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2014 Vancouver Leaders Breakfast

Date: February 20, 2014

Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre

Speaker: Christopher Gaze

Honoree: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander


Christopher Gaze, 2014 Keynote Speaker

Christopher Gaze

Born in England, Gaze spent three seasons at Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake before moving to Vancouver, where he founded the Bard on the Beach, allowing Shakespearean actors to perform against a spectacular backdrop of the city’s skyline and mountains. He’s nurtured this festival for more than 20 years to become one of the most successful not-for-profit arts organizations in North America.

Gaze has also introduced the Young Shakespeareans acting program, which provides an opportunity every summer for more than 250 young people to train with seasoned professionals. He works with arts organizations and as a guest host on the Knowledge Network for three years, was on the Board of Tourism Vancouver, serving as the Festival and Events representative.

A talented actor and director, in 2004 he won a Jessie Richardson Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Playhouse production of Equus. He also narrated the Emmy Award-winning animation series Madeline.

His numerous honours include induction into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal and invested in 2012 to the Order of British Columbia for ‘elevating the cultural standard of Vancouver and all of British Columbia.

Gaze is compelling and Shakespeare-articulate. He will convince you immediately that you know and like Shakespeare more than you realize



Thank you to the Leaders Breakfast International Benefactors.

Leadership Award of Excellence Honoree

Recognized as a national treasure in Canada, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been creating innovative landscapes for more than sixty years. Her designs are based on studies of the social cultural and physical features of a given site and to each project Cornelia brings together the art and science of the landscape design profession. Cornelia is a leader in researching green solutions.

Cornelia’s numerous awards include the Order of Canada, appointed first as member in 1990 and in 2009 she was promoted to officer. She has received honorary degrees from the University of BC, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, Smith College, and Dalhousie and McGill universities. She is an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of BC, and a fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2012 she was honoured by the American Society of Landscape Architects with the ASLA Medal, the society's most prestigious award for a landscape architect for her unfaltering leadership and award-winning work in postwar landscape architecture in Canada and the United States.

Cornelia’s early professional years were devoted to designing landscapes for low-cost housing projects and playgrounds throughout Canada. Since then, she has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed architects on such projects as the New York Times building, the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Public Library and on Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology.