2021 Women of Inspiration™ Nominees
2021 Women of Inspiration™ Nominees
Congratulations on being nominated as a Women of Inspiration™ who leads, inspires and motivates others to greatness!
2021 VIRTUAL AWARDS – November 13, 2021
By nominating her, you are honouring her accomplishments, contributing to her legacy, validating her hard work and her contribution to the workplace. You are helping her see her worth and unknowing impact. You are taking action to SupportHER™, elevating role models to be recognized on a local, national and global level.
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Benefits of your nomination:
- Validate her worth, build confidence, elevate leadership.
- Local, national, and global exposure.
- Additional media and PR coverage.
- Connection with other like-minded, influential leaders from diverse industries across Canada.
- Opportunities to create change on a larger stage.
- Elevating her business, credibility personally and professionally.
- Contribute to her legacy.
- Recognition as a leader in her industry.
- Recognize her achievements.
- Increasing her circle of influence, inspiring the next generation of leaders.
When you nominate, the ripple effect is far-reaching!
Since our inaugural awards on September 26, 2015, we have recognized over 1,000 women and awarded 200 Awards.
A 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.
“Being nominated for a Women of Inspiration™ Award was an incredible experience. At first, I felt imposter syndrome and that good ol’ voice shame saying, “Who do you think YOU are?” I was hesitant to accept, but after the first gathering of all the nominees, I knew I made the right decision to let my name stand. These women were different. They were so supportive! I felt seen and valued by other nominees who I personally look up to! This was an incredible experience that exceeded my expectations and made me feel like I was a part of something so much bigger than me. It will remain a highlight for me for many years to come, and the relationships with the other nominees are now lifetime friends.” Connie Jakab, Health and Wellness Advocate Award
Winning the 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Influencer Award has been such a beautiful experience. It has provided me with the space to own the spotlight and celebrate the impact of my message. This platform truly champions women. It has been glorious to witness the confidence birthed from myself and the other nominees from being seen, heard, and appreciated for the work we are doing. The most profound takeaway has been the unbridled support and encouragement from everyone in The Universal Womens Network™. Let us continue the ripple effect of elevating one another and nominate a Women of Inspiration for 2021! Blaise Hunter – Influencer Award
Rose's Life Coaching - Life Coach, Author, Public Speaker
Rosemary Mupambwa, a widow and a mother of three, an Author, Speaker, was a Fashion Model, former College Lecturer for 13 years. She has a Degree in Human Resources, a Diploma in College Education, from UK, a Diploma in
Social Work, a Diploma in Business Administration, a Degree in Sociology from Athabasca University in Canada. Because of her love to heal people’s lives, she also became an Inter. Certified Life Transformation and Relationship Coach as
well as a Retreat Leader. She is a Domestic Violence Counselor; has extensive Mental Health working experience. Her life experiences as a widow, an immigrant, a single mother, she now works with people that have gone through major life transitions that has caused them grief/pain/loss like widowhood, divorce, heartbreaks and runaway partners to help them dismantle the chains of grief that kept them tethered to their self limiting past. Rosemary is the COURAGEOUS WOMAN who got tired of crying herself to sleep due to the grief she had experienced.
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.
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.
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
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.
Javelin Learning Solutions - President
I nominate Fred Fishback for SupportHer as he has been a great supporter of women. Fred is wise, knowledgeable, generous, humble and a great entrepreneur. His leadership style is quote inspiring; he observes ones skills and hidden talents and offers advice and encouragement to build upon them. He is a devoted family man who helps his daughters as well as his son excel at anything they do. Fred is an aviation enthusiast and collector of cars. Fred Fishback is a geniune leader.
Celina Caesar-Chavannes & Co - Transformative Leader
Celina Caesar-Chavannes was an elected member of the Government of Canada and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for International Development. Previously Celina was co-Chair of Canada’s first national epidemiology of neurological conditions and an award winning entrepreneur, of a healthcare research management firm. She has spoken across Canada and internationally, related to politics, research, equity and justice. Celina is the principal consultant for Resolve Research Solutions Inc.
Celina is a Transformative Leader; Cultural Transformation, Equity Consultant, Speaker and a Coach. She has authored a book 'Can You Hear Me Now? ' She is an advocate for mental health, equity and justice. Celina is a true leader and her accomplishments are incredible.
Ryan Murphy Construction - Co-founder
I nominate Lara Murphy who co-found the construction company with Karen Ryan and built a community-based model of operating the business. Her company Ryan Murphy provides a refreshing change of pace with a female point of view and not just women in construction but as Lara points out, it’s not about gender.
In a male-dominated industry, her company was named a Business Leader in Calgary in 2019, Growth 500 and Canadian Business Top 100 Entrepreneurs for 2015-2020 and was also named fastGrowth50 list for 2016 and 2017.
It takes vison, dedication and care to build a successful comapny. Lara deserves to be in the spotlight.
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.
Phoenix Paramedics - Paramedic
Kaysey always put others first before her own needs. She works so hard. She works 168 plus hours as a paramedic, firefighter and 911 dispatcher. She has a kind heart and no matter how busy she might be she always takes time to listen to other people's problems. She's a great woman and she doesn't even know it. I would like for her to know how much she is appreciated.
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!
PromptHealth - CEO/Founder
Hedieh is an Iranian Canadian woman who immigrated to Canada in 1996. She spent her entire career in private healthcare in Canada as a clinician. After completing her MBA and consulting with a few start ups, she started a health technology at the beginning of Covid with a mission to revolutionize access to the right care. She is determined to simplifying access to health and wellness specially as the world changed during pandemic.
Calgary Renovations Contractors Association - founder
Elaine Coates has been in the construction industry, an industry dominated by men, since 1999. Elaine has 20 years of marketing and sales experience and won the builder SAM Award in 2007. Elaine excels at customer service, networking, and connecting people. In 2008, Elaine founded Calgary Women in Construction Inc. 2008. The CWIC has been providing an excellent marketing and networking environment to trade suppliers and construction industry professionals via online web exposure and networking events and seminars for women in Calgary since 2010. Following this, she founded the Calgary Renovation Contractors Association 2018. The CRCA was formed to assist with a bridge between the homeowner, renovator, trade supplier, designer, and related industry professionals, such as architects, cleaning companies, etc.
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.
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.
Fast and Female - Founder, Director of Development
Chandra is an amazing force for empowering females in sport. She is a 3X Olympian and Gold Medalist, Founder & Development Director for Fast and Female, MBA, and Mentor. As the founder of Fast and Female, she was a dedicated volunteer for 11 years before taking a leadership role with the organization in 2014. However, in her board capacity, she volunteers time to join the other members in providing oversight, performance management, and risk-assessment. During all of those volunteer years, it was the letters from parents and the enthusiasm from the girls and ambassadors that sustained her efforts in fundraising and developing programs for the now-charity.
Even with Chandra's busy schedule, in which she divides her time between Canmore and Calgary, she is an amazing mom, successful public speaker, and media commentator.
Sukoshi Mart - Ceo
She has started her own retail business focused on trending asian products that is expanding in major malls and large web presence. She has partnered with large global brands and bringing many exciting businesses to Canada.
Olivia Day - Individual
Olivia is one incredible 14-year-old female. She is a member of the Banff Alpine Racers and is a Nationally ranked competitive ski racer. She is currently ranked number 3 in Slalom and 7th in Super-G for all females across Canada in her age group. This year she was awarded Most Improved U14 Club Athlete, with it being her first year, and this being a new club.
Even though Skiing is her first passion, and is committed to both in-season and off-season training, she is also a competitive Martial Artist. Olivia is training & testing seriously in Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiujitsu and is rising up the ranks. Even though her serious training, she still finds time to mentor younger students and volunteers her time to important events and initiatives.
Stoli - Owner/CEO
Doriana is the definition of a survivor. She left Albania in 2002 to come to Canada as a refugee at 17 years old, alone, to find a better life. She had to drop out of high school in Canada to work and support herself until she was able to get back on her feet. At 23, she received her GED and started her aesthetics company. Becoming a young mother, and then a single mom, she had to develop a business where she could work from home to support her son, and keep her overhead low. She is now dominating Nationally in her industry becoming a certified Lash Educator (as well as a technician) and winning the RCLC Silver Medal in the Royal Canadian Lash Championships, and the Gold Medal in 2019. Doriana also developed and owns her own line of specialty lash products that have been selling out successfully all over North America and Europe.
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.
CIBC Wealth - Portfolio Manager
Faisal has been fundamental in supporting small businesses, entrepreneurs, and other leaders in our community. What makes him special is that he is such a champion for female-run businesses and unique industries. Faisal has inspired not only me, but many other women, by showcasing their businesses, successes, and ways that women are leading in their chosen professions. Faisal has used his own amazing successes and media presence to lift up so many up-and-coming individuals, trailblazers, and those that are using their voice to create positive change. Even in his own specialty of Wealth Management, his philosophy is 'seeing what money can do for people and how the right strategy can change lives.
He has taken his public and media role to educate and inform the public on how people can create the future of their dreams, find support, and connect them to people even outside of his business.
Brookline Public Relations, Inc. - Founder & Principal
A leader at heart, Shauna’s determination and aptitude for communications drove her to found Brookline Public Relations in 2004. Over the past 17 years, Brookline has experienced exponential growth in clients and in talent, and Shauna has transformed Brookline into a highly-coveted firm that public relations professionals want to work at and clients actively seek out. Shauna has established a strong network of women while leading Brookline, being a mentor to many and is someone who all can rely on for counsel and advice. Shauna also demonstrates outstanding leadership in the community by supporting philanthropic causes and donating the agencies time to pro-bono work for deserving initiatives and programs, including yearly contributions to KidSport Calgary. Shauna also sits on the Boards of Tourism Calgary and Kidsport Calgary and is a regular guest lecturer for post-grads at Mount Royal University.
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!
MOM'S THE WORD - Founder and Executive Director
Ishita is a second-year medical student and a women’s health and human rights advocate. She is Founder of MOM’S THE WORD (MTW), an NPO that hosts free prenatal workshops for homeless and low-income pregnant women. To date, MTW has raised $150,000 and hosted 100+ prenatal workshops, teaching 1,200+ impoverished women how to have a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, MTW has helped 300+ sexual assault and rape survivors receive birth control counseling, HIV and STD testing, abortions, and CBT/DBT. Additionally, Ishita is the first-ever Director of Sexual Health of the BIPOC Women’s Health Network, a coast-to-coast medical student-run organization aiming to improve health experiences of BIPOC women in local Canadian communities. For her work, she has been awarded a medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and has been named a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, L’Oréal Canada Woman of Worth, and Top 25 Woman of Influence, among many others.
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.
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion - Manager – Partner Services, Consulting
Michelle’s passion for mentorship and commitment to Women’s upliftment and empowerment is inspiring, particularly her focus on making a difference for immigrants to Canada. She has advised, mentored and coached professionals, formally and informally. She is passionate about equipping professionals to thrive in their careers. Michelle is best known for her uplifting presentations motivating participants to see themselves as valuable. She teaches them how to market themselves for the career opportunities that they want.
Michelle is also known for her optimism. She shows others how to leverage positive thinking to reframe their outlook on their life and careers. She has helped professionals to advance their careers through networking, confidence building, identifying professional development opportunities and demonstrating resilience to overcome personal setbacks.
The Glam House - Founder & CEO
Alexandria Grado is the Founder and CEO of The Glam House (TGH). She proves herself as a leader every day whether it’s educating our younger stylists, digging deeper with our front desk, collaborating with our marketing team, or expanding TGH. Alexandria is able to step into every role and take charge, leading our organization of 20+ employees to achieving bigger and better goals consistently for themselves. Alexandria’s natural leadership and innovation has been recognized by our own Governor Jared Polis in the Can Do Colorado campaign during the pandemic when she realized that the need for self love was at an all-time high. It was during this uncertainty that Alexandria started a movement called GLAM@URHOUSE, with a customized at-home color kit or products called GBOX. The GBOX made people feel sexy and safe while facing all the uncertainties in our world.
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.
Colliers - President, Real Estate Management Services
As President Real Estate Management Services US, Karin develops complete real estate solutions that address clients’ business needs. This means connecting our retail, industrial, office, multifamily, brokerage, investment sales, and property management groups in ways that create memorable experiences. In addition, Whitt oversees property management operations in the United States.
Whitt is also active in the commercial real estate community through multiple organizations including IREM, CREW and BOMA. To help prepare college students for careers in commercial real estate, she also works with the Industry Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s Program in Real Estate, of which she is a founding member. Nearest to my heart is the work she does with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, DC, which has placed more than 7,000 animals in new homes since 2009. She has always have a few dogs staying at my house that are looking for their forever homes.
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.
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).
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.
Farah Delance Foundation - President
Farah is a courageous woman. She lost her mother at early age, her father gave up on her. Raise by her godmother in Haiti, she works on herself, make it to USA, now is she is popular Haitian young leader. She is now the president of Farahdelancefoundation and the unity of the worldwide women’s empowerment coalition. Both organizations are helping women and girls in needs. She is promoting the women’s empowerment. She just lunches a program in United Nations headquarter ‘’ the worldwide women’s empowerment coalition symposium, she invites all the women leader in the world to together to help the girls, as she says the girls of today will be the women of tomorrow, she launched this program to save the girls from girls marriage, from girls and women sex trafficking and abduction.she is a very powerful woman.
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation - Chair of the Board
Ms. Wood’s entrepreneurial leadership has been recognized by various organizations. To name a few, she is a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award; Report on Business, Top 40 under 40; Citizenship Award for commitment and contribution to improving the health and well-being of Canada’s children and youth.
With all the accomplishments she had, this does not really define who she is as person. Ms. Wood is very down to earth, someone whom you can always depend on. I worked for the Wood/Burlet family as a caregiver and the way they treat their employees are impeccable. I am so grateful to be part of the family who treats you as one of their own. The family sent me to school to progress, to prepare for my future. Jennifer Wood is a woman of substance, I am where I am right now because of her. I am forever grateful.
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 is the author of The Intentional MBA, A Guide to Maximizing Your Decision, Experience and Investment.
Strategic Sense - CEO
She has supported, given me so much advice, and support from the beginning. She is also extremely Badass!!
EY - Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications, EY Canada
Fatima is the most authentic and inspiring woman and leader I have worked with. She is a visionary who is unapologetically herself, and her fearless personality translates into how she manages the business and leads teams.
Fatima uniquely thrives in complex, grey environments, earning her a reputation of “builder, fixer and problem solver.” As a steward leader, she does this with poise and always with a people-focused approach, building for what's next while elevating those around her. Fatima is proof that “you can have your cake and eat it too.” As a busy mom of three and Head of EY’s Brand, Marketing and Communications team of 70+, she’s also a judge for the Canadian Marketing Association and an entrepreneur. She deeply invests in championing other women and over the past year, has promoted nine women to leadership roles, playing a key role in opening doors and creating inclusive environments.
Raven Institute & Iskwew Air - CEO
I nominate Teara Fraser a Canadian aviator and the founder and CEO of Iskwew Air. Iskwew Air is an Indigenous-woman owned airline which provides 24-hour charter services to communities around the province of British Columbia. Teara is a brave-hearted Iskwew warrior, an edgewalker, a dreamer, a disrupter, a mother, a leader, an entrepreneur, and a proud Métis bridge builder. In addition Teara is the visionary of the Raven Institute who sees connected hearts, minds, and hands in a united and thriving nation. Rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Raven is contributing to the development of humans, organizational systems, and community.
A deep commitment to leadership and safety, inspired Teara to establish the Aviation Leadership Foundation in 2008. She proudly serves as a Board Director for the British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC).
Teara's accomplishments are extraordinary and she is truly an inspiring woman!
TDSB - Teacher (Educator)
Lauren is an experienced educator in the Toronto District School Board. Lauren is not only a leader in her school, but she goes the extra mile to teach her kids about the many cultures in the world. Lauren finds books and activities for her students that relate to the many cultures in this world. She teaches the importance of treating everyone equally and respecting the cultures each student brings. Difficult as it may be, Lauren finds books suitable for the primary grades; that speaks to the Indigenous and black history in Canada. When her students see books that represent themselves, it shows them that they matter. Lauren enriches the minds of her students. In having them learn about the historical figures in Canada who were people of color and the differences they made. Even if she may not win, she will still be a winner in my eyes.
