Ambassadors National and Global
Our National and Global Ambassadors are industry leaders from diverse backgrounds committed to growing our community locally, nationally and globally.
We share your stories, your challenges, your dreams, your successes, and your desires to advance women personally and professionally. We are committed to making this world a better place. This is why our National and Global Ambassadors are raising the bar to stand with you!
Unstoppable Tracy, MBA, BEd, BRLS
#1 Megasucess Speaker, Best Selling Author | 2019 Women of Inspiration Change Agent
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 .
TV News Personality | Founder, On the DL
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.
Author, Advocate, Speaker | 2019 Women of Inspiration Advocate and Catalyst for Change
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.
Joan Kelley Walker
Philanthropist, Fashion Entrepreneur, TV Host | 2019 Women of Inspiration Global Impact
When we share our learnings, great strength is created. We are all better together especially when we harness the power of mentoring each other and leading by example. Sharing our experiences and our stories is very powerful! Bing a National Ambassador enables me to use my voice to support this.
Joan Kelley Walker is the embodiment of a multi-faceted female. She is a devoted philanthropist, fashion entrepreneur, mother, model, and media maven. Graced with an innate sense of style and a discerning eye, Joan’s effortless elegance inspired audiences across the globe on the reality television series The Real Housewives of Toronto. She has served as a World Vision ambassador for nearly twenty years and lends her support to dozens of charitable organizations including Neighborhood Network, CNIB, Mercy Ships, and United Way. Her international advocacy and outreach continue to impact the lives of thousands worldwide. Joan currently co-hosts a radio show on AM 640 the Dating and Relationship Show and a diverse array of other programs including “FASH Avenue” and the “Red Carpet Diary” interviewing A-list celebrities during TIFF. Joan is a regular contributor to Living Luxe magazine with a column focused on philanthropy. In 2017 Joan reconnected with her fashion-industry roots and launched her exclusive brand, the Joan Kelley Walker collection. The elegant, timeless line is a testament to Joan’s advocacy; for each item sold, a donation is made to the Breakfast Club of Canada.
Founder and CEO, Wealth & Wellness Global | 2019 Women of Inspiration Cultural Ambassador
"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.
Barrister And Solicitor, Acumen Law Corporation | 2019 Women of Inspiration Indigenous Leader
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!
Executive and Entrepreneur
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, Hawco Peters and Associates Inc. _ 2019 Women of Inspiration Nest Award
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.
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.
Director of Talent Management, LCBO | 2019 Women of Inspiration Diversity and Inclusiveness
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.
Director Sales and Marketing - Coldwell Banker Commercial | 2019 Women of Inspiration Inspire
Grace Yan is your Five Star Agent. For Grace Yan, being in real estate is not about working every day – it’s about living her passion. When you are in the market to buy/sell real estate, it is important to have the expertise and knowledge of a great experienced Commercial Realtor to assist you through the process. However, I've found that not all Commercial Realtors are the same. Being a Commercial Realtor is more than showing properties, it is about strong negotiation skills, listening and servicing client needs in helping you make one of the most important financial decisions during your lifetime
With over 20 years of Real estate Paralegal experience and as a former President of the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals, Grace Yan is adept in watching out for your legal needs. She is a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths in and for the Province of Alberta. Grace has been Board of Directors for many organizations including past NAFTA Alberta Director for Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.
Elizabeth Blake Thomas
Film Director, Founder Mother and Daughter Entertainment
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
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.
Sr VP and General Manager, Income Access | 2018 Women of Inspiration SupportHER
Tara Wilson is an accomplished leader with nearly 20 years of experience, achieving overall excellence in the tech space and delivering superior results based on emerging business practices within the payments sector and digital marketing space.
Tara joined Paysafe Group in 2015, later making an internal transition to its marketing technology and services provider, Income Access. Currently, she holds the Senior Vice President and General Manager role, overseeing all aspects of Income Access, including the continued development and innovation of the product offering, streamlining of all operational processes, and growing the company’s global client base by breaking into new verticals globally.
Proud and passionate, Tara is a positive disruptor invested in diversity and inclusion, promoting core values and progressive workplace culture. She participates in Paysafe’s Diversity and Inclusion program and is the proud recipient of numerous accolades, including Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada 2019, Mercedes-Benz Emerging Leaders Award (Women's Executive Network / WXN), Women Run Workplace of the Year 2019 (Stevie Awards), Female Executive of the Year 2018 (Stevie Awards) and 2018 Woman of Inspiration Award, SupportHER (Universal Women’s Network).
Owner, The Write Harle | 2019 Women of Inspiration Influencer
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).
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.
Founder, On Natural Snacks | 2019 Women of Inspiration Inspire
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.
CEO, Contrast Coaching & Consulting | 2019 Women of Inspiration Global Achievement
As a recipient of the Women of Inspiration Global Achievement Award, being a National Ambassador is my opportunity to grow, foster and empower women globally.
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.
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.