Speakers at a Glance

Stay tuned for MORE speakers, plenary sessions and workshops in the coming weeks…

Master Of Ceremonies

pamela martin

Pamela Martin

Trailblazing, award-winning news anchor and journalist. Public catalyst for change throughout British Columbia.


Lisa Lisson

President, FedEx Express Canada

Plenary Sessions

Alyse Nelson

Co-Founder, President & CEO
Vital Voices Global Partnership

Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia-Pacific, Arizona State University

Ashifa Jumani

Director of Procurement, TELUS

Betty Hines

Betty Hines Business Builder

Cassandra Dorrington

President & CEO
Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
Catherine Grosz Photo

Catherine Grosz

Manager, Supplier Diversity at BMO Financial Group

Darrell Schuurman

Co-founder & CEO, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

Deidre Guy

Founder, Inclusive Workplace & Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker

Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker

Founder, DeeBee’s Organics

Leah Lizarondo

CEO & Co-Founder
412 Food Rescue

Leann Hackman-Carty

Hackman Carty & Associates

Dr. Maymunah Kadiri

CEO & Founder
Pinnacle Medical Services

Monique Maissan

Founder and CEO of Vision Textiles and Waste2Wear

Silvia Pencak

President, WBE Canada

Susan Beharriell

Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d)

Tara Hartley

Regional Director, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Pacific Region at PWGSC

Meet The Experts

Addie Greco-Sanchez

President, AGS Rehab

Amanda Nahanee (Shamantsut)

Senior Cultural Ambassador, Chinook SongCatchers
ngela Marshall Hofmann EXCELerate 2020

Angela Marshall Hofmann

President, World Strategies, LLC

Bill Erichson

William Erichson Business Solutions

Brandy Ferrer

President & CEO, Pathfinder Strategies

Camelia Mazard

Esquire, Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC

Carla Rieger

CEO, Artistry of Change Training & Consulting Inc.

Carol Schulte

Founder, Living Big

Chala Dincoy

Founder & CEO, Coachtactics

Frida Owinga

Founder, PassionProfit

Lorna McLaren

Founder, McLaren Formula Training

Mafalda Arias

Founder & CEO
Mafalda Arias and Associates

Sajedeh Zaki 

Sharon Gilmour-Glover

Sharon Gilmour-Glover

Co-Founder, Light-Core and Burlington Chair, GroYourBiz

Trish Tonaj

Founder, Owner of Phaze2inc. and shareyourstories.online

Vania Sakelaris

Principal, VAS & Associates Inc. and Markham & Toronto Chair, GroYourBiz