2021 Women of Inspiration™ Finalists

2021 Women of Inspiration Finalists

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2021 VIRTUAL AWARDS – Saturday, November 13, 2021

Woman of Inspiration™  is an extraordinary woman who leads by example, lives on purpose and inspires others to be more and do more. She is a modern-day hero, game-changer, mover and shaker, and role model who leads by example. With courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity, she inspires others to go further, making a ripple impact across her community and around the globe. We are moving the needle to recognize the achievements of women making an impact locally, nationally and globally. Recognize the leaders within your organization and champion to advance women in business.

Since our inaugural awards on September 26, 2015, we have recognized over 1,000 women and awarded 200 Awards. We look forward to celebrating and recognizing the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.

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Aina Alive (Aliieva)

Bee Agile Tutoring - CEO

2022 Nominee

April Cook-Hawkins

April Cook-Hawkins - Life Coach/Confidence Coach

2022 Nominee

Maryyam Imran

Student of FFCA School Calgary - Student

At the age of 12 years, she is the member of 136 Badge Girl guide & earn a number of Badges in the different Community & academic activity. She loves to help other & have good helping hand. She is supportive, well-behaved & cultured member of her aged member community & draws a positive impact in & on her age follow community. Furthermore, she does the number of voluntary hours in FFCA Academy SE Calgary as helper / supporter for the distribution of Hot Lunch boxes to different ages follows. She does the number of Voluntary Hours in Alex Community (Kitchen for the poor/ needy society members) as helper in dining hall with her mother while serving the food for them.
She loves Cooking/ Baking & lunched her channel on YouTube as Maryyam & Amna Creation. Furthermore, she is always trying the best both in Academic & community services.

Marie Charbonneau

CMTA - Executive Director

Renee Charbonneau is passionate about our military history, our province and our region, tourism and how the two connect people to our land in specials ways. She is a self proclaimed rescue ranger, always at the ready to jump in and help out if needed. She is the founder of the Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association and the visionary behind Veterans Memorial Gardens & Interpretive Centre Grande Prairie along with co producer of Rumble Alberta, an economic rebound event meant to help rural Aalberta.

Kiran Rai

Realtor - Real Estate Sales Representative

Kiran Rai is a Real Estate Sales Representative. She will help you buy, sell, and invest in property just like she has helped thousands of people in her career. Kiran likes to describe herself as having Indian roots and Canadian wings as she has truly developed and taken advantage of all the opportunities in the beautiful land of Canada which she is elated to call home! She has participated in a show called "Canada De Super Chef" with Vikram Vij, who is a previous Dragon Den Judge. By being an active member of Toast Masters, Kiran has learned the art of public speaking which helped her immensely. Kiran loves to encourage people to grow and become entrepreneurs. She will help you invest your hard-earned money for passive income, the best kind. Kiran has always had a passion for becoming an author and is actively in pursuit of publishing a book.

Ger Carriere

Wild Woman Personal & Professional Development - Founder and CEO

She is the creator and founder of Wild Woman. An Author, Speaker, Coach, Performer, Stylist, Photographer and on camera Movement Coach, her vision is to empower and inspire the world by sharing her passion, style and gifts through business. She was born with an entrepreneurial spirit that has provided her with any opportunities, although her wild roots are grounded in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. Her life has been dedicated to helping women and others establish a creative process to find their authentic self and belonging through healing and self-discovery. Wild Woman believes strongly that each of us is here to have a human experience and learn our lessons. And that essentially, we are nothing and everything all at once. To truly feel and to get a glimpse of the concept and birth of Wild Woman see her global short story recently published in the First Lady Nation: Stories told by Aboriginal Women, Volume IV. Professional Women’s Network. She will be taking Wild Woman to the next level when she releases her full book Wild Woman: Master the Art of Pride, Presence and Productivity in the fall of 2018. In addition, she is founder & CEO of Wild Woman Personal and Professional Development. Wild Woman’s vision is to empower and creating showcasing opportunities for Aboriginal Artists.

Brenda Okorogba

Momentswithbren Consulting - Founder & Strategy Execution Consultant

Brenda is a Learning Experience (LX) Designer, Soft Skills Trainer, Grant Writer and a Laser Coach. She is the Founder of Momentswithbren Consulting, a fast-growing global consulting, career intelligence and business advisory company that offers numerous resources, corporate training, personal development and purposeful well-being coaching services. Brenda prides herself on maximizing outcomes and taking initiatives from good to great. As a leader, she believes in mentoring and empowering others to take initiative in creating their own success. Brenda is passionate about improving quality of life by promoting access to inclusive education and job opportunities which can equip people with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems. Brenda has prepared and helped students around the world secure $80.4 million dollars scholarship & tuition fee waivers.

Tamara Rebick

Coriphery Holistic Consulting Solutions - Founder and Chief Experience Officer

I first worked with Tamara in 2016, and learned so much from the way she builds relationships, and respectfully disrupts the status quo to change the field for the better. As a young woman in the workplace, I felt Tamara really made an effort to mentor and support me. She elevated my voice and always treated me like an equal while she modelled professional excellence and led by example. She has built a respected reputation for herself as a collaborative and imaginative thinker, role model, mentor, and business owner and is admired by her superiors, peers and community. Tamara is known as someone who values others input and will take their perspectives to innovate and iterate empowering solutions. Always full of bold ideas, and with the spirit of an entrepreneur, Tamara started her own consultancy firm where she is collaborating with

Sarah Sajedi

ERA Environmental Management Solutions - CEO / R&D Director

Sarah Sajedi is an award-winning environmental expert and co-founder of ERA Environmental Management Solutions, a leading provider of EHSQ Management Software for the manufacturing industry, including automotive, aerospace, chemicals, paints & coatings, general manufacturing, and more. Sarah's expertise has made her an indispensable value in the male-dominated field. Sarah is an amazing force for empowering women in the environmental industry. She is a driving force for change, and inspiration to both family, friends, peers and acquaintances. Her hard work and determination is matched only by her passion and ingenuity.

Shannon Tymosko

Lady.Voltz - KickAss Careers - IBEW Electrical Apprentice and Skilled trades Advocate

Shannon is highly motivated, authentic, and sets a great example for women interested in being a part of the skilled trades, and she is an Ambassador for KickAss Careers an organization aimed at educating youth about the skilled trades. As an ambassador, she promotes and educates people about the benefits of the trades as an option for a career path. Utilizing social media, video, podcasts and written articles she speaks about the benefits and sometimes the challenges women face in a predominantly male industry. Shannon has created and facilitated several workshops to high school students to help educated, and encourage them, and has been guest speaker at several trades advocate events. As a young woman, actively working in a male dominated industry she provides an inspiring example for what is possible for young people especially young women.

Kayla Bruce

Green Okanagan - Founding Assistant Director

Kayla Bruce is a role model for both young professionals and women in the STEM and sustainability industries. She is a young woman that makes an impact daily in all of her endeavors. She is the cofounder of Green Okanagan, and volunteers on various committees for the betterment of our community. She is a global shaper with the Edmonton Hub and a project coordinator at Stamped Engineering Corporation. Her organizational skills and attention to detail make her phenomenal in each of her roles. She is a young woman of influence, and inspiration in her community and has the potential to expand her reach across Canada if not beyond Canada’s borders in the areas of sustainability and engineering.
Kayla breaks traditional barriers by being self motivated, dedicated and has a proven initiative in all of her endeavors.

Gioia Rau

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Dr.

In the course of her works, Dr. Rau has distinguished herself as a source of endless original ideas, energy, and innovation, by publishing in the most prestigious astrophysical journals worldwide, and leading several groups for mission concepts development. Moreover, she is serving the next generation of astronomers mentoring two interns, two PhD students, and one postdoc, leading by example with her discoveries and her research interests that are broad and always open to new ways to collaborate and innovate.
She has come a long way from the outskirts of Rome, where she graduated Magna cum Laude from La Sapienza University, to her award-winning PhD with Honors in Astrophysics from the University of Vienna (Austria), visiting position at ESO/Garching (Germany), and finally to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she is currently working as Astrophysicist, building from nothing only with her hard work, study, perseverance, and huge passion for science!

Jennifer Charron

Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions Inc. - President/Owner

Jennifer launched her business, Logic Executive Search and Workplace Solutions in September 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. There was a need in the local community for a firm that focused on professional/executive recruitment and she didn't want her community to have to handle the complexities of recruitment during this time alone. Since launching her business, Jennifer has been able to successfully place candidates throughout Canada and the US - some of which had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Jennifer has also grown her team to 4 employees in just 9 months. She has also grown her services beyond recruitment to include HR services based on the need she saw in the community. Jennifer is a Rotarian, President of JNF Windsor, Young Professional Award Recipient from the Chamber of Commerce, and mother of two young boys.

Nupur Khandelwal

LCBO - Manager, Learning & Talent Development

Nupur Khandelwal is a dynamic speaker, thought leader and an experienced Human Resources professional that consistently exceeds expectations. Nupur demonstrates exemplary leadership at the LCBO where she is the Manager of Learning and Talent Development and leads enterprise-wide learning as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives to enhance the employee experience.
Nupur is the co-founder of SheRocks!, a social enterprise committed to empowering women from different walks of life such as newcomers to Canada, youth and women from vulnerable communities. She actively volunteers as a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and as a Diversity Council representative with the Women’s Executive Network. As an elected parent council executive with the Toronto District School Board, Nupur has spearheaded numerous educational initiatives for parents and teachers.
Nupur holds the Certified Human Resources Leader designation and has completed her Master’s of Education degree with focus on Adult Education and Community Development.

Olivia Day

Ski Racer

Olivia is one incredible 14-year-old female. She is a member of the Banff Alpine Racers and was ranked 3rd in Slalom and 7th in Super-G for all females born 2007 across Canada in 2020. She was also awarded Most Improved U14 Club Athlete in 2020 and won The Ski Canada Magazine Award and Scholarship in 2021. Though skiing is her first passion, Olivia is also a competitive Martial Artist who is training & testing seriously in Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with 5 Elements Martial Arts and is rising up the ranks. She takes training seriously for all disciplines and still finds time to mentor younger students as a Senpai (assistant Karate coach).

In the winter Oliva is up at 5:30 am to train and when there is no snow, you will find her at the dojo 5 days a week. Her sports demand strength and resilience, 2 key qualities for whichever profession she decides on. Never losing sight of the need to keep studying hard, she applied for and was accepted into the National Sport School starting September 2021. With this support, Olivia believes she can achieve goals to be the best she can be in sport and her chosen profession. Though undecided she is considering pursuing either law, kinesiology, or engineering.

Eartha West

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Senior Manager

Eartha is an amazing leader who genuinely cares about her team members’ success, inspiring and empowering them to be their best.

Her exceptional leadership skills are well recognized at CMHC, where she quickly rose up the ranks and recently won the prestigious excellence award for being an extraordinary people leader (one of two handed out corporate-wide).

Eartha is leading change and is a driving force behind CMHC's aspiration to improve housing affordability for all Canadians.

Sophia Wajdie

Loblaw Companies Limited - Senior Analyst, Technology Adoption

Sophia Wajdie has magnetic energy to continuously raise the bar and drive with accountability, upmost humility while inspiring peers and future leaders. She stretches herself to achieve beyond expectations, influences and executes new ideas - taking empowerment to a new level! Sophia extends infectious energy by expanding reach into DEI initiatives, such as Women in Technology, and offers the gift of time to help others. She is passionate in engaging and developing future talent. Sophia has been featured as an emerging leader talent showcase, received numerous accolades and testaments displaying her excellence. Sophia has become a role model, seizes opportunities by building relationships and engagement while amplifying her own brand and one of the organization. Sophia not only shines in her professional self but is also equally committed to community service. If you know Sophia, you will want to stay connected and she will push you to new heights!

Elizabeth Moses

Harbour Technologies - Machinist

Elizabeth Moses was born in a refugee camp in South Sudan and came to Canada at the age of five. Moses discovered her passion for trades in high school when she was inadvertently placed into a woodworking class. Her woodworking teacher invited her to join the robotics team. Moses competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition for three years. In 2016, Elizabeth graduated high school and pursued the Precision Metal Cutting Pre-apprenticeship program at St. Clair College.
Elizabeth began her apprenticeship journey working in the industrial trades. In 2019, she completed her apprenticeship and graduated from the General Machinist program. Recently, Elizabeth Moses was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by Women Executive Network (WXN) and awarded in the CP Skilled Trades. As well, Moses is the 2021 St. Clair College - Skilled Trades Alumni of Distinction and 2020 WEtech Alliance -Tech Mentor of the Year award recipient.

Nora Cassidy

SheRocks Media Director & Student

Nora Cassidy is a role model to youth and girls. Nora is an active volunteer with SheRocks!, a social enterprise dedicated to empowering women from different walks of life. Demonstrating her passion to support girls in her community, Nora took the initiative to coordinate a research-based focus group session to uncover learning needs of girls and challenges that inhibit their confidence levels. The session was attended by 14 students and provided valuable input in program development on building confidence. Furthermore, Nora spearheaded web design and development of SheRocks.ca which contributed to the successful launch of the organization in June 2021. Nora is also deeply involved in her high school. She has held leadership roles promoting healthy living, guiding sports activities and planning events and programs to help her larger community.

Bhanvi Sachdeva

Articulate Initiative - Founder/President

Bhanvi Sachdeva is a university student who has a deep interest in working with marginalized populations to contribute to building healthier, resilient, and more equitable communities worldwide. She is the founder of Articulate Initiative, which is a youth-led organization premised on providing a platform to youth from marginalized communities to raise awareness on issues that impact us, including gender inequality, climate change, homelessness & poverty, mental health issues, and more recently related to the Black Lives Matter Movement. She was successful in hosting a global conference that invited artists and youth advocates to speak up on their experiences as well as engage other youth in participating in global change. She is also a member of the Plan International Youth Council and has met with global leaders including G7 representatives to discuss policy recommendations relating to the priorities of health, economy, digital & technology, and climate change.

Monica Malta

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); University of Toronto; 500 Women Scientists - Scientist (CAMH); Professor (University of Toronto); Leadership Team (500 Women Scientists)

Born in Brazil, she overcame poverty and domestic violence to become a well known global health researcher. Trained at Johns Hopkins University, her interventions to decrease gender based violence were implemented in several low and middle income countries, reaching more than 10,000 persons so far, mostly female-identified persons.

