Public Speaking Workshop


Have you passed up the opportunity to speak in a group for fear you might embarrass yourself?

Does your heart stop when you have to speak in front of any group of people?

Do you have to give presentations as part of your job?

If this is you, you’re not alone. This situation is faced by many people, including business professionals, because speaking in public is a very common fear.

Our Public Speaking Workshop is a safe ground to learn, develop and train your public speaking skill.

Join seasoned journalist, Lorraine Graves of The Richmond Sentinel and Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), and experienced distinguished Communication instructor, Katherine Golder of British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for a session of professional self-improvement on your public speaking skills.

As we limit the class size, you will receive live training and feedback on the spot and apply them immediately. Moreover, a small work group gives you an audience to work in front of yet feeling safe within peers.


*You will learn how to speak confidently on stage or in front of a group of people

*Our trainers will give you feedback immediately - you will be taught how to hold yourself and remain calm and what your body language is saying



  Date and Time




  • 555 West Hastings St.
  • VentureLabs
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Canada
  • Building: Harbour Centre
  • Room Number: #1200
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Lorraine Graves

Lorraine Graves of The Richmond Sentinel / SCWIST


Public Speaking


Lorraine Graves didn’t know what to do after studying sciences at university while toiling in media. It all clicked when offered a job as a TV science reporter at  BCTV. Working as one of the first three TV science reporters in Canada wasn’t easy but it meant many ground-breaking stories made it to air. While freelancing print stories to the Globe and Mail, Lorraine also worked to create Canada’s second TV Science series, Breakthrough, which aired on the CBC network.  After taking a break to parent and care for a collection of family elders, Lorraine is once again working in a newsroom, weaving a print journalism career into her home life, with only a few frayed threads dropped along the way.

Katherine Golder

Katherine Golder of BCIT


Public Speaking


Katherine loves helping people turn complex technical topics into compelling, accessible stories. In almost 20 years of teaching post-secondary, she’s had the opportunity to work with students in a variety of fields, but she’s most proud of co-founding Presentation Idol for Engineering Students at BCIT. Idol allows engineering students to showcase their presentation skills as well as their knowledge and passion for engineering and technology. Through Idol, she’s seen how public speaking can change lives and connect people. She's excited to contribute to the IEEE WiE workshop.


    1. 6:20 PM - Registration & Networking
    2. 6:40 PM - Opening by IEEE WiE
    3. 6:45 PM - Presentation by Lorraine Graves
    4. 7:15 PM - Presentation by Katherine Golder
    5. 7:45 PM - Hands-on training
    6. 8:30 PM - Closing

Light refreshment will be provided.