UWomen Magazine™ - The Power of SupportHER

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VOLUM E 2 | ISSU E 2 | Oc tober 2022

W O M E N + I N S P I R AT I O N + P U R P O S E

THE POWER OF SUPPORTH R™ SupportHER™ SPOTLIGHTS Megan Schneider Rose Marie Gage Pamela Meadow

Peer to Peer JAM + Role Models Olivia Day Kaiya Gamble

Women-Led Spotlight – Get Certified, Get Visible Desiree Bombenon Carey Arnett

Leading by Example Leveling the Playing Field Jim Pattison

Billionaire Secret to Success

Maureen Chant A Lifetime of Achievement



Photo credit: Kassey Shier


Recognizing the achievements of women is critical. Recognition empowers women to stay on path, gives them confidence and paves the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

A few ways for you to support women in your company today include:

Become a SupportHER™. Be a champion for women in your network, workplace and community through:

- Role model inclusive behaviors

- Committing to your organization’s visibility as a SupportHER™

- Showcase women leaders in your organization

- Weaving gender diversity into your company’s policies (hiring, mentoring, training, promoting) to create a culture that embraces allyship - Joining membership groups such as the Universal Womens Network™ — groups with like minded leaders campaigning for change Knowing that empowering women in your company has the potential to increase your company’s bottom line is reason enough to invest in diversity, inclusion and equity programs that include women. Beyond programs, it becomes about what you do post-program to amplify women.

- Invest in diversity/inclusion/equity programs - Invite women to participate at the boardroom table - Create a mentorship program for women mentors and mentees in your corporation - Write a testimonial on her LinkedIn page. - Invest in women-owned businesses.

- Introduce/refer her to a key stakeholder It is no secret that for real change to happen, we must shine a light on those in positions of power and opportunity who are already at the table championing women. No longer can conversations about advancing and promoting women in the workplace be solely on the shoulder of women leaders. Although it is crucial for women leaders to use their position to amplify the voices of other women, it is just as crucial to understand that everyone in your network, workplace and community plays a role in supporting women. Everyone plays a role to SupportHER™.




PG. 20


Jim Pattison – Business of People



Everyone Plays a Role to SupportHER™


Letter from the editor

PG. 68

14 Tribute to the Queen Elizabeth II

Tina Powell – How to Raise a SupportHER™

Our Favourite Quotes

16 Letters to Lisa 26 Maureen Chant A Lifetime of Achievement

50 Women-Led Spotlight – Get Certified, Get Visible Desiree Bombenon Carey Arnett

60 Women: Seen, Heard, Valued

An early photo of Tina Powell and her son Mason.

74 Theano Evagelou

The Forefront of Intimacy

76 Lindsay Harle Kadatz Organize + Gratitude

78 UWN SHop

PG. 78

80 M-List

UWN SHOP – Gifts for you or someone that inspires you!

Favourite Things

82 WOI Alumni 83 Contributors 84 Business Directory


SupportHER™ SPOTLIGHTS 38 Megan Schneider 40 Rose Marie Gage 42 Pamela Meadows

PG. 48


Women of Inspiration™ Finalists Announced

Leading by Example 28 Jenn Lofgren and Shawn Gibson

Leveling the Playing Field 34 Chantal and Brian Milloy



PG. 56 With Olivia Day and Kaiya Gamble

PG. 80 M LIST – Monica’s Favourite Things!

PG. 64 why it’s critical to elevate women in leadership and the power of allyship.


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Dear Readers Time to SupportHER™

These past few months we have witnessed historical moments of women in the spotlight shattering the glass ceiling, breaking barriers, and making history. The power of social networks sparked viral conversations about the injustices and biases, sexism and ageism that exist behind closed office doors. Women are at the forefront. They are driving change. In a recent study by the Gates Foundation, we are behind in achieving our goals for parity by 100 years. This is the decade for changemakers to unapologetically use their voice and create change. It is critical now more than ever for everyone to play a role with one common goal, to SupportHER™. We are getting ready to celebrate our 8th Annual Women of Inspiration™ Awards to be held on November 5, 2022, recognizing the achievements of women who lead, inspire, and motivate. Meet our 2022 Women of Inspiration™ Finalists and our partners committed to advancing women in business. In this issue, The Secret to Success, with multi-billionaire Jim Pattison, CEO, The Pattison Group and his “right hand” woman, Maureen Chant, of 61 years with a Lifetime of Achievement. “Today, there is more women in business than I have seen in my lifetime. This is a good thing, shares Jim Pattison. On September 8, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning Monarch in British History, passed. She was one of the world’s influential business leaders spanning almost three-quarters of a century where a world has transformed many times over. She was a female leader that paved the way for other leaders to rise and devoted her lifetime to the service of her country and the people of the commonwealth. See our Tribute to HRH with Our Favorite Quotes. On August 15, 2022, Lisa LaFlamme shocked viewers with her Farewell message on Twitter reaching over 4.6 million views alone sending shockwaves across all social networks. Companies and individuals expressed their support to her and the call to action to end the ageism and sexism against women. See the Letters to Lisa from our contributors. Our goal for our UWomen Magazine™ is to elevate women from diverse industries and share stories of leaders and companies committed to champion for women to succeed personally and professionally. Everyone plays a role to be a SupportHER™. We cannot wait one hundred more years! This time is now the time for our allies and companies to be visible SupportHERs supporting and investing in women-led companies and for women to be visible leaders. See SupportHER™ articles.

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Monica Kretschmer Founder and CEO, Universal Womens Network™, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, SupportHER™

Grab your “beverage” of choice and sit back and enjoy reading this SupportHER™ Issue. If your company has a message to share and leaders to elevate, contact me. I would love to have a chat. It is time to SupportHER™. Dream big!


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• Examine how to build women up through professional development and leadership

• Understand the importance of having Mentors, Coaches and Sponsors

• Identify ways to be an ally and SupportHER™



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MODULE 4: BrandHER™ • Discuss roles, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities • Discuss opportunities for women to leverage their skills and expertise to build through leadership • Discuss ways to demonstrate thought leadership • Identify ways to develop your thought leadership voice and branding


Women Can’t Wait 100 years… In a recent study by the Gates Foundation, we are even farther behind our goals for parity. In fact, the it will take 100 years more to achieve equality. This is the decade for changemakers to unapologetically use their voice and create change. This is the decade for our allies to be visible champions and SupportHERs with a common goal, to advance women and achieve equity. Link to Study: https://fortune.com/2022/09/13/gender-equality-stalled-pandemic-bill-melinda-gates-foundation-study/?utm_source=email&utm_ medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=broadsheet&utm_content=2022091413pm&tpcc=nlbroadsheet

Women make up half the population in Canada, yet continue to be underrepresented in political, professional, leadership and board roles. When women rise in leadership roles, they become role models to our future leaders and other women. More women in leadership will influence the high-level decision-making that will pave the for way for gender equity and contribute to economic empowerment.


of women reported they learned the most important lessons about leadership from other women


professional working women believe access to and networking with female leaders will help them advance in their career


of women report that when they see more women in leadership, they are encouraged they can get there themselves


of working women indicated that it is important to them to be a positive role model for younger female colleagues in the workplace


of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies are held by women


of the board members for Canada’s top 500 companies are women

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Source: KPMG Study on Leadership


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The Universal Womens Network™ is a global platform committed to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), by raising the bar to advance women in their network, community, and workplaces. We recognize the achievements of women through the Women of Inspiration™ Awards. We are advocates of women-owned and women-led businesses, and champion female entrepreneurs along with allies who SupportHER™! Our global network promotes the advancement of women. We recognize and celebrate thought leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals from diverse industries and backgrounds and work with like-minded organizations committed to inclusivity and moving the needle to close the gender gap! We are Stewards of Diversity™ and dedicated to the unity of humanity by acknowledging our differences, asking questions, and valuing voices at all levels. We do not tolerate bullying, hatred, or racism at any level. The Universal Womens Network offers opportunity for business leaders, CEO’s, individuals or organizations at all levels to connect, learn, empower and celebrate. We are committed to elevating women to succeed personally and professionally. Learn about our Membership, Events, Leadership Programs, Success Summit, Women of Inspiration™ Awards, Women of Inspiration™ Book, Podcast, Universal Women-Led™ Certification, Universal Coach Masters™, Speaker Bureau and more!

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HRH, Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022


“If has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of mankind.” “I have to be seen, to be believed.“

When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.

‘Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth.” “If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am.”

“With age comes experience and that can be a virtue if it is used sensibly.”

“We all need balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock.”

“Giant leaps often start with small steps.”

“Whatever life throws at us our individual responses will be all the stringer for working together and sharing the load.”

“I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combing their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”

“Coward’s falter, but danger often overcome by those ho nobly care.” “In times of doubt and anxiety the attitudes people show in their daily lives, in their homes, and in their work, are of supreme importance.” “Age is rarely kind to anyone, nothing one can do about it, one just has to get on with it.”

‘You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language kick some ass.”

“Such a blend of traditions serves to make us stronger, individually and collectively, by providing the ingredients needed for social, political and economic resilience.”

“I am aware that I am surrounded by people who feel that they could do the job better, stronger people with powerful characters, but for better or worse, the crown has landed on my head.”

“Each day a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in god.“

“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.”

“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones; my own is not exception.”


letters to lisa Monday, August 15, we woke to the shocking news over Twitter, one of the most powerful women in media was blindsided by a "business decision". Lisa LaFlamme's 35-year career as Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor for CTV National News came to an abrupt end, not by choice and with no final farewell. Lisa's post "I have some news...." on Twitter has gone viral and has been seen by over 4.6 million people on Twitter alone. It is appalling and disappointing to see the #ageism and #sexism that exists. We applaud her dignity, courage and strength to speak. She speaks for so many. "Today With a range of emotions. For the past 35 year I have had the privilege of being welcoming into your homes to deliver the news on a nightly basis. On June 29, Bell Media made a "business decision" to end my contact bring to an end a sudden close my her 35-year career. I was blindsided and I am still shocked and sadden by the news. I want you to know what these last years have met to me, everything" This is a trust I have never taken for granted as a reporter and as anchor. I am forever grateful to you, such loyal viewers for sharing in the belief that news delivered with integrity and truth strengthens our democracy. At 58, I thought I would have more time to tell more of the stories that impact our daily lives. Instead, I leave CTV humbled by the people who put their faith in me to tell their story. This is my sign off from CTV. I want to express my deepest gratitude, This is my sign off from CTV so want to send my deepest gratitude to all of you. While it is crushing to be leaving CTV National News in a matter that is not my choice. Please know reporting to you has truly been the greatest honour of my life. I thank you for always being there."


Lisa is an award-winning journalist. She is a pioneer and highly respected in the media industry. She is a brave, outspoken and powerful female leader who embodies the word role model. Lisa’s calm, professional presence as the nightly news anchor has been the credible voice we trusted to report on every catastrophe and world event. Lisa is a role model to women of all ages. We want her to know she has an army of people behind her. It is time to drive change. We would love to honour Lisa LaFlamme for her life's work, as a female role model, trusted journalist, humanitarian and dedicated news correspondent. Imagine receiving letters from the people whose lives you have touched, impacted or motivated you? Over the past 35 year's Lisa has touched the lives of many people. We invited a handful of our readers to share a Letter to Lisa as a tribute. Regardless of the level of success, being recognized for your work, by your peers and the people you touch is incredibly meaningful. We look forward to seeing Lisa back doing what she does best, telling the stories and sharing the news that impacts our daily lives.

Dear Lisa, You have been a staple in the living rooms of Canadian audiences for years. Watching the nightly news with you, we saw the events of the world through your eyes and we learned. Your absence is noted. You are missed. May you find a way to continue to make a contribution as a journalist. - Donna P. Dahl

Dear Lisa, Thank you from the bottom of my gray roots for standing up for those of us who are less public in our work. You have made my day make sense for so many years. National news is an important representation of our country's values and priorities. Now you are letting the world know that Canada will not tolerate ageism and discrimination against those who have grey hair. We demand equality now just as we have for years. Please sue for discrimination and demand that you get your job back. It will serve as a precedent in the judicial system for all of those who are experiencing the same treatment. Money is the only way to reach the cold heart of the media and the corporate world that has long ignored our brilliance. Bravo. You go girl. We are all watching you as you bring fairness and justice to the forefront of the limelight that we deserve. Grey hair matters. - Michelle Daines

Dear Lisa, We appreciate your effort and your work has inspired many women. Don't give up, great things are coming your way. - Maryben Omollo

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your unwavering professionalism and keeping us informed on the daily basis with some incredible stories and what's going on in the world. You are in inspiration for all, men and women. Thank you and wishing you the very best. - Barbara Beler 17 | UWOMEN

letters to lisa Dear Ms. LaFlamme, d the best I watched with admiration as you ascended in a male-dominated field. You represente years of hard of our news media in Canada as CTV's National News anchor and chief editor. Your of Canadians. work and thoughtful delivery of our most compelling stories earned you the trust choice, you In your brief but poignant message informing us that your departure wasn't your what has been stated "A trust I have never taken for granted". Unfortunately, this is precisely ng is now on lost. A collective loss of trust in media isn't just about fake news. Michael Melli Moses should leave from his position as head of CTV News; as a co-conspirator perhaps Karine without being also be held to account. Doing so could provide a measure of satisfaction albeit able "to make things right" as some letter writers have called for. med-out This debacle provides an interesting opportunity to take a hard look at our botto quietly into the culture where a distinguished Canadian media icon was somehow expected to go night. How does a boardroom of purported intelligent people get it so wrong? a culture of People are voicing their disgust and asking for this blight to be exposed. We want accountability and won't simply accept that the trust is broken. granted, for I will miss your natural on-camera grace. Thank you for never taking our trust for s the country. delivering news we could trust, and for being a role model for me and women acros t that trust News with integrity and truth strengthens our society. If we don't want to accep of something is broken, we need to take a stand, cause a ruckus, make a change, and be a part n and does not bigger and greater because it's the right thing to do. (This is a personal opinio with in a reflect the opinion of the people, institutions, or organizations that I am associated professional or personal capacity.) - Ronda Parkes

Disclaimer: Comments represent personal views of our contributors.


