BD&P Celebrates International Women’s Day, 2017


BD&P was delighted to host its 9th annual International Women's Day luncheon on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, with the BD&P lawyers and guests enjoying a luncheon at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Guest speaker was Elizabeth Manley winner of the silver medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympics here in Calgary in 1988. Elizabeth has participated in two Olympic Games, six World Championships and has won three National Titles and was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition.

Elizabeth is currently the Director of Figure Skating at the Granite Club in Toronto after a number of years of coaching in Ottawa. Elizabeth has also been a sports commentator for NBC for the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games, and was a part of the CTV broadcast team for the Vancouver Olympic Games. Liz has been nationally recognized by her inclusion as a Member of the Order of Canada and her induction into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

In celebrating women's achievements on this special day, it was also fitting to recognize Liz as the role model she has been for countless young women, not only in regards to her skating work ethic and accomplishments, but in regards to her tireless work in the community. Liz has been a vocal champion for those suffering with mental health issues and speaks frequently on depression and issues of bullying and teen suicide. Liz has become a Producer of the charity event Elizabeth Manley and Friends for Mental Health, works regularly with the Canadian Mental Health Association and is an ambassador for the Health Council of Canada.

After the loss of her Mom to ovarian cancer, Liz became a spokesperson for Winners Walk of Hope for Ovarian Cancer Canada. She also sadly experienced the loss of her Dad to Alzheimer's disease and subsequently became a spokesperson for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa and is an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada.

BD&P lawyers and guests generously donated to the Alzheimer's Association of Calgary which provides key education and support to local families affected by Alzheimer's.