Ambassadors National and Global

Our National and Global Ambassadors are industry leaders from diverse backgrounds committed to growing our community locally, nationally and globally.

Christine Nielsen

CEO, Contrast Consulting Co | 2019 Women of Inspiration Global Impact

With over 24 years of experience in transforming and driving a variety of businesses forward, Christine is a master coach and an expert at helping organizations and individuals achieve greater levels of performance and success.
Christine’s experience spans a variety of senior executive positions. She leverages her professional history to serve as a consultant with a focus on organizational transformation, performance management and culture change. By partnering, coaching and working closely with senior leaders and their teams, Christine is able to transform organizations and effect positive and measurable change. By creating a chain of influential leaders and mid-level managers, Christine is able to deliver greater levels of performance, effectively alter employee behaviors, and create cultural cohesion, leading to teams delivering significant and sustainable business results.
Her international clients span the forestry and mining, healthcare, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering and financial services industries and include Lasmo, Weyerhaeuser, Inco Mining, Boehringer Mannheim, Rogers Communications, and BP.

Deb Milimaka-Miles

Chief Administrative Officer/Chief People Officer, Harvest One | 2019 Women of Inspiration SupportHER

A Senior Executive, Corporate Professional with over 30 years of high-performance corporate management and consulting experience in 16 countries around the world. Deb’s career has focused on driving transformation in business cultures through leadership.

Over her career, Deb has worked in the Financial, CPG and Technology verticals for both public and private, national and international companies, such as SMART Technologies, Aguila Convergence Worldwide, Foxconn, Loblaws, The Odella Group, Future Shop, Hudson’s Bay, National Trust, Scotiabank and BMO and most recently Harvest One.

Deb brings a wealth of experience in managing complex corporations through periods of global transformation, acquisition, and adapting in rapidly changing environments. In her background, Deb was with Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, where she led the national change team for one of the largest-ever SAP implementations. She’s consistently been recognized as a top performer with innovative and effective approaches to strategic planning, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. She’s known for building dynamic cross-functional partnerships within the Business and HR, to be agents of change.

Kyla Lee

Barrister and Solicitor, Acumen Law Corporation

Kyla Lee is Metis. She is a partner at Acumen Law Corporation. Kyla routinely appears in all levels of court in BC, and has presented impaired driving and roadside prohibition cases at the SCC. She is known for her tireless advocacy, often succeeding in seemingly unwinnable cases.

Kyla is passionate about legal education and awareness. Kyla writes regular opinion columns for Vancouver Is Awesome and Huffington Post. Kyla’s legal education activities also include her weekly podcast, Driving Law and her weekly video series, Cases That Should Have Gone to the Supreme Court of Canada, But Didn’t!

An outspoken defender of Charter rights and the rule of law, Kyla Lee has appeared before the House of Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee three times, and before the Standing Senate Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, to provide expert testimony about various government bills.

In addition to legal education and advocacy activities, Kyla volunteers as a mentor with the Canadian Bar Association, and lectures to the UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic bi-annually. Kyla has also funded a scholarship at UBC for Indigenous Law students.

Marnie Grundman

Author, Advocate, Speaker | 2019 Women of Inspiration Advocate and Catalyst for Change

Runaway | Homeless Youth Advocate and Expert Marnie Grundman is the author of MISSING: A True Story of a Childhood Lost.
A child who belonged to no one, missing at the tender age of 13, she spent years living on the streets where she experienced the worst of humanity first-hand, In her darkest hours while living in an apartment complex sauna, she was sure that everyone who knew her had forgotten that she even existed. It was in those desperate hours that she decided she was paying upfront for a better life that lay ahead.

