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“When you find yourself the main breadwinner, with a disabled husband and three children to support, you just have to get on with it”
Fay Chapple is an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist, whose mission is to teach would-be entrepreneurs to build the successful business of their dreams. Former corporate executive turned entrepreneur, Fay Chapple inspires people to embrace opportunities even in the face of adversity.
When Fay’s husband suffered a disabling brain stem stroke in 2009, she was faced with the decision to reevaluate her life and career. Faced with mounting medical bills while caring for her three children and her severely disabled husband, Fay took the leap and launched a new business and career.
From bricks and mortar to online business campaigns, Fay became an expert in simplifying complex strategies in order to go to market fast. Fay has since helped thousands of people to reboot their lives and live their dreams. Combining passion with financial freedom, she helps her clients hit all the right notes.
Fay is an international speaker, award winning entrepreneur, business strategist, success mentor and CEO at The Clarity Group International.
Fay Chapple, CEO The Clarity Group International
“No matter what business you are in, I’ve found that the common challenges are the same, so it makes sense to talk and problem-solve together.”
Anne Day has had an eclectic career, from leadership roles in the non-profit sector, to working in government on women’s issues, to being the editor of a national parenting magazine and then to having her own consulting practice. Her focus has always been on women and children.
She founded the award-winning Company of Women in 2003 as a way to support and connect women entrepreneurs. With eight chapters across the GTA and beyond, over 350 members, Company of Women hosts over 100 events a year, including its annual conference. An active volunteer, Anne has served on boards, both nationally and internationally and supported numerous charities that improve the lives of women.
She is a regular business columnist for Huffington Post, a blogger and is the volunteer editor of her local newspaper. She is the author of three books on women and entrepreneurship. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the ATHENA Leadership Award, the TIAW World of Difference Award and in 2015 she was named one of the top ten influential women in diversity and HR in Canada.
Anne Day, Founder, Company of Women
“The key is to always keep redefining yourself and diversifying, so you are not just one product”
Nadja Piatka made a dream come true. Armed only with an idea and a $100 investment, she became an international supplier to the food industry. As an unemployed, single mother, her amazing story of taking a company out of her kitchen and creating Nadja Foods was highlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show and other international media. Since no one would hire her, she decided that she would hire herself.
She started her business by waking up in the wee hours to bake and deliver her baked goods to local coffee shops. When her customer base grew, she outsourced her production and within a year became a supplier to McDonalds Canada. The healthy muffin she created in her kitchen is still on McDonald’s menu 21 years later. This success in the food industry grew her company to become a supplier to other large restaurant chains and retailers in the U.S. and Canada.
She is a bestselling author and is the recipient of numerous achievement awards in Canada and the U.S. After being diagnosed with Leukemia, Nadja has also won her personal battle to recovery. She is a sought after public speaker for her amazing life story and entrepreneurial spirit.
Nadja Piatka, CEO Nadja Foods
“So you need to be OK with changing your mind, doing something different or going in a totally different direction with your business.”
Andreea Ayers is the CEO and founder of Get Media Happy, the go-to source for top editors seeking product-based news stories. Her mission? To make PR less intimidating for those entrepreneurs who can’t afford a monthly retainer fee for a professional PR firm.
Andreea opened her first product-based business selling inspirational t-shirts in 2007. Despite knowing little about the industry, she went on to sell over 20,000 tees in over 300 stores in the United States and around the world, with six-figure sales just 18 months after launching. In more recent years, Andreea has focused on helping thousands of entrepreneurs grow their online store sales over at her website: www.launchgrowjoy.com
Andreea Ayers, CEO & Founder Get Media Happy
” You can’t do it alone. You have to have the right people in your team and within your network. Build strong networks of people who will support you”
Michele Bailey is Founder, President and CEO of Blazing THE AGENCY, a full services advertising firm. Blazing has been in business since 1994 and consists of a team of highly talented and dynamic people. Michele has a stellar track record and her energy, perseverance, creativity and honesty have enabled her to lead her dedicated team with determination and focused leadership.
She is an engaging dynamic professional speaker who, because of her extensive experience and accomplishments, speaks on a variety of topics. Today, Michele’s experiences in negotiating a solid financial footing, making sound investment decisions, creating and mining a strong business network, maintaining a talented employee base and managing ongoing positive forward momentum are the keys to her success.
