Jessica KeatsHEALER • CONSULTANT • SECRET WEAPON,
Jessica is a strong leader, passionate about women embracing their full potential, finding their inner power and becoming the leaders they are meant to be.
Jessica is an International Healer consulting with individuals and businesses to increase and maximize potential as well as profit. Her profound abilities of Healing, Intuition and Strategy make her the best known Secret Weapon behind the success of powerful people, entrepreneurs and professionals.
Vice President of Operations
Abbie SizerBMO Private Banking, Associate Private Banker
I have a passion for making meaningful connections and helping people. As a Senior Banker with BMO Financial Group, I focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience by truly understanding my clients and conducting a thorough needs assessment to offer tailored solutions that deepen my relationship with my clients and fulfilling my clients' immediate and future financial needs. I'm currently working towards my PFP designation to hone my financial advisor skills and knowledge. I currently reside in the Glebe with my rescued dog, Frank. When I'm not working, you'll find me cooking in my kitchen, hiking in the woods, or browsing the shelves at a bookstore.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Victoria StewartOttawa Business Journal, Account Executive
Great River connects clients with powerful marketing, media and publishing strategies. Based in Ottawa, Great River produces respected, market-leading local print, digital and event products. The Ottawa Business Journal has been owned and produced by Great River Media since 2010.
The OBJ is a leading media brand in the Ottawa Region, providing news, business resources, local events and marketing opportunities to Ottawa's B2B community.
Soula BurrellEntrepreneur, Networking Strategist
Soula is a Membership and Networking Strategist with over 10 years of experience. Her professional attributes have earned her many accolades for client satisfaction. Her experience includes work with solopreneurs, executives, the Nepean Chamber of Commerce, Collab Space and the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.
Soula’s passion is people. She is known for her strong communication skills, friendliness and creating a positive experience.
Jennifer Baldwin, CPA, CAGGFL, LLP, Manager, Assurance & Advisory Services
Lisa DuncanSTAY or GO STAGING, Owner
STAY or GO STAGING - Owner
Lisa works with clients to transform & maximize the use & value of their space & property.
STAY or GO STAGING focuses on layout, flow, organization, consolidation, updating, purging, living transition, storage, re-purposing, lighting, decor, style and staging.
Lisa’s previous roles have included sales in data, analytics, IP telecom, offset print and 11 years as the owner operator of a wholesale/retail bakery.
With Lisa’s experience in B2B sales and as an entrepreneur, she is very familiar with organizational operations, large and small. Lisa loves to connect with people and connect people with each other, both socially and in business.
As the Executive Secretary, Lisa is excited to serve the members of the WBN in the National Capital Region.
Chair of Events
Arpita DarBMO, Personal Banker
I am a Personal Banker at Bank of Montreal and I am passionate about taking the mystery out of how personal finances function. Having grown up in Canada, I realize there is a gap in our educational system in regards to teaching our young adults about managing their finances. I aim to bridge this gap with every client that walks into my office.
I am involved in my local community through my efforts in BMO Pride for the Ottawa area. Making sure all my clients feel welcome and accepted is a priority and helping my community express the same openness is a personal goal of mine.
Chair of Membership
Diana LidstoneThe Entrepreneur's G.P.S. , Growth Strategist for Talented Business Owners
For 30+ years, Diana Lidstone has been an entrepreneur! During that time, she built 5 profitable businesses! Today she takes that wisdom, combines it with her practical 'get it done' attitude, adds a sprinkle of strategy & mindset to help coaches, healers and consultants to go from overworked & financially frustrated to passionate & profitable. Her 2016 best selling book, SHIFT INTO RICH: Navigate 9 Roadblocks to Small Business Success, has been a pivotal resource for business owners who want to shift into high gear. For fun, she & her husband & dog Bella spend time boating in the Thousand Islands, Ontario.
Chair of Marketing & Communications
Heidi DuchesneRBC Royal Bank, Commercial Account Manager
I am a professional relationship manager delivering top-tier financial advice in an end-to-end industry, whose specialized approach aligns sales, products, risk policy, and market strategies to deliver solutions specific for individual needs and to solve intricate business challenges.
At RBC we thrive on the challenge to be our best, progressive thinking to keep growing, and working together to deliver trusted advice to help our clients thrive and communities prosper.
Chair of Gala
Deborah BardDeborah Bard Consulting , CEO
At Bard Consulting we offer senior professionals with a record of driving business process management and operational excellence. Our goal is to help businesses achieve process standards and create positive change to increase profitability.
I have worked in the Airline industry in Europe for most of my career in Project Management, Continuous Improvement and Kaizen/Lean process management. After 20 years living in Switzerland, my husband I moved to Ottawa last fall, to be closer to family and to foster the Canadian roots in our children. I enjoy meeting people, building relationships and giving back to the community, which is why I have joined the WBN.
Chair of Nominations
Hiba Kukaswadia Joule Inc., Financial Controller
Hiba Kukaswadia is the Finance Business Lead of Joule Inc, Canadian Medical Association subsidiary designed to assist physicians in the pursuit of clinical excellence, through the support of physician-led innovation, and by inspiring physician-adoption of knowledge products and innovative technologies and services. With a background in consulting and healthcare, Hiba is passionate about using financial data to own strategy, drive development, and support business partners. Hiba has been actively involved in the Nominations Committee since 2017.