Speakers 2018

 Empowered Women. Empowering Women.

Connect with an elite group of Powerful Professional and Entrepreneurial Women at our Powerful Women Today Ubran Retreat on March 22nd 2018. 


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A woman’s empowerment coach and inspirational speaker, Carol is on a mission to ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.™’ ~ a program she created for fabulous women to embrace and celebrate their true brilliance. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Communication, and loves living BIG (how many folks can say they’ve lived in an Ashram, shaved their head, or bungee jumped naked?) But it wasn’t always that way. She was fresh out of theatre school, with nothing but a dream to make it on Broadway, when her mother’s passing changed everything. Carol has since learned that life is simply too short not to live in the here and now, and only YOU can believe in you.

Carol has lived in 7 different countries (including Thailand, New Zealand, & Germany) as well as volunteered and/or travelled through an additional 25. She also speaks Spanish, French, German, and conversational Thai. She is also a volunteer bereavement facilitator, marathon runner, and certified yoga instructor.

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Isabella Bertani is a Partner at RSM Canada LLP specializing in foreign direct investment.  She is actively involved in advising foreign corporations with establishing their businesses in Canada. She has advised companies from throughout Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia, North and South America on their Canadian operations.  Isabella has spoken on topics relating to globalization including global trade and migration, CETA, global client management, and economic development. 

A graduate of York University’s Schulich School of Business, Isabella holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and Master of Business Administration with a focus in policy and finance.

Isabella Bertani is described as a leader and a contributor to the many causes she believes in.  Her gift is connecting people in order to create change.    Her contributions  have and continue toresult in meaningful change, impacting those she serves.  She has increasingly used her position toraise awareness of women’s issues in the CPA profession, in the business world,  and economics realm.   She is a passionate advocate for women in business and gender equality. In addition to being an Ambassador for CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, charged with promoting the advancement of women in the accounting profession,  she has spoken globally on diversity and inclusion in cooperation with other international forums.  She is Chair of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Women’s Committee as well as the Women in Leadership Committee for the UK based organization IR Global whose reach extends globally.  In today’s global economy, gender equalityis a key driver of competitiveness, innovation and productivity,  Isabella is supporting this importantwork started by other strong and determined women, work which will further change the future ofwomen and girls lives globally.  

Isabella was nominated for the RBC Women’s Entrepreneurship Award in 2015 and 2017.  In 2017, CPA Ontario bestowed her with the FCPA designation, the highest honour granted to its members.  This designation formally recognizes those members who have rendered exceptional services tothe profession, whose  achievements in their careers and whose contributions in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

Sheri Griffiths is responsible for Bank of Montreal’s Business Banking in the Greater Toronto Area. Sheri brings over 25 years of extensive retail and commercial experience to this role. She has been with BMO for 17 years and holds an MBA from Dalhousie University. She is a passionate champion of mentoring Women in Business Banking as well as promoting BMO as the bank of choice for female entrepreneurs.

Anyone who has met Sue knows that she has passion and respect for the mortgage business. Her extensive and diverse background includes: 9 years as a Realtor, 4 years as a top Mobile Mortgage Specialist at TD-Canada Trust, 8 years as a multi award winning Mortgage Agent and Regional Sales Manager with Invis/MI, 4 years as a Senior Manager of Sales at Scotiabank where she won the Platinum award for Sales Management, and a Regional Sales Manager with Mortgage Alliance. Sue is currently District Vice President of Sales at HomEquity Bank where she has tripled the volume in just 2 years.

Margaret Hachey


Margaret Hachey was previously the owner of Duocom Canada Inc. She founded the company in Toronto in 1980 and with organic growth and acquisitions expanded coast to coast. Its success earned it recognition as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies, two years in a row. Chatelaine and Profit magazine recognized her over a 10 year period as ranking in the top 10 of the Top 100 Women business owners in Canada.

A sought after keynote speaker, Margaret has addressed audiences across the country on various topics. Currently she owns Operation Evergreen Business Group and is the Managing Director for Ontario and Eastern Canada of GroYourBiz.


Dr. Azad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA) in 1995. Soon after graduating she began working at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Here, she was involved in clinical research and education.

