Check out what's happening this month throughout the Women's Business Network of Ottawa. 

September 2018

Message from the Executive Director

If you are looking for your tribe, this is it!

The Women’s Business Network of Ottawa is one of the premier networking organization’s for women to be a part of. If you are a new member or you aren’t sure how to navigate the membership please connect with Lisa Ann Robinson, who organizes Coffee, Tea and Me.

The WBN provides women with opportunities for development, fosters valuable connections, and facilitates member success through business growth.

Currently, we are a membership of over 200 dynamic and diverse women of all ages, cultures, industries and professions. We are confident that the WBN will deliver a positive and enlightening member experience. Be sure to take full advantage of your membership resources and promote yourself and your business. I encourage you to come forward with any ideas and help to create positive change. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Soula Burrell
WBN Executive Director

WBN is seeking board members.

Nominate yourself or a friend for leadership positions including president, communications, sponsorship, golf and more.

Email Julia Heintzman, our Corporate Secretary to nominate yourself or someone else.

  • BYA NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN: We believe that recognizing women that are running their business, not only encourages them to continue, but also helps them recognize themselves for everything that they have accomplished!. So many women fail to celebrate their own success, and this is a great way to publicly acknowledge their leadership abilities.

    All nominations must be submitted by October 31st, 2018.

    To submit your nomination, visit our website at

  • SOCIAL MEDIA SAAVY?: The Marketing & Communications Committee is looking for social media savvy gals to join in the fun on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. If this is of interest to you or you want to learn more it, contact Michèle Corriveau. 

  • SHOW YOUR EXPERTISE: By posting a blog to the WBN.  All blogs are published on the WBN website, social media channels and to this newsletter.

  • DISCOUNT: First time breakfast attendees can use the code joinus to get a discount on your first breakfast. 

  • SHARE: Do you have an event you want to promote on the WBN website and social media? Send us your details using this simple form.

New Members

We'd like to welcome two new members to the WBN this month: Stephanie Vivaraies, Alexandra Salamis, Ashley Magyar and Shea Popowicz.

Let's show these women a WBN welcome at the next event, or do one better and reach out to them on your own. 

Member spotlight: Alexandra Salamis

As a leadership development and change consultant and coach, Alexandra works with clients to create real-world human solutions in this era of rapid and unpredictable change. Working internationally, she's known for challenging and inspiring leaders, and organizations to shift their mindsets and expand their horizons to implement lasting change and breakthrough success.  Read all about Alexandra in her full membership spotlight here.


Upcoming events 

September 13 Lunch and Learn
 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Logan Katz LLP, 105-6 Gurdwara Road
Theme: Productivity

The theme for March is scaling and Margo's talk will walk you through one of the greatest challenges faced by entrepreneurs: how and when to scale.

October 9 - WineDown

When: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Industria Pizzeria + Bar - Lansdowne Park, 225 Marché Way #107
Speaker: Janet Riehm

Janet started her own business over 5 years ago and has never looked back. Around that time, she joined the Women's Business Network and soon became the Treasurer, a position she held for 2 years. 


September 20 - WBN annual members meeting (AMM)
 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive

Join us on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 to network with outgoing and incoming Board Members, ask your questions, give your feedback, and have your voice heard.

September 26 - Mix and Mingle Breakfast
When: 7:30 am - 9 am
Where: The Urban Element, 424 Parkdale Avenue 
Speaker: Jesemine Onyeukwu

Jesmine Onyeukwu is a passionate Organizing and Productivity Consultant and Coach, popularly known among her friends as “The Organizing Queen”.