In Brazil, her studies contributed to the Supreme Court decision to make homophobia and transphobia federal crimes similar to racism. Her findings about LGBTQ2S human rights violations in Latin America were presented in UN meetings and reports. During COVID-19 pandemic she developed interventions for women experiencing domestic violence. Since 2018 she relocated to Canada, where she already received the following awards: ‘Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health’, by Grand Challenges Canada (2018); ‘Donald Wasylenki Award for Social Responsibility’ by the University of Toronto (2019) and ‘Gender Equality Award’ by the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (2020).

Jaime Leverton

Hut 8 Mining Corp - Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Leverton has spent her career leading strategic transformations at some of Canada’s top technology companies. For two decades, she has championed a similar transformation for our national tech industry as an advocate for elevating both the position of women in STEM industries and of Canadian innovation globally.
Over the last 20 years, Jaime has demonstrated her ability to effectively lead and transform organizations at pivotal moments through roles at IBM, Bell, BlackBerry, National Bank of Canada, and Cogeco Peer 1, all culminating in her current role at Hut 8 Mining.
Today, as CEO of Hut 8 Mining, one of North America’s oldest and largest digital asset miners, Jaime is one of the youngest women leading a publicly-traded company in Canada within a tech segment marked by an acute lack of gender diversity and has kept her commitment to supporting other women at the forefront of her leadership approach.

Christine Dagenais

Bright Wire Leadership - Founder & CEO

Christine Dagenais is an authentic and powerful leader who is the definition of inspiration. The most inspiring and influential people challenge us to aim higher, to seek different perspectives and demand the best of ourselves. This is Christine. As the Founder and CEO of Bright Wire Leadership, Christine leads and inspires through example with integrity, courage, and an unwavering passion to develop others. Her tireless work ethic and commitment to excellence has attracted a team of dynamic experts equally committed to her vision and creating a new model for consultancy firms built on the strength of team, rather than individuals. Christine’s empowering leadership style has made her a frequent expert panelist and keynote speaker. Christine has been recognized as a Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2020 and was recently inducted into the University of Lethbridge’s Alumni Honor Society for her exemplary leadership and impact in the industry of Leadership Development. Her organization, Bright Wire Leadership, was recently recognized as a finalist by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce as a Business of Distinction. Christine is the author of The Intentional MBA, A Guide to Maximizing Your Decision, Experience, and Investment

Fatima Israel

EY - Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications, EY Canada

Fatima is a strategic, inspiring and visionary leader who is unapologetically herself. Her fearless personality translates into everything she does, from leading teams with authenticity and empathy to making the impossible, possible and delivering concrete business results. As Head of EY Canada’s Brand, Marketing and Communications team of 70+, a judge for the Canadian Marketing Association, mentor and entrepreneur, Fatima uniquely thrives in complex, grey environments, earning her a reputation of “builder, fixer and problem solver.” Leading by example with a people-focused approach, Fatima recognizes that none of us can succeed alone - and she’s built her teams and career around that principle. And yet, what sets Fatima apart is her true ability to build for what’s next, while elevating those around her through inclusivity, championing women and sending the elevator back down to create meaningful opportunities for others to grow and thrive.

Payal Puri

Loblaw Companies Limited - Senior Director, Technology Adoption

When you live and work together, you know how to conquer and divide to run a business as a team, despite the naysayers – ‘that you can't work with your spouse’. Although Brian and Chantal bring differing skills to their company, their belief in equality, humanity, integrity, and putting people first has proven successful. As Levvel landed on the 2020 Startup list as one of Canada’s top new growth companies.

Brian is a fierce SupportHer who’s strong conviction for equality in business and personally, stems from his love and respect for his single parent mother who tenaciously worked and went to university while raising 2 boys. Chantal was a trailblazer for women in tech owning a web development company 20 years ago. But after her business partner left the country with funds, Chantal found herself as a single parent in bankruptcy. Her resilience and perseverance served to propel her forward, and she continues inspire others through her compassionate leadership.

They strive to bring education, empowerment, and equality to Levvel’s Canadian teams by pursuing diversity in the leadership team, sourcing talent for clients, and equaling the playing field in tech with an all-women software QA testing business partnered in Rwanda Africa. With a mantra of “Business in Balance’ they truly are an inspirational team!

Cassy Weber

MindFuel - CEO

When Cassy Weber puts her mind to something, there’s no limit to what she can accomplish. Armed with over 20 years of experience working extensively in the tech start up space, developing key relationships with Fortune 500 companies and leading teams in the for-profit sector, she took the helm as MindFuel’s CEO in 2012 to help the nonprofit continue engaging youth in the world of STEM (science, tech, engineering and math). Under her charge, the organization is establishing a platform to connect Canadian youth with resources and support in pursuing their STEM interests while developing innovative and entrepreneurial mindsets. Cassy’s ability to effectively manage and inspire her team, collaborate with partners and stakeholders, and continuously exceed expectations are a testament to her driven nature. A wife and mother of two, Cassy has mastered the work life balance and brings her enthusiasm for education and innovation to everything she does.

Ariyike Akinbobola

Fragomen - Senior Business Immigration Analyst

Ariyike Akinbobola is an authentic and inspiring woman. She is a Published author and foreign trained Lawyer currently working as a Senior Business Immigration analyst at Fragomen. With over a decade of experience in the Media and Entertainment Industry abroad winning several awards as a Television host and Producer, Ariyike is the founder of Ariland Entertainment where she showcases the African culture, fashion, lifestyle and Immigrant experiences through storytelling and film.

Ariyike has a Certificate in Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice from Harvard X and she also coaches Immigrant families relocating abroad on expectations and how to navigate their new reality.

Through her Ariyike Arise Initiative she helps to fund the education of Children in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria. In 2020, they donated 1000 facemasks to People in disadvantaged communities. As an advocate for Female genital Mutilation abandonment in Nigeria, she was recognized as the UNFPA/UNICEF Frown Award - Female Genital Mutilation Abandonment Advocate of the year amongst other recognitions. Ariyike also volunteers as a Content Creator Partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Canada (UNHCR). She is married with Children. Her book – The Cost of our Lives is available on Amazon.

Sarah Jordan

Mastermind Toys - CEO

Sarah Jordan became CEO of Mastermind Toys, the country’s largest specialty kid’s toy and book retailer with 68 stores coast-to-coast, in January 2020. Within her first 100 days, she faced leading the organization on a transformation amidst a pandemic. She led with empathy and strength while executing a bold change agenda. In the last two years, she has delivered on a digital reinvention—launching a new digital ecosystem and a market-leading curbside promise—and has amplified Mastermind Toys as Canada’s Authority on Play.

Sarah is unapologetically authentic, breaking the mold for what it means to be a CEO. She creates space for others to be fully themselves, empowers employees at every level to perform at their best, and uses her position to be a champion for the industry. She is transforming Mastermind Toys, in terms of how she is growing the business and how she is inspiring a world-class employee experience and customer-obsessed culture.

Heather Lochnan

University of Ottawa - Physician and scientist

Dr. Heather Lochnan is a remarkable and inspiring physician, a clinical researcher and medical educator. She is the Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Ottawa Hospital, a Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Dean of Continuing Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Ottawa. Dr. Lochnan is the current President of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM). Dr. Lochnan leads a research team focused primarily on the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Her clinical practice also includes management of diabetes, thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer and complex endocrine diseases. Her extraordinary dedication to innovation in medical education has been recognized by impressive grant support, publications and numerous international presentations. Dr. Lochnan is a past recipient of the CSEM Educator of Year Award, the Canadian Association of Medical Education Merit Award and the Faculty Educator Award for Leadership. She is passionate about mentoring and networking to help her colleagues and trainees, and especially creating opportunities for women in medicine. She is an outstanding leader and role model who makes a difference inside and outside of her workplace.

Michelle Anawati

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa - Clerkship Director francophone stream for the Undergraduate Medical Education program

Michelle Anawati started her mandate in May 2019. She immediately began to study and rethink the processes in place. When the pandemic occurred, Dr. Anawati had to react fast. The students were removed from clinical placements and we had to find a way to make sure they were able to reintegrate and graduate. She kept her positivism and professionalism, along the way, while trying to figure out what needed to be done. Dr. Anawati has a way to engage and motivate people. She is a great leader figure because she is directing her team but giving the leeway necessary in order for them to act. Dr. Anawati is a woman of inspiration because she reacted to the pandemic, she jumped on the occasion, she made changes, but made sure to do them well the first time and adjust along the way.

Paridhi Latawa

SparkED - Founder and Executive Director

Witnessing the resilience and unfed intellectual curiosity of underserved students during mentoring sessions at Title 1 schools, Paridhi founded SparkED to provide students with resources beyond basic in-school classroom learning. Paridhi’s unique efforts fill in for lack of information access by offering free omnidirectional support with the help of experienced professionals. Equitable resources help teens explore interdisciplinary career fields, sparking a passion for pursuing higher education.

As a high school junior, Paridhi has diligently fueled a passion for increasing educational equity amongst her peers. The SparkED staff looks up to her as a diligent, ambitious, and compassionate leader who serves as a great role model. Through SparkED, she has ensured that teens feel capable and welcome to express their opinions.

Ayra Modalo

Modalink Immigration Services - Immigration Consultant

Ayra Modalo is an independent entrepreneur with a humble beginning. She came to Canada with her family (husband and 1-year-old son) with no idea what their future may bring. Started as a sales representative in a retail store at West Edmonton Mall, works day and night to support the family. It has been a struggle at the beginning for them. Ayra Modalo worked 2 to 3 jobs tirelessly to reach their Canadian dream. whose only motivation is to become an inspiration to many, that someday somehow will be able to prove to everybody that nothing is far too impossible in living your dream as long as you are willing to adapt and are determined to succeed.
In 2016, Modalink Immigration Services Inc. was established.

Karen Ramchuk

Women in Need Society - CEO & President

Karen Ramchuk leads by example in her role as CEO & President of the Women in Need Society (WINS), working to uplift women in Calgary and guide them on their path to self-sufficiency. After a successful tenure in the for-profit industry leading the marketing strategy for a renowned Canadian retailer, Karen joined WINS in 2017 and helped lead the organization out of financial ruin in just two short years. Now, under her guidance, the organization has been able to expand its operations, delivering its essential services to the people who need it most. Her knowledge of successful business practices, driven demeanor and passion for making an impact make her an effective and inspiring leader. Thanks to her leadership, the organization was able to launch two new social enterprises during the pandemic, while simultaneously collaborating with partner organizations to step up and answer the additional calls for service.

Jennifer Green

Skills Ontario - Director of Competitions & Young Women's Initiatives

Jennifer is the Director of Competitions and Young Women’s Initiatives at Skills Ontario, an organization focusing on encouraging youth to explore and pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Recently Jennifer also completed an Appointment with the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, as an Apprenticeship Youth Advisor. She has promoted the advancement of the skilled trades across the province for almost 20 years in various roles through volunteerism, speaking engagements, and programming.

Among her accolades, she has been presented with the WXN Top 100 Canada's Most Powerful Women Award and the Conestoga College Alumni of Distinction Award. Jennifer has also founded several initiatives, including the Skills Ontario Alumni Association as President, and the National Alumni Committee as Chair and the Ontario Lead.

Jennifer holds a Certificate of Qualification, a Certificate of Apprenticeship, and an Ontario College Certificate for Industrial Mechanic Millwright.

Green has been labelled as a fearless trailblazer and glass ceiling breaker for women in non-traditional careers, and continues to advocate and be a leader in the skilled trades community.

Chantal D’Aoust-Bernard

Montfort Hospital - President of Medical staff

Dr. D’Aoust-Bernard set up one of the first COVID clinics in the Ottawa region. The goal for this clinic, under the Montfort Hospital, was to make sure francophone had a place to go for testing. She organized the clinic during one of the peaks of the pandemic. Even if it was a stressful moment, she managed to set it up quickly, but also made sure that it was easily accessible, efficient and welcoming. She developed the clinic in order to include a great customer service up to the patient’s needs. The health professionals working on site are dynamic and demonstrate professionalism. The ambiance is definitely reflected in the care giving to the patients. Dr. D’Aoust-Bernard is a woman of inspiration because she took responsibility to establish a comforting place for patients to have answers to their numerous questions about the new virus that was affecting us, in their mother tongue.

Jeenu Riat

Stamped Engineering Corporation - CEO

Jeenu, from Edmonton, is a courageous leader and a risk-taker taking Stamped Engineering leaps and bounds as she was just named 2021's ten most empowering women in business. By Insights success online magazine and she is titled: Jeenu Riat: Leading by Becoming a Woman of Value. See: https://www.insightssuccess.com/jeenu-riat-leading-by-becoming-a-woman-of-value/

Jeenu founded Stamped Engineering Corporation in 2017 and is the CEO there. Soon after Jeenu incorporated Stamped Engineering, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. With an uncertain future ahead, she decided to streamline her efforts on staying positive and completing radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery all while getting Stamped Engineering off the ground. She is thankful to say both endeavors have been successful. Very inspiring!

Julie Shipley-Strickland

Julie Shipley-Strickland Wealth & Risk Management + Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc. + Bergh Tatomir & Associates - Senior Investment & Insurance Advisor

Often described as passionate, forthright and dynamic in her work, Julie builds strong relationships with her valued clients by understanding their goals, supporting their concerns and providing thoughtful and strategic solutions. As a Senior Investment Advisor and a Senior Insurance Advisor, she provides independent investment advice, financial planning, insurance solutions and clear guidance to entrepreneurs, executives and their families. As one of the few female investments and insurance advisors in Canada, Julie is paving the way for future females in finance with her strong leadership and dedication to women-led businesses in the community. Julie never let her femininity hold her back from being a trailblazer in a male-dominated industry. Very self-aware, she knew where she wanted her career to go. As a business owner that also operates a personal brand, Julie is a model for the women she works with and other women in similar industries.

Katie McKinnon

Welo - President

Imagine someone who is energetic and passionate; A great listener; Puts other people first; Goes above and beyond to be kind and ensure people feel loved and happy; Pushes the needle and strives for better and more everyday; Inspires others; Works from the crack of dawn until she falls asleep… that’s Katie McKinnon, President of Welo.

Katie is one of three founders who started Welo out of McMaster University. Their purpose is to offer Canadian families a delicious and healthy low sugar snack. Being in the natural foods industry comes with a high degree of competition - businesses need to constantly innovate and iterate in order to succeed. At the end of the day, the people with big hearts are the ones that keep our world turning. I am proud to recommend Katie McKinnon for the Women of Inspiration award.

