Every Woman Has A Story!

Women of Inspiration Breakfast and White Hat Celebration

Date will be announced soon | 2017
Winsport Winter Sport Institute – MacPhail Centre 2nd floor
9AM – 12PM

A Woman of Inspiration is an extraordinary woman who demonstrates courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. She is an everyday hero, a game changer, a difference maker, and a mover and shaker in our local, national or international community. She inspires others to greatness.


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#WOI2016 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shawne Duperon

Dr. Shawne Duperon

6-Time EMMY Winner, Communication Expert & Speaker, Good Gossip Researcher, Project Forgive Founder

Dr. Shawne Duperon, a Six-Time EMMY® winner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to initiate a conversation on forgiveness. No politics, no religion, just an authentic inquiry of what forgiveness means to people across the globe. The video’s compelling story of forgiveness struck a chord and went viral, having been seen by tens of thousands. Funds have been raised to produce and release a documentary, slated to air in 2016 on PBS. Today, Project: Forgive is officially endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and reaches millions of people each month in social media. This unprecedented response was the catalyst for the Project: Forgive Foundation a 501c3 non-partisan, non-religious leader foundation committed to educating students and business leaders and in mastering skills such as collaboration, integrity, diversity, compassion and forgiveness in the workplace.

Keynote Speaker

Rachel Mielke

Rachel Mielke

CEO , Hillberg & Berk, Profit Magazine’s W100 – Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs 2016

Rachel Mielke, CEO of Hillberg & Berk, is one of the most promising rising stars in the Canadian luxury and jewelry industry. Mielke’s unmistakable designs have been spotted on red carpets and VIPs, and the brand’s signature aesthetic has brought a breath of fresh air to Canadian jewelry design. Rachel’s ascent, marked by once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, carried her from a kitchen operation to leading a fast-growing company. Hillberg & Berk retails in over 60 locations across Canada, and the brand now has five retail stores in Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton.

Keynote Speaker

Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Dragon

W. Brett Wilson is one of Canada’s best-known entrepreneurs and innovative philanthropists. Recognized from his time on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, in this book Brett opens up to share his experiences and how he was forced to re-prioritize his life; putting health and relationships first.

Keynote Speaker

Shauna Walker

Shauna Walker

Spa Director, The Spa Ritual

Shauna Walker, Spa Director at The Spa Ritual is an avid spa goer and inspiration behind The Spa Ritual. She is passionate about the guest experience and is an advocate for healthy lifestyles. The culmination of Shauna’s vision to create a refined spa experience, inspired by the gracious hospitality experienced during her travels to South East Asia, is The Spa Ritual, a quality day spa located in NW Calgary. Shauna has instilled her passions into her creation, carefully cultivating The Spa Ritual program, which honors and respects each Guest, inviting him or her on a person path to rejuvenation.
As Spa Director of The Spa Ritual, Shauna mentors and inspires her team of professionals to make a difference in the life of each guest – by planting a tiny seed of self-rejuvenation as the cornerstone to wellness during every spa experience. Following lessons learned from her own life experiences, Shauna deeply believes in the vital need of “taking time out” to reset and renew the process of our bodies and minds.

Keynote Speaker

Maggie MacKillop

Maggie MacKillop

Executive Director, Homefront

Maggie MacKillop moved from Boston to Calgary in 2000 and joined the pilot project that eventually grew into the agency known as HomeFront. HomeFront works through an integrated approach alongside police, justice, and community agencies to free families from domestic violence. Since 2014, she is the HomeFront executive director with over 25 years of experience in the field of domestic violence, and 14 years experience with the agency. MacKillop has received extensive training in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, threat assessment, risk management and forensic investigations. She was the recipient of the Jim Gray Safer Calgary Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to domestic violence prevention work in the city of Calgary, and in 2015 was awarded an Alberta Community Justice Award from the Government of Alberta.


Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan

CBC’s HEARTLAND and HomeFront Advocate

Michelle is currently starring in the hit dramatic television series CBC’s HEARTLAND, now in its seventh season. She plays the character of Lou Flemming, the prodigal daughter who returns to the Heartland Ranch from New York after her mother’s death. After winning over a huge audience in Canada, HEARTLAND is now airing in the United States and many countries around the world. Michelle is the fourth of six children from a Chilean-Canadian family. She was born in Calgary and grew up in Toronto and Vancouver. Michelle is an advocate for HomeFront and for many years has volunteered with Women’s Shelter’s across Canada, developing drama workshops for children and public speaking workshops for mothers.

Event Host

Monica Kretschmer

Monica Kretschmer

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, a unique gift to bring to the table and is passionate about celebrating women who inspire others to greatness.

Nominate a Woman of Inspiration

Deadline: August 31, 2016

Increasing Confidence In Business And Life…

Canadian Business Chicks is full of open and engaging women all eager to hear about each other's business ventures, with a focus on building each other up and increasing confidence in business and life! Monica is an incredible leader and hostess, and meant for the position she holds.

Sonja FranzmannEntrepreneur - Personal Training. Nutrition. Lifestyle Consulting.

I love the idea of honoring a Woman of Inspiration because of the word “INSPIRATION” instead of women competing with each other. We can draw inspiration and support each other.

Michelle MorganCBC’s Heartland and HomeFront Advocate

Women In Business Need A Place To Go.

We are resilient beyond words! A community, or “nest,” where women can share, support, plan, create, talk, and take the time to be women of vision, is a gift we can give ourselves. Our company, Empower, will continue to work with Canadian Business Chicks and refer anyone we meet to join as well. The more we empower each other, the more women that reach their desired success.

Deb BatemanEmpower Cosmetics International - Director Marketing, Sales and Training

A Woman of Inspiration influences others to see the greatness in ourselves and make a difference in the lives of others. Every woman has a story!

Monica KretschmerFounder & CEO, Canadian Business Chicks & Women of Inspiration


Celebrity Tables

$ 1,200

PackageEnjoy a VIP HomeFront morning reception, meet our celebrities and receive a special photo opportunity.

Corporate TablesMost Popular

$ 900

10 tablesEnjoy a VIP HomeFront morning reception, meet our celebrities and special photo opportunity. VIP tables with corporate logo place card.

Single Event Ticket

$ 75

TicketNon-member pricing