Dear Lisa, I was dismayed as with all other Canadian s to see your twitter announcement. I am shocked by Bell Media's behavior agains t such an esteemed journalist that we hav e trusted with our news for decades. As a female tech CEO, I cannot believe this disrespect. We will not be tuning into the CTV National News any time soon as we no longer trust them with our news. Thanks again for being such an incredible role model and journalist for so many decades. - Kindest regards, Dr. Sue Abu-Hakima, CEO Alstari Dear Lisa, you demonstrate for women of all th eng str and ism nal sio fes pro ce, gra , Thank you, Lisa, for the talent be VALUED for it. You inspire more of and ce, voi a e hav , ves sel our be to ed ages. We should be allow serve as you begin this new chapter. de you ute sal l tfu pec res the d fin you y us to follow suit. Ma - Becky Lynn Dear Lisa, When I think about a person who embodies trust to give me the news of the day in a way that exemplifies perfect journalism I think of Lisa LaFlamme. She is one of the reasons why I watched the news. Her perfect delivery, her style, empathy, just everything about her made me feel comfortable with whatever she had to share, good or bad when delivered in the inimitable Lisa LaFlamme way. Matter of fact, unbiased and brilliant, a trailblazer, role model and leader for so many of us who have in our industries experienced sexism and ageism, she stood out as a beacon of light, gracefully transitioning through the stages of life as we all try to do. Her very presence every night was a comfort, a place of stability in this ever evolving and unstable world. What happened to Lisa was unconscionable, but the strength, dignity, and conviction she has shown against the face of such blatant bias has energized me and multitudes of women across the country, to stand together to continue to drive change. - -Patti Janetta 19 | UWOMEN

The Secret to Success: People 20 | UWOMEN

JIMMY PATTISON CEO of The Jim Pattison Group

At 93 years of age, Jim Pattison shows no signs of slowing down. Recently, I had the honour to interview Jim Pattison, CEO of The Jim Pattison Group, at his Vancouver office tower overlooking Burrard Inlet. Jimmy is known as the Warren Buffet of Canada, a self-made multi-billionaire, philanthropist and SupportHER™ at heart. The Pattison story is remarkable. Jimmy is a humble man who attributes his success to the diversity of his businesses and the people he employs.

Under his leadership, Jimmy has 49,000 employees spanning twenty-five divisions with eight major industry verticals across Canada and the USA with sales Jimmy is known as over 12.7 billion. The Jim Pattison the Warren Buffet of Group and its people value quality, Canada, a self-made integrity, and commitment. As multi-billionaire, Jimmy would say, everything we do is about the people. The Jim philanthropist and Pattison Group is known for its SupportHER™ at heart. great culture, its benefits, its work life balance, its opportunities to gain experience within the company and the autonomy of its leaders to make decisions. Jimmy believes people should love their jobs and love coming to work. Jimmy cares about each employee in his company to be successful. During our interview, he took me for a tour of his office sharing the special memories with the influential female leaders that had met and inspire him; some he met with on more than one occasion. It was impressive to see hundreds of the world’s most

influential business leaders grace the walls of his office tower halls. He was most proud to share his friendships with Margaret Thatcher, Nancy Reagan, and Oprah just to name a few. Before we started our interview, Jimmy had a list of questions about the Universal Womens Network™ and the story behind this single mom and her big vision for the company. He was down to earth, kind, and as eager to learn about me as I was about him. As Jimmy shared, “Today there is more women in business than I have seen in my lifetime. This is a good thing.” I was thrilled to meet and interview Maureen Chant, Jimmy’s executive assistant who has been with Jimmy for 61 years. Read Lifetime of Achievement as we put the spotlight on Maureen as the woman behind the scenes who has been with Jimmy from the beginning as a trusted advisor and his “right hand woman.” Their mutual respect and admiration are evident. I left the meeting inspired by Jimmy’s work ethic, his desire to make a difference in the world and his love and respect for the women in his world together with the 49,000 people in the company that make The Pattison Group an enviable and profitable company. I told him to save a spot for a photo of us as I was going to accomplish great things. What follows is edited excerpts from our conversation.


It is an honour to have the opportunity to meet with you. You are one of the most influential business leaders in Canada as Today, there is more the CEO of The Jim Pattison women in business than I Group made up of strong and diverse operating divisions. Your have seen in my lifetime. companies span the automotive, That is a good thing. advertising, media, agricultural equipment, food and beverage, entertainment, exporting, financial, real estate and periodical distribution industries. Today there are twenty-five divisions of The Jim Pattison Group. Yes, we are highly diversified. With 51,000 employees? We’re down two thousand. With this COVID deal, the last number we had was 49,000 in place. You’ve created an incredible empire that is so diverse. How do you decide what businesses to invest in and bring into your group? We are in the people business. Our business is highly diversified. Everybody needs transportation. Everybody needs food. People need packaging. We are in the packaging business. We have two interesting companies. “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” is entertainment for young people in particular. We also have the Guinness World Records headquartered in London and that is a different category. So, we try to get into businesses that we think that have a long life and we can grow. Where did it all begin? What have been the keys to your success? I started my first business on May 8, 1961, at the age of nineteen when I purchased my first car dealership with a bank loan from the Royal Bank for $40,000. We made money on that business, and we wanted to grow the business. I like going to work and it is important that the people that we hire, they like their jobs. From there we try to grow the business, whatever business that we are in.


The culture that you have created is quite exemplary. How did you create the culture? Well, it is all people, and it is all leadership. If we have a company, the key is the top person and his team, because nobody does it by themselves. Of course, it is all people, the selection of people and Maureen Chant, the lady you just me. Over the years in our company, we have never hired top people that she and I did not decide together who it was. Maureen has been with me since the first car dealership 61 years ago. How important is it for women to be in leadership roles and men to be SupportHER™ allies? We do not look at female or male; it is the quality of the person that is best suited for the job. We like to give people opportunities to succeed. In my case, I have had three strong and influential women in my life. My mother, my wife Mary who I met when I was thirteen, (we have been married now 71 years), and Maureen who has been with me 61 years. Today there is not any important person in our company that Maureen and I are not involved in the decision if he or she is the right person for the job. My wife raised the children because I was never home. I worked on the used car lot till 10 o’clock at night, except Saturday night and Sunday. Sundays we went to church. We have had a stable life. What is the secret to that longevity of those relationships? Well, the key is the selection in the first place. I mean, we all meet a lot of people and in our case, the key people that run our companies is by far, the most important decision we make is who is the person that is going to run the company. But you know that everything is people. People have different qualities that they are good at, and the key is getting the right people in the right place to do the job that you want to get done.

You have met so many influential business leaders. Who are the some of the most inspiring women you have met? Well, certainly right at the top of that list would be Margaret Thatcher from England who we got to know. A very, very impressive woman. Oprah’s another lady that we got to know…Oprah, she came from a very humble family and has been remarkably successful. Tell us about the gift you received from Nancy Reagan with a special message. After Ronald Reagan died, his wife sent me one of the bullets from the 21-gun salute which I appreciated and still hang on to as a souvenir of our relationship. Ron Reagan put me on his board of trustees, and I am still on his foundation. Would you say being a servant leader is one common thread of the world’s best leaders? You know, you raise a good point. I had not really thought of that, but the best people, the leaders I have met without exception, people like Ronald Reagan, he was not full of himself…and Margaret Thatcher, she was not full of herself. They treated me like just an ordinary person and were always so kind. The people I have met in the world who have been most impressive, have been people that were very humble. Humble and kind. Those are the two words that I would use to describe you as a leader. With all your successes, what are you most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that we have been able to start the company. The Royal Bank loaned me $40,000 to get started and we have managed to grow the company to where it is today, a large private company with just less than 50,000 employees. I still have no partners or shareholders or relatives in the ownership of the company.

That is incredible, and that has not been easy. So, what are those tough decisions that you have had to make along the way? Well, it is all people. Then we decide what businesses. We started in cars, used cars and then new cars. Then we got into the leasing business, and we were big advertisers on radio. So, then we got into radio, today we have twenty-eight radio stations in Western Canada, we started with one. We then we got into groceries. Our market share was 2% in British Columbia, today it is 22% in British Columbia, and we have gone into Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and they have just gone into the state of Oregon with groceries. We just bought a company in the state of Oregon. Oregon is a good place, and it is close to where we are. We keep looking for new opportunities. We have Guiness World Records headquarters in London, but where we are spending a fair amount of our energy and effort right now in the whole organization is Sweden in the lumber business. What does the future look like for you regarding your expansion? We have two people in the United States that do nothing but look for opportunities for us in various businesses. We are in a number of different businesses all the way from used cars to food and entertainment. We are in the aquarium business. We are open to things where we have But you a rough idea about how it works.

know that everything is people. People have different qualities that they are good at, and the key is getting the right people in the right place to do the job that you want to get done.

You say the secret to success is people and choosing the right people. As the saying goes, your network is your net worth. Do you believe that Is true? I do not know whether it is true. All I know, is that everything is people and today women are much more. When I was growing up, there were no women as hosts on Air Canada. And it was all men. This goes a long ways back. I asked them, “Why don’t they have women?” because everybody working onboard was a man. When I asked the question, “Why don’t you have women as stewards? They said, “Because it’ll take a job away from a man.”


Unbelievable. The time are changing, but not fast enough. That’s an absolutely correct answer to a question. I then went to an executive of Air Canada. I said, “Why don’t we have women?” They said, “Because it’ll take a job away from a man.” And that is when I was in my late teens. We have made progress, but it is not fast enough. Everyone one plays a role to champion for women. Well, I have lived it. I have lived it from what I just told you to today, 70 years later. Women today… you look at people like Margaret Thatcher and the strength of Oprah, people like that, it is incredibly positive. It is important to have strong role models for women. But why do you think it is so hard for women to break through the barriers? We are making progress. In our own company, we certainly have women that are in key leadership jobs. You just met my secretary, Maureen, who has been with me 61 years. She reads people very well. Better than I do. I never made a decision on hiring anybody that I have not gone to her and asked her, “What do you think about this?” You must build a team around you that you trust. So, how would you define success? I define success to be whatever you believe. Successful living is doing what you like to do, and you enjoy doing it. So just be happy. Happy’s important, and in my case, I was taught to believe in God and the Christianity. I was raised in that environment and so we have always supported Christian causes. Yes, of course, faith. Faith, belief, hard work and opportunity. Some people do not get the opportunity that others do. So timing is important.


When we talk about opportunity, women do not ask for what they want. Do you see that as a barrier? Well, that is true of men, too. I have lived through a part of my lifetime where nobody ever thought of women being in the workforce, except for a schoolteacher or a nurse. I did not know of or see any women in business. Today there is more women in business than I have seen in my lifetime. This is a good thing. And the other thing is also true of racial equality if you like. Today, we never think of what culture you are from. At one time it was different. But today in my world, we do not ever think about culture or race because we hire based on what we think the person can contribute to the job we are looking to fill. That’s the key. Match the person with the job. Usually, the person who is successful, likes what they are doing. I heard a rumor that you still come to the office six days a week. Do you ever think of slowing down? I hope not. I come to the office seven days a week. Every week unless I am traveling. We have two people in the USA and always looking for new business opportunities. What is the secret to the passion for your work and having that motivation to still come to the office seven days a week? Most people are counting down the days to retire. Oh no, if you do not enjoy your job, you are in the wrong job. If you do not like your work, you should get a new job. Because if you like your work, you are usually good at it. Has there ever been a time that has been challenging for you? That you have made mistakes? Oh, all the time. Still do. The question is when you make a mistake, understand you have made a mistake and do not try to prove you are right. Take the hit and move on.

Sage advice, Jimmy. The fear of failure is real for many people. Have you ever worried about failure? I have never worried about failure, because if I cannot accomplish it, then I will do something different. Imposter syndrome is a hot topic usually tied to fear of success or failure. Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? No, I think I can only speak from my own experience. I used to sell garden seeds door to door when I was seven, eight years old. My family did not have money to give money to their children. I could not have had better parents. We rented a house furnished because we did not own the furniture. And I sold garden seeds door to door when I was seven, eight years old. I knew that if I was going to get something, I had to go work for it. I have worked all my life, but I have always liked what I do. If you work seven days a week, what do you do for joy? In my downtime, I have a boat. I do not know whether it is in the day. Let me see whether it is in or not. No, our boat’s out. It is right at the end of this dock. It is out, and it has people on it. It goes out every week. Marine runs the boat and the airplanes. And we also have, I bought Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs, and so we entertained people down there. I bought it from Frank Sinatra quite a while, years before he died. Wow. That sounds like a wonderful way to spend your downtime. Downtime is coming to work. I like what I do. If you like what doing, it is not work.

Amazing. We wish her well. So, I do not change my women much.

...if you do not enjoy your job, you are in the wrong job. If you do not like your work, you should get a new job. Because if you like your work, you are usually good at it.

Well, that is a good thing, Jimmy. That is a good thing. Before our interview, I mentioned that my son is 16 years old. What words of advice would you give the 16-year-old Jimmy? Find something you like and do good at it. It is that simple. I have hired so many people over the years. The biggest thing is to get something you like, and it is not work if you like doing it. If you do not like coming to work in the morning, it is the wrong job.

Well, I have to say, from the people that I have met at The Pattison Group they love what they do. They do not just like it, they love it. Well, that is good. And if you are talking to those people, they are also good at what they do. And they like it, and they are good at it, and that is why they got a good job. I do not know anybody that works for us that does not like coming to work. Thank you again for sharing your time, the tour of your beautiful office, sharing your wisdom and the stories. Was there anything you wish to add? You let me know if there is anything you think that we can do to help you do what you want to do. We are in the people business. Thank you again, I look forward to continuing the conversation.