Kate and Sara Holby
Ajiri Tea - Founders
These two woman have created something so wonderful i cannot always find the words. They employ and empower woman in Kenya. All of the proceeds then go back to Kenya to send the children to school who cannot afford to attend otherwise. Reading some of the children's stories myself these women inspire me to do better and to realize how lucky I am in my life. What they have built to help these women and children is amazing. That is why I chose to put them both because they did this together.
Loblaw Companies Limited - Senior Director, Technology Adoption
Payal Puri is a leader that compels and influences people through the power of empathy, compassion, and inclusion. She’s a people developer and is known to empower and inspire others through exemplary leadership in her role as a Senior Director. Throughout her professional journey, Payal has developed powerful internal circles of collaboration and influence that have brought together many disparate groups. She leads with a high level of trust and honesty, which has brought forward an extraordinary amount of value and respect from senior leaders. In addition, she has gained admiration from women everywhere, through her role as a lead for Go Further Women at Loblaw, lead for the Loblaw-WXN partnership, mentor and coach to many young women, and through her participation within many diversity, equity, and inclusion events. But the real source of admiration comes from who she is – a true authentic leader who puts people first.
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.
Fragomen - Senior Business Immigration Analyst
Ariyike is an advocate for Female Genital Mutilation abandonment.
She also donated 1000 Facemasks to People in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria if they ask for information and even know she is in Canada, she is still making impack
Mastermind Toys - CEO
Sarah Jordan became CEO of Mastermind Toys, the country’s largest specialty kids 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. Notably in 18 months, she has delivered on a digital reinvention—launching a new digital ecosystem and a market-leading curbside promise—and introduced Canada’s only grandparent-focused promotion focused.
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.
University of Ottawa - Physician and scientist
Dr. Heather Lochnan is a remarkable and inspiring physician, researcher and medical educator. She is Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, 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 the treatment, prevention of diabetes. Her extraordinary dedication to innovating in medical education has been recognized by impressive grant support, and publications and numerous international presentations.
Dr. Lochnan is 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. She is an outstanding leader and role model who makes a difference inside and outside of her workplace.
Wildcraft - Founder
Laura Whitaker is inspirational!
Wildcraft is an Indigenous-owned skincare line by founder Laura Whitaker who is a Haudenosaunee woman and member of the Mohawk nation from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Laura started the company because of her belief that skincare should be simple, natural, and handmade, but mostly, affordable for all people. That's why she forged a path to make all of her products $35 and under so that people didn't feel blocked by barriers to entry. Laura also strives to be eco-friendly with her products and company, and aims for sustainable packaging. Laura is a young entrepreneur, leading a team through the challenges of ecommerce, while also paving a way for other young, Indigenous women to chase their goals, dreams, and make products that are accessible and good for the community.
Highs of Baltimore - Currently Store Manager
From the moment I met and then started working for Crystal Smithey, Part-time, I knew I was working with an extremely smart, professional and caring career woman. Additionally, she came to the company to help Highs improve on their business model. She has faced her own personal challenges, like many people but always perseveres and never let's the company, or her employees down, and is truly the best manager I have ever worked for, and I have worked for many full and part-time over the course of my lifetime. Crystal was a trainer with another company and recently moved to Highs to improve on their business model and will likely advance her way upwards on the corporate ladder, where she truly belongs. Ironically, our last names are similar but we are of no family relation. I walked into her store one day and had applied on-line.
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.
Jennifer Jones Photography - Owner
Jennifer has taken not only her passion but her incredible skill to build then rebuild her business. Like many women, she put her successful career on hold due to family demands. her husband's career required relocation more than once. In the recent years Jennifer relaunched her business in a city that she had few contacts. Jennifer never lost her edge. She has a keen eye for detail and an ability to create a vision. Her photography is incredible. She leads with compassion and has an innate ability to make whoever she is working with feel at ease and bring their best selves to the photos, bringing the vision the client didn't even know they had to life. I've had the good fortune to work with Jennifer and cannot wait to do so again.
glamjulz - Creative Director/Founder
Monica is a risk taker. She left a very stable career to pursue her passion to create. Her designs inspire women and the content she creates not only inspires them further, but it makes them feel included and heard.
During a pandemic and other roadblocks in her life and career, Monica has managed to pivot. She is highly creative and highly intuitive to women and their dreams, struggles and joys.
Not only does she inspire women, she works tirelessly to fundraise for those in need. She continues to evolve her business based on her audience, the economy and her intuition.
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.
Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation - Founder
Runs a nonprofit company dedicated to saving retired racehorses from the slaughterhouses.
Doulagivers - Founder
Suzanne B. O'Brien RN is a volunteer hospice nurse and woman business owner. Doulagivers.com She gives back to the community by offering free Community Outreach Events, At no cost trains and certifies anyone to become an End Of Life Doula, There is entirely too much to list on this page of the wonderful things she does. Please cut and paste this link for a full Bio. https://doulagivers.com/meet-suzanne/
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.
Benveet “Bean” Gill
Reyu paralysis recovery centre - Owner
Bean is an over comer. Severely disabled in a car accident she has turned her physical set beck into an inspiration for other people with spinal cord impairment amd paralysis. She was so determined to help other people that she started her own paralysis recovery Center to provided needed derives to others. Services lacking not just in Edmonton but most of canada. She has an amazing attitude of gratutde
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.
Welo - Director
Whelan Wellness - Owner / Operator
Gill is a powerhouse! She took a negative experience (COVID and all of us being confined to our homes) and turned it into an amazing empowering opportunity. Gill offers health and wellness coaching virtually. She has created an amazing platform that offers exercise as the main component but also includes cooking classes, mental health sessions, and tea times (to name a few). She leads with confidence and pushes us all to be the best version of ourselves! She truly cares about every person who comes through her program and ensures you feel that way. Words cannot express how thankful I am to have had Gill in my life at a time when we were all struggling mentally. She deserves this recognition and so much more! Thank you, Gill!
PulsarUV Inc. - Founder
I have worked with Barbara on various films for over 15 years, and this COVID19 testing company she founded to combat the adverse effects of the pandemic — PuslarUV Inc. — had absolutely skyrocketed (as recently seen on CBC's The National). She's an amazing business partner, mother, and friend.
Women Power Legacy / WEDO AFRICA - President/ Pan Africa Global Ambassador
Tatiana has demonstrated strong ethics and leadership in her role of Pan-Africa Global Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurs Day Organization @United Nations leading a network of 42 Businesswomen with resources, guidance to successfully build their business portfolio and excelling in 5 sectors skills development and initiatives ( Agribusiness, STEM, Education, Finances & Natural Resources)
Skills Ontario - Director of Competitions & Young Women's Initiatives
Jennifer's philosophy and work ethic shine through everything she does: she is constantly fostering and encouraging an inclusive environment with an unwavering focus on the strength of teamwork. As a trailblazer in the skilled trades and an advocate for women pursuing these careers which may have once been seen as "non-traditional", Jennifer is a fearless leader and a mentor for many. She is a Licensed Industrial Mechanic Millwright, as well as the Director of Competitions & Young Women's Initiatives at Skills Ontario, a not-for-profit that promotes skilled trades and technology careers to youth. She has become a prominent voice in Ontario and the country for the advocacy of women in these careers, using her platform to challenge social norms and empower the promotion of skilled trades as essential careers to all. Jennifer's passion and hard work are what make her a deserving recipient of the Woman of Inspiration Award.
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.
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!
The Tea Giver Project - Founder
Meet Angela, she is a frontline worker at a supermarket who uplifts everyone which is especially welcome during these times. Angela provides everyone with a bit of comfort through her project known as The Tea Giver Project. Angela has given over 18,000 boxes of tea and over 42,000 tea bags thus far. Everyone she meets calls her a walking teapot. She is a ray of sunshine who fills the workplace and world with so much positivity and joy! Angela is a really big fan of The Beatles who sings their songs and more to customers at work!
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.
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.
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, in particular those in vulnerable situations, are inspiring. A respirologist by training, she founded and leads The Bridge, a community-based research centre working in partnership with vulnerable populations including individuals experiencing homelessness and/or who self-identify as People Who Use Drugs, and Indigenous populations. 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. She holds a Chair in Equity & Patient Engagement in Vulnerable Populations and developed a graduate course on health inequities. She was awarded the Jeff Turnbull Healthcare Advocacy Award in recognition for her engagement.
Greater Chicago Food Depository - Associate Manager of Employment Partnerships
Karen has put her whole heart and life into educating, mentoring and inspiring inner city youth to believe in themselves, be more than they are, and find their best life. I have seen her search them out in some of their toughest times and help them to find a way out and up. She gives of herself without boundaries. She is the family and direction they need. In a time when so many people are climbing ladders to reward themselves, she selflessly has devoted her work to others. She is an inspiration proving one amazing woman can change the lives of hundreds, including me. She has shown me that we can make an impact, one person at a time.
Sabrina Saggu is about to be featured in AUTHORITY in their series “Dreamers : They Told Me It Was Impossible And I Did It Anyway” - and that could not be more apt for this incredible young powerwoman already making her name in the world of finance. A Canadian who was born in London, she says it was her parents who taught her to study hard and go to university, and inspired her dreams and determination to find success - on her own terms. This fashionable young woman is passionate about helping others find success. “I believe success is subjective to each person but it comes down to true fulfillment in one’s soul. Some people find that through starting a family, others measure that in financial terms. Success to me and always will be to continue to impact lives around the world with this powerful skill set.
ThermoTech insulation - Insulator
I am nominating my daughter because she is a beautiful strong woman. She began working with me in a mans work force at the age of 16. We are in construction as insulators and the only all girl crew in the Okanagan. I am a lead hand and she is my crew partner. Now she is 25 and has mastered stilts and dealing one on one with builders and suppliers. I am extremely proud she grew to be such a strong empowered woman.
American Hospital Association - Title Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Priya speaks from the heart and is an inspiration for South Asian community, as well as all women. Her recent work in healthcare is unparalleled. Her experiential stories of inspiration and deep connection with the global community makes her a great leader.
Nima Lhamu McElhinney
Barrie Manor Enhanced Care Community and Emerald Retirement Residence - President and Owner
Over the past decade I have witnessed the phenomenal work Nima has executed as the owner of several businesses which are changing lives. 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. It is an honor to be called her friend and 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!
General Surgery Resident Physician
One has to search her name Amanpreet Brar on google to recognize the leadership she has shown during the pandemic in Canada. She was a voice for the vulnerable; working as factory employee herself in past to becoming a physician herself and then fighting for labor justice during pandemic nationally - Amanpreet is nothing short of an inspiration and global leader.
Moreover, she was national lead of international collaborative research studies during the pandemic. While working 28 hour surgery hospital shifts, she fought for labor and health equity during global pandemic. She deserves to be recognized.
Some of the pieces that highlight her work:
The Forum - CEO
As CEO of The Forum, Paulina leads a national Canadian organization that educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs to thrive. She is the author of bestselling Canada 150 Women: conversations with champions, leaders and luminaries; and was the co-founder and president of Young Women in Business. Paulina is the Chair of the Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC and serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Metro Vancouver and the Government of British Columbia’s Small Business Roundtable. In addition to her extensive list of accomplishments Paulina is an inspiring and innovative leader, who truly cares about the success of the organization, the employees and the women in our community.
Vela Strategic Marketing and Public Relations Agency - President
Why would I not, is a better question. Perhaps I wouldn't nominate her because she is an owner and Grand Master Instructor of Karate International, empowering individuals from ages 3 and up, changing lives, and giving power in knowing how to defend oneself. Or maybe I wouldn't nominate her because she is the President and Founder of Vela Agency, a Female-led Marketing/Strategic PR firm, and leads with the courage, compassion, and integrity that you only read about in a fairytale. No, I most definitely wouldn't nominate her. If those weren't reasons enough not to nominate her, she is also an adjunct professor at Salem Women's college, sharing expertise and helping to bring up the next generation of smart and strong women by teaching in the Business and Physical Education departments. I think it would be impossible not to nominate her for showing me and other women we are heroes too.
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.
StyleLabs Inc. - Owner/Managing Partner
Salina Kassamali is one fierce boss babe!! As the managing partner and 50% owner of StyleLabs Inc, with offices in both Calgary and Vancouver, she is changing the face of Marketing and Technology. StyleLabs has been named one of the best web designers in Calgary with a focus on changing what customers expect from a digital partner. They are considered to be inspired marketers that transform businesses, products, and rising stars into the best version that they can deliver to their clients and customers. Salina and her business are trailblazers in their field by creating unique services, strategies, and by having a phenomenal amount of education and experience to provide optimal success for the companies they represent. Throughout the Covid challenges, she has worked an obscene amount of hours, while expanding her company to offices in Vancouver, and homeschooling her three beautiful children.
Incito Executive & Leadership Development - Founder, Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant
Jenn Lofgren and her team of coaches help executives around the world unlock their leadership potential and grow into inspired, authentic leaders. She is one of only 74 recipients of the esteemed Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation in Canada and 5% of coaches worldwide. Jenn was the recipient of the 2020 UWN Authentic Leader Award.
Jenn has engaged in numerous mentorship relationships with women from diverse industries and backgrounds. She has mentored a female MBA student every year for the past eight years, advised through the WXN Wisdom Mentoring Program and currently mentors a female leader in the aviation industry. Jenn also serves on several boards, notably as Board Chair leading a team to resurrect The GRAND Theatre from financial crisis in 2021.
Jenn is a champion of local enterprise, an ally to women in business, an actively involved citizen and a passionate member of the global business community.
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.
Gwendy Media - Founder
I will like to nominate my Mentor Mrs. Ngwengeh F. Deavor. She is an amazing young woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing for almost 10 years. She is a Media Entrepreneur who was one of the Top TV Host in my country, Cameroon for several years. She's now based in the USA and runs an online media channel. She's always been so passionate, devoted to her work, and most importantly serving the community.
She is the Founder of an Online Media Broadcast and Consulting Company: Gwendy Media, based in the United States which creates educational and entertainment programs which inspire and impact the community.
She is also an amazing Creative Development Coach | Consultant, and helps ambitious, driven women and female entrepreneurs learn to develop and leverage their creative abilities, while building stable incomes for themselves, developing a confident online presence and selling more using Media, presentations and live video.
Imagine Dental - Owner/Founder
Danielle is the whole package. She is an incredible, successful, educated businesswoman, entrepreneur, mom, wife and friend. She is the owner, founder and head of her downtown practice; Imagine Dental. She has truly redefined a dental practice by continuing to upgrade and diversify her education, experience and staff. She has been able to create the most modern, professional and well-rounded experience for her patients. Danielle is so sought after, that she takes patients that fly in from all over the country and is constantly asked to collaborate with other extremely talented Doctors in her field.
Danielle makes not only her staff and patients feel like family, but she juggles 3 talented kids all in competitive sports, a very successful and growing business, and a husband that is suffering through cancer treatments.
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.
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.
University of Calgary - Psychotherapist/Doctoral Student
Sandy was the former Director, Mental Health and Addictions at Ontario Health. She supported the COVID-19 efforts while she was still in government and was there was involved in setting up Ontario's first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health and Addictions. Despite working around the clock, she always made time to see her own patients in her private practice, Sandy Rao Therapy, and continuously looked to give back or find ways to make things more just. She has gone on to pursue her PhD so that she can figure out ways to fix the systemic issues at the root.
ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba - President
Diana started buying real-estate properties at the young age of 18. She rehabbed them on her own and learned that she loved restoring homes. Years later while she had a great career in government she was getting laid off due to the 2008 economic downturn so she decided to start her own restoration company, but in order for her to gain traction and sustainability she decided to franchise. She has worked every role from cleaner, to admin to CEO. Diana has proven to be an influencer in her industry. She constantly writes articles on several different publications like Forbes and the Huffington Post, and writes about important topics to her such as breaking down barriers, diversity, scaling and starting businesses and overcoming struggles. She volunteers in several organizations that empower women and takes time to inform her networks about the restoration industry and the limitless opportunities that this industry provides.
Career Contacts - President & CEO
Natasha is a Woman of Inspiration on all levels – as a business owner, leader, and member of her community. She has been working for many years to bring awareness to the importance of creating a safe, inclusive work environment through her DEI and anti-bullying and harassment work. As an HR specialist, she has dedicated herself to serving as a confidant, safety net, and support system to so many people. She gives back to her community by working closely with various not-for-profits and supporting job seekers – working to ensure she does her part toward her view that everyone has a right to meaningful work. Her team is privileged to be inspired by her each day, as she leads by example, sees and fosters potential in others, and sets each of us up to not only succeed in reaching our goals, but exceed them.
