Ambassadors National and Global
Global and National Ambassador’s Commitment
The Global and National Ambassador of Universal Womens Network™ (UWN™) are dedicated to UWN™’s vision for championing women, raising the bar for greater equality, diversity, and inclusivity, to advance women in business across the globe.
As Global and National Ambassador’s support Universal Womens Network to empower, inspire, and connect 1 BILLION WOMAN GLOBALLY!
As Global and National Ambassadors, are highly influential leaders and Women of Inspiration™ (WOI) Alumni who lead by example.
Universal Womens Network™ National Ambassadors are committed to action, breaking down barriers that have not yet been torn down. They are here to make an impact and SupportHER™.
Incoming COO, Universal Womens Network™ | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER Award | UWN National Ambassador
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.
Donna Dahl, B.Ed., M.Ed. | Chair, Selection Committee
Empowerment Coach - 2016 Women of Inspiration™ Lifetime Award | UWN National Ambassador - Chair, WOI Selection Committee
Donna Dahl, Empowerment Coach and Author, was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She currently serves as the Woman of Inspiration Awards Selection Committee Co-Chair and is honoured to do so. She is considered a thought leader and a coach’s coach by her clients. While most of her work is behind the scenes coaching writers to become authors and leaders to inspire others to lead, her passion drives her voice to make a difference through speaking engagements and writing. Donna’s next book is in the works. In her mind, her lifetime work is still in progress. Donna reports, “When I accepted the award, that was my invitation to accept the challenge to continue my work but with more conviction than ever before.” In her book, Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise, she wrote, “Challengers inspire us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.” Recognition from one’s peers matters.
Patricia Karen Gagic Art Enterprise Inc. | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Lifetime Achievement Award | UWN National Ambassador - Member Liaison
Patricia is an award-winning, International Contemporary Artist, Author, Humanitarian/Activist/Speaker. President of the CYO at the age of 13, breaking the barriers for women in banking and staying steadfast in the male-dominated art world. Her passion to inspire people has been seen in her multiple award nominations and acceptance to bridge minorities and the less fortunate. Travel has been mystical and deeply important from climbing desert sand dunes, trekking across Nepal and Tibet, and driving thru the lavender fields of France. An entrepreneur who built a retirement home, managed medical practices, medical building projects, and support sustainable projects sponsoring a LEAD Canada cohort. She has prestigious recognition as the first female awarded the SNBA Gold Medal at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris in December 2018. She has been recognized with Excellence in the Arts for Courage and Commitment to Human Rights, Dignity, and Freedom by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association In 2013, Knighted as a Dame of the International Order of St. George Grand Prior of Canada, recognized by WXN (Women’s Executive Network) as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2018. and 2020 Women of Inspiration Lifetime Achievement Award. Patricia changed lives in Cambodia and Haiti.
Owner, The Write Harle | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Influencer | UWN National Ambassador - Content Strategist
Being a National Ambassador is so important – to show that you can be “normal” and still influential. That you don’t have to have a number of accolades or best sellers or money raised to be seen as someone who can have an impact. For me, being a National Ambassador of Women of Inspiration means that I can also give back to an organization that transformed the way I started speaking to myself. And that is a gift I can never repay.
Lindsay Harle-Kadatz is the owner of The Write Harle, helping small businesses refine their voice and brand message through content. Passionate about messaging, Lindsay looks to create engaging and action-focused content strategies, aligning a company’s marketing mediums with one core message. She is the author of Depression Constipation: How Pooping Saved My Sanity…and Other Stories, a real-life tale of understanding depression in terms of constipation, humour, and mental prune juice. With everything, Lindsay continues to make puns while looking for the funny in the mundane. When not indulging her love of the big red editing pen, Lindsay spends time with her two “under the desk employee” pups Coco and Chase, and just enjoying life in general (AKA: eating, drinking wine, and making real, genuine connections with people).
Barrister And Solicitor, Acumen Law Corporation | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader | UWN National Ambassador - Legal
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!
Co-Founder, Hawco Peters and Associates Inc. | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Nest Award | UWN National Ambassador - Chair, Women-Owned
As a National Ambassador, I feel that I am aligned with the vision of Universal Women's Network in that I want to create space for women to succeed and thrive. There is value in what women bring to the table and a need for them to feel supported and understood. If I can act as a mentor, peer, student to other women, sharing my knowledge and learning from theirs it creates a village of empowerment. Together we rise.