Well, I am super thankful that you have given me so much of your time. You’re welcome. SupportHER™. Now I will tell you, I know where I am going to take this SupportHER™ mug. My wife, Mary, is not well. I am going to take this home, and I am going to have her use it. We got married in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1951 and have been married for 71 years.


A Lifetime of Achievement MAUREEN CHANT If I could turn back the clock, I would do it all over again. It was an honour to meet and interview Maureen Chant, the woman who Jim Pattison refers to as his “right -hand”. Maureen is Jim Pattison’s Executive Assistant of 61 years. I was thrilled to meet with her at The Pattison Group office overlooking a breathtaking view of the Vancouver Harbour. The walls in Maureen’s office were covered with impressive keepsakes and framed photos capturing historical experiences shared with influential leaders from around the world and the many events and charitable causes they have supported. Maureen recalled the special story for each one. When asked about receiving recognition for a Lifetime of Achievement in a life-long career as a loyal advisor and “gate keeper” to Canada’s most successful businessman, she replied simply that she loves to work and does not do it for the notoriety, “It’s just not my style.” Maureen is a respected role model who leads by example and loves to see others succeed. Anyone who has met Jimmy, has spoken to Maureen first. Let that sink in. This is just a glimpse into Maureen’s world and the incredible career journey spanning more than six decades, with no sign of stopping. Maureen is deserving of the recognition and title of Lifetime Woman of Inspiration and, perhaps, a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records.


You have led an exciting career as the Executive Assistant to Jimmy Pattison. Tell us how it began. How did you meet Jimmy? I met Jimmy at a gas station. It was at his first automobile dealership with a two-pump gas station and a three-car showroom. I was looking for a car part. The receptionist was someone I had worked with previously and she introduced me to Jimmy. My friend told me there was a job for a nighttime switch board operator. I was looking for a job, so I applied to Jim Hatcher, who was Jimmy’s office manager. Jim hired me for .25 cents an hour. I started as a switchboard operator and worked my way up. How did your role develop to where it is today? My role developed over time as the business grew. Jimmy used to do public speaking. Before he would go to an event, he asked me to critique his talks. I would be very honest as I wanted to see him succeed. I remember telling him to take his hands out of his pockets when he spoke or correcting him when words were being used out of context. We came to have a mutual growing trust. Jimmy has given me opportunities galore for the last 61 years. Every year he has given me more responsibility and more things that are of great interest to me. I give 110%. Tell us about other inspirational women you have met? There are many I have met over the years. Some of the most memorable inspirational women were meeting Princess Margaret, Margaret Thatcher and Barbara Bush. One experience that was incredibly special for me was during Expo 86. Jimmy entrusted me with taking care of Princess Diana when she and Prince Charles visited Vancouver for the Expo. I remember Prince Charles asking me why I was present everywhere they went. He didn’t realize that I was her caretaker. It was a role that I took very seriously. What is like to meet the most powerful female leaders in the world? It’s not any different than meeting and speaking with you, Monica. Really, it isn’t. They are humble, everyday people.

The Jim Pattison Group has over 49,000 people with diverse lines of business. How do you keep organized? I am organized. It is one of my strengths. I like to build things and I like to be organized. It is something I learnt from my father. There was no road map for your role. What advice would you give to a young woman paving her path? Listen. Learn, and give 110%. What was one of the most important skills you learnt? When I started working for Jimmy, I didn’t know shorthand and did not know how to type. I remember Jimmy telling me that if I chose to go to school and committed to working for him for five years, he would pay for my courses. I told him I would take typing, but I would not commit for five years. I said I wouldn’t’ sell my soul. In the end, I paid for my own courses and have been with him for 61 years. It is critical to see women in leadership roles. Who were the role models who influenced you? I had an English teacher by the name of Miss Mercer. She was a tremendous role model. She taught me to be careful of my tongue and open my mind to reading. The other role model that made an impact was Lily Chin, my Sunday school teacher. I doted on Lily since I was 10 years old. She was such a positive role model growing up. She taught me so many important life lessons over the years. These women were both very influential in my life. You are a role model to many. I hope you know the impact that you are making in the lives of others. Yes, I am lucky that the people who I have inspired make it a point to let me know. This is such a blessing to me. Unfortunately, the people that I looked up to never knew how much I admired and inspired me. You are in the office 5-daysa week. What keeps you motivated? For me, it is never work. I would still be working six days a week if it were not for my mobility issues. I am in the office 5-days a week; I love coming to work.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my role Is watching the people around me grow... from the mail clerk to the receptionist... from the executive assistants to the presidents of the companies. Jimmy is very invested in providing opportunities to people to succeed. I attended my first Pattison Stampede BBQ in Calgary this past summer with partners, vendors, and customers; it felt like a family reunion.

Listen. Learn, and give 110%.

What is that secret sauce to your inclusive culture? I don’t think there is a secret sauce. It is just the reality. We care about the people; and we care about every employee. Tell us what it is like working for Jimmy. What do you admire about him? What you see is what you get. Jimmy is a man with a set of beliefs in his life that are down to earth and realistic. He cares deeply about other people, their achievements, their growth and what he can offer. What do you cherish the most about working for Jimmy? Jimmy has always given me new opportunities and allowed me to grow. Any last words of wisdom? I come back to the same listen, learn, and give it everything you’ve got. It’s been 61 years with Jimmy and if I could turn the clock back, my wish would be to do it all over again. Thank you, Maureen, for the wonderful interview. I know you said you do not seek notoriety; however. If I was in a position of being able to nominate you as a Woman of Inspiration for a Lifetime Achievement, it would be you!

Do you every thinking about retiring? To be honest, I don’t know what I would do. I love my job. This is my happy place.


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Managing Partner | Incito.ca

Partner, Executive Strategy, Incito Executive and Leadership Development | Incito.ca

Tell us about yourself and how you ended up working with Incito?

Helping leaders on their development journey demands that I model the way and invest in my own development. My path has been one of continued professional development including designations in Human Resources, earning the esteemed ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors and numerous leadership tools, licenses and assessments. This helps me understand with compassion the challenges our clients face on their development journey and helps me become an even better thought partner to them every day.

Jenn: As the Founder and Managing Partner at Incito, I’ve spent almost 14 years living out my passion for helping leaders become their very best for themselves, their teams and their organizations. I come to this work from a first career in technology designing national and international infrastructure that had me partnering with the business on technology strategy. It was in technology that I developed a curiosity for the journey of leadership and wanted to become a part of helping not only technology leaders but all leaders be better. Today, I have worked with and supported thousands of leaders through individual coaching, team coaching, leadership workshops, speaking, and now through my book, The Inspired Leader: A Reference Guide. I am passionate about Incito’s values that remind us to see a leader as a person first and their role second. Seeing a leader for their humanity helps us be passionate thought partners who challenge with curiosity and help them make courageous choices from new places of awareness. Away from work, I’m about community and family. I believe leadership starts outside of the workplace and I’m an active board member serving organizations who benefit our communities youth, arts, business, education and parks. I’ve benefited greatly in my life in all of these community areas and believe whole heartedly in contributing back what I’ve so generously received. When it comes to family, I am committed to being brave in joining my husband and daughter in adventures learning to ski, golf, and so much more that become things I’ve grown to love and cherish.

Shawn: I am a former senior executive turned strategist with experience building business and high performing teams in startups, technology, and multinational manufacturing organizations. I enjoy the challenges of building business, value for customers and have a strong focus on team performance, continuous learning and innovation. In my experience, I’ve seen that leadership teams often have aspects of their business strategy figured out and need support to fulfill their entire vision. As one of the founders of a technology startup, I helped our team navigate through its storming to performing years –building teams and products used to improve reliability in semiconductor equipment, subsea compressors and more. I also led and developed high performing teams at a highly trusted multinational manufacturing organization, growing from international business development, general management to President of the Canadian operations. I was integral to the digital transformation strategy, nurturing teams working on new business models, connected products, acquisitions and organization transformation. I know firsthand the power of 29 | UWOMEN

coaching and the positive impact of a high trust coaching relationship. Throughout my career, coaching has been a common thread to achieve impactful results in sometimes extraordinarily difficult circumstances. I am passionate about helping other executives and founders lead with intention to strengthen their organizations. I am a result focused individual and I like work to be fulfilling and fun – a mindset I want to share with other leaders and their teams. Outside of work, I am eager for adventures in the mountains with family and friends – anywhere with a trail, snow or water. I wholeheartedly embrace family life with my wife and two amazing daughters. I’m a business builder and love innovating to create valuable things. Most of my story has been around building teams that build technical products and services. The greatest insight I have gained is the critical role leadership plays in the success of everyone on the team. Early in my career I was a co-founder of a tech company called Revolve where the team unlocked really hard technical challenges. It was also a team that recognized the importance of leadership, cross functional contributions and diverse skillsets from both men and women. It All leaders provided me with experience of being must model the part of a women lead organization – behaviours, decisions bottom line it’s all about leadership and actions they rather than gender.

aspire to see grow in those around them.

My current focus continues to be on leadership. My mission is to partner with leaders so they are seen, heard and understood and feel empowered to make choices that lead to a better world – a better employee experience, a better customer experience, a better result for their stakeholders. I recognize that I can do this better working in a team to collaborate, learn and innovate better ways to help other leaders. My journey has always included working in diverse teams and I continue that as a Partner at Incito leading the Executive Strategy practice. Incito is the premier executive development firm to uniquely elevate executive and development mindsets creating the foundation for the highest and most meaningful outcomes for our clients’ business and personal lives. Incito was founded and is lead by Jenn Lofgren – an inspiring thought leader, entrepreneur and business partner. More than a business partnership we are finding ways to challenge, learn and support each other so we can have a positive impact for all our clients.


What led you to become partners? What were the leadership qualities were important to you? Jenn: It was unexpected when I first met Shawn and I immediately recognized there was something special about him and our potential future relationship. I was looking for a business partner for a few years and was introduced to Shawn for a coffee with a more general networking context. In that meeting it was clear we had aligned values, business vision and impact aspirations. It was over the course of just a few meetings that I realized that the potential of building an even stronger business to have a greater impact in the world was possible with an aligned easy partner. Our conversations were easy despite the uncomfortable and vulnerable topics that go with navigating potential partnership. I looked forward to each conversation more than the last learning something new each time and leaving with more inspiration about a realistic possible new future. Shawn: In my very first meeting with my business partner, Jenn, the conversation was really about exploring what each of us wanted and the kinds of valuable experiences each of us had – it was easy and interesting that left me eager for the next conversation. I wanted to contribute, and Jenn was open and trusting. From that meeting, I was hopeful that our backgrounds and common purpose to help people develop their leadership skills would grow into a partnership. As we had more meetings, I learned more about how Jenn thinks and her personality style. To be honest, I also felt some doubt – we are very different. Jenn tends to be quicker to decide, while I like to understand and have options. I also began to understand that these differences are a strength when we take time to value them. What she would tell you about our interactions is similar – it was easy and interesting. She also felt optimistic especially when I was clear about how I wanted to contribute. She’d also tell you that she felt a clear sense of my contribution, vulnerability and trust from our very first meeting. What do you admire about your business partner? Jenn: Shawn is gifted at bringing out inner thinking for executives and teams. His patient and curious approach creates the space for important thinking to emerge and develop into dialogue moving the leader and the teams forward. Shawn: Jenn is an exceptional thought partner for executive leaders, leadership teams and as a business partner. I admire how she notices things that might be holding people back and thoughtfully gets them unlocked.

What are the benefits of gender equality in the workplace? Jenn: Gender equality is essential to building highly effective leadership and front-line teams beginning with a foundation of trust. Where equality exists, everyone feels a greater sense of safety to be vulnerable in sharing ideas, giving feedback and being candid about their abilities and commitments. Without equality there can be no healthy debate, no deep commitment to decisions and as a result accountability and organizational results suffer. Gender equity isn’t just good for employees, its essential for achieving exceptional strategic and long-term business results. Shawn: Innovation is a key part of business strategy and I believe this is one of the key benefits for having gender equality in the workplace. Innovation happens when there is diversity of thought that is shared amongst people that have developed a vulnerability based trust with each other. Innovation is inherently risky and gender equality can help teams find opportunities and navigate that risk together. Why is it important now more than ever for women to be visible leaders? Jenn: Leading from behind doesn’t mean being invisible. All leaders must model the behaviours, decisions and actions they aspire to see grow in those around them. Doing this creates a wave of courage that is contagious for those inspired to follow them. Shawn: We need strong leadership now more than ever period. Women play an important leadership role in any team to build trust and have candid conversations that lead to a better outcome. How can men play a role to advancing women in the workplace? Jenn: I see men being a champion for women’s advancement by embracing courageous conversations of all kinds. This goes beyond advocating for advancement and mentorship but in tackling uncomfortable conversations around truly living and embracing organizational values in everyday moments, decisions, actions and behaviours. Doing this will normalize these conversations including those around gender and equity.

strong leader themselves – to build leadership teams, collaborate, learn and collectively build a better future together including women. The second is to hold other people accountable to the idea of gender equity in the workplace. So…promote good leadership and be accountable to gender equity. How can companies drive change for equity, diversity and inclusion and to support the advancement of women in leadership roles? We believe the most effective change comes from strategic planning where the whole organization is driving towards a set of business outcomes. Equity, diversity and inclusion should be one of the drivers that support the organization to achieve these business outcomes. For example, an organization looking to become more innovative might use DEI initiatives as a way to achieve that outcome. This way it becomes part of the process of change rather than the end state itself. How do you SupportHER™? Shawn: Women play a critical role in the transformation of businesses that are traditionally male lead. I value supporting and facilitating the growth of these women to play important roles. - Leadership development with women in senior roles at Fintech and Energy companies. I am inspired by these women that find ways to become more influential, step into challenging situations with more confidence and recognize that they are more powerful by asking questions than having all the answers. - Partnering with a woman entrepreneur for strategy development. This is brave work and I am proud to be a thought partner to a woman with huge aspirations and willing to take the necessary risks to change the world for the better of other women. - Mentoring and supporting several hipotential women at a multi-national manufacturing company with women specific leadership programs.

