2019 Panelists


Sabine Daniel is a business woman, speaker and award-winning tv and radio host described by her peers as a strong and remarkable woman of influence. She has been recognized for those qualities through several awards, including the Nelson Mandela Legacy Award in 2016, Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award, and the Fondation franco-ontarienne Saphir award for community engagement in 2017. She remains involved, providing her committed support to various projects and Francophone organizations in
minority communities in Quebec and Ontario:
Regroupement Affaires Femmes, Filleactive,
Femmes entrepreneurs et professionnelles, Centre
Espoir Sophie and Hôpital Montfort.

As newly appointed Director of Programming and Acquisitions for CNV TV, Sabine is not only a model of success in media, but also in the Black community and the Francophone community across the nation!


JoRodriguesAfter a required time-out from work overseas to recover from burn-out and process her experiences, Jo Rodrigues made a commitment to herself to do everything in her power to help women avoid and address gender discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and sexual violence. She also wanted women to feel clear, empowered and resilient. It’s why she started her business as a trainer and coach.

Jo’s approach is informed with 15 years of experience in Conflict Resolution and Women’s Rights implementation. Jo develops an understanding of and supports the building of skills to transform conflict, improve communication, nurture self-awareness, develop self-care practices and maintain healthy boundaries. She supports individuals and teams, primarily though not exclusively, in humanitarian aid and international development implement projects effectively from a place of clarity, empowerment and resilience. You can learn more about her experience and services here.


Profi_-pic_mp-34 Marie-Pierre Chaumont
is an Intuition & Connection Advisor and has the great privilege of channeling an amazing team of Spirit Guides, thanks to her precious gifts.

Even though she is now living her best life, it was not always the case. Her (re)connection with her soul only came after a fight with cancer at 24 years old (that cancer never stood a chance!) and a spectacular burnout six years later, which led her to rethink and transform her whole life. These life experiences made her realize that she did not want to half live, anymore. She wanted a luminous, inspired, creative and fulfilling life, but it was up to her to make it happen. Even though it was often a challenging path, she is now so grateful to have made that leap of faith and can say with confidence that her life freaking rocks, as it should. She is an inspirational speaker, hosts numerous workshops and published her first book in October 2018 “Une vie lumineuse” (A luminous life).


53078581_10212898016834115_394606287893037056_oAshley Beaudin is a heart encourager, speaker and mentor to women entrepreneurs. She is the visionary behind #TheImperfectBoss – a movement that is liberating thousands of women from perfection. Ashley is passionate about empowering women to create lives and businesses that light them up. She helps women on a mission create movements alongside their businesses, so that they can grow their community, visibility and impact. She is also the creator of the The Imperfect Boss Podcast and Camp, both aimed at inspiring your heart and increase your confidence through connection, encouragement, bravery and fun.



Lana Dingwall is a business coach, international best selling author, and podcaster,  who is hell-bent on helping other women build and grow their businesses. She helps entrepreneurs fill their client rosters, so that they can ditch the stress and overwhelm associated with growing a business, and instead focus more of their time and energy on using their gifts to serve others. She also works with entrepreneurs that have found themselves stuck on the never-ending hamster wheel, those who have build successful businesses but feel that work has become their entire lives and that have no idea how to move out of the day-to-day operations. She helps them move away from having their businesses run their lives to living the lives they intended.


We are extremely excited to add a #MusicianPanel to this year’s conference!

Singer-Songwriter. Chameleon. Her tender voice and her combination of jazz, folk, pop, and blues will leave you pleasantly astounded. Danielle Allard has been performing publicly for over 15 years and graced stages across Canada and Europe. After a tour of Germany and Portugal last year, Allard featured on the main stage at Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival and performed a showcase at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference. Her other festival appearances include performances at RBC Bluesfest, Marvest, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. She has also been a featured performer at festivals outside of the city, performing in Toronto’s TwimFest and Calabogie’s Mountain Man Music Festival. Her highly-anticipated third album, Passing Notes, was released in May 2018. She is known for her charity work in the nation’s capital, donating over 30 performances to various charities each year. Apart from her music, she is a community builder, teaching public relations and marketing at Algonquin College and working with local emerging artists and entrepreneurs in social media marketing and business strategy.


Chantal Hackett is an accomplished singer-songwriter, performer and vocal coach. Not only has she released three albums, she is also the owner and creator of Sing House Studios, a leading Vocal/Piano & Guitar School in Ottawa. She is an active speaker and leader in the community and host of her own web series entitled “Chantal TV: Be the Artist You are Meant to Be”. Over the years, Chantal has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the United Nations in Vienna, and she has shared the stage with Juno nominated singers Roch Voisine and David Gogo. Chantal is devoted to her students and to her community and loves spending her time off with her fiancée, family and fur baby!
Laura Gagnon is an award winning R&B/POP Artist who grew up in London, On but now resides in Ottawa. She has done multiple original solo tours in Ontario and a 3-year stint throughout the United States with nationally acclaimed touring act The McCartney Years led by mastermind Yuri Pool. In the last 2 years Laura had the opportunity to fly to France to sing the Canadian bilingual anthem at Maples for Vimy Tree Planting commemoration and Armistice held in Arras, France. She was also nominated for the 2017 Contributor Jack Richardson London Music Awards for her work with the London Music Scene by creating an all female musicians network of some of the top female musicians in South Western Ontario called ” The Doll House.” Since then Laura has teamed up with Artist Alliance Company to start her next BIG project and has been crowned Social Media Guru and Artist Supervisor. In April Laura heads back into the studio to record her next hit single!