Sarah has an extraordinary wealth of legal and financial expertise that brings a 360-degree perspective to both dispute resolution and financial distress and restructuring. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is a Qualified Arbitrator. Prior to founding her own firm, Hawco Peters and Associates, Sarah spent 13 years practising insolvency and turnaround management at national and international firms. She provides a wide range of consulting and business coaching, specializing in debt refinancing, due diligence, business reviews and viability assessments, restructuring, succession planning, and alternative dispute resolution. As an expert in her field, Sarah has published numerous papers, lectured at the University of Calgary Law School, and has presented across the country as a keynote speaker. Outside of her professional commitments, Sarah volunteers her time to teaching financial literacy at various schools and shelters, as well as sitting on a number of non-profit boards. Finally, and perhaps the most fun she has, Sarah is a High Fitness aerobics instructor trying to spread the joy of movement and community.
Founder and CEO, Wealth & Wellness Global | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Cultural Ambassador | UWN National Ambassador - Chair, Membership
"I believe in inspiring and encouraging women to achieve more in life; more wealth, more peace of mind and more well-being. I am excited to be a National Ambassador in order to promote women and of course men who support women to achieve what is required in order to raise the bar in the nation. When I was invited to become a National Ambassador, I was filled with excitement and serenity at the same time. The mandate of ‘Women of Inspiration’ is to elevate women and the men who support women. This is very close to my heart as I believe in Women’s Empowerment. As life is comprised of masculine and feminine, I believe it is important to honour the natural forces and give a voice to the feminine that is the creator of life.
Armineh is a multi-faceted and brilliant entrepreneur whose aim is to bring increased awareness to the world by encouraging and inspiring everyone to be aligned with their Divine self in order to live their desired life.
CEO of Wealth & Wellness Global – A coaching company that encourages living abundantly Author of the upcoming book `Joyous Wealth` Founder & Artistic Director of Evolution Dance Theatre - has created and produced a number of multidisciplinary dance theatre productions since 2006 including “Evolution… of the Human Kind”, “behind the Veil” and “Follow Your Heart” which got the attention of the Canadian Prime Minister Honorable Justin Trudeau.
Director of Talent Management, LCBO | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Diversity and Inclusiveness | UWN National Ambassador - Chair, Education and Programs
Being a National Ambassador will provide me the opportunity to connect with talented women, grow, share experiences, and inspire other women to develop their leadership. I am humbled to be recognized as a Women of Inspiration Award recipient for Diversity and Inclusiveness and will continue to empower other women to value differences work together to create endless possibilities.
Siobhan Calderbank is a keynote speaker, recognized Learning Leader, consultant, and award winning author. She has over 20 years of progressive experience in transforming businesses, leading change and developing leaders. She has spoken internationally to diverse groups and to thousands of people from over 70 countries at conferences, events, seminars, and planning sessions to motivate individuals to work more collaboratively. Siobhan is the Founder of Butterfly Ladies - a Mentoring Program committed to helping develop the careers of women and youth, especially visible minorities. She was also voted Top 10 Inspirational Female Entrepreneur 2019 by Women Entrepreneur and recognized as one of The 10 Most Influential Businesswomen to Follow in 2020 by Insights Success. At LCBO, Siobhan is an experienced Director of Talent Management and focuses on talent development, learning, change management, and diversity and inclusion.
Founder, Start Up By Sophia, 2017 Women of Inspiration™ Millennial Leader | National Youth Ambassador
I would like to introduce you to an amazing young leader .... Sophia. She is a very interesting leader and award winner in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She is a Board member to AWSN.org, a Policy Influencer, an Entrepreneur, and an Inventor. Sophia's online presence can easily be found on Google by Googling Sophia Fairweather, going to Twitter / LinkedIn, or her Site StartUpBySophia.com/products. She has won 6 Awards and many other recognitions: Canada 150 Women of Inspiration Award, ASTECH Award, Manning Innovation Award Alberta, TECVenture Award, ATB BoostR Award, and Alberta's Leaders of Tomorrow Award. For her efforts, she has been recognized in both the Alberta Legislative Assembly, the Canadian Senate, and the Parliament of Canada; as well as being invited to speak and present!!
TV News Personality | Founder, On the DL | UWN National Ambassador - Membership Liaison
I am very honoured to have been chosen as a National Ambassador. It is an incredible opportunity to connect with other like-minded women from different industries that I would not have had the opportunity to do so. As well, it is exciting to be a part of a team that will seek the most inspirational women in the country.
Dana Levenson is a Television News Personality with 20+ years working in broadcast TV news and information programming. Since 2000, Levenson worked as a news reporter and anchor at CTV News in TORONTO. Her role varied but, namely as a general news reporter and weekend weather anchor.
