CONGRATS TO ALL OF OUR FINALISTS AND RECIPIENTS – YOU are marvelous, inspiring, and amazing role models.

I have been given the task to thank our sponsors and partners, before I do, I will share some initiatives that demonstrate how the WBN continues to evolve and embrace today’s women in business. New membership categories, skill base development, an ambassador program, member only benefits, increased participation within the business community and more networking opportunities to strut your stuff.

Quoting from an Article in the Huffington Post ‘Women’s Networking Groups provide lucrative opportunities and added value to the bottom line. …they are power circles that enhance personal, professional and Company brands. ‘The success of a person’s career depends on the strength of her network.’

The WBN believes in and supports giving back to the Community.

Scholarships recognizing female student achievements from Ottawa U, Carleton U and Algonquin are awarded annually.

In addition to the scholarships, WBN fundraising activities support the charity ‘Healthy Women Healthy Community’, a 20M Ottawa Hospital project in support of women’s health research, care and awareness. I would like to recognize Jennifer Van Noort, Vice President, Philanthropy The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

WBN supports ‘My First Suit’ which provides support for women transitioning back into the workplace. Co founders are Nicole Loreto Vice-President, Communications & Partnerships of The Royal Ottawa Hospital and Sandra Tisiot creator of MyLifeLocker and Founder of the WomenInBusiness Conference.

Thank you time –

Category Sponsors:

Perly Robertson Hill and McDougal

PWL Capital

GGFL Chartered Accounts

Event Sponsors:

Davidsons Jewellers, Unrefined Olive, Valberg Imaging, Beaudry Flowers, BYA Volunteer committee and NEXT Wave Events,

Media Sponsors:

Rogers Tv. Ottawa Business Journal, Kiss FM – my pals Carter and Sandra,

And to those business that support us throughout the year.

I do hope you enjoyed your evening and leave feeling # WBNinspired and with a heightened awareness, that It is fabulous to celebrate being a women in business, to be successful, to be a decision maker, to be the boss, as an entrepreneur, professional or within a Corporation – and to rock the suit and shoes. And if your power suit is power sweat pants, you totally rock those too.

Thank YOU for sharing this celebration of women in business with us this evening.

Pauline Fleming