International Women’s Day 2020 (YXE)

Better the balance, better the world.

Join us along with Miller Thomson LLP as we celebrate women and girls around the world. Gather with us for brunch at Odla Restaurant on Broadway, followed by a panel discussion and a screening of the Girl, Rising Documentary at the Broadway Theatre. All proceeds raised from this event will go directly to Saskatoon Interval Housea temporary shelter for women and their children fleeing domestic violence who require safe accommodation.

The panel discussion will feature three local Saskatoon entrepreneurs, including Veronique Loewen, Owner of Verolingo Communications; Kara Firman, Owner of Guide Hair Salon; and Ryan Quiring, CEO of SafetyTek.

Girl, Rising is a powerful feature film and a global action campaign for girls’ education following nine unforgettable girls, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Directed by Academy Award Nominee, Richard E. Robbins, written by acclaimed female writers, and voiced by celebrated actresses including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway and more, Girl Rising proves that one girl with courage is a revolution.

Hillberg & Berk has graciously donated a Sparkle Ball Earring and Sparkle Ball Halo Necklace Set (valued at $185) as a door prize for this event. After the screening, we will be drawing to see who is the lucky winner (winner must be in attendance at time of draw).


11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Networking Brunch at Odla Restaurant (801 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK)
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Panel & Screening at Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK)


Full event: $25
Brunch only: $15
Panel & Screening only: $15

Registration Deadline: March 5, 2020



Véronique Loewen, English/French Translator and Professional Communicator

Véronique owns Verolingo Communications, an English/French translation and professional communication services provider. She holds an MBA from Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC), a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Foreign Languages (major in translation English/French) from UPV Montpellier III (France) and is a certified Communications Management Professional from the Global Communication Certification Council. She is a 22-year member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Saskatchewan and a longstanding member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Véronique is certified in Mental Health First Aid from Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health Frist Aid Canada.


 Kara Firman, Owner of GUIDE Hair Salon

Kara Firman is a self-proclaimed hair nerd, and can not help but immerse herself in as many of the avenues in hairstyling that she can get her hands and heart into.

Education has always been important to her, and with the motto “Never Stop Learning” she has become one of the most sought-after stylists in Saskatchewan, and has been able to build an incredible team at her salon GUIDE, that opened in the fall of 2017.

Kara is an Educator with L’Oreal Professionnel, a member of the Master Judges Panel of Canada, newly appointed on the Board for the Hairstyling Trade and loves any opportunity to share her passion of hair and business.

In September this year, she chose to step away from the chair and taking clients in her salon to focus on building her business and team. With her no-ego attitude and the love of all things hair, she will continue to educate and share with others to inspire those in the hair industry.



Ryan Quiring, CEO at SafetyTek

Ryan is passionate about solving one of the largest problems that still exists today – workplace safety. He co-founded SafetyTek in 2014 to help safety professionals view the performance and engagement of their safety programs throughout the workforce. Ryan’s background in functional safety and developing real-time control systems for the oil and gas industry, enables him to really understand how data and digital transformation, can not only keep the workforce safe but also help organizations be more productive.


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