Some of her awards and credentials are: Founding member of Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) in Canada Member of WEConnect Canada and its first Certified Women Business Enterprise in Canada 2013 Winner of Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award 2012 Winner of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference Winner of Oakville’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Michele Bailey, Founder, President and CEO of Blazing, The Agency www.blazingtheagency.com
“My biggest challenge was fear. Think about the tremendous energy we waste just thinking about fear. Does it really deserve that much attention? No”
Svetlana Kim is the author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, which chronicles her journey from Russia to the United States. Today, she is a leader among her peers in the business world, and has been honored with numerous awards citing her commitment, skill, and integrity.
In 2008, Svetlana became an Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee. The International Leadership Foundation paid tribute to Kim with its Leadership Award. Then in February 2010, Orphan International Worldwide honored her with its Global Citizenship Award for her work towards saving the lives of children in Haiti and she was selected to be a Spokesperson for the 2011 Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.”
Svetlana’s stellar leadership, ethical business practices, and community service was recognized when the Euro-American Women’s Council bestowed her with the Goddess Artemis Award.
Svetlana Kim, Author, Business Leader
“Without a good team, you have nothing”
As President and CBO (Chief Bargain Officer) of The Bargains Group, Jody Steinhauer has mobilized her award winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape. Pioneering her belief of “giving back makes good business sense”, Jody Steinhauer has used her network of resources and leveraged buying power to aid every company and not-for-profit agency that she touches to maximize their buying dollar.
Since 1988, The Bargains Group has grown from her apartment to a multi-million dollar-a-year business. Jody is also the founder of the national charity, Engage and Change, as well as its two initiatives, Project Winter Survival and Project Water. Through these projects, Engage and Change helps thousands of homeless throughout Canada survive the extreme weather conditions while enabling citizens of all ages to donate their time to their local community through sponsored group engagement events.
Jody’s achievements include: Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and many more.
Jody Steinhauer, Founder and CBO The Bargains Group
“If your numbers don’t add up and you’re not making money at what you are doing, you need to pay attention.”
Anastasia Valentine is an award-winning business, product and marketing executive. For over 20 years she has worked with startups, entrepreneurs and enterprise class companies to make valuable innovation and investment decisions, create profitable products, increase global visibility, attract perfect fit customers, extend reach and increase influence and compete to win against key competitors.
She is an active advisor and mentor to companies and individuals and a sought after keynote speaker on feminine leadership, technology, innovation, launch strategies and digital marketing.
Anastasia Valentine, Business Strategist
“I started my business with no formal business plan, no clients and little inventory and yet, I still knew without a doubt that it was going to work.”
Honored as the trailblazing entrepreneur For Women in Canadian Optical, Wendy Buchanan is the creative force behind Perceptions Eyewear Inc.: a one-of-a-kind mobile eyewear boutique in Toronto, Canada. Working globally, Wendy has helped to transform the image of thousands of eyeglass consumers by simply changing their eyewear.
Wendy developed her trademarked, Be Spectacular™ training program in 2007 and it has evolved to become the Be Spectacular™ Advantage designed to help professional Image Consultants and Opticians “sharpen their focus and magnify their profits.
Recognized as the Eyewear Image Expert, Wendy is an image consultant, licensed optician and educator. Wendy simplifies the process of selecting eyewear to help professionals build their businesses and Be Spectacular in all they do!”
Wendy Buchanan, CEO Perceptions Eyewear
“Right from the start plan to be successful. If what you are doing fails, ride that failure like a gift because it will take you somewhere. Accept it graciously and doors will open.”
An acclaimed designer, professional speaker and award-winning entrepreneur; Linda Lundström is one of Canadian fashion’s most respected names. Founded in 1974, Linda Lundström’s recognizable line of outerwear, clothing and accessories was sold in her own Toronto-area stores in addition to top retailers across North America and Europe, including Hudson’s Bay Company and Nordstrom.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three honorary Ph.D.s. She was named to the Order of Ontario in 1995, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She is recognized as a champion of Made in Canada, First Nations awareness and ethical manufacturing practices. Linda sold her namesake brand in 2008. Today, she focuses on her independent luxury collection, Designed by Linda Lundström, a handmade offering of versatile ready-to-wear, statement furs and artful leather pieces launched in 2011.