What began as a story of healing led to one of triumph, of the power of the human spirit, of one woman's survival against all odds. Marnie has since become an advocate for the missing, working to change the perception of runaway children so they might finally get the help they desperately need. Her compelling book, engaging talks, and insightful articles have become a shining light to the lost and the struggling

Karen Sherbut

Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Safehaven Foundation | 2019 Women of Inspiration Inspire

A less than ideal childhood ultimately prepared Karen Sherbut for the role of her life as a role model, mentor, and humanitarian. In this capacity she provides what she so desperately had once needed; ultimately improving the lives of many young women, their families, and loved ones. Karen’s dream of providing for homeless girls came to fruition in 1996, when Karen and her husband founded Safe Haven Foundation of Canada. In a volunteer capacity at the helm of the Foundation, Karen’s steadfast commitment continues to shape a better and brighter future for all of us.
With 40 years of senior management and leadership experience, Karen has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of business plans at both grassroots and national levels. An engaging and innovative leader, Karen’s focus on results-oriented programs, financial accountability, public relations, and award-winning campaigns have provided an enviable advantage to the Foundation. Karen’s passion remains visible and reflective through the time she dedicates not only to the Foundation but to the many boards and advisory roles she has undertaken over the years.
In addition, for the past 22 years, Karen has been employed as the Vice President of Marketing at Britgary Properties. In recent years, Karen’s expertise has expanded to include operations and strategic planning of some of the Britgary’s newest endeavors.

Unstoppable Tracy, MBA, BEd, BRLS

Motivational Speaker, Authour | 2019 Women of Inspiration Change Agent

Expert on Disarming Limiting Beliefs, Seen in Oprah Magazine, 50 million ++ viral video views 2019, International Award-Winning Leader & Speaker, Decorated Athlete, TV HOST & Bestselling Author

You are going to be blown away …not only is she a powerhouse from inspiration and motivational standpoint after over 50 million views 2019 this woman is also a powerhouse in business. TV Show host Unstoppable Tracy is a #1 international mega-success and TEDX speaker who spoke in 40+ countries. Her mind-blowing story always gets standing ovations pushing audiences out of their limitation zones to taking action.

She has been in magazines such as in OPRAH’s “O” and Chatelaine and on covers like Thrive and in Business Booster Today as well as seen on ABC, BBC, CBC and many more globally around the world. In 2018/19's Tracy earned her spot as the #1 Transformational Leader Global Female by the John Maxwell Team out of 160 countries. Tracy has represented companies such as Air Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Uber in times of crisis where Tracy became a major disruptor or normal, resulting in out-performing the stock market.

Mike Giannoumis

Sr VP of Technology Operations, Paysafe | 2019 Women of Inspiration SupportHER

Mike Giannoumis is Senior Vice President of Technology Operations at Paysafe Group (Paysafe), where he leads a global multidisciplinary team of over 150 IT professionals. Mike started his career in 1992 as a Network Administrator and has since progressed into more senior roles, including Director of IT – CIO Canada at Bayer, President, and CEO of Giannoumis Enterprises (Paxis Canada), and, more recently, Director of IT and Interim CIO at Groupe Dynamite. 

Mike joined Paysafe in 2015, bringing with him over two decades’ experience in the tech sector, 15 years of which were spent in management roles. Mike has extensive experience in strategic planning, systems development, project management and the implementation of a broad range of business-enabling technological initiatives. He is an energetic “hands-on” leader with the outstanding ability to build highly talented and qualified teams exclusively focused on achieving compelling business results.

Chantel Soumis

Founder & Creative Director, Differently-Abled Advocate | 2019 Women of Inspiration

Chantel Soumis is the Founder and Creative Director of Stardust Creative LLC, a brand agency focused on embracing differences through personal branding. She’s spoken at VidCon as one of the first LinkedIn video creators as well as inspiring keynotes at international conferences in LA, London, Dallas, and more.
As an advocate for the differently-abled community, Chantel spreads awareness, hope, and inspiration to those around the world fighting for acceptance by sharing the hidden struggles of the differently-abled community. By administering an attitude of gratitude, Chantel has overcome severe obstacles and spends a substantial portion of her time coaching others to accept and believe in themselves, and to treat one another with dignity and value, recognizing we are all brothers and sisters of the human race.