 360 Cycle, with Peter Denroche of The Refinery Leadership Partners.

Niki Jacques (l), owner of 360 Cycle, with Peter Denroche of The Refinery Leadership Partners.

Lesilie Cliff (l), founding partner of Genus Wealth Management, with Val Munn of Lawson Lundell LLP.

Lesilie Cliff (l), founding partner of Genus Wealth Management, with Val Munn of Lawson Lundell LLP.

Mike (l) and Wendy Bell of Snugabell Mom and Baby Gear.

Mike (l) and Wendy Bell of Snugabell Mom and Baby Gear.

Microsoft Corporation's Sandra Delayney (l) and Patricia Conte.

Microsoft Corporation's Sandra Delayney (l) and Patricia Conte.

FWE 10th Anniversary Sparkle Gala
Fairmont Waterfront
February 20, 2012

Over 450 women, connected by their lively entrepreneurial spirits, gathered at the Fairmont Waterfront for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) 10th Anniversary gala. The annual event – this year with a "sparkle" theme – celebrates local female entrepreneurs and the community leaders who support their endeavours.

Gala speakers were Eira Thomas, the "Queen of Diamonds," and Premier Christy Clark. Guests took part in a themed silent auction of sparkling wines and jewelry, as well as a luxurious live auction item to raise funds for the non-profit organization.