Gem conference agenda


Andrea Collins (Podcast "Mindful Mostly" + Peachpit media)
Ana Tavares (Photographer + Wmnhood Founder)

8-9:15 Register, mingle + coffee/breakfast

9:20-9:30 Intro + welcome

9:30-10:10 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Amanda Aerin: Authenticity, purpose and breaking boundaries.

10:15-11:00  PANEL "THE NEXT CHAPTER": Telling your story, defining the narrative through strong branding, strategizing for success.

Lana Dingwall (Business Coach + Podcaster)
Kena Paranjabe  (Co-Founder of Brika, Founder All You Are)
Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld (Co-host, CBC news at 6)
Mallory Rowan (LVD Fitness + LVD Media)


11:05-11:40  FIRESIDE CHAT W/ BAILEY PARNELL "POLISH YO SKILLS": Polish up yo skills.

11:40-11:55 "PODCASTING 101" W/ ANDREA COLLINS Learn insider tips from podcast consultant + the power of podcasting to build community and spread your message.

11:55-1:10 Lunch Break + shop (VIP network).

12:40-1:00 "Breath work to destress" workshop w/ Alex Ure (In the outdoor courtyard). Learn how to use breathing techniques to control your stress levels and 

1:15-2:00 PANEL "ART OF NEGOTIATION" Selling yourself/brand, pricing, and knowing their worth.

Laura Kelly (Photographer + Podcaster)
Desirae Odjick (Half Banked)
Susan Richards (Numbercrunch + Invest Ottawa)

2:05-2:50 PANEL "MAKING SHIT HAPPEN": Growth, hacks for handling it, and the people that slay it. 

Amanda + Tom (Coal and Canary)
Becca Courtice (The Happy Ever Craft)
Nora Zabarah- Pucci (Zarucci)
Mavis Huntley (Smithery Style)

2:55-3:30  FIRESIDE CHAT w/ ANNA LAMBERT OF SHOPIFY "GLASS BREAKERS": Shattering that glass into leader status and how to handle the haters. Rising to the top in a tech industry darling, her stories and best practices for elevating your career.

3:35-4:20 PANEL "SOCIAL DARLINGS": Personal branding, monetizing it, how to work with them (the human currency), and social media tips. 

Katie Hession (YOW City Style & Mealshare)
Dominique Baker (Style Domination)
Gemma Bonham-Carter (The Sweetest Digs) 
Jasmine Riley (Tallow Boutique)

4:20-4:40 Midday break

4:40-5:20 PANEL "TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK": Collaborations + partners. Is it truly community, or is some competition good?  

Amber + Jen (Pure Yoga + Pure Kitchen)
Jenna Sudds (Kanata North BIA, TEDx Kanata, Ottawa City Council)
Sascha Lafleur (West of Main + West of Main Shoppe)

5:20-5:30 "A Centering Meditation" w/ Alex Ure. Best Practices for introducing a daily meditation into your wellness routines.

5:30-6:15 PANEL "RITUALS": Wellness + habits for a well balanced #girlboss life. 

Elisa Kurylowicz (Podcast + Marketing Manager)
Ashley Beaudin (The Imperfect Boss)
Clary Chambers (Spark Clarity)
Amy Longard (Registered Holistic Nutritionist)

6:20-6:55 PANEL: "IMPACT + CHANGEMAKERS". How does your business or leadership impact others and the women who are doing it right. You have the power to change how business is done. 

Shannon MacLaggan (Anupaya Quality Goods)
Sophie Abboud (Leadership consultant)
Susan Elstob (Isla Pearl + Isla Pearl Et al.)


7:00-8:00 Cocktail hour  (cocktails + network)

*** Subject to change.

The registration process begins at 8 AM (and ends at 9 AM) and we will need a government-issued form of ID in order to check you in. We will be mailing a welcome kit including your badge in advance of the conference. If you do not receive your kit by mail, you will be able to pick it up at registration. Your badge will allow you access to our food + drink areas and the seating area.