The Speakers

Barbara Stegemann

Top Game Changer, CBC's Dragon's Den, CEO and Founder. The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues Beauty, a company that sources organic oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti the Middle East and Rwanda). Despite addressing complex global matters in her talks, Stegemann uses humour to explain how individuals can use business for good and effect change, both at home and worlds away.

Stegemann became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the "Top Game Changer" in the history of the show for creating her social enterprise.

Since then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada”; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine's "Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs"; received the “Women Innovators Award” from the US State Department at the APEC Women and the Economy Summit; and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force. In addition, her fragrance collection won Chatelaine’s "Beauty 100 Award".

As a keynote speaker, Stegemann has opened for Erin Brockovich, and is often invited to moderate panels and attend events as a delegate with world leaders such as Bill Clinton.

She is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, and the writer (and subject) behind the feature-length documentary Perfume Wars, directed by Michael Melski. The film tells Barb's entrepreneurial story and has garnered many awards to date, including being named Best Feature Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival; Cineplex Audience Choice, Victoria Film Festival; and Best Humanitarian Film, Sedona Film Festival, Arizona.

A newsmaker, Stegemann has been featured in major media around the world including in the The Wall Street Journal Magazine, The London Sunday Times, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Tattler, and on CBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and more.

7 Virtues fragrances are phthalate free and vegan and are available at the Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada and in the USA at Lord & Taylor.

Monica Kretschmer

Speaker - Founder and CEO Canadain Business Chicks and Women of Inspiration

Monica is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Business Chicks, Women of Inspiration and The Nest Foundation. Monica is a native Calgarian and entrepreneur at heart with a passion for building authentic and relevant connections, empowering women and embraces life with courage, confidence, commitment and integrity. Monica's mission is to help women truly prosper at all levels of life and business with purpose.

Ever since she hatched the idea for Canadian Business Chicks and its Nest in 2014 and Women of Inspiration in 2015, Monica has been carrying a torch brighter than the one atop the Calgary Tower, spreading the word and building excitement around her ambitious vision. And given her knack for inspiring others and making people believe anything is possible, the success of the Nest should come as no surprise.

A Woman of Inspiration owns her story and is not defined by her story. She is a crazy about life, embraces vulnerability, speakers her truth, and lives each day "On Purpose" fulfilling her dreams and inspiring others around her to greatness. She is everyday hero with an extraordinary vision. She lives her life in service to others, leads by example, is fearless of the road less travelled and shines the light for those to inspire and be inspired. A woman of inspiration is passionate and dedicated to her work, she exists deep inside of each of us!

2017 Women of Inspiration - Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan

Emcee - Actor - CBC HEARTLAND Television

"Coming together to recognize women who inspire us is a great way to build community." –Michelle Morgan

Michelle Morgan lives her life through her passions. Driven to tell the stories that inspire her, she has been acting since her youth, and has found new activities and causes she cares about along the way. When she’s not acting, she can be found fighting for women’s rights, or snowboarding and surfing with her family. Michelle will be back as Lou when Season 10 of CBC’s “Heartland” premieres in the fall of 2016.

Michelle is a first-generation Canadian of Chilean descent. She was born in Calgary and moved away at a young age, growing up mostly in Vancouver and Toronto. She never thought of herself as an actor until her grade 10 drama teacher asked her to join the Improv Team. Michelle loved making people laugh, and realized the power of theatre and film to change the way that people see the world. She decided she would dedicate her life to acting.

Michelle studied theatre at the University of Toronto, where she also minored in Greek theatre studies, classical literature, and sociology. She began her professional acting career on the stage, performing Shakespeare in the park in Toronto, summer stock theatre and creating plays with her friends. She also dabbled in live sketch comedy, notably performing at Laugh Sabbath nights in Toronto. Her next theatrical venture will be playing the femme fatale in Vertigo Theatre’s film noir inspired the production of "The Big Sleep."

Michelle’s first appearance on the big screen was the lead role in George A. Romero’s "Diary Of The Dead" (2007.) Notable television appearances include the CW’s “Supernatural,” City’s “Package Deal,” SyFy’s “Stargate: Atlantis,” and Showtime’s “The L Word.” Currently, Michelle is starring as Lou Flemming on CBC’s “Heartland,” the story of a family dealing with the highs and the lows of running a horse rescue ranch set against the backdrop of Alberta’s stunning rocky mountain foothills.

Michelle is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and she has volunteered with Women’s Shelters across Canada for the past 15 years. In 2013 she became the “I Am Courage” Campaign ambassador for the Brenda Strafford Centre for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, and in 2015 she became the “My Homefront” campaign ambassador for Homefront, a Calgary-based non-profit which serves victims of domestic abuse.
Michelle will return as Lou on the long-running series “Heartland,” which will release in the fall of 2016.

Chloe Shingoose - Women of Inspiration 2018

Chloe Shingoose

National Anthem - Vocalist

"An inspiring woman to me, is a woman that fills you with the urge to do something that creates a better world around us." Chloe Shingoose

Chloe Shingoose is 13 years old and in Grade 7. She loves to excel in everything that you put in front of her. She keeps herself very busy musically with Vocal Lessons, Choir, Piano and Guitar. She has competed in Local Music Festivals which then allowed her to compete at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival for the past several years. She has a passion for Country Music but loves all genres and ages. She enjoys singing the anthem at Hockey Games, Rodeos, Football Games and numerous other events. This past year she was able to sing at the Ponoka Stampede on Canada Day which was a great follow up to performing at the Canadian Finals Rodeo a couple years ago after she won an anthem singer contest through CFCW . The icing on the cake is her chance friendship with W. Brett Wilson that has given her the opportunity to perform at his Fundraisers with the most recent being the SoulMen60 event where she sang the Anthem and hit the stage with another great friend Brett Kissel to perform Trisha Yearwood’s - She’s In Love With a Boy. This was by far one of the most amazing things that she has done to this day. Hitting that stage just felt “right” and has given her a smile that one cannot hide. Their friendship, kindness and wisdom are something that will never be forgotten. Chloe is also an athlete that enjoys every sport. Her Hockey team just won Provincials in March and now she is on to Provincial Softball. Somehow with all of this going on she still manages to keep her grades up and is always looking for the next adventure with STARS in her eyes.