We are honoured to have such talented, successful, and esteemed representatives sitting on our Judges Panel* for The 2020 Mompreneur® Awards!
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.
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.
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.
Brand Manager, 3M
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in consumer packaged goods. She has held various marketing and sales roles across many industries. Jennifer gained her extensive marketing and sales experience from such companies as North American Baking, Schneider Foods/Maple Leaf Foods and McCormick Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science & Business Degree from the University of Guelph.
She joined 3M in 2010 as a Brand Manager in the Home Care Division and has been in the Stationery and Office Supplies Division for the past 6 years. Jennifer Solomon is the Business Manager for the Stationery & Office Supplies Division (SOSD) at 3M Canada. She has responsibility for the business and the leadership of the SOSD Marketing and Sales teams. This business involves the management of two of 3M’s most iconic brands; Post-it® Brand and Scotch® Brand. In addition to working at 3M, Jennifer also enjoys running, golf and supporting her four daughters at the hockey rink and volleyball court.
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.
President & CEO, Canadian Franchise Association
As President & CEO, Sherry McNeil is responsible for the management of the Association, providing strategic advice to the Board and leadership to the staff. Key areas of responsibility include: fiscal management, advocacy and government relations, membership development, issues analysis, strategic planning, media relations, and enhancement of public awareness of franchising and the CFA. A long-time member of the CFA Board of Directors, Ms. McNeil brings to the organization more than 20 years of franchise experience working with franchisors and franchisees. A veteran of the industry, she has helped a wide range of systems in a variety of categories, from new and emerging franchise concepts to iconic Canadian franchise brands such as Little Caesars, Boston Pizza, Dairy Queen, and YUM Brands, to grow and thrive in franchise development, sales, real estate, project management, concept evolution, and rebranding as both a consultant and in leadership positions.
President, Direct Sellers Association of Canada
Peter is the President of Direct Sellers Association (DSA) of Canada. The direct selling industry connects over 1.2 million Canadians to entrepreneurial opportunity and enrichment, and the DSA provides assurance of member company integrity and a foundation of trust for independent sales contractors and consumers.
Elaine Tan Comeau
Founder, Easy Daysies | Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year
Heading up our events and support for members in Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada, Elaine is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Easy Daysies, a visual magnetic scheduler to help children and families with their daily routines. Elaine was named Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year and has received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence, while Easy Daysies was named one of Dragons’ Den favourite deals by Kevin O’Leary and was chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success. Elaine has been featured in the Financial Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Canadian Business Magazine, Huffington Post, highlighting her journey as a mom entrepreneur. She has written and published several e-books, and she continues to be sought after for her webinars and speaking engagements on educational topics and entrepreneurship, and continues to be a guest blogger for Staples Canada, Scholars Choice and Creative Teaching Press (USA).
Founder & CEO, Mompreneurs
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 23,000 members and subscribers across the globe, a diverse community 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.
Sara is the Chief Operating Officer of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc., and has worked with Scotiabank, GoDaddy, Chamber of Commerce, multiple Small Business Centres, Provision University and Conference. She has been seen on RogersTV and Internationally: Fixing The Money Thing. Sara has also shared her expertise in The New Vintage Family, Business London Magazine and Mompreneurs® magazine. Sara has shared her expertise with many women’s groups, podcasts and online meetups. Sara loves to empower all women from the stage to create a life they love. She believes that everyone has an opportunity to be more, do more and have more to give more to those around us. Through her personal mantra ‘Live Beyond Satisfied’, Sara believes that we are all a ripple effect in this world, and we choose what those ripples reflect onto others.
Director of Partnerships, Mompreneurs
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 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.