WBN News

WBN – Inspiring and Enhancing your Brand

The WBN strives to inspire and enhance both your personal and professional brand. More than just a business card exchange, networking opportunities and skill base development form our foundation for your success. To ensure the WBN exceeds your expectations please take a moment to fill out the survey and in addition if you would like to connect directly I look forward to hearing from you. susan@womensbusinessnetwork.ca

Program Committee:

Upcoming Events



The WBN is forming a communication task force to review current communication strategies and would love your expertise and input. Working with representatives of the Marketing & Communications committee the purpose is to streamline and enhance our communication strategies to engage members and guests. Please email susan@womensbusinessnetwork.ca if you are interested. Meetings will begin in February.


Exclusive Opportunities!

Wednesday March 5th, the 6th Annual Women In Business Conference featuring Gail Vaz-Oxlade. Enjoy a full day of motivational speakers, networking, a fashion show luncheon and much more. http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-in-business-conference-tickets-9618137107

WBN is invited to have a table at the “marketplace” during this event. We are looking for volunteers to organize and manage the table. Please let the Secretariat know if you are interested.

SENATORS Exclusive to WBN members
On Feb 27th, welcome Alfie and see your Sens play the Detroit Red Wings. Watch the game from The Ledge Carvery and Bar (Gallery Level Suite), enjoy dinner and networking for $80 includes all taxes and fees; regular prize $142.50 A Cash and Carry bar is available in the Suite.

Networking opportunity: All attendees will receive a piece of paper with 5 seat numbers on it. Every 30 minutes we will move seat locations. Thank you to our WBN member Jade Fair for arranging this opportunity. To reserve your ticket, contact Jade Fair directly at 613-599-0372; fairj@ottawasenators.com

See you at the game. GO SENS GO

Remember: WBN members now enjoy discounts on Senators Hockey tickets. click here and in put the promo code WBN. This promo code is good until April 12. GO SENS GO!


UPDATE ON Mentorship Program Opportunity:

The launch date is, February 6th, 7:30 am to 9 am in the Desmarais Building at Ottawa University, 55 Laurier Ave East, 4th floor. Thank you to the members who expressed an interest to participate, to.Carley Schelck from Urban Element for providing the fruit and pastry for this event and to Tracey Clark from Bridgehead for providing the coffee. Updates on this program and additional WBN member opportunities will be featured in next month’s newsletter.



Ambassador Program UPDATE!

WBN is excited to be launching the Ambassador program in March. In advance of the official launch, WBN members signed up to attend the breakfast networking event January 30th, agreed to be part of a pilot project in advance of the official launch. This experience and lessons learned from this dry run will ensure a successful launch. If being a WBN Ambassador is of interest to you, and you would like to learn more about getting involved and how you and others will benefit, please contact Susan Dagg Fulton, susan@womensbusinessnetwork.ca.


Charity Update!

WBN is excited to be launching the Ambassador program in March. In advance of the official launch members attending the breakfast January 30th, have agreed to be part of a pilot project in advance of the March launch so the program can streamlined, enhanced and successfully launched. Following the breakfast, ‘test’ ambassadors will provide valuable feedback. If being a WBN Ambassador is of interest to you, and you would like to learn more about getting involved and how you and others will benefit, please contact Susan Dagg Fulton, susan@womensbusinessnetwork.ca.


Ready, Set Engage!

One of WBN’s goals for 2014 is to increase engagement in the membership. We have some great new initiatives we’re going to use to make this community an even better resource for you. Once a month on the blog there will be a member featured in a Follow Friday post helping you learn more about your fellow members and connect with them on social channels.

The first Follow Friday post showcased Karen Wilson of Wellman Wilson Consulting. Karen also hosted our first monthly Twitter chat on January 16. This first chat focused on “Twitter for business.” Join us in future chats by following @WBN_Ottawa and using the hashtag #WBNTwitterChat.

If you have any suggestions for other ways we can engage with you, please let us know.



Tweet to Win!

Our RE(Tweet) to win contest winner for January was Caitlin Kealey @caitlinkealey who joined us on January 30thth at The Urban Element for the Breakfast Circle. For your chance to win, just follow us on Twitter (@WBN_Ottawa) and keep an eye out for our next contest – February 17.


Welcome to the WBN New Members!

We are happy to welcome Ashley Dixon, Rohini Deopersaud and Erin Kasparek as new members to the Women’s Business Network. We look forward to meeting you at a WBN Networking event!


WBN Blogosphere Wants You!

Woman2Woman is a great resource for our online community. Our blog brings you a wealth of expertise from our members-from insurance tips to fitness ideas for the busy working mom. If you haven’t checked it out yet, visit us soon at:



Join the proud WBN Sponsors!

Visit the Home page of our website and check out our current annual sponsors. You too could have a link directly to your website delivered to hundreds of newsletter recipients and website visitors.

This is just one of the many Annual Sponsor Benefits.

Click here to view the benefits available to sponsors or contact Marie Boivin, Sponsorship Committee Chair, for full details on all partnership opportunities at marie@accu-rate.ca.


Marketing & Communications Committee

We thank all our Twitter followers for joining Karen Wilson and Loreto Cheyne on January 16 for our very first live Twitter Chat. Karen graciously led this first chat on “Twitter for Business.” From 8 to 9 pm we tweeted questions and answers on how to use Twitter for our businesses-and some very lively conversations resulted.

Twitter Chats will be taking place monthly, the third Thursday of the month, again from 8-9 pm. Don’t worry, we will give you plenty of notice! Join us by using the hashtag #WBNTwitterChat – but first follow us : @WBN_Ottawa. Stay tuned for details!



WBN Member Minute: Jasmine Pickel

 jasmine_photo_(2).jpgJasmine co-founded Media Launch, an Ottawa-based digital marketing company specializing in social media in 2012. She continues to contribute a diverse set of skills and expertise in her current capacity as Partner, Marketing & Communications. She launched a career in the communications field following her graduation with distinction from the University of Ottawa in an Honours Social Science program with a major in Politics. Jasmine has since gained skills from a diverse set of experiences ranging from the Federal Public Service, to Parliament Hill, to the Private Sector. The experience she gained working in the House of Commons especially equipped her with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as an innovative marketer and entrepreneur. From political communications, speech-writing, and strategizing as a Legislative Assistant, to devising social media strategies and marketing content for clients in her current role, Jasmine views her leap from politics to marketing as a natural transition. Jasmine’s expertise in the fields of marketing and communication coupled with her genuine passion for devising effective solutions for clients has been a driving force behind Media Launch’s success as one of the fastest growing, most cutting-edge digital marketing companies in Ottawa.

Jasmine is a member of the Women’s Business Network of Ottawa, and an executive board member and Fundraising Chair for the Ottawa – Vanier Conservative Electoral District Association. She enjoys giving back to her community including through her long-time involvement as a volunteer with the Out-of-the-Cold program at Knox Presbyterian Church.



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