Shawn: I see two roles men play in advancing women in the workplace. The first is to be a


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Co-founder, COO, Levvel Inc. | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER™ Award | levvel.ca

Co-founder, President and CEO, Levvel Inc. | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER™ Award | levvel.ca

With over 20 years of management experience, working across several industries that have seen mass organizational change, I am accustomed to working within, and leading people through, stressful situations while remaining calm and levelheaded. My career and reputation have been built on having a positive outlook on life, connecting with people, and building strong relationships across all levels, cultures, and generations within an organization and within the community.

As co-founder of Levvel, trust, and integrity are the values I hold dear and are what guide me in life, both personally and professionally and this is where the core of Levvel’s philosophy comes from.

In 2016, my husband and I left careers in management to start an IT Services and Consulting organization. We were intent on getting people back to work in a difficult Alberta economy, equaling the playing field for women in tech, providing opportunities for marginalized populations, and mentoring the next generation. And so Levvel was born. Doubling revenue yearover-year between 2016 and 2019, we were recognized as one of Canada’s fastest-growing start-ups in 2020 by Canadian Business and featured in Maclean’s magazine.

I was born in Montreal, Quebec. Several decades, companies, and Canadian cities later I arrived in Calgary Alberta, which I now call home. For over 30 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with, and learn from, some amazing people in several world-class organizations across Canada. I have held a variety of roles in the Information Technology space, beginning as a software developer, solutions architect, project manager, and executive. During this time, I’ve experienced first-hand, the dramatic advancements and evolution of information technology and how it has changed the way companies and people do business with each other. Technology is my trade, but people are my passion, and business done right is my drive!

I continue to lend my voice and support wherever I can and now serve as a board member and co-chair at Distress Centre Calgary as well as a board member and co-chair of the small business & Entrepreneur sub-committee for the Alberta Chapter of the Black North Initiative, an incredible organization working hard to remove anti-black systemic barriers, negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.


Tell us about your story. CM: 20 years ago, after having started and operated my first business for 3 years, a web development company in Calgary, I found myself with no money, going through a divorce, and suddenly becoming a single mother of a 4-yearold boy. My business partner had drained funds from all our accounts, moved to the US, and left me holding a large debt to the bank that I could not re-pay. I had no choice but to declare bankruptcy and put my business ownership dreams on the sidelines. So back to the corporate world I went. Starting once again as a web developer and slowly moving my way up over 15 years to Senior Director, but I could not seem to get further. Despite my solid performance, continued kudos from senior management, and multiple promises that I was indeed the next VP in line, it just wasn’t happening, and I felt as though I was losing myself and what I truly stood for, at every turn. I was often the only woman in the boardroom. It indeed came time to heed my own advice and pursue a different path. So, when my husband Brian and I made the decision to leave our careers and start our own venture, almost 6 years ago now, we didn’t know if it would succeed, but we knew we had to be all-in. And so Levvel was born. An IT Services and Consulting organization. Levvel, by virtue of our name, was a true account of our combined skills, values, experience, approach, and passion. Through mentorship and volunteering, I share my skills and knowledge however I can. I am passionate about equality, equity, inclusion, and diversity, and women in tech, but know there is much to learn, both personally and professionally, on how to do better and foster change in others. This will be a lifelong journey.


BM: As a single parent, raising two small, rambunctious boys into men was not a trivial task for a single woman. As one of those boys, it wasn’t until years later that I truly appreciated the strength, sacrifice, kindness, and resilience that my mom was made of! When my father walked out on the 3 of us, my mom was left with mortgage payments and 2 small boys to care for. She immediately went back to work and held down two jobs to keep the house and provide stability for her kids yet despite the long hours she put in, she still somehow managed to keep us in sports and attend all our hockey, football practices, and games. Years later, as we grew older, she returned to university and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, eventually retiring from a management position at a large Canadian company. I saw how hard my mom worked through these years and the adversity and challenges she faced as a woman that as a man, I never did in my career. I was always protective of my mom; this launched my resolve early on to not sit on the sidelines and observe but to speak out against the inequities that I saw in (and out) of the workplace. My views and opinions on gender equality were sometimes not well received from some of my male counterparts during these years, especially when some of them were my boss, but watching what my mom endured in her career, my stance on this became personal and my resolve to be her voice for others, unbending. I found these same attributes of strength, kindness, and tenacity in my partner, spouse, and company co-founder, Chantal so together we founded Levvel in late 2015. As one of Canada’s fastest-growing startups (Maclean’s Magazine Dec 2020), and a leadership team composed of 60% women and 40% men, our focus on gender equality and diversity is one of our core pillars of success and is directly responsible for our growth and ability to expand during a global pandemic.

Tell us about a role model who inspires you?

What is your definition of a Woman of Inspiration?

CM: Unfortunately, throughout most of my career in technology and IT, there were so few women in senior management roles that it was a struggle to find a female role model or leader to learn from. Now as a female business owner, I seem to meet other inspiring female business owners at every turn, which is exciting for future generations. There is one female role model/leader who stands out for me throughout this journey. She came in as the senior leader for the Supply Chain organization and in short order, was able to save the organization millions of dollars with her experience and tenaciousness. Although that alone was impressive, what was more impressive were the little things she did every day in the area of gender equality. In her first week, as she was touring the warehouses, she noticed that there were plenty of men’s washrooms that were large, had been renovated and were well kept. There was one, very small, women’s washroom, which was basically an old closet that had been converted and had no hot water. She immediately ordered an expansion and renovation to equal these facilities. She was told several times that this was because 90% of the workforce at the warehouse were men and that’s why it had always been that way. She would state “Gee, I wonder why?” with a smile on her face. “Make this warehouse fully inclusive and watch what happens”. This was only one small example of the things she would routinely do to level the playing field.

CM: A woman who uses her voice to empower and support others by tapping into her unique strengths. Someone that truly believes that elevating others and calling out inequities when we see them, is the true definition of success.

BM: Our co-founder Chantal (who happens to also be wife) is definitely top of my list as an inspirational female role model. Our company would never be where it is today without her tenacity, drive, and determination. She has an incredible way of inspiring and building self-confidence in those around her to reach higher and discover limits they never knew they had, and she has an uncanny ability to remain calm no matter the situation. As a Woman of Inspiration Award recipient, Chantal is also my soulmate, best friend, business partner, and love of my life! She is my inspiration to be a better man, a better father, and a better person and I love watching her do this for others. Chantal is the rock for Levvel, the inspiration for our employees, and a role model for many women to remind them that anything is possible.

BM: My definition of a woman of inspiration is one who inspires others to stretch beyond what they think their capabilities or limits may be and do so in a way that is always respectful of others. They do so with their words and their actions, and they lead by example. What role do you feel men play to move the needle for gender equality? CM: Although I’ve always believed that gender equality is everyone’s business and that it takes both men and women to work at advancing this agenda, it wasn’t until I joined the board at Black North that I understood the important role that allies play in fighting for equality. When I first joined, I feared I wouldn’t be able to truly help because I didn’t have the ...I’ve always believed lived experience of being a Black that gender equality Canadian, but with every meeting we is everyone’s business had, I began to learn how important my advocacy was within the white and that it takes both community and how important my men and women to visible support was within the black work at advancing community. For gender equality, men this agenda... have the same opportunity to appeal to other men in the same way. If more men openly talk about the importance of gender equality and push for change in policies and in their own teams, the more commonplace this will become, making it hard to ignore the inequities that will surface. BM: It is imperative that men and boys play a significant part in raising awareness and correcting gender inequality. To remain silent on this issue is to condone/accept it. The more men that speak out against it when they see it occur, the more other men will follow. For gender equality to truly exist, it will require men to stand beside women in this movement and continue to educate other men on the value to all parties when equality is achieved.


How important is it for men to be role models and equal partners?

What does being an ally or mean to you?

It’s critical. Perhaps not every man has a wife, sister, or daughter, but every man has a mother and should be able to appreciate wanting their mother or the other women in their lives to have every opportunity that they have in life. Ultimately that’s what being an equal partner will create and being a male role model is about advocating for that equality first within our own lives and families and then external, within the societal groups that we are part of.

CM: This is a lifelong journey. It also allows me to give back and show my support to the Universal Womens Network and lend my voice to further the cause of advancing women. I have a particular passion for advancing women in tech since I spent many years in leadership roles within IT where I was the only woman, with no women mentors or role models to learn from. Women supporting women is critical, and as we know, women have sometimes felt like they need to compete with other women to succeed. We need to continue to break that down and stand together.

Describe how your company supports the advancement of women? Our management team is 50% women. As a work-from-home organization, we provide the flexibility for our team to At some point in our adjust their We were intent on creating lives and careers, a working environment that would level the playing field and not create barriers focus and motivation for certain members of the team over seem to shift from an others. The pandemic showed us how internal conversation important this was as we watched the we have with ourselves women on our team, primarily those who are the primary caregivers for their to an external view kids, juggle online school, household of the world and duties and work. We have also often where we can make designed our client work assignments a difference. for our Change Consultants around available working hours and days based on these family commitments. It’s common for our Change teams to have a primary member working 4 – 5 days with a few members who work 2 -3 days. To further our efforts around Women in Tech, in 2018, Levvel, along with our sister company, Muraho Technology, was instrumental in the training and certification of over 80 women in Kigali, Rwanda, in ISTQB®, the highest standard in software Quality Assurance testing. At Levvel, we look to match the testing needs of Canadian organizations with the talents of this incredible team.



BM: It is imperative that men and boys play a part in raising awareness and correcting gender inequality and I have been a fierce promoter of this so being recognized as a SupportHER™ advocate, provides me with the deep satisfaction and validation that I am making a positive difference for women and girls and thus for all of us. To remain silent on this issue is to condone/accept it and the SupportHER™ recognition provides me with a louder voice and stronger message for other men to do similar! Why is it important now more than ever for leaders to be visible SupportHER™s and champions for equity, diversity and inclusion? The pandemic has highlighted so many inequities and injustices and for the first time, conversations about those inequities surrounding gender, race, culture, mental health, and age to name a few, are front and center. Now that we are publicly talking about these topics and no longer pretending that they don’t exist or looking the other way, we have an obligation to do something about it, and not just talk about it. So, for men and women to be visible and active supporters is how we’ll get there. This is not an issue of women or men, black or white, Indigenous or non-indigenous, this is an issue of humanity, and we are all human but not all afforded the same opportunities or privileges.

What is your secret sauce to stay motivated?

What is your power song?

CM: At some point in our lives and careers, focus and motivation seem to shift from an internal conversation we have with ourselves to an external view of the world and where we can make a difference. My secret sauce starts by ensuring I’m treating myself kindly first, through exercise and sport, healthy eating, and self-care strategies. Like the airplane analogy, you have to put your own mask on first, before you’re in a position to help others. With this taken care of, it truly gives me the focus and motivation I need to make steady progress every day. Ultimately, when I finally found my passion for helping others and made it my mission to work towards equality, equity, diversity and inclusion wherever I saw that it didn’t exist, it is that passion that now keeps me focused and motivated.

CM: Superwoman by Alicia Keys. This song is a great reminder of how important it is to find strength within ourselves and the importance of supporting other women at every turn.

BM: Staying healthy, both mentally and physically is key to being able to remain focused. This means eating well, exercising frequently, and trying to find the balance between work and play that allows you to recharge. Setting goals/targets and measuring your success (no matter how small) as you track towards them is key, as is rewarding yourself when you achieve them.

BM: A Simple Man by Shinedown. My Mom always reminded us growing up that we could be anything we wanted to be if we put our minds to it, focused, and worked hard and she certainly led by example. She taught us to use our heads, follow our hearts for happiness. This song reminds me of the power in her words. It is a song about a mom’s love and guidance for her son to live by, reminding him to have faith, live a simple, humble life, and that all you need for success is within you if you follow your heart.

Why is recognizing the achievements of women critical? Because we’re human, and every human has a unique voice, that no one else shares. Ensuring women feel seen, heard, and valued is what gives someone the confidence to speak freely, share their views and knowledge and contribute in ways that otherwise would not surface. The world needs all perspectives covered and equal representation to continue to progress and influence policy change.


SupportHER™ Spotlight

MEGAN SCHNEIDER General Manager, AMJ Campbell Inc. Dynamic. Team Spirited. Emerging Leader.

Known for being flexible, friendly and hardworking. I enjoy travelling, watching sports, being active and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to new challenges and opportunities to be creative and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. I am team player and I enjoy working with other colleagues and stakeholders to ensure performance objectives are met and delivered on time.

What does a SupportHER™ ally mean to you? Being an ally to me is being a voice, educating others, and acting as a mentor. An ally uses their influence and or privilege in their corporation, or in social networks Being an ally to me to help someone overcome barriers is being a voice, that only exists because of their educating others, and situation.

acting as a mentor.

Why is it important now more than ever for women to be visible leaders? A diverse workforce benefits everyone in the organization, not just the women, By celebrating and encouraging females to lead will help bridge the gender gap and allow companies to diversify and thrive in the ever changing environment, Learn more about AMJ Campbell https://www. amjcampbell.com


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What does an ally or SupportHER™ mean to you? A SupportHER™ is a key to unlocking change that’s so desperately needed. SupportHER’s come in different categories and offer support, subject to the need or opportunity.

