The Olga Howe Networker of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious honours the WBN bestows on members. It can be presented to one member per year who has distinguished herself by serving, sharing, guiding, mentoring and inspiring others in the network.


  • To honour members who best exemplify the WBN Mission Statement.
  • To provide models of networking success.
  • To encourage long-term consecutive membership and participation in the network.


  1. Has been a full member in good standing for a minimum of 24 consecutive months prior to receiving this award.
  2. Has provided support, guidance, inspiration, leadership and networking to WBN members.
  3. Has freely contributed her time and talent to the WBN.
  4. The recipient will be a member who during the past year:
    1. has actively been a committee member
    2. introduced one new prospective member by bringing them to a regular meeting
    3. has attended a minimum of 50% of the regular meetings within the year.
  5. Is not a member of the WBN board nor a compensated employee.

All timeframes based on WBN fiscal year.

2015 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

userID_196_originalAvatar_Christina_Nesrallah-200x133Christina Nesrallah
Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network
Christina’s commitment to helping others contributes to the quality of my relationships with people. From organizing charitable events for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Bust a Move for Breast Cancer, Nordic Walk for Cancer Survivorship to having been a small business owner, she has always prided herself on being honest, approachable, and dedicated.

2014 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

_ORT1581-10072_R.jpgDiane Merpaw

Diane is a Goddess Coach, Certified Professional Sex Coach and Inspirational Speaker. She shows women how to create a life filled with pleasure from the inside out so that they feel alive, connected and fulfilled.  Will you Dare to Be yourself in world that is constantly telling you how you are to show up?


2013 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

anne-van-delst.jpgAnne Van Delst
Ginsberg Gluzman Fage
& Levitz, LLP

Anne brings over 20 years of experience to her role as a Partner of assurance and advisory services with the Westboro accounting firm of Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz, LLP (GGFL). An interest in helping clients achieve their goals and a good memory are some of the key attributes that Anne brings to public practice. She helps provide clients with the information necessary to make informed decisions and is an integral part of their business advisory teams.A WBN member since 2001, Anne has held the roles of President, Treasurer and chair of the Program Committee for the Network. Anne has served on several boards in her professional career. She balances her community involvement with an active and healthy lifestyle centered on family, sports and leisure activities

2012 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

sandra_harvey.jpgSandra Harvey
Murphy Business Ottawa

Sandra is co-founder of Murphy Business Ottawa and assists business owners with the sale of their businesses. She has over 15 years experience in financial, operational and general management of independent businesses.

Her background provides her with a diverse skill set ideal for both executing the technical aspects and managing the non-technical elements during the sale transaction. Sandra has received accolades from buyers, sellers and their professional advisors regarding her strategic and collaborative approach during the sale process.

Sandra completed her MBA in 2006 and has a Bachelors of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of Women’s Business Network, CAFE (Canadian Association of Family Enterprise), the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Leaders At Heart (University of Ottawa Heart Institute).

2010 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

bev_carroll.jpgBev Carroll
Espresso Uno – Ottawa

Over the past 10 years, Bev and company have brought the café experience to special events. Groups want excellent gourmet coffees for their guests, companies want to show that management cares and want to bring community and fun to the workplace.

With over 23 years, in the health services industry, Bev is passionate about delivering the best possible product and service to her clients.
From careful planning, to execution, to follow-up, Bev covers all the details.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff and “thinking like the customer” have made her clients come back for more.

Bev’s goal is to show that specialty beverages can affordably be enjoyed at events in the office, the home, the banquet hall, at the tradeshow or golf tournament.

Espresso Uno continues to create smiles, community and fun at special events!

2009 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

jennifer_radley.jpgJennifer Radley

Jennifer provides people with tools to manage and succeed in their daily lives. With over 25 years of experience in health care and consulting, she is passionate about working with individuals and teams to increase emotional intelligence (EQ) and foster healthy interpersonal relationships. She designs and delivers customized training and coaching in various aspects of EQ, Interpersonal Communication and Assertiveness, Stress Management, Team Development, Anger Awareness, Work-Life Balance, and Retirement Planning.

A registered Occupational Therapist with a background in mental health, Jennifer also provides individual counselling to clients who are in transition back to work following a leave for stress or depression, or seeking tools to prevent such a crisis. Her goal is to help people tap into their strengths and expand their repertoire of personal skills.

2008 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

nancy-lee_glover.jpgNancy-lee Glover
gcb Glover Customs Brokers Inc.

Nancy-lee is President of Glover Customs Brokers Inc., a company that specializes in the movement of goods across international borders. She was the President of the WBN in 2003 and currently an active member of the Program Committee. In the past year she was also part of the focus group for the Ad Hoc Committee.

Nancy Lee met all the criteria. She introduced Kara-Lee Golota Vice-President of RBR Ltd. to the network and Kara-Lee joined the WBN.

This is the second time that Nancy-lee is the recipient of this award.

2007 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

elizabeth_jones.jpgElizabeth Jones
Mulligans Florist

For the last ten years while Liz has been the owner of Mulligans Florist, she has also been a member of the Women’s Business Network. She has been the primary marketing leader for Mulligans, building business relationships with several Ottawa companies as well as with organizations associated with her previous career as a teacher in Ottawa. Liz has formed linkages with caterting companies, investment firms, and other companies through her work on various WBN committees; and provided floral arrangements to the annual Gala and other events. Liz has led Mulligans into satisfying charity and community support roles with several organizations, for example the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, the Youville centre, Ovarian Cancer Association, the Shepherds of Good Hope, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In addition to marketing and day-to-day business activities at Mulligans, Liz has also coached her staff in customer relations and teamwork; she maintains a strong personal involvement with
Mulligans’ customers. As a teacher, she was heavily involved with community-school relations: in addition to coaching various sports, she organized the annual career days and networked with a
number of companies in setting up co-op placements for students from the school.

Liz has been a regular, reliable and hard-working member of several WBN committees over the years, including the Business Achievement Awards, the Nominating and Awards Committee, and the Jill Brown Memorial Golf Tournament.

2006 Olga Howe Networker of the Year

sue_smarkala.jpgSue Smarkala
B.Math, A.T.C.
Professional and Life Coach
Adlerian Counselling and Consulting Group, Inc.

Sue is a Professional and Life Coach and facilitator who offers coaching and facilitation to individuals and groups. Sue supports her clients to create positive change in their work/life relationships, enabling them to become more effective and more successful in achieving their goals. Coaching is a journey towards the client’s goals – topics may include developing leadership skills, increasing effectiveness in a particular area of life, improving interpersonal relationships, choosing a different career.

Sue offers a hybrid service of training and coaching, working closely with clients to customize leadership and communication training programs. The follow-on coaching ensures a focus on the application of new skills into the workplace.

As a manager in the high tech industry for more than 25 years, Sue built strong technical teams to deliver software project objectives by facilitating communication, supporting individual development and creating an open environment in which people’s contributions were encouraged and recognized. In this capacity, she worked with many new supervisors to develop their skills and competence in management and leadership.

Sue is an Associate of the Adlerian Counselling and Consulting Group in Ottawa.

Sue has a keen interest in developing strong communities through her volunteer work with her church community and the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa – a network of entrepreneurial, management and commissioned sales women. She has been a WBN member for over 20 years.