Thursday, October 5, 2017


Celebrating women's power to make a difference.
Creating a community of highly engaged women,
for authentic connections. 
Fearless speakers sharing their inspiring stories, with honesty and passion.
Empower.  Motivate.  Celebrate.


We are pleased to introduce our speaker roster. Thank you to these
dynamic, inspiring and motivating women for sharing their stories from our stage. 


Biz-Growth Consultant, Resiliency Ninja, lover of the word FU-CHAAA!

Her Story: The Road to Resiliency Ninja

Through my company, Elevate Biz, I speak at conferences and consult for amazing companies showing them how to develop business, find more clients and network more profitably. I also have been blessed to do some media work and I’ve even written a book called From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Personal Branding & Profitable Networking Made Easy.

That’s my public image.

Privately, I’ve dealt with a series of difficult blows during my decade of hell, when it felt like I was playing an unending game of whack-a-mole, swatting down one problem just in time for another to erupt. Can you relate?

Building a successful business with chronic nerve pain (caused by a botched surgery), multiple injuries (8 breaks/tears), several deaths of people close to me, and spurts of depression that were all compounded by self-doubt and internal judgments, wasn’t easy, but I did it. 

Now, I’m on a mission to help others become more resilient. In my latest book Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks! I share my story to give hope and tools so you can bounce back faster and say FU-CHAAA to whatever challenges the proverbial fan blows your way.


Soulful vocalist, composer, facilitator and productivity Jedi

Her Story: "Fairytales from a Soldiers Daughter-Building a Life Beyond Survival"

Each moment holds within it a choice to go beyond survival. Rose founded, a Canadian firm that helps people shift into thrive. Her industry background as an IT project management leader, instructor, speaker, and facilitator combined with her professional creative background as an internationally-recognized composer and vocalist, shares one mission: to inspire days-well- lived.

As the daughter of a WWII survivor, she began her career at a young age so to take care of herself and her elderly father, who navigated the daily impacts of post-war trauma. By the age of 20, she was representing Canada as a speaker at international conferences while finishing her degree at UBC and developing her management consulting profession. Over 20 years later, her consulting cases span a variety of organizations, including for-profit, non-profit, government, and academic arenas. Her specialty is empowering project team functionality, action follow-through, and productivity. Her workshops boost quality of action through an integrated tactical and human approach.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, she has worked extensively through Canada and in 2009, moved her office and studio to the spectacular Fundy Isles region in New Brunswick. She considers herself a citizen of the world, so when people ask where home is, she’ll normally point out “wherever my feet are”. She is known for her energy, authenticity, and powerful stage presence, speaking on topics of leadership, productivity, humanity and resilience.


Fighter, faithful and fun, dedicated to the message of Mental Health

Her Story: The Mystery of Mental Health.
It took Sarah Hilton a moment to recognize her passion and her goal for the future; to stop silence, stigma and suicide by speaking out and training workplaces on Mental Health.

It took Sarah a lifetime of living with her father, diagnosed with Depression, to realize that unless families paid more attention to their children, parents and friends, people will suffer from silence and stigma.

It took Sarah over 20 years of working in the Mental Health field to come to the conclusion that unless society takes a look at preventing mental illness and promoting mental health she would still be working with the most severe of mental illnesses, chronic and critical. 

Sarah spends her time advocating for Mental Health through stories, sharing and speaking out. Today you will hear how your home, your business and your community have a responsibility to speak out, share and support Mental Health. With the tools you pick up today you will have an opportunity to celebrate Mental Health, and live your authentic, awesome life. Mental Health is everyone’s business, and when addressed can help you reach heights you never dreamed of.

MAYA JOVANOVIC, Ph.D (Professor Maja)

Sociologist. Author. Apology-hater. Confidence-builder. Recovering make-up fanatic.

Her Story: "SCREW APOLOGIES: lead with confidence and get your hustle on"

Dr. Maja Jovanović currently teaches at McMaster University and Mohawk College, and is the CEO of All In, a women’s leadership organization that gives women the communication tools to speak up with confidence at work and get what they want in life.

Maja and her husband Steve are raising their daughter to be her own damn boss, who understands Barbie doesn’t need to be saved by Ken.

Early in the morning, you can find her working on her latest research project with a cup of Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea. While Maja has perfected the art of boundaries with humans, she can never say no to her 180 lb Great Dane, Cooper.

Her favourite kiss-proof lipstick is Play with Fire by Rimmel, she reads the dictionary for fun (no, really), and she hates apologies.