ROSE MARIE GAGE Great Governance Matters and MPOWRU.ca Board Member, ESG Supporter, Founder, Principal & Advisor greatgovernancematters.com

Rose is an Independent Board Director (ID), Founder, Advisor, Coach and Mentor. She is ViceChair, ARIO; Chair, ESG and Compensation-CO2GRO Inc.; ID, Vice-Chair, and ESG Chair-HEXO Corp. She’s former Chair, People and Sustainability-Link Energy; Chair–OAFT; ID-Hadrian Inc.; Governance Chair– UOHIF; Chair-ATCC; Chair-Guelph Energy Co-op, Treasurer and ID-FV Tel Co-op; and ViceChair WILF. She also serves as UWN’s Advisory Chair and Co-Chair, Alliance EDI Working Group. As Founder of Great Governance Matters and MPOWRUTM, she empowers organizations with connection, collaboration and resourcing of great minds and positive, facilitating needed change.

Success is being to love and be loved. It is giving yourself to many including your community. It is knowing you make a difference.

In her non-Board career: she’s the former CEO of Ag Energy, former CMO Schneider Electric Canada and GE Capital Canada–CDF. She’s worked with most NA industries, led P3 projects and GE’s 2010 Olympics infrastructure and media efforts. She empowers a sustainable world through innovation, commercialization, and collaboration for long-term viability and value creation. Rose is the recipient of UWN’s 2021 WOI–Integrity Award, Director’s College Outstanding Governance Achievement, CBDC’s Diversity 50, a Guelph Inspiring Women and an Inspiring 50 Canada (Women in STEM). She’s accredited with Directors’ College C.Dir. and Competent Board’s ESG.D. and is an alumna of Directors’ College, NACD, Competent Boards, Harvard, Rotman’s, and McMaster.

SupportHER’s can be in the category of season, reason, or lifetime. Season means its short lived. It can be a sponsorship for a project or a mentor/ coach during a difficult time. A SupportHER™ for a reason is a very focused on the need or opportunity. They can be a lifeline when things are tough or a sage filled with wisdom that guides you on your next stage of evolution. A lifetime SupportHER™ is someone who invested in your growth and development for the long term – think spouse, partner, Father, sibling, or long-time friend. They have your back, know you best and tell you the real deal. They are there when times are tough or fun. Treasure your SupportHER’s for their unique connection and commitment. Why is it important now more than ever for women to be visible leaders? Women represent half of world’s population. Why is it then that we do not have 50% of roles at all levels? Women have not had the same opportunities as their male counterparts and the reasons are voluminous. We need female leaders visible as proof that gaining title, influence and power is possible and these visible leaders are tangible proof. We are living in interesting times where women are de-selected from roles due to whatever reason (age, fit, packaging...) or criticized for their attempts at enjoying life while holding a top political office. We must celebrate female leaders and share their success. Doing so will raise the bar and widen the road less travelled. Leadership comes in all shapes, sizes, and packaging. It can come with a title or is earn through exemplary efforts. Know a woman who deserves recognition? Do your part and nominate her for a WOI award. What is your definition of Success? Success is being positive, to love and be loved. It is giving yourself to many including your community. It is knowing you make a difference. It is about happiness, health and commitment to a great life; to have courage and to challenge yourself and others to be the best version of you. It is being a great example and to be free and able to pursue your passions and help others do the same. 41 | UWOMEN

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PAMELA MEADOWS Owner, Pamela Meadows Coaching pamelameadows.com

Pamela is a #1 best-selling author, speaker, executive and certified coach. With over 15 years of experience leading complex teams in a maledominated industry, Along the journey to becoming Vice President, Pamela learned that ambitious, hard-working women do not ascend career plateaus through only work ethic. Women need to stop playing small, hoping their hard work will be enough to get the promotion, and instead cultivate the confidence, clarity, and communication skills needed to earn their place at the table. Pamela is on a mission to help women stop playing small and step into a position of power. What does being an ally or SupportHER™ mean to you? To support others well, one must start by being confident in who they are; that eliminates the comparison and competition trap. Being a SupportHER™ means advocating for other women and being fearless in the pursuit of helping women get access to the opportunities that will propel them forward. It’s my job to cheerlead, challenge, and champion women as they move towards a life that feels purposeful and successful on their terms.

We need to dismantle the fear-based scarcity of women leadership positions

How is your industry driving change for equity, diversity and inclusion? Being a coach for women and working with different organizations, we are on a mission to bring to light societal challenges women face as they strive to “balance” career, family, and life. If we want to make positive changes as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion then there must be people willing to share the opposition women face, My industry and peer group is leveraging social media and stages to call to out unconscious bias, gender pay gaps, diet culture and more.

What role do our allies play in advancing women personally and professionally? SupportHER™ allies play a crucial role in advancing women personally and professionally. When an ally is aware that a woman carries the burden of the majority of unpaid, unseen domestic labor, they can be part of the solution - in their home. Then their children see the supportive and equal household and can model the behavior. Our male allies typically have more access to positions of power and decision making in organizations, it is incumbent upon an ally to evaluate candidates equally and create a space for women to take a seat at the table. A true ally listens and helps create change by having crucial conversations and extending the table. Why is it important for women to be visible leaders? Representation matters. Women need to see other women represented as leaders. We must see women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations in leadership roles. We need to dismantle the fear-based scarcity of women leadership positions - this scarcity mindset creates an unhealthy environment of women competing with each other for the 1-2 coveted roles. During the pandemic, countries with women leaders have proven that they can lead as well as or better than men. For example, countries with women leaders became exemplary collaborators, proactively executed, and communicated clearly and with compassion. Why is recognizing the achievements of women important? Recognizing the achievement of anyone is important because it matters to know that you are contributing, making a difference, meeting the mark or being recognized for your unique contribution. Everyone deserves that. Women are typically taught to be humble and grateful, leaving us to be embarrassed when we receive accolades, or say things like, “it was nothing, really” or “it was a team effort” when we carried most of the work. Women need to get comfortable with getting celebrated. Women need to be celebrated for their talents, gifts, and contributions. Women need to recognize one another. A woman can go through her life being an incredible worker, friend, daughter, mom, and wife - but never know it because the praise is saved for the funeral. We need to celebrate and recognize one another’s achievements for as long as we can, while we can. 43 | UWOMEN


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WHY RECOGNITION MATTERS So why is it so important to recognize the achievements of women? When we celebrate the achievements of one woman, we celebrate the achievements of all women. We motivate our peers, pave the path for our future leaders and inspire hope to drive change in our businesses, networks, workplaces and communities.


Women don’t fit onto one box. We belong everywhere. The diversity of talent, wisdom and experience that women bring to the table contribute to a powerful united voice. Every woman brings value to the table with a diversity of skills, backgrounds, perspectives and accomplishments. We as women, foster innovation, embrace inclusion and have the power to influence others to do the same. The Women of Inspiration™ Awards program shines the spotlight on extraordinary women at all levels on their uniqueness….their differences and their similarities. They do all have one thing in common. They are leaders. They are entrepreneurs, changemakers, mentors and they contribute significantly to the economy. Study after study has shown that Canada has up to $150 billion in GDP to gain by advancing gender equality and women’s participation in the economy. $150 billion! When you nominate a woman the ripple effect is far reaching.

- Encourage women in leadership roles - Bring awareness to industries underrepresented by women - Inspire our future generation of young women - Share your knowledge and wisdom - Connect with other change makers, visionaries, leaders at all levels - Local, national and global visibility - Empower others to dream big - Elevate the diversity of culture, backgrounds and industries - Share the stories, wisdom and career paths

- Recognition for her hard work and achievements

- Be a part of a collective voice for change

- Validate her worth and impact she is making in her network, workplace or community

We all play a role to break the “concrete ceiling”. It is the collective voices of people in our networks, our families, and our teams who all play a critical role to advance women personally and professionally. Nominate a woman or SupportHER™ ally who inspires you. Let her know she is seen, heard and valued!

- Builds credibility in her industry - Paves the path for others to follow - Elevate her business as an industry leader and champion for women - Know your impact and worth

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Congratulations Finalists! 2022 Women of Inspiration™ | Celebrating women making an impact!


Get Certified! Get Visible! Universal Women-Owned™ | Women-Led Certification Certifying your business opens opportunities for you to position your company. Certification allows businesswomen to increase visibility and connect to opportunities that otherwise may not be available to them — such as access to key supplier diversity and procurement executives. Approximately 97% of Fortune 500 companies have a supplier diversity program where they attribute a percentage of their annual spending to sourcing from under-represented diverse suppliers (including women-owned, women-led businesses). With these contracts available to diverse suppliers, it provides an invaluable opportunity for women to grow and internationalize their business. Gain the advantage of submitting RFP as many municipalities have mandates to support women-owned/ led businesses. While it is not a guarantee, it separates you from the rest!

Universal Women-Owned™ • 51% owned by one or more women, • Managed by a female principal executive or; • Controlled or operated by women in crucial business making decisions (dealing with the company’s finances, operations, personnel, or strategy) Women-Owned Certification Proudly market your business publicly as WomenOwned/Led • Opportunities for your business to increase revenue • Access to key diversity and procurement executives • Connect with buyers who have mandates to work with Women-Owned/led businesses • Brand your product or service with your Certification Logo • Be visible to the consumer, shareholders, partners as Women-Owned/Led

Universal Women-Led™ • Female-founder, co-founder, or in an executive position as the visionary or driving the direction of the business with long-term control and management of the business • Active role in strategic decision making – involved in elements related to the establishment of priorities, objectives, and goals for the business, along with overall day-to-day operations and decision making of the business • She must have an equity stake in the company to demonstrate ownership in the company GET CERTIFIED! Universal Women-Led Certification https://universalwomensnetwork.com/universalwomen-led-certification

• Provide the consumer the benefit to show they support Women-Owned with your certification • Logo for your website, email signature, service, or packaging on your products Universal Women-Owned Certification https://universalwomensnetwork.com/womenowned-certified


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DESIRÉE BOMBENON Desirée is a purpose driven entrepreneur. Awarded RBC’s Women’s Entrepreneur for 2020, Ernst & Young 2019 Entrepreneur of the year for the Prairies in Communication Technology, she is a bold innovator, futurist, and purpose driven leader. Her portfolio includes business strategy, social enterprise, and culture building. Desirée was named WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2020, 2017, & 2016. She is an active member of a number of organizations including YPO and International Women’s Forum and has chaired several industry boards and focus groups. She is a past director of the National Music Centre, is a past Chair of YPO Alberta Chapter, and a past Chair of YPO Canada Region. Desirée currently serves as Chair for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair for Children First Canada, and Chair with CAMX, the Canadian Call Management Association. She is an Executive Committee member of the Women have proven YPO Sustainable Business Network, a to be tenacious cohort for Singularity University and a Harvard University Alumni for the entrepreneurs and Advanced Leadership Initiative. She contribute enormously is involved in mentorship programs in to the economy. her community and through Women’s Executive Network. Desirée is a CIAC Certified Strategic Leader, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and has a Queen’s University Executive MBA through Smith School of Business. She has also earned her Certificate in Social Impact from Queens University. She is the recipient of the 30% Club Scholarship for Queens.

CEO & Chief Disruption Officer, SureCall | Universal Women-Led™ Certified | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Game Changer | Women of Inspiration™ Women Driving Change Book Contributor | surecallcc.com

Why is it important to support women led companies? Women have proven to be tenacious entrepreneurs and contribute enormously to the economy. They also have major impact when serving in leadership roles, that bring equity and creativity to both the boardroom and the operational workings of organizations. By supporting womenled organizations we are supporting future growth and prosperity of not only our businesses but the community as a whole. About SureCall SureCall Contact Centers Ltd. serves as a leading Contact Center and BPO based in Calgary, Alberta. We’re a team of professionals who tackle everything from complex large projects to smaller-scale jobs. Fueled by our commitment to excellence, we go the extra mile to ensure clients and partners alongside their customers are taken care of! We are much more than a contact center. We are a purpose-driven business process optimization company, that provides global services to SMEs and large corporations alike. Our frontend and back-office solutions cover the full range of applications so we can offer multiple options to get all your processes handled through one partner, who has your best interest at heart. Our world-class facilities are set up to create a culture of learning and transparency.

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CAREY ARNETT Carey Arnett Carey has over 20 years of diversified experience in the energy industry. Since 2017 she has served as President of Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners, a company that has been building our energy highway since 1957. Arnett & Burgess is one of Canada’s largest small and medium diameter pipeline construction firms with an industry leading position in the pipeline integrity sector. Previously she served as Vice President of Corporate Development for over a decade. Focused on managing sustainable growth, she leads the development of several business lines and innovative growth.

as Past Chair. Carey has two bright and very active elementary age kids. She is a born Calgarian, and most weekends can be found riding her quarter horses in some of the most beautiful backcountry in the world.

Carey is a third generation pipeliner who began her career in 1997 with GreenPipe, a pipeline engineering and environmental services company. She gained experience as Manager of Business Development with Ensight Information Women have proven Services, a geomatics pipeline data to be tenacious provider. Carey was a partner in the Energy Investment Handbook entrepreneurs and for an independent research firm, contribute enormously the Ross Smith Energy Group. She to the economy. holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business where she earned the Laurence Decore award for Outstanding Student Leadership.

Tell us how your company is driving change equity, diversity and inclusion? We continue our focus on breaking down barriers for women in the industry through our involvement with Women Building Futures and Calgary Women in Energy. Today women represent 33% of our core employees and 49% of office employees. A&B actively advocates for an environment of respect, inclusivity, and trust, and by doing so we help to create a healthier, more diverse, and productive workforce. In 2021 we introduced A&B Indigenous Awareness Culture Training, and we continue to advance our equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies.

