Our Story Canadian Business Chicks

Canadian Business Chicks is a community of professional and entrepreneurial women with a passion for business and profit who embrace life with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity. The Nest is a non-judgmental environment for women at all stages of life and business to build relevant and authentic connections. The Nest provides members a platform to connect, empower, learn and celebrate through Monthly Breaky networking events, business directory, speaker platform, Annual Women of Inspiration Awards, Special Events including International Women’s Day, BOSS Chicks Authentic Mentorship Program, and The Nest Foundation to build a legacy and support the health, wellness, and financial freedom of single mommas and their children.

The Nest Foundation empowers women to rebuild lives for themselves and their children with health, wellness, financial freedom and a 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 pay it forward by donating a portion from every membership to The Nest Foundation to empower single mommas and support programs to end domestic violence.

Canadian Business Chicks partners with Corporations, Women’s Organizations, Universities, Colleges, Associations and Non-Profit Organizations that align with core values to provide members with the tools, resources, and support women need to grow personally and professionally. Canadian Business Chicks believe every woman has a story and together we are stronger.

The Nest Foundation empowers single mommas and programs to end domestic violence. The Nest is a space for women to connect, empower, learn and celebrate. The Nest is an inclusive and diverse environment that 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.

I look forward to welcoming you to experiencing The Nest and being a part of our incredible journey!

The Four Pillars

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Connect

Our breaky series, social media communications, marketplaces, and Monthly Nest Mastermind Calls are how we connect, build trust and authentic connections.

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Learn

We are always growing and learning. Mentorship, teaching, speaking and self care all part of the journey.

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Empower

Community involvement is how we can give back to those that need it the most.

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Celebrate

Women can’t be celebrated enough. Women of Inspiration and International Women’s Day are two ways to do that.

The Nest

Shared Values

Courage

Confidence

Commitment

Integrity

It takes courage to ask for help, to show vulnerability, to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes courage to ask for help, to show vulnerability, to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes courage to ask for help, to show vulnerability, to stand out in the crowd. Together we conquer our fears and forge our path.

It takes courage to ask for help, to show vulnerability, to stand out in the crowd. 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 my "why" and that I am living On Purpose. I feel truly blessed for all of life’s lessons, experiences, authentic connections and relationships with the extraordinary men and women. I look forward to welcoming you to The Nest and can only promise that I will share my CRAZY! My CRAZY for embracing the extraordinary, turning the impossible into the possible, living life to the fullest, living in the present , loving like CRAZY, and knowing without a doubt we are all meant to live life On Purpose! Disruptor | Authentic Connector | Visionary | Inspirational Speaker "

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration and The Nest Foundation. Born and raised in Calgary, she is an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for building authentic and relevant connections. Monica believes in empowering women and her mission is to help women thrive in business and in their personal lives. She believes in creating a place where women can work together to foster a community where diversity, innovation, recognition, mentorship and a disruptor mindset are all valued. Where women can feed their souls and their pocketbooks, all while finding much needed mentorship. A place where Purpose, with a capital P, can be found by all.

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 a complex seven-year litigation. 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. It was through this adversity that Monica was able to step 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.

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.

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

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, hosted by Canadian Business Chicks.

“My life would be very different today without the love and support of family, friends, HomeFront, Legal Aid of Alberta and Diane Harms. Ms. Harms was my pillar of strength and I am forever grateful for her tenacity, grace, brilliance and integrity.”

Since Monica launched Women of Inspiration as a legacy event in 2015, she has tripled her attendance and opened nominations to women across Canada. Monica’s big juicy vision is to grow Canadian Business Chicks and Boss Chicks Authentic Mentorship Program nationally and Women of Inspiration globally.

Monica is an inspirational speaker, visionary, philanthropist, Alberta Flood Hero, 2017 Women Build Ambassador, Nest Creator, Master Connector and Disruptor with an abundance of energy and passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Monica has been featured on CTV, in the Metro, Calgary Herald, StandOUT Magazine and in the book The Rising by Taylor Lambert. Monica stepped into her power through adversity and believes that anything is possible with a positive attitude, disruptor mindset and a focus on building authentic connections.

Monica is a proud single mom to her young son. She loves to travel, meditate, run and pay 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.

We believe that every woman has a story and together we are stronger. 100% of the proceeds from our Silent Auction will be donated to build The Nest Foundation. The Nest Foundation is a non-profit organization that empowers women to live On Purpose through education, mentorship, and wellness to inspire dreams with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity.

I look forward to moving mountains with you in business and life ... On PURPOSE!

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

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 a 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 pay it forward by donating a portion from every membership to The Nest Foundation to empower single mommas and support programs to end domestic violence.

Every woman has a story... your story does not define you... it EMPOWERS you! – Monica Kretschmer

We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to contribute to make 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 in the lives of our fellow sisters. A portion of every membership will be donated to The Nest Foundation to empower a woman.

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.

Canadian Business Chicks is a catalyst...Getting women together with common passions and values inspires me and creates a vehicle for accelerating women's influence in the community and beyond. Canadian Business Chicks is a catalyst for this.

Karina Birch, Owner, Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

Karina B.
CEO, Rocky Mountain Soap Co

The first time I met Monica Kretschmer I was in awe of her passion for creating a safe and nurturing space for the people around her to engage in authentic connections.  I have watched her involved in one on one conversations, speaking with small groups and acknowledging the inspirational lives of a room of 400 women.  In these situations, her unique ability to quickly understand a person’s inner purpose allows everyone the opportunity to see and find reverence for who they are with a deep sense of acceptance.  Monica has an exceptional level of commitment to building and growing a community of inspired women who in turn are positively impacting our world.  I am grateful that I have experienced Monica's truly caring, compassionate, and authentic way of interacting with people and am looking forward to modelling these qualities in my own business and personal life.

Loree C.
Founder, Lotus Fire Healing


Loree C.
Founder, Lotus Fire Healing