EY Ventures Group - Managing Partner
Eloiza is paving the path for how all women, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic backgrounds can make a difference. From leading global operations for large enterprises to driving mergers and acquisitions. Eloiza is relentless in the pursuit to redefine the qualifications for a seat at the table. She puts “people” as the emphasis on how she operates as she believes that relationships and people ultimately drives success. She vouches for the underdogs and in a professional capacity, ensures that everyone wins. Eloiza operated as the Chief of Staff for the COO a leading boutique fitness brand and then as the Chief of Staff for the CEO, the youth sports extension arm of the leading professional sports brands.
Morgan Grace - Youth Metis fiddler
At a time when we are all struggling especially in the music industry this young lady takes it in stride. In a year that started off with great promise she did not even skip a beat as the best opportunity’s around her moved on. She has stepped up, stepped forward and stepped out of her comfort box to give herself new opportunities. At 14 years old she teaches me her father some great and inspirational lessons.
Faulhaber Communications - Vice President & Partner
Equal parts strategic and creative, Vice President/Partner Lexi is a dynamic leader focused on leading cross-functional teams to deliver results-driven integrated programs for lifestyle brands. Outcome-obsessed Lexi is always asking “why?” This fuels her passion for coming up with ideas and if you ask her for one, she will likely come back with ten. It’s no surprise that her top strength is ideation, driven by her fascination with ideas and looking for fresh perspectives.
With 15 years of experience and a background in journalism, Lexi offers deep expertise in connecting brands with effective and meaningful ways to share their stories. Lexi is passionate about fostering talent and works closely with the FAULHABER team to drive success across the agency’s roster of lifestyle clients. She is also responsible for new business development.
Mimi cannabis - Founder, Advocate
A proud 2020 finalist, Michele Parrotta - Mimi Cannabis was featured in The Chicago Tribune about shifting careers. After decades-long career in Hospitality at an age when others are thinking retirement, Michele entered a whole new industry becoming the much-loved influencer and head of the mimicannabis.com brand. Her focus is on counselling and consulting with boomers and seniors seeking cannabis medicine. She has become a true leader as a founding member of the important People's Alliance of Cannabis In Canada advocating for professionalism in all aspects of the new industry.
Smurfit Kappa North America - Innovation & development Manager
Maria, is leader within our organization and also outside of work. She motivates others and encourages each us to be the best version of ourselves. She is someone who is genuinely interested in your wellbeing and our success. She is empathetic, she puts herself in someone else shoes to understand what you are going through. Maria is there for you when you need her and she guides you with the best advice you can receive.
Posniak Safety Associates inc - Owner/President
Eldeen is an amazing human being who not only runs her own company and travels all over the world training in safety to keep others healthy and safe, She always takes the time to encourage & take care of others while putting herself second. Eldeen is a true role model of being successful while staying true to yourself. She absolutely loves what she does and is always in key speaking roles.
She is very hard working and has the world’s best interests at heart always. I’m so blessed to know her and she inspires me to do my best everyday!
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
- Best speaker Toastmaster International.
- 1st and 2nd place in Optimist International oratorical contest from 2019-2021
Armstrong AWD Company - Vice President - CFO
Katy Doan is the Vice President (CFO) for Armstrong AWD Company, in charge of Accounting, Finance, Administration, HR, IT, Operations Departments. Katy has 3 Master degrees in Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, completing her CPA. She is also a part-time singer, model, emcee for TV, Catholic churches and charity events in Houston, Texas & playing table-tennis, soccer with lots of professional awards. She travels about 30 countries, 250 cities to know more about people, culture, food and practicing 4 languages she speaks.
For being a positive example and a light to all those she comes in contact with. Striving to make her life purposeful one regardless of her age and her chronic illness.
Rachel Chanel Clarke
Trigo Networks - CEO
As the CEO of Trigo Networks, Rachel uses her position to help and motivate other women to aspire careers at the executive level, speaking at Moses Mabhida Stadium in South Africa, Yale University and Georgetown University. She led companies to become a multi-million dollar entity, working on some of the biggest projects in concerts and festivals and having clients in over 35 countries including Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa. She launched Trigo Networks, a mass entertainment company, with Christian values at its core, representing content and curators.Since, her philanthropic outreach has expanded with the RCC Globalization Program, which teaches students in developing nations entrepreneurial skills with a focus on sustainability, global consciousness and responsibility, and inclusion.
Swathi Arulguppe Nagendra
BetterMeal AI - CEO and Founder
A Data Science Educator and Healthcare startup CEO by profession, an impactful life coach, Swathi always had an inclination to leave the world better than what she found. A philanthropic at heart, Swathi raised money for orphanages and old age homes back in India. She moved from India to USA in 2013 and graduated with Master’s in Engineering Management from New York’s Syracuse University, taking one step closer to her dreams of becoming an independent women and entrepreneur.
Because Swathi is such a low-key person, I want to strongly vouch for her. Having achieved so much personally and professionally that impacts not just immediate lives, but also for generations to come, I feel Swathi rightly deserves to be the Woman of the Year.
Rose Marie Gage
Independent Board Member
There is no one more deserving of recognition that Rose Gage. She is an inspiration to all who come into contact with you. It has been an absolute honour and consider myself extremely fortunate to have the support, mentorship, and guidance for the last 15 years. Rose is an industry leader with the compassion and willingness to bring out the best in people and as a result set herself clearly rom her peers. She has always contributed in the sustainment of our plant and focused on the empowerment of women across all professions.
Lisa Patrick - CEO and Founder
Working with some of the most recognized thought-leaders in the world has given Lisa the opportunity to showcase her unique skill to see opportunities that others miss! These relationships have also provided her insights into the distinctive points of view of risk and opportunities facing today’s expert/influencer and their speaking/coaching businesses. These experiences have contributed to her success! Lisa Patrick works with experts who want to grow their brand, find more audiences, and earn passive income with their online courses.
Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association - Executive Director
Renee, is an extremely driven individual who is making an impact across Alberta. She takes the time to promote, showcase and connect local businesses to people and supports multiple charities and not for profit organizations at the same time.
She encourages people to get involved with touring the beautiful province of Alberta, and educating people about local businesses, charities and the motorcycle community. She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Motorcycle Tourism Association and Rumble Alberta along with being the project lead for Veterans Memorial Gardens & Interpretive Centre.
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.
Stylelabs Inc. - President
Almin is a true SupportHer both in and out of his business. He is the co-founder/owner of Stylelabs Inc. owning it with his wife, Salina. Almin has crafted his Stylelabs team based on merit which also happens to be incredibly diverse with some strong women. What began as a startup digital marketing company 10 years ago has evolved into an essential business consultancy servicing hundreds of entrepreneur organizations in Calgary. Their focus is on entrepreneurs, startups, rescues, and small businesses. Why? Because they are (or have been) all of those things. Almin has been instrumental in helping guide numerous women in both starting their business, but co-creating a vision.
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.
Teen Health 101 - Founder/Executive Director
To describe how Valeri Guevarra is inspirational in a mere 150 words was a far more difficult task than I anticipated. Anyone can simply state the contributions and recognitions she holds at just 17 years old. Her name may ring a bell for how she turned her experiences during a pandemic, dealing with the questions: How can I keep up with my health and fitness and combat the spread of health misinformation from home?, into a non-profit, multifaceted, youth-led, health informative platform with a social media reach of 500K+ accounts that collaborates with NJ Department of Health and NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Board: Teen Health 101. Her name may ring a bell as the Junior Olympic swimmer from Wyckoff, or DECA international champion. She does all this and more, but to me, Valeri Guevarra rings my ate (older sister), my inspirational woman every year.
Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. . Fractured femur due to tumor secondary to breast. Surgery,radiation with rod & hardware in leg. Now with lymphedema & using a cane. True warrior & inspiration to others. Never complains & is so positive. Age 48 with 9 year old son at home. Has been in chemo for 1 year already with no end in site.
Floral Express Wholesale - Executive Assistant /Human Recourses
Jackie Chapman is a hardworking, caring woman. She is the Executive Assistant to the president of Floral Express Wholesale. As well as Human Recourses to the entire Company.
She has an extensive list of duties to do with her role at Floral Express, but always finds the time to make sure every individual is made to feel appreciated. Every Friday though the winter and Spring she has a treat or gift bag theme with an inspiration message on it for every single employee.
She does this on her own time, and takes the time to out everything together to ensure it’s always special.
Kind, hardworking, creative, Jackie Chapman had a long list of reasons why she is inspiration to all of the woman that work with and around her.
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.
She Is Epic Inc. - Founder
Tennile has been helping women founders for the last 6 years as a leading entrepreneur.
During that time, Tennile has proven to be creative and a dedicated champion for the underrepresented. Her talents have served in amplifying them via marketing and messaging.
Tennile recently launched The She Is Epic (SIE) Fund (www.thesiefund.com), a social enterprise delivering a micro fund built through a circular eCommerce business model. The SIE fund helps womxn-led businesses scale. Tennile has positioned herself as a new entrant in the female investor pool which has truly set her apart.
My hope is through this nomination Tennile will take this micro fund to a new level, create awareness and break new ground, so the womxn founders who need this investment in their business gain real access to capital and resources.
Canadian Tire Bank - AVP Customer Experience
Community leadership – Following the untimely passing of her sister and brother-in-law within the same year, Stephanie took on their 3 children, in addition to her own. Two of her sister’s children were in their mid-teens and her eldest was in her early twenties with a newborn baby. At 30 years old, Stephanie had responsibility for my own young family and a new family. At the time I worked full time and my husband ran a new business several hours away from home which meant he only came home on the weekends. During all of this, Stephanie was also working on my International MBA.
Her commitment to the evolution to DIB led her to participate in the ACMP Global Diversity Council, collaborating with peers across the globe to develop a DIB mission that was meaningful in any language and within any culture.
Joan Kelley Walker
TV personality, Writer, host and crater of Joankelleywalker collections
A humble personality with a heart of contributing her time helping people who are in need. Motivating others to shine regardless of their age. Encourages young children to build confidence through her free summer fashion youth initiative workshops. Leading with compassion and grace.
bblgum marketing - OWNER
Randi Crenshaw is known for being a skillful marketing professional, creative graphic designer, social media manager, and out-of-the-box mastermind. Randi's visionary perspective has earned her opportunities to work with multiple types of industries and companies assisting them to make their mark. To her, the design is in the details. It is more than just choosing colors, typefaces, shapes, and images. It is presenting your brand in such a way it will unveil how your business looks, acts, sounds, and feels just like you.
Randi strives to redefine what it means to be an online marketing professional by collaborating with entrepreneurs and small and mid-size businesses assisting in whatever way she can. She has consistently increased metrics relating to social media, sales, brand exposure, website traffic, search engine results placements, and more. It's a brave new digital world, and Randi is here to encourage you to make your mark.
Sandahl Taylor has given over 1,000 free haircuts to Veterans, Homeless, Back to School, and those in need. She has also voluteered over 4,000 hours for Heart Health awarness over the past 3 years. In 2021 she started an online social media campaign #showusyourheart which is designed to help or news heart disease. Since its inception it has reached over 6 countries, and 17 US States.
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.
o2Coaching inc. - Founder and presient
Her coaching method is based on her 20 years of management experience and over 2,000 hours of coaching. Through her many experiences, she has realized that with a few changes in behavior, attitude, and state of mind, individuals and teams can achieve results they never thought they could achieve. She, therefore, leads leaders to be the best version of themselves to enable them to be the manager their team needs. Following her coaching sessions:
Steering committees have increased their decision-making efficiency and found their own effective way of operating.
Presidents have increased their ability to lead their organizations, resulting in increased revenues and employee engagement.
Executives have increased their coaching skills, thereby strengthening the accountability of their teams.
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.
Diana Ramos-Santiago Carter
Arykas and Ybots PR - CEO
Diana is a goal getter, she is an Army Veteran that don't stop until get things done. She is the spark that motivate other to believe that the impossible, is possible. She works 24/7 and use her own financial means to help her business, friends and clients. She give so much and dont expect anything back. She do so much behind the scenes and never seek recognition. She is a true leader.
Good Will Good Karma - Founder Good Will Good Karma and now Jada's Wild Ride Rescue Bus
Jada is 17 years young. In 2018 Jada and her little brother, Will, co-founded animal rescue Good Will Good Karma in honour of their first rescue puppy, Karma, who died of the Parvo virus. GWGK has raised and donated approx $100 000 in funds and supplies to help animals in need. Jada is an Honour role academic yet also volunteers approx 30 hours a week. She is a Certified Canine Emergency First Aid Instructor and has flown to and from Manitoba as a front line essential rescuer and flight angel. She works part time in the trades so she could buy a BUS to convert to a rescue transport. She is inspiring youth and women while saving animals. In 2021 she won the Covid Hero Award. Jada is unstoppable. Her vision is simply to "make a difference ... inspire and rescue".
Besides being one of the few successful Realtors in her region, she is also committed to creating original content that showcases women of color in a positive light in the media.
Body Brave - Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Karen Trollope is a national Canadian healthcare hero. Throughout her life, she has served the most disadvantaged in our community and in 2017, Karen co-founded Body Brave, a charitable organization based in Hamilton that provides first-line treatment and support for women struggling with severe mental health issues, specifically eating disorders. As Chief Medical Officer, Karen volunteers her time to Body Brave. Eating disorders are the most dangerous of all mental illnesses, yet the illness carries significant stigma and few healthcare professionals are willing to work in the field and little funding exists for them. When the pandemic hit, people with eating disorders were severely affected. Body Brave experienced a massive surge of people reaching out for help. Under Karen’s expert guidance, Although a small nonprofit with a budget of less than $300,000, Karen and her team have been able to provide treatment and support for over 1500 people since March 2020 and Body Brave became one of the only virtual treatment providers for eating disorders in all of Canada.
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.
Regional Medical Center - DNP-FNP
Dr. Cameo Coleman currently holds 4 degrees with the highest degree as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner. (DNP-FNP). She practices in rural, family medicine at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC. She also teaches as a Professor at Claflin University in the Biology and Nursing Department. Dr. Coleman was awarded the 2020 Top Women in Business for the State of South Carolina. She has spoken at over 400 places nationwide with the focus of empowering Others with knowledge. She has a long-standing Radio Show. She was the first Black DNP Fellow for the Medical University of South Carolina. Currently, she has national speaking engagements about uterine fibroids, mental health in the Black Community, and various health disparities.
Bethan owen BKA - Difference maker
Bethan mam has severe epilepsy and from young age bethan has had to look after her bethan wanted to help others in same situations as we lost everything through the illness so she at age 12 became a qualified karate instructor and opened her own club she teaches without getting paid and has man6 in her club with issues at home some in care system during lockdown she still teaches for free to make sure they are ok, she also volenteers for the police and in full time college and on the commissioner panel for children in wales for next two years as well as working in a specialist care home she is now 18 she has had meetings with two prime ministers in 10 Downing Street due to her work she always thinking of others she is so strong she has small page on Facebook under.
ASnowStylist - Owner
Mom of 4 works full-time in film and has her own fashion and accessories line she shows at New York Fashion Week. Takes in unwanted animals Volunteers time and money as well. Wants to open a nonprofit animal rescue.
Mentoring the Stars Foundation & Hearts of B.C. Foundation - Co-Founder & CAO, Co-Founder & Director
Adrija is the Co-Founder of Mentoring the Stars Foundation and Hearts of B.C. Foundation, which are registered non-profit organizations committed to providing universal no-cost tutoring and improving patient outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest, impacts hundreds of individuals in B.C. since 2020 and 2019, respectively. Adrija has demonstrated incredible commitment to the fields of community education, and healthcare innovation through working with organizations such as Carillon Music Academy, Tapestry Living Wesbrook, Strong Healthy Kids, UBC Jumpstart Orientations, UBC Neuroscience Undergraduate Conference, UBC Neuroscience Club, UBC Circle K International and the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver, and UBC Let’s Talk Science. She is also an undergraduate researcher at BC Children’s Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and UBC Memory and Imagination Lab for over four years.
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.
