Our Story Canadian Business Chicks

Canadian Business Chicks is a community of professional and entrepreneurial women and men with shared organizational values; courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. our diverse and non-judgemental community welcomes women at all stages of life and career. We believe in the power of mentorship and social entrepreneurship, and creating a ripple effect to inspire others to be more and do more.

We partner with like-minded organizations committed to Gender Diversity and align with core values to provide members with the tools, resources, and support women need to grow personally and professionally. We believe every woman has a story and together we are stronger.

We proudly support The Nest Foundation™ to empower women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, and wellness. Monica shares, "When women succeed, families, succeed!"

Company History

In 2014, with a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel, Monica knew she was meant for something bigger. She was ready to focus on the big picture and find her purpose. With a passion for building authentic connections, empowering women, philanthropy and her entrepreneurial mindset, Canadian Business Chicks was hatched. In May 2014, Monica launched Canadian Business Chicks, a national women’s membership community. A place where professional women could build relevant and authentic connections and share their passion for business. A place, like The Nest, with no judgment where women could connect, empower, learn and celebrate with each other.

Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event, Women of Inspiration, to recognize a woman who inspired her to greatness. On September 26, 2015, exactly seven years, to the day, after Diane Harms took on Monica’s file, she was honoured as a Woman of Inspiration.

Since the inaugural Women of Inspiration Awards in 2015, she has tripled her attendance and opened recognized over 400 nominees across Canada. Her awards have grown from a single award to 23 Diverse Categories with two national events in both Calgary and Toronto. Monica’s vision is to celebrate female role models and the men who SupportHER™ regionally and globally.

In 2017, Monica founded The Nest Foundation™ to empower women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, wellness, and experiences. It was through her own experiences as a single mom picking up the pieces to rebuild her life after unimaginable adversity that she was compelled to help other women who looked “fine” when in reality the stress of litigation, courts costs, only compounded the ability to rebuild financially. She believes when women succeed, families succeed.

In 2018 at the height of the #MeToo movement on Internationa Women's Day, Monica launched SupportHER™. As a mom of a young boy was compelled to surround her son with positive male role models. Fuel by the desire to find positive role models for her son, she made the bold decision to elevate the male champion and SupportHER™ in their networks, workplaces, and communities. SupportHER™ is a vehicle to invite men to the conversation and be seen as Gender Equality and Diversity Leaders. Monica continues to grow the SupportHER™ Membership and works with organizations and consults with individuals committed to Gender Equality to advance women personally and professionally.

We look forward to having you a part of our incredible journey!

The Four Pillars

Connect

We are committed to gender equality and bringing men to the conversation who champion and SupportHER™.

Learn

Mentorship is the key to success. Our Mentors are women and men who want to see you succeed!

Empower

Empowering women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.

Celebrate

We celebrate female role models and men who SupportHER! Sharing your success paves the road for others to follow in your footsteps!

The Nest

Shared Values

Courage

Confidence

Commitment

Integrity

It takes courage to show vulnerability. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes confidence to ask for help. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes commitment to use your voice and to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes integrity to pave the road less travelled. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

Monica Kretschmer’s Story Founder, CEO

Monica F. Kretschmer, Founder & CEO - Canadian Business Chicks

"I wake every day knowing me I'm leading with a bigger purpose! I am grateful for the adversity and life's lessons which made my oath clear as the leader and woman I am today. Resilience is not what happened to you, it is what you do with what happened to you! "

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration and The Nest Foundation™ and SupportHER™. Born and raised in Calgary, she is a visionary, speaker and serial entrepreneur with a passion celebrating and advocating for women to prosper personally and professionally. She is committed to Gender Equality and fostering a community where diversity, innovation, recognition, mentorship are valued.

Since launching her company, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In four short years, Monica has built a recognizable brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists and women’s organizations.

The Seven- Year Journey

In 2007, Monica’s world turned upside down overnight. In an instant, she became a single mom, homeless with a baby; which in turn, became complex seven-year litigation, as Monica refers to as the "Seven Year Journey". It was one of Monica’s most vulnerable moments, but it was also the beginning of a life-changing journey that led her to launch Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration and The Nest Foundation™, and SupoortHER™. It was through this adversity that she stepped into her power and strength as a woman. Her values – courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity – as well as the love for her son, gave her the strength she needed to build a new life for her family.

Company History

In 2014, with a light at the end of a seven-year tunnel, Monica knew she was meant for something bigger. She was ready to focus on the big picture and find her purpose. With a passion for building authentic connections, empowering women, philanthropy and her entrepreneurial mindset, Canadian Business Chicks was hatched. In May 2014, Monica launched Canadian Business Chicks, a national women’s membership community. A place where professional women could build relevant and authentic connections and share their passion for business. A place, like The Nest, with no judgment where women could connect, empower, learn and celebrate with each other.

