Over the past 7 years, Mompreneurs® has grown to be a Canada-wide ‘movement’ which has developed into multiple team members and chapter locations across the country, a non-profit division, a national Awards Series and Conference, and a quarterly magazine. As sole owner of the trademarked word ‘mompreneur’ in Canada, the organization now has a membership and online community of over 17,000 members and subscribers within Canada and the U.S, an social media community over 80,000 strong, and a team that extends across Canada.
The Mompreneurs® team is made up of women who understand what it means to run a business and a family without sacrificing one for the other. Each of our Mompreneur® Team Members are entrepreneurs themselves, and are dedicated to supporting women in business through online and in-person events, supportive resources, referrals, and more… get to know us!
Maria Locker – Founder & CEO
Maria is the Founder & CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. (aka Mompreneurs®) and its properties, including Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada, Mompreneur® Magazine, The Annual Mompreneur® Awards, and The Annual National Mompreneurs® Conference.
Maria grew up in the world of retail business, as one of four children to her entrepreneurial parents; her family has owned and operated La Rose Bakery in her hometown of Milton, Ontario since she was 2 years old. Some of her earliest entrepreneurial memories include standing on a milk crate and manning the cash register at the young age of 5, as well as running a Gelato Bar at the age of 14 with her sister Emily. There is no doubt in Maria’s mind that her early exposure to the life of an entrepreneur ultimately gave her the confidence to branch out on her own as an adult, and also guided her to make decisions that would lead to a balanced lifestyle for her family.
Maria earned her BA from The University of Guelph in 2002 with a focus on Languages and International Business, and her B.Ed. from Lakehead University in 2004. With a supportive husband, Maria left her teaching career to be at home with her two children, which led her back to her entrepreneurial roots as she did some freelance marketing. This spark was rekindled further when she began connecting with other moms and women who were also running their own businesses while keeping a grasp on family life. She found a common bond, and decided to form Mompreneurs® based on the premise that business and personal lives aren’t necessarily interchangeable, and that it is possible to have a successful business and a thriving family life without sacrificing one for the other.
She attributes every success to the unending support and encouragement she has received from her family, friends, and colleagues, and hopes to be an inspiration to her children while demonstrating what can be achieved when you have a passion for helping others and doing what you love. ^*
“Be real. Be yourself. Emulate the kind of person you hope your children will be.”
Sara Clarke – Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Sara has worn many hats within the Mompreneurs® organization, including licensed owner of Mompreneurs® London & Southwestern Ontario, and manager of Mississauga, Toronto, and York Regions, as well as Financial Director for Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada. Recently, Sara has taken on the role of COO, overseeing many of the directives and implementations of the organization in order to drive our team and our members to further growth and success across the country!
Sara is a wife and a mom of four boys, and has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting field. She carries degrees in Business Management and Bookkeeping, and is now working towards an Accounting Degree. She founded Martin Clarke & Associates in 2001, and has since processed over 33,000 hours of bookkeeping. She works alongside Roger, her husband of 15 years, where their firm works with multiple accountants and agencies across Canada. Sara has been a guest speaker and workshop presenter at the London Small Business Centre, Western University, and The Ivey School of Business, and also speaks throughout North America teaching business owners about bookkeeping, taxes, business development, money mindset and her favourite topic, mompreneurs. Sara is the recipient of the 2014 ‘20 under 40 Business Award’ with Business London Magazine, and 2014’s ‘Who’s Who Among Women in Eommerce’ with WE Magazine.
Sara has a passion to help women in business succeed so that they can continue to be their own boss, set their own hours, and be there for their families.
“Dream it, then jump and do it! Dreams don’t come true on their own. Even Cinderella had to ‘do something’… she went to the ball!”
Tessa Kampen – Director of Member Relations
Tessa is a wife and a mother of 2, and worked as a Dental Assistant for 10 years before claiming the title of ‘mompreneur’. Her passion for helping others succeed in business has led to her being recognized as one of Guelph’s top Forty under Forty in 2015. She believes that we are all born leaders and we all have the potential to achieve greatness with the right support and tools.
Tessa has always been very independent and focus-driven. Her ability to connect with women and help them “think outside the box”, as well as her strong leadership skills, have helped shaped the woman she is today. She is dedicated to connecting and collaborating with other groups in the city and is a huge supporter and advocate of her local community and the businesses within it.
Her mission is to make the community aware of all the talented women who work hard both at home and at their respective businesses. With a vibrant, growing, historic community, she looks forward to sharing the talents and successes of collective members and all they have to offer. *
“Inspired to Inspire”
Elaine Tan Comeau – West Coast Lead Ambassador
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 favorite 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). *
Grace and her husband emigrated to Canada in 2006 from “dear old blighty” (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. *
Public Relations & Media: Front Door PR
Project Manager, Mompreneur® Magazine
Our Ambassadors Team
We are thankful to have dedicated and loyal Elite and Elite+ Mompreneur® members who have stepped up and joined our ‘Ambassadors Team’ in order to help us continue spreading the word about or community and bring others together for support and connections!
^* photo credit to Julie Rock Photography
* photo credit to Jennifer Gilbert Photography
** photo credit to Laurie Goodman Photography