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SARAH NICOLE LANDRY
THE BIRDS PAPAYA Creator | Writer | Conversationalist
Sarah Nicole is a mom of 3, and advocate for body love, self-awareness, acceptance, and confidence. After years of self hate and a massive weight loss she felt would solve her problems, she shares her story to empower all ages to know they are worthy, beautiful and capable of amazing things.
Normalizing what society has deemed “not ok” has generated some groundbreaking discussions and landing Sarah three magazine covers, worldwide news coverage and a growing social media conversation that she hopes will help change the way women think of themselves and the world, and change the very fabric of society in a way that can empower us all.
SMASH + TESS Founder | Principal | Managing Director
Ashley is a loving wife and a newish mama to her baby girl Francesca aka “Frankie.” She was an educator for the better part of a decade and made the leap to corporate training and culture where she worked in the finance sector for the better part of three years.. Although she loved it dearly, she still felt the need for a fun and fresh creative outlet – enter Smash + Tess. After finding a void in the loungewear market, she attended the summer fashion program at Conde Nast in London, UK, and the rest is history! From designing, to finance, to coming up with fun and creative marketing campaigns, Ashley has enjoyed every moment of making Smash + Tess a reality. Smash + Tess has since allowed Ashley to channel her innovative side and celebrate women – and better yet, spend extra time with her best friend and mom.
Communications Trainer | Speaker | Author
For over 20 years, Sandy has revitalized marketing and messaging for companies of all sizes, including some of North America’s most beloved brands. The visionary of the Decision Driver™ communication methodology and educational products, Sandy is passionate about empowering businesses and has taught hundreds of entrepreneurs how to market themselves effectively. Better communication is better business, and better business yields better results. She grew her company, NEXT Marketing Agency, from a small home-based operation into one of the fastest growing businesses in British Columbia. She is the author of two books and the founder of three successful companies—NEXT Marketing Agency, ManUp Grooming and NEXT Impact Press which includes the Influential Communication Mastery School. At Achieve & Lead, Sandy is happy to share with you, the four emotional triggers that activate decision making. You’ll learn why a certain story, request, or pitch resonates and motivates people to act.
TIMBER + GRAY Founder
Timber + Gray is a husband and wife team; inspired by our struggles with infertility we create words from our heart for your homes. Our shop features a collection of hand crafted + curated goods to help make your home, life and closet cozy. We are committed to supporting other local and handmade businesses whenever possible and giving back to our community through our #Signs4Infertility campaign.
EDC Corporate Lead – Women in Trade
Jennifer Cooke joined EDC in 2010 to work directly with Canadian companies and help them succeed in international markets. As the new Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade Strategy, her job is focused specifically on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business. Working directly, as well as through key partners, EDC is offering specialized trade knowledge, facilitating trade with financing and insurance, and providing connections to enable companies to go, grow and succeed globally.
UPS CANADA Director of Small Business
Paul Gaspar was appointed director of small business for UPS Canada in 2011. He is responsible for educating and informing small businesses about the customized services, technologies and innovations available to them at UPS. He works with a team of small business ambassadors who help communicate how to better leverage UPS tools to help them grow and expand both domestically and internationally.
Paul’s 28-year career with UPS began in 1991 in operations. Through several roles and responsibilities Paul’s appetite for working with small businesses and educating them on the opportunities available in other markets grew. He soon realized that through his growing network of entrepreneurs, and the focused learnings of SME global supply chains, that he had a wealth of knowledge he can share to improve the success rate of businesses looking to scale and go global.
COAST CAPITAL SAVINGS Small Business Department
Danette Harkness is the Senior Sales Effectiveness and Training Manager for the Small Business Department at Coast Capital Savings, and has been in banking and finance for almost 30 years. At Coast Capital Savings, Danette now teaches a dynamic and passionate group of Small Business Banking Managers in the lower mainland. Danette is an accomplished small business coach and teaches regularly at small business seminars in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. She volunteers at her children’s school, Junior Achievement and can be found most weekends at local ice rinks supporting her children’s hockey teams.
MANGO + MOOSE Founder | CEO
Tanya is the Founder and CEO of Mango + Moose, a socially conscious fashion and lifestyle brand. Combining her passion for mindful design, ethically made goods, and integral business practices. Additionally, Tanya is the author of the children’s book titled, “The Hooligans Have Landed”, all about her zany interracial family. She has contributed to several adoption publications such as Focus on Adoption Magazine, and the Amazon Kindle book, “Immediate Family: The Adoption Option”. Most recently Tanya’s work has been featured in the best selling compilation series, Ignite Female Leadership. Her heart and work center around loving and serving others.
