WOI Committees Selection Committee
Meet our dedicated Women of Inspiration Committee Members. Our Selection Committee and Nominee Ambassadors are volunteer business leaders, advisors and past Women of Inspiration Award winners who want to move the needle to celebrate women who are inspiring others through their actions and leadership! These extraordinary individuals are passionate about empowering women to have a voice, raise their profiles and pave the path for others to follow!
Selection Committee Chair | Owner of Awareness Strategies, Success Therapy Clinic
Michelle Nedelec, Owner of Awareness Strategies, Success Therapy Clinic and creator of Success Therapy, the process; Michelle has been running her companies since 2003. As a business owner for over 25 years, Michelle specializes in helping business owners grow their companies through systems, strategies and state of mind. This includes business coaching, facilitating workshops and consulting management. She not only has a passion for helping entrepreneurs grow into business owners but also through life’s toughest moments. She has, in fact, accomplished some phenomenal breakthroughs in the world of trauma. She was even acknowledged for her work by being awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her successful work with clients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
2016 Women of Inspiration Award - Lifetime Achievement | Empowerment Coach, Author, Speaker
Donna Dahl, Empowerment Coach and Author, was awarded Woman of Inspiration for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She currently serves as the Woman of Inspiration Awards Selection Committee Co-Chair and is honoured to do so. 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 award, that was my invitation to accept the challenge to continue my work but with more conviction than ever before.”
In her book, Lessons I Learned from the Tortoise, she wrote, “Challengers inspire us to take giant steps long before we might ever become giants.” Recognition from one’s peers matters.
Diane L. Harms, Q.C.
WOI2015 - Women of Inspiration | Family Lawyer, Dunais McKay + Harms
Diane practices a “no nonsense” approach to advocating for a sensible, fair and just resolution for her clients. Her objective is to provide strategic guidance and sound legal advice to clients who find themselves in complicated family situations. Diane’s extensive litigation and appellate experience – spanning over 25 years – is a foundational element of what makes Daunais McKay + Harms a leader in the Calgary legal community. Outside the courtroom, Diane has an expansive body of work and numerous professional achievements. Some of these include: Co-author of legal articles; Instructor for CPLED and Trial Advocacy courses; Recipient of Contribution Award from Alberta Law Society (2012); Listed in Best Lawyers International 2012 to present; Appointed Queen’s Counsel (2016)
Dr Laura Hambley-Lovett
WOI Selection Committee | WOI2019 - Global Influencer | Psychologist | Entrepreneur | Authour
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 year and is inspired by the way this organization continues to make a difference for women.
WOI2018 Finalist | Founder, Momaitas Journey
Sam is a nurse/midwife and teacher with a career spanning 3 decades and 3 continents, working in public, private and charitable sectors. She is recognized as a huge advocate for women as a writer, transformational coach, international speaker, and is what you could call, a connector of hearts. Her work is largely focused upon helping mothers and daughters struggling with their difficult sometimes, toxic, relationships, resolving issues such as self-esteem, confidence, relationships, happiness, chronic disease, and body image.
Being nominated for a WOI award was a turning point for me! Simply knowing somebody out there recognized and support me was HUGE! Even though I did not win, the boost to my self-esteem, confidence, and recognition for my work was motivation for me to support other women to receive the same! I am SO proud to be a member of this years selection committee and be a part of this movement to empower women!
WOI2018 SupportHER | SVP and General Manager, Income Access
An accomplished leader of overall excellence with more than 16 years of experience delivering superior results based on best business practices within the payments sector and digital marketing space. Experience overseeing large teams of in-house, remote and outsourced employees that range from front-line support staff to senior managers. Dedicated to perfecting processes and procedures to improve service levels as well as customer engagement and satisfaction that result in low client attrition. An experienced leader in divisional P&L management. Proud recipient of Female Executive of the Year 2018 (Stevie Awards) and 2018 Woman of Inspiration Award, SupportHER (Canadian Business Chicks). 2019 finalist for Leader of the Year - Suppliers Award (Women in Gaming).
Tara Wilson currently oversees all aspects of Income Access (A Paysafe Company) and its overall evolution. Her wide-ranging operational role of Senior Vice President and General Manager focuses on streamlining the operations and processes of internal departments – from software development, QA and account management teams to marketing and business development units – as well as growing the company’s global client base.
Beyond her current role, and daily work commitments, Tara takes great pride in using her years of experience and knowledge to mentor internal and external perspective up and comers to reach their maximum potential and aspire for new career goals, objectives, and opportunities. She is passionate about the development of her staff and individuals seeking her guidance and tutorship. She currently is the moderator for leadership and best practices Book Club inside her organization as well.
Jessica Tsang MN NP
WOI2018 Millennial Leader | Founder and Director. Direct Health Solutions
Jessica Tsang is a family nurse practitioner with a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She is also the Founder and director of Direct Health Solutions, a family medicine clinic dedicated to increasing accessibility to primary health care through house calls. She is a strong advocate to improve the patient’s experience of health and healthcare and uses this approach as a foundation when she is teaching nursing students at Mount Royal University. Jessica is proud to have been the recipient of the 2018 Woman of Inspiration Millennial Leader award for her contributions in her community and looks forward to taking part in the selection committee for the 2019 awards.
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WOI2016 Trailblazer - Technology (STEM) | President, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc.
Deanna is an experienced speaker, trainer, engineer and mentor that has a talent for identifying gaps and providing solutions to systemic, organizational and transformational change. I bring over 20 years of experience and education in oil, gas, renewables, and pipelines and I am passionate about Global Energy Transitions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People. I help STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused organizations move forward in operationalizing Indigenous inclusion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. As a formally trained pianist, vocalist, and musical theatre performer Deanna's belief that incorporating the Arts in Science Technology Engineering and Math will engage future diverse perspectives into STEM (STEAM).