Smita Pakhale

University of Ottawa - Physician and scientist

Dr. Pakhale is an outstanding clinician-scientist and a passionate advocate for health equity. Her altruistic contributions to research and extraordinary dedication to the medical care of Canadians, especially those in vulnerable situations, are inspiring. A respirologist by training, she founded and leads The Bridge Engagement Center (The Bridge), a community-based research centre working in partnership with vulnerable populations: individuals who self-identify as homeless or precariously housed, Indigenous and low-income racialized. Dedicated to co-creating innovative evidence-based sustainable solutions addressing the root causes of poor health through a humanitarian and compassionate approach, she is raising awareness of health disparities and supporting disadvantaged communities, leaving no one behind. She holds a Chair in Equity & Patient Engagement in Vulnerable Populations and developed a graduate course on health inequities. The Bridge models, co-created for, by and with the most vulnerable populations to improve their Quality of Life, are acclaimed globally.

Nima Lhamu McElhinney

Barrie Manor Enhanced Care Community and Emerald Retirement Residence - President and Owner

Nima's mission in life is to create equanimity and space for all people to have joy in their lives especially seniors and those who are less fortunate. Her spirit is boundless and filled with incredible compassion and a willingness to go the extra mile. she is a blessing to all who know her. Nima has a past filled with hardship and extraordinary beginnings from Nepal. She is a true warrior for women and a shining example of how to drive it forward. Nima has created businesses which are changing systems and she is the motivator!

Brian Milloy

Levvel Inc. - Co-founder, President & CEO

Brian is a SupportHER, who consciously strives to make a difference for women in business every day. His strong conviction for equality in business and personally stems from his lifelong love and respect for his single mother who tenaciously worked and went to university while raising her kids. As a co-founder of Levvel with his wife and partner Chantal Milloy, they strive to bring education, empowerment, and equality to Levvel’s Canadian teams by pursuing diversity in the leadership team, and sourcing talent for clients. With personal investment, and years of preparation, Levvel’s Software QA Testing line of business was developed and is co-sourced in Rwanda Africa. To date, nearly 100 women have been educated as certified QA testers at sister company Muraho Technology. Offering pay in the 90% for Rwandans, support for families, education, and employment the all-women teams will continue to level the playing field in tech.

Liane Fernandes

Ontario Health - Vice President

This woman is a powerhouse. She has paved the way for so many women before her in health systems work and she lives the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. She is innovative, she's always looking to put people first and is willing to put in the hours, not just to get the job done, but to get the job done right. She is truly a woman of inspiration.

Carmen Pelletier

Vulcan TV / Soda Channel - CEO

Carmen is a passionate, vibrant and adventurous woman. With a background in film and journalism, she has taken her extensive experience in media to both large and small communities across Canada. She has built an amazing career and currently is delivering unique and diverse programming through projects with Vulcan TV, Seeds to Grow Media, Alberta History Qiz Show, Bow Valley Productions, Soda Channel, PPN Network and the Government of Canada. What is so inspiring is that she always looks for a community or social connection to her projects. This is where the Soda Channel was created. Its a production company that focuses on hiring staff with special needs. Through this project they find meaningful work, learn new skills, find a supportive community and create new content that they are proud to share.

Jessica Van Der Hoek

Prairie Sky Equine Therapy - Founder & President

Jessica is one of the most inspiring women I know. She has been a paramedic with over 20 years experience, and has been not only an advocate for her patients, but for her coworkers always, and with more intention through this extremely challenging pandemic. She has been a strong voice for mental health issues, ptsd, trauma and individuals with special needs. To truly help our community, and showcase her talents, she started a phenomenal charity, Prairie Sky Equine Therapy over 10 years ago. Jessica and her charity have helped a tremendous amount of families, individuals and first responders through a equine therapy program that allows those facing these challenges to recover, find peace, build their support system, find counselling, and rebuild their lives.

Messia Ditshimba

MDS Consulting - Senior Immigration Consultant

I am nominating Messia Ditshimba because she is an inspiration for me and my other co-workers. She started her own immigration firm 7 years ago and has grown the company all by herself. She has helped so many newcomers achieve their Canadian dream/goals and still has time time to be a mother, business owner, and an outstanding legal representative. I never met anyone so hard-working and focused.

Eldeen Pozniak

Pozniak Safety Associates Inc - Owner/President

Eldeen is an international management consultant specializing in Occupational Health and Safety. She is from Saskatoon Saskatchewan and has worked on 5 of the 7 continents and in 28 different countries. She owns Pozniak Safety Associates Inc in Canada and Diggins Safety Consulting in the USA. She is passionate and committed to her profession and working to ensure Mom’s and Dad’s, partners, sons and daughters – people go home at the end of their day.

Zafina Zaman

Zafina is a grade 6 student at FFCA. - Student leader

Zafina is a fearless and confident youth leader involved in numerous charities and community building projects.
She is a champion for girls’ empowerment. She believes everything is possible when efforts are made with right intention and measurable footsteps.
Some of her efforts are mentioned below:
- Fundraising for building a Girls’ school in Africa.
- Financial support to three orphans to complete their undergrad degrees in Bangladesh.
- Global Youth Ambassador for HundrED. Advocate for passion-based learning, shared an impactful and scalable approach that are effective in low resource environment.
- Participant and guest speaker for ‘Closer to home’ non-profit organization to help young girls boost self confidence.
- Youth Facilitator for Youth Leadership Program at the Public Library
Notable mentions:
- Best speaker Toastmaster International.
- 1st and 2nd place in Optimist International oratorical contest from 2019-2021

Rose Marie Gage

Independent Board Member

Rose is an independent Board Director and Principal & Founder of Great Governance Matters and MPOWRU. She currently serves as Chair: Ontario Agri-Food Technologies; Vice-Chair: Agriculture Research Institute of Ontario; Independent Director (ID) and Chair, Sustainability & People, Link Energy, ID and Chair, ESG, HEXO Corp. and CO2-GRO. She has also served other corporate, not for profit or foundation boards.

Rose is the retired CEO of Ag Energy, a regulated energy retailer. Also was CMO: Schneider Electric Canada and GE Capital Canada – CDF. She led GE Canada’s Corporate Initiatives: Quality, Enterprise Sales, Diversity and other corporate imperatives (ie: P3s and Canadian Winter Olympics).

Rose is passionate about sustainability via positive change and engagement. She’s a champion for females and change and became Chair, UWN Advisory Board. She’s featured in UWN’s Women Who Drive Change book and is recognized by: Directors’ College Outstanding Achievement in Governance, Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Diversity 50, and Inspiring 50 Canada for inspiring women in STEM. She’s a Chartered Director and working towards the Competent Board Sustainability accreditation. She’s alumna of Directors’ College, Harvard, Rotman School of Business and McMaster University.

Lisa Patrick

Lisa Patrick - CEO and Founder

Lisa Patrick is a startup advisor, entrepreneur, award-winning podcast host, co-founder of Belongify, managing partner at Assessments24x7.ca, investor, speaker and co-author of Intelligent Curiosity. Highly sought after for her unique abilities in operations and expertise in marketing, Lisa is helping busy high-performing professionals gain clarity and access to the necessary resources to start, build, and scale their brands.

Leeling Yuen

ADP Canada Inc. - Director of Shared Services

Lee is a woman who I admire for her ability to maintain balance and calm. She leads with empathy and a solid understanding of the broader business goals. She leads her people with a sincere desire to see them progress and grow up to leave her for better opportunities. She is authentic, and fully committed to her people. Lee is unwavering in her championship of the underdog, and puts the full strength of her leadership behind doing the right thing. She advocates for women in the workplace and devotes every extra minute she has to mentoring others.

Diane Scott

JMCC Group - Group Chair and CEO

Diane Scott is a trailblazer in Canada, and globally, in many ways, but her work in the field of medical cannabis is particularly remarkable. To date, she is the only Canadian woman to build an international medical cannabis company, JMCC Group, including a self-owned supply chain extending from cultivation to patient delivery. Headquartered in Toronto, Diane helms an international team on 4 continents, and the Caribbean.

From day one, Diane has taken the road less travelled, not seeking public funds as was the trend at the start of Canada’s historic ‘green wave’. She has raised over $30M in private funding of JMCC Group to date. She credits a private funding model to allow her patient-centric development of the global company, and steady growth.

Sarah Harper

Stoke the Fire Hotsauce and Elements Camp Services - Business Owner/Entrepreneur

Sarah Harper- Stoke the Fire Hotsauce/Elements Camp Services- Business Owner/Entrepreneur

Sarah has found her passion. She grows natural produce in an urban setting. She creates the best hot sauces from her produce which she then sells in stores and markets. Sarah is a leader in creating sustainable ways to help her community grow. She brings people together by hosting the annual Revelstoke Garlic Festival that revolves around her farm and music to fundraise for the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative and the North Columbia Environmental Society.I first met Sarah in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. She has an aura of calm and positivity about her that is contagious. She is the most creative chef and a beautiful singer/song writer. She is authentic and true. She is well deserving of a Woman of Inspiration Award.

Stephanie Leheta

Canadian Tire Bank - AVP Customer Experience

Stephanie Leheta is a youth and women’s empowerment advocate and leader. She has a 20-year journey of service dedicated to her community, with a deep focus on compassion, diversity, inclusion, and equity. Following the untimely passing of her sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie took on guardianship of their children, in addition to her own. At the time, Stephanie worked as a full time professional, and her entrepreneurial husband had just launched a new business several hours away which meant he was rarely home. During all of this, Stephanie continued working on her International MBA when her young daughter fell ill with a near fatal illness that took months of recovery. Stephanie used the experience of overcoming adversity as a catalyst to wanting to do more for those who are underserved or have no voice. Her contribution has led to the development of Strategic Plans, Diversity Statements, Growth Plans and Fundraising Models with several charities and non-for-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way and many more. Stephanie is an ambassador for women and committed to mentoring and inspiring others. She continues to dedicate her time to the advancement of women and paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow.

Shadi Yazdan

PredictivEye - Founder

Shadi Yazdan is an incredible entrepreneur having founded multiple companies. She is a passionate leader with an capability second to none to learn and develop new and innovative businesses as she has done most recently with PredictivEye.. She is a role model for entrepreneurs across Canada and we need more of them.

Dr Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin

Medical Women's Association of Nigeria Edo State - President

Dr Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin is an inspiration to the female doctors in Edo state and in Nigeria. She is a hard worker, very innovative and is a problem solver. She makes impossible goals and targets possible. Always finds a way to get everything done. She has brought life to the various medical and dental associations as most people are emulating her energy to achieve and get things done. She is presently the President of Medical Women's Association of Nigeria Edo State, Nigeria.

She has touched lives in every area. School Health, Mental Health, Gender Based Violence and Rape., Cancer research and data analysis. She organises non stop free health screenings, breast and cervical cancer screenings to the public. With the target that at 2030, our state would have almost zero incidence of cancer patients. She also organises non stop educational campaigns in schools, markets ,organisations, on TV and social media.

Jackie Scales

Teck Resources Limited - Director, Inclusion and Diversity

Jackie is a courageous leader for inclusion and diversity. As an openly gay woman in mining, Jackie is a role model and change agent, leading initiatives that disrupt bias and drive employee engagement. Under her leadership as Director, Inclusion and Diversity at Teck Resources, she launched a global LGBTQ2+ Pride campaign which raised the profile of the LGBTQ2+ community across the global mining industry.
Jackie’s commitment to inclusion and diversity extends beyond her corporate role, as she was co-chair for the Lieutenant Governor’s Forum on First Nations (Ontario) and co-founded Leaders To Be Proud Of, a national awards program that recognizes gay and gay-positive business leaders.
She has also served on the boards and advisory committees of organizations including Pride at Work Canada, Royal Roads University Business School, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, the Women’s Executive Network and Girl in the Wild, which empowers young women through adventure-based learning.

Faith Dickinson

Cuddles for Cancer - Founder

Faith created Cuddles for Cancer when she was only 9 years old. She makes fleece tie blankets for cancer patients going through chemo, hoping they offer warmth, comfort & love. To date, more than 7,000 Cuddle blankets have been made & they’ve been sent to more than 45 countries. Faith is a firm believer that “everyone deserves a cuddle”, so blankets are also given to people with other diseases & illnesses & the homeless. There are also two signature blankets, one for Canadian Soldiers & Veterans & one for First Responders. Faith also opened a Drop In Centre in her hometown, encouraging people of all ages to come in and learn how to make Cuddle blankets. There have been hundreds of volunteers! Faith also visits schools across Canada encouraging youth to find a cause that they are passionate about & to make a difference in their communities. At 17, Faith has truly committed her life to helping others.

Mary Hawk

Sheen for She Foundation - Founder of Sheen for She Foundation

It reminded me of Mary Hawk who is working day and night to help shelter women and children who are facing more severe violence in Toronto. In our community this college girl is running a campaign to deliver 2000 Love boxes and more than 350 Backpacks and she has really done well and delivered these Love boxes to these women amid coronavirus pandemic. Now as per this girl she is targeting to deliver more than 350 backpacks to vulnerable children of this community and each Love Box and Backpack consist of more than $60 items. It’s really a huge impact she is making.

Sherry Larjani

Spotlight Development Inc. - Managing Director and President/Founder

Sherry Larjani is an award-winning real estate developer and entrepreneur. She has made a name for herself in a male-dominated industry as Managing Director and President of her own real estate development firm, Spotlight Development Inc. Dedicated to giving back to her communities, it is vital to her that Spotlight Development projects have a focus on affordable and healthy living. In 2020, and throughout her career, Sherry has developed spaces with a focus on providing support for communities. This year’s Toronto, Ajax and Port Hope developments (consisting of 400 new homes in total) are excellent examples of this unwavering vision. Along with multiple other developments in the works, Sherry gave birth to a little girl in 2020 and has somehow balanced it all with grace. A superpower among her peers, Sherry is leading a generation of women into a new era of real estate development.

