fbpx Skip to content
Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Moderator: Diane Kazarian, GTA Managing Partner and National Banking Leader, PwC
International Panel representing Argentina, Canada, Mexico, and Peru

What do a Canadian Treasure Hunter, an Argentine Agronomist, a Mexican Entrepreneur, and a Peruvian diplomat all have in common? A trailblazing spirit that has driven them to defy established norms and challenge the status-quo of their distinct cultural realities to rise to top leadership positions.

Taking place during the PDAC 2019 Convention, the World's Premier Mineral Exploration and Mining Convention where 25,000 global professionals meet in Toronto and in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women of Influence Luncheon Series and Women Who Rock are partnering to shine a spotlight on The Americas Diversity story.

Moderated by Diane Kazarian, Managing Partner, PwC Canada, the panel consists of a compelling cross-section of leaders with remarkable success stories:

  • Ashley Kirwan: The Canadian treasurer hunter, geologist, who developed her own creative science in discovering the ground beneath our feet
  • Andrea Grobocopatel: The Argentine agronomist, Argentina’s representative in the W20 Forum, part of the G20 summit, and Chair of the Foundation for Responsible Leadership and Organizations
  • Veronica Richards: The Mexican force of nature who after building a successful communications business in Mexico replicated the feat in Canada
  • Ana Gervasi: Peruvian diplomat, with 26 years of experience bringing the Peruvian culture and business to the globe and growing the awareness of its possibilities.

    This unprecedented gathering of international leaders will not only inspire but share tangible insights on:

  • How cultural differences in each country are impacting and transforming women’s careers
  • What it takes to rise to leadership if the culture is not designed to support your advancement
  • How various Latin American countries measure on gender equity in the workforce
  • How governments can create an ecosystem that supports the next generation of female leaders and brings diversity of thought to the world

  • Join us for this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in cultural exchange, become an active participant in the global gender equity dialogue, and discover how cultural context shapes our career paths and experiences.

    WOI CONNECT Membership

    Become a WOI CONNECT Member today and save $30.00 off all Women of Influence Luncheons and a $50.00 credit toward your next purchase!

    See all membership perks here.


    The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
    Tickets are no longer available


    March 6, 2019
    11:15 am - 2:00 pm

    [woitabs class=”yourcustomclass”]
    [woitab title=”About the Women of Influence Luncheon Series” active=”active”]

    Join Women of Influence and Presenting Sponsor Scotiabank as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This flagship event series is hosted in Toronto and Calgary and inspires over 5,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.


    [woitab title=”About Women Who Rock”]

    Since 2014, WWR has grown into a well-known and respected organization, within the mining industry, with more than 800 active and diverse followers in Canada. A team of eight volunteers, passionate about bringing positive change to mining, wholeheartedly committed to deliver unique events and programs igniting curiosity and attracting bright minds to the sector.

    Our strategy is built on the findings of the Mining Industry Human Resource Council Gender Survey and has three pillars.

    1. Connect
    Through the success of our Auction for Action program, now in year five, we have created mentorship relationships by connecting aspiring women to mining leaders. Among the mentees are women completing graduate studies and also in the early stages of their careers in geology, engineering, law and business disciplines. Women mentees have the potential to take their careers to the next level through a one-on-one mentorship meeting with a mining leader.

    2. Communicate
    We take an active role in generating and promoting positive stories about the sector both inside and outside of the mining community. All with the goal to improve the industry’s image and to ignite curiosity. We strive to impress and engage in all conversations about career opportunities in mining while attracting more women to the industry’s ranks.

    3. Collaborate
    With a knack for developing out of the box ideas and events, we bring diverse groups with common goals together. In fact, we have become the go-to liaison between stakeholders, addressing common challenges and sharing success stories.


    [woitab title=”Andrea Grobocopatel Biography”]


    [woitab title=”Ashley Kirwan Biography”]

    Co-founder, President, CEO and Principal Geologist

    Ashley Kirwan is the Co-founder, CEO and Principal Geologist at Orix Geoscience; a leading geology firm that partners with exploration and mining companies to provide geological and geomatic expertise and business strategies for grassroots, brownfields and advanced projects. Orix started in a downturn and has grown over the last six years to 56 employees within three offices (Toronto, Sudbury and Winnipeg). Orix has grown by employing a driven, diverse and entrepreneurial group of people, now composed of 50% females, which is unheard of in the
    mining industry. Orix stands out in the industry as a new generation of leading geoscientist.

