Boss Chicks Bios

Our BOSS Chicks Authentic Mentors are extraordinary women in our community with proven business successes and a desire to sharing their knowledge to advance women in business and life. Our Mentors understand the challenges women in business face, and appreciate that women need different supporters in their early years of business to succeed. Our BOSS Chicks Mentors share the organizational values of Canadian Business Chicks: Courage, Confidence, Commitment, and Integrity which are all critical skills to develop as an entrepreneur for sustaining a successful business or for leading a motivated corporate team.

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As a mentor, I have had the pleasure of passing over 20 years of wisdom and experience in the entrepreneurial world and see first-hand how it is making a difference. Most notably, I am able to help my protégé avoid some of the mistakes I have inevitably made along the way and that feels great. – Christine Hart

Christina Marlett - Women of Inspiration

Christina Marlett

Founder, Couragous Self-Care

Christina, BKin, BMT, believes that women have the power to change the world, but first, they must address the fact that they need to take charge of their own lives, starting with self-care.

She teaches busy, overwhelmed, stressed-out leaders that self-care is not simply about luxurious acts of pampering, but that it’s a real necessity if a woman truly wants to step into her greatness. Through her coaching, tropical retreats and online programs, Christina helps women move into Courageous Self-Care so that they can change their lives from the inside out.

Christina is an International Speaker who has shared the stage with Michael Beckwith, Marci Shimoff, Lynne Twist and Jean Houston. She is also a #1 International Best-Selling Author, a Master Facilitator, a Certified Embodiment Coach and the Founder of Courageous Self-Care.

Karen Boudewyn

Financial Planner, Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network

I have a passion for people. The thrill of improving a situation whether it is a creative idea, strategy or setting a new goal to create a better future is what motivates me. I take pride in business and community as well as the relationships and connections made within these sectors. My knowledge and ability coupled with "passion for people" has provided me with the confidence to reach success in all areas of life.

Mentor Philosophy – Why I mentor...

My philosophy is that energy and knowledge is to be valued and shared. Mentoring is an excellent environment to do just that. We learn from each other whether we know it or not. My Sensei of 6 years once said "if you think you know something - teach it and you will learn even more", I truly believe this statement and have tested it may times over the years. Building confidence within ourselves as well as our business is all part of the "energy".

Katherine Kowalchuk

Founder, WAM Centre for Ascension | Lawyer, Spiritual Coach, Speaker

Katherine Kowalchuk is a Speaker, Spiritual Coach and Lawyer. Katherine offer’s non-traditional and traditional forms of conflict resolution and has developed the Conscious Conflict Resolution Program (CCR Program™). Katherine has been practicing law for over 15 years in Calgary, Alberta. Over the past 6 years, she has focused almost exclusively on Family Law. While Katherine continues to deliver family legal services to her clients, as a Strategic Interventionist, she will help you uncover the obstacles holding you back and standing in the way of living a life of purpose.

Katherine is also a recovered alcoholic and her journey with her own recovery and experience with family law matters has given her with particular insight into healing, which can only be learned through experience.
Katherine works with her clients and encourages them to think differently and do differently. She shares her experience, strength and hope with her clients to foster an immediate connection. Katherine’s approach is holistic and embodies techniques and disciplines endorsed by WAM, to assist her clients grow, heal, innovate and seek.

Mentor Philosophy - Why I mentor...

I try to embody love, forgiveness and service to others in all areas of my life. The only way to truly get out of self is by helping others for we are all connected as one. Being a mentor fits perfectly into my value structure. It's a gift to work with others and I cherish my time helping them succeed and realize their full potential.

Dr. Laura Hambley - Women of Inspiration

Dr. Laura Hambley

President, Owner, PhD. Registered Psychologist - Work EvOHlution

Dr. Laura is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, a mother of three and a serial entrepreneur based in Calgary, Alberta. She is a sought-after authority and thought leader on workplace psychology in Canada and she speaks, writes, and is regularly interviewed by the media on topics related to workplace mobility/flexibility, career and leadership trends. Above all else, she is a leader and mentor who is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on distributed leadership and teamwork. 2003, Dr. Laura has published extensively on the critical success factors for effectively leading distributed teams, including co-authoring book on the topic (Growing the Virtual Workplace, 2008), and multiple presentations at international conferences. Her newest co-founded venture, Work EvOHlution, provides innovative assessment and development support for mobile or geographically distributed workers, leaders, and teams. Work EvOHlution was recognized as one of the 50 most innovative new organizations in Alberta, and continues to develop cutting edge tools organizations around the world. The newly developed assessment Distributed Worker Profiler was most recently profiled in Scientific American magazine.

