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VP, Business Development
I have a true passion in helping empower women to build wealth and success. I believe in the power of recognition to light the path for other women to follow in their footsteps. I also believe men are an important part of the conversation. At the age of 30 I was VP, Equity Trading Paine Weber and thrived in a male dominated industry.
I have joined as VP of Business Development, with years of experience in finance and capital markets to now develop key partnerships and key stakeholders witin the Canadian Business Chicks Network, Women of Inspiration, and SupportHER to empower women to succeed personally, professionally and financially.
Specialist, Market Maker for 200 multi listed Securities on the Boston Stock Exchange, Managing trading operations on the floor of the Boston Stock Exchange., Successful career with proven experience trading and managing operations. Extensive sales experience, most profitable trader, experience w regulatory compliance: trade settlement. Responsible for developing annual budgets, driving low cost execution.
Commodities Sales trader at Start up electronic gas trading exchange, working with largest oil and gas companies in Canada, creating transparent markets in Canadian Energy markets.
Equity Sales Trader Acumen Capitals, Started an Equity trading desk, selling products and financial services of the firm, completed the Canadian Securities course 2001 (equivalent of Series 7)
Working with Vail Women Elect, supporting women candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, planning events and fundraising.
PR and Communications
Christina is co-owner and CEO of CIPR Communications, a communications firm that specializes in public relations, online communications, and campaigns.
Christina believes in the power of meaningful relationships and strategic engagement both online and offline; her passion surrounding engagement has solidified her role as a leader within the communications industry.
Christina has taken the path as an innovator in communications, public relations and agile online engagement. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Masters of Arts in Communications Studies, her education led her to focus her thesis around the ability to effect policy change through online engagement. She took her research across Alberta to understand what it takes for an individual to become engaged with government and policy online. Christina is one of few people in the country who has studied, and is committed to understanding why we engage online, and what keeps us coming back.
A proven expert in digital communications including multiple online and social media platforms, Christina’s background includes developing and executing campaigns, managing projects and helping to establish strong online brands for a variety of organizations representing varied industries and sectors.
Christina taught at the University of Calgary as a teaching assistant and has been a teacher, trainer, and facilitator for ten-years.
Her corporate experience includes TransCanada Pipelines, Boardwalk Rental Communities, and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
Crystal Derouin - BDes, CGD
Branding Disruptor - Art Director, Graphic Designer
Meet the fabulous woman behind our brand. Crystal is a mother of three, runs a successful Etsy store, has cheeky wit, and the patience of a saint. Crystal is an entrepreneur at heart with a desire to give back to the community to support other women succeed. We are grateful to have Crystal on our team in The Nest!
What do you think it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur?
Self-motivation, optimism, risk taking, making connections and supporting other women.
What does being a Canadian Business Chicks mean to you?
Supporting local businesses and building a strong community of amazingly talented women. When you support local you directly support a person, their family, the local economy and community. In return, you get completely unique and wonderful services and products made with love and quality. All in all, it just feels good!
What words of wisdom would you share with women starting a business?
As Nike keeps saying “just do it”. You'll never know until you try. Cliché? Definitely but so true! Don’t be afraid to love other people's work and make connections with them – you never know where you might end up.
Donna Dahl - Empowerment Coaching | Chief Energizer Officer
WOI2018 Selection Committee | WOI2016 Woman of Inspiration Lifetime Award
Donna Dahl is a successful empowerment coach and author. She has written four books in support of personal growth and brand identity development. Donna is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. With five-star Amazon reviews and her clients referring to her as a coach’s coach, she is the “go to” source for budding entrepreneurs. Donna’s more recent popularity as a book development coach is helping never-before authors get their stories into print.
The Women of Inspiration Awards program is important because it helps members of the community at all levels become increasingly more familiar with the endeavours and the accomplishments of 21st Century women. When women accept the recognition of their peers and step forward as WOI Nominees, they model a new brand of leadership. This leadership is opening doors for women in the workplace and in the business arena. It takes courage and it takes confidence to step into the spotlight and be acknowledged for their significant endeavours. I, personally, applaud each nominee.
Michelle Nedelec - Awareness Strategies | VP of Marketing & Sales | Author
WOI Selection Committee Chair
Turning entrepreneurs into Business Ownership Leaders for over 15 years, Michelle helps you to strategically shape your company into the money making machine that you knew it could become all while maintaining your personal touch and warm client experiences. When it’s time to grow your business, Michelle’s the one to help see you through it.
Michelle became involved with The Canadian Business Chicks because she was looking for a challenging position in a growing community that included fun events that focused on empowering entrepreneurs and welcoming women to succeed. She found exactly that right here. She has always had a firm belief that the growth of the entrepreneurial community is the key to a successful society. And, when you recognize and support the women who pursue the entrepreneurial lifestyle you create a society that builds on its creativity, resourcefulness, and ultimately its success.
Chris Kennedy - Co-Founder, Virgin Beauty B!tch Podcast
WOI Selection Committee
"A Woman of Inspiration does not look over her shoulder to see who she’s passed, her's is the shoulder others look over to see what’s next and what is possible.” Chris Kennedy
Graduate of Radio and Television Broadcasting - SAIT, former music director at CHFM Calgary; Vancouver Region Promotions and Marketing Manager with Warner Music Canada; Public Relations graduate - Langara College; Regional Publicist and Events Coordinator with Citytv Vancouver. Blogger, author - VirginBeautyB!tch; co-host - VirginBeautyB!tch the Podcast a platform exploring feminine as a force destined to heal our world.
I wonder; had Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla or Stephen Hawking had been born instead as being Leah, Ali, Nicole or Stephanie, what would be the loss to humanity had their voices been muted on the grounds of being born female?
I think, too, what geniuses have been denied their opportunity to contribute because they were born a girl? Where might the world be today had their vision been encouraged? Women of Inspiration is a platform for change, for contributions to be celebrated, and for opportunities to be realized regardless of sex. I support that vision; it’s why I volunteer.