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Planning Ahead

March 8, BYA Meet the Finalists luncheon

Only 24 hours left to register and save your seat as we recognize some amazing women on International Women’s Day!  The BYA, Nominating & Awards Committee would like to remind everyone that the Businesswoman of the Year, Finalist Luncheon will be held on March 8, 2012 at the Centurion Centre. 

During the luncheon, each of the finalists will be announced in the Professional Category, the Entrepreneur Category and the Corporate Category. We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Lili-Anne Foster. Ms. Foster is the President and CEO of Renaud Foster and was the Recipient of the 2010 Businesswoman of the Year in the Entrepreneur Category.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event.

March 28, Breakfast Circle

We are giving away another pair of tickets to the next very exclusive breakfast circle, held on March 28 and limited to only 25 attendees (a sell out every single time)! From January 1st to March 1st, 2012, every time you retweet the following message on twitter your name is entered: @WBN_Ottawa: Businesswoman of the Year Luncheon is March 8, 2012. I wonder who the finalists will be? You can retweet as many times as you wish, your name will be entered for each retweet. So if you are on twitter, get your tweet on!  You and a guest may be going to the March Breakfast circle for free.

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2011 WBN Businesswoman of the Year Awards Gala

The plans are in place and the 2011 WBN Businesswoman of the Year Awards Gala is shaping up to be another exciting event. Sandra Blaikie from Rogers TV will be our host and we will celebrate nine exceptional women from the Ottawa area at the Gala on April 12th at the Hampton Inn. Tickets go on sale on March 9th.

Save the date!! The BYA, Nominating & Awards Committee would like to remind everyone that the Businesswoman of the Year, Finalist Luncheon will be held on March 8, 2012 at the Centurion Centre. During the luncheon, each of the finalists will be announced in the Professional Category, the Entrepreneur Category and the Corporate Category. We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Lili-Anne Foster. Ms. Foster is the President and CEO of Renaud Foster and was the Recipient of the 2010 Businesswoman of the Year in the Entrepreneur Category.

We hope that you will be able to join us for this exciting event.

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National Women’s Show

As you may know, the WBN has a booth at the National Women’s Show – Ottawa every year and as an added bonus this year for women willing to help us out at our booth, members were given an opportunity to apply to have their own business present from the Workshop stage.

Congratulations to WBN member Cecilia Pita of Savoir-Faire for submitting her proposal. Cecilia will have the amazing opportunity to present from the Workshop stage to thousands of women at the Woman’s Show in April. We look forward to your presentation Cecilia!

We are still in need of member volunteers to promote the network during the National Women’s Show this spring who may get a chance for exposure on the Workshop stage, along with donations to fill a gift basket of goodies from our membership. We are looking for volunteers to staff our booth throughout the show. We will need 8-12 volunteers to promote the network during show hours in the following shifts :10 am – 2pm and 2pm – 6pm on both Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15.

We will also need volunteers to help with set up on Friday, April 13 and teardown on Sunday, April 15. We are also looking for donations to fill a gift basket of goodies from our membership as a means to collect names to draw from and to complete a follow up list for our Membership Committee.

If you are able to help out with any of these initiatives, please contact Nancy Law at nlaw@signatures.ca or 613-794-6772.

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Scholarship Winners

The recipient from the MBA program at the University of Ottawa is Natalie Cleroux.

Natalie obtained her bachelor of science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa in 2001 and started working as an Occupational therapist at the Ottawa Hospital. In 2009 she became the Professional Practice coordinator in Occupational Therapy at The Ottawa Hospital.

She is a part time teacher at the University of Ottawa and La Cité Collégiale. She is very interested in management and leadership and participated in a variety of training and development programs (i.e.: Leadership Academy-provided through the Ottawa Hospital in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto).

She has been a member of different corporate committees at the Ottawa Hospital, the curriculum as well as the planning and development committees at both the University of Ottawa and la Cité Collégiale.

Natalie is presently in the process of obtaining her MBA from the Telfer School of Management from the University of Ottawa.

 
 
The recipient from the Bachelor of Commerce program at Carleton University is Gracie Ramos.
 
Gracie is doing a double concentration in Accounting and Finance as part of her Bachelor of Commerce at the Sprott School of Business. She will be finishing her courses this December.

This summer, she will be completing her last co-op work term as a tax analyst with Deloitte in the Ottawa office. This will be her third term with them and she hopes to get a full time position with them beginning January 2013. Her first co-op position was as an internal audit student with Public Works and Government Services Canada, but wanted to move to a private firm to pursue a Chartered Accountant designation.

Outside of school, she is a radio host and technical producer on Tinig Pinoy, a Filipino radio program that airs every Tuesday. Part of this position also involves being a host or MC for various community events, the biggest being the entertainment segment of the Philippine Independence Day celebrations.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, playing her PS3, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

 
 
The recipient from Algonquin College is Nancy Ferguson.

As a mature student and single mother of 2, the decision to return to post secondary studies was at times a little unnerving. Nancy’s financial responsibilities and time constraint were a concern when making her decision of whether she would be able to be successful at Algonquin.

It was during her first week of classes that she knew she had made the right decision and she was exactly where she was supposed to be, to start on a new career path. So far, Nancy has had an absolutely wonderful experience at Algonquin and is grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the WBN Scholarship award.

She love accounting and has always had an affinity for numbers when it comes to money.  She likes that there are challenges on the horizon and beyond to achieve her goals of graduating from her program, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree and eventually a CGA designation in Forensic Accounting.

She is excited that a professional career will increase her earnings potential and will permit her to explore her interests of travel, theatre, and cooking.

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WBN Recommends Best in Business

The WBN is asking members what business books were most influential to them in their business careers as women entrepreneurs. If you have a book that you particularly liked and would like to share with WBN members, email marketing@thewomensbusinessnetwork.ca. Here are this month’s picks, contributed by a WBN member:

Sue Haywood of HR Blueprints recommends two books this month.  The first The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn, is a fun and quick read that highlights the importance and value of exceptional customer service.  It is a recipe for turning the passion in your work and life into the extrodinary that can be applied by any organization.  The second is Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on its Head and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imagining by Peter Sheahan.  This call to action for unconventional thinking highlights the way ahead for organizations looking to thrive in the current economic climate by distinguishing themselves from their competition.
 

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For “WBN members only”- You can be a sponsor for as little as $500!

Have your logo present on the WBN website with a link to your website. You will also be included in a ¼ page Citizen Ad dedicated to thanking you for your ongoing support-value $3,875.00 Your business name will be listed in the program as well as in a slideshow running during the annual BYA event.  Contact the WBN sponsorship chair, Tracy Pagé, to pursue this opportunity for WBN members only.

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