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Profiles of Members


Aviva Abraham, B.S. Accounting, CPA
Creative Financial Planning Group, Toronto
Paying too much for your healthcare coverage? Or.... don't have any coverage at all? Aviva shows self employed and small business owners how to minimize out of pocket medical expenses- providing affordable, customized healthcare solutions which save you money today on existing medical expenses, and protect your finances and your business for the future.
Christina Adams
Antenna Social Media & Design, St. John's
Christina, a digital media expert for over a decade, oversees operations, client relations, and strategic direction for Antenna – leading the team to award winning results. She provides marketing insight to all projects with her inimitable sunny disposition.
Mafalda Arias
Mafalda Arias and Associates, Vancouver
Mafalda Arias, M.A., is the President and Founder of Mafalda Arias and Associates, an organization that coaches organizations and individuals to interact, communicate and manage differences effectively. The company’s innovative training programs help build trust, reduce misunderstandings, leverage diversity and introduce collective empowerment through culture.
Tess Arpa
Excel Mortgage Canada Connection Inc., Cambridge
Tess Arpa is a licensed Mortgage Agent at Excel Mortgage and she has access to over 40 different lenders; including banks. Tess will rate shop for you saving you time and money. Think about it, your home is typically the biggest purchase of your life. If you do not seek independent expert advice for your mortgage it is likely you will miss out on important opportunities. Tess is known for her excellent level of service and integrity.
Madeleine Baker
TELUS, Vancouver
Maddy has had a broad and exciting career within the Procurement & Supply Chain field. Within TELUS, Maddy has recently taken on responsibility for leading the IT & Global Services Procurement team. Prior to this, she led the Procurement Strategy and Innovation (PSI) Team, and was responsible for leading the future state strategy, processes and policy within the function, in addition to operational management of compliance, risk, offshore support, Supplier Diversity, technology, and data intelligence. She is a strong advocate for expanding the profile and impact of Supplier Diversity within Canada, and sits on the WBE Canada Board of Directors, CGLCC Procurement Council and GroYourBiz Vancouver Board. Prior to joining TELUS in 2016, she held progressive roles within GlaxoSmithKline in Europe and North America, ultimately holding the position of Head of Procurement, United States, including responsibility for delivering the organisation’s Supplier Diversity commitment. There is a strong commitment within TELUS towards Supplier Diversity, and a recognition that our programme delivers an improved and innovative customer experience by taking proactive steps to provide equal access to a supply base that reflects the diversity of where we live, work, and serve.
Liz Bandelin
Nu-Tea Company, Abbotsford
Liz Bandelin is the president and founder of Nu-Tea Company, a Canadian specialty tea company. She created the Tega Organic Tea brand, loved for its unique packaging and delicious fair trade organic ingredients. Tega Tea is sold in Canada, the US and Asia.
Holly Barkwell
BH Group Inc., Port Perry
Holly is the president and CEO of BH Group Inc. a business advisory organization specializing in technology and communications. Two and a half decades in the 9-1-1 emergency communications sector provide a wealth of global communications project experience. We solve complex communications issues with cost effective long-term solutions. BH Group Inc. provides services to 9-1-1 emergency communication centres, commercial call centres, network and operations monitoring centres, and small to medium business enterprises. We help with technology requirements and specifications, network bandwidth planning, communication centre configuration, technology procurement, and vendor evaluations. We also provide cyber security planning and network penetration testing services. Whether you need a technology assessment to support a new strategic plan, a new telecommunication strategy, or an IP phone system and don’t know where to start, BH Group Inc’s experience and track record of proven success can help.
Anu Bidani
Stem Minds, Aurora
Anu Bidani is the CEO of STEM MINDS, a company that focuses on empowering youth to become fearless leaders by developing agility and a love of learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). STEM MINDS’ mission is to bring the best in learning experiences to youth to create #Fearless Learners through after school programs, in school programs, camps, workshops and professional development for educators. We believe in creating our future leaders, game changers and problem solvers to build a better, more agile society for future generations. We have a dedicated OCT certified teaching staff, a state-of-the art learning environment and a network of strategic partnerships to successfully expand the reach and impact of education to all children!
Diana Bishop
The Success Story Program™ , Barrie
Diana Bishop builds brands, people brands. As a former National and International TV News Correspondent for CBC, CTV, Global and NBC News, Diana is the creator of The Success Story Program™ which works with highly motivated leaders in Business, Law, Not-For-Profit and Politics helping them to develop their personal brands in order to shape their identities, raise their profiles and grow their reputations and influence. Her clients have have won various Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, been on Dragon's Den, signed contracts for regular spots on Canadian and U.S based TV shows, done TED and TEDx Talks, gone on national and global speaking tours, written books, developed new products and services, sold businesses… thereby achieving personal and professional goals TEN times bigger than they ever thought possible!
Lora Bourck
Artistic Skylight Domes, Woodbridge
Strong, active and positive are the words often used to describe Lora Bourck. Raised in an entrepreneurial family, Lora and her two brothers faced together the challenge of developing and expanding the family business they had at hand. A natural leader and passionate visionary with the ability to deliver results, she plays an important role in the innovative project to grow their company. Also, she is always involved with women's empowerment projects. Artistic Skylight is 100% owned and operated family business for 40 years. A proud manufacturer that is engaged in the design, development, marketing and selling of quality skylights in North America. Our goal is to target European and Middle East markets. In addition to our broad range of skylights, we are committed to ENERGY CONSERVATION with our line of Energy Star products.
Ann Bradt
Capital Ready, Toronto
Capital Ready offers consulting services to better position companies for growth. We work with established businesses that want to scale up to seven figures in revenue. We create tailored blueprints that assess barriers and identify opportunities for growth as well as offer consulting services to help them develop human and financial capital strategies. We also offer strategic consulting to financial institutions to help them develop the right language and approach, make meaningful connections and have better conversations with women entrepreneurs.
