WOI Committees Host Committee

Every woman has a story. Women of Inspiration are entrepreneurs, professionals, thought leaders, visionaries, everyday heroes, game changers, movers and shakers and difference makers in our community.
When we elevate women in our network, community and workplace we create role models for other women to follow in their footsteps.

Women of Inspiration is Canada’s only premier empowerment event with 23 Diverse Categories recognizing women role models and the men who SupportHER. This year we are celebrating our 5th year milestone celebration in Calgary and Toronto in October 2019. We believe that elevating and recognizing women paves the path for others to follow in their lead, creates role models for youth, builds confidence and empowers others to DREAM BIG!

By nominating a Woman of Inspiration , you are honoring a woman for her accomplishments, significant strides towards building her legacy, and acknowledging her contribution personally and professionally.
Nominate a Woman of Inspiration and get ready to celebrate the achievements of women and the men who SuppportHER in Calgary, October 3 and Toronto, October 9.

Book your tickets to connect with likeminded stakeholders, visionaries, change makers, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the globe! Tickets and Details: www.canadainbusinesschicks.com/events
Email: Deborah@deborahlkerbel.com to become a Strategic Partner or Host Committee Member:

Calgary, AB - Women of Inspiration Gala + After Party | October 3

Toronto, ON - 3 Day Inspire Summit | October 8 - 10
Day 1 - Opening Soiree
Day 2 - Bliss Experience
Day 2 - Women of Inspiration Awards Gala + After Party | October 9
Day 3 - Media Brunch + SupportHER Round Tables

It is our honour to introduce our Women of Inspiration Host Committee Members who are committed business leaders, thought leaders, celebrities and influencers committed to elevating role models and Women of Inspiration locally, nationally and globally. Our Host Committee is committed to elevate Women of Inspiration and taking action to embrace diversity and be a visible leaders and champion of women.

We believe every woman has a story and look forward to celebrating our role models who take the road less travelled, ignore the naysayers, pave the path for others to follow and DREAM BIG! #WOI2019DreamBig

Monica Kretschmer

Founder and CEO, Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiraiton and The Nest Foundation

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration Awards, The Nest Foundation and SupportHER elevating male leaders who champion women in their networks, workplaces and communities.

Since launching Canadian Business Chicks in May 2014, Monica has broken traditional barriers and silos by embracing collaboration and diversity. In five short years, Monica has built a recognizable brand across Canada and spearheaded partnerships with government agencies, non-profits, venture capitalists, and women’s organizations. In 2015, Monica launched Women of Inspiration Awards to recognize women across Canada who lead by example and inspire others to be more and do more. Monica is celebrating her 5th year for Canadian Business Chicks and Women of Inspiration Awards. To date, Women of Inspiration has awarded 40 awards to role models in the local and national community and recognized over 300 women who are paving the road for others to follow in their footsteps.

Monica’s vision for 2019 and beyond is Universal to create an inclusive & sustainable network of inspiring women and the men who SupportHER globally who raise each other up, fostering valuable connections and believe in continuous learning.

Her vision is fueled by embracing diversity, breaking barriers and silos, elevating role models, encouraging more females to step into senior roles and boards, and elevate the men who champion for women and SupportHER in their networks, communities and workplaces and empower women to rebuild their lives through her work with The Nest Foundation.

Christine Neilsen

Founder, Contrast Consulting and Coaching | Host Committee Chair, Women of Inspiraiton

With over 20 years of experience in transforming and driving a variety of businesses forward, Christine is a master coach and an expert at helping organizations and individuals achieve greater levels of performance and success. But more importantly, she is a wife, mother and a friend who is committed towards growing a meaningful and impactful consulting business on a global level. After taking a break from the corporate world to focus on her family of 3 young children, she was reminded of her passion for consulting and rejoined the working world as an entrepreneur, starting her own consulting business allowing her to grow a global empire while still making her home life and family her primary focus. Although Christine is travelling around the globe and juggling a busy work/life schedule, she always operates from a stand point of giving back. She is always offering support to other entrepreneurs and providing valuable connections and insights helping other people grow their businesses'. Although she has fiery red hair, she also has a heart of gold and deserves to be honoured and recognized.

Lirim Harullaha

CFL, Placekicker, Hamilton Tiger Cats| Host Committee - Women of Inspiration

Born in Kosovo, Europe, Lirim and his family immigrated to Canada from safety of an ethnic cleansing in 1999. Since he was young he has been inspired to make a difference in his life and in the community. He holds two Master degrees in Sport Management from Western University and an MBA from Niagara University. He has also learned the game of American Football when he first came to Canada and due to his hard work and relentless dedication he has become a professional athlete in the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he has succeeded to be a League All-Star and Grey Cup Champion. He is actively involved with the McMaster Children’s Hospital, CFL’s anti bullying initiatives, Track 3 Ski School, and University Special Olympic Games.

Why Lirim is a SupportHER

Having two sisters growing up, Lirim has always actively been involved in supporting them to break barriers; from getting their drivers license to becoming the first females in his family to receive University degrees. He has also recently married his wife Deniza who has graduated from one of Canada’s top business school (Ivey Business School) and she’s in the process of finishing her MBA. He is excited to join the group to help inspire at any capacity.