Our Team Growing Everyday

Together we can move mountains! Meet our team of dedicated women who believe in raising the profiles of women locally, nationally and globally!

Interested in becoming a part of our team? Send us your resume and what area of expertise you can bring to our team! Email: admin@canadianbusinesschicks.com

We are currently seeking: Marketing Chair, PR and Communications, Events Chair, Sponsorship and Community Partnerships Chair, Volunteer Chair, Bloggers, Social Media Chair, Videographer

Crystal Derouin - BDes, CGD

Artistic Director

Meet the fabulous woman behind our brand. Crystal is a mother of three, owner of 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 to succeed. 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!

Words of Wisdom
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.

Deborah L Kerbel, MBA

Event Director

Deborah L Kerbel Inc. has garnered an industry-wide reputation by turning events from budget draining parties, into revenue-generating strategic channels – defying expectations. As a former C-suite executive in the financial services industry, Deborah, holds an MBA and creates one-of-a-kind corporate events focused on real, measurable results that generate ROI/ROO.

Kristy Bowen

CEO, Executive Assistant

With over 18 years of experience as an executive assistant, Kristy has a track record of strong performance in high volume, high pressure environments. She has worked for VP’s in the power, legal and insurance industries in both New Brunswick and Alberta. Kristy notes that the draw to this specialized work is that every day brings new challenges and she dedicates herself to bringing a “thinking outside the box” solution to those situations

Christina Pilarski

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.

Tanya Leslie

Community Builder

Relationship building is at the heart of any gathering, function or organization and it is Tanya’s great passion. A driven Senior Energy Professional with 20 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry, she understands the power of collaboration and diversity. Known as a “geek that communicates’, she has a dorky side and a love of spreadsheets. Empowering and elevating women, and the men that support them is important to her as she is always looking for great role models for her 3 young daughters.

Stacy Friesen

Content Creator

Passionate about supporting women on their entrepreneurial journeys, Stacy, Founder of Business Unicorn, provides online business management and copywriting services exclusively for female entrepreneurs.

Whether it's streamlining clients’ behind-the-scenes project management or crafting compelling content, the heart of Stacy’s work is all about empowering women to focus on their strengths—while adding a dash of sparkle to their businesses!

Stacy provides support to a variety of fabulous female entrepreneurs across Canada and the United States including creative agency owners, business coaches, wellness pros, home designers, corporate trainers and more.

Originally from the southern U.S., Stacy moved to Calgary three years ago after meeting the Canadian love of her life in New Orleans. She’s a proud cat mom, and she and her husband are thrilled to be expecting their first non-furry child in November.

Carmen A. Vetian, CPA, CGA, CDFA


Carmen has been a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) in good standing with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) since 2001. Since 1999, she has worked primarily in public practice, in various roles from junior apprentice to senior manager and for the past 11 years as the Owner/Partner of her own accounting and tax practice in Airdrie, Alberta. Carmen also holds a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation and is a member in good standing of The Institute for Divorce Financials Analysts.

Michelle Nedelec

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.

Donna Dahl - Woman of Inspiration

Donna Dahl, B.Ed., M.Ed.

WOI Selection Committee, Co-Chair | WOI2016 – Lifetime Achievement Award

Donna Dahl, Empowerment Coach and Author, was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She is now honoured to serve as the Woman of Inspiration Awards Selection Committee Co-Chair. She is considered a thought leader and a coach’s coach by her clients. While most of her work is behind the scenes coaching writers to become authors and leaders to inspire others to lead, her passion drives her voice to make a difference through speaking engagements and writing. Donna’s next book is in the works. In her mind, her lifetime work is still in progress.

Donna reports, “When I accepted the WOI Award, that was my invitation to accept the challenge to continue my work but with more conviction than ever before.” Recognition from one’s peers matters.

Words of Wisdom
In Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise she wrote, “Challengers inspire us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.”

Sam Bell

WOI Selection Commitee | WOI2018 Finalist

Sam is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and holds a Post Graduate Certification in the Education of Adults. Her nursing career spans 3 decades with professional licence in the UK, Gibraltar, Spain and now Canada. She is also an Integrative Health Coach, Reiki Master, Angel Empowerment and Higher Priestess Practitioner and an accredited Master Facilitator with Sistership Circle. She is a huge advocate for women, locally and globally, having recently been appointed as National Director for the development of Sistership Circle in Canada. As a powerful change agent, she uses her magical combination of clinical academia and intuitive gifts to empower individuals to ‘Stop Existing, Start Living’.

Dr. Laura Hambley

WOI Selection Committee | WOI2018 Global Influencer

Dr. Laura is an industrial/organizational psychologist, mother of three, and serial entrepreneur based in Calgary, who is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, and the community both in Calgary and more widely in Canada and globally. One of her greatest joys continues to be mentoring and leading other women, and Canadian Business Chicks fits well within these values. Between her busy schedules at work and home, she somehow found time to publish two novels (Losing Cadence, and its sequel, Finding Sophie), both of which have received international attention. It’s interesting to reflect on the twists and turns our lives take, but Dr. Laura is passionate about making a difference, and about the future of our country. She has enjoyed mentoring through the Boss Chicks program over the past 10 months and is inspired by the way this organization continues to make a difference for women.

Rafiat Akinola

Social Media

Back in Nigeria, Rafiat was the Social Media Manager at Hush , overseeing brand identity, social media and content strategies paid campaigns, Market research, Lead generations, Performance analysis, partnerships, influencers and events. Aside Hush, she was a virtual assistant for Ecommerce entrepreneurs where she helped handled digital communications, social media, developing and maintaining ecommerce Store, Branding and designing,

The Internet has helped a lot of women around the globe found their voice. I’m happy to be a woman in the digital world leveraging on it. I like to support and inspire other women to think about what the Internet age can do to their life if they try to use it in either their present business or starting one with the help of the Internet.