Valerie Shapiro is an immediate past Co-President and 9 year President of the Canadian International Council, Vancouver. She is also a past executive member and Events Planning Chair of the Women Lawyers Forum (WLF), Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia. Valerie has over 25 years experience as a lawyer and consultant in private practice, government, corporate sector, and post-secondary academic institutions in both British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Valerie was a marine policy advisor to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways, consultant to the executive producer of the CBC television series, Legal Wise, and author of a course textbook, Legal Aspects of Financial Counseling, for the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Valerie has a B.SC and LL.B from Dalhousie University and an LL.M (Maritime and International Law) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England.