Levenson has interviewed some of the biggest names in politics, entertainment, sports, and health & education. Including, Kawai Lenoard, Wayne Gretzky, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Short, and Richard Branson. Levenson was also an on-air contributor to CTV’s Canada AM, Your Morning, News Channel, and The Social. Levenson interned in New York City at CBS News with Dan Rather before joining the CTV team.
Executive and Entrepreneur | UWN National Ambassador - Vice Chair, The Nest Foundation
As soon as I discovered UWN and all of the great things being done to empower and recognize women, I knew being a national Ambassador was an initiative I wanted to get involved in. I’m currently in between jobs right now and focusing on taking care of my kids through the pandemic, so it’s a great time to give my time back to volunteering for things like this that align so nicely with my passions and priorities. I can’t wait for this year’s awards to feel the emotion that results from recognizing the talent and goodwill that we have in this great country.
Lindsay is an Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. She is skilled in Strategic Partnerships, Management, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Project Management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. Prior to over a decade-long career at WestGrid, she worked as a Laboratory Manager in the Department of Medicine for the University of Calgary where she did research on gene therapy and immunology, which eventually lead to a publication in Nature. Lindsay was also an Advisory Board member of the first international and Canadian chapter of the non-profit organization Women in HPC, which works to improve the gender balance in advanced research computing. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Kelowna Ultimate Players society, as ultimate frisbee is one of her many passions. She lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband and two sons.
Co-Founder, President and CEO, The Safehaven Foundation | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Inspire | UWN National Ambassador
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.
2020 Women of Inspiration™ - Advocate and Catalyst for Change - The Nest Foundation Steering Committee
Former CEO of three leading non-for-profits, and a survivor of domestic violence, she is laser-focused in eradicating domestic violence and ending the traumatic cycle by focusing on building resiliency in traumatized children. Monique is recognized nationally and internationally for her achievements. From the very beginning of Monique’s career, she has been a global pioneer in developing programs to help vulnerable people. After graduating with a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University, she worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canadian Red Cross and Mines Action Canada and Oxfam to deliver a mandated program of landmine awareness in the Atlantic Region. Monique is an active member of the Alberta Council of Women Shelters and has most recently been nominated to the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC).
Founder, On Natural Snacks | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Inspire | UWN National Ambassador - Co-Chair, Women-Owned
Rhonda is the founder of Oh! Naturals Flavoured Snacks Inc. Being recognized as a Women of Inspiration means the world to me. I look up to a woman who is inspirational and to be chosen as one of those women is a dream come true. Making a difference in people’s lives from both a business and customer perspective is what drives me forward. Growing up I was a very sick child fighting for every breath I lived in and out of oxygen tents as asthmatic. I struggled to try to fit in as a girl growing up knowing I was a bit different. I always tried to fit in with other children with activities but, had my limits being asthmatic. Giving up was not part of my life so I joined different teams just to fit in. The turning point of my life was when someone very special to me passed away suddenly. I try to inspire others how we should all live the life we want and not waste time. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it with the right support system. That is where my story begins.
Unstoppable Tracy, MBA, BEd, BRLS
#1 Mega Success Speaker, Best Selling Author | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Change Agent | UWN National Ambassador -Diversity and Inclusion
Feeling uncertain is no excuse for inaction. Take action in-spite of the fear." Through role modelling the Women of Inspiration [WOI] nominated, these women consciously invite and impact women to be better, bigger versions of themselves than even they imagined. WOI are the voice of those who can't be the voice for themselves, and then support disarm their limiting beliefs and become the catalyst to their own voice. Proud member of this committee honouring those who drive others to push out of their comfort zone of settling after life has beat them down. Success depends on perseverance. With humor and motivation, you can crush your obstacles and soar to the top! No matter where you are in life, sometimes you just need to be inspired. Women are great leaders pushing to drive their inner power. That’s never easy. And sometimes you will feel like you can’t do it anymore, any better, or any other way. Well, WOI helps you see that you can conquer your impossible. Proud to be part of this lifeline team.
TV HOST, #UnstoppableTracy is an expert on Disarming Limiting Beliefs, Seen in Oprah Magazine with 100 million ++ viral video views, #1 International Award-Winning Business Leader & Speaker with the stars, on TedX, seen in over 40+ countries, impacted over 160 countries, has an MBA, Decorated Athlete as a World Cup Sailor, the 1st 4-way amputee who climbed the Himalaya Mountains, Bestselling Author, whose foreword is written by Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and this year’s Canada Hall of Fame Inductee as an Honoured Humanitarian .
