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Friday March 1st, 2019

9:15am – 10:00am
Attendee Registration, Networking, Marketplace Open

Minister Mary Ng - Government of Canada10:00am
Welcome and Day 1 Kick-Off
with Mompreneurs Founder & CEO Maria Locker, featuring Opening Remarks from Canada’s Minister of Small Business & Export Promotion, Mary Ng
The Honourable Mary Ng was appointed Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion in July 2018. Throughout her 20 years of public service, Minister Ng has been a passionate community leader and advocate with a proven track record of results in the areas of education, women’s leadership, job-creation, and entrepreneurship. We are honoured to have Minister Ng join us, and honouring us with opening remarks to kick-off our event!

10:30amJulie Cole of Mabel's Labels
Morning Inspiration with JULIE COLE

Julie is a mom of six and Co-founder of Mabel’s Labels, a company 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.

Adriana De Luca and Michelle Lalonde of Tiber River Naturals10:50am
Mompreneur Awards Alumni

Founded in 1999 by Adriana De Luca, Tiber River is a Canadian company charting a different path. Co-owners Adriana and Michelle are focused on Creating Happiness, for their team, their consultants and their communities. In 2017, Tiber River was ranked #258 on the Profit 500 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada, up from #354 in 2016 and are the 2018 Mompreneur Award of Excellence winners. Together they have created a fun, unique culture & strategy that drives all of their decisions and by KISSing things (keeping it small & simple), Vuja De’ing things (seeing things in a new way) and being the Right Amount of Crazy, they are living their values and their passions and having fun along the way.

Bumble Bizz for women entrepreneurs - presenters at The 2019 National Mompreneurs Conference11:05am
Morning Presentation
Exclusive Fireside Chat on “The Evolution of Networking”

Launched in 2017, Bizz is Bumble’s fresh take on networking, with an emphasis on finding professional opportunities over job hunting. Bumble Bizz is the first to bring the “swiping” and “women first” experience to professional connecting. Users can instantly find others who are looking to network, connect professionally and mentor. Adding to Bumble’s vision of becoming the ultimate social network for people you don’t yet know, Bizz is powered by the notion that one connection can lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.

In this exclusive Fireside Chat with Emily Ramshaw – Team Bumble’s Country Lead for Canada, we will:

  • understand why networking is important, and how it can benefit our businesses
  • discover how Bumble Bizz helps to connect women and business owners, and is helping to evolve the art of networking
  • follow with an interactive networking exercise to help you build connections for the weekend (and beyond!)

11:45am – 12:45pm

Luncheon Buffet (included for all VIP “Full-Access” attendees), Networking, Marketplace

mompreneur MANJIT MINHAS of Minhas Brewery - speaker at National Mompreneurs Conference in Toronto

“The Minhas School of Beer Business Success”

Manjit Minhas started as a 19 year old with $10,000 and a dream. Today, her brewery is the 10th largest in the world. In this talk, she shares the principles and entrepreneurial values that has led her company to rapid success – principles she calls “The Minhas School of Beer Business Success”. Learn why trust is one of the most important aspects of business; how can you identify the market gaps your competitors are ignoring, and use them to your advantage; and how can you successfully market your product on a small budget.

1:35pm – 2:05pm

Networking, Marketplace, Illumination Lounge

1:45pm – 2:00pm
Illumination Lounge featuring Elite+ experts offering small-group discussions on:

Canadian media2:10pm
MASTERY PANEL: Media & Personal Branding

Learn how to build and leverage your personal or business brand – presented by Front Door PR, this panel will feature a selection of media professionals including experts from television, radio, print and online, including Rita DeMontis (Postmedia), April Kalloo (Breakfast Television), Becky Coles (Newstalk 1010) and Carlene Higgins

mompreneur Lori-Ann McLeod of ONYX Fit in Milton, Ontario3:00pm
Mompreneur Awards Alumni

Founder of ONYX Fit and 2017 Mompreneur Momentum Award Winner Lori-Ann will be guiding attendees on keeping focused, staying in your lane, and quieting the noise that we all hear on a daily basis, offering tips to help with implementation, as well as an on-site demonstration.

3:20pm – 3:55pm
Coffee & Dessert Break, Networking, Final Day 1 Marketplace & Illumination Lounge

3:30pm – 3:45pm
Illumination Lounge featuring Elite+ experts offering small-group discussions on:

Mompreneur HAZEL MAE of Sportsnet and Hazel Mae Designs - speaker at 2019 National Mompreneurs conference4:00pm
HAZEL MAE of Hazel Mae Design Inc.
Exclusive Fireside Chat & Fashion Show

Hazel Mae has been delivering the latest sports news and updates to Canadians across the country since 2001. She began by anchoring the morning edition of Sportsnet News while simultaneously hosting the weekly Toronto Blue Jays magazine show – Jzone, and can currently be seen on Sportsnet behind the desk of Connected, as well as appearing on Blue Jays Central – Canada’s live studio pre-game show for all Toronto Blue Jays broadcasts. Hazel founded Hazel Mae Design Inc. in 2012 to deliver what she had trouble finding in the marketplace – a line of dresses made from high quality ponte fabric in vibrant, jewel-toned colours, designed to flatter the female figure. This was the type of dress she wanted to showcase in her career as a television personality. She wanted to look professional, fashion forward and comfortable all at once.

Hazel Mae Design logoHazel Mae’s dresses present a contemporary, colourful line of product to the market, providing the customer with confidence, elegance, and a boost of positive energy. The designs are known for their consistent, reliable, quality workmanship and impeccable fit. We’re excited to feature an exclusive fashion show to close out Day 1 of The National Mompreneurs Conference, featuring some of Hazel’s favourite dresses – modelled by some of our favourite Mompreneur members!