Isobel Boyd

The Empow(Her) Network - Marketing & Communications Executive

Isobel Boyd is a youth and women’s empowerment advocate and leader, dedicating over 500 volunteer hours a year since 2014 to improving the lives and community of those around her. Building upon her experience in grassroots mobilization and passion for social advocacy, in 2019 Isobel joined The Empow(Her) Network, anon-profit organization that provides young women in Ottawa opportunities for growth and networking, while encouraging them to assume positions of leadership. Isobel and The Empow(Her) Network have hosted hundreds of women through peer-to-peer mentorship, networking opportunities, and skills-building workshops that help women excel in their professional, personal and civic lives. Most notably The Empow(Her) Network is known for their Empow(Her) Conference that hosted 100 attendees with 13 workshops and brought in 17 guest speakers and facilitators for a full day of professional development.

CHESAND GREGORY

CHESAND GREGORY - Entrepreneur, Educator, Model & Author

Chesand Gregory is an award-winning educator, a multitalented, resourceful and naturally charismatic teacher, wife of a scientist, and mother of two energetic boys; The JAG Brothers with a flair for community leadership and empowerment.
She is the author of Did Santa Wear A Mask. Her book was inspired by her 4-year-old son when he asked the question that moved her, “Mommy, will Santa wear a mask?”. Did Santa Wear A Mask, which was endorsed by Amazon – Featured on ABC, FOX, NCB news outlets.

She is the titleholder of The Red Blazer Award for Women in Entrepreneurship, 2021, The Edna Scott Award for the Greatest degree of Diligence in Teaching, 2012 and The Ken Gray Award for innovations in Teaching, 2012 In 2020.

Please consider Mrs Chesand Gregory, a hidden hero in our community as she continues to inspire other women to reach new heights for the following awards: The Authentic Leader Award, Innovation Award Inspire Award, Millennial Leader Award Rising Leader Award and the Black Women Leader Award. Thank you for reading.

Guljit Sandhu

Vice-President, Research and international business development

Guljit Sandhu, age 29, is one of the youngest executives in the aviation and aerospace industry of Canada. Her interest in aerospace started at an early age which led her to take up aerospace engineering in university. Following that, she started working in the aviation industry as a flight attendant manager and held various other inflight services positions with renowned Canadian airlines for the past decade. She has always been deeply involved in community events, social causes and career development for flight attendants and pilots in Montreal. She has also been the pageant director at the Ms & Ms Canada South Asia pageant where she organized the international event, arranged sponsorships and mentored the models. She is often referred to when we think of inspiring women that have broken the society's barriers towards women of visible minority in entrepreneurial and or leadership roles. In her current role, Guljit oversees all research and international business development operations. She leads a team of aerospace, biomedical and mechanical engineers that work towards the development and improvement of additive manufacturing in the aviation and aerospace industries. Guljit is also in charge of the business development of the company in the medical and automotive industries.

Kelly Cooper

Centre for Social Intelligence - President and Founder

Kelly L. Cooper created the first sector-wide approach to achieving sustained culture change on diversity and inclusion in Canada’s forest sector. Harnessing leaders from all stakeholder groups created a united front and strong message that this workplace-culture shift is here to stay. Click http://www.freetogrowinforestry,ca to hear Kelly hosting a Podcast Series, and view her seminal reports on Inclusive Leadership – Creating a Culture of Empowerment, Accountability and Belonging (2021), and A Plan to Eliminate Resistance to Diversity and Inclusion (2020). The International Union of Forest Research Organizations’ Gender Equality Task Force is showcasing Kelly’s best-practice model.

Kelly authored the book, Lead the Change - The Competitive Advantage of Gender Diversity and Inclusion (2020) reaching the C-suite to explain the value proposition and provide a blueprint on how to take action.

See http://bit.ly/CSI-KellyCooper-MediaKit for all media recognition of Kelly’s inspiration on diversity and inclusion.

Daphne Wallbridge

Author, The First Year Principal - Superintendent of Education and Author

Daphne is an inspiring leader in the world of education and has been an educator for over twenty years. She has seventeen years of experience as a high school teacher where she taught French and later became the head of the Special Ed department. Daphne went on to become a high school vice principal, and elementary school principal and is now an acting superintendent in Northern, Ontario. In her current role as a superintendent of Education, she enjoys supporting principals on their leadership journeys. Daphne's coaching practice focuses on certain key pillars: clarity, consciousness, connection, and compassion. She holds a master's degree in educational leadership, is a certified Conscious Coach, and is the author of two books: Step Up, Step Out: A Girl's Guide to Empowerment, Self-Leadership, and Success and The First-Year Principal: 52 Practical Lessons to Help New Principals Thrive as Conscious Leaders.

Sonya Richmond

Come Walk With Us - Canadian Explorer

Dr. Sonya Richmond worked as a GIS Analyst developing of award winning Provincial Birding Atlases and publishing her research as an Ornithologist. In 2019 she sold her home, donated her possessions, and put her career on hold to fund a planned 4 year 24,000km trek across Canada on the world’s longest pathway, The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). Fewer people have completed this trek on foot than have gone to the moon, but none have done so for a cause and with the primary purpose of promoting diversity, accessibility and multiculturalism in the outdoors while striving to get youth reconnected to nature through Citizen Science. Concerned about the influence of screen time, her goal is to get young Canadians to spend more time in nature and interested in exploration toward becoming engaged leaders in their communities as well as lifelong environmental stewards. Her leadership, example, dedication and undertaking are inspiring!

Angele Miller

Abundant by Design - Founder

Angele Miller is the founder of Abundant by Design where she helps brands achieve their own success in the marketplace and abroad. She is also the founder of ActivPOP and Kombucha Mill. She is the co-founder of Abundant Beauty by Design, Inca Glow and Creekside RnR. As well she is a voice in New Brunswick as a director on the Women in Business committee helping to educate women in her field of expertise!
With such dedication and determination, she truly is an inspiration!

Agapi Gessesse

CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals - CEO

I’ve known Agapi for a few years now, and have been inspired by her work, vision for her community, and her dedication to foster understanding of what it means to be Black in Canada.Through quiet leadership, Agapi has grown the budget and scope of CEE: Centre for Young Black Professionals from a regional Toronto office to a national organization that has a goal to support young Black Canadians enter the workforce.

Agapi has done this through putting herself out there, becoming a go-to for Canadians on Bay Street, and in the media, for perspectives on being a Black CEO in the time of Black Lives Matter, and how we can move from divisions to acceptance and collaboration. I’m in awe of Agapi’s leadership, and once you get to know her, I’m sure you will be too.

Dayana Stanislaus

Owner

Dayana is a passionate and philanthropic. She does ample good in her community without any compensation. She has worked with traumatized youths and taught them filming and acting skills. She is a radio host and promotes unheard voices. She is Mrs. Galaxy Vaughan. She is a stand for married women who don't give up on their dreams after marriage.

Marcela Lay

Y Media Labs - SVP, Head of Client Strategy & PMO

Marcela has spent her career pushing change and redefining the status quo. As a minority woman, a woman in tech and a woman in senior leadership, Marcela has broken gender, ethnic and managerial glass ceilings, not only for herself, but as a true ally and power agent for everyone she has the privilege to lead.

Marcela has been recognized among Campaign’s prestigious “40 over 40” winners, as a dual Stevie Award® winner for “Maverick of the Year” & “Women-run workplaces”, as a winner of the “Women Worth Watching®” Award, and as a “WIT Women of the Year” Honoree.

Sanchari Sen Rai

Education Consultants Canada - Founding Chief Executive officer

Sanchari is not only a phenomenal entrepreneur but is an equally strong community leader. She is a shining example of what an immigrant can achieve through strong grit and consistent efforts. She is a guide and mentor to many new comers and a great promoter of equitable opportunities for women. She priorities social responsibilities of her business over merely making profits and leads by example.

Serena Bufalino

Help Heal Humanity - Founder and Executive Director

Serena Bufalino, alongside a group of global movers and shakers, runs Help Heal Humanity, an international charity which helps provide the world’s most vulnerable with access to education, food, community and love. What began as a career as a teacher under the Section 23 program with Toronto’s at-risk youth, has evolved into a lifetime of service work empowering and inspiring people across the globe, including the Haiti School Building Project - originally for one hundred students, and Help Heal Humanity has now 75 volunteers and has served over 100K meals in 7 countries. She is a heart centred, dynamic visionary who is making a powerful impact, worthy of being a Woman of Inspiration.

Stephanie Thompson

STEM by Steph - Founder/CEO

I am nominating Stephanie Thompson for the Trailblazer (STEM) Award.
STEM by Steph is a social enterprise with the objective of breaking down barriers for women to learn and appreciate STEM fields. Stephanie increases awareness of non-traditional careers by having an intuitive knowledge, drive, and enthusiasm for amplification and a visionary approach to creating inclusive STEM workshops. Increasing awareness of careers in trades and STEM demands that the problem is tackled from several angles and Stephanie does this by being a Storyteller, Problem Solver, and Barrier Breaker for all Women.

Rosemary Oglesby

Rosemary's Babies Co - CEO and Founder

Rosemary Oglesby-Henry is a bridge-builder, nationally-known Leadership Educator, and the founder and CEO of Rosemary's Babies Company, an impact organization (501c3) committed to helping teen parents master the concepts of self-leadership to leave a legacy. The mother of two adult children she is a well-respected city leader and influencer. Rosemary is a Board member of the Avondale Development Corporation and National Small Business Association. She is a member of the Cradle Cincinnati Policy Committee and the Children's & Family Cabinet for the City of Cincinnati. She has been a contributing writer for Forbes Magazine and

Her honors include receiving an Education Partner Award from Northern Kentucky NAACP, Cincinnati 40under40, A 2020 Pillar Award for Non-profit Executive Director of Year Award from Smart Business Magazine, Forbes Leading Women in Business, and an Unsung Heroine Award, and a 2018 Ohio Senate Award.

Shivani Jeet

Survivor Support Organization - Founder & Director

Shivani is an intersectional feminist, Criminology student and founder of Survivor Support Organization. Through SSO, she educates her community on sexual violence, psychological trauma, rape culture, healing techniques, but most importantly creates a safe and open space for survivors to share their story. As a sexual assault advocate in progress, her motive to get through each day is to stay on top of her mental health and breakthrough gender roles in this patriarchal society. As someone who has lived experience with sexual violence, she learned to set and honor her boundaries and not only advocate for myself, but for many marginalized and vulnerable women who have experienced the same thing as her. She never once took her mental health into factors until she graduated from high school and started to practice self-care, and begin her healing journey.

Farheen Akbar

DexPro Canada Inc. - Manager, Commercial Business and Clean Technology Development

Farheen Akbar is an Electrical Engineer with 12+ years of experience in O&G facility design, energy audits, commissioning and retrofitting. She is an advocate and integral part of the energy transition, with the world moving towards a greater mix of energy supply to manage carbon emissions and climate change.

Farheen is looking forward to making an effective change in the Oil and Gas industry by implementing Energy efficiency. She is the visionary and lead organizer behind promoting energy efficiency in O&G conference which has created a movement in the industry.

As a past co-chair of Women in Leadership (WIL), she led an executive committee consisting of 18 industry professionals with a versatile background. At WIL, she demonstrated success in profitably, driving growth in a non-profit institution through strong leadership, insightful strategic planning, and finding innovative ways to promote the Chapter. Currently, she is involved with APEGA, CRIN, CECN advisory board and events committee.

She is an advocate for women empowerment and is continuously involved in various community initiatives.
This year, Farheen is representing Women’s Entrepreneurship Day as a Global Ambassador. It is worldwide movement that aims to empower women to become active participants in the economy.

Chantal Milloy

Levvel Inc. - Co-founder, & COO

Chantal started Levvel with her husband Brian Milloy 5 years ago. A pair who has built this business together as a couple and business partners and know how to conquer and divide and run the business as a team, despite the naysayers - that you can't work with your spouse. Brian is a fierce supporter of women in business, diversity and inclusion and was raised by a single mother who held two jobs while continuing her education. Chantal was a trailblazer for women in tech owning a web development company 17 years ago but after her business partner left the country with funds, Chantal found herself as a single parent in bankruptcy.

Truly a Woman of Inspiration!

Kelsey Boyer

Women's Leadership Accelerator - Founder

Kelsey launched a 90 day program that focuses on upleveling the confidence and leadership potential of women so they can unlock their potential and thrive. Over the last 9 months she has since changed the lives of over 40 women and counting. These women become new people and rave about how her coaching has irrevocably changed them for the better. I cannot say enough how positive her words and actions are, and how she lives to help women become leaders. Read her testimonials and look at her content, she's truly an inspiration to women and entrepreneurs everywhere.

Sonya Shorey

Invest Ottawa - Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications for Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O, is an executive with 22 years of leadership experience in technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, and innovation. Since 2005, she has led or significantly contributed to public-private proposals garnering $193+M.

Sonya launched her career with a Vice-Presidential Cabinet at Nortel from 1999 to 2002, and then served as the Director of Marketing Communications for CMC Microsystems. She established her own strategy company in 2008, serving Canadian and global technology organizations. Sonya’s current leadership role includes:

· Helping to create and lead Area X.O, an R&D complex for next-generation smart mobility, connectivity, and autonomy; and the first Pan-Ontario Scale-Up Platform to accelerate the growth of more $100M tech companies in Canada ·
Leading Invest Ottawa’s first Women Founders and Owners strategy ·
Co-founding SheBoot, an investment-ready bootcamp for women founders ·
Establishing and leading International Women’s Week with 65+ partners to empower women leaders

Dr Farah Shroff

Maternal and Infant Health Canada - Founder and Lead

I'm nominating Dr Farah Shroff for the Health and Wellness Advocate Award her extraordinary commitment to addressing the world's social and humanitarian challenges with notable global impact. Dr. Shroff’s unwavering optimism for social justice and better health around the world is inspiring. This year alone, her media interviews are enough to merit this award. Dr. Shroff tirelessly speaks truth to power about issues related to equity and justice for women, particular those who are racialized. She is a fine scholar, one whom Harvard University has just recognized by selecting her as a Fellow in Global Health for 2021-22.

She founded Maternal and Infant Health Canada (MIHCan), an impactful collaborative of leaders in feminism, anti-racism, health and well-being. MIHCan fills an important gap in global health by emphasizing integrative health practices; she has taught yoga in over 50 countries and loves to empower women by teaching self-defence, theatre etc.

Vahen King

Non-profit Charity "Going Farther Organization" - Author, International Speaker, licensed Minister, Founder of Going Farther Organization, and hold the title of First ever Miss Wheelchair Canada and Miss Kindness World.

