2020 Mompreneurs Conference with Cynthia Loyst, Karlyn Percil, Sonia Jhas, and Tonia Jahshan


Cynthia Loyst of The Social


Creator & Author, Find Your Pleasure

Cynthia is a National Bestselling Author, Producer, Television Host, and self-described “professional sensualist.” She is also the creator of FindYourPleasure.com, a popular online destination that celebrates decadence, indulgence and pure, unadulterated joy. Throughout her award-winning career, Cynthia has had the pleasure of interviewing a wide variety of interesting people, including Ryan Reynolds, Michael Bublé, Emma Thompson, Hugh Jackman, Lena Dunham, Kate Bernstein, Danai Guierra, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Rod Stewart. She is also a sought-after public speaker and relationship advice columnist.

Find Your Pleasure book written by Cynthia Loyst of CTV's The SocialCynthia’s book Find Your Pleasure is a deeply personal lifestyle book about how to take the guilt out of pleasure and get to the heart of what you need and want in all aspects of life—from family, home, and work to love and sex. It’s a pleasure revolution: where society has told women to feel guilty or ashamed for embracing pleasures, Cynthia shows you how to get to the heart of what you need and want, in every aspect of life.

  • Live: Uncover the beauty of everyday moments, celebrate family and friends, find fun and satisfaction in your workdays, and enjoy the immense rewards parenting has to offer—all while being mindful of taking care of yourself.
  • Love: Cynthia reveals everything from learning to enjoy your body more, ways to feel intimate and communicate effectively with your partner, and the keys to having better sex.
  • Inspire: Find out how to let your creative self bloom, seek out exciting new pathways in life, and let kindness guide you with Cynthia’s tips and tricks for mastering mindfulness and meditation.

Through her insightful anecdotes, Cynthia empowers women to revel in all of life’s joys, even the messy ones. Filled with beautiful color photographs, Find Your Pleasure is a treat for the soul that you can devour in one go or savor in tiny bites.

findyourpleasure.com  |  @CynthiaLoyst

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Karlyn Percil at Mompreneurs Conference


​Certified Emotional Intelligence & Neuro-Life Coach

Karlyn Percil is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Life Coach with particular focus on D​iversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.​ She is the Founder of The SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy and Chief Executive Officer of ​KDPM Consulting Group INC. She is a former Bank Executive, who has dedicated her career to ​helping companies identify problem areas, known as “Elephant Stories,” that may interfere with an organization’s inclusion and human optimization goals. Further, she provides transformational tools, like The Success Planner, to help women, groups, and individuals increase their emotional and social intelligence in order to lead and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. She is most recognized for her multiple features on Oprah’s Lifeclass and mentions in Forbes and Essence.


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Mompreneur Sonia Jhas at Mompreneurs Conference


Health & Wellness Expert

Health and Wellness expert, Sonia Jhas, is on a mission to help you live your best life! After overcoming her personal struggles with body image and negative self-talk, she walked away from a skyrocketing corporate career to share her hard-earned lessons with others. Sonia then launched her own company to inspire and educate her clients and fans around the world. After quickly building a social media following of over 250,000 fans globally, it became clear that the public wanted more of Sonia’s expertise and encouragement. She then embarked on a successful speaker’s series in order to personally connect with her diverse audiences. In her talks, Sonia empowers individuals with her unique brand of inspiration and shares tools and techniques to help them achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Her clients have included Telus Mobility, IBM, Scotiabank, and Deloitte, as well as many other community and corporate organizations.

Dubbed as one of Canada’s leading voices in health and wellness, Sonia has become a media darling offering her expertise and humour as a regular on national shows such as Breakfast Television, Cityline, Sirius XM, Global Morning, and many others. As a writer, Sonia has been featured in over 75 publications including the Huffington Post, GLOW Magazine, and FLARE Magazine. As an influencer, she has collaborated with brands such as Sketchers, Fitbit, Jamieson Vitamins, and Best Buy. In 2015, Sonia won the Notable Award for “Best in Sports and Fitness” and in 2016 she was the recipient of the “Game Changer Award in Health and Wellness” by Pink Attitude Evolution. Proving herself to be an unstoppable force in health and wellness, Sonia has become a pivotal voice in the quest to be your happiest, healthiest self. She is currently penning her first book due in the Fall.