Christine Pilarski

Founder and Chief Strategist - CIPR Communications

Christina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies with honours from the University of Calgary; and achieved a Masters of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Calgary developing a thesis around the ability to effect policy change through online engagement. Her thesis work took her across Alberta to lead a number of focus groups in order to fully understand what it takes for an individual to become engaged with government and policy online, and take meaningful offline action. Christina is one of few individuals in Canada 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. Through these connections, Christina has developed strong networks across the country in multiple industries that are leveraged to ensure her clients' success. Her belief is that stakeholder engagement and effective communications are really about establishing relationships, telling stories and creating messages that connect companies in a personal way with their key audiences.

Mentor Philosophy - Why I mentor...

Mentors encourage, inspire, and lift us up. Mentors are the sounding board for your crazy ideas and your biggest dreams. Mentors give you an outlet and help focus your vision. Women in business have very different paths than men - we need to mentor one another because we have life experiences and pressures that a man would not understand. Those differences don't hold us back - but make us stronger!

Shelley Hayes - Meet The Canadian Business Chicks Team

Shelley Hayes

Chief Empowerment Officer - Empowerment Inc.

Shelley Hayes is the Chief Empowerment Officer, for Empowerment Inc. Shelley is thrilled to be a part of teaching people to be fully empowered! Today she can confidently say she is an Empowered Woman, but she did not always feel this way.
“I learned from some difficult times how to be very strong. And Resilient. And PASSIONATE about helping others to step into their own empowerment – body, mind and spirit. This work is why I am here. This work is why I am on the planet. This work fills me to the brim and I cannot wait to share it with you. CHEERS TO ALL OF US AND OUR EMPOWERMENT!”
Shelley holds a Master’s Degree in both Business Administration and Management, as well as a Certified Professional Coaching certificate, specializing in leadership. Prior to Empowerment Inc., her career specialized in Executive coaching and Organizational & Leadership Development both in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Mentor Philosophy - Why I mentor...

Women empowering women is essential to changing the world. Mentoring women in business creates a world where we are all better off. I truly believe that the more women are empowered, the better the whole world will be for us and for the legacy we leave behind. Men have benefited from mentorship for centuries and have created the advantages that they have in the world of business today. We must balance the scales and support one another in all ways - reaching out with a helping hand to those who want it and will pay it forward in return. An investment in a woman is an investment in the future.

Christine Hart

Founder, Christine Hart International

Christine has been an entrepreneur her entire life. Having built and sold two companies from scratch, she understands the steps it takes to go from "I have an idea!" to becoming a legitimate business and then planning for steady growth. With a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a passion for simplifying complex ideas, she has been a communications consultant and advisor for over 10 start-ups in a wide variety of industries. Christine has been featured in over 200 media outlets, including CTV, The Globe & Mail, The Financial Post, Elle Magazine and The Huffington Post.

Mentor Philosophy - Why I mentor...

As a mentor, I have had the pleasure of passing over 20 years of wisdom and experience in the entrepreneurial world and see first-hand how it is making a difference. Most notably, I am able to help my protégé avoid some of the mistakes I have inevitably made along the way and that feels great.

Yvonne EL. Silver, CHRP - Boss Chicks Chair

Founder, Certified Executive Coach, Founder Flourish

Has a passion for helping women FLOURISH - and have more JOY in Business!   Her focus is supporting visionary women entrepreneurs - especially those with a social enterprise passion, to have a massive ripple effect.  Ultimately her clients have more joy, work-life balance, and quality family time - and FUN in life - to FLOURISH! Professionally, she incorporates over 20 years of success (as an entrepreneur and corporate VP) to Coach and Mentor women to have more confidence and impact.  Professionally, Yvonne holds an Executive Coaching Certificate and a Certified HR Professional designation, as well as completing Business Management (University of Calgary) and being a Certified Reiki Practitioner.  She is a Mentorship Program Chair, past Board member and program developer. Yvonne is a frequent speaker at various conferences, tele-summits, radio shows, workshops and other events - on topics supporting the growth of women in the workplace and as entrepreneurs. 

Lisa Mundell-Lawrence - President Western Canada, PMA Brethour-Townley, BOSS Chick Mentor

Lisa Mundell- Lawrence

Vice President – Western Canada Division PMA Brethour-Townley, WOi2017 Mompreneur

Lisa Mundell-Lawrence comes to us as a partner in PMA Brethour-Townley with over two decades of hands on experience in both sales and management.

Lisa’s product knowledge spans the globe; from multiple projects in Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, to over 2700 + individual condominium and new home sales at home in Calgary.

As managing partner of PMA Brethour -Townley for the Western Canadian Division, she has been very hands on for our Metropia / Knightsbridge project at University City.

Cheap Smokes – 24 Franchises plus grow across Canada in 2017, First and Vine restaurant opened in October 2016.