Dr. Azad has been in private practice at Total Rehab, a multi-disciplinary rehab clinic in Ajax, Ontario since 1999. She has also been teaching at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College since then in the Chiropractic Therapeutics, Principles and Practice and Clinical Diagnosis Departments. Dr. Azad has been on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiropractic Association since 2007 and is currently serving as President and Chair of the Board.

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I had baby number 5 earlier this year, after making a comeback in my sport of women’s fitness in May of 2014! So I hit a major rank advancement after a 6 week business push group with a 3 month old baby! NO EXCUSES!! I am back training in the gym and have almost completed my first Isa Body challenge which is documenting the post baby weight loss. I don’t have any plans to compete again – but I will keep doing gymnastics even though I’m in my mid 40’s! My main goal now is to be known for my business building skills not just my fitness skills!

Olivia Speaker

Offering a variety of assessment services, including psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational, neuropsychological, gifted and other individual assessments, to examine an individual’s level of cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning. In addition, providing individual psychotherapy for adults in a safe and supportive environment to help deal with a variety of life’s challenges and guide them to emotional wellness.

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Amanda Cupido is a communications specialist for World Vision International, advising on innovative storytelling, media relations and social media strategy. She is also a podcast producer who has created several mini series, including “Her Story: A podcast about Canadian women, owning it,” which received the 2015 Gold MarCom Award. Previously, she worked at Newstalk1010 CFRB as a producer, reporter and news anchor. Amanda is a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism and is currently a member of the Ryerson University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Marisa Allen

Did you know that there are over 3200 franchise companies in North America? If you are interested in owning a franchise, how do you know which one is right for you?

As a former franchise owner myself, and a successful corporate career with several franchise companies, I have an in-depth understanding of the world of franchising. I apply my franchising experience and expertise to help individuals identify franchise opportunities that are the best fit for their financial and personal goals. As a professional consultant I work with you on how to conduct a thorough franchise search and help you to find solid choices out of hundreds of brands in all sectors. 


Jackie Porter, CFP, Toronto, is an award winning financial planner serving busy professionals, entrepeneurs and their famillies for 18 years. She has been featured on CBC, Sun TV and  BNN. Jackie is also a regular contributor to SLAW Tips, Investment Executive,  Wealth Professional and Divorce Journal.   She  was recently named a FINALIST in the Wealth Professional Women of Influence Award for 2017. The co-author of Single By Chance or By Choice, Jackie is a leading expert in women and money, and a powerful voice in the world of women’s financial empowerment.

Leslie Edwards

Helping ambitious single professional women unleash their inner goddess to find the love of their life. Coauthor of best-selling Love & Coaching with Men are from Mars expert Dr John Gray, I am passionate about the kind of love that unlocks our greatest potential, and finding love with way more ease! My mission is for women to know that we are always supported & guided by wisdom & truth greater than we can fathom. A conspiracy by the divine & your own feminine inner goddess, to accept this natural power to fulfill your deepest desires. 

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As the founder of Bright Futures Education & Career Coaching, I work with both students and adults to help them explore their options, realize their career goals and discover effective strategies for success.
I inspire, motivate and provide clarity towards the life and career you really want to have and to move you into action. 

Through speaking engagements and facilitating workshops, I share my vision and mission of an education system that builds students up and encourages them to seek their own definitions of happiness and success. I share my tools and resources with students, teachers and career-focused adults, allowing them to walk away with insight, goals, and an action plan. 

As “Trainer Jane”, Jane is a Verbal Aikido Communications Coach, and the Authorized Business Partner with the renowned James MacNeil. She delivers his life-transforming experiential educational program, which combines advanced communications skills, emotional intelligence, and the powerful non-adversarial philosophy of the Japanese martial art, Aikido.

As a Business Coach, Trainer Jane delivers powerful seminars and workshops, as well as works with clients one-on-one. She has helped many entrepreneurs with their confidence, presentations skills, and by focusing them on “ethical influence”. She is best known within business coaching, for her unique “Selling on the Spot Marketplace” events, where she challenges entrepreneurs to get out of their comfort zone, learn, network, present, and ask for the sale!, helping them be more productive, build their client base, earn more money, and have more fun!