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.
Safa is a wonderful, intelligent, dedicated, and caring individual who goes out of her way to make sure that people feel welcome and respected. Apart from her extensive knowledge and work in the field of Occupational Health & Safety, Safa spend countless hours working with new Canadians in the Muslim community to help them feel welcome and included in their new community.
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.
Youth Helping Youth NPO - Founder & CEO
18-year-old Anjali Dhaliwal is a youth & mental health activist, musician, motivational speaker and founder & CEO of one of North America's fastest-growing international, youth-led nonprofit organizations: Youth Helping Youth (YHY). YHY's goal is to bridge the accessibility gap of resources and opportunities (scholarships, jobs, volunteer positions, etc.) available to youth in low-income communities through digital marketing solutions. Anjali has been able to help over 20,000 youth a year through seven chapters across North America and $20,000 raised in COVID-19 relief funds.
As a motivational speaker, Anjali has spoken at over 300 events across the world. Through her mental health journey, Anjali recently delivered 50+ care packages to youth in her community struggling with Mental Health ever since the global pandemic hit. This Top 25 Under 25 Recipient is an award-winning vocalist often found singing in senior care homes. Anjali's goal is to empower and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Empowered Moms - Business Owner
Korinne runs the Empowered Moms group serving the GTHA - but she is so much more than that. Corinne is selfless; she is the person who puts food on your table when the food banks are empty, she is the hand that picks you up when you are tired. Korinne gives hope on a gloomy day. There are no frills here - just plain kindness. This woman checks into make sure your children haven't been shot in the last drive by; and when she knows she can has access to new supports she makes sure you are the first to know. I cannot imagine how one woman has the strength, patience, humility and energy to help as many of us as she does - but she does it. She deserves the recognition.
Alliyah Edwards - Entrepreneur
I am nominating Alliyah Edwards for the Rising Leader Award.
Over the past 5+ years, I have noticed observable changes watching Alliyah grow. Her spirit and work ethics has aligns with the Rising Leader award. Alliyah is has been showcasing a go-getter mindset and a drive that can help empower other young leaders.
Please consider Ms Alliyah as she continues to inspire other youths to reach new heights!
Equal Chance - President
Gwen Madiba is a Gabon born first generation who immigrated to Canada at a young age and was raised in Ottawa. Her stories of struggle, homelessness, the murder of her father, and the racism she has experienced in the workplace and fashion industry have touched the lives of many, and she continues to push to make a change and help others. Her philanthropy has seen her be nominated for the Order of Ottawa, twice as 100 Most Powerful Women, and several awards with the University of Ottawa, among many others. Madiba founded the Black History Month Gala, Equal Chance, Education.Through her work, she has built a strong legacy in the city of Ottawa by establishing the Canadian Black History Month Gala with the Mandela family, through the Mandela Legacy.
Gwen also uses her activism in various forms such as incorporating fashion. As a model, fashion designer, and past pageant winner, she ensures that her belief for inclusivity and diversity are always at the forefront. She founded the Safara Fashion Show, which focuses on providing empowering programs for new and emerging models.
Evio - Founder/CEO
Brandi Leifso’s entrepreneurial journey is unconventional and inspiring. At 21 she was living in a women’s safe house in Vancouver when she began pursuing her dream of launching a beauty brand.
Since then, she raised millions through strategic alliances and has won the support of a coveted board of directors and advisors to launch and grow Evio across North America.
Launched in 2019, Evio is an inclusive Canadian clean beauty brand featuring cosmetics and skincare that are affordable, inclusive, vegan and cruelty-free, toxin-free, gluten-free and paraben-free, and that are ethically and consciously produced in Canada with thoughtful packaging.
Products are made with good-for-you, sustainable ingredients including cannabis sativa seed oil, avocado, rosemary, rosehip and elderberry, in order to eliminate animal by-products, increase ingredient transparency and reduce the use of plastic.
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 - 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.
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.
Texas State University - Assistant Professor of Practice
Christa Oliver is an educator, activist, dancer, choreographer, and an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State University. She received a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies and a Master of the Arts degree in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She also completed a course of study, Migrations, at the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University, and she was just selected to participate in this year's session.
Christa has worked with Donald McKayle, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Rafael Bonachela, Donald Byrd, Rennie Harris, Lula Washington, Victor Quijada, Christopher Huggins, Willi Dorner, Miguel Periera, Robin Lewis, Dominique Kelly, and Gary Lambert. She has danced professionally in Amsterdam, Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, and Mexico.
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.
Mariya Stokes - Singer/Songwriter
Mariya Stokes - she is a soul that people need to follow. A true Alberta Country Singer, in a few short years since releasing her first single, "Hands On My Body," Mariya has shot to the top of the charts, raised oh so much for charity, pivoted to performing online in 2020, hosted the 2020 CMAB Awards Show alongside country legend George Canyon, and so much more, Mariya just continues to inspire. Her heart is one that is focused on community, raising the voices of others, as she's supported Women's Center of Calgary and the Calgary Drop-Inn and Rehab Centre. I've never met someone with quite the heart that Mariya does as she looks at everyone as an equal, lifting up everyone around her. She is, without a doubt, a woman who inspires every one she mets.
International ADHD Coach Training Center - Founder, ADHD Life Coach
Laurie Dupar is shining a light on something that impacts more than 500 million people across the globe - ADHD. For the past 20 years, Laurie has been making a difference in the lives of individuals struggling with ADHD. So much so, she started the International ADHD Coach Training Center. Year over year, her Certified ADHD Life Coach (CALC) training sells out time and time again. The thing about Laurie is she is so unique and passionate, she has created a program that doesn't just provide tools to coach people with ADHD. She's created a community where isolation is removed. Where connection and celebration of neurodivergence exists. Laurie's work is transforming the lives of individuals and families as they discover the beautiful gift that is ADHD. Laurie is an inspiration.
Pozniak Safety Associates - Founder, International Management Consultant
Eldeen Pozniak is a leading voice in the world of safety. Her goal - her mission - is to make sure that moms and dads, brothers and sisters, friends and family all make it home at the end of the day. A remarkable career, Eldeen currently owns Pozniak Safety Associates in Canada and Diggins Safety Consulting in the US. She is an inspiring speaker, sharing lessons and changing organizations across the globe. As an International Management Consultant specializing in Occupational Health and Safety., she has gained a reputation for being, energetic, enthusiastic and self-motivated in business endeavours. Through her presentation style, professional connections, and ability to connect to the companies goals to implement organizational change are just a few of the things that make her a Woman of Inspiration.
FP Canada™ - President & Chief Executive Officer
I nominate and congratulate Tashia Batstone as the first woman in FP Canada's history to hold the position of President and CEO as of May 3rd, 2021. A national professional body working in the public interest, FP Canada is dedicated to championing better financial wellness for all Canadians. Tashia’s leadership skills, passion for financial planning and her depth of experience is invaluable in advancing professional financial planning. Tashia has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador and later she was the Senior Vice-President and assumed oversight of CPA Canada’s member services, financial literacy, and research in addition to pre-certification education.
Most recently Senior Vice-President of External Relations and Business Development at CPA Canada, her extensive knowleduge and education includes MBA, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D.
Tashia is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has an established track record of volunteering with organizations devoted to women’s empowerment. A true gem!
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.
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!
Freightcom - Account executive
Suzanne is a ball of fire. If you need anytime of shipping she will help your company save money. She works for Freightcom but she is not just an employee she is a star. She works all hours of the day and makes sure you are 100% satisfied with your service. She takes your business under her wings like it is her own. She is a rock star!! if you want to save money on shipping Suzanne will find a way to help
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!
SAP - Head of SAP SuccessFactors, North America
Angelique Slagle is a Fortune 50 Cloud Technology Executive with over twenty years of success with three of the world’s leading global tech giants. She is a change driver responsible for directing business transformation and go-to-market strategies for multibillion-dollar enterprise initiatives. She has led the acceleration of emerging markets and the integration and revitalization of acquired business units. Under her leadership, she has generated $1B+ in revenue over her career span. Angelique builds high-performing, customer-centric cultures and leadership teams.
Angelique is a vocal advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Angelique believes people’s engagement and well-being is a critical foundation for business achievement. She supports this through mentorship, sponsorship, and establishing scaled talent acquisition and leadership development programs. She currently serves on the SAP’s Emerging Talent Board Steering Committee and simultaneously acts as an Executive Sponsor for the company’s Black Employee Network.
Mila Logan Bennett
Student - youth
I nominate Mila Logan Bennett for Youth Excellence Award becuase she has been presented with E.J. Finan Award and has been recognized as a great teen who has shown outstanding effort in demonstrating love of God, the respect oneself and others, intellectual development, physical and emotional well-being, social development, creativity, good decision making skills, constructive and responsible particiaption as well as flexibility and adaptability. In addition she plays piano and ukulel as well as hockey, vollyball and soccer. Mila is an inspiring teenager who strives for excellence in every aspect of her life.
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 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.
GTA south Asian media network inc. - Founder/CEO
Annie Koshy empowers individuals to be true to their personal story and branding. As an award winning model, actress, photographer, media professional and emcee with a flair for community leadership, Annie uses her vast experience to help individuals and companies develop their brand strategy. Through years of accumulated experience, she has distilled that knowledge to save you time, money and effort enabling you leverage and access. Annie conducts virtual and in person workshops and trainings, has given keynote addresses and is a featured host for national and international events.
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.
Nanabea Ansrogya Odi Foundation - Founder and chief executive officer
Mrs.Joyce Odi is a Ghanaian queen mother who has over the years had women and children at heart .Over a year now she has Empowered over 15 young widows and young men on the street with funding to stand firm in terms of financial challenges, 5 young men are currently undergoing apprenticeships and other school dropouts has also been put in school .
I believe if she is given this award will go a long way to motivate her to do more by putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged.
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.
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.
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.
Shirin Ariff - Author, Speaker, Coach
Shirin is a role model woman. She is a gentle force. She is powerful in a kind way. Shirin is a single mother of 4 children and a cancer survivor. I am an old widow who is her neighbor. I have no children or family here. She looks after me selflessly, like a daughter. She is a speaker, award winning author and coach for women.
Rosemary's Babies Co - CEO and Founder
Rosemary Oglesby-Henry is a phenomenal woman, mother, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. She is the epitome of strength and servant leadership. Founder and CEO of Rosemary's Babies Co, a teen parent and family support agency, she puts her all into serving the youth in Cincinnati, Ohio, and surround metropolitan areas. RBC serves over 200 teen families per year, goal is to eradicate generational pregnancy and poverty by supporting families, educating communities, and advocating for
policy/law changes that are bias and render teen parent families helpless. Rosemary, my mother, my hero, my colleague, has achieved all her educational and career success because of her resilience and fortitude to change the trajectory of her life and her family since becoming a teen parent to myself at the age of 16. She deserves all the recognition one can offer.
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.
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.
Aberdeen's Wool Company - CEO
Heather is a truly unstoppable force. She shows her employees nothing but respect and gratitude, she's always welcoming and accepting to everyone and doesn't hesitate to figure out how she can help whenever there is a global or internal issue. She is a perfect example of a strong, independent and conscientious business woman.
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!
Malton Neighbourhood Services and Dufferin-Peel School Board - Settlement Worker in School
I would like to nominate Lujayn Ali, she is a settlement worker at my children's school in Mississauga, Ontario. She always goes above and beyond to advocate for and support newcomers to Canada within the school community and her assistance helps the students and their families thrive. During covid-19 and school closures, she connects with students remotely through online workshops, conversation groups and checks in on families. She has connected my family with food services when I lost my job and has personally delivered food and gift cards to my door, ensuring we can eat. She also helped both my children apply for college, launching their path of success and independence. Without her we would have been lost and she makes newcomers transition to Canada enjoyable and hopeful. Thank you
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.
Tanis Emmett Wedding Style - Owner
Tanis Emmett is a small business owner in the bridal industry and a single mom boss as well with a 3 year old daughter. She started her bridal alterations business from her home over 10 years ago and has grown to be one of the top bridal tailors in Ontario with clients who fly in from all over Canada and globally as well. Throughout the pandemic and lockdowns she has continued to strive for success and grow her business with unique and one-of-a-kind virtual services. Not only has she been running her business, but she works with the fashion schools to provide internships and real industry hands-on training to prepare more young women for success in their careers in the future. Tanis constantly gives back to her community in different way, and has recently partnered with the Super Sofia Project, providing custom handmade dolls for young children battling with cancer in hospitals all over Ontario. Additionally, Tanis has started a specialty collection of dolls called Cameron Cares which brings awareness to different children's causes such as heart disease and conditions in infants or young children.
Invest Ottawa - Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Sonya is an inspirational community builder and an accomplished executive who has supported our organization in championing a number of amazing programs that support women leaders and business owners in our community. She chairs our Women Founders and Owners Sub-Committee, founder of an annual week long celebration in March in support of women's international week, and helped launch She Boot an Ottawa-based 6-week boot camp that prepares founders to pitch their business and secure investment. She is an active community champion and is a board of director at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre -Institute of Mental Health Research, Elevate International which aims to inspire, empower and elevate girls and woman, and with Mindtrust Leadership. She is a Volunteer Instructor with Technovation a program that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
School Student - Student Ambassador / Activist
Eya isn't afraid of standing up to injustices. She believes in racial equality, the urgency of environmental work, and creating a discrimination-free society. She is leading several initiatives to promote diversity in school, meets with government representatives to urge them on climate activism, and volunteers at her local hospital to support healthcare workers, support patients, and build meaningful relationships with her community.
Tammy Tuesdayz - Artist
My mother was a teenage single mom who went through and overcame a lot, but always put me and my siblings first. She is a strong woman who does a lot of advocacy for women's rights in our city of Montreal, especially within the black community, and she risks a lot by being so bold and vocal about women's rights. She also uses her personal experiences to uplift and give hope to women, and those going through hard times. I am now 18 years old and I want to honor her because she deserves the recognition for all that she does for others.
Fusion Cardio Toronto - CEO
Sumera is a entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Her vision is to provide fun and accessible dance classes for women and girls in Toronto, with emphasis placed on offering free programs in at-risk communities. She had collaborated with many non-profit organizations to impact the lives of vulnerable young girls and women through the form of dance and fitness. She truly is a women of inspiration.
J Gray Photography - Owner.
Jessi is the most creative and joyful person I have met in addition to being one of the bravest. Jessi's passion is photography and creative marketing. After obtaining her BFA she continued on to earn her Master's Degree from USC to pursue her dreams. An entrepreneur from the start, she was brave enough to forge her own path in a challenging industry. Jessi has curated an impressive portfolio and worked with not only big name clients but also no name clients as she hones her craft. She is generous with her time and a master at what she does. Jessi brings joy and light to every encounter, one can't help but feel happier and empowered after spending time with her.
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.
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.
I have the pleasure of knowing many inspirational women in my life but Vahen is the most inspiring. She was in a wheelchair at a young age due to a rare condition that struck her suddenly. She almost lost her fiancé, her hopes and dreams and her life. Vahen has fought to achieve everything she has and is still fighting, but not with rage, she is fighting with love and inspiration. Her story inspires and lifts other women around the world to dare to keep dreaming, even when it feels like the odds are against them. She has an unsurpassed strength, love of life and contagious courage. This amazing woman has become a successful Author, has traveled the world to share her story. Vahen also became a licensed Minister and is the Founder of the "Going Farther Organization" a Non-profit charity. She skydives and mountain climbs and holds the title of the 1st ever Miss Wheelchair Canada and Miss Kindness World. Her passion is to IGNITE HEARTS with HOPE because hope shines brightest in the darkest places.
tracie.comedy - Proffesional 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 Grey is one of the most selfless and generous women I know, and I could list off all her success to show why she is worthy of one of your prestigious awards, but her titles speak for themselves.
But let me just simply say, meeting Traice will convince you of angels right here in the flesh, it will make you believe in divine appointments over coincidences, it MIGHT even help you see that even when things go wrong in our life, you can still find joy in the journey. And THAT is what Tracie does for people. Tracie is a visionary who uses her connections to encourage and empower those who she sees with a flame that needs to be flamed, to help them shine even brighter. It’s great to see a strong woman in the media who loves to champion other women to enable them to shine to.
