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Date: June 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM ADT
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Wonder Women brings together ambitious women to connect, educate, inspire and empower one another to take on new and expanded roles in work, community and life.  

The Wonder Women series offers female-driven content featuring local, professional superheroes. Build meaningful relationships with women across all industries and participate in workshops on personal branding, owning your ambition, breaking down barriers and unleashing your superpowers.  

"The Chamber of Commerce’s Wonder Women Series is one of the best events I have been a part of over my many years in the professional “scene” in Halifax. The content was fresh, the energy positive and inspiring, and the connections made and reinforced were genuine. I would highly encourage anyone with women in their workforce to SEND THEM to this conference." - Leah Rimmer - Partner, Boyneclarke

All Superheroes welcome- regardless of gender!

Workshop #1: What's Your Superpower?
Facilitated by: Lindsay Cross, Director, Marketing & Strategy, CUA

Armed with a handful of dry-erase markers, Lindsay can often be found in front of a whiteboard, mapping journeys that connect people and organizations through content and experiences. Known for asking tough questions that get to the heart of complex problems, Lindsay is a seasoned communicator and trusted advisor on issues related to business development, branding, marketing and sales, and customer experience. Lindsay's career began in the sign manufacturing business, where seeing a journey from the perspective of others became second nature. This approach later came to life in the world of event management, where Lindsay worked alongside a team that created communicative environments that inspired engagement and lasting connections. In 2011, Lindsay's thirst for knowledge led her back to school, first as an employee and then as a part-time student in the Master of Public Relations program at Mount Saint Vincent University. 

Lindsay is currently the Director of Marketing and Strategy at CUA, a full-service banking institution serving 20,000 Nova Scotians.  A part-time instructor, mentor and volunteer, Lindsay is an advocate for continuing education, work-integrated learning, financial literacy and the work of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.

Alyse Hand, Associate, NATIONAL Public Relations
Alyse is an award-nominated broadcaster with more than a decade of experience in television. She spent the majority of her T.V. career as a broadcaster at CTV News, where she took on a variety of roles including reporter, news anchor, producer, weather specialist, and host. 
Alyse was born and raised in Bedford, N.S. She studied at Dalhousie University and Acadia University before settling in at Nova Scotia Community College to pursue broadcast journalism. Alyse graduated with high honours and was the valedictorian of her graduating class. 
In 2018, Alyse joined the team at NATIONAL Public Relations in Halifax. She draws from her storytelling and on-camera experience to help public, private and not-for-profit organizations grow their broadcasting capabilities and understand the media landscape.
When she isn’t working, Alyse can typically be found spending time with her friends and family, running through Point Pleasant Park, and exploring her home province.

Margaret Chapman, COO & Partner, Narrative Research
Margaret is proud to have become an owner and partner of Narrative Research in 2019. Since 1999, she has worked as a consultant, specializing in group facilitation, in-depth interviewing, marketing, and communications. She has wide-ranging cross-industry experience in both quantitative and qualitative research. As a seasoned moderator, she has conducted hundreds of focus groups and interviews to evaluate concepts, advertising and communications, website usability and gather customer feedback. Margaret’s curiosity has taken her to many stops around the world, from starting her career as a journalist for the LA Times to working as a consultant in London for seven years. She has now found a home in Halifax where she loves to volunteer to help make the city vibrant, including one of her current roles as Chair of the Board for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. Her sidekick, one-year-old Betty the labradoodle, can be found at Narrative Research on many Furry Fridays.

Colette O'Hara, Chief Strategy Officer, Saltwire Network 

A spirited leader, Colette uses design thinking, communication and creativity to inspire transformative growth among teams and organizations. Currently, she is the Chief Strategy Officer at SaltWire Network where she works with teams at news publications across the Atlantic region to rethink the role of local media and innovate the model for the future.
 Prior to SaltWire, she was the co-creator of Red Balloon, an inspiration design studio that worked with more than 75 organizations across Atlantic Canada to change how they think, act and do business. Using design thinking, inspiration and creativity she and her business partner created experiences that fired clients up, helped to clear their mind, open their hearts, spark enthusiasm and ultimately, move individuals and organizations forward.
 She believes in heart-centered leadership and is on a mission to create the conditions that allow people to bring their whole selves to work.


Workshop #2: Owning Your Ambition

Facilitated by: Nyla Ahmed, Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Base Management, Rogers Communications

Nyla is a strategic thinker and hands-on operator who turns ideas into action. Most comfortable on the cutting edge of new technologies and innovative approaches to business and culture, Nyla has a strong background in product development, marketing, sales, transformational leadership, and a proven track record of team success. During her 15-year tenure at Rogers, Canada’s leading Telecom company, Nyla has held several leadership roles shaping the company’s response to changing market conditions, technological innovation, Internet adoption patterns, partner ecosystems, and evolving customer expectations around service and value.
Best known for her authentic and inspirational leadership style, Nyla gives her time generously to sponsor and mentor rising talent both inside and outside the organization, is Chair of Rogers’ Inclusion & Diversity Council, past-President of the Rogers Women’s Network, and speaks frequently on technology, innovation, culture, diversity – and the intersections that are key to high-performance teams.
Nyla is the Chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Council at Rogers and is a keen supporter of efforts to make everyone feel like they truly belong. She is on the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo and past participant in the prestigious Judy Project, recipient of the Canadian Women in Communications Technology Innovator Award, author of Canadian bestseller Cybersurfer: the OWL Internet Guide for Kids, and creator of OWLKids Online and CHIRP magazine, voted 1997 Magazine of the Year.