Tina Brillinger
Global Food Safety Resource, Toronto
Tina founded GFSR in 2009 with the mission of helping educate and support the food industry’s ongoing quest to improve food safety. GFSR has grown to be a trusted and recognizable brand with an active readership and online following. Complimenting GFSR, Tina is launching the Safe-Food Training Hub, an online food industry training portal. Bringing over 20 years publishing experience in both digital and print, along with her background in the food service and hospitality industry, Tina utilizes her wealth of insights and vast network to help businesses achieve their food safety and compliance goals.
Holly Broughton
Revive Massage Therapy, Cambridge
Holly is a co-owner and founder of Revive Massage Therapy in Cambridge. At Revive Massage Therapy we believe that massage therapy does not need to have a clinical feel. We have created a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere while keeping the same therapeutic treatments you would find in a traditional massage therapy clinic. Revive is staffed with knowledgeable therapists that will help with your healing process whether it be sports injuries, repetitive strain, general aches and pains or stress relief and relaxation. Clients are always our first priority and we want to create a positive, relaxing experience from the moment you enter the clinic.
Laural Carr
Impagination Inc. , Toronto
Laural Carr is an award-winning, 30-year creative business development expert at her Toronto-based firm, Impagination Inc. She works alongside successful service businesses who want to increase results by improving the three “R’s”; revenue, reputation and (ROI) return on investment. She is the creator of the Persona Maker™ Approach and the Impact Formula™, proprietary tools for building marketing and branding strategies with guaranteed impact.
Julie Christiansen
Leverage U, St.Catharines
We provide specialized training, public speaking, and publishing of print and audio resources. Our mission is to leverage individuals, families, and businesses into radical, positive, lasting change.
Vicki Coombes
Your Bright Horizons, London
Curious as to whether you are a Hummingbird? Tired of being told to ‘find your passion’, to ‘just choose one thing’? Are you struggling with the challenges of having a diverse AND successful career, great relationships AND many interests, a fulfilling AND meaningful life? Vikki leads personal growth programmes for people who are driven by their curiosity to pursue their ever-changing widely varying interests. She empowers them to value themselves and to bring that value into their work, relationships and communities.
Carolyn Cross
Ondine Biomedical Inc., Vancouver
Carolyn Cross is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ondine Biomedical Inc., a Vancouver based medical devices company. Ms. Cross just completed a term on the National Research Council of Canada and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the International Photodynamic Association. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cross was responsible for managing pension, pooled, mutual and private client funds as a Vice President with Royal Bank Investment Management Inc. Ms. Cross has over 25 years’ direct experience with early stage companies and 30 years’ experience with public market securities. Ms. Cross is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and has an MBA from York University and an HBA from the University of Western Ontario. She currently advises and sits on a number of corporate boards including Greystone Capital Management Inc., Periowave Dental Technologies Inc., Sinuwave Technologies Corporation, and Cayoose Creek Development Corporation, a First Nations company based in British Columbia. She is a past Board Member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and past member of its Audit and Finance Committee. She sits on the Advisory Council of the University of Windsor’s Odette World Health Innovation Network (WIN) and had served on the Advisory Board of McGill University Dental School for 8 years. She is the Chairman and Founding Board Member of the Women’s Economic Business Advisory Council and a Founding Member of the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council. She recently served on the Federal Government’s task force on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Mentoring and continues to advocate for SME and the economic advancement of women in Canada. Ms. Cross is a member of several organizations including the Women Presidents’ Organization, the International Federation of Women (IWF), UnitedSucces and the CFA Society Toronto. Ms. Cross was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada, and is a recipient of awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award from the Government of Canada, the President’s Award from the Women Presidents’ Organization and the Innovation and Global Growth Award from The BMO Financial Group. Ondine Biomedical Inc. is the global leader in Photodisinfection, a revolutionary approach to rapidly eliminate infection-causing pathogens without adverse side-effects or generating antimicrobial resistance. Ondine's mission is to save lives and reduce suffering of millions of people by developing effective non-antibiotic, anti-infective therapies for a broad spectrum of bacterial, viral and fungal infections, Its life-saving and award-winning Photodisinfection technology is already helping 2 Canadian hospitals reduce surgical site infections by nearly 80%.
Trisha Cuthbertson
First In Safety Training, Barrie
Trisha is an experienced First Aid Instructor, with Neuro-Linguistic Programming training. This provides a unique understanding of her participants learning styles, leading to positive, constructive training sessions. “Small groups are my favourite – 6 – 10 people. Easy, relaxed and fun – that’s the way I like to train.”
Sandra D’Souza CPA, CA
Sandstone Solutions Group Inc., Mississauga
Sandra is the founder and Managing Director of Sandstone Solutions Group Inc., a boutique executive search firm. As a CPA, CA with over 20 years of experience in both senior finance and recruiting roles, Sandra is able to work with her clients to help clarify their hiring needs, and find the right people to expand their finance and head office teams.
Joanne Dereta
Stonegate Private Counsel, Toronto
Managing Director and Principal; MBA, CFP, RFP, CIM, TEP. Joanne manages wealth for successful Canadians, transforming their financial lives from chaos to confidence.
Chala Dincoy
Coachtactics, Mississauga
Chala Dincoy is the CEO and Founder of Coachtactics, www.coachtactics.com. She’s a brand marketing expert who helps small businesses feel like a NATIONAL BRAND (without paying the big bucks!)
Sabrina Ding
Varity Law Pro. Corp., Richmond Hill
Sabrina is the Owner and Principal Lawyer at Varity Law. “Varity” is a coined word from “Verity”, and Sabrina chose this name because she takes pride in offering honest, authentic, and professional legal services. She prefers not to cut corners. Varity Law provides services in Real Estate/Mortgage Law, Business Law, Wills/Estates Law, and Immigration Law. Varity Law has been transforming how legal services are provided by following the 3 core values below, and have received countless positive client feedback. 1. Understand the clients’ specific situation and offer tailored legal service & advice 2. Provide free legal education so we can work as a team with clients – we tend to refrain from one-sided conversations where clients walk away with minimal understanding about what went on in the law office 3. As much as possible, offer flexible fee structures so legal expenses are predictable and affordable.
