Surrey – On Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at the 11th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Lunch, the Surrey Board of Trade will welcome keynote speaker Erin Brockovich.
NOTE Seats are extremely limited. Tickets will be released later this Fall to Surrey Board of Trade members. If you would like to obtain priority access, please ensure you have a current Surrey Board of Trade membership.
It’s been over 15 years since Julia Roberts starred in the Oscar-winning tour de force, Erin Brockovich. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history.
After being seriously injured in a traffic accident, Erin hired Masry & Vititoe to represent her. They won a small settlement, but she still needed work, so she got a job at the law firm as a file clerk. It was while organizing papers on a pro bono real estate case that Erin first found medical records that would explode into the largest direct-action lawsuit in US history.
Erin’s exhaustive investigation uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the small town of Hinkley’s Water for over 30 years. It was because of Erin’s unwavering tenacity that PG&E had now been exposed for leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water. This poison affected the health of the population of Hinkley. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct-action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by Erin and Ed Masry, the utility giant was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.
“The Surrey Board of Trade is very honored and pleased to host yet another leadership icon, Erin Brockovich. Hear about her leadership, tenacity, creative thinking – all of the qualities needed for business leadership,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104 Avenue, Surrey)
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sponsorship opportunities are available.