Bestselling author / Award-winning entrepreneur / TV personality
Janet Podleski is co-author of four blockbuster #1 national bestselling cookbooks: Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! and The Looneyspoons Collection. She’s also known as host of the popular Food Network TV show, Eat, Shrink & Be Merry!, along with her sister, Greta, and together they’re the co-creators of an innovative and successful line of healthy prepared foods.
The sisters’ inspirational, entrepreneurial success story has been featured in and on countless media outlets across North America, including People Magazine, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, CNN, CBC Radio, Canada AM, Cityline, Breakfast TV, CTV News and QVC. Fixtures on many a Canadian kitchen countertop, their books and recipes have been the subject of Trivial Pursuit questions and their famous entrepreneurial story is even studied in university marketing textbooks!
Janet, the writer of the duo known for her trademark wit and humor, is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a private wellness practice in Ottawa, Ontario and is currently studying for her Doctorate in Natural Medicine from Quantum University of Integrative Medicine. Besides making the complicated subject of healthy eating “easier to digest,” Janet’s passion is inspiring and motivating others to become their best selves ever!
Co-Founder, Cupcakes & Other Good Stuff / TV Personality
Founder, Betterwith Foods
Lori Joyce is a mother of two and a business owner. Lori co-founded Cupcakes, a Vancouver-based bakery franchise, with her best friend Heather White in 2002.
Lori and Heather’s Cupcakes venture was documented in the hit reality television show, “The Cupcake Girls”. Today, upcakes has ten bakery locations across Canada.
In expanding the Cupcakes business, Lori recognized the need to pair cupcakes with other products, and the evolution of Betterwith Ice Cream began. “Everyone knows that cupcakes are better with ice cream,” she says.
Yet, Lori wanted to create an ice cream that was better than everything else: a premium ice cream using only the highest-quality sourced ingredients, farm-fresh traceable milk, and no preservatives. More importantly, Lori wanted to connect today’s consumer to the source of their food.
“Indulgences should never be compromised. If you’re going to have ice cream, it should be the richest, creamiest, and most irrationally delicious ice cream you’ve ever enjoyed. And it should taste as good as it makes you feel,” she says. “This is why I created Betterwith Ice Cream. It’s honestly the best I’ve ever had. I can’t wait for you to try it too.”
Cat & Nat
Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer are entrepreneurs, YouTubers, Facebook Live hosts, media personalities, and brand spokespeople. Together, they parent seven children, manage two husbands and run Social Common, a one of a kind digital platform for moms. Through their candid videos, Cat & Nat share the real, raw, uncensored side of motherhood with moms all around the world.
- Achieving success through collaboration rather than competition
- Creating an authentic brand
- Growing their business from an event club for local moms to a digital platform for moms all around the world
Co-Founding VP of Mabel’s Labels
Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed and international phenomenon. As company spokeswoman, Julie is well-known amongst North American entrepreneurs. She has led to numerous speaking engagements, from university business classes to TV appearances, including NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, Metro Morning, CH Morning Live, Better TV, The Mom Show, Fox 5 San Diego and WGN’s Midday. She is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, modernmom.com, PTPA Media, Yummy Mummy Club, and her company’s Mabelhood blog. Her writing has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul – Power Moms and numerous websites. Mabel’s Labels has been featured everywhere from The View to Forbes.com
President, Konnekt Digital Engagement
Amber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.
Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations.
“With few equals,” writes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, “MacArthur continues to demonstrate a keen insight towards the continually evolving fabric of the social web.”
In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). In 2016, she co-wrote an Internet safety book called Outsmarting Your Kids Online (with security expert Michael Bazzell). Amber has keynoted more than 300 events around the world. Topics include business innovation, Internet of things, online safety, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow.
She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio. She was recently hired to serve as an entrepreneur advisor on a new reality pilot called Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, created by Mark Burnett.
As a child, Amber attended a two-room country schoolhouse and shared a party telephone line with neighboring houses. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.