Jocelyne Dodier
Studiostone Creative, Vancouver
We are an artist driven company that specializes in hands-on learning and introducing people to the art of stone carving.
Kate Elliot
Up Public Relations, Halifax
Kate Elliot, Owner of Up Public Relations, helps clients achieve tangible marketing and communications goals while establishing trusted and valuable relationships. Specializing in social media strategy and implementation, event conception and management, as well as traditional marketing and communications development, Kate strives to bring an innovative, authentic and flexible approach to every project.
Stephanie Espinosa
BMO Harris Bank , Tucson
Respected and well established in the financial industry, Stephanie returned to Arizona in early 2017 and joined the BMO Harris Bank team as AVP and Branch Manager at St. Phillip’s Plaza in Tucson. Stephanie helps her clients achieve their financial goals by leveraging her extensive knowledge of current banking products and services with her leadership, relationship and team building skills.
Michelle Felix
Michelle Felix Group, London
Looking for fun fitness activities for your disabled clients – seated, supported or standing? Michelle Felix inspires clients to greater fitness and well-being. . She creates a journey of spatial and self-discovery as part of a fun filled full-body workout; providing rich audio description for your blind clients, visual enhancements for your clients with low vision and the kinaesthetic feel good factor for all ages and abilities.
Brandy Ferrer
Pathfinder Strategies, Tucson
Pathfinder Strategies is a consulting company that helps companies create an environment where employees are excited to work, love their jobs and perform at their best. We develop a High 5 Culture℠ for our clients using The Smart Select Hiring Process, Team Alignment and Leadership Development. Our diverse experience and unique insights help our clients achieve business results through people.
Megan Ferris
Dog Utopia Daycare & Spa, Surrey- White Rock
Dog Utopia was created to enhance the well-being and happiness of dogs and their families by providing a reliable and comfortable experience, as all dogs need mental as well as physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy. Our goal is to create a calm experience for each dog we care for and treat each dog as an individual and not a member.
Heather Friedman
BMO Bank of Montreal, Toronto
As a Commercial Account Manager with BMO Bank of Montreal, I offer professional experience, industry insights and financial solutions you can depend on to help manage your business successfully. Whether you’re just starting up a business or looking for ways to run your business efficiently and cost effectively, I can help you choose the best solutions for your goals.
Natalie Friese
Nature's Vibe, Cambridge
Nature's Vibe is family owned and staff-energized Natural Health Center, Store & Smoothie bar. When you walk into the Vibe you can talk to a professional natural healthcare practitioner, grab a delicious and nutritious smoothie and be guided through our large dispensary of vitamins, supplements, essential oils, herbs, teas and homeopathic remedies. You will then be empowered to learn more yourself through our educational tools like our social media channels, website and wellness workshops. Our team has 60+ years in alternative health experience. This, coupled with our genuine desire to help, is what has helped us develop a solid reputation - a place where you can not only easily get answers to your question, but also the care you had hoped for and the product quality you need.
Dawn Gabel
Partner, Quarles & Brady, Phoenix
Dawn advises clients on sales and use tax, property tax issues, multistate income tax issues and tax litigation. With over 25 years of experience, Dawn effectively advocates for her clients before agencies, administrative boards and in trial and appellate courts. She works within many industry sectors to advise clients in valuation, exemption, sales and use tax matters, audits and more. Dawn is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Southwest Super Lawyers and is a frequent speaker on local and national tax issues.
Catherine Gardiner
CG Marketing and Communications, Calgary #1
As a results-driven Senior MarCom Advisor with 25 years of achievement, Catherine brings a broad cross-industry perspective and tactile delivery of new and disruptive products to her diversified project base. Experienced in multi-dimensional organizations with both B2B and B2C product streams, she focuses on strategic action, purposed growth measurable results. For more than a decade, she has been immersed in the dynamic world of innovation, cutting-edge technologies and new-market applications, constantly challenged by a competitive landscape and ancillary tech advances. It’s an addictive world where social media breeds today’s thought leader and where UX (user experience) and price are in constant battle for purchase decision dominance. Equally intriguing for her is championing varied, new business initiatives – a constant thread throughout her career. She has driven innovative and practical execution of end-to-end corporate strategy and marketing for ULP wireless, wearables, oil & gas, Professional services, agriculture, wellness, sport & fitness, and not-for-profits. She offers great familiarity with multi-tiered stakeholders (internal and external) and a mixed customer base – all requiring targeted, bottom-line value and clear, demystified communications. In all scenarios, realities of product production often demand quick realignment of the overall commercial rollout, product positioning, sales channels, and customer engagement and retention.
Jamie Gentry
Love In Everything, Victoria
My name is Jamie and I am from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by culture and talented artists. My whole life I was drawn to the arts, and in particular, I loved working with my hands, whether it was sewing, beading or weaving. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to make moccasins. However it wasn’t until 5 years ago that I was able to find a teacher and from that day forward I have not stopped making moccasins. I make traditional, custom made moccasins for modern day living. From my heart to your sole.
Kimberley Gill
BMO, Calgary
As a Commercial Banking Analyst at BMO Bank of Montreal I help find creative and customized solutions for Businesses to finance their Operations. We provide Commercial lending, deposits and cash management services to a wide range of small, medium and large sized Commercial clients.
Sharon Gilmour-Glover
Light-Core Inc., Kitchener-Waterloo
Sharon is an experienced consultant, speaker and adult educator specializing in leadership, strategy and transformational change. She has unique skills as a business strategist leveraging research in human behaviour and organizational dynamics. In her work with clients, Sharon simplifies complex and seemingly impossible business problems by providing clients with practical, easy-to-use tools that improve their results exponentially.
