WBN News

This edition of the WBN newsletter sees Linda Poitevin take over the role of editor. Look for upcoming changes to the newsletter format as Linda works in cooperation with the communications task force and the marketing & communications committee to bring you the best in WBN news. If you have questions or something you’d like to see included, you can reach her at lindapoitevin1@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of every month.

P.S. We are listening to your feedback and putting them into action. Looking for the President’s Pen? Keep reading.

Survey winner!

Thank you for raising your voices and taking the time to fill out the recent survey, WBN. Your input will help make us stronger than ever. Congratulations to Dianne King, winner (by random draw from all responses) of a complimentary ticket to the April Breakfast Mix & Mingle.

Mark Your Calendars!

WBN events are THE place to meet and network with some of the most dynamic, forward-thinking business women in Ottawa. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • April 24 — Businesswoman of the Year Gala — Ottawa’s premiere evening of inspiration! Nine finalists, three awards, and one stellar evening of celebration and excitement that you cannot miss.
  • April 30 — Breakfast Mix & Mingle (Breakfast Circle) at the urban element. Connect, share, learn, and get your day off to an inspired start. Oh, and you might even win a pair of tickets to the NAC or a Women of Influence event! (Details in Perks & Prizes.)
  • May 20 — Shepherds Spring Fashion Show — cast off the winter woollies and join us for a peek at spring’s fashion lineup!
  • June 25 — WBN Golf Tournament — as difficult as it is to imagine, golf really is just around the corner. Make plans now to join us for a great day of golfing!
  • July 15 — High Tea at Billings Estate — British high tea on the lawn of one of Canada’s national historic sites? We knew you’d say yes! (Stay tuned for details.)

Perks & Prizes

  • Exclusive to WBN members! Get a discount on Senators Hockey tickets — valid until April 12, 2014. GO SENS GO! (WBN members, please see your emailed newsletter for the code.)
  • Over the year, the National Arts Centre will be donating tickets to the WBN for upcoming theatre, music, and dance performances. Join us at our next Breakfast Mix & Mingle event for your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets (one pair to a member, and one to a WBN guest).

This month’s tickets will be for the upcoming Pennsylvania Ballet production of Coppélia on May 2, 2014. ALSO: exclusive to WBN members: receive a 20 percent discount on tickets plus an exclusive pre-show networking event from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Salon (off the NAC lobby). (Members, please see your emailed newsletter for the code.)

  • Toronto’s dynamic Women of Influence is now hosting quarterly luncheon events in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier. WOI will be donating one ticket (value $79) to each of these luncheons, with draws to be held at the Breakfast Mix & Mingle events.
  • A special thanks to Knock on Wood Communications for the WBN discount to Potted Potter at the NAC during March break.

The WBN celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson at a breakfast featuring Sue Sullivan.

The Tweet Stuff

The marketing committee’s efforts to stay in touch with our online community continue with our monthly Twitter chats, taking place on the third Thursday of every month. Last month’s topic was blogging (thank you again to Karen C. Wilson and Loreto Cheyne for moderating), and our next will take place on April 17 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Follow us on Twitter (@WBN_Ottawa), and use #WBNBizChat to join the chats. Have a topic you’d like to see discussed? Email loreto@loladesign.ca with your suggestion!

NEW! Strut Your Stuff

Each month, one WBN member will be invited to strut her stuff during a ten-minute fun and interactive showcase that presents a skill, teaches us something, or highlights a personal or business brand. Interested? Email Susan Dagg Fulton or Sasha Hamid and Strut Your Stuff!

The Speakers Bureau is Back!

Due to popular demand from members, we are reviving the Speakers Bureau, an opportunity for members who love public speaking and those who would like to develop this skill. Join Andrea Proulx and Susan Dagg Fulton at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at Stella Luna’s Bank and Sunnyside to chat about what this can look like.

Themes are the New Theme

It’s official: the idea of themes presented in last month’s newsletter is moving forward. Beginning in June, all WBN activities for the month (WBN monthly event, Strut Your Stuff 10-Minute Showcase, newsletter, blog posts, and tweets) will center around a common theme. Look for a celebration of Everything Green in June, and Health & Wellness in July.

A Call to (Graphic) Arms

Want to be more involved in the WBN but hesitant to serve on a committee? A Call to Arms is your chance to give back on a smaller scale. As the need arises, we’ll be calling out to a WBN expert to help us with a specific task.

This month, Marketing & Communications is working with a communications task force to better engage WBN members across all social media platforms. They need someone to help out by creating promotional flyers. If this is you, connect with Loreto Cheyne at loreto@loladesign.ca

A Shout-Out to WBN Mentors

In February, the WBN and the Telfer School of Management launched a brand-new partnership. Four WBN members have been chosen to mentor students enrolled in the Telfer School MBA program. Huge congratulations to Francis Mannarino, Carley Schelck, Sandra Tisiot, and Ann Max.

New WBN Charities

WBN is thrilled to announce that Healthy Women, Healthy Community and My First Suit are our new charities.
WANTED: Relationship Managers to work with Charities.

WBN Member Minute: Allyson Chisnell

 allysonchisnall.jpgFor the last nine years I have had a bookkeeping and tax business in Ottawa, and MediaStyle was one of my clients. I use to joke that one day I would end up as MediaStyles Financial Controller and in September 2013 there I was. MediaStyle started in 2009 as a sole proprietor, one man and a dog to be exact, and has grown into small start-up company that occupies two floors of the Sunburst building on the corner of Bank and Slater. MediaStyle is a digital-first focused media and public affairs company that focuses on telling stories through video, social media strategies, and website and content development.

I am new to the world of digital advertising, but not to accounting. I started my career in 1987 at KPMG Peat Marwick in Wellington, New Zealand and have worked in Chartered Accountant firms in New Zealand, Ottawa and London, England. I have worked as an external auditor, an internal auditor and a personal tax preparer, which gives me a well-rounded accounting background to help guide small to medium sized companies through the Canadian tax and accounting landscape. Helping MediaStyle grow from a start-up to a well-established, market leader in Ottawa is my newest challenge and one I am excited to tackle.


In Other News

The WBN celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with Ottawa mayor Jim Watson at a breakfast featuring Sue Sullivan.

WBN member Sandra Tisiot hosted the 6th Annual Women in Business Conference and offered WBN members early bird pricing. A fabulous event, with special thanks going to Amy Rutter and Jenny Mitchell for volunteering to man the WBN table. The winner of the draw for a complimentary breakfast was Karen Sleiman

The 9 finalists for the BYA Gala were announced at a luncheon at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre. Congratulations to:

  • Corporate Category — Dianne King, General Manager of Freeman Audio Visual; Janice Menezes, CFO Lockheed Martin Canada; and Luise Sander, Co-President Sander Geophysics
  • Entrepreneur Category — Carolyn Bickerton, Owner, Purewater Total Home Leisure; Elizabeth Kilvert, Owner, The unrefined Olive; Terri Storey, Executive Director Terrace Youth Residential Services
  • Professional Category — Elaine Birchall, Owner Birchall Consulting and Associates; Melissa Clark, Wealth Advisor RBC Dominion Securities; Tracy Corneau, Partner, Trade-mark Agent Borden Ladner Gervais