Past Speakers


Keynote Speaker: Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk
World Class Athlete, 8-Time Canadian Long Drive

WIBC Host: Lianne Laing
Former TV Host, Podcaster, Health and Wellness Advocate, Speaker, Writer, ‘Living Your Life with Lianne Laing’

WIBC Lead Organizer: Jessica Keats
President 2019-2020, Women’s Business Network of the National Capital Region (WBN)
Healer • Consultant • Secret Weapon

Title Sponsor: Lesley Marks, CFA
Chief Investment Strategist, BMO Private Wealth (Canada)

Speaker | Linda P. Cousineau
Founder, LPC and Associates Inc. | International Professional Speaker

WIBC 10 Talk | Jen Wright
Owner, Registered Massage Therapist, Whole Therapy

Speaker | Janine Charron
Entrepreneur, Wellness Advocate, Speaker & Coach

Guest Speaker | Jayne Lowell
Global Professional Speaker, Co-Founder of the Wealthy Entrepreneurs Network (WEN Global)

Guest Comedian | Heather Hurst
Shenanigangster/Comedian. Teller of funny stories. Lover of laughs and house music.

Guest Speaker | Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe
Vice President, GTA West at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Guest Speaker | Jordan Friesen
National Director, Workplace Mental Health at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Speaker | Jenny Chen
Regional Sales Manager, BMO InvestorLine, BMO Wealth Management


Keynote Speaker: Jill Beresford – CEO of Genderversity

Keynote Speaker: Michaela Alexis – Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Personal Branding, LinkedIn Expert of

Laura Reinholz – Director, BMO for Women of BMO Financial Group

Laura Didyk – VP & National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Stephanie Karlovits – BDC Entrepreneur Guest Speaker | Founder & CEO of EPIC Fitness + Lifestyle

Stacey Martin Bafi-Yeboa – Owner, Designer and Creator of KANIA

Jenn Hayward – Comedian & Speaker of The Jenn Hayward Show

WIBC 10 Talk Winner: Lise Jorgensen – Founder & CEO of SEEKGRIT Empowerment Education

Special Guest: Dr. Nathalie Beauchamp – Wellness Consultant, Author & Radio/TV Personality of Sante Chiropractic Centre



Keynote Speaker: Manjit Minhas – Co-Founder & co-owner of Minhas Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries | Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Hana Abaza – Head of Marketing of Shopify Plus | Hana Abaza

Lesley Lawrence – Senior Vice President, Financing & Consulting at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Jana Dybinski – Vice President & Culture of

Jennifer Jane Clark – Transformational & Turn Around Specialist of Soulful Solutions

Sharon Campbell Rayment – International Speaker and Author at

Doris Belland – Financial Literacy Educator, Speaker and Author of Your Financial Launchpad

Susan Stewart – Comedian, Author and funny Motivational Speaker at You Gotta Laugh

WIBC 10 Talk Winner: Samantha DreilingHolistic Entrepreneur


Keynote Speaker: Denise Donlon – Feminist. Social Activist. Broadcaster. | Former Vice-President and General Manager of MuchMoreMusic | Corporate leader and one of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic citizens | View Wikipedia Bio

The Honourable Bardish Chagger – Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and the Minister of Small Business and Tourism | View Wikipedia Bio

Angella Goran – Athlete, Business Woman and Social Entrepreneur at Sokjok/now known as SockTrov

Barbara Cartwright – CEO of Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, also known as Humane Canada

Ashley Zahabian – Speaker, Trainer and Youth Leader

Jessica Tomlin – Executive Director of The MATCH International Women’s Fund

Judy Croon – Comedian, Motivational speaker, Radio host, Second City Standup Coach and Author at

Solange Tuyishime – UNICEF Canada Ambassador, Miss Canada International 2006, Miss Galaxy Canada 2011 | Founder of the local charity for Naylah’s Legacy and Miss Solange Elevate Your Legacy

WIBC 10 Talk Winner: Manali Haridas – Spiritual Wellness Coach and Owner of Zen For You



Keynote Speaker: Brenda HalloranEntrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker, Connector and Community Builder | Former Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario | Former CEO, WEK Effect Inc. | Registered Nurse, Advisor and Mediator | Chair of the Board of Startup Canada |  President of the Trillium Innovation Venture Group | CEO of Brenda Halloran Inc.