Karen Grant
K!ERS Marketing Group, Fredericton
Karen Grant, President of Kiers Marketing Group, a full service creative marketing firm, has been a member of the Fredericton business community since 1984. Karen’s involvement in the local business community includes being a member of the board and various committees of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce; a member of the organizing committee for Ability New Brunswick's Feast in the Field fundraising event, as a member of the Fredericton Women in Business Network in its early years, and part of the executive for three years, planning sessions for the network including topics for meetings, speakers, annual trade show and silent auction fundraiser for local charities.
Rena Hawkins
H-Four Logistics Inc., Cambridge
H-Four Logistics provides commercial transportation services across Canada and the United States. As a full service transportation provider Rena’s focus is on bringing a shipping experience to her customers and carriers so that they can be assured that all aspects of their shipment will be taken care of with individual plans, according to each customer’s needs. Rena has been working in trucking for over 20 years and has experience dealing with a wide range of customer needs. Her passion for the industry shows through her dedication and willingness to go over and above to meet expectations. Obtaining her CITT designation in 2013 has provided her a greater understanding of Supply Chain demands. Outside of taking care of her day to day business, Rena enjoys spending time with family, exploring the local live music scene, and every once in a while dusting off her camera lens to take some great nature shots.
Kate Hodgson
9 to 5 Narrative, Toronto
Everyone has a story. What's yours? Kate helps professionals and teams to discover, develop and deliver their unique life experiences in a compelling story format that connects authentically with their target audience. Share your story of "the why" behind what you do, in a way that inspires and motivates. Kate offers individual coaching and group workshops that help professionals reach their goals by leveraging the power story in business.
Daniela Hofmann
Freedom Medi Spa, Woodbridge
Daniela owns a boutique style Med Spa with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We use only gold standard technologies and provide real results. In a nutshell – We help you look as young as you feel.
Adriane Hofmeyr
Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Tucson
Highly effective in commercial litigation, and state and federal appeals, Adriane is licensed in Arizona, Colorado, California, South Africa, US District Court of Arizona, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Originally from South Africa, where she served as in- house counsel for the City of Cape Town, during South Africa's transition to democracy, as well as for a publicly-traded international clothing retailer. A business woman, lawyer, professor and mother, who understands the value of an advisory board. Practice areas: Commercial litigation, state and federal appeals, administrative litigation and hearings.
Yvonne Hogenes
Malary’s Fashion Network, Surrey-White Rock
Malary’s offers high end boutique selection of evening wear and local designers along with over the top servicing. I also design and manufacture the TAB Custom-fitted Bras to fit what every “body” needs. Firma Energywear offers an innovative line of compression clothing for men and women in the active world - ”Where Health Meets Fashion!”
Kimberly Irwin
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"Even when grandma was 96 and bedridden, she still wanted gorgeous hair and pink nails." Kimberly Irwin, founder of Haircuts on Wheels specializes in senior hair care service in homes, hospitals, retirement and long term cares salons. Our vision is to create the standard in senior hair care across Canada. So if there’s anyone hairy in your life, give us a call!
Bridget Jensen
Better Bedtime Infant & Child Sleep Solutions, Cambridge
As a Sleep Consultant, I help families struggling with their children’s sleep. I provide a gentle, custom-sleep plan and in-home support to get children into healthy sleep habits that last.
Irene (Yechen) Ji
TurnerMoore, Markham
Don’t lose sleep over your nightmares about Revenue Canada. Complete accounting solutions for small business. Specializing in financial statements, tax planning and preparation, bookkeeping and auditing.
Kerri Jones
Peaked Pies Inc., Vancouver
Kerri is the Co-Founder & Owner of Peaked Pies, an Australian bakery cafe specialising in gourmet Australian meat pies and artisan coffee. With flavours such as Steak, Bacon & Cheese, Chicken Mushroom Leek and Chunky Pepper Steak, this is not fast food, it's good food fast! Current two locations are Whistler and Vancouver (West End).
Joanna Jordan
HarpBeat - Live Harp Music and DJ, Toronto
It’s not just by chance that Joanna Jordan is selected to play the harp at events where the music makes a difference. Joanna’s music is presented with elegance, authenticity and excitement in such a way that you and your guests will definitely notice. At Joanna's events, the jaws drop & people can’t believe that Joanna can take the harp to that level. Joanna has played the harp for Her Majesty, The Queen Mother; Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret; His Royal Highness’s, Prince Edward, Tina Turner, The Three Tenors, Robert Prince Albert of Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Harry Rosen, Max Mara, Kleinfelds Grand Opening Toronto; Yorkdale 50 Anniversary: Swarovski; Gucci; Jaguar: Mercedes Benz; Vatican Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Casaroli; The Raja of Punjab; Franklin Roosevelt Jr. Pierre Elliot Trudeau; Wolfgang Puck, Al Gore, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Mr. Tee, Chuck Berry, Toronto Blue Jays National Anthems and the International Olympic Committee.
Susan Kandalaft
Executive Solutions, Calgary
Executive Solutions has been serving Calgary businesses since 1986, providing clientele with high performance team members in temporary and permanent placement services within their organizations. In addition, we pride ourselves on our long term relationships with both our clients and our candidates which has allowed us to stay at the top of our game, achieving a 95% placement success rate!
Gisela Kerr, MBA
BMO Bank of Montreal, Burnaby
As a Business Banking Relationship Manager with BMO Bank of Montreal, Gisela brings her 10+ year experience in the corporate sector to offer industry insights and financial solutions you can depend on to help manage your business successfully. Whether you’re just starting up a business or looking for ways to run your business efficiently and cost effectively, Gisela can help you choose the best treasury and lending solutions for your goals.
Jennifer Kirby, BA,CFP,CHS,CLU,GBA
Vital Partners Inc., Calgary
Jennifer is an employee benefits and insurance consultant and a Principal with Vital Partners Inc. Jennifer has a passion for helping companies and individuals to find innovative and cost-effective employee benefits and insurance programs. Jennifer works in collaboration with clients to understand their business and unique situation, and she has been a trusted resource to individuals, entrepreneurs, professionals across Western Canada for over 20 years.
