Woman of Inspiration 2016 – Calgary Event

Canadian Business Chicks Founded by Monica Kretschmer

A Woman of Inspiration is an extraordinary woman who demonstrates courage, confidence, commitment and integrity. She is an everyday hero, game changer, difference maker and mover and shaker in our local, national and international community.
Monica is the Founder and CEO Canadian Business Chicks and Women of Inspiration

In May 2014, Monica launched Canadian Business Chicks with a big vision to create a community of professional and entrepreneurial women with a passion for business and profit who embrace life with courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event to honor Diane Harms, a Women of Inspiration in her world. Monica believes that every woman has a story and a unique gift to bring to the table. She is passionate about celebrating women who inspire others to greatness.

About Canadian Business Chicks

Canadian Business Chicks is a diverse and collaborative community of professional and entrepreneurial women with a passion for business and profit who embrace life with courage , confidence, commitment and integrity. Canadian Business Chicks build relevant and authentic connections to empower one another make an impact in our community and around the globe.  Canadian Business Chicks provides a non-judgemental community for our members to connect, learn, empower and celebrate. Nest Benefits: BOSS Chicks Authentic Mentorship Program, Business Directory Listing, Online and In Person Events, Speaking Platform, Member Discounts and Perks, Member Mastermind Call. Become a Member


About Women of Inspiration

Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event to honour a Woman of Inspiration in her world and the extraordinary women who are trailblazers, millennial leaders, game changers, movers and shakers in the Calgary community. Monica believes that every woman has a story and is passionate about celebrating those who inspire others to greatness! To date, Canadian Business Chicks has raised $18,160 in support of Home Front for programs to end domestic violence to make a positive impact in the lives of children and women in our community. Together we are stronger!

Photos from the Women Of Inspiration Event are at the end of article

Women of Inspiration Event

On October 1, 2016, was celebrated the 2nd Annual Women of Inspiration with 400 inspirational women including 40 finalists, partners, members, celebrities, and a few good men. Nine Women of Inspiration Award winners were announced and recognized.

The keynote speakers and celebrities included HomeFront, Executive Director, Maggie MacKillop, Profit Magazine’s W100 Top Female Entrepreneurs – Rachel Mielke, CEO of Hillberg & Berk, Dr. Shawne Duperon – Founder, Project Forgive, Six-Time Emmy Award Winner, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, W. Brett Wilson, Michelle Morgan, Erica Wiebe – 2016 Olympic Champion, Graham Wardel- CBC’s Heartland, Cassie Hawrysh, and an impressive list of inspirational women and men in support of HomeFront who believe together we are stronger.

2016 WOI Winners

2016 Winners, check the site for all the sponsors involved and nominees!
The celebrities were the 40 finalists in attendance who were nominated for inspiring others to greatness. All nominees were recognized and each received a special gift from Hillberg & Berk. The Women of Inspiration 2016 Award recipients are Teresa de Grosbois – Game Changer, Elizabeth Lewis – Difference Maker, Aretha Greatrix – Cultural Ambassador, Lana Wright – Mentorship, Kim Deep – Boss Chick, Mackenzie Murphy – Millennial Leader, Jacqueline Cameron – Health and Wellness, and Donna Dahl – Lifetime Achievement. All the Award winners were presented with the Calgary symbol of honour, a traditional White Hat, Beauty Gram, professional portrait by award winning photographer Mark Laurie, make-up session with Mira Pucchi Girls and signature Hillberg & Berk’s Fall Peacock Collection.

Dr. Shawne Duperon, the founder of Project Forgive, Six Time Emmy Award Winner and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee delivered her inspirational address following the presentation of the awards. Dr. Shawne, as she likes to be called, described a Woman of Inspiration as “A woman who speaks her truth, especially in the most courageous circumstances. She allows her passion to be bigger than any fear.”

W. Brett Wilson’s shared about his family roots and his participation in the growth of Rachel Mielke’s company was a clear example of how a supportive hand up accompanied with faith in making things happen can make all the difference. Brett Wilson is a former member of Dragon’s Den, a CBC production in support of Canadian entrepreneurs.

Also in attendance was Olympic Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe, Canadian Business Chicks Ambassador and 2018 Skeleton Cassie Hawrysh, Ania Basak of Fashion Calgary, Olga Sem of the Vizard Show, Mira Pucchi Girls, Actors Jill Maria, Go Fish creator Zulie Alnahas, Graham Wardle and Michelle Morgan of CBC Television’s Heartland. Michelle emceed the event!

"Every woman has a story! Your story does not define you, it empowers you and
 inspires others to greatness," shares Monica Kretschmer.
This year’s overall Woman of Inspiration was Tamara Jones. Tamara is a strong voice for change when it comes to addressing the issues that surround violence in the home. Tamara will tell you she is unrelenting in her cause. She will leave you feeling that her endeavors count; her endeavors matter.
No event of this magnitude of significance takes place without a huge supporting wall of sponsors, contributing partners and helping hands. Sponsors of Women of Inspiration 2016 included Hillberg & Berk,The Spa Ritual, PSAV, New West Video, Made by Upper Cut, Candy Event Management, Toni Nicole Photography, Penny Breedon Photography, and INNERSPIRT photography, Business in Calgary, Business Link, AWE and Capital Ideas.  In total, more than 30 sponsors and community partners contribute to the Women of Inspiration Awards program.

The 2016 Women of Inspiration Event was shot by Toni Nicole Photography

Michelle Morgan of Heartland, Monica,
 Rachel Mielke and W. Brett Wilson

Far Right Photo in White - 
 Keynote speaker: Shauna Walker, Spa Director – The Spa Ritual

 Nominations for Women of Inspiration 2017 open January 31, 2017 celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Details: canadianbusinesschicks.com

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