Speakers


Speakers at a Glance

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

Mistress of Ceremonies

pamela martin

Pamela Martin

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

Special Guests

Amanda Nahanee (Shamantsut)

Senior Cultural Ambassador, Chinook SongCatchers

Sajedeh Zaki 

Poet & Director
Fresh Voices

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

Barbara Mowat

President & Founder
GroYourBiz Ltd.
Bessie Schwarz, Co-Founder, Cloud to Street

Bessie Schwarz

Co-Founder
Cloud to Street

Betty Hines

President and Founder, Betty Hines Business Strategist
and Women Elevating Women (W.E.W.)
Carol Attak

Carol Attak

Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability,
BMO Harris Bank

Carolyn Cross

Chairman & CEO,
Ondine Biomedical Inc.

Cassandra Dorrington

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

Catherine Grosz

Manager, Corporate Membership,
WBE Canada
Celso Afonseca

Celso Afonseca

Manager, Account Services & Program Operations,
Staples Promotional Products
Dale Mcdermott

Dale McDermott

COO, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce

Darryl Plecas

Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Deidre Guy

Founder, Inclusive Workplace & Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
Dr. Angela Marshall

Dr. Angela Marshall

President & CEO,
Comprehensive Women’s Health

Dr. Maymunah Kadiri

CEO & Founder,
Pinnacle Medical Services

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Founder, The Alchemist Lab
Laura Reinholz BMO For Women

Laura Reinholz

Director,
BMO for Women

Leah Lizarondo

CEO & Co-Founder,
412 Food Rescue
 

Leann Hackman-Carty

Author
“Master Your Disaster”
Lisa Milburn

Lisa Milburn

Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, BMO for Women

Susan Beharriell

Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d)
O.M.M., CD.
Lisa Siragusa

Lisa Siragusa

 President, NRG TeleResources
and WBE Supplier

Suzanne P.
Vares-Lum

Major General,
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
Mavis Nduchwa Kalahari Honey Botswana

Mavis Nduchwa

Founder & CEO
Kalahari Honey
Monique Maisson Waste2Wear

Monique Maisson

Founder & CEO
Vision Textiles and Waste2Wear
Sheri Griffiths

Sheri Griffiths

Senior Vice President & Head of Greater Ontario Canadian Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal

Silvia Pencak

President, WBE Canada

Sonya Kunkel

Head, Enterprise Purpose & Customer Experience Marketing & Strategy
BMO Financial Group
Sophie Pierre

Sophie Pierre

OBC, OOC & Ktunaxa Hereditary Chief

Tara Hartley

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

Meet The Experts

Addie Greco-Sanchez

President, AGS Rehab
Angela Heit

Angela Heit

Founder & CEO,
Crysalis Consulting Group Inc.
ngela Marshall Hofmann EXCELerate 2020

Angela Marshall Hofmann

President, World Strategies, LLC,
and USMCA
 

Anne Freedman

CEO & President
Speakout Inc.

Bill Erichson

Owner,
William Erichson Business Solutions

Brandy Ferrer

President & CEO, Pathfinder Strategies
Camelia Mazard

Camelia Mazard

Esquire, Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC

Carol Schulte

Founder, Living Big

Chala Dincoy

Founder & CEO, Coachtactics
Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker

Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker

Founder, DeeBee’s Organics

Faizun Kamal

Author, and CEO,
The Franchise Consulting Company
Frida Owinga

Frida Owinga

Founder, PassionProfit Ltd.

Lorna McLaren

Founder, McLaren Formula Training

Marty Britton

President & CEO
Britton Management Profile Inc.

Michèle Soregaroli

Co-Founder, Master Certified Coach
Transformation Catalyst

Trish Tonaj

Founder, Owner of Phaze2inc. and shareyourstories.online

Vania Sakelaris

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

Moderators

Catherine Gardiner

Catherine Gardiner

President,
CG Marketing & Communications
Crystal D'Cunha

Crystal D’Cunha

Chief Experience Officer,
The INSIDE View Inc.
Holly Sorgen

Holly Sorgen

Owner, EmPower Up! &
GroYourBiz Grande Prairie Chair

Jennifer Cooke

Manager, Inclusive Trade and National Lead,
Women in Trade, Export Development Canada
Marg Hachey

Marg Hachey

Managing Director, Ontario and Eastern Canada, GroYourBiz Ltd.
Patricia Ross

Patricia Ross

Councillor,
City of Abbotsford
Petra Mayer

Petra Mayer

Founder, Petra Mayer & Associates Consulting.

Susan Baka

President, Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.
Susan Kabani

Susan Kabani

CEO, Ugenie.io & Co-Chair,
GroYourBiz London, UK
Susi Graf

Susi Graf

Owner, SusAble Consulting
Victoria Eastwood

Victoria Eastwood

Founder, InSync Executive Coaching