Recognized for corporate accomplishments and civic leadership, Carey was the recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award in 2019. Carey serves on the Board of Governors for the Calgary Petroleum Club as President, and on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association Foundation

One of many ways, we provide inclusion to Indigenous Communities and introduce young participants to our industry is through the Featherstone Mentoring Program. Our program was implemented in 2013 and provides on-thejob mentorship and training for individuals who

President and CEO,. Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners | Universal Women-Led™ Certified | abpipeliners.com

Why is it important to support women-led businesses? Differing perspectives contribute to well-rounded decision making, which therefore supports the success of businesses. From a business standpoint it’s about having the right person for the job, without focus on gender, all the while embracing diversity.


want to work in the pipeline construction industry and possess the required tickets but cannot get that first job due to lack of relevant experience. Arnett & Burgess helps ease these barriers by providing hands-on work opportunities in order to gain greater local participation. Tell us about the other initiatives your company demonstrates your commitment to advancing women in leadership? We demonstrate our leadership by growing capacity in our industry through our In 2021 Arnett & Featherstone Mentorship Program, Burgess contributed which provides tangible training and over $10 million to the work opportunities to Indigenous economy of Indigenous people in areas where we work. This program is a key component communities through to how we engage with Indigenous the purchase of goods communities on our projects. We and services from have a direct working relationship Indigenous owned with the Métis Nation of Alberta and various other First Nations throughout businesses and through Western Canada. This past year A&B employment. participated in Rupertsland Institute and The Tribal Chiefs Employment & Training Services Association virtual job fairs. We also developed Indigenous Awareness Culture Training. In 2021 Arnett & Burgess contributed over $10 million to the economy of Indigenous communities through the purchase of goods and services from Indigenous owned businesses and through employment. Over 65 years strong, Arnett & Burgess Pipeliners (A&B) safely provides quality pipeline and facility construction, pipeline integrity, maintenance, custom fabrication, and related construction services to the energy industry. A&B is a service sector survivor in Western Canada known for honesty, capable pipelining, and integrity, and is possibly the oldest pipeline contractor in Canada.


We are managed by many second and thirdgeneration employees, operate a large and well-maintained, fit-for-purpose fleet, have longstanding relationships with Stakeholders in our areas of operation, and we govern our teams with unparalleled safety, integrity, quality and project management systems. Our longevity is directly tied to our people, committed to do a good job from day one. Focused on managing sustainable growth, and with development of several business lines and geographic expansions, A&B represents a dynamic segment of our sector that builds and maintains the energy highway we all depend upon. Learn more about our ESG and Sustainability goal here: https://abpipeliners.com/wp-content/ uploads/2022/02/AB-ESG-Report-2021-FINALweb.pdf


PEER TO PEER JAM + ROLE MODEL TALK Peer to Peer Jam & Role Model Talks for our youth (13-17) to connect with peers and learn from inspiring leaders from diverse industries sharing their inspiring stories, career paths and leadership wisdom. This is a golden opportunity to build confidence, learn from inspiring leaders, and meet like-minded peers from all across Canada! Peer to Peer Jam offers opportunities for young women to start their leadership journey, learn the value of building trusted relationships, setting goals, making healthy decisions overcoming barriers, aim for the stars and dreaming big! universalwomensnetwork.com

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Building our future leaders by connecting and engaging in conversation with peers and learning from inspiring leaders from diverse industries sharing their inspiring stories, career paths, and leadership wisdom in a safe environment. Register your youth to join to connect with peers and learn from role models. Peer-to-Peer Jam: Inspiring discussion for peers with peers! The Peer-to-Peer JAM creates an opportunity for young women to start their leadership journey, learn the value of building trusted relationships, setting goals, making healthy decisions overcoming barriers, aim for the stars and dream big! Role Model Talks – Youth Perspective Our Role Model talks are led by youth interviewing inspiring leaders from diverse industries sharing their career path, words of leadership wisdom, and insight into navigating their own career path and future. The goal of our Peer-to-Peer JAM is: • To build our next generation of leaders • To encourage young women to use their voice • To build confidence, use their voice and own their worth • To learn from like-minded peers • To participate in the discussion • To learn the career paths of role models from diverse industries • To learn valuable skills, moderating, networking, time management, goal setting, career path Who attends? Youth 12 – 17 Do you remember what you wanted to be or achieve when you were young? We know that women learn from other women. The stories, paths to success are critical to overcoming barriers and providing support in business and in life.

How can we empower our future leaders to lead? According to a study by KPMG. Childhood lessons and early exposure to leadership have a significant impact on a women’s perceptions of her ability to lead. A women’s views of leadership begin to take share early in childhood, starting with the values when learn, her exposure to leadership skills and whether she has positive leadership role models. • 84% of women real being taught to be nice to others growing up: 44% were taught to e a good leader; and 35% were taught to share their point of view* • 76% of women today wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities with growing up • 67% of women reported they’d learned the most important lessons about leadership from other women* • 82% of professional working women believe access to and networking with female leaders will help them advance in their career* Confidence, the encouragement of positive role models and the presence of a strong professional network shape a woman’s professional view of leadership in the workplace. *Source: KPMG Womens Leadership Study ChangeMakeHER Plus Members include Peer to Peer JAM events. https:// universalwomensnetwork.com/membership Register for upcoming events for 2022/2023. Visit: universalwomensnetwork.com/events


PEER TO PEER JAM + INTERVIEW WITH OLIVIA DAY UWN: How can we support our youth to lead? We can support much more youth to lead by being role models and examples. We should demonstrate the same level of commitment and dedication to our passions as you would like to see exhibited by developing youth leaders. A huge motivation killer is “do as I say, not as I do”. We need to push beyond that with a “let’s go get this”. UWN: What are the barriers you face as a young person? One of the largest obstacles I faced as a young person is the stigma around being a teenager. Most of the time we are perceived as lazy and unmotivated. Whilst that might be the case every once in a while, the majority of the time we are completing homework and doing extracurricular activities. Most days we will be up early and go to bed late to cram in school, homework, sport and part-time work. I feel a more accurate and supporting term might be “tired”.

Athlete | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Youth Excellence Award | UWN National Ambassador | @Taloola_boo

UWN: How important is a support system? My support system starts at home. My parents are clear on their expectations, coach me to achieve my goals and are my biggest cheerleaders. They drive me to school, sports, and medical appointments and each car ride often provides an opportunity to coach me on how to achieve my goals. Without this mentoring, I do not believe I would have achieved anywhere near what I have today. UWN: Tell us about your support network? My support network consists of Martial Arts leaders, Ski Coaches, Doctors, Physiotherapists, and family friends. No matter what field these great and generous people are in professionally, they all have the common goal - to help me succeed. My Dad says it takes a village to raise a child,


Supporting Future Leaders to Lead and I truly believe my parents have throughout my line ensured that I have been surrounded by many diverse and positive people. My mentors talk me through how to meet the challenges of growing up. Interestingly, each has a great ability to talk to me like an adult, yet bridge the gap in my limited life experiences. My doctors and physiotherapists keep my body healthy and capable. And My friends/family friends help keep me sane!

UWN: What is the benefit of the Universal Womens Network™ Peer to Peer JAM + Role Model Talk? The Universal Womens Network Peer to Peer Jam provides me with the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. The peer-to-peer jam has also helped me develop networking connections and skills crucial to my future career. UWN: How can we encourage more young leaders to get involved? We can encourage more young leaders to get involved by eliminating the fear of failure and providing a safe space to talk. Many people my age are constantly told they are wrong. I have been fortunate in learning from people who try and fail and try again. Their openness in talking about their struggles to succeed provides a more real and attainable version of success than you see on Instagram. Honest discussion about the struggle for success built my confidence when I had not met my goals, which gave me the strength to try again and succeed later. If we can provide a place for others who may not have had those real-life lessons, this can be attractive and let more youth leaders develop.

+ ROLE MODEL TALK Olivia is one incredible 15-year-old. A former member of Banff Alpine [Ski] Racers, in 2020 she ranked highly in Slalom (3rd) and Super-G (7th) for girls born in 2007.In 2021 Olivia was awarded Ski Canada Magazine award scholarship and the Universal Womens Network, Women of Inspiration Youth Excellence Award. Olivia is now a competitive Martial Artist, training and testing seriously in Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with 5 Elements Martial Arts. She takes training seriously for all disciplines and still finds time to mentor younger students as a Senpai (assistant Karate coach). Her sports demand strength and resilience, 2 key qualities for whichever profession she decides on. Never losing sight of the need to study hard, she attends the National Sports School where she believes she can achieve her goals to be the best she can be in sports and her chosen profession. Though undecided, she is considering pursuing corporate law.

INTERVIEW WITH KAIYA GAMBLE UWN: What are the top challenges that you have as a youth leader? The biggest challenge is being underestimated. People always assume because of my age, I won’t be as professional, be the same quality, or work as hard as an adult pursuing the same profession at the same level. UWN: Do you find the Peer-to-Peer JAM with peers facilitating discussions helpful to build confidence with other like-minded peers? Yes, they do! It’s a safe space to practice speaking confidently and fluently, and you learn a lot from hearing other well-spoken peers. It’s also hard to find peers as passionate about making a difference, but all of these young people are incredible, and new friends of mine.

UWN: Do you find value connecting with role models to share their experience? I do find it valuable. I always come away from Peer-toPeer Jam’s feeling inspired and full of new information to look back on if I need it. UWN: What would you like to see in a program to elevate Youth Leadership? I would love to see youth with a whole variety of passions i.e. music, sports, academics, arts, tech, etc. With a deeply soulful voice and wisdom far beyond her years, Kaiya is an international awardwinning pop singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music has been described as a beacon of light, containing an undeniable message of empowerment, positivity and hope. Kaiya released her first single in December called ‘Speak Out’. JUNO awardwinning artist, Brett Kissel, upon hearing ‘Speak Out’ said “I am so excited for KAIYA to take on the world’s stage. When I first heard ‘Speak Out’ I thought I was listening to a 25-year-old artist who has already won 2 Grammys.”

Singer Songwriter | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Youth Excellence Award | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor | UWN Youth Ambassador | @KaiyaGambleOfficial


WOMEN SEEN, HEARD, VALUED! We asked entrepreneurs, senior executives, high powered women, executives and business owners to tell us about the SupportHER™ allies and champions who have helped influence them and supported them on their journey.

It is not us vs them. It is time to change the conversation. Men often say they do not understand how women think or understand the barriers and they really do not; however, they are all ears when you begin to tell them. Our allies are all around us and play a critical role in our homes, workplaces and communities as fathers, sons, mentors, advisors, sponsors, investors, coaches, advisors and investors. Tell us about your SupportHERs and the impact of how male champions have supported you?


“ I have had the privilege of having many male champions in my life - my father, my brother and business partner, Ravinder, my husband, Harvey, numerous male mentors. They have supported me by being a brain to pick, an ear to listen and sometimes a push in the right direction.” Manjit Minhas

Co-Founder and CEO, Minhas Breweries and Distilleries | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“ I admire how our RBC CEO; Dave McKay looks into the future and shows genuine curiosity and interest in how to make both our company and world better. I deeply subscribe to that approach. When I came out to the world in 2019, he said RBC is with you.“ Katherine (Katie) Dudtschak

Executive Vice President, Regional Banking, Commercial, RBC Royal Bank of Canada | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Diversity & Inclusion Award | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“ I was part of an all-male business group and learned SO much. They taught me that I was busy working IN my business that I had no time to work ON my business. If you want business to grow, you need to work ON your businesses. My husband is my biggest critic and my biggest SupportHER™!“ Teresa Spinelli

President, Italian Centre Shop Ltd. | 2018 Women of Inspiration™ Cultural Ambassador Award| Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“ I am so fortunate to have incredible men in my life. A Father who took me to races when I was young, a husband and son who share in my passion for motorsports, Our Facility Team leaders and Race directors who make the dream possible every day, my Stepdad who always has confidence and kind words of inspiration-all of the men in my life have been supportive along the way.“ Kimberly Reeves

Owner, Operator, Castrol Raceway | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“I am so blessed with the males in my life. First, Universal Geomatics is so lucky to have the supportive presence of males that we have within our company that help create the culture of inclusivity and support for our values system. I am also blessed with the males in my family who reflect these same values of supporting and helping one another succeed.“ Jennifer Jackson

President, Universal Geomatics Solutions Corp. | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“My dad has been my biggest support her. As a first grader, I remember him showing me a picture of the G7 leaders. At the time, Kim Campbell was Canada’s Prime Minister. At 6, he wanted me to know that I could achieve anything I set my mind to. My dad has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and to work for what I want.“ Kendra Scurfield

Director of Brand & Communications, Banff Sunshine Village | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor


“Throughout my career I have been blessed with a number of male champions who have functioned as mentors providing advice and being advocates for my talent and well as being a trusted friend, with whom I am able to share ideas and aspirations. These relationships have helped open doors and provided a level of advocacy that attributes to my success.“ Victoria Nguyen

Vice President, Delivery, Capital Markets, CIBC | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“I have been so blessed to have many males as supporters and investors, and it has been incredible to experience how many men, especially in technology, genuinely see the problems caused by gender disparity and are motivated to help change this. They gave me valuable insights on how the business community works, made important connections for me, and helped validate my ideas to other men.“ Koleya Karrington

CEO, Absolute Combustion International | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Nest Award | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“I have been very fortunate to have various male champions and one in particular through most of my career. He has believed in me more than sometimes I believe in myself and pushed me further than I thought I could have gone. My male champions unequivocally supported my promotion even when I was still doubting myself. They have provided me realistic advice, provided opportunities to shine and pursue my goals.” Devi Rajani Villegas

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“My husband and father-in-law are champions like no other! My husband is my biggest fan, my source of energy, and an endless love that fuels every day. My father-in-law continues to connect me with incredible people, hand out my research, and actively advocate for equity. My male colleagues are incredible too - they are willing to have the hard conversation and begin the dialogue on making change. We are seeing a massive change right now and I am excited.“ Andrea Carter

