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International Women’s Day – Online Event

Mar 5th 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

International Women’s Day Online Event  

Friday, March 5, 2021

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

#Choose To Challenge



International Women’s Day is an opportunity for women business leaders to challenge the status quo. Martina will explore how we can challenge ourselves by applying both Grit and Grace. We will #ChooseToChallenge!

Keynote Speaker –

Martina Ryan loves people and excels when helping others be their best self. After graduating from the University of Ottawa, she followed her dreams to Los Angeles where she learned that life was too expensive on the beach. Missing home she returned to Canada to be closer to family. Martina has held leadership roles for more than 20 years in the talent management industry helping organizations develop and fine tune human capital strategies that support employee growth and organizational success.
In her career she has had many opportunities to #Choose to Challenge and she will address her experiences in her Keynote Address – Grit or Grace – Her Secret to Success!


Panelists –

Janet Campbell, Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food, www.mustard.ca
Janet is passionate about mustard! Born from humble beginnings in a basement production kitchen at Ottawa’s former city jail circa 1988, Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food has grown into a diverse, multiple award-winning product line of 20+ handmade mustards, chutneys & vinaigrettes, sold in fine food stores across Canada. Janet’s operations occupy a 3000 sq. ft. former general store in the historic village of Merrickville, Ontario, which accommodates a specialty food & kitchenware retail shop, production kitchen, and cooking school featuring local chefs. Janet takes care to source as many local ingredients as possible for her products. An enthusiastic supporter of local food producers, you can find a wide range of local foods in Janet’s store, including cheeses, sausages & charcuterie, preserves, salsas, maple syrup, sauces, honey, chocolates and coffee. You can read more about Janet and the history of Mrs. McGarrigle’s at www.mustard.ca.





Rhiannon V. Iles. P. Eng. Chief Operating Officer, HFI Pyrotechnics Inc www.hfipyrotechnics.com 
Rhiannon holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and is a Professional Engineer of Ontario. Rhiannon worked for Procter and Gamble Inc, for 24 years, and held roles at the plant, business unit, and corporate level in engineering, project management, change management and delivery, manufacturing operations, organization design, human resources, health and safety, and Industry 4.0 Innovation. Rhiannon is known for her servant leadership approach, and the development and implementation of standards and systemic work processes. Rhiannon joined HFI Pyrotechnics in October 2020 in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, reporting to the CEO and leading the management team.






Cathy Sheppard, President and CEO of Sheppard and Associates  www.sheppardandassociates.ca
Cathy graduated with Honours in Business Administration-Finance from St. Lawrence College.  After gaining professional experience working for others, Cathy set out on her own in 1984.  She first started working out of her home and before long, her business outpaced her setting. People matter to Cathy.  She forges warm connections with her clients, her employees and the community she works in.  Born and raised in Kemptville she is an active member of her community. For caring and personalized accounting and tax services, call Cathy today to discuss how she and her associates can serve you.  “Let us do what We do best, so you can do what You do best”!






Corrinna Smith-Gatke, Mortgage Agent with The Mortgage Advisors and Mayor of  Mayor of Leeds and Thousand Islands
Corinna Smith-Gatcke was elected as Mayor of The Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands in October 2018.  A first time Mayor, and with no council experience she dove into the municipal world with enthusiasm and gusto.   Since her and the council taking office they have managed to change the narrative to now a cool, calm and collected bunch of politicians.  Corinna or “Cory”  to most of the locals, was born and raised on Goldendale Farm, north of the village of Lansdowne.  A graduate of Gananoque Secondary School, she then attended St Lawrence College and received a Business Diploma specializing in Marketing and Sales.  She is also a Mortgage Broker for The Mortgage Advisors in Brockville and is celebrating 20 years in the business in 2021.  






1:00 – 1:10 Opening Remarks
1:10 – 1:50 Networking Exercise
1:50 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:30 Guest Speaker
2:30 – 3:00 Panel
3:00 – 3:10 Break
3:10 – 4:00  Awards Ceremony – The Lifetime Achievement Award  and More!


REGISTER TODAY!          Registration Deadline: Monday, March 1st at 4pm                   Tickets are $40 incl. HST

  *********the first 50 registrants receive $10.00 gift card compliments of Lisa and Shawn Lockett, Tim Hortons, Prescott *******

Plus purchase raffle tickets on a basket being created by BWB with wares and offers from their members.  Value of Basket is over $150.00

Money goes to the BWB to new Charities – Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville and Weekender Program for Kids



Leadership Sponsor –



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