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Mompreneur Tonia Jahshan founder of Steeped Tea Sipology


Founder, Steeped Tea

It all started with a cup of tea. In just ten short years, Tonia Jahshan, with her family by her side, has made premium loose-leaf tea the daily norm, by turning tea lovers into business owners through her direct sales company, Steeped Tea Inc. Her journey started in 2006 with a mini vacation to a Halifax bed and breakfast, with her husband Hatem. It was here for the first time she tried Cream of Earl Grey loose leaf tea and was blown away by the flavour. The Jahshans stocked up, returning home, wanting to share this newfound love with family and friends. Sharing a cup of Cream of Earl Grey tea turned into something more, and Tonia’s vision to build a direct sales company was born.

In 2012 everything aligned when Tonia and Hatem entered CBC’s Dragons’ Den and partnered with Jim Treliving and David Chilton. Today, Steeped Tea has millions in annual sales and thousands of Consultants across North America selling loose leaf tea and accessories. The company has been recognized year after year as one of PROFIT 500’s Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada, and Tonia was proclaimed as Canada’s #1 Female Entrepreneur by W100; she has received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and has been listed as 1 of 6 Women to Watch on forbes.com. Tonia lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband Hatem and three kids – Layla, Jenna, and Sami.


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Ashley Freeborn of Smash Tess


Founder & Managing Director, Smash + Tess

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.


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Lina Khalife of SheFighter


Founder, SheFighter

Lina is the Founder and owner of SheFighter, the first women-only self defense studio in Jordan and the Middle East, designed to empower women physically, mentally and emotionally through self defense training. The studio was founded in 2012, and has since trained more than 18,000 women all over the globe.

Lina was recognized by President Barack Obama in his speech at the White House in 2015; was awarded the 2019 Stuart Scott Humanitarian ENSPIRE award presented by ESPN and UFC 2019; was awarded the 2018 Economic Empowerment Leadership Award by Hillary Clinton and Vital Voices; and was a speaker at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos. Lina is very passionate about her work and is dedicated to spreading SheFighter globally for all women. She is proudly shares her inspiring story in her new book, SheFighter – From Trouble Maker to Global Change Maker.


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Brian Dixon start with your people author


Author, Start With Your People

Brian Dixon is a podcaster, conference speaker, and business coach. He believes that each of us were made for a purpose. You will discover that purpose by clarifying your calling, discovering your audience, and creating your products, which will help you navigate a clear path to impact and income. Brian is passionate about helping authors, speakers, and aspiring messengers create a sustainable business through growing their platform, and creating compelling online courses. He believes that by clarifying your calling, discovering your audience, and creating your products, you can navigate a clear path to impact and income. Brian is the co-founder of hope*writers, a membership site of over 2,000 working writers. He has a doctoral degree from the University of San Diego, and lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Julie and their three young children. 


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Fatima Zaidi of QUILL


Co-Founder & CEO, Quill

Fatima is the Co-founder and CEO of Quill. Prior to Quill, she was VP of Business Development for Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency, where she was responsible for all inbound and outbound sales. Before that, she led business development at retail company Rent frock Repeat (which was featured on Dragons’ Den – Canada’s version of Shark Tank – in Season 7), where she was responsible for the overall management of all strategic business development, marketing, and customer relationship activities nationwide.

Fatima is a frequent guest speaker, event host, and moderator for organizations including the Retail Council of Canada and American Marketing Association. In addition to being a commentator for BNN, she is a past contributor to Global News, and writes for publications including The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Financial Post, and BetaKit.

As a member of the National Speakers Bureau, Fatima has keynoted on world stages such as Web Summit, Haste & Hustle, and DX3 alongside speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk, Arlene Dickinson, and most recently, Richard Branson. Over the past few years she has been named as a Top 30 under 30 Marketer and Sales Developer by Marketing Magazine, Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life, and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Canadian Women.


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mompreneur Suzie Yorke of Love Good Fats


Founder, Love Good Fats

Suzie Yorke is on a mission to bring fat back.  A mom, Ironman competitor and yoga enthusiast, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat diet only to hit a wall in her 40s.  After reading Nina Teicholz’s book, Big Fat Surprise, she shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet and felt better right away.  While she loved the benefits of her new lifestyle, Suzie found it challenging to find convenient, good-fat snacks.  Seeing a gap in the market and an opportunity to help others, Suzie developed Love Good Fats, a company that provides high-fat, low-carb, and low-sugar products.  Today, Suzie leads Love Good Fats’ expansion as it becomes one of the fastest-growing bar brands in North America.  As a veteran of the CPG industry, Suzie has worked at high-profile companies such as Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, and Weight Watchers.  Utilizing her marketing background, personal journey, and passion for healthy eating, Suzie is on a mission to spread the word that fat is back, and sugar is out!

