May 7, 2015
Vancouver, Canada

Moderators

Rebecca Penty
Energy Industry Reporter, Bloomberg News

Rebecca Penty covers the energy industry for Bloomberg in Calgary and is focused on oil and natural gas — including the oil sands — pipelines and the politics of resource development. She regularly interviews prominent executives, investors and politicians.

While at Bloomberg, Penty has broken mergers and acquisitions news and reported on the exclusive inside story of Canada’s effort to build pipelines to the continent’s Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. Penty was among a group of Bloomberg journalists recognized for a series of behind-the-scenes features on controversial pipelines, with a 2014 SABEW Canada award.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2012, Penty covered energy at the Calgary Herald newspaper. Before that, she was a business reporter at the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal newspaper, where she was nominated for an Atlantic Journalism Award and Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance Innovation Award.

A native of Mississauga, she graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, with Honours, and she completed the Canadian Securities Course in 2012.

 


 

Elizabeth Vazquez
WE Connect International

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for mission delivery and partner development in every region of the world. The WEConnect International network includes local representatives in 17 countries, and the corporate network represents over US$700 billion in annual purchasing power.

Ms. Vazquez sits on several Boards of Directors, including the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Ms. Vazquez has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

 


 

Ruchika Tulshyan
Women’s Leadership Speaker, Forbes Journalist, Content Strategist

Ruchika Tulshyan is a freelance journalist who primarily covers diversity and leadership for Forbes. She is a passionate speaker and advocate for amplifying the voices of women, especially women of color, at the workplace. She is currently writing a book on strategies for organizations to attract and advance women leaders. The book will be published in late 2015.

Ruchika’s other writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time and Bloomberg, among other publications. She has interviewed luminaries from billionaire entrepreneur Sara Blakely to investor Jim Rogers and Condoleezza Rice. She has reported from Singapore, London, Mumbai, New York, Atlanta and Seattle.

Ruchika is also interested in startups and entrepreneurship. She co-founded an investment company in Singapore in 2010, and was the first content strategist for a highgrowth tech company. She now consults on content and media strategy to a variety of organizations internationally. She also serves as chapter board member for Upaya Social Ventures, a nonprofit focused on empowering ultra-poor communities in India through job-creation and entrepreneurship.

Ruchika holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics.

 


 

David Scanlan
Managing Editor, Bloomberg News

David Scanlan is the managing editor for Canada at Bloomberg News. He’s responsible for the news coverage in the country from bureaus in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Winnipeg.

Scanlan joined Bloomberg in 1996 when he opened the office in Bogota, Colombia. He later served as bureau chief in Lima, Sao Paulo and Madrid, before returning to his hometown of Toronto in 2003.

His awards and scholarships include the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists scholarship to report on human rights abuses in Guatemala; a finalist notation for investigative reporting by the Canadian Association of Journalists and an Ottawa community service award for his series on the homeless in Canada’s capital. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Before joining Bloomberg, Scanlan was a business and features reporter at the Ottawa Citizen. The honors journalism graduate from Carleton University has also worked for the CBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Miami Herald, Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine. Scanlan is married with three children, who, like him, love to play hockey.

 


 

Wendy Cox
British Columbia Editor, Globe and Mail
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For the last eighteen months, Wendy Cox has been the B.C. editor of the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Prior to that, she worked for The Canadian Press as a reporter in newsrooms in Toronto and Winnipeg, and as a politics reporter in the Ontario and B.C. legislatures and on Parliament Hill. Wendy was news editor and later bureau chief for CP in Vancouver and has been in B.C. for 16 years.

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