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 Inc. - CEO
Theano is a multi-talented woman who has covered so many disciplines in life... Her brilliant mind just keeps expanding as she is cultivating creative ways to help people. Her expertise is in construction, real estate, personal coaching and much more. The best part about Theano, she is humble and one of the most compassionate and loving women who I have ever met. As a role model Theano brings multi-tasking to a new level. Her sincere and no nonsense ways are engaging and she fills the room with a magical way of just making you feel safe. I adore this women and believe she is very worthy of being recognized as a leader in this country!
IWB Immigrant Women in Business - Founder
Olu is a force of nature in Black Women's community. This is because of her international experience in breaking glass ceilings. She is an author who inspires other women, especially Black women, to reach for the stars. Her inspiration is always a light that brightens my day. She deserves this honour!
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.
Sanchari Sen Rai
EDUCATION CONSULTANTS CANADA - CEO & Co Founder
A Women of Inspiration for me is someone who through her actions always inspires others to do great acts like herself. Sanchari Sen Rai is surely one to do so. ‘Winner of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards,2019’, ‘Finalist for RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award 2020’ ‘Finalist Women of Inspiration Award 2020’, a successful entrepreneur, a mentor and a doting mother. These are just few of the new feathers added on to Sanchari’s already overcrowded cap! Starting with being the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ‘EDUCATION CONSULTANTS CANADA (ECC) Inc.’ she has been leading all women team with offices in three international locations including Canada. As committed facilitators who build bridges between aspirations and achievements, ECC provides strategic consulting, including education plans & development for higher education abroad. A striking and humble person, she has led many initiatives to take education to another level for new immigrants and fellow women leaders. Through her work as a mentor at TRIEC, she has carved the educational path of future professionals and entrepreneurs. However, all this does not hold her back from being involved with the community and around the year she volunteers to help many organizations. Her hard work and perseverance coupled with her continuous drive and passion have led her to be successful in all her endeavors.
Wolfpack Solutions - Owner/Founder
Kelly is a Global icon working with companies in the oil and energy industries while facing adversity as a women in a male dominated industry as well as in cultures where gender equality does not exist. Kelly was instrumental in creating an industry first digital platform supporting this world-wide industry as seen here https://apnews.com/press-release/accesswire/6a1da776fdda20909369714f503cb4b5.
Kelly is also a life coach providing services under her business, Wolfpack Solutions, as well as pro bono, meeting the needs of others who want to lead a life with purpose and integrity. Kelly uses speaking opportunities to guide Leaders into 6 Personal Perspectives of Living a Life Worth Living. At every opportunity Kelly inspires others to live that lifestyle.
Kelly is highly involved in the fight against human trafficking as a board member on Timea’s Cause Inc. which creates cross-sectoral partnerships among multiple sectors to create realistic, systematic and measurable change to eradicate Human Trafficking.
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.
Janta Entertainment Group - President
Patti Jannetta-Baker is an award-winning Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist, MC and Host with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment and events services industry. She is a strong business development professional, skilled in Galas, Concert Production, Commercials, Radio, Grant Writing and Festivals and Events Management. Patti is an inspiring leader and the Co-Founder Music Makes Miracles Inc., Co-Chair/VP of Mississauga Italfest, Development Team Lead, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, Creator/Producer of "Memories of Louis Jannetta and the Imperial Room". Patti has an incredible voice, is a Canadian Pop and Rock Singer and is the recepient of Mississauga Music Walk of Fame Award in 2020.
Knix - Founder and CEO
Joanna Griffiths launched Knix with the goal of transforming an underwear market that had too much frill and not enough function. A trailblazer with the creation of Leakproof Underwear, she continues to focus on listening to what people want and bringing revolutionary solutions to life. Since launching the company in 2013, Joanna has built Knix into one of the fastest growing intimate apparel brands globally. Focused on product innovation the brand’s mission is to empower women to be unapologetically free. More recently, Joanna created the Life After Birth Project, a multimedia exhibit that features the images of over 750 women and within the first ten days of launch, the project received over 220 million media impressions.
Joanna has been recognized on both the national and international stage for her work as a marketing disruptor championing the topics of body inclusivity, fertility, mental health and postpartum. Joanna has won the Women Of Influence Start Up Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Shopify Build a Bigger Business competition, The Retail Council of Canada Marketing Innovation Achievement Award and was a finalist in the prestigious E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year.
The Feldman Agency - Recording Artist, Author, Artist-Manager
Bif Naked was born in secret, to a teenager living in India, the product of a Canadian girl and a British boy, she was rejected by both families, hidden away in a mental hospital from her diplomat-grandparents' society and politico friends. Adopted by American missionaries, and after years of legal hurdles, eventually gaining her and her adopted sister's release from India they returned to North America. She embarked on what she recalls with humour as a "charmed life". A childhood of secret abuse, running away, targeted beatings by girl gangs, she was institutionalized for alcohol abuse as a teenager and sexually targeted, preyed upon by a long list of adult predators. She escaped this early life by joining a punk rock band and left on tour, she married the drummer became pregnant and under extreme duress she aborted the unborn child and later the marriage and continued on a deadly downward spiral which culminated when she hit the floor of a Vancouver drug den overdosed. All of this before her 21st birthday.
Azul Education Service - Executive Director and Founder
Helen Filipe is a builder and a connecter as she leads a team of career counsellors, education associates and community advocates dedicated to supporting individuals reach their highest career potential. She is committed to student success and advocating for accessibility and inclusion in education and workplaces. Helen is dedicated to work closely with students, families and community to ensure high school students are equipped to make informed career decisions and are hopeful for the future. Helen has completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, Society in Law at the University of Toronto, and Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University. She is certified in Personality Dimensions and is an Emotional Intelligence Facilitator. Helen is an OWNAmbassador (Oprah Winfrey Network Ambassador) and an inspiring woman.
Million Dollar Smiles - Founder
Anna Lopes is the Founder of Million Dollar Smiles (MDS), a non-profit organization supporting families with children who have life-threatening illnesses or special needs.
Anna gives tirelessly and abundantly, making a huge difference in the lives of these families, and in the community.
She brought MDS to life back in 2006 when she realized that every community is in need of its own advocates.
It all started with a small group of volunteers who understood that being there for children and families facing special needs or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness was special.
For over 15 years, her amazing team of SMILE ANGELS has brought love and light into the lives of these children and their families; something Anna hopes to continue to do for as long as possible.
the Medalist Group - Chief Happiness Officer & Founder
Maryann has been a leader in the social profit sector for over thirty years. This sector is 80% women and despite some traumatic experiences with workplace bullying, Maryann advocates for kind, collaborative and inclusive workplaces. She is a tireless advocate for those in the sector who themselves are silently suffering at the hands of a bully. Every week, Maryann hears from people who are afraid to speak up for fear of job loss. Maryann is starting a new not for profit called The Employee Defense Fund to help social profit sector employees litigate when they have faced workplace harassment and bullying and to end the use of NDA's on claims related to bullying and other protected rights.
Universal Geomatics Solutions Corp - President
Jennifer Jackson is a gifted and purpose-driven leader, whose unparalleled energy, passion, and perseverance are evident every single day. A sharp mind for business, her progressive strategy and shear determination have continued to boldly guide Universal Geomatics Solutions Corp. to ensure that the company thrives. Jennifer inspires her team every day; a majority female-owned business and is spired by all the resilience, passion and support by each one of her team members.
Restorative Sports Therapy - Founder, Physiotherapist
Gina Perrault with her unique skill set of both manual and McKenzie based treatment techniques focuses on sports therapy and postural and repetitive strain injuries. Gina is also qualified to practice acupuncture and uses this, combined with a dry-needling technique (Gunn IMS), for patients with chronic pain and long standing muscoskeletal problems. Gina holds degrees both in Kinesiology and physiotherapy from Alberta. Gina is highly disciplined and knows that consistent work and dedication are key to success, and values life-long learning. Gina is friendly, enthusiastic, detail oriented, professional and is committed to high quality care for her clients.
In addition, Gina is an avid athlete with a background in many different sports, such as basketball, fitness competitions, triathlon, crossfit, and she cross trains. She believes that not only physical health is important but mental health should not be over looked and practices both meditation and yoga on a regular basis.
SOMA Pub - President and Executive Producer
Genevieve Cabana-Proulx a recipient of the Médaille du Lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec, joined the team at the SOMA production house as a receptionist, and moved up to coordinator, then producer. Taken under the wing of her colleague, president Jacinthe Arsenault, she learned the basics of the trade quickly, becoming vice-president and partner in the company at age 27, which gained her a spot in the Infopresse 30/30 rankings. A few years later, she took the reins as president of and sole shareholder in SOMA.
Geneviève has an excellent eye for talent. With her curiosity and sensitivity, she has built a great team around her and created a healthy and empowering work environment. She loves adventure and is a great traveller ready to negotiate with this industry in whose image she’s made: energetic, athletic, and always on the move.
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.
Michelle Osbourne & Co - Founder & Principal
Michelle is a true leader - one who lives and leads with head and heart. (And she has the most contagious, delightful laugh). What makes Michelle such a dynamo is the WAY in which she shows up and serves others. And serve others she does. She teaches marginalized communities how to use their lived experiences as ‘superpowers’ so that they can create a brand that advocates for change. Her calling is to help inspire, empower and build confidence in tomorrow’s radical visionaries so that they can augment their voice and build human first businesses.
Michelle created her business as a safe space for marginalized women and non-binary persons to learn, build, network, and feel empowered to connect with other like minded people who feel the same way.
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.
Staff Shop - Founder and CEO, Director of Happiness
Jennifer Ménard-Shand is an Indigenous-French-Canadian woman and an 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 company Staff Shop, provides the platform to keep that dream alive as an award-winning diverse supplier. Her story is one that celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil. The odds were stacked against her as a survivor of suppression challenges 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 companyt 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.
I’m nominating Kimberly Springer for the Dream Builder award because not only is she a deeply dedicated marine engineer, she is a mentor and an inspiration to women interested in pursuing her line of work, assisting them in, or providing them with, the tools to succeed. Kim is a natural leader who promotes integrity and safe practices in the workplace, and outside of it she passionately engages in environmental activism. I believe she deserves to be nominated because like every woman stepping into a male-dominated industry, she has met her fair share of adversity, but has never let it get in the way of making waves in what she loves.
About Staffing Ltd. - Founder and Visonary
Sharlene Massie is a leader whose motto is built on transparency, accountability and compassion. She believes in supporting and developing her people through her four core values of enthusiasm, stability, sincerity and loyalty. Sharleen is a serial entrepreneur that thrives on supporting others, paying it forward and energizing those around her. She is driven to succeed in all aspects of her life and continually strives for excellence, passion and a bit of humour. She is described as the energizer bunny who never stops. Sharleen is a leader who constantly ideating and percolating on ways to improve, grow and become more resilient.
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.
High Conflict Divorce Strategies - Founder
Trish Guise is a Divorce Strategist who supports people considering divorce, overwhelmed by the legal and emotional complexities of the impending high conflict situation. She helps navigate the process, and work with team of lawyers and other experts to empower individulas to make decisions that are best for the future of their families. Trish helps clients save time, money and most importantly, structure a secure and happy future after divorce. Trish is a Regional Ambassador for Contemporary Family Magazine, a publication for effective parenting. Trish is a recurring guest on the podcast, Slam the Gavel with host Maryann Petri author or Dismantling Family Court Corruption.
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.
Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter - CEO
Kim Ruse has 25 years experience in program, service and organizational innovation, evaluation and outcome management. She has consulted nationally on community engagement, assessment and planning and has presented nationally on program design, development, evaluation, clinical engagement and organizational development. Kim has a clear eye for leveraging individual and organizational strengths to effect profound change. She is committed to developing and supporting excellence in improving social conditions and systems. Kim is a multiple award winner; in 2011 she won McKillop award for commitment and contributions to the Calgary community and in 2018 received the Inspiration Award for Leadership in Family Violence Prevention.
RBC - Financial Doctor
Eniko Oszlai is an Award winning Financial Doctor, RBC’s TOP Financial Specialist in Canada. She has the natural talent of breaking down any financial concept in easy-to-understand terms making her clients feel comfortable, so that they can make educated choices for their future. Eniko works with her clients on a holistic basis using the Law of Attraction, providing a comprehensive, long-term financial plan while connecting them with a wide network of professionals both within and outside of RBC, so that she can provide her clients with state-of-the-art, outside-of-the-box business solutions.
Eni was nominated for the award in Entrepreneurship and Business in Waterfront Awards celebrating outstanding women in 2020.
FTI Consulting - Sr. Managing Director, Corporate Finance
I nominate Devi Rajani as she has been involved in numerous Latin American restructurings with debt totaling over USD$75 billion. In addition, she has been involved in the receivership of Canada’s second largest charter airline. Devi is an accomplished Chartered Professional Accountant whose expertise includes performing due diligence, assisting financially troubled companies, reviewing business plans, undertaking receiverships, preparing companies for U.S. Chapter 11 filings, advising and assisting in various creditor requests and financial modeling. Devi is one of the Winners of M &A Advisors 11th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards.
SelfEmployed - SelfEmployed
Trevor Fairweather has supported me relentlessly over the past 5 to 6 years, with such force and admiration!! The fact that I haven’t done this before now is sad and Trevor Fairweather truly does deserve the SupportHER award!!
Louise H. Reid - Chief Empowerment Officer
I nominate Louise Reid for uniquely integrating the disciplines of Science, Positive Psychology, and Leadership, to help leaders increase their self awareness, improve their knowledge of human motivation and bias, and strengthen leaders’ ability to develop inclusive and productive teams. Louise believes in gender equity and supports the research that having women in business improves business results dramatically. She works tirelessly to improve lives by providing a weekly podcast of 'Conversations for the next generation' and by having authored a book where 20 women share their personal stories of struggle and triumph. Louise is a true leader.
Self Employed Consultant - Industry Consultant
Anyone observing Marlene Yakabuski’s presence on the male dominated Ontario Road Builders’ Board of Directors may have thought she was outnumbered. You can be assured that she was not. In 2008 Marlene took on the role as Chair of ORBA’s Environment Committee, where she guided the development of a best practices’ manual benefitted every road builder in the province.
As one of the Boards more articulate, clear thinking members of heightened intellect, Marlene was an influential member and of ORBA’s CFAAST Implementation Committee. The CFAAST report was an internal audit, undertaken to review the Ministry of Transportations Infractions and Claims processes, underling areas where fairness could be improved.
In 2010 Marlene was awarded ORBA’s Distinguished Service Award, the Director of the Year Award in 2013 and the Director of the Year Award again in 2018 as she served as ORBA’s 91st and first female President.
From 2006 to 2020, Marlene managed a senior role as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the BOT Construction Group, a major heavy civil construction company with a decades long profile of delivering challenging infrastructure projects on some of Ontario’s most complex highway expansions.
HubbubHR - Chief Strategy Officer
A mother, mentor, CEO, Chief Product Strategist and a friend to many, Jacinta is responsible for HubbubHR's product design and strategy. She heads up process transformation, technology optimization and project management.
Jacinta has been leading HR systems initiatives for global mining and manufacturing companies for 20 years. As Chief Strategy Officer at HubbubHR, her focus is to partner with customers to elevate their HR with highly adaptable HR systems, delivered with exceptional customer service, to fit the unique needs of their global organizations.
With over 20 years experience leading global HR systems and business process initiatives, Jacinta has worked with global mining, engineering and manufacturing companies across the Americas, Europe, Australia and Africa.
BDC - Vice President and National Lead, Women Entreprenuers
Laura is passionate about helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. She also leads BDC’s national strategy to support Canadian women entrepreneurs. Currently, only 16% of small and medium-sized businesses are majority women-owned. BDC, Canada’s only bank dedicated to entrepreneurs, has a bold mandate to increase that number and Laura is leading to charge to ensure integration across the bank and awareness among Canadians.
CIBC - VP Capital Markets
I nominate Victoria Nguyen becuase she 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.
The Vegan Popcorn Company - Owner.
Tracy is the epitome of both positive attitude and that it is never too late to chase your dreams. A life longer dancer and later personal trainer, like many women she put her career on hold to support her family and her husband as his work required travel and significant time away from home. Around 50 Tracy decided to reengage with fitness and became passionate about CrossFit and Aerobics. Tracy became certified as a High Fitness instructor and has been teaching group fitness for the last couple of years. More recently, Tracy purchased The Vegan Popcorn Company! This business is allowing her the freedom to run her own business, engage with community, and do something in alignment with her values. Tracy exudes pure sunshine, she quietly mentors many women through their health and weight loss journey and provides a safe place for them to lean into themselves. And she'll even make you some popcorn and all the burpees are done.