Laura and Josie Canone


Founders, Glama Gal Tween Spa

Laura and Josie are two sisters who are affectionately referred to as “The GG Sisters”. GG stands for Glama Gal Tween Spa, the name the two gave their business and franchise back in 2006. After successfully growing their company, Laura and Josie turned their attention to the social media world, and in 2014 they created The GG Sisters social media channels, allowing followers a glimpse into their parenting and entrepreneurship lifestyle.

What began as a way to share the ins and outs of daily life, has now amassed to an amazing community of almost 200,000 people who follow their stories on social media. Through their success in creating their personal brand, Lauran ad Josie will share their top strategies on increasing social media engagement for your business, including how to work with influencers to help market your business.

Anna and Lindy of Love Powered Co.


Founders, Love Powered Co.

Anna and Lindy are friends, soul sisters, and entrepreneurs on a mission! With parallel journeys, shared values, and an insatiable drive to create something beautiful, meaningful, and impactful, Anna and Lindy joined forces to create what they believed to be lacking in the marketplace – consciously curated tools for the mindful family. With an electric spark of energy and a creative intuitive nudge, Love Powered Co was born. Their shared dream, and life’s goal, is to make a positive impact, spread love, and power the next generation of mindful leaders.

Jennifer Cooke of EDC Export Development Canada supporting women entrepreneurs and mompreneurs


Corporate Lead – Women in Trade, Export Development Canada (EDC)

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. Jennifer is inspired by Canadian entrepreneurs and believes strongly in the untapped potential to grow Canada’s economy by empowering more women-owned and women-led businesses to scale and grow beyond borders. She is dedicated to removing barriers and to delivering the best customer experience by providing companies the knowledge and expertise they need to make their mark in international markets.

Jennifer is a busy mom of two active girls who love creating, trying new things, and learning about new cultures. A graduate of UWO’s Richard Ivey School of Business, Jennifer grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and has enjoyed a variety of experiences working both in large multinational corporations, and as part of an entrepreneurial start-up. Her knowledge is enriched by international work experiences in the US, the UK and Mexico, and she is bilingual in both English and French with a sprinkling of Spanish.


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Paul Gaspar UPS Canada Small Business

Paul Gaspar

Director of Small Business, UPS Canada

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.




Canada’s 2019 Mompreneur® of the Year
Co-Owner, domilya GROUP

Heba Malki is well-known for her ambition, discipline and purpose, qualities that have driven the achievements of her very successful business. Heba is the Director of Business Operations of domilya GROUP, an award-winning home renovation, design and custom construction company servicing the Halton and Peel Regions of Ontario. domilya GROUP has also been featured on HGTV’s Bryan Inc. and CityTV and is proud to have opened its own Design and Supply Centre, located in Burlington. With more than 15 years’ experience, and whether it’s building a new home, finishing a basement, working on a commercial space or upgrading a bathroom, domilya GROUP brings the kind of ideas and creativity that will save money and find perfect combination of style and functionality.

As Co-Owner and the Business Development Director, Heba takes care of the behind-the-scenes work of domilya GROUP, ensuring everything runs smoothly during a renovation. When she is not working one-on-one with a client, she is in charge of accounting, bookkeeping and business development. She loves partnering with her husband and involving her two children in the family business focusing on helping other families transform their dreams into reality.


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mompreneur Andrea Henry of Henry Business Law


Founder, Henry Business Law

Andrea is a Cambridge-educated lawyer with more than a decade of experience working with businesses of all sizes and at every stage of the entrepreneurial journey. She’s the daughter of an entrepreneur, married one herself and is pretty much obsessed with all things business. When she started her firm she had $1,000, three clients and A LOT of hustle – growing her business to 6-figures in under a year. This is the type of success she wants for her clients.

