WBN News


WBN – this is your chance to have your say. We want to make sure we exceed your expectations. Fill out our survey and have your say in the direction we take. One winner, by random draw, will receive a complimentary ticket to the next Breakfast Mix and Mingle.

Because we care what YOU have to say

EVENT Surveys were implemented last fall and the feedback has proven so valuable that they will be sent following the Breakfast events. This was implemented in January.


I love to hear from you, so if you have something to share, DO IT. Contact me anytime at susan@womensbusinessnetwork.ca

The Monthly Breakfast Mix and Mingle

The Membership committee continues to rock our world at the breakfast networking event and so we thought we should jazz up the name.
Mix and mingle with the most dynamic women at the WBN breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. the last Wednesday of each month. Bridgehead is renovating so the March to December Breakfasts will be at the Urban Element.
Mar 26, Apr 30, May 28, June 25, Jul 30, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct 29, Nov 26, December 17

Upcoming Events:



The program and M&C committee are working together to have a theme each month. This means that the WBN monthly event, the 10 minute learning break at the breakfast, newsletter, blogging, tweeting and posting will be based on this theme. As a member, when your area of expertise is the theme you will have the opportunity to be highlighted and celebrated by participating. More details in April’s newsletter.


The communications task force is up and running. Thank you to Amy Boughner, Linda Potevin and Karen Wilson.

The Mandate is to develop a strategy and process for WBN communications. What are we communicating and is it relevant/inspiring/informative?

The Goal: Getting it right: within committees
between committees
to membership
to guests
within business community

We will be looking for experts for specific roles and this shout-out will be included in our monthly newsletters along with updates. Please call any one on the communications task force if you have questions, ideas or would like volunteer.



The National Arts Centre and the WBN are teaming up to reward our members and guests. At breakfast events throughout the year the NAC will be donating two pairs of tickets to upcoming theatre, music or dance performances. One pair each to a member and to a WBN guest.


The Women of Influence, a Toronto based organization, holds quarterly luncheon events in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier. WOI will donate one ticket (value $79) to each of these luncheons and the draw will be held at the WBN breakfast events and is an exclusive opportunity for members. The first draw was on February 27 and Lisa Millar will be attending. ‘The Women of Influence Deloitte Luncheon, Health Panel’ moderated by renowned Doctor Marla Shapiro.


WBN members get discounts on Senators Hockey tickets. Contact WBN member Jade Fair for details. fairj@ottawasenators.com

Charity Task Force

The Charity task force will be revealing their recommendations for WBN’s charity of choice in March, based on a solid process and task force. Thanking Irene Thomson, Francis Mannarino, Diane Merpaw, Jenny Mitchell and Donna Lea Bowman.


Ambassador Program Launch

We are thrilled to be launching the Ambassador program in March. In January we did a test run at the January 30th breakfast and received lots of great feedback. Thank you Linda Poitevin for writing our introduction and follow up letter.


Follow Friday Blog Series

One of WBN’s goals for 2014 is to increase engagement in the membership. We have some great new initiatives we are 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.

February showcased Erin Crotty of Bloomstra Consulting https://www.womensbusinessnetwork.ca/?lid=FBD68-75259-R4XER&comaction=show&cid=4FKUR-6S3HW-DYXU7

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 February was Diane Fuller @auctionottawa who joined us on February 27th at The Bridgehead Roastery 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-March17th.


Welcome to the WBN New Members!

We are happy to welcome Allyson Chisnall, Ginette Baillargeon, Tara Hagan-Fields, and Jennifer Arnold as new members to the Women’s Business Network. We look forward to meeting you at a WBN Networking event!


WBN Blogosphere

Woman2Woman BLOG: A great way to share your experience and expertise. Check it out today!



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.

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. Contact Marie at marie@accu-rate.ca.


Marketing & Communications Committee

We thank all our Twitter followers for joining Karen Wilson on February 20 for our second live Twitter Chat.

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: Ginette Baillargeon


Ginette Baillargeon is a mother of 3 wonderful children all attending University. She started building and repairing houses when she was 22 with her first home, which she purchased with no money down and sold with profit within 3 months. As a single mother she worked full time as a Paramedic and later on as a Nurse. With a single household income she used her talents and passion for construction to build and repair not only for herself but others. While teaching her children work ethics together they built their home, cottage and garage. She started her business and incorporated in 2013 as GCMR Contracting Inc., now hiring as many as 6 workers at one time and sub-contractors to complete certain projects. Historically, construction businesses have been prominently dominated by men. She has proven to her customers that a woman is as capable to provide professional construction, renovation and repairs, using top quality at affordable prices. Her goal is to hire trades women to work as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and all trades of the construction business and empower them within the construction business world.


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