Panel: The Whole Truth Panel
Facilitated by: Jessica Chapman, Associate Lawyer, BOYNECLARKE LLP 
Jessica helps family law clients during some of their most difficult life experiences. While she leads her clients through their legal issues with sensitivity and foresight, she also takes a no-nonsense approach when advising on the reality of each situation. Jessica truly listens to her clients, carefully explains the intricacies of the legal system and openly discusses what are in the best interests of any children of the relationship. She has proven herself skilled both in and out of the courtroom. She is an intelligent practitioner and has built up her reputation as an exceptional negotiator. Jessica recognizes that each client is unique, has different priorities and she strives to find the optimal resolution for each client. She most often works with clients who have issues related to separation, divorce, property division, child support, spousal support and alimony, custody and parenting, adoption, and those who may require cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts, separation agreements, family law litigation and general legal advice with regards to their family law matter.

Ann Divine, CEO, Ashanti Leadership & Development Services

Ann Divine, CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Development Services, provides extensive career and professional guidance in leadership development. Ann's work is underpinned by her knowledge and expertise in human rights and people management. Her unique style combined with adult education principles has brought her recognition in her fields of leadership development, change management, coaching and mentoring, facilitation, diversity and inclusion and more recently unconscious bias training to support the business environment, public sector and government bring their best self to work.
 As an extension of this work, Ann founded the Black and Immigrant Women Network Association in 2012. The purpose is to celebrate black and immigrant women with small home businesses, career advancement and empowerment of women to define their own destiny. As a result, the Canadian International Black Women Event in June 2016 honoured Ann with the title as “One of 100 Canada’s Top Black Women to Watch in 2016,”
 In April 2016, Ann received an Award for her work in the community and an active constituent by the Honourable Diana Whelan. In November 2014, the Hon. Diana Whelan, deputy premier and Attorney General of Nova Scotia, praised Ann for her “Demonstrated extraordinary leadership and determination in her efforts to empower Black and immigrant women" in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. As an accomplished professional, Ann has been recognized for her "Exceptional Contribution to Correctional Services" and work in human rights education and training in 2011 by the Hon. Ross Landry, former justice minister and Attorney General of Nova Scotia.

 2018, was a major year for Ann, she was named as one of the five most Influential Immigrant Women in Halifax and she also became the first Woman of Colour and second to become President of the Rotary Club Halifax North West. 

Marie Mullally - President & CEO, CUA

Marie is the President and CEO of CUA, one of the largest community-based banking institutions in Atlantic Canada, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to this role, Marie was the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), a Provincial Crown corporation, for ten years. Under her leadership, NSGC became a recognized world leader for innovative responsible gambling programs.
An alumnus of Dalhousie University, Marie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees, finishing first in her class. She received the Fellow Chartered Accountants designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, and was named Chartered Accountant of the Year in 2008. Marie has also been recognized as one of the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and holds the Certified Director’s designation from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
In addition to her work, Marie is an active volunteer in the community. She has provided leadership on a number of private, not-for-profit, and public sector boards. Marie currently serves as Chair on the boards of the Halifax International Airport Authority and Nova Scotia Business Inc., and is also a director of FICANEX, the second largest ATM exchange network in Canada.


Holly Bond - Senior Account Manager, Investment Attraction, InnovationHalifax Partnership

Holly Bond has more than 20 of experience in franchising, entrepreneurship, sales management, marketing and mentoring business startups. In 2005, Holly founded the Bulldog Interactive Fitness Inc® franchise system where she combined interactive video games with exercise to make fitness fun for kids. Bulldog Interactive received international attention, with franchise applications coming in from countries around the world, including Dubai, Portugal, Singapore, Columbia and Australia. Franchises were sold across Canada and Florida. In 2008, Bulldog was successfully acquired by DHX Media. Most recently she held the role of Vice President of Sales with Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider where she helped launch the brand in the Atlantic Provinces and lead the sales growth across Canada.  
Holly has been featured on CTV National News, CBC Venture, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Today’s Parent, Prevention Magazine®, Franchise Business and Canadian Marketing Magazine to name just a few. She was chosen as one of Atlantic Canada’s five most interesting business people, and one of the top seven to watch in 2007. Holly is past recipient of the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award, the Women of Excellence Award, and Innovative Business of the Year. She was also a finalist for the Manning Award.
A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, Holly serves on the Board of Directors at NSLC, and the Campaign Committee of the Dartmouth General Hospital. She is a passionate Mentor in the start-up community with programs such as the Atlantic Grow Export Program, MentorFirst, the Norm Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship, Futurpreneur and CEED.

Claudia Chender - MLA, Dartmouth South
Claudia Chender is proud and honoured to serve as the MLA for Dartmouth South. She lives in Southdale with her husband and three young children. Claudia is a strong advocate for the promotion of Downtown Dartmouth and is active in the Dartmouth South school community as a member of the Hawthoren School Home and School Association. As a trained lawyer, former legal educator with the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society, and associate of a non-profit media group, she has a wide range of experience to help serve the Dartmouth South Community. Claudia is deeply committed to the people of Dartmouth South and works hard to serve them. Claudia is the spokesperson for Justice, Finance and Treasury Board, the Human Rights Commission, Business, Rural and Regional Economic Development, and Education and Early Childhood Development. She is also the NDP House Leader. 

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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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June 21, 2019
8:00am - 1:30pm 


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Wonder Women

June 21, 2019 | 8:00 am - 1:30 pm | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

The Wonder Women series offers female-driven content featuring local, professional superheroes. Build meaningful relationships with women across all industries and participate in workshops on breaking down barriers and unleashing your superpowers.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: Forest Lakes Country Club

June 20, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm |

Visit Forest Lakes for an evening filled with networking, delicious appetizers, shuttle tours of the community and the opportunity to tee off on Hole #14. You also have the chance to win a two-night stay in 'The Chester,' our luxury Airbnb rental space.

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