Vahen King – Author / International Speaker & Founder of the Non-Profit Organization Going Farther. At age 23, one week after her engagement, Vahen developed Transverse Myelitis, a virus that left her physically disabled and dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Trying to adapt as a person with a disability, her “new normal” was feelings of self-doubt and exclusion. Reaching a point of desperation, Vahen realized that she had a choice to make, to be paralyzed by fears and insecurities, or push forward.

And push forward she did. In 2017, Vahen was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair Canada and Miss Kindness World. Not only her beauty, but her character has won her awards. Vahen’s courage is contagious. She inspires boldness and resiliency by facing each new adversity head-on. Demonstrating that the biggest limitations or disabilities are often the ones we place on ourselves.

Vahen currently lives with her amazing husband Vaughan, in Edmonton, Alberta, and acknowledges that she is humbled to see how her message of hope and courage is inspiring others around the world. Vahen states; “My biggest achievement is seeing how my courage is helping people of all ‘abilities’ overcome their fears to go farther.”

Tracie Gray

Tracie.comedy Productions - Professional l Broadcaster with a strong history of working in the media. Skilled in Acting, Voice Overs, Writing, Commercials, Public Speaking, Television, Radio and Film. Strong Personality, Comedian and Master of Ceremonies.

Tracie Gray is an Influencer & a true Woman of Inspiration. Known for her infectious smile & magnetic personality, she can light up any room. Tracie is skilled in Announcing, Acting, Voice Overs, Commercials, Public Speaking, Television, Radio, Writing, Film, Stand-Up Comedy & Master of Ceremonies.

Tracie's #1 passion is her family, she is a loving wife to her husband, Devin, & Mother to her 2 sons, Dylan & Anson.

Her 2nd passion is her work. She starred in her first TV commercial at just 3 years old & started in radio at 15. Her extensive media & broadcasting career includes co-hosting a Radio Morning Show, host & producer of her own Movie Review, a Helicopter Traffic Reporter & hundreds of TV & Radio Commercials, plus several TV shows & Movies. Tracie has done it all.

She owns companies for Professional Voice Overs, Music & Comedy Entertainment & Real Estate Investing. She also has a passion to help others, with over 200 volunteer hours every year for various charities. She was honoured with this year's Volunteer of the Year Award from the Alberta's Teachers Assoc.

Sophia Wells

Elevate Aviation - Director of Community Engagement and Mentorship

Sophia works tirelessly to help women and diversify aviation.

Sophia has always had a passion for aviation. After many setbacks, she became a force in Canadian aviation. Completing her training as one of the youngest flight instructors in Canada, she became the Chief Flight Instructor at the Edmonton Flying Club. Sophia also works as a pilot examiner and a contract pilot sits on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Alberta Aviation Council, and is the Director of Community Engagement and Mentorship for Elevate Aviation. She has received multiple awards for her work including Top 20 under 40 for Wings Magazine and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Mount Royal University.

Through Elevate Aviation, Sophia runs aviation’s largest mentorship program in Canada, now with over 400 mentors and 800 mentees. Sophia’s journey paves the way for women to follow their dreams, see their value, and become self-sustainable

Theano Evagelou

Theano Inc. - CEO

Theano’s genius is in helping visionary women access their true power through the portal of their sexuality in a way that is grounded, nurturing, empowering, and safe – using a rare blend of tantra-based methodologies and strategic, psychological insight.

She is a multi-faceted woman who has covered so many areas of discipline in her life. Her brilliant mind just keeps expanding as she is always cultivating creative ways to ignite people into being who they actually want to be. Her expertise is in the areas of construction, real estate investing, relationships, and so much more.

The best part about Theano, is that she is humble and one of the most compassionate and loving women you'll ever meet. As a role model, Theano allows herself to be guided more by her body than her mind, recognizing the potent qualities of the feminine, especially when applied in loving leadership, rooted in deep connection and care, where true power can rise.

Her sincere and no nonsense ways are engaging and her radiance fills any room with a magical way of just making you feel like you belong.

Gunjan Syal

GoEmerald - Founder, Chief Strategy Advisor

I have been working to raise awareness and capabilities to enable inclusive innovation at a global scale, starting with home base at Canada. I started this with the initiative called 'transform this'. transform this has gathered global attention, including support from TED Circles, IBM and others. I am now working on growing and scaling this initiative - by turning every woman into an influencer towards inclusive, ethical innovation in their communities.The goal is to ultimately influence the boards and C-level - to change their hearts and minds, to ingrain this in their daily operations. I look forward to partnering with UWomen to enable this at home and globally.

Charmaine Hammond

Raise A Dream - Founder

Charmaine is a powerful and dynamic speaker and trainer. She has supported the growth of my new career and is always there to support and share my success with her community. As a leader in her industry, supporting thousands of not for profit and for profit organizations she has changed the lives of thousands of people for the better.

Patti Jannetta-Baker

Janta Entertainment Group - President

Patti Jannetta is a multi award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Writer, Actor, Producer and Host with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment and events services industry. She is a strong business development professional, skilled in Concert Production, Commercials, Radio, Grant Writing and Festivals and Events Management. Patti is an inspiring leader, the President/CEO of Janta Entertainment Group, and the Co-Founder of Music Makes Miracles, helping charities and non-profits fundraise through the gift of music, Patti’s a Founding Director of award-winning festivals including the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, Mississauga Italfest Heritage Festival and SING! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival. An avid community and arts supporter she enthusiastically supports and mentors emerging artists. Volunteer passions include events for Sick Kids Hospital, Para Sport, Breakfast with Santa and Gilda’s Club. Patti has an incredible voice, toured with the LA/Vegas production of Jesus Christ Superstar, is a Juno-nominated Canadian Dance, Pop and Rock Singer, and the Creator/Producer of "Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room". Awards include a Diamond Record, Recording Legacy Award, Leading Women Leading Girls Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Brilliant Minded Women and in 2020 Patti was thrilled to receive a granite star on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame.

Helen Filipe

Azul Education Service - Executive Director and Founder

Well respected by her peers and community groups and leaders, Helen has an infectious positive attitude in all her undertakings. She is passionate about supporting others and helping individuals in times of change. Making a difference in her community is top priority as she knows the value of how being extending a hand in some of her most difficult days. As Executive Director and Founder of Azul Education she is dedicated to be a resource and advocate for individuals in discovering each person’s gifts and talents to make the world a better place. Helen considers herself a serial volunteer, and social justice advocate in contributing to many community initiatives and organizations. She offers her knowledge, experience, and genuine desire to uplift individuals, and to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable environment. Helen has helped thousands of individuals in activating their potential and motivating youth to be of service. Whether it be one-on-one, in groups, or through social media, Helen is a Connector and a Community builder. Her unwavering commitment to elevating others, has earned her Community Leadership Awards as she continues to raise the bar of community engagement.

Dr. Suhayya Abu-Hakima

Alstari Corporation - Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Suhayya Abu-Hakima is a rare woman tech entrepreneur with a reputation for excellence & innovation. As a successful three-time start-up founder/CEO, she has formed boards of directors & advisors & directed business strategy, ensuring product development matches customer need. Her first start-up, AmikaNow! spun from government R&D labs, focussed on AI and automatic content analysis. . She also has served on Dalhousie University's Big Data Institute & McGill's Innovation Board. In 2018, she joined the ENCQOR board with a smart city focus & connected vehicles. She was recently invited to the C100 and is the ASIS Ottawa Chapter 140 Chair.
Sue holds over 45 International patents in AI, and as many as 35 Global Companies have cited her pioneering patents including Google, Apple and Ford. Sue is a multiple award winner including 6 US GOVIES & ASIS Judge's Choice & Security's Best in emergency communications, Top 10 Angel Backed company Nationally, Top 25 Women of Influence and Top 100 Most Powerful by the WXN in the Trailblazer Category. Sue indeed is an inspiring leader as she was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2011 and honored with Queen Elizabeth II Medal for Service to Canada in June 2012.

Capt. Linda Feuerhelm

Tymac - 150T Captain

Believe me when I say it’s only a matter of time until every Mariner in Canada knows this woman’s name. She is a West Coast trailblazer , certainly soon to be a national treasure!

While quickly running up the ranks to 150T captain, Linda has established a thriving educational community -Bits & Bollards Bridgewatch- devoted to developing new mariners and connecting them to opportunities for growth; she has been a powerful advocate fighting for and making changes in favour of human and women’s rights. Currently, Linda is fighting to bring awareness to safe navigation and working practices on the water. She takes a remarkable amount of initiative and her passion for the industry is giving way to an unforgettable legacy.

Jennifer Menard-Shand

Staff Shop - Founder and CEO, Director of Happiness

Jennifer Ménard-Shand is an Indigenous-French-Canadian female entrepreneur, who dreamed of leading a purpose driven organization, from anywhere in the world - that employs top talent who are hungry to serve, grow and leave a legacy worth following. Her brainchild Staff Shop now provides the platform to keep that dream alive as an award-winning diverse supplier servicing Canada, the USA and the Caribbean. Her story is one that celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil. The odds were stacked against her as a survivor of oppression faced by women, especially Indigenous women including; alcoholism, abuse, neglect, trauma, abandonment and imposter syndrome. Jennifer is focused on breaking the silence, ending generational curses and stopping unhealthy cycles. Driven by Faith-Passion-Freedom at her core, there is no limit to the positive impact Jennifer and her team can have on humanity. This brings her joy and energy daily to do what she does best, and inspire others to reach their full potential.

Andrea Linger

Raymond James Ltd - Head of the Women Canadian Advisor Network

Andrea Linger says: "Have the courage to live your life the way you want to live it. Be passionate about what you do. Have the commitment to follow through to the end. " She lives by these principles and brings the same enthusiasm to her work as
Associate Vice President, Practice Management. She is responsible for managing, facilitating, and designing programs to improve the profitability and growth of their Financial Advisors across Canada and serves as the primary point-person for marketing, coaching, and leading their Practice Management offerings. Andrea is also Head of the Women Canadian Advisors Network, for Raymond James Ltd and she is committed to advancing the success of the women advisors through professional and personal coaching initiatives, training, workshops, and networking opportunities. She is committed to creating an environment of inclusiveness that encourages women to join the advisory role and increase diversity.

Trish Guise

High Conflict Divorce Strategies - Founder

Trish Guise, MBA is a Divorce|Pre-Mediation|Co-Parenting|New Ways for Families® Coach, with a focus cases involving coercive control and high conflict. In addition to her private practice, Trish is an Associate at Supporting Wellness Psychological and Family Services in Calgary, Alberta and the Canadian Ambassador for Contemporary Family Magazine.

Trish founded her divorce coaching practice after surviving her own high conflict divorce that spanned over 12 years. Trish couples her firsthand knowledge with the knowledge gained from studying and working with many of the world's leading experts in family law, coercive control, high conflict, post-separation abuse, and parental alienation.

As a Divorce Coach, Trish guides people through each stage of the divorce process while keeping them focused on protecting their children from the conflict that can arise between the parents. Trish supports clients with safe exit plans, issue assessment, document preparation, mediation preparation, communication with their lawyer, communication with their ex, recognizing/managing power imbalances and advocating for their children’s relationship with both parents, unless neglect or abuse is present.

Kara Kennish

Tim Hortons - Owner/Operator

Kara Kennish is a third-generation Tim Hortons Franchisee. She is committed to finding ways to utilize her platform as Tim's owner for the good of her community by advancing the conversation of equal opportunity and shine a light on emerging needs in her community locally and internationally. Kara is an ambassador for the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps leading the annual fundraising efforts that afford children and youth from disadvantaged circumstances to experience a leadership development multi-year, camp-based program empowering them to change their stories for the better. In 2020 her restaurant joined forces with Empowerment Squared and together they raised the second-highest Smile Cookie sales across Canada. Locally, E2 supports newcomer and marginalized youth to access post-secondary education and start their new lives in Canada.
In 2020 Kara also represented Tim Hortons in the ‘Barbie Dream Gap’ and ‘One-of-a-kind Barbie’ campaigns where she had the opportunity to share her hockey story with young women across Canada as she had played competitive hockey in her youth and attained four national medals in Judo. She has partnered with the Grindstone Awards Foundation to help build their ambassador program in an effort to provide girls with grants to continue their hockey careers.

Laura Didyk

BDC - Vice President and National Lead, Women Entreprenuers

Laura Didyk is Vice President, Client Diversity at BDC since 2020. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of BDC’s corporate values and business strategy. Laura leads the bank’s national approach to support Canada’s diverse entrepreneurs, including women, Indigenous, and people from black and LGBTQ2 communities, veterans, and newcomers: helping their businesses, and our economy, thrive.

Laura is a long-term advocate for small businesses and inclusivity. In 2018, she was promoted to National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs and helped BDC reach its ambitious $1.4B financing target ahead of schedule to inspire more women to start or grow their businesses. Since joining the bank in 1994, she has held progressively senior roles across many divisions that always centre on helping entrepreneurs thrive.

Having lived and worked in Calgary for over 20 years, Laura loves spending time in the mountains skiing and hiking with her husband and two daughters. She supports many like-minded organizations including sitting on WBE Canada’s Board of Directors, and national advisory committees for the Community Business Development Corporation, WEConnect International’s Expert Advisory Council, and the International Women’s Forum.

Victoria Nguyen

CIBC - VP Capital Markets

Victoria Nguyen is a strong advocate for higher learning, youth empowerment, women leadership, diversity and inclusion. Victoria is a seasoned professional; Vice President in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce providing leadership and initiative implementations that provide strong value to clients and their evolving banking behaviors. She is a highly collaborative, engaging and thoughtful leader who is committed to the success of her teams.
Victoria is passionate about heart health and balanced living. She currently serves on the Heart and Stroke Foundation Advisory Board of Ontario and the Board of Directors for The Project Management Institution - Toronto Chapter.

Shelley McLellan

My Health Journals - Founder and Executive Director

Like many women, Shelley wears many hats. She is a licensed practical nurse, a COVID frontline, and an entrepreneur who is hands-on in operating two businesses. She has a heart for improving our healthcare system, especially in giving our dear seniors a better quality of life. She inspires me to nurture a sense of purpose in everything I do. She keeps me motivated and grounded during this challenging time.

