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Kirstine Stewart, author of OUR TURN, speaker at 2018 National Mompreneurs ConferenceKIRSTINE STEWART

Best-Selling Author – Our Turn
Chief Strategy Officer – DIPLY GoViral

Kirstine Stewart is the Chief Strategy Officer for Diply, a content platform with over 1 billion monthly views and 34 million monthly unique US visitors. Until Fall 2016, Kirstine was the Vice-President of media at Twitter, overseeing North American media partnerships across all verticals, including television, sports, gaming, news and music. She previously served as Managing Director for Twitter Canada, leading Canadian operations as well as advertising business and partnerships. Prior to joining Twitter in May 2013, Kirstine was the Executive Vice-President of CBC’s English services, CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw the network’s English-language radio, television and digital programming and operations. Earlier, she was Senior Vice-President of programming for Alliance Atlantis, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, National Geographic, BBC Canada and others.

Kirstine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century programme at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as the Transition to Leadership Programme Young Global Voices at the Oxford Saïd Business School. She is also an alumna of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an integral part of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Kirstine was named toMaclean’s list of the most powerful Canadians (just two places behind Justin Trudeau), to Toronto Life‘s list of the most influential Torontonians and to Canadian Business‘s 2015 list of the top 50 most powerful business people in Canada. She sits on the board of theScore.com and is a member of the DMZ Advisory Council at Ryerson University. She is also author of the bestselling business book Our Turn.

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Simon T. Bailey - speaker at the 2018 National Mompreneurs Conference

SIMON T. BAILEY

Best-Selling Author – Shift Your Brilliance
CEO – Simon T. Bailey International

Simon T. Bailey is one of America’s top 10 most-booked corporate and association speakers on change, leadership, and customer experience. He’s worked with over 1,500 organizations in 45 different countries. As an innovator, educator, executive advisor, and author, he shapes the lives of men and women around the world.
Prior to founding his company, Simon held the role of Sales Director for the world-renowned Disney Institute and worked in the hospitality and tourism industry for 20 years. His strategies drove the acquisition of an Orlando-based healthcare system and catapulted a hospitality company to be ranked #1 in customer service on Expedia.com.
Simon emboldens individuals to impact the world by sharpening natural talents. Outside of his learning and development programs for organizations, Simon’s consumer-facing Lynda.com courses powered by LinkedIn have been viewed by more than 500,000 people in 100 countries.
When Simon is not working, he spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills, and is an avid moviegoer. He believes his most important role is to be a great dad and to volunteer in serving those who are the least, the last, and the lost in society.

Kimra Luna, mompreneur speaker, founder of Freedom Hackers

KIMRA LUNA

Founder – Freedom Hackers

Kimra Luna is a personal branding and online business strategist. She helps freedom-seeking entrepreneurs to stand out, captivate their audiences’ attention and monetize their authentic brands online. From a standing start in May 2014, she’s grown her email list and combined social media followings to over 100,000 people. Online entrepreneurs widely regard her Facebook group, The Freedom Hackers Mastermind, as one of the most supportive places on the internet.

Kimra is the creator of Be True, Brand You, her signature online program which has over 1,000 students currently enrolled.

Freedom Hackers logo, created by mompreneur Kimra Luna

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Kelly and Erinn of Kelly's Bake Shop and Lettuce Love Cafe in Burlington, Ontario

KELLY CHILDS & ERINN WEATHERBIE

Co-Founders – Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
Co-Authors – Made With Love Cookbook

Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie are cooking up so much more than cupcakes and cookies these days.  Along with their award-winning Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Canada’s first and most popular gluten-free and plant-based eating establishment, and bestselling cookbook Made With Love, featuring more than 100 sweet and savory plant-based recipes for every day life, this powerhouse, passion-filled pair are sprinkling their zest for life in everything they do.

On their journey to help others, as well as themselves, this mother daughter team is spreading their devotion to mindful living through healthy lifestyle choices.

From face to face interactions with customers and fans to their widespread media presence, these unstoppable women are using their influence to spread their love of food, life and good health, far and wide. With another cookbook on the way, and a few other things up their sleeve, Kelly and Erinn are excited to share every part of their journey with the rest of the world.

Connect with Kelly on Facebook and Instagram
Connect with Erinn on Facebook and Instagram

Kelly's Bake Shoppe logo, downtown Burlington, Ontario

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Julie Cole of Mabel's Labels
JULIE COLE

Co-Founding VP of Mabel’s Labels

Julie is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and Co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed and international marketplace leader.  As company spokesperson, Julie is well-known amongst North American businesses and entrepreneurs. As a digital influencer and sought after speaker and emcee, she has informed and entertained audiences at countless conferences including The Sage Summit, Marketing To Women, Mom 2.0, Canadian Marketing Association, International Camping Conference, to name just a few. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, among many others. Julie 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. While writing and speaking across North America, Julie is raising her crew of six in her hometown of Burlington, Ontario.

 

Mabels Labels logo

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Amber Mac tech expert - speaker at Mompreneurs ConferenceAMBER MACARTHUR

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.

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mompreneur Traci Costa, founder and CEO of Peekaboo Beans

TRACI COSTA

Founder & CEO – Peekaboo Beans

The seeds of Peekaboo Beans were planted in 2006 after founder, Traci Costa, struggled with years of unexplained infertility. In 2003, Traci and her husband were blessed to conceive their first child, Cailin through in vitro fertilization. As Traci reveled in the joys of parenting for the first time, she often found herself wondering why children’s clothing was so “fussy”. With little snaps, buttons, and hard-to-use zippers, she often felt as though she was dressing an octopus. She was puzzled by her struggle to find clothing that supported children’s developmental, physical, and social requirements. She began asking other moms: “is this a common feeling?” Turns out it was! After considerable research and countless focus groups, Traci began to understand what parents wanted and thus, Peekaboo Beans was born.

While developing Peekaboo Beans, Traci endured several more in vitro fertilization attempts and welcomed another little girl, Colbie, in 2008. With two extremely playful growing girls, she soon learned the importance of “free play” in a child’s life and became a strong advocate on the topic, devoting Peekaboo Beans to be the best playwear in the world.

Passionately wanting to spread the message of play, Traci decided to steer Peekaboo Beans in a new direction. Originally selling in retail stores across Canada, Traci and her team made changes to the business model in 2010 and began to transition away from wholesale (retail boutiques) to a more unified sales force approach through the direct sales model. Wanting to have one voice, one vision, one mission – providing the ingredients for a playful life. Through an independence sales force Peekaboo Beans is able to share their message of the importance of play and provide an exceptional customer service experience for their very important beans!

The Peekaboo Beans Vine is made up of mothers across the land, some full time moms, some full time working moms from all walks of life, passionately united together to bring Peekaboo Beans to the world!
Connect with Traci on Instagram

Peekaboo Beans logo

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Tony O'Brien, VP of SMB for TruShield InsuranceTony 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


Jill Schoolenberg, Vice President Canada for GoDaddyJill Schoolenberg

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.


Paul Gaspar - UPS Canada Small Business Director
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.


“SPOTLIGHT” SPEAKERS

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 group coaching sessions!