Monica’s vision included creating a legacy event, Women of Inspiration, to recognize a woman who inspired her to greatness. On September 26, 2015, exactly seven years, to the day, after Diane Harms took on Monica’s file, Ms. Harms was honoured as a Woman of Inspiration.

Since the inaugural Women of Inspiration Awards in 2015, she has tripled her attendance and opened recognized over 400 nominees across Canada. Her awards have grown from a single award to 23 Diverse Categories with two national events in both Calgary and Toronto. Monica’s vision is to celebrate female role models and the men who SupportHER™ regionally and globally.

In 2017, Monica founded The Nest Foundation™ to empower women to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children through mentorship, education, wellness, and experiences. It was through her own experiences as a single mom picking up the pieces to rebuild her life after unimaginable adversity that she was compelled to help other women who looked “fine” when in reality the stress of litigation, courts costs, only compounded the ability to rebuild financially. She believes when women succeed, families succeed.

In 2018 at the height of the #MeToo movement on Internationa Women's Day, Monica launched SupportHER™. As a mom of a young boy was compelled to surround her son with positive male role models. Fuel by the desire to find positive role models for her son to follow, she made the bold decision to elevate the male champion and SupportHER™ in their networks, workplaces, and communities. SupportHER™ is a vehicle to invite men to the conversation and be seen as Gender Equality and Diversity Leaders. Monica continues to grow the SupportHER™ Membership and works with organizations and consults with individuals committed to Gender Equality to advance women personally and Professionally.

Monica is a proud single mom to an active and brilliant young man, she loves to create, speak to share her messages of Resilience, Diversity and Leading with Purpose, travel, adventures and paying it forward in the community. She continues to be truly inspired by the thousands of women she meets! Monica believes every woman has a story and together we can move mountains and make an impact in our local communities and around the globe.

Monica Kretschmer's Signature

“A Woman of Inspiration is a confident and authentic woman passionate about her cause, she is not afraid to take risks or ask for help, she embraces vulnerability, she empowers other women through her actions, she has unwavering determination, and she takes on and overcomes challenges with grace and dignity. A Woman of Inspiration is empowered and not defined by her story. Every woman has a story!” Monica Kretschmer - Founder and CEO Canadian Business Chicks and Women of Inspiration Awards

Empowering Women The Nest Foundation

We believe that every woman has a story and together we are stronger. Our founder’s vision is to empower women to truly prosper at all levels of business and in life. Monica believes, your story does not define you... it empowers you!

The Nest Foundation™ empowers women to rebuild lives for themselves and their children with health, wellness, financial freedom, and memorable experience. The Nest Foundation™ partners with organizations who believe together we are stronger and can make a difference in the lives of others. The Nest Foundations™ transforms lives from the under ordinary to the extraordinary.

We proudly supports The Nest Foundation™.

When women succeed, families succeed!

We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to contribute to making a change in our world and passionate about building a circle of reciprocity that empowers others.

We believe that every woman has value and worth and together our collective contribution can make a significant impact on the lives of our fellow sisters.

We are proud to collaborate with other value-based organizations that believe in empowering women and paying it forward in the community. Interested in collaborating? Contact Us.

The Nest Foundation

Good People, Good Words

Women of Inspiration to me is someone who is not afraid to be who they are, and to be able to go out and show that to people, and also just stand up for what they believe in and what’s important to them.

Nicole Sgarbossa, Communications Coordinator of Homefront Calgary

This is a testimonial given for Canadian Business Chicks.

Monica has created an inclusive community, Canadian Business Chicks, for entrepreneur women to thrive, build their business and build meaningful relationships with other business women. Her vision to create a platform to connect entrepreneurs, professional and women’s organizations is coming to fruition. Her business model is rooted in giving back, core values and supporting loal organizations through philanthropic activities and has donated thousands to local community organizations. On an annual basis, she hosts the Women of Inspiration Awards recognizing and celebrating women making a difference in the world. I have no doubt the Canadian Business Chicks will continue to help many women achieve their dreams, and make a difference in the world… all inspired and led by Monica Kretschmer.

Charmaine Hammond
Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author

Charmaine H.
 Professional Speaker, Best Selling Author

It’s inspirational, sometimes people that are in the audience thinks ‘as hard as I tried, there are barriers in the way to me really being all I can be”, weather it’s a relationship their end, weather it’s a job – the dead end job, weather it’s the way they’re treating in the workplace, and if it inspires them in that way to be all they can be and then to pay that forward, I think that’s part of the Women of Inspiration vision as well, as far as where we want to see this energy flow. Made me think back to the Famous Five and the pioneering women who you brought those people together…

Diane Colley-Urquhart
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ward 13 Calgary, AB

Diane C.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ward 13 Calgary, AB