With a natural ability as a storyteller to inspire and entertain audiences, Linda continues to be asked to share her expertise with audiences across Canada. For speaking engagement inquiries, contact email@example.com . To fulfill her desire to share knowledge, Linda also leads workshops.
Linda Lundstrom, Award Winning Entrepreneur
“I had NO idea we had a business. We were just helping people feel better.”
After 27 years on the factory floor in the auto industry, Linda transformed herself from a shy bedridden factory worker to become a charismatic entrepreneur. Realizing that the path to success in business was with education, she went back to school and earned three certifications and began attending personal and professional development events.
She is a NLP coach specializing in nurturing the innate resilience of women. Linda is a senior manager and certified trainer with SendOutCards and a homeostatic hydration specialist with Enagic (Kangen Water). Linda’s passion is people. She loves to connect people and educate others on how to build a large network of professionals for successful business growth. That love of connecting people resulted in Linda offering networking luncheons and creating a successful weekend conference for women.
Linda is a published author and through Linda Sztanko International now offers webinars and training workshops on MLM and networking.
Linda Sztanko, Entrepreneur
“I quickly learned that it was OK to be vulnerable and that you don’t need to know everything. Successful people just need to know who to call.”
Janice Martin is not what you would expect – and yet she is exactly who she says she is. She is completely authentic and connected to her core purpose in life – bringing out the best in people – whether that’s her clients, their businesses or random strangers she meets in coffee shops.
She is unstoppable and impossible to ignore or forget. Her strategic, results-oriented mind somehow lives in harmony with her creative style and outgoing personality. She is a tastefully tattooed, dramatically styled (think leather jackets, tights and signature accessories), successful businessperson with more than 20 years under her big-buckled belt of achieving exceptional results for her clients.
Janice is a living example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. While it is obvious that she delights in creating a positive disruption with her unique personal style, it is also clear that she is smart, strategic, skilled and successful. She is the CEO of Magnum Consulting, Inc., one of the West Coast’s leading consultancies dedicated to building successful businesses and sales teams in the retail, hospitality and food sectors.
A change catalyst who recognizes external and internal trends and issues early, she helps her clients to clarify and define their goals and objectives, and develops and implements the strategic road map to achieve them An in-demand keynote speaker and facilitator for corporate events, conferences, associations and groups, Janice balances her cheeky sense of humor, business acumen and life experiences – blending entertainment, inspiration and information. While she often speaks about business development and empowered decision-making, she has also gained a strong profile as an inspirational speaker.
Janice Martin, CEO Magnum Consulting
“A plan is the seed to success, it does not have to be perfect, it just has to be written down somewhere”
Che Marville is a community leader and social entrepreneur who’s dedicated to innovation, social enterprise and leadership. She is currently running for Federal Office in Canada. As head of her own consulting firm Marville Media, Che has worked with thousands of health care professionals to improve patient care by building healthier workplaces.
She is currently strategic advisor for a national seniors’ wellness program for Origin Retirement Community, where she focuses on preventative health care—for patients and caregivers alike. Earlier, Che was Senior Advisor for Human Resources and Wellbeing for Toronto’s University Health Network. She also chaired the first employee health and wellness center at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
She is a trained meditation teacher and leads a meditation program for Clarity Group International. Che began her career in the museum sector, starting out as a project manager for the Ontario Science Center, where she led a series of ground-breaking programs for 16 years. She later co-founded the Children’s Own Media Museum.
Che is a lifelong community volunteer. She holds a BA from York University’s Glendon College and a Professional Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business.
Che Marville, Entrepreneur
“Growing up I gave in to those little voices that lived inside my head. I let them hold me back. We give those limiting beliefs power when we believe them to be true, but the truth is, they’re not. “
A professional speaker, trainer, and certified coach, Carol is on a mission to empower people to live BIG lives no matter what life throws at them. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Communication, and is the creator of the initiative ‘Women Living BIG’.
She is committed to helping women get out of their comfort zone so they, too, can discover what living BIG means to them. She has led workshops internationally, and has lived, worked and/or volunteered in Thailand, India, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, US, Germany and the UK.