Andrea has spoken to hundreds of women-led business owners over the years and the one thing that has become clear is that 95% of women are out to change the world for the better. The thing is, we are not doing what’s necessary to protect ourselves to ensure our beautiful businesses stand the test of time. Henry Business Law exists to mitigate the risks, giving business owners the freedom and peace of mind to flourish and grow. When Andrea isn’t helping clients, researching business and tax law, or speaking at events, you can find her snuggling with her three little kiddies or enjoying a glass of her favourite Riesling.


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mompreneur Angela Kafadar of Video Power up


Co-Founder, Video Power Up

Video Power Up offers a variety of seminars, workshops and programs to teach small business owners how to leverage the power of video to support sales and marketing for their business, helping them to create their own marketing videos using their smartphones in order to gain a real competitive advantage and level the playing field with larger businesses and corporations. Angela’s super power is to listen to her clients and be able to craftimpactful scripts to clearly communicate her clients products or services. The team at Video Power Up can also use their resources to write, film, edit and help with online distribution of marketing videos.


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Mompreneur Tanya Hayles of Black Moms Connection


Founder, Black Moms Connection

Tanya Hayles is a creative storyteller, using various mediums to evoke emotions, create change and magnify moments. She spends most of her days turning ideas and dreams into reality at Hayles Creative Elements where event planning is not just what she does, it’s who she is.

By night, she is the Chair and founder of Black Moms Connection, an online global village of 14,000 and non-profit providing culturally relevant programs and resources to educate and empower the Black mother.


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Melissa Hyslop


Founder, Malarkey Kids Inc. featuring The Munch Mitt

Melissa Seifert-Hyslop is a busy mom of two boys and one on the way who lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the creator behind all Malarkey Kids products. The award-winning mompreneur is dedicated to bringing safe, high-quality baby products to families everywhere. She values silliness as well as hard work, joy as well as success, and always takes time to play.

Melissa proudly supports The Autism-society of America, Autism Canada, The International Children’s Heart Foundation as well as the CHD Foundation.  Her passion to help others isn’t limited to people either.  Melissa is the president of Travelers Animal Rescue where the goal is to provide second chances to street animals across the globe.


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Michelle Emson of Women's March Canada and Sanctuary Studios


Human Rights Activist, Author, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker 

Michelle is an international human rights activist with a focus on transgender, LGBTQI, and women’s rights, published author, professional speaker, entrepreneur, and documentary filmmaker. Michelle is founder and CEO of Sanctuary Studios Inc., a boutique digital marketing agency based in Muskoka. She also serves as Digital Director for Women’s March Global. In 2017, Michelle was a runner-up for the Mompreneurs Momentum Award and later that year received a YWCA Muskoka, Women of Distinction Award for her work in the community. An openly-out transgender woman and lesbian, Michelle continues to fight for LGBTQI and women’s rights globally.

As Digital Director for Women’s March Global, Michelle is responsible for all the technology solutions required to support the world-wide, female-led, Women’s March movement. Am award winning professional speaker she has been sharing her journey as a way of increasing awareness, understanding, and acceptance for the transgender lived experience. She has produced two documentary films, “Pride of Ukraine” which reveals the struggle and achievements of the pride movement in Kyiv and, “Transgender Life in Slovenia” which explores the lived experiences of ten trans and gender non-conforming individuals from the small central European country.

michelleemson.com | womensmarchglobal.org |  sanctuary-studios.ca

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mompreneur Lindsay Whisen of Ease Up Organizing as seen on CityLine


Founder & CityLine Expert, Ease Up Organizing Experts

Lindsay is the CEO of Ease Up – The Organizing Experts – a loving and helping company that rescues people from the stress of clutter and disorganization. Lindsay is passionate about life-long learning, social justice, mental health awareness and the energy that is unleashed through being organized. You can catch Lindsay on Cityline as their resident Organizing Expert.


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Mieka Forte happiness coach and mompreneur


Author, Teacher, Motivational Speaker

Mieka is a teacher and motivational speaker, who specializes in resilience, happiness and stress management. Her passion lies with teaching others how to bridge the gap between operating in a world dictated by success that is often measured by numbers, or specific accomplishments and with being a human being who needs a sense of purpose, connection and wants to feel happy. Meaning, her mission is to support you in pursuing your goals and dreams while allowing your inner activist, inner creative being, inner teacher, inner whoever is desperate to also be seen, heard, accepted and loved, to be a part of who you are each and every day because when we do this, the bi-product is happiness.


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… more speakers to be announced!