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.
Dunamus OCM Inc. - CEO and Founder
Janet is an extremely inspiring woman. Through the process of finding herself she logged here daily journey and then published the experience along with some great stories in her new book, “Lost & Found”
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.
Nunova Wellness - Doctor of Acupuncure, Registered Herbalist, Founder/Owner of Nunova Wellness
Devonne is a peaceful, uplifting and healing energy that is a great support for the community she is apart of. She supports other small businesses & community events. She always has a listening ear & continually goes above and beyond for her clients - doing more research, providing other means of healing/help etc. She facilitates a space where her clients feel safe and welcome, even through hard times. She accommodates and inspires all levels of yoga in her studio as well. She was raised in this small town community in Alberta and now she is giving back to it and the people of the area - and she deserves recognition and support.
Anna Christine Sgro
SGRO Consulting - President
Anna has had an incredible presence in the male dominated construction industry. She has been a Senior Executive Leader with over 25 years of expertise in domestic and international marketplaces.
Business leaders in the road building industry know Anna through her role as Vice-President of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, a Canadian based, International Company, dominating the sale of used heavy equipment. Today Anna has embarked on a career as President of SGRO Consulting.
As a senior executive, Anna has sat on many industry association boards, including that of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association where she was an active and valued representative and industry participant.
Anna has been a keynote speaker at various universities for 'Women in Business’ and ‘Woman in Construction’ groups. In 2018 she was honoured with the 2018 Premiere Global Award – Silver Stevie Award Winner in the Female Executive of the Year category at the Women in Business awards celebration held in New York City.
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.
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.
Greater Than Gifting - Registered Nurse / Business Owner
I am nominating Mercedes because she works as a full time Registered Nurse and created her business, Greater Than Gifting, as another way to help her other and her community. Through her business, she sells items and donates proceeds to various organizations and meaningful causes. On top of this, she holds fundraising initiatives that she uses through her business' platform. For example, she recently did a pajama drive for a local children's hospital. She inspires us all and reminds us of the importance to do good and to give back. She has brought the community together!
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™.
Lyft Self Driving Division - Senior Safety Engineer
Palak works as a Sr. Safety Engineer at Lyft, Level 5 Autonomous Division, in Palo Alto, CA.
At Lyft, Palak leads multiple safety projects and establishes Safety Gates to unblock public road autonomous testing.
Palak represents Lyft as an active member of AVSC (The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium) and supported the committee with the publication of "AVSC Best Practice for First Responder Interactions with Fleet-Managed Automated Driving System-Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs)".
Apart from the work above, Palak tries to create social impact by volunteering as a mentor, advisor, speaker, technical expert. at conferences, universities, IEEE society.
Palak serves as a Safety Advisor for Toronto, The University of Toronto Self-Driving Car Team and volunteers at multiple university challenges as a judge, like MIT IDEAS Reviewing Committee, Big Ideas Contest Judge at the University of California, Berkeley, Conrad Challenge, Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge Judge at San Jose State University, California, etc.
Municipal Property Assessment Cooperation - President and CAO
I have never felt connected to or trusting any Leadership figure like Nicole made us feel, especially during the pandemic. Employees' and communities’ health, wellness, and safety are always on top of her priority list.
She is the pioneer in giving business updates and communicating transparently and openly. Recognizes all accomplishments big or small and most importantly her door is always open for support and encouragement.
She taught us how to be brave and confident, and to even talk about sensitive topics that could be uncomfortable, and embraces these topics.
Mincher Koeman Family Law Chambers - Founding Partner
Lynsey is a true force of nature, in the very best way. Lynsey is a family lawyer who works from a starting point of compassion and empathy. She is shockingly smart and strategic and not afraid to back down. Like many family lawyers, she will look to negotiate first. She is efficient, effective, and practical, but more than anything she is kind and wickedly funny. Lynsey began the practice of law in the UK, where she is from, working in criminal law and later a crown prosecutor. She is well trained in domestic violence, mental health challenges, and addictions. After moving to Canada in 2005, Lynsey began to practice in Child Protection. All of this training has made Lynsey the very best family lawyer I have met. She combines her knowledge, extensive trial experience, with every situation to create a safe environment for her clients. Lynsey is able to guide her clients through a difficult process, navigating them through what may be the most challenging time of their life. Lynsey is exceptional in everything she does and is a true inspiration to anyone lucky enough to know her.
Hawco Peters and Associates Inc. - Co-founder
Kent Peters is a SupportHer in the truest sense. As co-founder of Hawco Peters, Kent started this company with Sarah Hawco. Kent sees all people on equal footing, regardless of gender or any other qualifiers. As a father of two young women, he wants to create space where they feel safe and limitless in what they can accomplish. Kent is incredibly hard working, managing his primary business with secondary ones as well as making time to still manage his family farm in Manitoba, going out for seed and harvest every year. He holds an MBA and worked with RBC managing their Western Canadian credit risk group prior to taking early retirement. Throughout his career, Kent has continuously supported and championed the women around him, doing whatever he could to see them succeed on equal footing with their male counterparts. He is unconcerned abut gender, rather character. As his business partner, I see Kent as my other half, we are interchangeable in our work ethic and abilities, though he has a number of greater strengths than me in several areas! I could not have envisioned a better partner and trust him completely.
High Fitness - SupportHer High Fitness
I am nominating Hank Nelson as a SupportHer. I have never met met Hank, and maybe that is part of his magic in being such an amazing SupportHer. Hank is the strong supportive man, behind his incredibly successful force of a wife, Emily. Hank fully supported his family, but also his wife's vision to create and co-found High Fitness. I have seen Hank at High Fitness events where Emily is clearly the "star" and he proudly watches on and is her loudest cheerleader. His commitment to his wife and family has allowed Emily to travel non-stop (pre-Covid) and grow this incredible company. He was, and is, instrumental in the business end of things and guiding the company through its pivot during Covid to bring High Fitness to the masses via live streams and now a subscription app.
Stylelabs Inc. - Managing Partner
Salina is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Stylelabs Inc. Salina and her husband realized that in order to best serve their clients, advertising and website design is not enough, to be of true value, the best value, they needed to act like partners with their clients, an extension of them. Salina, as Managing Partner of Stylelabs is a force, overseeing the full spectrum of marketing, advertising and a keen eye to forecast and financials. She isn't playing a supporting role to her husband, rather an equally contributing and valuable partner. In addition to this more than full time role, she is also CEO of the home where they are raising 3 young children.
High Fitness - Founder
Emily Nelson, along with her fellow nominee Amber Zenith, is a true inspiration to women North America wide. She has followed her dream and her vision to bring not only fitness to the masses, but fun and self acceptance. She and her partner, Amber, met in Calgary, both working at a local gym. They loved teaching group fitness but thought there was a better way, a non judgmental and accessible way to bring together women and fitness. They had a vision to bring aerobics back! Emily and her husband moved back to the US but kept the vision and business plan of what became High Fitness alive. As 2 female business owners, with no previous business experience they created what is now a North America wide phenomena called High Fitness with approximately 3,000 certified instructors under their banner and tens of thousands participants. What started as simply a dream has become a massively successful business that has changed thousands of women's and a growing handful of men's lives.
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.
Road Coffee Co. - CEO and Founder
Alisha has an extensive background in international development. Using her strong character and the stance she takes for strong values, she is highly involved in both the local and international communities. A first-generation Canadian, Alisha is born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is passionate about building communities wherever she is. She had a thorough understanding of emerging markets from a young age. This is a driving force behind her mission to empower people to move from poverty towards independence and freedom.
Her international development experiences exposed her to the opportunities for change within the coffee supply chain industry and she began Road Coffee in her hometown of Saskatoon. Alisha quickly became a strong influence in the Canadian business scene, with both industry and business leaders reaching out to her to aid in finding problem solutions and to use Road Coffee as a case study for the future of Canadian business.
Heather M. Reisman
Indigo Canada - Founder & CEO
I nominate Heather M. Reisman as she has been awarded officer of Order of Canada for changing the face of bookselling in Canada. Heather is highly regarded for her business acumen and she is the founder and chief executive officer of Indigo Books & Music Inc., and co-founder of the global e-reading company Kobo. She is also the founder and chair of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, which provides millions of books to high-needs public schools across the country. Heather is a true leader and a dedicated community builder who lends her talents to numerous organizations, including Right to Play and the Mount Sinai Hospital. Heather is a lover of books and music which are essential to advancing knowledge and well-being in our human lives. Her 'Well Said' Podcast by Indigo connects the listener to the trusted voices in well-being to help them live with purpose and intention. Heather Reisman is a celebrated entrepreneur who has been inducted into Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Minhas Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries - Co-founder & CEO
I nominate Manjit Minhas because I love her tenacity, passion and intelligence as a successful Canadian entrepreneur.
Manjit is a star Dragon (Investor) on CBC Network's show/series “Dragons' Den”. Manjit is the Co-Founder and CEO of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Winery which sold in excess of 8 billion pints of beer world wide. In addition she hosts a Top 10 Apple Podcast interviewing remarkable Canadian business leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries.
Manjit Minhas is a true leader with high profile business and community awards including Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and Canada's Top Woman Entrepreneur.
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 will inspire the world. In her role as a very senior leader at RBC, she has broken glass ceilings for all genders and done so in a way that shows true leadership, mentorship, compassion and grace.
Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mutual Funds Inc. and leads RBC’s eight personal and business regions in Canada. 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, and deliver outstanding client loyalty and growth. 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. She brings more than 30 years of RBC experience and has held a variety of executive roles across the P&CB network and head office including Strategy, Human Resources, Distribution Strategy, Operations, Group Risk Management and Regional President.
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
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
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,
NL EATS Community Outreach Inc. - Director of Operations
Mehnaz is an exemplary social entrepreneur and an inspiring individual. She started her first social venture at the age of 14 years old named Astha Foundation that provided basic education and entrepreneurial training to underprivileged women. Her journey continued to St. John's NL where she focused on finding opportunities for Youth. When the pandemic started, Mehnaz led a team to start a mobile foodbank to deliver essential food hampers to those in need. Mehnaz made significant impact in her community through various projects. For her tremendous contributions, Mehnaz received the 2020 Woman of Distinction Award by YWCA St John's for her outstanding contributions to her community. To date, Mehnaz's organization provided food hampers to over 1300 families and created 45 youth employment. NL Eats also created many volunteer opportunities globally. Mehnaz have significant contribution to the growth of NL Eats as Director and founder of the organization.
Isabey interiors - founder
Trisha is an incredible leader of woman and her team at Isabey interiors. She is funny, beautiful and kind, but she is strong, an incredible mentor, determined, energetic and a force to be watched. Trisha has designed an interior Design company after her stock broker background and is attracting incredible talent because of it. She has started a home building division as well as a store so that Isabey interiors can be your full service team from floor plans to landscape and everything in between!
Liquid Glamour Spa - Founder
Tatjana Beocanin has a background as a Corporate Recruiter specializing in Talent Acquisition with eighteen years of leadership in the areas of Recruitment and Selection, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Project Management and Public Relations sectors. In addition to her impressive professional experience and proven track record of impacting many individuals to succeed in their own career goals, she has expanded her creativity into a new passion. She has taken the plunge into trades and after dedicating herself in this new venture for almost 5 years is now a skilled Red Seal Cosmetologist operating her very own "Liquid Glamour Spa". A true multifaceted "jack of all trades!"
I am nominating her because I believe more people should have the opportunity to hear her story and be inspired by her, it is my duty to now share what she has instilled in me, and I feel strongly that this is one way to do so.
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., one of Canada’s fastest growing companies.
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.
Star Quality Private Investigations - Founder and CEO
Adrianne is a pioneer within the private investigation industry, tackling the under-serviced and emotionally charged sector of infidelity, child custody, family law, and divorce. She is one of the first women to run private investigations and security businesses in Ontario, and holds the longest tenure in the role to date.
Her career started in Public Relations within the entertainment industry; quickly expanding into Executive Protection. This resulted in working alongside legendary celebrities like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, and Samuel L. Jackson. Adrianne’s business savvy made her the choice to manage executive protection for World Tours with The Rolling Stones, U2’s 360 Tour, Canadian Idol, The Molson Indy, WWE, the G8, and G20.
Her experience and leadership culminated with stepping into a male-dominated industry; and launching Star Quality Private Investigations.
Canadian Center for Women Empowerment - CEO
Meseret Haileyesus is an award-winning entrepreneur, social justice advocate, a community leader with more than seventeen years of experience, and a founder of the Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment. The first kind of organization addressing economic abuse in Canada through education, mentorship, policy change, advocacy, mentorship, and economic empowerment. Her project focus on working with survivors and help strengthen their resilience to improve their financial knowledge and behaviors for better financial safety and security in the future.
Meseret has identified a huge gap (unmet needs) and established a grass-root movement to address economic abuse and its impact on mental health. This may include not receiving access to money, being excluded from financial decision-making, taking on relationship debt, and being unaware of the consequences or not being allowed to work or study. As the COVID 19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on communities, the need for accessible, culturally affirming mental health support services has never been more acute.
Pam Ivey International - President
Through her companies, Pam is truly an inspiring leader. I have traveled with her on several occasions with her Adventurous Life travel company (www.adventurouslife.io). She takes business owners, aged 40+ around the world for a month at a time to work, explore and live in community. Totally empowering, and the only company of its kind to focus on this age group. I'm also working with Pam on Flourish + Grow to CEO. We help women entrepreneurs learn how to run their business like a CEO and grow into 6-figures and beyond, through podcasting and coaching/training programs. For as long as I’ve known her, Pam has been a fierce advocate for women in business and I feel is an ideal candidate for the Women of Inspiration awards, particularly in the following categories: Difference Maker, Game Changer, Global Impact, Influencer, SupportHer.
SOCAN - Executive Director, SOCAN Foundation
Ms. Charlie Wall-Andrews is committed to helping diverse artists and entrepreneurs reach their full potential in Canada's music industry.
In 2018, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study reported that for every one woman, there were 47 men in the role of a music producer. Being alarmed by this study, Charlie rushed to create the Equity-X-Production program to empower women and non-binary artists to access tools, resources, and training to become music producers. Since the program launched in 2019, over 100 Canadian artists have been provided music production training. In her commitment to gender equity, Charlie also created the HER Music Awards in 2019 to celebrate female-identifying music creators in Canada.
In her ongoing pursuit to help diverse artists in Canada, Ms. Charlie Wall-Andrews created the Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship (powered by TD and SOCAN Foundation - http://www.creativeincubator.ca).
Ms. Charlie is a leader that takes action and that leads with creativity, sensitivity, and collaboration to challenge the status quo.
Excelerate Consulting - Managing Director
Naila grew up in a small, rural town in Pakistan and studied at a parochial school in an impoverished setting but was always a hardworking and breaking the barriers type of girl. From the most antagonistic circumstances to distinguished accomplishments in educational, professional, and personal endeavors, she has come a long way. People talked and they did it unapologetically. She was told again and again that ‘you can't' and she countered with her share of achievements. She believed in herself and tried everything that took her to stand out.
Naila has coached and inspired me and hundreds of other girls and women to achieve their goals. She is an advocate of self-belief and teaches women that what pulls them back is the lack of confidence and fear of failure. Naila’s mantra is “when women belief in yourself and the world will start believing in you too.”
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.
Founder of Women's Empowerment Group
Lisa gives to everyone around her every day. She has put on huge free thanksgiving dinners to our community and served hundreds of meals! She is the founder of a Women's Empowerment Group and has Inspired so many with her compassion and strength. Her kind giving spirit is strong, unique and very rare. She has the strength of a Lion and the gentleness of a Lamb. I am extremely honored to know her & call her friend.
Floral Express Wholesale - Head of Accounting
Teri Pate has the biggest heart. She helps others, volunteers, and outs everyone above herself. She is the head of the accounting department at Floral Express. It is a Floral Wholesale Company.
At the end of each week, all of the flowers that are left, Teri brings to an old age home, so they can enjoy the joy and beauty of the flowers and greens.
