CEO — Maria Locker
Maria Locker is the Founder & CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. (aka Mompreneurs®) and its properties, including Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Mompreneur® Magazine, The Annual Mompreneur® Awards, and The Annual National Mompreneurs® Conference.
Maria earned her BA from The University of Guelph in 2002 with a focus on Languages and International Business, and her B.Ed. from Lakehead University in 2004. With a supportive husband, Maria left her teaching career to be at home with her two children, which led her back to her entrepreneurial roots as she did some freelance marketing. This spark was rekindled further when she began connecting with other moms and women who were also running their own businesses while keeping a grasp on family life. She found a common bond, and decided to form Mompreneurs® based on the premise that business and personal lives aren’t necessarily interchangeable, and that it is possible to have a successful business and a thriving family life without sacrificing one for the other.
She attributes every success to the unending support and encouragement she has received from her family, friends, and colleagues, and hopes to be an inspiration to her children while demonstrating what can be achieved when you have a passion for helping others and doing what you love.
“Be real. Be yourself. Emulate the kind of person you hope your children will be.”
Board Chair – Grace Moores
Grace Moores and her husband emigrated to Canada in 2006 from “dear old blighty” (the UK). After having two wonderful children, Canada is now home. Grace became a mompreneur when her second child was just 5 months old, which is when she founded The Moores Group, a marketing agency that specializes in sponosrships for small businesses with a community based demographic.
Grace is a firm believer that together we can achieve so much more. On every adventure or new path taken, there is always someone supporting, inspiring and empowering us along the way; we are all stronger together.
Committee Director — Tessa Kampen
Tessa Kampen 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. *
“Inspire to Inspire”
Financial Director – Sara Clarke
Sara Clarke 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 is excited to feature Mompreneurs® in her hometown of London and its surrounding areas, as well as being the Community Manager for the Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex regional chapters of Mompreneurs®. 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. *
“Dream it, then jump and do it! Dreams don’t come true on their own. Even Cinderella had to ‘do something’…she went to the ball!”
Administration & Consulting – Jennifer Williamson
Secretary – Immacolata Lizzi