Emma Wilson

Acumen Law Corporation - Barrister and Solicitor

Emma inspires me every day with how hard she works. Emma is a lawyer in Vancouver, running a busy practice defending people charged with serious criminal offences, driving prohibitions, and traffic tickets. She has distinguished herself as someone who is able to be compassionate, calm, but also cutting when she needs to be. In early 2021, Emma was called to the Yukon bar as well. Emma also publishes a blog called the Sexual Assault Blog where she writes about developments in the law of sexual assault from an intersectional feminist perspective.

Helen Lightstone

Lightstone Mediation Services - L.L.M. (DR), Chartered Mediator, Qualified Arbitrator, Licensed Paralegal

Helen Lightstone is a passionate Mediation Practitioner, an unsung hero, a champion who has an unselfish desire to share her knowledge, while establishing a polished business enterprise and making the world a better place.

Hazel McCallion

Former Mayor of Mississauga - Madame Mayor

Hazel McCallion is a true Canadian hero and a true inspiration for many. She’s an awesome leader who has empowered many and doesn’t tolerate anything but what is right and fair.

Hazel McCallion, businesswoman, athlete, politician, mayor of Mississauga from 1978 to 2014 (born 14 February 1921 in Port-Daniel, QC). One of Canada's longest-serving mayors, McCallion led her city for 12 consecutive terms, only retiring at age 93. Nicknamed “Hurricane Hazel” for her brash political style, she oversaw the development of Mississauga from a semi-rural bedroom community into the sixth-largest city in Canada. McCallion is considered a trailblazer for women in politics.

Kristina Shea

BlueSkys Life - Founder

Kristina Shea lived her whole life in the corporate world, and while she has been very successful, it was not an easy path. The single mother of a daughter attending university, Shea was twice widowed, dealt with excruciating health issues that led to her literally collapsing in Toronto’s financial district one day. In spite of all her challenges, Kristina never has been one to crumble. When asked what got her through it all, she smiles and says “It’s a BlueSkys Life…” And she means it so much she named her new business endeavor and passion project after it. She shares what she learned about change, challenges, resilience, and coming out on top with others who need that message, now more than ever. This is only the beginning for BlueSkys Life, we will be not only adding beautiful, natural, mindful products — but education on how to live YOUR BlueSkys Life™.

Rebecca McLaren

Polemical Zine - Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Rebecca is a talented, young social entrepreneur and visionary who is leveraging creativity to empower people around the world. After founding online arts collective: Polemical Zine, in mid-2017, Rebecca has grown her team to a total of 15 volunteers across 4 continents, and the magazine has published the works of an impressive 800+ contributors in 65+ countries. Rebecca’s innovative, free publication has challenged the status quo of traditional, juried magazines and has created an experimental platform for people of every race, sexuality, geography, and skill set to connect with one another and celebrate their talents. On top of her volunteer work with Polemical Zine, Rebecca has a full time job in public relations where she applies the same passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to both her agency’s groups and her day-to-day work.

Katherine Dudtschak

RBC - EVP, Personal and Commercial Banking

Katherine is a truly inspirational woman. She has had a personal journey that few will be able to understand, yet is inspiring the world. In her role as a very senior leader at RBC, she has broken glass ceilings for women and all genders, and done so in a way that shows true leadership, mentorship, compassion and grace.

Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak leads RBC’s eight personal and business regions in Canada and is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mutual Funds Inc.. This includes more than 20,000 advisors in branches and business centres, and industry-leading specialist teams such as Commercial Banking, Financial Planning, Investment and Retirement Planners and Mortgage Specialists. More than 10,000 of these advisors are also licensed through Royal Mutual Funds Inc.

Katie is responsible for setting and leading the execution of distribution strategies that enable RBC’s “digitally-enabled relationship bank” strategy. From 2013 to 2019, Katie also had overall leadership responsibility for RBC’s presence in the Caribbean, following her successful repositioning of the region’s personal, business and corporate banking businesses.

Katie is proud parent of 4 children

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan - CEO

Pamela is a leader of leaders! A believer in people! And what she does for mental health is INCREDIBLE! Not too mention she is a business leader BOSS and a huge #supporther

Emily Pyke

Featuring Inspiring women - Owner/creator

Emily is a strong fearless lady who has over come many gender stereotypes in becoming a licensed automotive technician. Not only does she make waves in her industry, she has also been shattering stereotypes online by creating an Instagram and website that showcases other strong women in male dominated industries. She has been gaining quite a bit of popularity by featuring inspiring women. She is an amazing role model for her two little girls to look up to, as well as her younger sisters and an inspiration to women everywhere. She’s making sure that women know all of the different routes they could take for a career. That the “unconventional” route is actually just another normal option. That just because it’s a male dominated industry, that that doesn’t mean it’s not waiting for some strong females to make their mark. She is reminding people that you don’t need to look or act a certain way to succeed in whatever you put your mind to. Her website is http://www.featuringinspiringwomen.ca

Ameera Ameerullah

Canada Mortgage and Financial Group - Mortgage Broker

Ms. Ameerullah is known for her transparency, generosity and resilient attitude. She’s a woman who is not afraid to challenge anyone to include the government on matters that requires immediate attention for the improvement of our community and the well being of others. She’s a strong advocate for human rights, an award winning mortgage broker, business entrepreneur and a social service worker who has been paving the path and making a difference not only in Canada but being a resource to emerging communities aboard.

Ameerullah coordinated the CMFG feeding program in 2020 even while she was battling cancer and COVID herself but had to ensure the homeless, seniors, families in need and frontline workers were fed and taken care of. On a daily basis, over 350 meals was donated to the hospitals. Also she’s been raising money to help keep the doors open at Covenant house Toronto so youths who are victims of trafficking can have a safe place to be, she’s also helping those affected in Texas by partnering up with Our Calling organization to help the disaster that disrupt many lives in Texas. Recently,

Robin Kovitz

Baskits - President and CEO

Working under the incredible leadership of Robin Kovitz has been instrumental to the growth of myself and the other fantastic women on our team at Baskits! I am nominating Robin to acknowledge her leadership skills and goals to constantly support and uplift the women in her community

Robin Kovitz is the President & CEO of Baskits Inc. Canada's preeminent gift delivery service company which designs, manufacturers and delivers unique and luxurious gifts across Canada and the US. Baskits has been featured in leading publications including: Forbes, House & Home, Elle Canada, Canadian Business and the Huffington Post. Robin lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. As a sought-after speaker on “Entrepreneurship through Acquisition”, “Digital Retail” and “Mompreneurship” she frequently guest lectures at the Yale School of Management and the Harvard Business School. In 2017 and 2021, she was recognized as a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award winner. In 2020 and 2021, Baskits was recognized as one of the Top Growing Companies in Canada by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.

Nnenna Uboma

TripleJ Consulting - Founder/CEO

Nnenna Uboma is founder TripleJConsulting. She is also the co-author of Beyond math, an analytical workbook for kids. She also works as a Director in Scotiabank. She refers to herself as the Corporate Entrepreneur.
Nnenna Uboma is a woman that is very inspiring, she is a consistently hard worker, who is also compassionate and empathetic and a go-to-person.
Her love for youth is unquestionable which has led to her organizing events to improve kids, teaching them different aspects of life in entrepreneurship, career to other topics.
Ultimately, all her efforts to champion those around her are significant to her community, and makes an impact on many, which makes her completely deserving of the title, Woman of Inspiration.

Meseret Haileyesus

Canadian Center for Women Empowerment - CEO

"Meseret Haileyesus is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, change-maker, economic justice and health equity advocate with more than seventeen years of experience, and a founder of the Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment. The first kind of organization addresses economic abuse in Canada through education, research, policy change, advocacy, and economic empowerment. Her project focus on the development of new approaches to economic abuse and injustice, working with the organization and financial institution to review existing systems, policies, and procedures to improve women's financial safety and security.

Meseret has identified a huge gap (unmet needs) and established a grass-root movement to address economic abuse and injustice. her non-profit is addressing critical gaps in policies and systems which are preventing survivors of economic abuse from recovering and becoming economically secure and independent. Economic abuse is a form of domestic violence where a partner controls a victim’s access to resources such as money, education, employment, food, transportation, convinces them to take on debt, or even interferes with schooling and employment to limit their independence.

Charlie Wall-Andrews

SOCAN - Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation

Charlie Wall-Andrews (MBA, MA, BA, CCIP) is a Trudeau Scholar, strategic planner, and sessional faculty member at the University of Toronto and Northeastern University (Boston, USA). She created the Women In Music Accelerator program at Ryerson University, and is a research associate at the Diversity Institute where she leads projects pertaining to address inequalities in the creative and cultural sectors. She is a Management Ph.D. candidate at Ted Rogers School of Management, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture, and TELUS Community Investment Board, and is the inaugural Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council. In 2019, she was appointed a global Legacy Fellow for the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship (a prestigious initiative of The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations).

Natasha Feghali

Feghali Group Inc / GECDSB - Investor, Educator, Philanthropist

Natasha E. Feghali, an award winning Canadian for her philanthropy in community and strong dedication to education. She is the recipient of the 40 Under 40 United Way/ Leadership Windsor-Essex Award 2018 as well as numerous awards and recognitions; most notably the Sovereign Canadian Medal in 2015 for her dedication to education and the future of entrepreneurship and youth. She is an international educator working overseas throughout her career while giving workshops, seminars and conferences Nationally and Internationally. She has taught in China, France, Kuwait and Ontario for 10 yrs. Feghali is also a distinguished media personality acting as MC in her community events, hosting events in the GCC as well as a journalist since 2012 and has written for magazines such as Bazaar Kuwait and City Pages Middle East. Most recently she has received the Odyssey Award from the University of Windsor and has been published in a book on Women and Leadership in Ontario with the Elementary Teachers Federation. She is a 2x graduate from the University of Windsor with extensive expertise in Second Language Education.

Ally Stone

Original Joe’s - Owner

Ally Stone is the ultimate support to a vast community of people she has constructed in the past 20 years. She gives selflessly and with unrelenting effort to bring the best out of everyone around her. She puts other’s growth and opportunity as the highest priority in her career, helping and supporting others find their way, which has left a wake of people living rich fulfilled lives and pursuing their passions behind her. She has been the ultimate catalyst in building loving team culture in her restaurants she is partnered in at Franworks. All while doing her best to share this remarkable recipe she produced there with the world through her work at Original Joe’s, with the purpose of hoping others will enjoy the rich life that wonderful connection in the workplace can bring.

Amber Zenith

HIGH Fitness - Co-Founder

Amber is a woman who has grown a business from a single fitness class in a community centre to a network of over 3,500 trained instructors across North America. Over the last year, she also did the ultimate pivot and took the format online by launching HIGH Fitness Live - quickly growing to over 3,000 subscribers and forever changing the business. She is innovative, supportive of her team, and encourages countless men and women to 'work off the emotional weight' of the day (instead of talking calories, pounds, food, etc).

Tanya Thorn

Town of Okotoks - Town Councillor

Tanya is a devout proponent and inclusion advocate. She is a Town Councillor, a Board Member with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Interim Chair of the Alberta Police Advisory Board and the Vice-President of the Alberta Water Council. She works tirelessly to engage the community and to genuinely represent the interest of residents. She has been invited to sit on panels addressing such vital matters as women in politics, design of healthy communities, effective water management and water policies. In addition to all of this, she finds time to mentor female candidates wishing to run for any level of government. Not only does Tanya bring a considerate and thoughtful approach to leadership but her devotion towards fairness and transparency are to be admired. It is without hesitation and with much pride that I support Tanya’s nomination for a Women of Inspiration award.

Luanne Whitmarsh

ARBI - Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured - Executive Director

I have never met a soul quite like Luanne. She is an inspiration in how she leads as Executive Director of ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured), along with running her own consulting business as a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging. She is all about doing what's right while allowing people to show up exactly as they are. In this, she is a dedicated person who lives her life as an opportunity to advocate for individuals who society often forgets to include. Her curiosity and spunk for life inspire everyone with who she comes into contact. The truth is, Luanne is someone who changed my heart, my mindset, and my commitment to being an advocate myself. Without a doubt, Luanne is the definition of a Woman of Inspiration!

Koleya Karringten

Absolute Combustion - CEO

Koleya is an inspiring entrepreneur and has built a successful business with Absolute Combustion. In addition to this she is a champion for women in business across the board and a vocal supporter in doing so.

Masooma Sayed Hashim

ACSA - CEO

Founder & CEO biography: Masooma Sadat Hossaini
1. Graduated of Physical Education as a bachelor degree in Higher Education at Kabul University on 2008, 2. Diploma of Business management in American university of Afghanistan on 2011, 3.Diploma of Mathematics in Samayan high school 2002 4.Certificate of a personal trainer in American Council on Exercise( ACE) on 2020 5.Student of marketing management in BCIT college in Vancouver, BC 2019
• Certificate: 1. Dan 2nd certificate from world taekwondo federation 2014 2. sports educator certificate from Sport Sans Frontiers (SSF) 2009
• Awards:

Shawna Magence

Rodan and Fields - Level V Independent Consultant

Shawna Magence is the CEO of her global skincare company. She's also the mother of four amazing children, the Leader of the FemCity Thornhill chapter, and she is also a bestselling cookbook author. She has regularly volunteered her time at her children's school over the past decades, as well as, at Emunah Women of Toronto.
Shawna is a heart-centred individual who is always looking at opportunities to connect others to create win-win solutions. She loves to service others, and to lift them up by offering a partnership in her successful company.
Her latest contribution to others' happiness is her professional matchmaking business, to help individuals find their true love.

Jabeen Boga

Delara India Assistance Society (DIAS) - Director

Jabeen is an exemplary individual whose commitments are proven out by her actions. Her strength of character and willingness to help others has been a fundamental component of her legacy. It is echoed in her community involvement for not-for-profit organizations by serving as Ismaili CIVIC-Lead to improve the well-being of the broader Canadian community. Over the past 3 years, Jabeen has led 40+ events that have included 45,000 volunteer hours for over 3,000 volunteers. She has supported numerous initiatives through her to the food banks, homeless shelters, YWCA and Habitat-for-Humanity amongst others

Upon a visit to India, Jabeen engaged in community work and discovered a desire to give back towards educational development. She sought out a role as a Director for Delara India Assistance Society (DIAS), a not-for-profit organization which supports continuing education in Goa, India. Her commitment has made a difference to over 150 students annually.