Teri is constantly doing extra courses and programs to further her skills and knowledge. She is very committed to learning as much to exceed the goals she sets for herself.
Teri thanks everyone in special ways with treats, slippers at Christmas that she knitted. Every Wednesday she always checks up on everyone working from home and here at the office since covid has started.
She is professional, calm, genuine and whole hearted.
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.
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).
Floral Express - Director of Sales
Suzy is a driven, hard working, genuine, caring woman. I have worked for her for two years. She sets a goal and makes it happen. She stays organized, calm and collected. She also is caring and supportive. She is a woman that would do anything to help someone in their time of need without hesitation. She is an amazing woman. Words can not express her driven determination professionally, and her genuine kind heart toward others.
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.
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!
Chic Geek - Founder
Kylie Woods is one of the most determined, inclusive, and focused individuals I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She is the founder of Chic Geek - a non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity in STEM. She leads with compassion, empathy, and inspires hundreds of volunteers in the Chic Geek (and beyond) community. When COVID hit, she and her team took a step back to understand how to effectively pivot the organization from a primarily in-person event based foundation and recently launched a career mentorship/pathing program, connecting women interested in building a career in STEM with other women who are leading the way. Kylie is a fierce leader who is just starting to leave her mark on the world...and she has left an amazing one already!
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.
National Reporter with the Canadian Press
Teresa Wright is a fearless news reporter who has been holding government officials accountable, exposing corruption and educating the public on issues of provincial and national importance for almost 15 years. From the beginning of her career, she has been lauded for her excellent and unbiased reporting, her staunch attention to every aspect of a story and her ability to connect with readers. As the Chief Political Reporter at the Charlottetown Guardian for over ten years, she was a two time silver finalist at the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the winner of the Hartwell Daley Journalism Award.
Since 2018, she has worked as a Parliamentary reporter with the Canadian Press and has been extensively featured in virtually every news publication in Canada, as well as interviews on radio and television nation-wide. In the past three years, she has extensively covered refugees and immigration issues, the Rohingya Genocide, women’s and human rights issues in Canada and abroad, systemic racism, and, most recently, indigenous rights issues. Her journalism exploits have taken her across Canada during the 2019 Federal election, to Nunavut and Latvia with the Prime Minister, as well as to Brussels, Belgium and Biarritz, France to cover G7 Summits.
Minto Communities - Canada - Director of Marketing
Alexis is an industry veteran when it comes to real estate! She started at Colliers International, then became Director of Marketing for Freed Developments, and now works as the Director of Marketing at Minto Communities. She is always innovating and changing the face of real estate as we know it. At Minto, Alexis is responsible for delivering against sales objectives for all Minto Communities GTA projects by applying knowledge of the current real estate market, the target buyers, and an understanding for what draws and motivates the average GTA home buyer and investor groups to everything she does. Alexis is an incredible role model for women looking to break into real estate and has a passion for the industry that is absolutely contagious.
Legal Aid Alberta - Director, Communications & Public Relations
The pen is mightier than the sword. Advocacy in story-telling is what Laurie does. Whether it's PTSD research for first responders or emergency protection orders for victims of domestic violence, Laurie has dedicated her life to protecting the most vulnerable--with words. Currently leading the communications and strategy for a $100 million non-profit, Laurie's work has impacted Albertans directly, providing access to justice through affordable legal services, including duty counsel and lawyers for mental health court, drug treatment court and Indigenous court. Though she's a Forbes Council member and featured on multiple Forbes expert panels, Laurie will take her own personal time to also advocate on behalf of Edmontonians for safer roads and school bus systems for children. A mentor to young women who go on to become McKinsey associates and U of A Students' Union candidates, she will always take time for people because she believes in building leaders of tomorrow.
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
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.
Old Firehall Confectionary - Co-Owner
Natasha Usher comes from a line of kings and queens and chiefs from the beautiful continent of Africa.
She was 9 years old when her family emigrated to Canada, Natasha faced many ups and downs growing up and as an adult, but nothing could weaken the light and the fire that was burning inside her: she wanted to create a heart-centered business empowering women - and making women, man and children happy. With sugar and chocolate!
Yes, your fun-loving Sugar Diva is the Co-Owner of Old Firehall Confectionery, a sweet culinary experience.
Natasha is a mother of two empowered children. Today, she is mentoring high-school girls on how to go after their dreams and passion and supports many charities both as a volunteer, as well as, a philanthropist.
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.
Avid Apparel - National Sales Manager
I'm nominating Alyssa because she is the epitome of what it means to be a true leader & inspiration! Not only does everyone look up to her & she crushes it at her day job but she somehow found the time to launch a side hustle that is already THRIVING. So proud of her and all of her accomplishments.
WYMBIN - Founder/CEO
It's rare for me to see women taking charge and leading the way all while having a warm heart for everyone involved within the team and community. Her being the founder of Wymbin, I nominate Jenna for the "Women of Inspiration" as she is the epitome of exceptional game changers in today's era.
Kelly's Green Lounge - Founder
Reverend Kelly Addison is the founder / Managing Director of Kelly’s Green Lounge , a cannabis-friendly establishment drawing international attention to the tiny community of Orono, Ontario. Kelly brings a wealth of experience as an educator, and counsellor, to her work..Also Vice President of PACC, an important industry advocacy organizaton. Also a Certified Reiki Master, she is studying plant medicines and other healing modes. Motivated by the spiritual aspects of the plant, Kelly was ordained as a Minister in 2020, and holds “The Cannabis Church of KGL” as a celebration of unity, community, and respect for the cannabis plant and her divine properties. For her role in advancing cannabis and advocacy for the eventual inclusion of cannabis lounges under The Cannabis Act, Kelly has been recognized in several media publications on the international stage across Canada, The United States, and Australia.
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.
Gift from the Heart - President/Founder
Bev Woods is the Founder and President of Gift from the Heart, a Canadian non-profit charity that connects dental hygienists/oral health care professionals to vulnerable Canadian by providing essential barrier free oral health care.
Bev’s contributions to our society are vast and cannot simply be summed up in a letter. She has always advocated for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. She tirelessly and continuously gives back to her community by donating her time, supplies, food, oral health care treatments and her expertise to better the lives of the underserved or anyone who faces barriers.
Bev always continuously strives for changes to our present health care system to allow all Canadians the right to crucial oral health care services. She believes it is a right not a privilege to receive this care.
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.
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’.
Nature Bee Holdings Ltd. - Owner
I am nominating Katie Gamble of Nature Bee Holdings Ltd. for this award. Katie started this company in 2018 as a way to help make sustainable products more accessible to all.
Katie is truly an entrepreneur at heart and managers her company with kindness, creativity and efficiency. She is an incredible boss; the perfect mix between guiding others and letting them learn and create on their own. Katie shows us grace in our mistakes and excitement in our successes. Seeing Katie’s own passion in her business and the happiness it brings her is inspiring to all those around her and has influenced some of her employees to venture out and follow their callings.
Hobart Canada - Business Process and Compliance Specialist
Yana is a single mom, who is successful in her career, contribute a lot to the Russian community, develop her skills and knowledge by taking courses and certificates in the University of Toronto, running her own small business on the side, working out, following the healthy living, great supporter, advisor, and motivator for the girls who face the challenges on the divorce in Canada. She works as a Business Process and Compliance Specialist, and her job is to review, analyze, and implement changes into the processes that have a significant positive impact on the company’s KPIs, performance, reputation, and customer service. She spends lots of time with her son who at the age of five reads and writes in both, English and Russian, attends swimming lessons, judo classes, and break-dance studio, strong at math and logic. Yana is an inspirational leader, motivator, and supporter of other girls!
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.
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.
Infinite Virtual Admin Solutions - Founder, Virtual Assistant, Spiritual Counsellor
Kandace LaRue has spent 30 years supporting entrepreneurs and executives with experience in administration support, customer service, sales administration, and accounts receivables and payables. Her experience in supporting small businesses and also large manufacturing companies will be a vital and reliable tool that will help your business excel.
Growing up as a Canadian Forces Army child she moved over 20 times during childhood.
She said she felt like counseling helped her but she needed something more. She says it was faith that helped her get through the sadness of her difficult childhood and the loss of her marriage. Today Kandace LaRue is a spiritual counselor, after overcoming abuse and alcohol in her family. She says her spirituality is a gift that “helps me get through this thing called life.
She says in 2021 she is “starting my new adventure helping customers make lots of money while looking after their back-office needs in all aspects. I came up with the name “Infinite Virtual Admin Solutions” because all things are possible if you put your heart and soul into what you want to do
Canada East Spine Centre's Director of Research Erin Bigney - Director of Research
I would like to nominate Erin Bigney, Director of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Research at Canada East Spine Centre for the WOI Mentorship Award. She has been a mentor to her staff and medical students since starting in her present position 6 years ago. Erin embodies the true definition of what a successful mentor should be. She is experienced, trusted, kind and patient. I feel truly honored to be working with such a strong female leader and mentor in medical research. I strongly believe that every current and former staff member would be in agreement that Erin is not only a supportive mentor, but a truly wonderful boss and friend. Erin has overseen 17 medical student research projects to-date. 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.
Forever Young Laser Skin Rejuvenation - Owner
I am nominating Sheetal Sareen because since having the pleasure to work side by side with her over the past year I have been nothing but amazed. Not only has she created a beautiful, professional, huh end salon in Edmonton, but she has been in business for 10 plus years and has the client list to prove it. She has created this business on her own at the age of 27 and over the past ten years manages and oversees a staff of 13 women. She is the epitome of a strong businesswoman who supports other women. She not only runs an all-female staff but she also owns 2 other businesses and a very high-end, desirable Air BnB location here in the heart of the city. She is the most supportive, innovative, humble person I have ever met and the most amazing leader and mentor. I am beyond blessed to work side by side with this some. She is the ultimate yes woman and provides nothing but the absolute best for her staff and clients.
ThoughtExchange - COO
As COO of Enterprise Discussion Management company ThoughtExchange, Jessica successfully navigated the company through the global pandemic to deliver growth beyond market averages in challenging marketing conditions. Prior to joining ThoughtExchange she was named Sweden's most Innovative leader and she is a frequent speaker and a Forbes and Inc Magazine contributor on topics like the Future of Leadership, Innovation in Management practices etc.
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.
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.
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.
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) - www.sickkidsinternational.ca - and Boomerang Health powered by SickKids - URL listed below. - Director of International Education, SickKids, and Managing Director of Boomerang Health
Lara is a "one-of-a-kind" healthcare leader, who happens to also be a nurse, a mother of 2 teenagers, a devoted wife, daughter, sister, friend, and philanthropist. She is the type of human being who leads authentically with courage and impacts the professional and personal lives of everyone she meets. She is a healthcare entrepreneur who has very innovatively generated healthy alternative sources of revenue, outside of public funding, for her organization. She is also an educator at heart, which is quite evidenced by the many undergraduate and graduate students she's mentored over the years (at least 50). Her philosophy has always been to "start the way you want to finish" which means "don't cut any corners and always aim for the best and quality solution". Her standards are high and this trickles down to the people she leads.
Lara has a very strong and positive influence on her colleagues, peers, students, family, and friends. With her very busy professional and personal chedule, she is still able to find time to help others. She doesn't wait to be asked - her extreme empathy and emotional intelligence allow her to genuinely understand one's needs and offer to help where she can.
Afro Cannada Bud Sistahs - Founder
Natalie Cox has spent the past 30 years raising a wonderful family of four children with her high-school sweetheart. At age 49 Natalie underwent a major life pivot when she went to college for the first time; enrolling in the Horticulture Technician program at Durham College in Whitby, Ontario. “Quite simply, I went back to college to learn to grow better weed”, she says with a grin. In 2020 Natalie founded Afro Cannada Budsistas with her business partner Khadisha Thornhill.
Their mission is to provide a safe space for Black women to offer one another support while also normalizing cannabis through education, information, and exposure. She also started Growing With Natalie; a company focused on organic cannabis and vegetable cultivation and teaching others to grow their own as well. A lifelong tropical plant collector, she boasts a 30-year-old Epipremnum aureum or Pothos, she affectionately calls “Mother”. In the summer you can find Natalie in the garden with her dog Leo, tending to her prized heirloom tomato collection. She is well known for raising her voice to bring about more diversity in not just cannabis but agriculture.
Afro Cannada Bud Sistahs - Founder
A Black Canadian woman and single mom to a 14yr-old hockey fanatic, Khadisha is fluently bilingual after being born and raised in Montreal before moving to the GTA in 1994. She’s a 20+ year property & casualty insurance industry professional with a background in teaching insurance courses, staff unit training & development and litigation management of complex bodily injury files from serious car accidents. For fun, Khadisha played touch and flag football recreationally for 15 years before coaching her son’s flag teams, allowing her to pass down her love for the game to another generation. She’s also been certified in the past as a spin instructor.
While Khadisha’s journey into cannabis use is not novel, her path towards its advocacy is unique. Khadisha and her business partner Natalie Cox are co-founders of Afro Cannada Budsistas, a private online space created for Black women to discuss and normalize cannabis use. Founded only this past March 2020, their group has already grown to 400 members, primarily in Ontario and Quebec, with members joining daily from all across Canada.
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!
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.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Centre - Board Vice Chair and Director of Operations
With over 20 years of working with non-profits, Danyelle Kaluski has a passion to be in service to her community.
Through the loss of her second daughter, Emelina in 2012, at 38 weeks, Danyelle is a strong voice in normalizing the journey through pregnancy loss, grieving, and pregnancy after loss.
Danyelle has been instrumental in the growth of the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre growth. She is the one working diligently behind the scenes to provide vital support to the community and advocate for the healing of bereaved families.
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) and the Ontario Principals Council (OPC). 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
Holistic Wellness Strategist
Cheryl Ivaniski is a Global Wellness Authority, Dr. Holistic Medicine - Acupuncture, Speaker, Coachr , 5 X Bestselling Author Diabetes Thriver for OVER 24 YEARS, host of the NO BS Podcast About Diabetes and the author of Having A Life of More
" Having watched her grandma struggle for 40 years with loss of vision, mobility, independence and eventually the shutting down of her kidneys and heart, until one day Diabetes took her life. CherylI was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (and Hashimotos disease) over 24 years ago. Specialists said she should expect the onset of scary complications and told her to prepare for a grim future. SheI took a stand that her life was not going to be the same. She mastered the Holistic Lifestyle and has since been living a very vibrant life! Her mission brought her from teams of health professionals using the traditional approach, to going back to University and studying alternative methods to wellness - how to heal from the inside out, to be proactive rather than reactive, and how holistic self-care can elevate your wellness leaps and bounds! She's gone on to co-authoring books with big names like Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Dr. John Gray and Brian Tracey.
Magna Carta Legal Services. - Founder, Paralegal
Amanda Richards has always had the desire to help others. Her path to self-employment seemed like a natural evolution – she faced some struggles, but she took each of them on with ferocity and strength. On top of working full-time as an employee for 15 years, Amanda has raised two children as a single mother, while at the same time gaining academic experience and growing multiple businesses. Amanda has ventured into many avenues of business, from managing multiple high-end retail locations to working at law firms on Bay Street. She also has a passion for hair and makeup as she went to the Professional School of Makeup. She worked for an agency that provides hair and makeup for television, magazines, etc., while more specifically she worked with the Miss Universe pageant and Sports Centre. After going through these ventures, Amanda decided to go back to the law, by going back to school and getting licensed as a paralegal, while at the same time starting her business, Magna Carta Legal Services.
Noble Body Care Inc and Black Ram Media Group - Co founder, Author
Daniela is an award-winning business leader, corporate and political strategist, lobbyist, industry advocate, and Creative Director. A leading expert on the second-hand economy, she often consults and guest lectures on economic development, green tech advancements, as well as mentors business builders in personal, professional, and brand development. She was recently nominated for an Order Of Ontario in part for setting a new standard in her industry and for her commitment to public education. She also serves on the Board of Directors for several charities and research/industry collaboratives.
Well versed on municipal affairs and regulations, she often represents industry and municipal stakeholders seeking outside the box solutions for industry shifts and limitations. Disaster PR is her superpower. She is the author of In Loving Denial: Stop Saying I Beat Cancer. She co-owns Black Ram Media Group Inc & cofounder of Noble Body Care Inc
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre - Founder, Loss Coach
Aditi is a trailblazer in the non-profit sector. During the covid-19 pandemic, she leads the pregnancy and infant loss support center in creating Canada's first national pregnancy loss support line. This support line has been a successful endeavor, supporting people across Canada and the USA, who have lost a pregnancy or infant during the isolating times that we currently face. It would be hard to imagine a world without Aditi's bright shining light. She is truly an inspiration.
