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Sat. Nov. 3, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:30pm – Glengarry Sports Palace, Alexandria, ON

Join Us!

The All-Day Pass is $149 per person. This includes all education and networking sessions, breakfast, lunch, breaks and wine & cheese reception.


Introducing The Business Sisters Conference:

Are you a woman entrepreneur looking to connect with other Eastern Ontario business owners for QUALITY business education and networking?

Then you’ve found your tribe!

Join us for The Business Sisters Conference. No matter what industry you’re in; agriculture, retail, foodservice, MLM… You are welcome here! This is a unique event for all types of women entrepreneurs, from all over Eastern Ontario.

If you’re passionate about your business, and eager to meet other women who operate a business in a small town or rural area, you’ll LOVE Business Sisters.

By attending this event you will walk away with:

  • Time & money-savings hacks to help you in your business NOW
  • Practical tips to keep you motivated and healthy while managing family & business obligations
  • New connections with partners and agencies willing to invest time and money in your success
  • Tasty food with lots of gluten-free and vegetarian options, plus a Wine & Cheese Reception
  • BONUS: you get to network with other business sisters and create a community!
  • EXTRA BONUS: courtesy of FOVEA Photography Agency and WFG, we are offering FREE professional head shots!

This event is for you if:

  • You are an established business owner and you’re looking for business sisters to share and learn about what works and what doesn’t
  • You have started your business, and you need help! In our community, you are a business sister too
  • You are a community leader or government official and you care about female entrepreneurs and their positive influence in economic development
  • You are a corporate business leader and you are eager to work with women entrepreneurs to help them grow their business (ask us about partnership opportunities!)

We’re planning a day FULL of highly interactive and engaging sessions, with lots of time to network and get to know one another.

Here’s the Agenda*:

(As of October 9; subject to change without notice)

  • 8:oo Registration + Healthy Breakfast
  • 8:30 Opening by Host Doreen Ashton Wagner, Host of & Drumming with Monica Piotrowski, founder of Magical Sacred Circles
  • 9:00 Big Picture TalksTED-Style presentations followed by Q&A
  • 11:00 Mind & Body Break with Heather Hughes, Renew
  • 11:30 Who Are YOU Listening to? Preventing Your Mind from Sabotaging Your Success with Heather Elliott, CEO & Founder, Mindful Change
  • 12:15 World Café Lunch, Tradeshow & Headshot Sessions!
  • 13:30 Don’t be an Ostrich! A frank discussion about surviving hardship, protecting yourself, your family and your business
    • Judy Utman, entrepreneur & author of Voices In the Wilderness
    • Rosemary Vaughan, Founder & Destination Gift Specialist at GiftRevel
    • Leonor De Mello, Life and Health Insurance Agent, Desjardins Financial Security
    • Stephanie Gibson, Lawyer, Adams, Sherwood, Swabey & Follon
  • 14:15 Mind & Body Break with Heather Hughes, Renew
  • 14:45 Lessons LearnedA conversation with Entrepreneurial Trailblazers about overcoming adversity, collaborating and finding success
    • Christine Bonneau-O’Neill, Owner, L’Orignal Meat Packing
    • Julia Graham, Chef & Founder, The Quirky Carrot
    • Estelle Patenaude, President, Impressions Inc.
    • Roxanne Rollin, Co-Founder, QuadExpert
  • 16:15 Closing Remarks & Draws
  • 16:30 Wine & Cheese Reception

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*Cette conférence sera présentée en anglais, mais notre maîtresse de cérémonie et quelques conférencières sont bilingues. Nous offrirons donc l’opportunité de demander vos questions en français!

This event exists because:

  • Women in small towns and rural areas are under-served when it comes to networking and business education opportunities.
  • We need support and to get to know one another. As as a group, we are incredibly strong!
  • We need to make noise about what we represent for community and economic development!

View the announcement video from our Host and Community Leader, Doreen Ashton Wagner.


This event was made possible with the generous contribution of our partners:

collection of partner logos supporters of business sisters conference

For more information:

Contact Doreen Ashton Wagner at or call 613-362-4474.