    With over 10 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry, Ashley has worked throughout North and South America, including projects in Sudbury, Nunavut, Nevada and Ecuador. She worked as an Exploration Geologist with Bridgeport Ventures Inc. in Nevada and worked on both exploration and underground projects with QuadraFNX Mining Ltd. (now KGHM International) in Sudbury, Ontario.

    Born and raised in Greater Sudbury, Ashley earned both a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology in 2008 and completed a M.Sc. in Mineral Exploration in 2017 at Laurentian University. In 2016, both Ashley and her business partner, Shastri Ramnath were named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and in 2017 they were nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. In 2018, Ashley was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award from Laurentian University.

    Ashley is passionate about working with collaborative teams on innovative projects and is committed to leading a new generation of geoscientists in the mining industry.


    [woitab title=”Veronica Richards Biography”]

    Founding Partner and Vice President at CALLS Contact Center in Mexico, a company with 23 years of experience.

    Founding Partner and Vice President at WW Calls Canada, a consulting company based in Hamilton, helping companies from Latin America to do business in Canada and vice versa.

    She was panelist at the Economic Forum of the Americas in Toronto to share her experience and success story.

    She participated in the development of the business guide “Doing business in Toronto (Ontario) for the General Consulate of Peru in Toronto.


    [woitab title=”Diane Kazarian Biography”]

    For more than 30 years, Diane Kazarian has been serving a broad base of public and private clients at PwC in the financial services industry. Most recently Diane moved into the role of GTA Managing Partner where she leads PwC’s largest Canadian market, managing more than 3,000 professionals and 300 partners, and representing all key industries. Diane’s mandate and focus is on three key pillars including revenue growth, brand amplification, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to this role, Diane was PwC’s National Financial Services Leader and grew this practice considerably. Diane is also a member of the Steering Committee at the Financial Institution Forum, serves as PwC Chair at United Way (GTA), and is one of the Founding Partners of #movethedial, an organization committed to advancing women in technology.

    Recently, Diane was selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) of Ontario. FCPA is the highest distinction that CPA Ontario confers upon is members recognizing the prestige which a member has brought to the profession, through the significant contributions made professionally and volunteerism.

    In 2013, Diane was a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.

    Diane has a BSc (Business Administration) from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island (Summa Cum Laude). She is a CA, CPA and FCPA and is fluent in Armenian. She speaks at a variety of key market conferences and events and frequently interacts with the media on topics of innovation, notably FinTech, Blockchain, and emerging technologies impacting the financial services and she is PwC’s Global Financial Services Brand Leader. Diane is an active participant and advocate of Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the Board of Bryant University, Kingsway College School and St. Joe’s Foundation.


    [woitab title=”Ana Gervasi Biography”]

    Lawyer by the « Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú » ; Licenciate in International Relations and Career Diplomat by the Diplomatic Academy of Peru; Master of Science (Msc) in International Relations by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom ; Multilateral Diplomacy Specialization at the Graduate Institute for International Studies (IUHEI), University of Geneva, Switzerland ; Doctoral Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (Law Faculty)

    Current Position : Consul General of Peru in Toronto since July 1st 2017

    Positions Abroad:

    • Consul General of Peru in Washington, D.C. (March 2015-June 2017)
    • Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Peru in Washington, D.C. (2014-2015)
    • Minister Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations in New York (2009-2011) 
    • Political Counselor at the Embassy of Peru in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005-2009) 
    • Officer at the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland (1996-2001) 

    Positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru:

    • Director of Investment Promotion (2013-2014)
    • Under Director of Trade Agreements and Member of the Negotiating team for the TransPacific Partnership Agreement- TPP (2011-2013)
    • Member of the Negotiating Team for the Trade Promotion Agreement with the United States of America (2003-2005)
    • Executive Secretary of the Multi-Sectoral Commitee for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council – PERU-PECC (1995-1996)