2019 Mompreneur Awards for Canadian women entrepreneurs and women in business

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We are honoured to have such talented, successful, and esteemed representatives sitting on our Judges Panel* for The 2019 Mompreneur® Awards!

Erica Ehm, judge for Mompreneur Awards
Erica Ehm

Creator, YMC and CEO, Ehm & Co.

Not only is Erica Ehm one of Canada’s most recognized personalities, she also runs one of the largest online publishing and marketing brands in Canada for the mom market. In the 80’s Erica was a considered the voice of her generation as a host on MuchMusic. She is an author, actor, speaker, broadcaster, journalist, playwright, and award-winning songwriter. In 2006, Ehm created YMC – which has grown to be the largest independently owned online property in Canada. Her award-winning digital platform for moms is home to a stable of social content creators, who, under her guidance, tell the stories relevant to Canadian moms.

Erica is also CEO of Ehm & Co, a digital marketing company specializing in creating mom engagement with a focus on social media marketing and partnerships with agencies and brands. Advertisers and marketers often turn to Ehm when looking for creative and strategic initiatives to help them connect with mothers. Over her decade in the mom space, she’s curated the Ehm & Co Network of engaged mom influencers, a collective of hundreds of influencers, bloggers and small publishers across Canada who she partners with to create compelling, award-winning branded content to connect with moms in the social space. Her creative direction has lead to several prestigious awards including Best Blog/Column at the 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA), and in 2015 Gold for Best Use of Social Media, Gold and Silver for Best Online Campaign, and Gold in the prestigious Independent Publisher of the Year category.


Amber MacArthur

Amber 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.

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.


Tony O'Brien TruShield Insurance
Tony O’Brien

Executive VP Small Business & Personal Lines, TruShield Insurance

Tony is Executive Vice President – Small Business & Personal Lines for TruShield Insurance, a division of Northbridge Financial.

mompreneur and mom of 6 Julie Cole of Mabel's Labels

Julie Cole

Co-Founder, 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.

Maria Locker, Founder and CEO of Mompreneurs
Maria Locker

Founder & CEO, Mompreneurs

Maria is the Founder & CEO of Mompreneurs®, and is passionate about supporting Canadian female entrepreneurs from every walk of life! No matter how big or small their company, type of industry, type of business, or how long they’ve been in business, Maria believes that every female entrepreneur deserves support and recognition for their hard work.


 * additional judges to be announced