Eni Oszlai

RBC - Financial Doctor

Eni Oszlai is a Financial Doctor, RBC’s TOP Financial Specialist. She is a true inspiration.
Eni is a Leader, a Role Model, an Educator, a Connector, a Mother, a Philanthropist, a True Friend. Everything she does, she does from the space of Love, Contribution and Gratitude. Her life purpose is to empower others, and help everyone whose life she touches to make their dreams and passion a tangible reality.
She regularly educates others not just about financial matters, but also how they can use different mindset techniques to overcome adversity and get on the path of true success.
Eni regularly volunteers her time and provides financial support to various charities, effectively empowering women, children, the sick, and third world countries to reach their fullest potential.
Her book “The Waterfront Awards: Powerful Success Stories” became a Bestseller in 2020; and her online show “The Financial Doctor Show” has attracted trailblazers, mindset-gurus, TEDx speakers, musicians and business people to be featured and connected with thousands of Eni’s audience, effectively connecting them with collaborators and new clients, but also to show the light and opportunities for others to be empowered and to rise.

Anaida Deti

DentalX - Ceo

Anaida is an inspiration to whoever knows her. She, better than anybody, can be called a woman of inspiration. Her humble beginnings start with her and her husband coming to Canada 19 years ago with pocket change and no English. She worked 7 days a week while going to school full time. She started everything from scratch. Now she has a very successful business, an award winning dental office and in the process of opening her second one. Her story has been considered a success story not only by everyone that knows her, but also by a lot of national and international media. She has been featured in many Tv shows, radio shows, magazines, newspapers, online platforms and more to share her amazing journey and her dental expertise.
Anaida has won many local, national and international awards. Even though, she is a very successful business woman, Anaida is a very humble and simple person, which makes everyone that knows her, fall in love with her. She is a very beautiful person inside and out. She has worked very hard to be where she is and she deserves to be a Woman of Inspiration.

Christa Gibbs

Centurion Property Associates Inc. - Director, Student Operations

When considering extraordinary women who lead by example, I mind immediately goes to Christa. Firstly, I am blown away by Christa’s dedication and commitment to hard work, and her tenacity, for climbing the corporate ladder and succeeded so well professionally, despite her lack of formal education. Christa never gave up, and tackled all challenges head on. Today, she sits on the executive board for an asset mgmt organization, her days spent driving the business, and leading others to succeed as well. Christa has a passion for people, and is often commended for her ability to lead others to be their best selves. And I can speak from experience, I have learned so much from her. She is honest to a fault, authentic, and kind. The number of people who have attributed their success to Christa’s dedication to their growth is too high to count. Aside from professionally, Christa also wrote and published 2 novels, both reaching Amazon bestseller in many countries. Reviews of the books mention that she (via her novels) ‘changed their life’, ‘helped them find the courage to reach for more’, and ‘to never stop reaching for their dreams’.

Shakira Rouse

Special Compass, - Founder, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilator, Educator

Shakira Rouse is the founder of Special Compass, keynote speaker, facilitator, and yoga instructor. She has an incredible passion for connecting people to understand that learning disabilities shouldn't deter one from accomplishing their goals. As an adult with a learning disability, Shakira regularly experiences emotional frustration and stress but, at twenty-five, this ambitious young woman decided to turn her setback into a comeback to help other students with learning disabilities. Special Compass is an organization dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities achieve success in and outside the classroom. Merging her personal experience and education, Shakira Rouse creates and facilitates workshops for students, parents, and educators. Speaking and presenting at events in Canada and stateside. The recipient of the Black Female Role Model award has been interviewed in nationally and internationally outlets, sharing her story of how she overcame challenges with her learning disability in her education.

Kim Ledgerwood

Crazy Water Girls - Founder Crazy Water Girls, Ex Toronto Police Officer

I am Kim Ledgerwood, previously a Toronto Police Officer for 30 years, happily retired now. I have 2 daughters, 23 and 25 years old. I am happily single. I am writing a chapter in a book to Empower Women To Succeed and overcome any challenges. I want to leave a legacy to my children and be the best I can be and live life to its fullest while being fulfilled in what I do professionally and personally. I am blessed that both those entities are one and I am truly living my passion and my income is a result of me just living life and telling my story to people. I am currently growing a business with my best friend. We call it Crazy Water Girls, and we endorse water ionizers that are medical devices that change people’s lives. This is my passion and what I feel is my service to those that need a change in their lives by changing their water. I changed my drinking water 2 years ago and it helped with my mental health issues and I want to help everyone I can experience this mental health freedom like I have.

Erin Bigney

Canada East Spine Centre's Director of Research Erin Bigney - Director of Research

Erin Bigney is the Director of Research for the Canada East Spine Centre (CESC), a research centre for orthopaedic and neurosurgery. Spine injury and disease can have debilitating effects on patients. Through clinical research the CESC lead by Erin Bigney, strives to improve patients outcomes.

Since she took over, the CESC has quadrupled its staff and has won multiple awards reflecting research excellence. Erin has multiple peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter, and has presented at national and international scientific conferences. Erin is a strong proponent of fostering research practices into medical care and recognizes the importance of mentorship to enhancing the next generations’ skills and opportunities in research. As part of her commitment to mentorship she has embedded programming to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research opportunities and skills training within the CESC strategic plan.

Erin embodies the true definition of what a successful mentor should be and is a strong female leader and mentor in medical research. Through facilitating the research training of students, Erin makes major contributions to improving the quality of care and quality of life of spine surgery patients both in New Brunswick and across Canada.

Denise Byers

DanDeeLion Publishing - author, poet, founder

Denise Byers is an author, poet, and co-founder of a publishing company. Her award-winning poetry book, Shattered, is comprised of over 50 poems written over the past 40 years about her issues with maintaining good mental health. Shattered, both dark and deeply personal with insightful and inspirational messages of hope, courage and strength, caught the attention of the prestigious Book Excellence Awards and won. The Book Excellence Awards is a competitive literary academy that honors notable authors every year and is sponsored by Literary Excellence Incorporated. Ms. Byers has suffered from various forms of mental illness for most of her life. She has attempted suicide and fights suicidal thoughts on a regular basis. In addition, she has struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) stemming from past abuse and currently receives treatment for depression and anxiety. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA - National) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI - the US), statistics show that one in five North Americans has had, have, or will have, some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Denise Byers is a graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada with her BA in Sociology.

Francisca Mandeya

Author, public speaker

Zimbabwean-born World-Changer,Francisca Mandeya, living in the Canadian archipelago is a powerful voice on paper and on stage. Her influence crosses continents and her vitally important message is creating an international movement of mothers who understand that the lessons they impart to the next generation can change the world. She is a double winner of Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Gender Equality award. Her best seller Mother Behold Thy Son and Upcoming book Racial Equality convey messages of equality, love, and freedom. As a result of the Mental Fitness coaching and empowerment she teaches, mothers and individuals take care of themselves first; and create healthy family relationships, leading to peace in their homes. She is the CEO of Transformational Call Coaching & Consulting Inc and Founder of Mothers United. She has been featured on CBC North, CBC Winnipeg, Authority Magazine USA, Ticker TV Australia and podcasts in Asia, Africa and America.

Sistah Lois

Actor, Singer

A valued longtime member of activist and artistic communities she brings a wealth of experience together in her offerings - from classrooms to auditorium floors to stages and screens. People find comfort in her music because it's appealing, and they listen to her words because they are revealing, uncovering thoughts and emotions which many of us would like to express. The power behind her words is a singing voice that subtly expresses the spirit of varied authenticities, that touches each and every individual heart in an intimately personal way. Described as “original soundscapes that blend traditional with original songs, poems, stories which mirrors our collective souls. Freely fusing rhythm, word, and sound, “It's an ITAL ting, carries a culturally conscious sting, after 50 years knowing it's noSistah Lois (pronounced “Loyce”) is an incredibly talented singer, actor, creatrix across disciplines. She is, she says “a muddah, dawtah, Sistah, afrikan princess, is a dynamic Edutainer and musical messenger.” Born in Trinidad, she lived in the Caribbean and in the UK as a child. She has lived in Canada since she was eight years old. Reverend Kelly Addison, of KGL TV near Toronto, Canada, calls her “a national treasure.

Nathan Skoufis

Guelph Family Martial Arts - Owner

Nathan Skoufis is a 23 x world champion and member of Team Canada. He is one of the most accomplished martial artist. He is active in promoting females in the martial arts world and advocating for equality. He is involved in helping the community through a variety of community innovations including women in crisis and many more. He is a community champion!

Sophie Skoufis

Guelph Family Martial Arts - Owner

Sophie Skoufis is a mentor to so many throughout the area including youth and adults. She is a multiple time world champion, 5th degree black belt and a member of Team Canada. She is heavily involved in several charity innovations and has had a huge positive impact on the community as a whole. She is very deserving of this award. She makes everyone believe they can, an amazing leader and mentor.

Phoebe Wasfy

Philopateer Christian College - Principal

Phoebe Wasfy, Principal of Philopateer Christian College (PCC), was born in
Egypt and immigrated to North America at the age of nine. She is an active
member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Her love for academia
and her active involvement in the field has earned her the Arab Women of
Excellence Awards in Academia from Life Transformation Academy (Calgary,
Alberta - Canada).
Phoebe is a board member of ACSI-Eastern Canada. She is an adjunct
Faculty for the Youth Ministry Certification Program (YMCP) offered by the
Canadian Coptic Center in affiliation with YouthTrain, New Zealand. Phoebe
enjoys interacting with other educators, students and parents and is
committed to fostering leadership and professional development amongst
her staff. Phoebe heads many initiatives and is responsible for the school
youth missionary trips globally while partnering with other governments,
worldwide charity groups, and global aid organizations. Her contiguous
efforts to make an impact on her students and in her day to day work has
led her to be chosen by the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board to be
inducted for 2021-2022. She is also featured as one of the top 10 Most
Inspiring Business Women Making a Difference in Insights Success.

Katie Bushie

Life Spark Holistic Coaching & Wellness - PsychoPractitioner/ Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor

Katie is a PsychoPractitioner who has pioneered the connection of mental health & yoga/wellness for hundreds of veterans, first responders & individuals in trauma recovery.
This has been demonstrated in first-ever long-term collaborations with military services, first responders, hospitals, nonprofits & schools.
She is a regular speaker across Ontario Canada on the healing evidence of holistic interventions.
She was nominated for 10 awards across Ontario for her work in the mental health forum last year.

Aymie Rondeau

Shop the Curvy - Owner

Aymie is a positive leader in the Calgary community. She is a voice for those living in plus-size bodies. She advocates for the needs of fashion for those in plus size bodies continually. She advocates for women empowering one another, and she also lives that in her everyday life. She is a heart centric business and it’s easy to feel connected to her. Her passion for community and fashion is palpable.

Michelle Buckland

EMBRACE - President/Founder

Michelle is an inspiration because she is passionate about what she does. I believe that she is intentional and motivated to advocate for those who may not be able to advocate for themselves. She has been championing and training inclusivity and accessibility for many years. This is not a fleeting exercise du jour for Michelle - but a deep-seated belief in ensuring that we see people with disabilities as being able to contribute in many ways. She believes in providing support in an equitable manner having lived and living through certain stigma. Michelle devotes herself to this work and is ever-ready to provide others with the knowledge and resources needed for awareness and action. She is a kind, detailed-oriented, driven phenomenal leader and entrepreneur with advocacy at the core.

Rachel Lemos

Canadian Western Bank Financial Group - Director, Procurement

Rachel is a strategic and highly results-oriented procurement leader with over 20 years’ experience in international companies in the North and South America. Rachel has a diverse background, experienced in large organizations, well versed in various processes associated with private and public procurement, strategic sourcing and supply chain operations management.
In Canada, Rachel has worked for public corporations both in the Provincial and Federal levels, has led staff in complex environments, including unionized settings. Nevertheless, she has stand out as an inspirational leader, closely coaching and developing her teams.
Rachel holds Professional Designation as a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), has MBA in Purchasing and Logistics, Bachelor in International Relations and Business Leadership Certification.

Jennifer Hadley

Fierce Mom - founder

I am nominating Jennifer because she is a fierce mom! Not only is she a fierce mom but she is a fierce community connector! She is always willing to help those around her, she encourages people to look at every day as a new day and helps everyone get organized! With a focus on empowering women and encouraging growth and change Jennifer is a women of inspiration!

Asawari Lele

RBCRoyal Bank of Canada - Business Account Manager at RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Asawari goes above and beyond the requirements of an account manager and is extremely liked by her customers. she is a strong advocate of female entrepreneurship. Her strength is client servicing and going above and beyond. She owns their issues and challenges and comes back with solutions.This is also the reason she has been recognized, honoured and awarded the 'RBC Convention Award 2020' for Business Markets.

Anita Erskine

Anita Erskine Holdings Limited. - Broadcaster, Actress, Advocate

Anita Erskine was educated in Canada, built her brand helping women and becoming a broadcasting powerhouse in Africa.
Now back in Hamilton splitting her time between McMaster University, making appearances on international television and expanding her media profile in North America, Anita has risen to the forefront of the African broadcast industry to become a powerful Award-Winning voice seasoned by experience as well as talent, and aimed at uplifting and inspiring women around the world. She has almost two decades in the broadcast industry focusing on Music, Lifestyle, Maternal Health, Social Impact, Education, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. She hosted The One Show; +233 Discovery; and is the host for the female edition of Making of a Mogul. Anita is also the Executive Producer and host of Sheroes of Our Time and Host /Advisor of the 2020 edition of the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative. Named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Africa, the 100 Most Inspirational Women in Ghana and 100 Most Influential People in Ghana, Anita truly is a global powerhouse who is making Canada home and working here on the international version of her show SHEROES.

Hanna Ormanczyk

Biomedicine Holistic Healing Clinics - Founder, Osteopath, an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Registered Nutritional Therapist

Hanna Ormanczyk is an Osteopath, an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Registered Nutritional Therapist with an international reputation. People come from around the world to get one on one specialized care from Hanna's two Biomedicine Holistic Healing Clinics in Oakville and Mississauga. As she puts it "I specialize in integrative medicine,
epigenetic approach, and advocating for its usage in correction, improve, and normalization in contemporary medical practice. I am one of the very few practitioners offering these particular forms of treatment and clinical trials to investigate root causes of dietary issues ranging anywhere from weight management, nutritional tracking, and other health issues like sleep apnea, diabetes, and leaky gut. I specialize in combating today’s issues in dietary consumption such as obesity and malnutrition with an overall success rate of 86% and climbing. I offer all of me services in person and online for anyone who need my help. I excel at being able to connect and empathize with all my clients, employing an empathetic approach and recognizing the underlying personal motivations and drives of my patients to use to achieve their goals of self-betterment and personal growth.