Co-Founder & CEO, Dig It® Apparel Inc. / Speaker / Author
Claudia is Co-Founder and CEO of Dig It® Apparel Inc, one of the few women to successfully strike “A Deal with the Dragon” with venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary from Canada’s Dragons’ Den. After launching sales in 2009, Dig It entered the Dragons’ Den (CBC’s top-rated flagship business program) and faced the scrutiny of the Dragons. With the unique product and business model used on the pitch, they successfully struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary in Season 4. The Dig It brand has seen considerable national retail growth, added new products to its line, and expansion into the United States. Claudia’s business savvy and success is evidenced by Kevin O’Leary’s endorsement:
“Each moment of [The Dig It] pitch built to the next, generating power and force, like a symphony with a joyous conclusion. I couldn’t help but be swept along.”
– Kevin O’Leary, venture capitalist, investor and media personality
**Quote by Kevin O’Leary from The Cold Hard Truth**
Understanding what drives entrepreneurs and business owners, the challenges they can face, and how to transition from a start-up to a sustainable organization, Claudia created strategic consulting company On-The-Verge, where any business can land and be completely supported, move ahead with confidence to the next stage of evolution, and thrive. Her team consists of “Possibility Strategists” who enable their clients to reach their potential and flourish. With her solid advice and guidance, she has helped change lives, increased her clients’ revenue, and helped them reach their personal goals, saving them years of aggravation and expense.
This past September, Claudia and her company On-The-Verge were nationally featured by RBC in their Small Business Month as a leader in “Marketing on a Dime”, providing advice to small businesses that need tips while boot-strapping their startup. Claudia’s story has been recounted in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, The Toronto Star, The Financial Times, The Women of Distinction Magazine and more. A contributing author to two #1 International Best Selling books: Success Hackers: Cracking the Entrepreneurial Code and Empowering Women to Succeed: Tough Times Don’t Last But Tough Women Do, she hopes to inspire, empower and help others to maximize their potential!
Laurie Joy – The Mojo Mama
Laurie Joy is the founder and owner of The Mojo Mama, and her passion is inspiring and empowering mamas of all ages, from all walks of life, from everywhere on the planet, turn their shit show into their mojo, and live a life they deserve and love.
A teacher and professor by trade for more than 20 years, Laurie knows how to motivate mamas. If she can make 16 year old boys love Shakespeare, she can give you the gentle kick in the ass you need to get it DONE! She’s a “Tell It Like It Is” mom entrepreneur with a passion for coaching, empowering and stirring moms to be and do more. Sometimes you may not like what she has to say, but she’ll guarantee you NEED to hear it!
She is a workout-loving, protein shake-drinking, book-reading, self-development enthusiast. She loves to lau
gh, and likes a well-made Caesar (the drink). She’s happily married and a proud mama to a little boy and is no different than most women she meets – she loves a good massage, tropical trips with the family, and can’t stand clutter.
She looks forward to showing you how to turn your shit show into your mojo all while building a business you love!
Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications – SickKids Foundation
Lori Davison joined SickKids Foundation in 2014. As Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications, Lori leads the strategic vision for SickKids brand communications. Under Lori’s leadership, the Foundation’s in-house team of marketers, content specialists and public relations practitioners develop and execute integrated marketing and communications programs to build brand equity, raise awareness of SickKids’ global leadership and reinforce the need for donor dollars. Prior to joining SickKids, Lori had roles on the senior management teams of leading advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and BBDO, where she led brand strategy on several Government of Ontario assignments as well as for some of Canada’s biggest blue chip brands including RBC and TD Bank. Lori holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.
Director, Integrated Brand Marketing – SickKids Foundation
After a 20 year career working for top tier advertising agencies, Kate Torrance made the switch to a client side role and now leads integrated brand marketing for SickKids Foundation. In her role Kate oversees a team of marketing managers and is responsible for the deployment of brand marketing and communications strategies to inform the creation of marketing content to support the various fundraising groups within the Foundation. Prior to joining SickKids, Kate was Managing Director at Zulu Alpha Kilo, an independent Toronto-based creative agency, where she led the client service teams and supported in operations. Throughout her career, Kate has led national integrated advertising campaigns for top brands including Budweiser, Corona, Bell, Starbucks, Coca Cola, and Quaker. Kate holds a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
CEO CornerStone Dynamics, Efficiency Expert, Heart-based Coach, Speaker & Author
As a speaker and author of eight books, Adriana is a noted business efficiency and productivity expert. She is known for her passion, charisma, humour, and vision. Her engaging personality, combined with over 20 years efficiency experience improving how companies work have made her a sought after expert and speaker.
