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.


Lisa Lisson

President, FedEx Express Canada

Lisa Taylor

CEO, Challenge Factory &
Author, “The Talent Revolution”

Plenary Sessions

Alyse Nelson

Co-Founder, President & CEO
Vital Voices Global Partnership

Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia-Pacific, Arizona State University
ngela Marshall Hofmann EXCELerate 2020

Angela Marshall Hofmann

President, World Strategies, LLC

Ashifa Jumani

Director of Procurement, TELUS

Barbara Mowat

GroYourBiz Ltd.

Betty Hines

Betty Hines Business Builder

Camelia Mazard

Esquire, Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC

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

Darryl Plecas

MLA Abbotsford South & Speaker, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Deidre Guy

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

Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker

Founder, DeeBee’s Organics

Frida Owinga

Founder, PassionProfit

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Founder, The Alchemist Lab

Juggy Sihota-Chahil

Vice-President, Consumer Health, TELUS

Leah Lizarondo

CEO & Co-Founder
412 Food Rescue

Lina Khalifeh


Lisa Milburn

Chief Operating Officer,  BMO for Women

Dr. Maymunah Kadiri

CEO & Founder
Pinnacle Medical Services

Sheri Griffiths

Regional VP, Commercial Banking, GTA-North, BMO Financial Group

Silvia Pencak

President, WBE Canada

Sonya Kunkel

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

Susan Beharriell

Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d)

Suzanne P. Vares-Lum

Major General, USA

Tara Hartley

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

Wilma Kleefsman

Strategy Director, Waste2Wear

Meet The Experts

Addie Greco-Sanchez

President, AGS Rehab

Amanda Nahanee (Shamantsut)

Senior Cultural Ambassador, Chinook SongCatchers

Bill Erichson

William Erichson Business Solutions

Brandy Ferrer

President & CEO, Pathfinder Strategies

Carol Schulte

Founder, Living Big

Chala Dincoy

Founder & CEO, Coachtactics

Denise Alison

Founder & CEO, Denise Alison Social Media Marketing

Faizun Kamal


Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Founder & CEO, The Alchemist Lab

Lorna McLaren

Founder, McLaren Formula Training

Mafalda Arias

Founder & CEO
Mafalda Arias and Associates

Marty Britton

President & CEO
Britton Management Profile Inc.

Michèle Soregaroli

Co-Founder, Master Certified Coach
Transformation Catalyst

Sajedeh Zaki 


Susan Baka

President, Bay Communications & Marketing Inc.

Trish Tonaj

Founder, Owner of Phaze2inc. and shareyourstories.online

Vania Sakelaris

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