SENDCERELY DUETTE | Affiliate with SendOutCards
Duette Anderson is a true relationship builder who creates joy and empowers others! Through her appreciation marketing company Sendcerely Duette, she helps business owners grow their businesses by expressing their gratitude and appreciation with personalized cards and gifts. She is also a devoted mother of 4 children, and wife and works part-time as a registered nurse. Duette was awarded the 2017 National Mompreneur Award of Merit and in her spare time enjoys DIY projects, reading and inspiring other moms to dream big, walk in faith, and step into their greatness.
WAKE UP WITH GRATITUDE Founder | Author
Julie is a three-time Amazon Best Selling Author, four-time (serial) entrepreneur and a three-time Ironman finisher. As a woman who has practiced gratitude for more than a decade, she is the founder of Wake Up With Gratitude™. This most recent business was born after she survived a week-long coma due to a bacterial infection after her (second) miscarriage. That life-threatening experience taught her that every single day is a gift. Julie currently lives on Vancouver Island, where she balances several home-based businesses while homeschooling her 8-year-old daughter. Her mission is to inspire you to ‘Wake Up With Gratitude™’ … every day!
HOMEWORKS ETC. Founder
Jacqueline is the founder and owner of Homeworks Etc, a creative DIY store. She has married her educational in Therapeutic Recreation with over 10 years as a maker, creator and decorator – to offer exceptional group DIY workshops and experiences grounded in creativity, connection and wellness. Her innovative DIY home decor opportunities welcome both adults and children to the crafting table. She uses her extensive entrepreneurial and leadership expertise to mentor and train others to build successful DIY workshop businesses. Jacqueline is passionate about home décor, especially handmade. She recognizes the impact that decorating a home can have on family growth and connection.
SHELLY LYNN HUGHES
FRESH MAGAZINE Founder | PROJECTHER Co-Founder
Shelly Lynn Hughes is the founder Fresh Magazine, and a partner at Skin Spin Cosmetics, Project Her Inc, and YOYOMAMA.CA. In addition to her work as a publisher and business owner, she has developed an exclusive skincare label for a major pharmacy and has consulted for various magazines and health and beauty brands. Shelly loves to get her hands on an idea, make it a reality, and share it with the world—all while radiating the good vibes of a best girlfriend.
ELAINE TAN COMEAU
EASY DAYSIES Founder & MOMPRENEURS Leader (BC)
Elaine went from being a school teacher to inventing a children’s product, to CEO and Founder of one of Dragons’ Den‘s favourite pitches for Easy Daysies, which incited a bidding war among all five Dragons. She has been featured in Forbes, Macleans, CBC, FOX, CTV and The Financial Post, to name a few. Elaine was awarded the 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year, Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, and an Award in Teaching Excellence. Her company, Easy Daysies, has won 12 awards and was announced as one of the 2018 Top Ten Most Innovative Companies by Small Business BC. Elaine loves supporting women in business through her podcast Elaine’s Kitchen Table: the Business of Real Life; as the owner and operator of the BC chapter of Mompreneurs Canada, and through her book, Sell Your Passion.
MOMPRENEURS Founder | CEO
Maria is an advocate and champion for the advancement of female entrepreneurs across North America, and is a sought after speaker, contributor, and expert surrounding topics including economic empowerment for women entrepreneurs and small business trends. As the Founder & CEO of Mompreneurs®, Maria works with her team to foster community, promotion, and education to their collective of over 18,000 members and subscribers across Canada and the U.S., a diverse collective of female entrepreneurs who are just as dedicated to their businesses as they are to their families, and vice versa. Maria’s expertise has been featured in Maclean’s, The Huffington Post, ParentsCanada Magazine, and Canadian Business, and she has appeared in a wide variety of national television and radio programs to offer insights and expertise, including The Marilyn Denis Show, Canada AM, CBC, Breakfast Television, Global News, CHCH Morning Live, and NewsTalk 1010.
MOMPRENEURS Partnerships | Corporate Accounts Manager
Grace and her husband emigrated to Canada in 2006 from 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 sponsorships 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.