Administrative Professional | Community Supporter & Philanthropist | UWN National Ambassador
Dixie Dayka is an experienced administrative professional with 25+ years working in corporate administration supporting executive leadership individuals in Oil & Gas, Engineering, Aviation and Food Distribution. She is also very passionate about volunteering in the community and has also worked in the non-profit sector for many years. Dixie is a supporter and philanthropist in the city of Calgary and is engaged with many different charities and agencies, devoting time and resources to several causes.
Since 2012, Dixie has been a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals and most recently held the position of Vice President of the Calgary Branch. Dixie obtained her professional designation CCAP, (Canadian Certified Administrative Professional) through the Association, after graduating from the University of Calgary in 2014 with a Certificate in Professional Management.
What excites me about being a part of the UWN team? I am extremely excited to be part of the UWN team, for several reasons. To be included in a group, on a team, a Universal Women's Network is truly an honor. Together, we are a growing movement of like-minded women, supported by our families, friends, our places of employment and the leaders we work with. I am excited to bring my years of administrative, funding and philanthropy experience to this role, to assist and build up the funding opportunities and support the execution of the UWN fund development strategies.
Founder, Brave Parent Institute, National Hope Movement | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Heath and Wellness | UWN National Ambassador - Wellness
Connie Jakab is the owner of The Brave Parent Institute and the Senior Manager of Wellness Innovate - two companies that are all about changing home and work environments for mental health. She is also the author of Bring Them Closer and two other books. Connie is passionate about rebelling against the status quo living and encouraging others to branch out. She is also the Director of National Hope Talks and the Hope Movement combatting mental health in Canada. She is a sought-out speaker for her raw honesty and humour. Connie drives her passion outward into the arms of those wanting something more radical and meaningful in life. She lives with her husband and two boys in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
Founder and Chief Strategist - Cyber.Sc | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER
Dominic is a consummate cybersecurity professional based in Vancouver, BC and is dedicated to supporting, promoting, mentoring, and inspiring women in the technology field. He is actively reaching out to new contacts to build his business network and learning how he can help them be successful in their careers. Dominic is incredibly passionate about connecting professionals in his network with one another for mutual business success and has been a fabulous champion for women wanting to advance their technology careers.
CEO and Creative Director, Lamourie Media - 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Women in Media | UWN AMbassador
Tracy Lamourie is the CEO, Creative Director of Lamourie Media, and author of the upcoming book GET REPPED - Build Your Brand With Effective Public & Media Relations. She is a well known long time advocate on many important worldwide issues and an award-winning international publicist working across industries from major entertainment projects to small businesses always supporting other women in their rise. Tracy is passionate about amplifying important messages and being a voice for those who most need one. Recognized by media around the world for her 20-year campaign that ultimately helped free an innocent man from death row in Pennsylvania, for her work in PR, and for her local community work. Winner of the FIRST PLACE PLATINUM award HamiltonSpectator Readers Choice for PR 2018, Diamond 2019. She also won the Marketing award at the Magnetic Entrepreneur & Author Awards 2019 in Toronto and has been frequently quoted in the international media on both human rights issues, as a Public Relations thought leader and inspirational businesswoman. She is a 2020 RBC Women of Influence Nominee and a 2020 Universal Women's Network Woman of Inspiration Nominee and was also recently nominated for the internationally prestigious 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.
Elizabeth Blake Thomas
Film Director, Founder Mother and Daughter Entertainment | UWN Global Ambassador - Director UWN Road Show
The entirety of celebrating women and empowering them is what draws me in. As a single mum who has worked her way up through her own hard work, I resonate with so many of the other inspirational women that you have highlighted. I would be honored to tell my story and hopefully inspire other creatives and women in general.
Director ELIZABETH BLAKE-THOMAS is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Her latest feature Evie Rose, starring Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore, follows the heartwarming story of an unusual friendship during the final day of a 100-year-old woman’s life. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters”, putting focus on each project starting a conversation amongst viewers.
An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN, which addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking, was awarded "Best Short Film" by Film Threat's Award This! and is currently available on all platforms. Being a female director, Elizabeth strives to make projects with at least a 50/50 female cast and crew. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.
CEO, Frontline First Global Humanitarian | Authour | Global Ambassador
The Dalai Lama, HRH The Prince of Wales and Sir Richard Branson are just three of the influential figures who have supported Linda Cruse in her mission to solve the most critical social, environmental and humanitarian problems around the world.
Described as a pioneer and entrepreneur, Linda is a leadership expert, inspirational speaker and successful author. Working in extreme conditions for over two decades, Linda has dedicated her life to finding creative and sustainable economic solutions that have the power to lift communities from the grip of poverty and from the depths of disaster.