Digital Finance Institute - Executive Director & Chief AI Officer
Ellis Odynn is a trailblazing woman in tech. Her leadership and commitment to championing innovation and digital transformation in the banking sector has helped shape the Canadian FinTech ecosystem. Ellis is one of Canada's most recognized voices in finance, and has become a frequent speaker on Innovation, AI, FinTech, Payments and Inclusion.
Ellis acts as a mentor to young women and girls in high school and university who are looking to explore career opportunities in STEM.
He Changed It Enterprises Inc - CEO/ Co-founder
Candace is a shape shifter and calls herself an agent of change. For over 4 years she dedicated over 50 hours per week, voluntarily, to a women and children's non for profit, to help combat poverty. Upon exiting, she noticed there was a distinct hole in the market when it came to men's health, primarily mental health. She has, for over the last 2 1/2 years, once again dedicated her time and energy building a tech company to bring to market one of the world's first, gender specific, mobile apps for men. As a mother of 2 sons, she is determined to move the needle on what WHO deems a silent crisis, that of men's health. Recently, she saw her vision come to light as they have now entered the app stores, and have men all over the world downloading the app. She receives messages daily thanking her for her role in helping break the stigma. She firmly believes that for true equality for women, there must be a coming together, and an understanding on how to work together and build sustainable families and navigate the ever changing landscape.
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!
Home Life Luxuary - Owner
She is a very active and energetic person.
- She accomplished most of her goals in a very short time.
City of St.Albert - Manager, Corporate Planning, Risk and Insurance at City of St. Albert
I would like to nominate Darija Slokar for the women of inspire award. Darija has worked really hard this past year in completing her MBA while working as a full time professional for the City of St. Albert and being a full-time mom and wife to her kids and spouse. Darija has come really far in her career and education and influenced many young professionals around her. She has also been very active with her Health and Wellness goals that she has influenced many other women to join fiton which is a global app that allows you to work out from the comfort of your home and office at anytime with professionals around the world. She has done a fantastic job in maintaining her goals and inspiring her community. She is also an active member of the Rotary club and a member of the Board of Directors. Way to go Darija and keep up the excellent work! You are an inspiration to all the women around you!
Reena Khullar Sharma
Agilis Executive Consulting - Founder & CEO
Reena is an atypical woman entrepreneur who changed the landscape of management consulting in 2020 by launching a global consulting firm that is leading with her advantage. I nominate this extraordinary woman for paving the path to ascertain everyday people’s lives through journalism that evokes emotion, admiration, and thought-provoking realization that the world is closer to us than we know. This nomination only touches the surface of what Reena has embarked on. She is a game-changer in her quiet but powerful presence, helping people succeed in their professions and opening their eyes to possibilities they never knew they were capable of achieving! Her play on the word extra(ordinary) is not surprising for her creative mind, nor her ability to critically strategize best outcomes for clients like me. Her articles in Forbes support her ambitious entrepreneurial path, and yet she remains grounded! She is a woman of inspiration, watch out world!
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 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.
Nick J. Kyte Team - Client Experience Officer
Serena Lynch is the Client Experience Officer for the Nick J. Kyte Team, an internationally acclaimed Ottawa real estate office. She Featured in Authority Magazine's Meet The Female Leaders Of Real Estate for her brilliant work. She has been an activist with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ issues. Travel has exposed her to matters of cultural and socio-economic significance. In South Africa, Serena observed the vast difference between classes and was enlightened at the Apartheid Museum. In the Netherlands, she learned more about the effects of the holocaust. In the Amazon, she acknowledged that education was a privilege and for many, life was a struggle. In the Galapagos, Serena learned about the delicate balance between man and nature, how we have a responsibility to participate in the stewardship of our planet.
First 30 Inc. - Founder and CEO
Amy launched First 30 in 2019, a virtual 30-day outplacement and onboarding program allowing companies to help restructured employees land new roles, and also to fully 'on board' newly hired employees. As First 30 gained momentum in 2020, Amy continued to provide free webinars and one-on-one services to individuals who had lost their jobs. Even while consumed by the constant challenges of managing a new business, she's devoted countless hours to sharing her services at no cost to individuals who need help. The inspiration she exudes in this regard is truly is deserving of recognition.
Dr Paola Lake
Lake Professional Psychology Services - Psychologist
Dr. Paola Lake, a registered psychologist who has dedicated her adult life to studying resilience and healing, with a focus on healing from trauma. Serving her communities for over 20 years working with first responders and the military, she is also well known for her empowering work with people in all walks of life as she helps individuals rise past adversity, uncovering their potential, and dissolving barriers that stand in their way to personal success.
As part of that lifelong mission to help people realize their potential, Dr. Lake hosted a local community radio show, “The Dr. Lake Show,” interviewing interesting experts like Dr. Bruce Lipton, cell biologist, Dr. Anat Baniel, brain scientist, and Dr. Lee Pulos, clinical psychologist /international speaker. A fascinating host, she pivoted to the podcast world and now hosts the popular “The Dr. Lake Show,” focussed on engaging in conversations for change about any area of life that affects our well-being, including emotional, physical, relationship, financial, and community aspects of life.
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.
Security Partners' Forum - Co-Founder and Executive Director
Bonnie is a world leader in the empowerment of women in the security & resilience disciplines. She has developed networks across the globe for women to network as well as awards recognizing women in various regions across the globe.
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.
HS Advisory Inc. - Director and Co-Founder
Simran's heart for her community continues to push her forward to help out, even during the pandemic. She ran for Orangeville council during the last election, a major part of her platform was her passion for being a positive force in the community. She has been extremely helpful in supporting individual businesses as well as local not-for profits through numerous initiatives.
Along with providing advice on marketing and fundraising strategies, she has assisted in fundraising for initiatives like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dufferin, organized an auction with over 25 local businesses, assisted in locating sponsors for 198 free meals, and organized giveaway items for "Celebrate Your Awesome".
She was also recognized for her continual efforts to bring awareness and civil discussion on topics of diversity, inclusion, and equality through social media.
Her work resulted in being chosen as a recipient of the Town of Orangeville’s Community Recognition Awards for community leaders during the pandemic.
Marilyn Barefoot - Owner, President, CEO
Marilyn’s the most inspiring leader/innovative thinker I've had the recent honor of working with. She’s helped several of the biggest brands/companies in the world jump their biggest hurdles. Yet this success never detracts from her humble, consistently kind, good-humored, down-to-earth attitude; the bedrocks of her personality. Her unmatched expertise in Creative Problem Solving makes her an ideal collaborator. I'm certain that MB’s embodiment of true leadership is one we need more examples of in our current world. Especially in this extremely tumultuous time. One that’s seemingly defined by a lack of true, honest, exemplary leadership. Another pertinent reason to nominate Marilyn. Most remarkably, M’s built her outrageously successful career/fostered innovation at highly advanced levels by teaching leadership/empowering others to lead. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true: Good leaders create followers. Great leaders create leaders. And this is what Marilyn does; without ego, hesitation or compromise.
Dana Francoz, The DanMar Group - Owner, President, CEO
Dana is a truly remarkable, inspiring, generous human being. Aside from her astonishingly successful career in media/publishing, she’s given back consistently, without limit, through her work with non-profit organizations. During Dana’s media career, she’s represented several of the world’s most iconic brands & Canadian advertisers/marketers, across all platforms. Throughout that time, she’s always been an active volunteer/board member. Currently, Dana’s a board member at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. An organization intact since 1945, when its founders, having sustained spinal cord injury, returned home after WWII and rejected institutionalization as their lot in life. That spirit of moving boldly forward, of living the life you choose in spite of overwhelming challenges, characterizes SCI today, thanks to people like Dana who spearhead their caring community. In addition, Dana was an active board member of the Clarendon Foundation, seeing its eventual integration into PACE, allowing people with disabilities to live independently.
RBC Global Asset Management - District Vice President
Alison Gaudet is a District Vice President of the Central Toronto Region with RBC Global Asset
Management (RBC GAM).
Prior to joining RBC GAM in 2010, she was an investment specialist with RBC Royal Bank.
Alison has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry including ten years
consulting with financial advisors on RBC GAM’s suite of investment solutions. As a woman in finance
and a mother of two, Being a millennial Alison is incredibly passionate about educating and engaging women on the financial literacy and wealth management.
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.
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.
Always Saturday Marketing - Co Founder
Rayne is an incredible leader and entrepreneur in our community. Rayne co-founded successful marketing businesses 2 years ago, and sits on the board of a local Animal Shelter, she continues to dedicate her efforts to seeing both organizations grow & scale each year.
The marketing agency was created with a shared idea to do more than just make a profit - Always Saturday Marketing is dedicated to purpose-driven and sustainable businesses, they contribute 1% of their revenue and volunteer time to organizations with One Percent for The Planet and working with other local nonprofits.
Second, is a nonprofit focused on providing compassion, protection, placement, and education to community members, to ensure responsible and respectful animal welfare.
Rayne is a hard worker, who has always been passionate about doing good and this shines through her business journey.
Flora Terah - Young school girl
As the youngest council member at HeartLake united church Nina Nyakio 15 year old motivational speaker, poet, artist, and environmental activist from Toronto, Canada is a role model among the young black community trailblazers across Canada.Very bold in giving inspirational speeches at schools and community events. Young Nyakio has been supporting UN Sustainability Development goals especially keeping our environment. She is a leader of ecosystem school project students who advocates for single use plastic ban. She has volunteered to plant trees organized by Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
Am extremely happy to nominate this young girl because I know I too looked upon several older women who hit the glass ceiling in to pave way for my generation.
Because school comes first,Nyakio doesn't have social media handles as required by UWN.
Jane Bond BBQ - Chef, Proprietor & CEO
Jenny has an indescribable passion and commitment to her business, her staff, and her friends and family. She works tirelessly every day, on minimal sleep or time off, to create BBQ magic. Creating her business from the ground up, Jenny has taken on construction, electrical, finance, marketing, and cooking to ensure she could get her new location up and running while in the height of the pandemic. What started as a small food truck business, has now grown into a large location with a staff of over 10 people, who are treated like family. When organizations are in need of help, she leaps into action, offering her services without hesitation and without fees. Jenny Burthwright is a strong, bi-racial, and independent woman who deserves all the success in the world.
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.
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.
Shanta has been in Canada for about 10yrs. In that time, she has started a social justice group for youth called The Giving Tree. The children in this group have initiated and run many social justice initiatives including helping/learning about First Peoples and environmental concerns. There are many youths who have gone through this program and come out with insight that will shape their future. When Covid started, Shanta helped pull together a small group of people to sew fabric masks. She helped source materials and sew. Her porch was the central pickup and drop off for materials and finished products. The porch has also been used for Purse for a Sister, Love boxes for the local hospital pediatric unit and many other things. Shanta has been instrumental in helping the Town of Markham understand the marginalized within their borders as well as that outside. She has done a lot to educate and press those in the local chambers.
Dr. Stephanie Estima
Hello Betty - Chief Betty, CEO
I am nominating Dr. Stephanie for her exemplary work in women's healthcare. In her podcast, book and 1:1 clients she reveals her message to empower women through informed consent. It is her belief, if you can educate a woman in a holistic, nonjudgmental way, she will make decisions regarding her health and her family's health which are aligned with her core values.
Jamie Loreth (J Lynn Ady pen name) - Author
Jamie Loreth is the author of The Pink Blanket, the first novel in the forthcoming series, and the Founder of The Pink Blanket Campaign — a campaign intended to help women fleeing domestic violence. Jamie, since a young child, has carried the desire to be a writer and she has forever hoped to one day be able to offer some form of “positive hope or change in the world.” Fortunately, those two passions collided when she made the decision to chase her dream of becoming an author. Caught in an unhealthy marriage herself and watching those close to her suffer in abusive relationships, the story line for The Pink Blanket started to blossom. Today, she has now published her first novel and is working to create a platform that will provide Pink blankets and essential necessities and assistance to shelters for women fleeing domestic violence.
Lite Technology Solutions, LLC - Cio/Ciso
Leader, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Visionary, Innovator, Chief Information Security Officer, Founder of LITE Technology; Teri Green, a Chicago native, has been an example of not allowing a troublesome start to dictate your end. Teri has gone from Orphan to CIO/CISO with her combined life lessons and experience in the field of technology. She recently started a scholarship called the change begins now to help bridge the gap between minorities and women in technology, beginning with the first 10,000 from her pocket.
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.”
Reveal Cannabis - Founder
After struggling with crippling depression for months, Andrea Meharg reluctantly tried cannabis to help her symptoms and the results were truly life-changing. Not only was she able to thrive again, she decided that other women needed to know about the healing properties of this plant and so she started Reveal Cannabis, a place for women to get support and education around using cannabis for better health and wellness. As a certified Cannabis Coach and Educator and a teacher with almost 20 years of experience, she's breaking down stigmas and challenging the status quo with her YouTube channel, the website, and her successful Women's Cannabis Club. Because she's willing to talk openly and honestly about her mental health struggles and the non-traditional way she went about dealing with them, she's changing the lives of women daily.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha Outhwaite - Co Founder of Saskatoon Dog Rescue, Founder of Kita's Promise
Despite growing up in poverty, and facing extreme abuse, Samantha has risen above her past to become one of the most influential young women in our community of Saskatoon, SK. As the founder at age 20 of one of the largest animal rescues in Saskatchewan, she now is working on her second non profit which focuses on the relationship between people with complex needs and rescue animals. She has also worked as a support worker/care aide in various orgs for the last 6 years, all while working on her degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
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.
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.
Black Mentorship Inc.. Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) - Founder
Evangeline Chima is the driving force behind Black Mentorship Inc.
Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI). An organization that strengthens leadership opportunities for ALL People by connecting Black youths, professionals, and entrepreneurs at different stages of personal and professional growth with experienced mentors through a unique mentoring program.
She is the perfect example if lifting others through support and mentoring!
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.
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.
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.
Tolko Industries Ltd. - VP, People & Services
Tanya is a passionate and authentic leader. She consistently relies on her strong values to guide her in all that she does. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion has earned her the respect of the forest industry. Her industry peers see Tolko (Tanya) as the industry leader and reach out to her regularly. Tanya openly shares with competitors, because it's not about being better as a company, it's about just being better. She is a role model at the company and beyond, fiercely advocating for women at every opportunity. The push for D&I in this traditional male-dominated industry is because of Tanya.
Leanne Rzepa, RN BN IBCLC
Nourish Lactation Consulting - Founder and Owned
Leanne graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in 2000. She developed a passion for Breastfeeding as she began her career working as a Post Partum Nurse. She became an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2007 and founded Nourish Lactation Consulting in 2008. She could see from working within the hospital setting there was a need for additional in-home support for breastfeeding mothers. So NLC was established and has become Calgaryâ€™s premier choice for in-home breastfeeding support and education. Leanne has 3 beautiful daughters. Kayla, Alyssa, & Maya. She breastfed all 3 of them with major challenges throughout her journey. Leanne truly feels that her own personal experiences have taught her to better support the mothers, babies, and families she works with. Her passion is palpable, her experience extensive, and her support unparalleled.
Kinzoo - Director of Customer Experience
Blair is the head of the Customer Experience department at Kinzoo and holds a prominent role on the leadership team.
Love Good Fats - CEO and Founder
Suzie has made a tremendous effort to use her visibility and success to give back to the LGBTQI community. She is a proud gay Mom and entrepreneur who gives back through being visually gay in her social media posts, but has also donated a significant amount of money ($50, 000 this year) to LGBTQI charities.
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.
Mimi Cannabis - Founder
Michele Parrotta - aka Mimi Cannabis was recently featured in The Chicago Tribune in an article about shifting careers. After decades-long career in Hospitality at an age when others are thinking retirement, Michele entered a whole new industry becoming the much-loved influencer and head of the mimicannabis.com brand. Her focus is on counselling and consulting with boomers and seniors seeking cannabis medicine. Recently she attended an exclusive VIP Party with Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong in attendance, and he was extremely supportive of her work, telling her; "Don't stop!" She says she never will!
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.