Passionate about many things, Carol is also a volunteer bereavement facilitator, marathon runner, and yoga instructor.
Carol Schulte, Entrepreneur
“It takes courage to run a business. Without it, I would not have been able to deal with the dragons around the corner or the challenges that came along”
Marsha Friedman has been there. As a wife and soul mate for decades and as a mother of four, she’s experienced the celebration of life and the tragedy of death. In business, as in life, Marsha Friedman has truly been there. For the past 25 years, Marsha has been at the helm of one of the most successful boutique PR firms in the U.S.
As the founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations, she is highly respected and widely regarded as an innovator and pioneer in the PR pay for performance model. In 1990, armed with only a background in marketing and an incredible desire to succeed, Marsha set out alone, in a male dominated field, to create a different kind of PR firm.
One that would only be paid for the media her firm delivered. And it worked. Now, 25 years after the birth of EMSI, it can be said that Marsha Friedman’s tenacity and forward thinking forever changed the public relations industry.
Marsha Friedman, Founder and CEO of EMSI Public Relations
” You don’t need everything at once when you start a business. Look at what will give you the best return on your investment”
With over 18 years of experience in the Internet industry, Jemma Fong, Online Business Development Specialist, divides her time among project management, online marketing, business development and production. She provides a full range of Internet-related offerings and gives clients efficient and effective project fulfillment with lasting results.
Her strong business acumen lends itself to help clients step back and take appropriate measures in researching, in bringing clarity to their site objectives, in reviewing the competition, in assessing the state of the industry and in understanding the technology trends and current marketplace. As the technical and project lead on web projects, Jemma is known for her clear communication style and ability to simplify and explain technical aspects in layman’s terms.
Jemma has also written a variety of very practical guides on website launches and redevelopment, including eight booklets for the E-Business Toolkit Ministry of Economic Development, Web Business Planning Guide and Online Marketing Guide, which serve as very valuable and pragmatic tools to help clients who are launching or redeveloping sites.
Jemma Fong, Entrepreneur
“I can only hope that my own business will similarly help my children to see just how impactful and empower the journey to entrepreneurship can be for them in the future.”
Maria Locker is the Founder & CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. (aka Mompreneurs®), a media company and networking organization that aims to support, educate, and empower women in business. One of Canada’s fastest growing networks for women, Mompreneurs® connects members to other women and businesses in local communities and nationally through in-person and online events, providing affordable ways for members to promote their businesses, advocating for members and all mompreneurs within the community, and presenting opportunities to raise awareness and funding for local charitable organizations whenever possible.
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. In 2010, after deciding to leave her teaching career to be home with her two children, Maria’s passion and dedication within her small community led to the incorporation of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. and the development of Licensed Mompreneur Areas and Brand Ambassadors throughout Canada over the past four years.
As sole owner of the trademarked word ‘mompreneur’ in Canada, the organization now has a membership and online community of over 14,000 subscribers, with a team that extends through Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Maria Locker, Founder & CEO of Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc
” I’ve never married and I don’t have children. When I turned 40 I realized that was a chapter in my life that had been closed. I have no regrets”
“Dina Widtmann’s life motto is Live It! Live life to the fullest, all while working hard and playing hard. She is an inspirational leader of retail operations with more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. and internationally.
Working for Fortune 500 & Fortune 100 Best Companies to work for Build A Bear Workshop; Macy’s; Starbucks and Godiva Chocolatier/Campbell Soup. When she is not traveling for work, she plays hard and loves international travel, exploring new cultures, food and wine, having visited more than 40 countries.
Dina is single, living in Southern California.
Dina Widtmann, Business Leader
“What I didn’t see as her daughter was the immense sacrifices she took to be the “superwoman” she thought she needed to be..”
Angela Jackson is the founder and director of Angela Jackson LIFE. She has a degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Angela now combines her love of athletics and yoga as a Certified Yoga Teacher who specializes in Yoga for Athletes. Her clientele consists of amateur and professional athletes of all ages.
Angela also designs training programs for other yoga teachers. She is an advocate for fitness and healthy living and leads by example as a busy mom of two. Her passions have recently led her to organize and facilitate yoga retreats and a regular blog about fitness, inspiration and life.