CEO & Founder, Neuroscience Based Equity & Inclusion Intelligence Consultant | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“During my journey, I have had very few SupportHERs. As challenging as that has been, there have been two bright spots. First, my dad - a starting point of unconditional love. The lessons he taught me through his words and actions have made me a stronger woman and shown me what it looks and feels like to have a supportive man, father, husband SupportHER™ is. The other is my partner, Jay Andrews.“ Louise H. Reid

Founder & Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer at LHR, Leadership Development Expert & Author | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor


“I have many male mentors and partners who have always been there for me for the many decades. I am forever grateful for their support and guidance in many aspects of my career and life. I consider these SupportHER™ champions as not only mentors, but also dear friends.“ Karen Fonseth

Executive Director, DASCH | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Lifetime Achievement | Women of Inspiration Book Contributor

“My dad and my husband have been my biggest SupportHER™. My husband chose to step back from his work to be the primary parent, he has always seen me as an equal confident and capable. This has had an impact on both of us navigating societal roles and toxic masculinity culture. I am thankful for him going against the norms and constantly choosing to show up for my daughters and me.“ Gina Perrault

Founder, Restorative Sports Therapy | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“Male supporters are critical to my success. My husband and male mentors have provided me with invaluable insights on how to engage male audiences, helped me navigate challenging situations by providing alternative perspectives, and encouraged me to go after what I wanted even if I thought I was not good enough. Siobhan Calderbank

Director, Talent Management, LCBO | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“I am grateful to have a solid support system at home. My husband and my daughter always have my back no matter what. Going back to school as a mature student to study HR and becoming dependent on someone else for the first time since I was fifteen had challenged my identity as a young, strong, professional, independent woman, but I was incredibly grateful for my husband’s unwavering support.“ Jenn Lofgren

Founder, Executive Leadership Coach & Consultant at Incito Executive & Leadership Development | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor

“ I have benefited a lot from having male mentors and professional allies in my career and life. Their encouragement and trust in my abilities to grow and succeed have helped me increase my confidence level and my personal development. And although we know that great businesses are the ones who set the example and have embraced diversity in their workplace and business practices, it does take commitment from everyone at all levels to make it a reality.“ Laura Didyk

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and National Lead Women Entrepreneurs at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader | Women of Inspiration™ Book Contributor


WHY IT’S CRITICAL TO ELEVATE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AND THE POWER OF ALLYSHIP. By Carole Issekya, She/Her Manager, Inclusion & Social Impact Randstad Canada


Introduction - What is a male ally? Allyship in its most basic meaning is an active, continuous, and intensive practice of unlearning and re-evaluation, in which a person in a position of privilege strives to operate in solidarity with a disadvantaged group. Given that everyone has the potential to be an ally, it presents a chance for both individual and communal progress. Although male allyship is not a new concept looking at the work of American scholars Michale G Welp and Bill Proudman founders of the White Men as Full Diversity Partners who have been researching and voicing their commitment to the equality of female advancement since the 1970’s, they understood that gender equality is not a "women's issue" and cannot be achieved simply by women's efforts in the public or private spheres, even though women's Male allyship, in empowerment is a crucial component collaboration with of gender equality. Men may share the women who welcome responsibility and actively engage in this agenda as vital actors.

such connections, can be game changers in disrupting corporate cultures and institutions that perpetuate harmful gender norms.

No longer just a buzzword, campaigns such as the HeForShe solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by the United Nations saw over 2 million men pledge their support and voice to the campaign on social media. Not forgetting the swell of the MeToo movement created by activist Tarana Burke, has now made it nearly impossible for men not to align with the commitment to female elevation and empowerment. Since the evolution of these movements in 2015 / 2016 men's participation is now more than ever considered necessary in the gender equality equation especially since men continue to hold the majority of influential decision-making positions across global industries. Male allyship, in collaboration with women who welcome such connections, can be game changers in disrupting corporate cultures and institutions that perpetuate harmful gender norms.

What does allyship mean in 2022? In 2021 Dictionary.com’s word of the year was “allyship.” a word that has evolved over the years to have a more nuanced and specific meaning. As a strategy to foster gender diversity, equity, and inclusion at work, allyship is being championed more and more within the workspace evolving what it means to be a part of the fabric of a corporate structure. In December 2020, the Government of Canada launched the 50 – 30 Challenge, which asked Canadian companies, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions to commit to achieving gender parity (50%) and significant representation (30%) of other under-represented groups—including racialized persons, Indigenous people, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2+ community—on corporate boards and in senior management positions, women largely fall under all of these underrepresented groups. Statistically, this could not be ignored which is why this was seen as a necessary and collaborative step; Women were only 43 of the 538 named executive officers among Canada’s 100 largest publicly traded corporations in 2020, down from 53 in 2019’. (WWEST - white paper How To Be An Ally In The Workplace). Notwithstanding the best policies, workplace culture cannot be changed by one call to action alone. It is essential that employees support the cause. Allyship has a role in this. According to research including ours, allies have an impact on multiple people simultaneously. They foster a climate of acceptance and support by motivating people to become change agents themselves. simply stated, allyship today is a powerful force and is becoming increasingly embedded in our corporate culture for good and no longer a void to help fill a quota.


The unique challenges faced by women in leadership There has been a significant advancement in the representation of women, particularly among senior leaders, over the last few decades. Women in Canada now hold a third (35.6%) of management occupations, and 30.9% of senior management level occupations (Statistics Canada, Just the Facts: International Women’s Day 2022) One reason for the steady but slow incline is that Women are reskilling by choosing to study subjects usually favoured by men, such as mathematics, computer and information science, engineering, and the natural and physical sciences (STEM).

What you can do to be an ally for women in leadership Believing in the cause is only one part of the equation when it comes to gender equity. Advocating publicly for female leadership in the workplace is critical for increasing productivity and business growth.

This has led to women increasingly inserting themselves into historically male-dominated environments, which can make allyship an essential component of their advancement especially if the senior leadership is also a male-dominated space.

When male allies elevate women and discuss the change that they have implemented in "larger rooms" and in front of other leaders and colleagues, it encourages other male allies from the entry-level to upper management to follow suit and perpetuate the same behaviours in their own businesses.

Even with the increasing voices of support, the eruption of the 2021 COVID-19 pandemic meant that women and those who identify are still disproportionately burdened into taking breaks away from their positions.

The data we see currently serves as a reminder that we need to find new ways to promote and support women in the workplace some ways that have been successful for corporations who have brought authentic allyship to the table include;

Women face four types of barriers to their advancement: structural barriers, institutional mindsets, individual mindsets, and lifestyle choices.

Women face four types of barriers to their advancement: structural barriers, institutional mindsets, individual mindsets, and lifestyle choices. Lack of access to important informal networks, such as the golf course, sporting events, or simple after-work drinks, are examples of structural barriers. Be it for child care, home care and or caring for a loved one, women are left with a continuous growing list of hard decisions both in and out of the workspace that may hinder their possibility for advancement. Further, this leaves women vulnerable to systemic discrimination which is still very much present, amongst Transgender individuals and Black, Indigenous, and racialized women who are even more disproportionately impacted. "Any woman may face gender inequality at work, but a Black woman may also face racial discrimination." Elissa Sangster (Forbes) 66 | UWOMEN

A more diverse and inclusive organisation improves governance and innovation while also contributing to a higher level of job satisfaction. However, when it comes to leadership opportunities compared to men, women are generally disproportionately more burned out.

- Creating an approachable environment; Be personable and position yourself as the go-to person for the female members of your team. Build trust by being encouraging and openly advocating for more opportunities for women to shine within the organisation. - Invest in future career paths; If you are a leader of a team, be sure to invest in the career path of a potential female leader rather than just her current position, for example at Randstad Canada we practice having bi-yearly 1:1 meetings to discuss growth potential for all members of staff who are encouraged to voice how they see themselves progressing through the business. Collectively, managers work to ensure that those needs are met to the best of their ability.

- Invite female colleagues to the table - Determine when more women can be brought into scheduled meetings, speaking engagements, policy building and or partnership opportunities especially when their skill sets meet the moment. - Encourage women to speak up - In meetings, women are frequently overlooked. Therefore, create a space for women to share their thoughts during meetings. For example, If no one volunteers an opinion to a question, then work to direct your question to one of the women present. Today's virtual work environment is especially difficult for mothers who are juggling childcare and video calls at the same time. Speaking over women is especially noticeable during virtual meetings, where video technology can make it difficult to read nonverbal cues that it's appropriate to speak up. Keeping this in mind opens the doors for communication, especially in larger groups and organizations. - Targeted opportunities; Direct women in your team to internal opportunities that might help with their advancement within the company, such as Business Resource Groups, Mentorship opportunities, skilled-based programs and or programs for underrepresented groups. - Give growth opportunities to less experienced women; Mentorship programs can be great for those who have an idea of where they are headed, allowing others to shadow leadership meetings, projects and or events for the first time is a great way to open doors for someone who might not have experienced these opportunities before. Make a point to gain feedback from their perspective about the activity. - Recruitment and Hiring; Present a diverse slate both internally and externally, being the only woman on a male slate of potential candidates is not inclusive and does not provide a fair assessment of talent. This also plays a part from an interviewer's perspective, make sure there is a mixed panel looking back at the interviewee.

- Be inclusive to ALL women: According to a report by Mckinsey & Company 1 in 10 working women has a visible or invisible disability, women with disabilities are even more likely to be questioned and overlooked for a position due to the assumption of what they might be able to handle. Avoid this by having a conversation asking only what they would feel more comfortable achieving and setting goals based on this conversation. Collaborate with organisations that can provide the appropriate language and/or resources to achieve the desired inclusive outcome. - Accountability: Set quarterly or annual goals for yourself and your team on how you will choose to engage underrepresented groups, such as team building equity and economic equity through bonus payouts etc. - Maintain a flexible working environment; Flexibility in the workplace for all employees, at all levels, means that women are much more able to advance and earn higher salaries. This allows for more women in senior positions to have a direct, immediate, and tangible impact on the gender pay gap. Conclusion Our working methods have changed dramatically since the pandemic, now more than ever, the overarching goal of male allyship in the business space must work alongside women to achieve gender equity. The ideal scenario is for men to make a meaningful contribution to creating an environment in which women feel included and vital. If these objectives and hopes are to be realised, businesses must include this as part of their internal message from the top down in terms of their perceptions of allyship and how this plays a part in their inclusive agenda. Fighting biases is not a one-sided goal, allyship allows growth for men and opportunities for women across all lines of business. For more insights on gender equality and other key topics of interest to women, please visit randstad.ca/women


Here are 10 Tips to Help You Raise a SupportHER™: 1. Surround him with SupportHER™ role models and avoid misogynistic, sexist influences.

HOW TO RAISE A SupportHER™ By Tina Powell

I distinctly recall the moment I realized my son was not a feminist. I was driving him to school one morning and he commented about the emissions spewing from the smokestack at the local Ford plant. “ Look at all that smoke, Mommy. Is that pollution?” “ I don’t know,’ I responded. “Maybe.” “ I’m going to write a letter to their president. What’s his name?” I paused. “HER name is Bobbie Gaunt.” I watched his jaw drop in the rear-view mirror. Despite my best intentions, my son was already viewing the world through a sexist prism. He was only eight years old. The Universal Women’s Network™ believes it is essential that EVERYONE play a role to promote gender equality. SupportHERs are allies committed to the advancement of women. These individuals support equity, diversity, and inclusion in their workplace, industry networks, and community. With this goal in mind, parents of sons have a responsibility to raise SupportHERs. The question is… HOW?

An early photo of Tina Powell and her son Mason.

2. Teach him that HE is the one responsible for taking care of himself, his stuff, and his room. 3. Show him how to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, such as younger siblings or grandparents. 4. Encourage him to build friendships with girls. 5. Don’t ever let him use the word ‘girl’ as an adjective. There are no such things as girl colours, activities, books, or toys. Plus, by supporting and watching women sports teams, you’ll help him understand why he should never say that someone throws or runs ‘like a girl’ – even if he means it as a compliment. 6. Read books, watch TV shows and movies, and play video games where girls are the heroes. 7. When age appropriate, talk to him about pornography, consent, and the #MeToo movement. Respect his right to choose by never forcing him to hug, kiss, or befriend anyone. 8. Demonstrate equality – encourage him to invite an equal number of girls and boys to his birthday parties. 9. Praise your daughters AND sons for the same behaviours – strength, kindness, courage, courtesy, good grades, creativity, tidiness, etc. 10. Share all household chores and parenting duties with your partner. I am proud to say that today my adult son is absolutely a SupportHER™. He admires the women in his life and always views them as equals. He has the utmost respect for his bosses at work – who are both women. He has many women friends. He does half the cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping in his home. He has become the man I always hoped he would be. Although I wish I could take all the credit, I can’t. That’s because I know the number one reason my son is a feminist today is because he’s marrying an amazing, BAD ASS FEMINIST! All the credit goes to him. He chose the perfect partner. Tina Powell is Founder & Chief Content Curator of GLORIOUS IS SHE™, a bestselling author, a nationally published journalist, and an awardwinning communicator. Tina also is a Universal Womens Network™ Influencer and a regular contributor to UWomen Magazine™.


Sarah Hawco & Kent Peters – Co-Founder, Hawco

Peters and Associates Ltd.

