President

Victoria Stewart

Account executive and project lead at the Ottawa Busienss Journal

Victoria is publishing and advertising and media sales professional professional currently working within a local media environment in Ottawa. She works with Ottawa-based organizations to build out advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns focused on awareness, education and lead generation in a multimedia environment. She’s a proud supporter of the WBN and thrilled to work with values-based community organziations. 


Vice President of Operations

Gina Maddalena

Human resources business partner in talent management, total rewards, culture & inclusion

As a Human Resources professional with over fifteen years of experience fulfilling organization talent management needs, Gina has a proven track record of using her dynamic skills and curiosity to improve programs with process design and technology in both her work and  volunteer roles.

Gina is passionate about learning and development professionally and personally.  As a strategic HR Business Partner with Ceridian, one the largest HR and Payroll system providers, she guides leaders in the development of their talent and teaches part-time with WorldatWork, an association dedicated to supporting the total rewards practice. 

A resilient independent colleague as well as a collaborative team member, she prides herself in having honesty and integrity as the pillars of her work ethic.  

Giving back to the community is also an important aspect of life to Gina.

She has volunteered with several non-profit and associations including HRPA, and the Ottawa Italian Week.

As she continues to grow and contribute,  she is thrilled to be part of the Women’s Business Network to help drive the strategic vision and operations of the association with our board. 


Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Christina Nesrallah

Investment fund advisor / life and health insurance advisor at Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network

Straightforward, honest and approachable, Christina Nesrallah is a financial advisor with Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network—and a steady presence in the local Ottawa charitable community.

Passionate about community and the wellbeing of others, Christina is dedicated to understanding each of her clients on a personal level, and takes great pleasure in providing financial security solutions that will help people sleep more easily at night. She brings to her job a legacy of knowledge and experience—much of it inherited from her father, who spent 50 years in the industry.

A self-described “serial philanthropist,” Christina has helped raise awareness as well as thousands of dollars for local charities over several years. She actively participates in many charitable events throughout Ottawa, and has sat on several leadership committees such as the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Nordic Walk for Cancer Survivorship Care, Bust a Move for Breast Health, the Jeanne Fuller Red Dress Golf Committee, and the Eldercare Foundation. 

Christina is also an avid event planner. In April 2016, she organized and hosted Caring for Caregivers: The Sandwich Generation —a half-day panel discussion featuring expert insights and strategies on being prepared for the inevitability of caring for aging family members.

Social, active and extroverted, Christina also works as a GoodLife Group Fitness Instructor.  She strives for all aspects of her life to exemplify her values – the importance of maintaining physical, emotional, and financial health.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and three beautiful daughters – ages 22, 19, and 11.  She also enjoys good food, good wine, and great company. 
Christina is a proud and active member of the Women’s Business Network.  In addition to chairing the Golf Committee for the past several years, she has sat on the Sponsorship Committee, and is an enthusiastic representative of the WBN Ambassador Program.


Treasurer

Allison Paré

Manager, Assurance & Advisory SeManager, Assurance at Welch LLP

Allison Paré is a Manager in Assurance at Welch LLP, a mid-sized accounting firm in the Ottawa area and Eastern Ontario. Her work primarily focuses on assurance engagements for not-for-profit organizations and charities, however she also performs tax and non-assurance engagements for small-medium sized, privately owned, enterprises. In a professional setting that still tends to be male dominant, Allison thinks it is incredibly important to have networks and organizations like the WBN that raises women up and allows us to become the best professional women we can be. Allison is proud to be a part of this network.


Corporate Secretary

Shelbi Dippold

Associate lawyer at SKS Law LLP

Shelbi Dippold is a lawyer at the boutique law firm of SKS Law LLP where her practice focuses primarily on corporate law, estate and succession planning, and civil litigation. She prides herself on taking the “legalese” out of the legal process and helping clients understand the legal complexities facing their businesses and estates. She advises on a range of issues from the incorporation of a start-up business to assisting in the merger or acquisition of larger complex businesses as well as advising on estates of all shapes and sizes.

When not practicing law, she can be found baking up a storm and forcing friends and family to taste test her various creations or throwing on her hiking boots and exploring the Ottawa valley with her dog.


Chair of Events

Corrie Cassalman

Financial planner, investment and retirement planning at RBC

For over 20 years, Corrie has worked with clients in helping them achieve financial freedom. She started in the financial services industry in 1999 and has been with RBC since 2001. She brings her expertise to personal and small business clients in her current role of Financial Planner, specializing in investment and retirement planning. She strives to find a balance approach that makes sense for her clients, balancing today’s needs with tomorrow’s objectives. A graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Commerce program, Corrie has earned her Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Investment Manager designations as well as completed many other industry courses. She is proud to call Ottawa home and enjoys exploring all that Ottawa has to offer.