Polly Knape
SUN Clinic, Tucson
Polly specializes in creation and implementation of community collaborative programs merging mental health, substance abuse, and justice services. After 16 years’ serving the community as a crisis services manager and trauma clinician; Polly expanded her efforts to include substance abuse and addiction services. Polly’s current role as Clinical Director for the SUN clinic, focuses on developing strategies to increase access to treatment, education, and support for individuals and their families struggling with opioid dependence disorder. The clinic strives to treat every individual with compassion, respect, and support them through their journey to recovery. The SUN clinic specializes in the care of pregnant women and families; incorporating whole person health to promote lasting recovery.
Dana LeComte
Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery , Victoria
Dana and partner Bob Liptrot started the Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery with a passion for bees, producing the finest honeys and hand-crafted mead from the local Sooke area on Vancouver Island, BC. Visit the ocean view tasting room and learn more about the world of bees, honey and mead.
Bev Lewis
Positive Solutions Divorce Services, Barrie
Positive Solutions Divorce Services offers mediation and divorce services to couples across Ontario wanting professional guidance to reach an amicable resolution to their marriage breakdown.
Joni Lien
SupperWorks, Mississauga
Busy? Want to Eat Well? Let us Help You! At SupperWorks, we shop, wash, chop, grate, slice, dice and clean up so you don’t have to! Simplify your life with fresh & healthy meal delivery, pickup, or in-store sessions.
Lindsay Lizmore
The Loft Hair Studio + Beauty Bar, Abbotsford
Lindsay is a Red Seal certified hair stylist, a Redken Certified Colour Specialist, as well as an editorial stylist who has worked on photoshoots, music videos and fashion shows. She owns The Loft Salon, Spa and Beauty Bar which is a full service salon and spa located in historic downtown Abbotsford. With ongoing education, The Loft strives to be at the forefront of fashion and trends in the industry. The Loft also has a mandate to give back to the community, and they have committed to doing one charitable act per month.
Joanna Lovett
Joanna Lovett Sterling Ltd., Vancouver
Joanna designs and creates all her sterling silver and gold jewelry by hand. The pieces she produces are smooth, wearable and evocative of her home on the West Coast. Joanna has been selling her pieces to customers and galleries across Canada and the United States for over ten years and has created many devoted collectors and lasting connections.
Cristine MacDonald
Wild Mouse Art Studio, Abbotsford
As the Principal at Wild Mouse Art Studio, Cristine conceptualizes and designs all kinds of marketing materials for both large and small businesses. Cristine has been working in the design industry for 25 years and has won many awards for her unique and distinctive art work.
Melanie MacKinnon
Nulantic Water Inc., Halifax
Melanie is a third-generation entrepreneur to work with municipalities and industries in Atlantic Canada to help protect their essential resource – water. Nulantic Water Inc., supplies equipment for water and wastewater processes to treat, disinfect and monitor. In an industry that has rapidly become more complex, we work with our customers to meet their unique needs. Our focus is: Water Solutions. Clarified.
Fiona Macrae BFA
Macrae Creative, Toronto
Running a successful communication and design company for over 25 years, Fiona is an expert who knows exactly what to say and how to say it for unprecedented successful marketing campaigns. Her strong and cohesive team engages its audience by building effective and relevant visual messages.
Christine Manning
Manning Canning Kitchens , Toronto
Manning Canning is a rentable commercial kitchen for small food entrepreneurs. On the preserves side of the business, they make assortment of award winning jams, jellies, pickles and marmalades available both on line and through an assortment of specialty retailers. At the kitchen they provide small entrepreneurs with kitchen access and consulting services so they can create, grow and expand their businesses.
Laura Marciniwe
Teletek Structures Inc., Kitchener-Waterloo
Laura has 19 years of experience in the telecommunication wireless industry, and is President and Founder of Teletek Structures Inc., a company specializing in communication towers. Laura has taken projects from concept to completion and provided project management, design and construction management services for tower installations.
Maureen McCabe, Marketing Consultant
McCabe Marketing, Toronto
How do you attract more customers? With a marketing strategy and action roadmap that work. Our team works with established business owners to create and manage successful marketing projects that generate more sales leads. Request FREE report: Marketing Mistakes that Reduce Profits
Suzanne McFarlin
Executive Leadership Coach, Tucson
As a coach, speaker and strategist, Suzanne’s passion is aligning leaders with values, authenticity and inspiration to contagiously change the world. She specializes in executive coaching and leadership development with an emphasis on intentional living. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, a Board-Certified Coach and a Professional Certified Coach.
Sheri Millage
Sherlase Clinic Inc. , Markham
Since 2000, Sheri Millage, owner of Sherlase Clinic Inc. strives to bring the best medical esthetics services to her clients. Her group of professional technicians, Doctor and medical professionals pride themselves in providing a no-pressure, result focused, educational environment.
Togna Mouwen, BSc, CDC
Authentic Transitions, Calgary
Togna is a Certified Divorce Coach focused on advising and healing people in transitioning relationships. As the founder of Authentic Transitions, a divorce and relationship consultancy, Togna offers guidance and support for people going through separation and divorce. By offering practical coaching based on her first-hand experience and professional accreditations, Togna helps clients successfully navigate the often-complex process of divorce. With over 4 years of experience, Togna’s 1on1 services help clients avoid pitfalls and common mistakes while mentoring them to build a sense of hope and confidence for a brighter future.
Caroline Mundell
Function Health Club, TriCities
Function Health Club has been helping people with their health and wellness goals since 2009. We pride ourselves in creating individualized fitness and nutrition programming along with creating a supportive community environment that encourages people of all ages to FunctionBetter! Whether you are looking to gain muscle, lose body fat, feel more energized or just get out and get active with a fun group of people, we are the place to be!