Nancy Barber

Bombardier Aviation - Chief Operating Officer

Nancy is an accomplished leader and the first female in the role of Chief Operating Officer at Bombardier Aviation. She has shown incredible resilience, strength, discipline, and heart, inspiring so many around her in her journey. She is an enthusiastic leader who truly cares about her team and enables them to channel their own enthusiasm and grow in their roles. Even during challenging times, Nancy has a way of instilling confidence through her positive approach. Throughout her career, she has always been generous of her time and enjoys coaching young women. She actively promotes gender parity both within her organization and through speaking events. What inspires me most about Nancy is not only what she does, but how she does it.

Yasemin Sezer

L&T Infotech - Head of Technology and Operations

Yasemin Sezer has been working in the technology sector as an influential executive leader for more than 20 years. She is a pioneer in providing digital technology solutions and transforming organizations by implementing automation and robotics solutions. Being a successful trailblazer in STEM, she sponsored Women4Women; networking for women in technology, both in her global organization, (where half of her team was operating out of India) and in the industry. She has been given the Top 100 Powerful Women Award in light of her achievements in the tech industry.

Kween

Guelph Black Heritage Society - Executive Director

Kween ran the largest protest ever seen in history in this area and in Guelph. It brought over 8,000 with a viewership of 20k. Every day she inspires others through her two businesses or her role as Executive Director for a nonprofit called Guelph Black Heritage Society. From her social media to her constant everyday life. She is exquisite. She makes monumental strides for the Black communities.

Catherine Chow

REALTOR®

Catherine is a true leader in her community and a role model for other Realtors. In addition to being on the Board of Governors for the CREB® Reator® Community Foundation, she is the Chair of the CREB® Community Investment Standing Committee. She is a 16 year Senior Associate Shareholder of the Calgary Stampede Committee, promoting Calgary and Western Pride. Catherinehas also helped fundraise and volunteer for several organizations such as: Kids Cancer Care Foundation, RMHC, is a founding member of the CV&Me committee with the Libin Cardiovascular Institute and was nominated as a "Hero of the Flood" by the Government of Alberta in 2013 for flood relief efforts. She is an inspiration to all women.

Hannah Yohannes

Filmmaker - Program Coordinator - Speaker

I'm nominating Hannah Yohannes as a Woman of Inspiration because she uses her filmmaking gifts and talents to educate and advocate for her community. For example, as a program coordinator, she transformed the Ve'ahavta Skills Academy (VSA) program which is a 9-week essential skills program from an in-person class to a digital online training program due to COVID-19 being announced as a global pandemic. This is one of the several moments in which Hannah shows her adaptability and dedication to her community members. She also uses her platform as a filmmaker to advocate for those who feel voiceless and mentors youth in the Presenting Our Vision film program on the power of storytelling and highlighting the importance of representation in the media industry.

Rosemary Mupambwa

Rosemary Mupambwa - Author, Speaker, Life Transformational and Relationship Expect, CEO

Rosemary Mupambwa is an Author, Speaker, Life Transformational, and Relationship Expect, CEO of Roseslifecoaching Healing Inc. She has transformed a lot of women’s lives through her speaking and retreats about healing. A widow herself is one of the most courageous, resilient, and powerful women I know, who got tired of crying herself to sleep after her loss, decided to use her pain to change people’s lives. This strong woman got separated from her children for 6 years when she migrated to Canada from Zimbabwe, but she is still standing. The acclaimed Relationship Expect, went through failed relationships before realizing that people needed to heal from their past before getting into new relationships. Now she helps a multitude of women worldwide, to reset, reignite their groove and get back into the dating scene. Rosemary believes crying without taking action is self-destructive behavior. Her motto is, “Healing Is A Choice.”

Dr. Janét Aizenstros

Ahava Group Global - Founder & Chairwoman

Dr. Janét Aizenstros is a signatory with the United Nations Business Action Hub (UNBAH) for the United Nations Global Compact Network. She is an award-winning businesswoman with several leadership awards such as the Top 40 under 40, the Top 10 Inspiring Women in Canada, 2019 Conscious Company Media’s Top 22 Business Leaders, 2013-2014 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction of Business and Entrepreneur, a recipient of the 2020 WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award: Top 100, the Stevie® Award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year Canada; Employer Of The Year for Canadian Business which ranked her company 12th on Canadian Business 2020 Growth List -- making her the first Black Canadian woman in history to scale a 9-figure organization and sole female founder to be featured on the list. Janét is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), a participant with Concordia Leadership Council and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation.

Kayla Isabelle

Startup Canada - CEO

Kayla Isabelle has demonstrated incredible resilience and noteworthy leadership during 2020. Faced with taking leadership of both Startup Canada, Canada's Entrepreneurship Organization, on March 1st, 2020, and of the Innovators and Entrepreneur Foundation during a global pandemic, Kayla has not only sustained, but grown an event-based non-profit, and provided an extended reach to Canada's entrepreneurship community during one of its most challenging years on record. Kayla began her journey as Executive Director getting a crash course in crisis management in her first two weeks as the new leader of Startup Canada. In the span of just a few days, she went from meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Startup Canada's International Women’s Day event to discuss women's entrepreneurship, to dealing with perhaps the greatest economic crisis this country’s small businesses have confronted in generations. Startup Canada was able to retain 100% of their corporate partners by shifting traditionally conference-based events, digitally. By developing strategic partnerships with organizations like Google, Kayla led the charge on national digital programming, reaching the highest cohort of entrepreneurs on record.

Mikaella Celeston

Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic & Wellness - Founder

Mikaella is an extraordinary individual she is very knowledgeable and has expertise in the Domaine of Trichologist. She has been helping hundreds of people with hair loss and scalp conditions. She is the first Trichologist clinic in Ottawa. She also formulated and developed a line of products to help the clients especially during those hard times. She deserves to
Be recognized for
All the good she has been doing for her clients.

Kehkashan Basu

Green Hope Foundation - Founder President

Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, 20-year-old Kehkashan Basu is an iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of women and children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace, and sustainability campaigner. A Forbes30under 30 for Education and the first-ever Voices Youth Gorbachev-Schultz Legacy Award for her work on nuclear disarmament, Kehkashan is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, an UN-Habitat Young City Champion, and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth and one of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence. Kehkashan is the Founder President of the global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which works at a grassroots level in 16 countries, empowering young people, especially those from vulnerable communities, in the sustainable development process and she has spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora. Through Green Hope, Kehkashan has directly empowered over 130,000 young people, mostly from vulnerable and marginalized communities in 25 countries.

Jennifer Quaglietta

Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) - Vice President, Performance Excellence and Information Sergices

Jennifer has been a visionary leader in the Canadian healthcare sector for over 20 years. Jennifer has overseen countless, system-wide changes with a commitment to nurturing people and advancing patient safety while at the same time keeping performance, innovation, and sustainability at the forefront.

As Jennifer’s career has progressed, she has had a focused commitment to mentoring women (students, peers and colleagues). Jennifer has always made time to contribute to accelerating growth in others and helping create joy at work. She has inspired and supported many colleagues and mentees across the system in achieving their vision, by bridging their strategic functional expertise with landscape navigation to support them in obtaining their professional goals, all while improving value across the system. She was recently named as a Top 10 Women Leader in Digital Health by Digital Health Canada and continues to support women across the country in achieving their goals.

Evangeline Chima

Black Mentorship Inc.. Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) - Founder

Evangeline Chima is the founder of Black Mentorship Inc. BMI – an organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and personal expansion of Black professionals through education, mentorship and skills
building. BMI was born out of her personal experiences with systemic racism and bias as a Black professional woman in Canada. Despite her education, numerous professional certifications, work ethic and commitment, she could not reach her professional aspirations.
Out of these experiences and recognizing Black professionals are underrepresented across industries and in leadership roles, Evangeline created Black Mentorship Inc – (BMI) to inspire, support, and mentor Black professionals to fulfill their potential, build community, and promote change.

Evangeline is vast in Information Technology Services, DEI strategies, Workplace Safety and Wellness Programs. She provides consultation to Sheridan College executives and academic leadership teams on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

She is the Sheridan College BLACKS career readiness series co-creator and is the brain behind the recently launched Sheridan College Black Mentorship Program. Evangeline mentors many students and professionals and sits on many Boards and Advisory Table participating in strategic planning towards promoting change and building safe, inclusive and equitable communities.
Evangeline was named one of the 2020 Black women to watch.

Kiruthika Vamatheavan

Auto Market Inc. - Founder, CEO

Kiruthika is 21 years old. She’s an entrepreneur, the founder, and CEO of AutoxMarket Inc, it’s an online marketplace for automotive shopping. Also, the founder of Aram Foundations which helps children in third world countries with their education needs. She’s a law student and very interested in global issues. She also received the award for Emerging Leader by CSPN 2020.

Shreya Patel

Window Dreams Productions - Creative Director

Model turned writer, filmmaker, actress, and mental health advocate, Shreya Patel a voice to empower the voiceless. , she has dedicated her life to not only a professional career in film and the arts but also in social work. She is an honoree of the Women’s Achiever Award 2020 for Youth Leadership and CSPN’s Emerging Leader Award Under 35. She is also nominated for Forbes 30 under 30. A natural storyteller, she uses many of her diverse interests and impactful activism work in film projects. Her directorial debut, the documentary “Girl Up”, brings light to domestic violence and human trafficking in Toronto and has been partnered with TIFF to showcase at Civic Action Summit. During this pandemic, she has gathered over 65 countries on 6 different continents with over 100 casts and made a documentary called Unity showcasing the plight of the human spirit.

Cindy Watson

Women On Purpose - Founder

Cindy is a true Woman On Purpose. As a successful social justice attorney, she dedicated herself to uplifting, empowering, and promoting women to rise up together. While many people hid during the pandemic, Cindy shone. She showed up doing daily FB lives to uplift and inspire and had people around the world tune in to hear her messages of hope. She used her platforms to share free content, doing intensive free workshops and even offered much of her programing for free. She inspires women worldwide, empowering them to find and live into their purpose and passion. She helps women leverage their innate power to get what they want and deserve through her Art of Feminine Negotiation programs (because all of life is a negotiation). She’s an international speaker, award-winning author, master negotiator and world-class women’s empowerment coach, known for her passion, commitment and ability to inspire.

Blair Fast

Rogers Sports & Media - Sr Manager, Digital News Products

Blair Fast is a digital product leader who thrives the pursuit of customer value. With a knack for aligning teams towards customer-driven growth, she could happily spend hours listening to feedback, co-creating with customers and ideating with colleagues—anything where other humans are involved. She has led digital teams across industries and currently leads Digital News Products at Rogers Sports & Media. Blair is also proud to bring her customer and product expertise to a number of community organizations including Next Gen Men, an organization focused on gender equality

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blair-fast-8186b026/

Suzie Yorke

Love Good Fats - CEO and Founder

Suzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy fats back.

A mom of 4 kids, eleven-time Ironman competitor and yoga enthusiast, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat diet only for her health to hit a wall in her mid-40s. After reading Nina Teicholz’s best seller, Big Fat Surprise, she immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and started to feel better within a few weeks. While she loved the benefits of her new lifestyle, Suzie found it challenging to find convenient, good-fat snacks. Seeing a gap in the marketplace and a huge opportunity to help others through food, Suzie developed Love Good Fats, a company that produces low-sugar foods loaded with good fats.

Starting in 2017, Suzie led the launch and expansion of Love Good Fats to exceed $100 million in Gross Revenues in a little over 3 years with sales in the largest Retailers across Canada and the US. Love Good Fats quickly became one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America.

Nadiya Manji

Curacion Group of Companies / Nadiya Manji Brand - CEO and Founder

Nadiya Manji is a thought leader in the area of utilizing emotional intelligence in leading your life and business. Originally from Pakistan, Nadiya has worked with numerous clients over 3 continents, for over 15 years and has decided to make Canada her home. Through many adversities, she has powered through to create a place for herself on the emotional intelligence and leadership stage. She strongly believes that emotional intelligence and leadership skills can be utilized in both our personal and professional lives. Nadiya is also a 2018 TEDx Speaker, Author and is currently completing her designation as a clinical hypnotherapist. I believe Nadiya is a prime candidate for this award as she has worked with many people helping break through their inner blocks and barriers to attain the best life possible. There is no one more deserving than Nadiya Manji.

Mikaella Celestin

Ottawa Hair Loss Clinic & Wellness - CEO

Mikaella is making a massive difference in Canada with Trichology. She is the first black owned operated Trichology clinic in Canada. She been helping peoples regaining confidence and growing their hair back by applying only holistic approach. She also an incredible business woman managing different businesses.

Unstoppable Tracy - 2019 Women of Inspiration Change Agent Award

Unstoppable Tracy - Expert on Disarming Limiting Beliefs, International Award-Winning Leader & Speaker, TV Host & Bestselling Author

A Woman of Inspiration fosters understanding and conviction. those around her know what’s expected of them and others and in this world and are compelled and influenced to agree because they feel a meaningful value to jump on board and activate change together. Unstoppable Tracy

You are going to be blown away …not only is she a powerhouse from an 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. She has shared the stage and events with Dr. Phil, Jane Fonda, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Douglas, Mel Gibson, John Travolta and dozens of more A-listers! Her mind-blowing story always gets standing ovations pushing audiences out of their limitation zones to taking action.

Tracy 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 … As 2018/19's #1 Transformational Leader Global Female by the John Maxwell Team out of 160 countries… she has represented companies such as Air Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Uber in times of crisis …where Tracy became a major disruptor of normal, resulting in out-performing the stock market.

She has climbed the Himalaya Mountains and captained tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic and a decorated world cup athlete in a male-dominated sport of sailing who has lived as a Premier Awarded Humanitarian in developing countries such as Uganda, Nepal, Mexico and Jamaica to name only a few!!!

Tracy is both a Best-Selling Author on Amazon and with her Publisher of the book ‘Unstoppable YOU; Delivering the Limitless Secret’ endorsed by Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul!

To top it all off... if she is not incredible enough in Business, as a Humanitarian, as a World Cup Sailor and a mountain climber … she was also born a 4-way amputee with no hands and no legs, no problem.