Angela Jackson, Founder, Angela Jackson Life
“Mentors and coaches help you reach the next level. They held me accountable to my dreams and goals, and they led where I didn’t necessarily want to go, but needed to go.”
Charmaine Hammond is an internationally sought after professional speaker, and bestselling award winning author. She has owned her business, Hammond International Inc. for more than 20 years.
Her presentations, books and mentoring have assisted hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Charmaine is a frequent guest on media, host of her own radio show, and creator of the Million Acts of Kindness tour.
Charmaine Hammond, CEO Hammond International
“If you are not being true to who you are or if you are hiding behind a mask, you are not going to build trusting relationships with possible clients.”
Stacy is an entrepreneur, chief inspirational officer, mentor, speaker, and leader. She’s a social media coach who thrives on connecting with other passionate people who are committed to making a difference. Stacy’s professional background includes many years of experience in creating social media strategies for businesses, online personal branding, social media management and planning.
Stacy has studied Reiki and embodies mindfulness as a way of life. She helps businesses leverage the power of social media while guiding them to be real online and stand out and show up in their online profiles. Stacy launched stacymaynard.com with a goal of coaching, inspiring, and empowering heart-centered women to live a life of passion and purpose through an active social media presence. She has been featured in many events, private conferences and workshops and has volunteered with many Autism organizations.
When she is not helping businesses stand out and show up using social media, she can be found at one of many ice rinks, as both of her two sons love ice sports. One loves hockey and the other speed skating. So, if you see her there shivering, please hand her a blanket.
Stacy Maynard, Founder, Stacy Maynard
“The most important lesson l have learned is to constantly keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”
“Today as the author of Angels and Energy, Stacey is known for her practical and straightforward approach in empowering others to connect with their intuition, Angels, healing ability and inner power. Her clients say she’s best at dissolving obstacles and building action steps to move forward, both personally and professionally.
She helps people who just feel stuck — entrepreneurs, corporate people, men, women and couples. Stacey thrives when she has the opportunity to connect with other people and it is her Life mission to ensure that others thrive, feel empowered and go forward powerfully on their own Life path!
Stacey Macdonald, AngelLight
“I think that having the strength to get up every day, fight it out and keep moving forward is just the kind of guts you need to be an entrepreneur.”
“Nichole is best known for her passion, energy, outstanding client service and commitment to achieving success. With over a decade of event management “experience, she passionately believes in delivering event experiences that are creative, inspiring and motivating.
She is creative, proficient and professional, with extensive experience in event planning, management and execution. She has worked with many leading organizations and is highly knowledgeable in the events industry. Nichole is a hard working mom, with two young girls ages five and three. Outside of work you would find her at soccer games, gymnastics, swimming lessons, or just having plain old fun with her husband and family.
Nichole loves to travel, spend time with friends, and very occasionally… just veg out!
Nichole Bernard, Entrepreneur
“Staying positive is also a must. I recall so many times I could have been defeated even now. My hope and my optimism counteract the momentary lapses into doubt. “
International Award Winning Author, Dr Jo Anne White is the Executive Producer and Host of POWER YOUR LIFE radio and television shows. She’s a certified professional coach, business consultant and energy master teacher specializing in innovation, transformation and energy medicine. Known globally as the “Success Doc,” Jo Anne gets to the heart of what matters most to businesses and people.
She’s been living her dream of dedicating her life to service, helping millions of men, women, families and businesses achieve their own dreams, and overcome personal and professional challenges to master their own success and triumph. Jo Anne is President and CEO of Dr. Jo Anne White Consulting Services, LLC. She offers workshops, seminars, consultation and coaching in leadership, image enhancement, branding, marketing, communication, employee relations and customer service.
Jo Anne has blended her extensive executive, research, training and consulting skills resulting in innovative programs and effective solutions for business and organizations. She’s been featured online and in publications such as Good Housekeeping, More, and WebMD, and also appeared on radio and television networks such as NBC, CBS, and FOX. Dr Jo Anne is the owner and founder of the Power Your Life Broadcasting Network and Power U Online University.
Jo Anne White, International Author and Speaker