Adriana is President and CEO (Chief Efficiency Officer) of CornerStone Dynamics, a prominent business efficiency consulting firm — helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. Her latest book The Visual Vision Statement Doodle Book, uses a unique approach to guide small and large businesses to doodle their way to a vision statement in a visual format. Adriana has a certified master black belt lean in six sigma. She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations.
As a sought after efficiency expert, Girdler has been featured in The Globe and Mail, on Newstalk 1010, 580 CFRA News Talk Radio, Global TV, CHCH TV, CTV TV, 680 News, in numerous industry magazines and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post USA. Adriana loves what she does and is passionate about improvement and efficiency in both people and organizations.
Kim Vopni is a self-professed pelvic floor evangelist. She is a certified fitness professional who became passionate about spreading information on pelvic health when she was pregnant with her first child. Little did she know it would turn into her career!
Kim has been featured in Today’s Parent, Optimyz Magazine, OH! Baby Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun and Canadian Family Magazine. She has also been a contributor to The Globe and Mail’s Online Health series.
She is the author of 2 books: Prepare to Push – What Your Pelvic Floor and Abdomen Want You To Know About Pregnancy and Birth, which launched in 2015 and a second title, Your Pelvic Floor – The Inside Story, launching in early 2017.
In 2004 Kim started selling a product she had used in her pregnancy which eventually led her to form Pelvienne Wellness Inc in 2009 – a business offering products and services for pelvic health in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. That same year she founded Kegels and Cocktails™ – a national women’s health event designed to empower and educate women on the importance of pelvic health. In 2010 she partnered with 2 other mompreneurs to form Bellies Inc, a company dedicated to helping women prepare for and recover from pregnancy and birth, better.
“PRODUCTIVITY, FINANCIAL PLANNING, AND FINDING YOUR WAY” PANEL
Friday March 3, 2017
Moderator – Sara L. Clarke
Licensed Owner of Mompreneurs® London & Southwestern Ontario, and Toronto & York Regions, as well as Financial Director for Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Sara is a wife and a mom of four boys, and has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting field. She carries degrees in Business Management and Bookkeeping, and is now working towards an Accounting Degree. She founded Martin Clarke & Associates in 2001, and has since processed over 33,000 hours of bookkeeping. She works alongside Roger, her husband of 15 years, where their firm works with multiple accountants and agencies across Canada. Sara has been a guest speaker and workshop presenter at the London Small Business Centre, Western University, and The Ivey School of Business, and also speaks throughout North America teaching business owners about bookkeeping, taxes, business development, money mindset and her favourite topic, mompreneurs. Sara is the recipient of the 2014 ‘20 under 40 Business Award’ with Business London Magazine, and 2014’s ‘Who’s Who Among Women in Eommerce’ with WE Magazine.
Sara has a passion to help women in business succeed so that they can continue to be their own boss, set their own hours, and be there for their families.
Panelist – Tony O’Brien
Executive Vice President, TruShield Insurance, a division of Northbridge Financial
Tony has spent 34+ years in the insurance industry in a variety of roles starting as a commercial property underwriter. Over the years he developed expertise in areas such as extended warranty and captive insurance.
In 2014 Tony joined Northbridge as Vice President – Risk Solutions. Over the past 12 years Tony has been responsible for leading different business operations and strategic initiatives. Since July 2014 Tony has led TruShield Insurance – the direct to consumer brand of Northbridge which is focused on providing business insurance to Canadian entrepreneurs as well as offering personal insurance products to target customer segments.
Tony graduated in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Political Science. On the home front he is married to Lesley with 3 children, Neil, Spencer and Courtney plus 2 grandchildren Ryder & Maximus. Tony’s interests include sports, movies, animals and spoiling his grandchildren. trushield.com
VP & Country Manager, GoDaddy Canada
Based in Toronto, Jill is leading GoDaddy’s expansion across Canada. Jill has an extensive business background with leading technology and small business organizations in Canada.
Jill started her career in marketing with Procter & Gamble, and later transitioned into technology when she joined Microsoft Canada. Jill held several leadership roles in both the sales and marketing functions at Microsoft. Most recently, Jill served as a consultant helping hundreds of small businesses understand and apply for Canadian Government grants and loans.
Outside of work, Jill loves to go to the theatre, is an avid traveler and an aspiring Pilates instructor. She is also an enthusiastic sports fan with a life-long passionate for hockey.