Chair of Membership

Dina Beaudoin

Independent consumer education and development consultant

For several years, Dina had supported the network and appreciated the profound impact of the WBN from the outside, looking in. This was through attending charitable events, participating in community initiatives, and listening to the outstanding stories of WBN founding members. Add to that being a firsthand witness to the rise and evolution of her own mother’s journey as a woman business owner and active contributor within the network, it was just a matter of time before Dina decided to “come on home” to the WBN.

Now as a proud member and self-proclaimed “lifer”, Dina recognizes the powerful ripple effect throughout the National Capital Region because of the collaboration, contribution, and actions that occur amongst members within the WBN. The relationships and the unending efforts are a force unlike any other. It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to follow in the footsteps of long-time members and the legacy of what this network represents. Dina believes deeply in acknowledging where we have come from and who has walked before us, in all areas of our lives, and to recognize how we can honour, learn, and carry the torch forward.

Professionally, having worked in marketing, media and HR for 15 years, Dina’s career path is now dedicated to military service and the family business. Celebrating 26 years in business, the Beaudoin family supports thousands of consumers with household and health-related grocery services, providing convenient online shopping and home delivery. As a servant leader in her professional and personal life, Dina’s beliefs and actions are to show up with enthusiasm, compassion, openness and an acceptance that we are always “becoming”. Dina’s approach is to be REAL and imperfect, as life is all about learning, teaching, falling, rising, and growing together. As a favourite quote and personal family motto reads:

“Be patient with me God, I’m a work in a progress …”


Chair of Gala

Vacant


Chair of Nominations

Mira Yasiri

Business Development Manager, CIBC Business Banking

Mira Yasiri has been a national award-winning Regional Branch Manager for more than 15 years as a highly successful team leader, sales manager, business development manager and mortgage broker. As a team leader, she has worked closely with sales teams in providing guidance, coaching, and mentorship to identify suitable customer prospects and develop collaborations with various firms. Under her leadership, she directed complex projects from concept to fully operational status; she has resolved contractual and service issues and analyzed data to produce efficient operations. Her most recent role in business development has included generating opportunities that established long-term relationships with business clients and built networks and centres of influence within her communities. She has received national recognition for her results and the support she provided the business community during COVID-19. The support has earned her the respect of the Women’s Business Network, where she is now leading the organization as a member of the Executive Board. To Mira, being a part of the Women’s Business Network means supporting women who want to support each other and get the best for one another.

Mira is an excellent communicator with a broad base of expertise in all aspects of the financial industry and the vision to help lead teams to achieve superior results. Her commitment to her community is reflected in her extensive track record of volunteer activities. Mira is continuing her professional development and, in 2020, began a Master in Business Administration (MBA) program with expected completion in 2022.


Chair of Mentorship

Laura Tippett

KPMG, Partner, Global Mobility Services at KPMG

Background:
Laura is a Partner in KPMG’s Global Mobility Services (GMS) practice. Laura has over 15 years’ experience in Canadian and US personal tax and expatriate taxation. Laura is based out of KPMG’s Ottawa office but has primary responsibility for clients all over Eastern Canada.

Professional and Industry Experience:
Laura assists companies and their employees who are travelling cross-border. She works with employees who are on foreign assignments, travelling internationally on business, or relocating cross-border.
Laura has managed the Canadian/US expatriate programs for numerous multinational organizations, including overseeing several programs that have hundreds of Canadian-touching assignees annually. Laura advises on the management of international assignment programs; considers the tax and payroll aspects of international assignments; works with corporate tax colleagues to address the international corporate tax implications of those assignments and works with immigration professionals to consider both the tax and immigration implications of cross-border travel. She also has experience working with international executives in high-touch situations.
In addition to mobility program clients, Laura works with individuals who are US citizens residing in Canada, are Canadians spending time in the US, or have cross-border investments.

Laura also advises on Canadian and US issues related to compensation and benefit plans, including various types of equity and retirement plans.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Master of Accounting program, Laura is a Canadian trained CPA, CA and also holds her US CPA designation.

Community Involvement:
Laura is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Council at KPMG. She also leads the KPMG women’s network for Eastern Canada “Thrive”, and is an active member of the Ottawa Women’s Business Network (WBN), including chair of the Mentorship Program Committee. https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-tippett/