Closing Words & Day 1 Wrap-Up

8:00pm – 11:00pm
Interested in hanging out and networking in a fun social setting after dinner? Meet us at LOT 41 SOCIAL BAR & TABLE {655 Dixon Rd, Toronto — inside the Delta Hotel by Marriott across from The Toronto Congress Centre} from 8pm-10pm on Friday March 1st for our Ladies Night Out, a chance to mingle, network, and enjoy the night out!

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8:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast (for VIP All-Access attendees), Attendee Registration, Networking, Marketplace Open

Welcome and Day 2 Kick-Off

MASTERY PANEL: Leading Canadian Female Entrepreneurs to Success
With a focus on key areas of important business structures for all female entrepreneurs like financing, exporting, protection, and online presence, this panel will feature a selection of industry experts, including Linda Carter (National Bank of Canada)Paul Gaspar (UPS Canada)Anne DeAragon (GoDaddy Canada), and Tony O’Brien (TruShield Insurance)

Sara Clarke - Mompreneurs10:00am
Morning Mindfulness with Mompreneurs COO, SARA CLARKE
“Your Someday is Now!”
Sara will walk you through, step by step, on how to make your Someday goals become real realities in your life. It all starts with what you choose to do today! Someday is a day… it’s up to YOU when that day becomes your reality.

10:25am – 11:00am
Break, Networking, Marketplace Open

10:35am – 10:50am
Illumination Lounge featuring Elite+ experts offering small-group discussions on:

mompreneur Nita Tandon of Dalcini Stainless11:00am
Mompreneur Awards Alumni
Nita is the Founder and CEO of Dalcini Stainless. Since launch, the company has garnered considerable media attention locally, nationally and internationally, including being approached by The Grammy Awards, The Oscars and The Discovery Network. Dalcini Stainless products have been featured on the Marilyn Denis Show,  CTV Your Morning National News, CTV Ottawa, and the company was profiled in the University of Waterloo Applied Health Science Report. Most recently, Nita was selected as a top 25 female-owned venture in Canada with an opportunity to receive a $100,000 investment.While she’s honoured by all the milestones, Nita is quick to share her amazement that it has all unfolded by following her gut, and not the entrepreneurial handbooks. In this session she’ll share what she’s learned along the way, and highlight how anyone with a desire to start a business can, and should!

Joanna Griffiths founder of KNIX, speaker at Mompreneurs Conference11:15am
Founder of KNIX
Joanna Griffiths is the Founder and CEO of Knixwear, an intimate apparel brand that has re-imagined the design and marketing of underwear for ‘real’ women. Knix began with a series of leak-proof underwear, and quickly expanded to offer a line of bras, which generated $2 million in pre-sales. Since launching the company in 2013, Joanna has established Knix as an industry leader through Knix’ innovative products and powerful brand messaging about inclusivity and body positivity. In this exclusive Fireside Chat, we will explore Joanna’s drive to disrupt the $4 billion undergarments industry, her passion for inclusivity and transparency in branding and marketing, and her tips for success in business and in life.

11:55am – 12:55pm
Buffet Luncheon (for VIP All-Access attendees), Networking, Marketplace Open

Jamie Mason Cohen - speaker at Mompreneurs Conference

“What Your Signature Says About Your Leadership Style”

We could all benefit from receiving an accurate, unbiased and different snapshot of our weaknesses and strengths to help us grow. Personal development is leadership development. Join 20-year handwriting analyst-grapho-therapist and certified leadership trainer at The Leadership Circle, Jamie Mason Cohen, as he explores why performance reviews don’t work, what we need to do instead, and how to use simple, unconventional and effective self-assessment tools to bring out the potential in every individual in your organization. Audience members will leave feeling recognized for the unique individuals that they are without discounting the success they’ve already had, and will experience something new and unique! They will learn:

  • how to identify your weaknesses and strengths on the spot to help you gain a new level of self-awareness through your handwriting traits
  • real business world strategies to deploy your strengths wisely so that they grow and don’t become liabilities
  • prescriptive, one-on-one speed handwriting analysis after the talk that can lead to breakthrough aha moments in your life

1:45pm – 2:15pm
Break, Networking, Marketplace Open

1:55pm – 2:10pm
Illumination Lounge featuring Elite+ experts offering small-group discussions on:

Elaine Tan Comeau of EasyDaysies, 2014 Mompreneur of the Year - Canada2:20pm
Mompreneur Awards Alumni
Founder of EasyDaysies, Dragon’s Den winner, Mompreneurs Lead Community Manager in Vancouver, and 2014 Mompreneur Award of Excellence winner, Elaine will be sharing self-care tips for all busy women to help them remember that health is of the utmost importance.

Amber Mac tech expert - speaker at Mompreneurs Conference2:35pm


Tech expert Amber Mac will be sharing her top tips on social media and tech tools to help you grow your business and stay up to date with trends!

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Coffee Break, Final Marketplace, Final Illumination Lounge

3:25pm – 3:40pm

Illumination Lounge featuring Elite+ experts offering small-group discussions on:

mompreneur Erica Ehm, host of the 2018 Mompreneur Awards3:45pm – 5:00pm
CLOSING: Announcing The 2019 Mompreneur® Award Winners
Hosted by Erica Ehm

We’ll take a closer look at the Top Finalists for The 2019 Mompreneur® Awards, highlight some honourable mentions, and announce the official winners of each of our five Mompreneur® Awards, including announcing Canada’s Official 2019 “Mompreneur® of the Year”!

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