Natalia McPhedran – Online Safety Consultant and Author of Life with Kids (Empowering Our Children To Be Ready For The Real World)

Odette Laurie – Owner and Entrepreneur Speaking Coach of Women on Top Business Coaching

Barbara Orser M.B.A., PH.D. – Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises at the Telfer School of Management – University of Ottawa

Catherine Elliott – Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Telfer School of Management – University of Ottawa

Susan Stewart – Comedian, Author and funny Motivational Speaker at You Gotta Laugh

WIBC 10 Talk Winner: Mia St. Aubin – Founder of RunYourLife Coaching


The Honourable K. Kellie Leitch – Previous Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women, now full-time Surgeon | View Wikipedia Bio

Melissa Hathaway – Leading Expert in Cyberspace Policy and Cybersecurity of Hathaway Global Strategies | View Wikipeida Bio

Holly WarnerCertified Holistic Health Coach at formerly known as The Wild Carrot, now Holly Warner Functional Health

Peggy Blair – Award-winning Mystery Author | View Wikipedia Bio

Master Phil – Martial Artist, Author, Speaker, Mind-body-spirit Teacher and Entrepreneur at the Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy

Peggy McColl – New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Coach at The Best-Seller Maker & The Millionaire Author Mentor

Dr. Robert Setari – Doctor, Actor, Producer, Medical Researcher and TV Host at Robert Setari

Kate Davis – Speaker, Comedian, Writer, Mother and Actress at Kate Davis, Comedian


Gail Vaz-Oxlade – Financial guru, TV host of Til Debt Do Us Part, Money Moron & Princess, Best-Selling Author and Speaker of the Making Money Make Sense Blog

Dr. Joey Shulman – Founder of Shulman Weightloss Clinics, Best-Selling Author, Media Spokesperson | Host and Creator of The Skinny Chews | Toronto Nutritionist, Author and Weight-loss Specialist at Dr. Joey

Dr. Karen Dover – Cosmetic and Laser Specialist/Artist (sculptor, painter and photographer) | Dr. Karen J. Dover, M.D.


Kathy Smart – North America’s Gluten Free Expert, Dr. Oz guest and TV show Nutritionist and Host of the Live the Smart Way Expo

Kathy Donovan – Previous Co-host and Co-producer of CTV Ottawa’s Regional Contact / now Author, Speaker, Life Coach and Broadcaster at Kathie Donovan

Diane Merpaw – Intuitive Spiritual Teacher and Goddess Coach | Diane Merpaw

Alison Canavan Founder and President of Ace Event Management


Erica Ehm – Former MuchMusic Host, Founder of Yummy Mummy Club, Journalist, Song & Music Publisher

Dr. Joël Lee Villeneuve, ND – Naturopath, Educator, Practitioner of Wellness Medicine, Community Leader and Media Spokesperson at Revivelife Clinic

Claire Drage – Owner, CEO and Founder of The Lion’s Share Group

Margaret Trudeau – Former First Lady of Canada, Author, Speaker and Advocate | View Wikipedia Bio


Kent McLeod, B.Sc – Biochemist, Clinical Pharmacist and Owner of Nutrichem Compounding Pharmacy

Susan Blain – Previous Marketing and Sales Director at the Ottawa Business Journal, now Marketing and Business Coach of ONBusiness

Willow-Marie Power – Previous Creative Director of Working Assets, now Coach & Workshop Leader of Tree Reading Series

Tracey Clark – Founder and Managing Director of Bridgehead Coffee


Ann Max – Founder, Speaker and Productivity Coach of Productive to the Max

Ginette Deslauriers – Fitness Professional

Erin Blaskie – Digital Media Strategist & Co-Founder of Next Dev Media

Dr. Karen Dover – Cosmetic and Laser Specialist/Artist (sculptor, painter and photographer) at Dr. Karen J. Dover, M.D.

Peggy McColl – New York Times Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Coach at The Best-Seller Maker & The Millionaire Author Mentor


Kimberly Allen – Owner of Fitness for Freedom

Fiona Cleghor – Executive of Genworth

Ann Max – Founder, Speaker and Productivity Coach of Productive to the Max

Carol Laidlaw – Owner of Laidlaw Financial

Amanda Lovett – Owner of Lovatt Effective Systems