Sherri Munro
Munro Consulting Services, Mississauga
Sherri Munro is the founder of Munro Consulting Services, and co-founder of Capital Ready, specializing in working with women entrepreneurs, and as a result, enabling them to feel prepared, knowledgeable and confident to grow their business. Capital Ready offers consulting services to better position companies for growth, working with established businesses that want to scale up to seven figures in revenue. Capital Ready creates tailored blueprints that assess barriers and identify opportunities for growth as well as offer consulting services to help them develop human and financial capital strategies. We also offer strategic consulting to financial institutions to help them develop the right language and approach, make meaningful connections and have better conversations with women entrepreneurs. WHY? Because too often business owners don’t ask for the capital they need for significant growth and we want to influence those conversations with lenders or investors. We are driven by our passion to see companies reach their potential and seize opportunities for growth and to position financial institutions to engage in this conversation.
Marjorie Neilson
Radically Creative, Aurora
I help businesses elevate their brand, from logo design, rebranding, printed and online materials, to social media and more. What’s hot in graphic design? LinkedIn packages (photo & background), Social Media banners, and custom PowerPoint design (not old-fashioned template with just your logo). If you’re a GTA member, you’ve likely seen me taking photos at events.
Larissa Neville
Clearline Chartered Accountants, Surrey-White Rock
Larissa Neville is a chartered professional accountant with a passion for working with small business owners to help them achieve greater success. Larissa has extensive experience in accounting, taxation and auditing with a keen interest in developing relationships and working closely with her clients, understanding their needs to ensure that they are on the right track for financial success.
Jan Nighswander
J. Nighswander & Associates Inc., Calgary #1
Jan Nighswander is an organizational development and human resources specialist with 30 years of experience working in Alberta's energy industry, private health care businesses and management consulting practices. Through her experience working in and with dynamic companies in senior leadership roles, Jan brings a straightforward, practical approach to helping leaders and organizations find solid solutions that support their business success.
Kathleen O’Grady
Kathleen O’Grady Design/grady bleu, Saskatoon
Kathleen, designer and creative director makes clothing for women who appreciate style, quality and authentic simplicity in their dress. Promoting awareness of the 'slow clothing' movement, she uses mostly natural fabrics such as silk, wool, cotton, linen and hemp.
Gina Ore
Passion for Patients, Phoenix
Gina has enjoyed a 25+ year career in relationship engagement and successful fundraising. She has worked closely with medical professionals, generous donors, and dedicated volunteers who have supported healthcare, human services, and medical research. She now teaches healthcare professionals more effective ways to communicate with staff and patients. This mission-based work was inspired by the simple question: How can we bring Medical Etiquette and Good Manners back to healthcare?
Rhonda Page
Know Your Difference, Toronto
Rhonda has 30 years experience building global brands for companies like Kraft and Coca Cola. She works with consultants, coaches, and creative professionals to get them clear on the ONE THING that makes them different, so they can get great clients and keep them long term. Her online classes attract students from all over the world.
Jodie Pappas
Clean Kiss Organics Inc., Oakville
Jodie Pappas is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Clean Kiss Organics Inc., an Oakville based artisan handcrafted manufacturer of all natural products for your body, face, hair and home. Jodie has a passion for living a clean, active and healthy lifestyle which is how she started Clean Kiss Organics in her quest to find a natural deodorant that actually worked. Since Jodie loves to cook (and eat well!) making her own natural products came as second nature and thus Clean Kiss was born!
Kim D. Paskal, CPA, MBA
Beach Fleischman, Tucson
Accounting professional for more than 2 decades, Kim has a broad perspective and variety of experience to guide her individual and professional clients. Her specialties include tax-planning, consulting, and compliance for clients in the financial and professional services industries. She also serves clients in retail, medical, real estate, construction and more. Kim is very active in diverse organizations, giving back and building a stronger community.
Carmen Pecican
TELUS, Toronto
Carmen is a Supply Chain and Procurement expert with a broad business and technical skill set in the areas of analytics and project management. She specialises in project delivery and execution, process automation, customized tools development, interactive analytical dashboards and business case development. Her passion about new business technology and innovation keeps her motivated to continue learning to develop her expertise further into the AI and Robotic Process Automation fields. Carmen is a strong advocate of Diversity and Inclusiveness and as a registered Mentor with CultureLink she provides personal and professional support to successfully integrate newcomers into the Canadian work life and culture.
Nicole Pereira
Cambridge Honda Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo
I am in the car business, but I think of myself as being in the “people business”. At Cambridge Centre Honda, our customers know they will receive exceptional customer service at our dealership, and that is what keeps them coming back.
Heidi Pfleger
Progressive Concepts Inc , Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph
As a seasoned member of Progressive Concepts, Heidi helps executives and business owners by understanding their business goals, existing practices, and providing recommendations to increase profits. Heidi also provides clients with training on the Sandler Selling System and coaches them through typical selling obstacles to increase their closing ratio and their bottom line. Her primary focus is to help businesses grow at a much faster rate and increase their market share. Heidi is a globetrotter, mother and deep-rooted Yogi who has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. Her knowledge of self-actualization and ability to formulate develop trusting relationships make her a perceptive coach, advisor and confidant. Heidi is an active member of the Brantford Brant Chamber of Commerce. She belongs to The Rotary Club of Cambridge, “GroYourBiz” and volunteers weekly at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.
Audrey Ple
Magenta Marketing, Vancouver
What gets us excited at Magenta is an opportunity to develop great brands, write compelling content, and build marketing programs to drive results. We’re a team of marketing pros with tons of experience and creative energy. From marketing strategies, to planning and execution, we take care of getting our clients noticed.
Patti Pokorchak
Small Biz Sales Coach,
I work with service-based entrepreneurs who want to make a difference AND make money, without being salesy. We figure out where you want to go and put together an action plan of how to do it. After having started 11 businesses, one going to 20 employees and over a $1million in sales, and advising hundreds if not thousands of entrepreneurs, I’ve sold and marketed just about everything from bar codes systems and IBM mainframe computers, to blank books, lambs and plants. I’m the author of The Accidental Farmer:Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur which is NOT about farming but how to start and run an ethical FUN business.