Jill holds an Honors Business Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business Administration at Western University in London, Ontario.
Panelist – Paul Gaspar
Director of Small Business, UPS Canada
As Director of Small Business for UPS Canada, Paul’s role is to educate and inform small businesses in Canada about the customized services and products available. As a SME in this segment, Paul works with a team of UPSers to better communicate to this large and important group on how to better leverage the company’s tools to help them grow and expand both domestically and internationally.
Panelist – Derek Coakelin
Business Development Manager, Global Payments
With over a decade in the merchant service processing industry and in his time with Global Payments Canada, Derek strives to make the electronic payment transaction process as seamless as possible for all business owners and consumers, from the e-commerce card not present, to the face to face card present transaction. Derek has introduced new technology and payment methods to grow the home business to the multinational, making sure that a business is always ready to accept a payment through multiple channels.
“PASSION, PLANNING & PROPELLED MINDSET” PANEL
Saturday March 4, 2017
Moderator – Tessa Kampen
Licensed Owner of Mompreneurs® Guelph & KW, and Board Member for Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Tessa is a wife and a mother of 2, and worked as a Dental Assistant for 10 years before claiming the title of ‘mompreneur’. Her passion for helping others succeed in business has led to her being recognized as one of Guelph’s top Forty under Forty in 2015. She believes that we are all born leaders and we all have the potential to achieve greatness with the right support and tools.
Tessa has always been very independent and focus-driven. Her ability to connect with women and help them “think outside the box”, as well as her strong leadership skills, have helped shaped the woman she is today. She is dedicated to connecting and collaborating with other groups in the city and is a huge supporter and advocate of her local community and the businesses within it.
Her mission is to make the community aware of all the talented women who work hard both at home and at their respective businesses. With a vibrant, growing, historic community, she looks forward to sharing the talents and successes of collective members and all they have to offer.
Panelist – Andrea Donsky
Registered Holistic Nutritionist | Media Health Expert
Andrea Donsky is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and Media Health Expert. As a pioneer and visionary in the Natural Health industry, she has combined her expertise as a Nutritionist and Entrepreneur to educate the public on living an organic and non-GMO lifestyle. Over the last 8 years, she has built an incredible online community, as hundreds of thousands turn to NaturallySavvy.com for natural health news and information.
She is the co-author of Unjunk Your Junk Food (Gallery Books, 2011), and the Label Lesson series. She is also the co-host of Naturally Savvy Radio onRadioMD. Andrea inspires people to make enlightened choices for healthy living through her website, talks, books, articles, radio show, and media appearances. From NBC, ABC, Univision and Fox, to CBC, Global and CityTV (as a regular on Toronto’s Breakfast Television), Andrea enjoys bringing timely health related segments to viewers across North America. She is a mom to three children who love seaweed, fish oil and healthier junk food. naturallysavvy.com
Panelist – Laurie Hawkins
Business Success Strategist
A successful business leader for over 20 years, Laurie understands the challenges of connecting with customers in today’s market and how traditional sales and service methodologies are not driving the desired results. Laurie has studied the habits of top performers and organizations in the areas of sales, service and organizational culture. She leverages her education, experiences and insights to create programs that assist organizations to drive results in today’s competitive market.
Through her unique approach to working with leaders and teams, Laurie assists organizations to create a results and customer centered approach to addressing the needs of their clients. Unlike the traditional “binder on the shelf” approach to training, Laurie looks to move past a “motivation in the moment” methodology and focus on long term sustainable success.
As a certified business coach, success strategist, speaker, facilitator and founder of Hawk Inspired, Laurie inspires business leaders and teams toward peak performance and achievement. Through the process, people and companies gain perspective, power, passion, productivity and profitability.
Laurie is a high energy, “make it happen” person who loves to work with high achieving people and teams, who are over owing with potential and possibilities. hawkinspired.com
Panelist – Heidi Allen
Producer, The Marilyn Denis Show and Founder, Positive People Army
For six seasons, Heidi hosted and planned lavish and outrageous weddings for a popular wedding show, Rich Bride, Poor Bride. As a Canadian Wedding Expert, Heidi has also appeared on high profile talk shows like Steven and Chris and The Marilyn Denis Show.
