9th Annual Women in Business Conference

October 22, 2015

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront

Join other business women from across Cape Breton for a day of inspiring stories of women who have made their dream a reality by becoming an entrepreneur. This will be a gathering of motivated, energetic, personable women who want to encourage and support other women in business on our island.

Luncheon Guest Speaker is Laura Peck, VP of McLoughlin Media. Laura is from Sydney Mines and cherishes her Cape Breton roots. Her interactive presentation based on many years of working with major Canadian businesses through communications training, train the trainer, public speaking, and crisis management will be a highlight of this year’s conference.

Throughout the day, enjoy networking receptions, nutrition breaks with a difference and panel discussions with new entrepreneurs, owners of ‘green’ businesses, organizations providing services and assistance to business, and ‘Fashionistas’ with a special message.

The GALA AWARDS DINNER featuring our own BETTE MACDONALD, back by popular demand, begins with a reception where you meet and greet new friends and those you join with every year at this event which recognizes the amazing women who combine business, family, and community life to make Cape Breton a better place.



8:00 am to 9:00 am          

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 am to 9:15 am          

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 am to 10:30 am         

PANEL:  ‘Young and Successful Entrepreneurs’

Facilitator:  Lisa Boudreau


Jill Franklin - Iona Heights Inn and Jill's Chocolates, Iona

Arielle Lewis - Game On Laser Tag, Sydney

Wendy McElmon - Edgewood Photography Studio, Sydney

Charlene Cormier - Wabo's Pizza and Take Out, Cheticamp

10:30 am to 10:50 am       

Networking Nutrition Break sponsored by SCOTIABANK

10:50 am to 11:50 am       

PANEL:  ‘Here to Help’

Facilitator:  Michelle Aucoin


Patricia MacNeil - Coastal Business

Dianne Beauchesne - BDC

Sara Salter Burke - Business Cape Breton

12:00 noon to 1:15 pm      

Luncheon with Guest Speaker:  Laura Peck, VP of McLoughlin Media

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm          

PANEL:  ‘Cape Breton Fashionistas’

Facilitator:  Carla Arsenault


Bev Pimentel - GPO Dance Wear, Glace Bay

Deanna Lloy - Red Label Kilts, Sydney

Brittany Woodworth - Timeless Moments, Sydney

Karen Welton - I Kare Yoga Wear, Baddeck

2:50 pm to 3:50 pm          

PANEL:  ‘Green Initiative’

Facilitator:  Stacey Fraser


Vanessa Greenwood - Green Sprouts Natural Food, Port Hawkesbury

Keely Wadden - CrossFit D10 Gym, Glace Bay

Ann Gillis and Kris Kerr - Green With Envy Family Hair Salon, Sydney

3:50 pm to 4:15 pm          

Conference Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

5:30 pm                          

Reception and Cash Bar

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm         

‘Gala Awards Dinner’


‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ PACKAGE:  All daytime sessions including the luncheon with Guest Speaker:  Laura Peck, VP of McLoughlin Media of Ottawa (originally from Sydney Mines) and the Gala Awards Dinner in the evening with the very talented Bette MacDonald as MC.

ALL DAYTIME SESSIONS PACKAGE:  All daytime sessions including the luncheon with Guest Speaker:  Laura Peck, VP of McLoughlin Media of Ottawa (originally from Sydney Mines).

LUNCHEON TICKET:  Luncheon with Guest Speaker:  Laura Peck, VP of McLoughlin Media of Ottawa (originally from Sydney Mines).

GALA AWARDS DINNER TICKET:  Includes reception beginning at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm with the very talented Bette MacDonald as MC for the evening.  

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