Skype ID: Professor.Maja


Irreverent, badass leader, vulnerable, devoted people connector 


Danielle Redner is the CIO – that’s Chief Inspiration Officer - at the Stella & Dot Family of Brands, which includes Stella & Dot, a boutique-style accessories brand, Keep Collective, a collectible story-telling charm brand and Ever Skincare, botanically-derived, good-for-you skincare. Together the family of brands has paid out over 400 million dollars in commissions to flexible, work-from-home independent business owners in 6 countries including the United States, Canada, the U.K., France, Germany and Ireland. Ms. Redner began her career in the social selling industry in 1997, as an independent consultant and quickly learned how to lead a large team while balancing a young family. She transitioned to corporate training after rising to the top – twice – with a mission to renovate the work from home business opportunities available to women by sharing her unique brand of edu-tainment. She is widely regarded as one of the best sales trainers in the industry, but it is her unique skill-set of tell-it-like-it-is inspiration and real-life coaching that sets her apart. From climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to learning to play the drums in 90 days to skydiving, she’ll fire you up to set big goals, and slay them. When not travelling and overseeing all field training for over 55,000 independent Stylists, Redner lives near London, Ontario with her husband, 3 cats and 2 grown children who frequently return home to bask in the peace of Southwestern Ontario. 


Comedian, lover of red wine, and type 1 diabetes advocate 

Her Story: "TBD"

Based in Vancouver BC, Erica Sigurdson is a dominating force in the Canadian Comedy scene as well as an award-winning writer. Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I., Sudbury and Vancouver Comedy Festivals. 

In 2015 Erica was named “Funniest Female Comic” at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival and recorded four television specials, set to air in 2016. 

In addition to countless televised festival appearances, Erica has recorded her own Comedy Now! Special for CTV as well visiting Kandahar in 2006 to record a television special for CBC called Stand-Up in Kandahar which aired in the spring of 2007. In 2009 she co-hosted The CityNews List a nightly comedy news program which was unceremoniously canceled after the show fell victim to a ponzi scheme and lost all it’s viewers.

As a writer Erica has written for a CTV television variety-show pilot, CBC situational comedy pilot and most notably co-wrote The 21rst Annual Gemini Awards for which she and co-writer Peter Kelamis were awarded a Leo Award for ‘Best Screenwriting in a Comedy, Music or Variety Program or Series’.

Erica is a regular contributor to CBC radio programs, including The Current and Definitely Not The Opera and has been featured on the smash-hit radio show The Debaters over 35 times. 

Erica is currently writing her first humour book, coming in 2018 as well!


Olympian,infectious motivator,relentless pursuer 

Her Story: "How to hurdle life’s obstacles"

Sarah Wells is a Canadian Olympic 400m hurdler who can be found at the track training 5 hours a day, running around in circles. Recruited to the sport of track and field by her high school teacher, Sarah quickly fell in love with hurdles and has since become a 7-time national team member and 4-time national champion. Some of Sarah’s notable athletic accomplishments include finishing as an Olympic semi-finalist at the London Olympics, as well as earning the silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the 2015 Pan American games held in her home city of Toronto. Though Sarah’s journey has seen success, she has also faced a number of obstacles in her career and attributes her success to a ‘choices over sacrifices’ mindset, as well as an unwavering belief in herself.

Sarah is also passionate about inspiring the next generation and became the founder of the Believe Initiative powered by RBC. Sarah decided to turn her struggles through sport into a program that teaches youth the importance of being resilient and the power of believing in yourself. 
For more information please see or follow her journey on social media @sarahwells400mh

Thank you to our speakers for sharing stories that Empower, Motivate and Celebrate Women becoming Leaders of their own Lives.


Victim Services of Middlesex-London  



Account Manager, Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank 


The DIVA™ Coach Stylist| Biz Coach| Speaker| Trainer


Sales/Administration Support, Honeywell


VP Corporate Sales, NOTHERS


8:30 AM
• Light breakfast bar available
• The Marketplace opens
9:15 AM
9:30 AM
• Opening remarks - Cynthia O’Neill
• Charity of Choice
• Welcome by RBC
10:00 AM - 12 NOON
12 NOON - 1:30 PM
BUFFET LUNCHEON (Gluten Free and Vegetarian Available)
• The Marketplace re-opens
• Gift basket raffle tickets - sales to support Charity of Choice
• RBC Someday Challenge to support Charity of Choice
• Networking!!
1:25 PM
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
• RBC fundraising results
• Conference closing remarks
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
• Meet the Speakers, enjoy more networking
• The Marketplace remains open


Hellenic Community Centre
133 Southdale Rd W, London, ON N6J 2J2


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