It wasn’t long before Bellmedia took notice and Heidi was offered a producing role on The Marilyn Denis Show. In this role, Heidi has had the opportunity to produce hundreds of fashion makeovers as well as meet and produce profiles of celebrities like Harry Connick Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall and Molly Ringwald.
As a producer on The Marilyn Denis Show, Heidi witnessed how something as simple as a makeover could truly transform someone’s life. Heidi soon realized her true purpose was to make a difference in people’s lives.
Over a year ago the Positive People Army was born, and has become a movement which consists of a blog, where army members can share stories, as well as active social media groups aimed at sharing and supporting each other. Heidi also shares her positive messages through speaking engagements and her own stories featured on the blog. positivepeoplearmy.com
Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Canada
Krista is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Canada. Previously, she held the same role at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies in Canada and at Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. She has more than a decade of public affairs and communications experience in Canada and worked in Latin America and Asia Pacific as well as the U.S. Previously, she was a senior political staff in the Ontario Government.
Krista has more than 20 years of non-profit experience both in management and at the board level. Non-profit board and fundraising experience includes: the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Lung Association, Durham Abilities Centre, Durham Mental Health Services and various political campaigns and fundraising events. As well, Krista has corporate board experience with the Toronto Port Authority. Currently, she is Chair of Trent University Community of Women, member of the Selection Advisory Board of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and, member of the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors. She is the past chair of the Board of Action Against Hunger Canada and was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority.
Krista represents Coca-Cola Canada on the boards of: the Canadian Beverage Association, The Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance and the Canadian American Business Council.
Krista has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
We’re excited to feature a select number of our Elite+ Mompreneur Members as “Spotlight” Speakers, showcasing their expertise for their particular industry! “Spotlight” Speakers will be chosen at random throughout the 2-day event, and will be asked to join our main stage to share their story of entrepreneurship and the impact that being a Mompreneur has had on them. They will also be available throughout the event for 1-on-1 15-minute coaching sessions!
Social Media (Content Planning) – Angela Crocker
Angela Crocker & Associates, Author – The Content Planner
Angela Crocker has been described as a pioneer of ethical social media, a business savvy digital goddess and an information organizing superhero. A thought leader on online communities, digital decluttering, and content planning, Angela works as an author, speaker and instructor to help businesses plan, communicate and engage through digital media. Since launching her business, Angela Crocker & Associates, in 2009, she’s helped thousands figure out what content to share on websites, blogs, email newsletters and social media. In 2017, Angela celebrates the publication of her latest book – The Content Planner: A Complete Guide to Organize and Share Your Ideas Online published by Self-Counsel Press. angelacrocker.com
Social Media (Instructional) – Kelly Farrell
Founder & Managing Director, Teach Me Social
Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Managing Director of Teach Me Social, a company whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to take control of their online presence to maintain an authentic voice for their brand. Teach Me Social has been providing social media marketing training to small business owners since 2012. Kelly’s experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst providing valuable skills, tips and strategies. teachmesocial.ca
Writing – Darlene Gudrie Butts
Author, Motivational Speaker, and Writing and Business Strategy Coach
Web & Design – Alyssa J. Gavinski
CEO & Executive Creative Director, Felicity + Design Inc.
Business Consulting – Shelagh Cummins
Shelagh Cummins is a Business Consultant, Trainer and Keynote Speaker who helps women entrepreneurs scale a profitable business — without drowning in debt, forfeiting family time, or working in their sleep. Through fluff-free business strategy and hands-on support, she helps you lose the excuses, so you can find the breakthroughs, cash flow, and joy in your business. shelaghcummins.com
Financial Planning – Stacey Aarssen
Stacey began her career as a financial advisor in 2005. After spending 25 years in a family business in retail clothing, she wanted to become more active in helping people with their finances through education and plan development. Stacey is a partner with Path2Wealth and their first priority is protecting assets, maximizing tax efficiencies and ensuring retirement plans are in place. path2wealth.ca
Translation Services & Product Labelling – Mélanie Bernier
Founder, Word Frog Inc.
Mélanie Bernier is the founder of both WordFrog Inc. and Tadpole (re)Launching. After a decade of offering French translation through WordFrog (and still going strong!), she is now providing affordable business and product launch services to new entrepreneurs. Melanie specializes in website copy, bilingual packaging and user manuals. Watch for her future ventures, including a new business document download service. wordfrog.ca | tadpolelaunching.ca