Larissa Primeau
Framework Creative Content, Toronto
Framework Creative is a collaboration of the most creative and dynamic people in Toronto and across Canada. Framework is a digital content agency, producing the most innovative and creative video content for brands and corporate clients. Our portfolio includes branded content, webseries, web based advertising and corporate content. Recently Framework has collaborated with another company to Gamifying Training. We've taken our experience in creating training videos to innovate and offer our clients the newest and best way to train their staff though mobile apps, desktop apps and in class applications. The best part, we have lots of fun doing it.
Liza Provenzano
SparkHR, Mississauga
Liza Provenzano is Founder of SparkHR, a human resources firm that focuses on helping businesses to become more successful through the performance of aligned, capable and engaged teams. Liza is an experienced HR professional, bringing twenty years of practical HR perspectives and insights to the solutions that SparkHR offers clients. With the depth of HR experience Liza brings to the table, she is able to work as a trusted advisor to implement the HR actions businesses need to achieve their business plans.
Kathleen Rake
Click Media Works, Abbotsford
Kathleen Rake is founder of Click Media Works, a Fraser Valley-based hands-on communications firm where she and her team of professional writers, editors, and media specialists work to help you deliver your message to your audience, quickly and with impact.
Angel-Marie Reiner
Onyx Energy Inc., Kitchener
Angel-Marie Reiner is the Co-Founder and President of Onyx Energy Inc.; Onyx Energy Inc. provides sub-metering and billing options for multi-family, commercial and condo titled properties. Offering a fair approach for occupants to pay for only their share of utilities. Onyx Energy supports conversation to assist in the protection of our natural resources. We promote, Conservation Through EmPOWERment and provide Occupants with their individual carbon emissions and options for them to effectively lower their Carbon Footprint!
Theresa Reno-Enouen
Vice President, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager in Phoenix, Arizona BMO Harris Bank , Paradise Valley
Over 30 years in the financial services industry specializing in commercial lending, treasury management and providing outstanding client services and relationships.
Joanne Richardson
MNP LLP, Abbotsford
Joanne is an accountant with over 20 years experience in assisting individuals and their businesses with accounting, tax and business consulting needs. Though Joanne serves a wide range of industries, she also specializes in serving health care and other professionals. Joanne excels at creating cohesive tax plans that suit client needs and she provides a high level of responsiveness and caring.
Judith Richardson
GroYourBiz Ltd., PONO Consultants International Inc., C-Level Executive Solutions , Halifax
As founder of PONO Consultants International Inc., and active member of C-Level Executive Solutions (CEO, COO, Strategist), and Board Chair of Halifax GroYourBiz, “it’s about change and growth!” Judith knows how to make things happen. She is an expert in bringing the right players together so clients reach and even exceed their business objectives.
Carol Robinson
Harbour West Consulting Inc., Vancouver
Carol Robinson is the Principal and Owner of Harbour West Consulting, an executive search firm. Carol also own and operates Clear Talent which provides management and staff level retained recruitment services and HR consulting. Carol is a consummate volunteer and currently serves on the Board Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and the College of Midwives of BC. She is the former Co-Chair, Nominations Committee, for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and Board Member of the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC.
Cayley Rodd
Devry Smith Frank LLP, Barrie
Cayley is a lawyer with Devry Smith Frank LLP, serving Simcoe Country and Barrie in particular. Her practice focuses on corporate work for owner operated businesses, ranging from sole proprietorships to corporations with hundreds of employees. She also works with a number of local not for profit and charitable groups, handles real estate law (both commercial and residential) and wills and estates. She is a Rotarian, loves cycling and is active in the community, currently serving as the Board Chair for the Waterloo Region women’s shelters.
Jas Salh
HollisWealth, a division of Scotia Capital Inc., Surrey
Jas provides clients holistic financial solutions allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their Investments, Retirement and Estate Planning. Jas works with you, managing your financial journey at every stage of your life and connecting you with other professionals as needs arise.
Jaci Scully
Jaci Scully Creative, Phoenix
After hanging up her “Corporate America hat”, Jaci found herself going back to her roots in branding. Once she began working in branding again, folks instead of creative teams, she knew she’d found a new passion and a whole new breed of thinkers. Specialties: Visual brand strategist and director, creative consulting, web, social media, video/photoshoots and client service to ensure the brand folks are pleased.
Linda Shaw
Legal Shield, Aurora
Linda is an Associate for LegalShield. Prior to this, Linda worked as a chartered financial planner for 30 years. During this time, Linda saw first-hand how families often faced obstacles in obtaining the legal services that they wanted or needed. Necessities such as Wills and Power of Attorneys were neglected. With LegalShield, these services are covered for a low monthly fee and the company works with referral lawyers from a long established Toronto firm. Linda also knows how lonely it can be at the top! To be able to call a law firm for advice on any matter, trivial or traumatic gives an entrepreneur peace of mind and LegalShield makes this possible.
Elizabeth Shih
Elizabeth Shih Communications, Saskatoon
I tell entrepreneurial success stories of small and medium-sized businesses and chronicle how they give back to the community. I specialize in writing articles, enewsletters, awards applications and more. I also edit both business and academic documents.
Roberta Snider
Personal Edge Training, Kitchener-Waterloo
Roberta Snider owns and operates a highly successful personal training studio in Kitchener called Personal Edge Training. For the past 14 years, they have specialized in helping people change their lives through safe and effective assessment, customized programming and implementation of exercise and nutrition programs.
Marnie Sohn
Russel + Sohn Photography, Toronto
Russel + Sohn is the premier photography studio for successful professionals and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level. Our in-depth approach guarantees executive portraits and headshots that look great, feel authentically like you, and that you will be proud to to have representing you and your brand.
Jill Stairs, CPA, CGA
EPR Daye Kelly & Associates, Fredericton
Jill is a partner with EPR Daye Kelly & Associates in Fredericton, NB and enjoys working with a diverse group of clients, providing business advisory, assurance, and tax services for individuals, not-for profits, municipalities, and small businesses across a wide range of industries. Jill has a professional background in the IT and Energy sectors, and is actively engaged in several non-profit and charitable organizations in Fredericton, which help her to build strong, meaningful relationships in the community.