CAN WE BE FRIENDS? By Sarah Hawco, CPA CA, LLM, CIRP, Q. Arb., CFE Co-Founder, Hawco Peters and Associates Ltd. | hawcopeters.com

Twice in the past week I was out with a female colleague who was lamenting their struggle with female friendships. No close female colleagues in the workplace and not fitting in with the other women in their neighbourhood. Rather than complaining about there being no “good men” as a younger version of us may have, we are talking about there being no “good” friends. What?! I said, there are fabulous kickass friend-worthy women EVERYWHERE. The mean girl persona lives; we are gossips, conniving, two-faced…really???!! Perhaps this bad image management hearkens back to the historical scarcity women faced, when marrying well was a woman’s only means to survival? Competitiveness for approval; desirability may have meant the difference between life or death. Who knows, I am no sociologist. But I digress… It is true that some women can have underlying unease amongst each other. We all know of the perceived tension between the working mom and the stay-at-home crowds. Which role is providing more value? Or rather who has the supposed freedom the other desires? At the office, the race to or through the glass ceiling can have women acting in a competitive nature with one another rather than collaborative. Again, the scarcity. Scarcity of opportunities. The fear that there is only enough room to meet small diversity quotas. As I listened to my colleagues, none of this was news to me, surely, I have witnessed it, been a recipient of it and lived on both sides during my short stint as a stay-at-home mom and as a female professional in a male dominant field. At this stage in my life while I understand it, I no longer buy into it.

Being a working mother can be isolating. Depending on the level of support, outsourced or internal, it can be a grind of working all day and transitioning immediately to parenting and housework. As we progress through our careers, hustling so darn hard many of us find ourselves the only women at the table, at least within our given organizations. So, we are “others” at work and then “others” outside of work. But you know what I found out? There are fabulous women just like us everywhere. Women who want to see each other succeed, women who know that your win is not their loss. We just keep our heads down so often we don’t even realize it. So look up! Like most things in life, it will take some effort and discomfort. Reach out and be open to the opportunities. This includes fostering friendships with men, being open to seeing them as our ally, our equals, not our enemy or someone looking to keep us from succeeding. Given the changing landscape of the workforce, there will be some men who are facing challenges similar to women. Moreover, there are many men who want to see women succeed, who will support and champion this. My business partner is a man. Our differences make us stronger. My success is his success and I do not doubt for a moment that he supports me in every way. He is a true ally. Not everyone is going to like you any more than you will like them. And guess what? There will be unhappy people who may not be nice. That has everything to do with them and how they feel about themselves. You might need to try on a few friends before you find your fit. I am not for everybody, I get that. The people that think I am too much X and not enough Y just aren’t my people, any more than I am theirs. That doesn’t hurt my feelings. My good friends include 20 something young professionals (okay well just one but she is fabulous), female professionals with no kids, with launched kids, married, divorced, wishing they were married, wishing they were divorced… The common thread through my small tribe is that they all want to add value, improve, create space for others, not barriers. When I re-entered the working world, effectively friendless save for a few brave souls, I focused on doing things that mattered to me, and I found like minded women doing the same thing. So ladies, craft your village carefully and leave the gates open.






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THE FOREFRONT OF INTIMACY By Theano Evagelou Owner, Theano Inc. | 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Transformational Leader Award | Women of Inspiration™ | Book Contributor

We have collectively experienced an unprecedented event through the pandemic. Like never before, our relationships now stare at us in the face and we are forced to look long and hard at the results of our efforts – or lack thereof. We all feel it. Couples are really feeling it. Lawyers have been reporting steep rises in the amount of couples separating as we emerge out of these truly testing times because the moment we taste the overwhelm in our heads – and in our homes – we hit the escape button from the reality of our intimate relationships. Healthy relationships will thrive in difficult times – and dysfunctional ones will start gasping for life support, grasping at anything (even infidelity), in an effort to survive this test. In grasping at anything, they let go of devotion and fold – because they have not been given the tools to ride the tide, and thrive. In any situation, no matter how challenging, there is always an opportunity to be found. And I’d like to think that the opportunity of the recent pandemic is to re-establish connection – a devotion to self, the people we care about, our purpose, and all the things that we have forgotten mattered to us.

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Because we have been forced to slow down, we get to shine light on what’s been driving us and hit the reset button and evaluate what’s been working and what hasn’t. And nowhere is this more important than in the area of our intimate relationships. As a society, we are not taught to do intimacy well. Our modern culture has injected our minds with lack, while at the same time idolizing anything that provides instant gratification and a sense of the individual over anything else. We are not taught intimacy or pleasure – with ourselves or with others – but when we learn that we can actually use intimacy and relationships to power up our lives, in healthy, vibrant ways, we gain access to a whole new level of connection, altogether. True intimacy is not just ‘a fantastic f**k’. It is about submission, devotion and vulnerability. (The fantastic f**king comes later, as the inevitable outcome of these states of being.) You can only access the level of intimacy with another, to the degree which you can access it within yourself. The test: can you look into the eyes of another person, hold their gaze and surrender yourself… without flinching? I invite you to say no to the easy escapes to your relationship difficulties and, no matter how challenging it may seem, dive deep into the enduring, confronting landscape of sacred intimacy and see where it takes you… you just may be surprised.

Heralded as a modern-day love doctor for busy, high performing leaders, Theano is both a government-certified Certified Sexologist, Relationship Coach and Women’s Health Specialist, who guides visionary women to master their sexual power to create the lives they deserve and desire. Theano currently offers tailored consultancy and guidance for both individuals, couples, and corporations. Her clients describe her advisory as “powerful”, “provocative”, “challenging” and “life-changing”. Theano will invite you into your most difficult places and hold a stark mirror of truth with deep compassion.

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It’s that time of year when our calendars are once again filled with activities. However, a full calendar doesn’t mean we have to over-complicate our schedules in order to be productive. Take the time to simplify your life to reduce the stress that comes in September as we once again shift into GO mode. Below are a few ways to simplify as new routines take hold. Declutter to organize. Rid your home and office of anything you no longer use or like. When surrounded by clutter, it takes much longer to get anything done, including driving change. With a designated place for everything, you’ll be able to get things done without the added stress of having to find something! Plan your meals. Take time to plan healthy meals so you stick to eating them. Plus, your grocery shopping is more efficient as you know what you need and why. If time is a factor, there are great meal prep delivery companies to use that send you healthy ingredients and the recipe for making a delicious meal. Enjoy calendar white space. As hard as this can be, do not schedule meetings back to back. Be sure to give yourself 10-15 minutes between each meeting to pause, reset, and then start the next meeting calm, focused, and with the right energy. Use NO as a power word. The problem with busyness is that we tend to overcommit ourselves to things we want to do. From volunteering at our kids’ school, agreeing to be on committees, or taking on clients we simply don’t have the bandwidth for, we need to be mindful of what we’re saying yes to. The question we Badass Women must ask is can we do everything we want to the level of quality we want? If the answer is no, then saying no is a must. This gives more meaning (and joy) to your yes. Stay focused on gratitude. By focusing on gratitude for what you have, where you’re at in life, and who you’re surrounded by, you reduce the need to add things to your life that aren’t necessary. This gives you a greater sense of satisfaction simply because you appreciate what is good and of real value in your life today. September is truly a great time of year to reflect, reset, and renew yourself. Simplifying is one of the best ways you can truly level up your badassery for driving change while ensuring that you care for yourself on the journey ahead.



Gratitude is one of the best things we can do to support our mental health, especially on those super trying days that all Badass Women experience. It goes deeper than simply writing out things that we’re grateful for. When we focus on being grateful, a wealth of benefits happen. Increases your happy feelings. When we practice gratitude, we direct our thoughts towards what went well during the day, what lessons we learned, and how we can improve. This helps us focus on the good in our lives.


Allows for better sleep. When we finish our day by noting things we’re grateful for, we sleep better because we’re not ruminating on things that increase our stress levels. We’re able to relax and let our bodies naturally drift off. Improves self-esteem. When we’re purposeful in looking for the positive things in the day, we tend to start thinking more positively about ourselves. In your list of things you’re thankful for, try and include a couple of things about yourself and what you’ve accomplished that you are grateful for. Creates more fulfilling relationships. When you focus on the bright side of life, you tend to bring this out in those around you. Ultimately, this helps to develop deeper, stronger, and all around better relationships founded in trust. Boosts resiliency. Life knocks us down. The key is to get back up when we encounter setbacks. When we’re grateful for the lessons and opportunities within these challenges, the more we’ll be able to rebound and continue on our journey to driving change. Find ways to start practicing gratitude in your daily life and soon you’ll not only see the benefits it has in your life, but you’ll feel your overall mental health improve as well.




A dose of inspiration! Gifts for you or someone that inspires you!

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2019 Trailblazer (STEM) Award: Cara Wolf

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2019 Rural Leader Award: Carmen Vetian

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Vera Goodman

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2020 Health & Wellness Award: Connie Jakab 2020 Health & Wellness Award: Karen Adams 2020 Indigenous Leader Award: Lori Campbell 2020 Indigenous Leader Award: Wendy Lumby

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2020 Innovation Award: Sharon Vinderine

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award: Hazel McCallion

2020 Inspire Award: Lisa Lisson

2021 Mentorship Award: Erin Bigney

2020 Inspire Award: Neeru Schippel

2021 Millennial Leader Award: Charlie Wall-Andrews

2020 Integrity Award: Karen Fellowes

2021 Raising the Bar Award: Helen Filipe

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Elfriede Holtkamp

2020 Integrity Award: Karen Somerville

2021 Rising Leader Award: Rebecca McLaren

2019 Mentorship Award: Eno Eka

2020 Jr. Advocate & Catalyst for Change Award: Gurjot Kaur Singh

2021 Rural Leader Award: Kara Alicia Kennish

2019 Advocate & Catalyst for Change Award: Diane Colley-Urquhart

2019 Global Impact Award: Gina Cherkowsk

2019 Global Executive Leader Award: Catherine Yuile

2019 Inspire Award: Grace Yan

2019 Diversity & Inclusiveness Award: Chantel Soumis

2019 Global Achievement Award: Jennifer Carlson

2019 Global Achievement Award: Christine Nielsen

2019 Rural Leader Award: Julie Boake

2019 Trailblazer (STEM) Award: Dana Tessier

2019 Youth Excellence Award: Kaiya Gamble

2019 Authentic Leader Award: Debbie Burke-Benn

2019 Inspire Award: Karen Sherbut

2019 Rural Leader Award: Denise Alison

2019 Mentorship Award: Kendra Kincade

2019 Inspire Award: Faten Alshazly

2019 Indigenous Leader Award: Kyla Lee

2019 Millennial Leader Award: Jamie Kramer

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2019 Customer Experience Award: Layna Segall

2019 Global Impact Award: Joan Kelley Walker

2019 Vison Builder Award: Lesley Rigg

2019 Authentic Leader Award: Jocelyn Flanagan

2019 Influencer Award: Lindsay Harle-Kadatz

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2019 Mompreneur Award: Marlo Brausse

2019 SupportHER™ Award: Julian Smit

2019 Unsung Hero Award: Mary Fischer

2019 Humanitarian Award: Kavita Dogra

2019 Inspire Award: Rhonda Goldberg

2019 Health & Wellness Advocate Kim Fitzpatrick

2019 Indigenous Leader Award: Rhonda Head


2020 Diversity & Inclusiveness Award: Lorin MacDonald

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2019 Cultural Ambassador Award: Armineh Keshishian

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Digital Marketing Executive Leader

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Musical Financial Doctor


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Founder, Restorative Sports Therapy


Gloria Steinem

Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist and Feminist Organizer


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Olympic Athlete, Canoe Slalom


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The Former Mayor of The City of Mississauga, Ontario from 1978 until 2014

Jackie Sanz

Managing Director, Risk and Compliance, Protiviti


Jaime Leverton

Chief Executive Officer, Hut 8 Mining


Janelle Doyle

Operations, T. Doyle Transport Ltd.


Jenn Lofgren

Founder, & Executive Coach, Incito | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader


Jennifer Ménard-Shand

Founder and CEO, Director, Client Happiness, Staff Shop


Jennifer Jackson

President, Universal Geomatics Solutions Corp.


Jocelyn Flanagan

Founder and CEO, e=mc2 Events | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader Award


Judith Virag

Owner, Clean Club Calgary | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Customer Experience Award


Kaiya Gamble

Singer and Songwriter, Kaiya Gamble | 2019 Women of Inspiration™ Youth Excellence Award | UWN Youth Ambassador


Kara Alicia Kennish

Owner and Operator, Tim Hortons Franchise


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Chief Executive Officer, DASCH | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Lifetime Achievement Award


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Executive Vice President, Regional Banking, RBC Royal Bank


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General Manager, Lettrapub


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Director of Brand and Communications, Banff Sunshine Village"


Kim Ruse

CEO, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES)


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Owner and Operator, Castrol Raceway


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CEO, Absolute Combustion International


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Criminal Lawyer, Barrister and Solicitor, Acumen Law Corporation | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader Award


Laura Didyk

Vice President and National Lead Women Entrepreneurs, BDC


Lindsay Harle-Kadatz

Brand Strategist, The Write Harle | 2019 Woman of Inspiration™ Influencer Award


Lindsay Jones

Investment Banker, Scotiabank | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Millennial Leader Award


Lindsay Sill

Vice-Chair, Steering Committee, The Nest Foundation™


Lori Campbell

Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Engagement), University of Regina | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Indigenous Leader Award


Lorin MacDonald

Founder & CEO, HearVue Inc. | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Diversity and Inclusiveness Award


Louise H. Reid

Founder, LHR, Leadership Development Expert & Author


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Owner, 5 Elements Martial Arts | 2019 Woman of Inspiration™ Nest Award


Margaret Adu

President, Aomega Group Inc. | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Black Women Leader Award


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CEO and Founder, Profound Wellness


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International Artist | 2020 Woman of Inspiration™ Lifetime Achievement Award


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Principal, Philopateer Christian College


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President, ExpertMed Solutions Inc.


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Founder and CEO, About Staffing


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CEO, Women's Trucking Federation of Canada | 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Rural Leader Award


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President and Owner, Foam Works Inc.


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Director, Talent Management, LCBO | 2019 Woman of Inspiration™ Diversity and Inclusiveness Award


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TV Host, Singer, Loudmouth, Sportsnet


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President, Italian Centre Shop Ltd. | 2019 Woman of italiancentre.ca Inspiration™ Cultural Ambassador Award

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High Conflict Divorce Strategist


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