Myrlene Sundberg
Urban Mode Furniture Boutique, Toronto
Created 40 years ago, Urban Mode is a modern furniture boutique showcasing such innovative brands as Blu Dot, Softline, Muuto, Normann, Hay, DellaRobbia & Pablo. Voted Best Furniture Store in Toronto for the 4 years. Experts in sourcing for hospitality, corporate, retail and residential.
Julia Suppa
Suppa Media Inc., Vaughan
Julia Suppa is an award-winning multi-platform media professional with 12+ years experience in creating dynamic and engaging content for television (talk shows and magazine style), corporate videos and business profiles, fundraising campaigns, galas and award shows, printed magazines, blogs, and social media. Julia works with small businesses, brands and individuals to brainstorm and develop strategies to integrate content through storytelling, thus targeting a niche market and raising awareness and profile. Whether it’s video, photography, traditional written word or 140 characters, it’s the story that sells. Services include media training and coaching, interview techniques, on-camera comfortability, social media training, video production, writing, consulting, event management.
Meagan Swan
Pavey Law LLP, Cambridge
Meagan is a Litigation Partner with Pavey Law LLP, a full service law firm located in Cambridge, Ontario. Meagan has extensive experience in civil litigation and her practice includes business and commercial law matters, employment law (both employer and employee), estate litigation and administrative and health law. As with all the members of the Pavey Law LLP team, Meagan is committed to providing quality and focused advice to address the needs of business owners and individuals within the community.
Looi Tan
Musica Academy-Yamaha School Ltd, Calgary
Established in 2001, Musica Academy is an authorized Yamaha music school in Calgary. We offer high standard music lessons in keyboard, piano, violin, guitar, flute, music history and music theory. Music classes are available in both group and private settings at two locations - NW Calgary and SW Calgary.
Laura Tanzer
Owner/Designer/Engineer of Laura Tanzer Designs, Phoenix
Award winning designer Laura Tanzer makes modern clothing for women with a focus on quality of style, materials, construction, and fit. Her studio in Tucson, Arizona creates timeless and sustainable fashion by blending natural fibers with classic, yet modern, styling, exquisite textures, and original digital prints to create clothing that is easy to wear as well as beautiful.
Roxanne Tate
Tate Engineering, Halifax
Roxanne is an accomplished professional with experience that spans the academic, industrial, institutional and commercial sectors. In 2012 Roxanne founded Tate Engineering Inc. - an engineering, project management & consulting firm that defines and solves complex issues related to facility development and operations. Since 2012 Roxanne has lead the firm to grow to a team of 10 Professional Engineers and Project Managers. Beyond the office Roxanne is seen as a leader among her peers and within her community taking on different leading and supporting roles. In her downtime, she enjoys activities like camping and kayaking with her husband and three children.
Angie Tsai
BIOESQUE CORPORATION, Vancouver
To create the products that deliver visible results, BIOESQUE® looked towards science and nature. Our elegant formulations are derived from pure, powerful natural ingredients, because we understand a product can only be as good as what’s inside. At, BIOESQUE®, beauty is more than just skin deep. It’s a way of life.
Laura Valvasori
Good to Grow Marketing & Flying Solo Academy, Burlington
As the owner of Good to Grow Marketing, Laura helps business-to-business companies overcome the overwhelm of marketing through better strategy and planning. As the Founder of Flying Solo Academy, Laura helps people from the corporate world become successful solo consultants and create a life they love.
Dr. Irit Van-Ham
Olliane, Aurora
Olliane was created in order to offer non-toxic, highly effective, all natural, and personalized skincare products. It was created as an alternative to traditional products that contain potentially harmful ingredients that may damage your skin and affect your health. Olliane creates customized products that are formulated to match your personal needs and preferences with the ideal combination of active plant-based ingredients.
Angelika Vance
Ondine Biomedical Inc., Surrey/White Rock
Angelika Vance is the Director of Corporate Development at Ondine Biomedical Inc., the global leader in photodisinfection, a revolutionary approach to rapidly eliminate infection-causing pathogens without adverse side-effects or generating antimicrobial resistance. She made the switch from telecom to biomedical early 2018 after learning of the urgent need for an alternative to antibiotics and powerful efficacy of Ondine’s photodisinfection. Angelika is an inspirational leader and creative problem-solver who translates vision into reality through intense outcome-focus, customer-needs understanding, and strong relationships and close collaboration with stakeholders. Her background spans leadership positions and expertise across customer and product marketing, strategy, business planning, product development, and analytics. She has a passion for supporting small and medium-sized businesses, which she focused on during her 20 years at TELUS: developing bundles, marketing programs, and customer experience improvements specifically for small and home-based businesses. Prior to joining TELUS, Angelika was involved with marketing in the industrial product development industry and also spent a number of years in the shopping centre retail industry with Bentall Property Management. Angelika holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix.
Judi Walsh
The Habit Interpreter, Toronto West
Why would anyone need a habit interpreter? Because you’re on the edge of amazing things and your instincts say ‘I’m getting in my own way’. Being human means we will struggle with things that are very important to us. Coaches are plentiful. Habit Interpreters are rare.
Lesley Warren
Lesley Warren Design Group Inc., Cambridge
Lesley Warren is the founder and creative director of Lesley Warren Design Group. Founded in 2007, LWDG is a team of strategic thinkers, visual problem solvers, creative executors, and idea generators! With over 20 years of industry experience, Lesley brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients and her team. From strategy to execution on projects ranging from brand development, package design, and corporate marketing, we provide graphic design and marketing support to help companies effectively tell their stories.
Lynn Williams
The Lifestyle Protector, Vancouver
The Lifestyle Protector is a boutique financial advising practice helping business owners, lawyers and health professionals build, protect and preserve wealth so they flourish financially.

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