Company of Women is a vibrant community of women achieving success on their own terms.

Whether you own your business or work for someone else, Company of Women provides you with a safe and supportive environment to be yourself.

Think of us as your cheerleading team, behind you all the way, connecting you to people you need to meet and providing learning opportunities so you have the confidence, information and tools to move forward.

When you need a dose of inspiration or a confidence boost, our speakers and group leaders are there to keep you motivated and on track.

Through sharing our stories and collective wisdom, we learn from and support each other.

At Company of Women you can be bold, brave, and belong. You can be yourself.

As women, our lives are like a tapestry, made up of the different threads, all woven into the fabric of who we are, and who we can become. Through Company of Women, we wish to weave wisdom,warmth and wellness into your everyday life. We want to inspire you to achieve your full potential and to realize your dreams.

Anne Day

Founder, Company of Women

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Meet the team

Anne Day

Anne Day

Founder

I have had an eclectic career from leadership roles in the non-profit sector, to working in government on women’s issues, to being the editor of a national parenting magazine and then to having my own consulting practice.

In 2003 I started Company of Women as a way to meet up and connect with other women entrepreneurs. When I am not planning programs for Company of Women, I am writing.

I am the author of six books. In June 2016, I launched Full Circle Publishing to help women get their words out into the world.   On the home front, I am married, have two adult daughters, a dog, and live on a farm near Guelph.

Awards
•    ATHENA Leadership Award
•    Rotary Centennial Award for Professional Excellence
•    Entrepreneur of the Year, Oakville
•    TIAW World of Difference Award

2015 – Named one of the top ten most influential women in diversity in Canada

Megan Barnes

Megan Barnes

Branding Manager

Megan is responsible for the graphic/website design and branding for Company of Women.

She has her own business – needed wanted through which she makes play mats for children, custom-designed to their local neighbourhood. She and her husband also own pb prints, making stickers and labels for small business.

Ella Bates

Ella Bates

Durham Chapter Leader

Speaker/Facilitator and NLP Practitioner Ella Bates is the founder of How to Organize That, a productivity consultancy helping inspire change to how we use our time. Ella’s passion is to provide learning and networking opportunities for new and aspiring entrepreneurs, to help the community develop creative flow, insight and new growth opportunities.

Nichole Bernard

Nichole Bernard

Marketing and Social Media Co-ordinator

Nichole is responsible for the social media and marketing strategies for Company of Women, as well as managing our online programs.

Nichole is a proficient business professional, with extensive experience in marketing and event management.  She has worked with many leading charitable and corporate organizations, and now owns and runs her own successful event management firm called Nichole Lee Events Inc.  Nichole is best known for her passion, energy, creativity, and commitment to achieving success.

Sarah Boville

Sarah Boville

Niagara Chapter Leader

Sarah is the lead for the Niagara Chapter which operates as a collective, with two women assuming the leadership role.

Sarah is a seasoned Travel Agent as well as the owner of Barefoot Travel. She has specialized in group vacations, including Destination Weddings and customized large group itineraries.  Sarah is the Co Founder of The Purse Project Niagara, which provides every woman in a shelter in the Niagara area with a new or gently used purse filled with items of need providing hope and love to the women in our community.

Sheri Copplestone

Sheri Copplestone

Waterloo-Wellington Chapter Leader

My life motto is to leave everyone a little bit better for having met me, even if it’s just a smile. With over 28 years in business consulting and financial industry experience, I enjoy working with business owners and professionals to help them find viable, practical solutions that can be implemented and in ways that “stick” for them.

With Company of women’s mentorship, education, support and friendships, we are with you every step of the way through transitions and success. Remember you are the company you keep – make sure it’s successful and supportive.

Marianne D’Alessandro

Marianne D’Alessandro

Membership Co-ordinator

Marianne is your go-to person with questions about your membership – when it expires, logging in, etc…

Marianne has been an Executive Assistant for over 30 years.  She is the owner and virtual assistant for TimeFlies-Admin Services.  Her extensive experience in the corporate world transfers into virtual support for small to medium size business owners.  Marianne’s business motto:  Use my time not yours!

Marianne’s desire to support, help and volunteer has her instructing with CLC Canada – offering courses which promote confidence in public speaking and serving on the Board of Directors of Food4Kids Hamilton Halton. She loves giving presentations, being the organizer and right-hand person to her clients, and keeping it fun.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Toronto Chapter Leader

Running the Toronto chapter helps me to keep in touch and grounded as I learn from the women who are part of Company of Women. I want to hear what they want and need. My goal is to draw on my broad network of connections to bring a diverse group of speakers and expertise to our chapter.

I am co-leading the breakfast meetings with Leigh Mitchell, founder of Women in Biz Network.

Deborah Hatanaka

Deborah Hatanaka

Chicks out Walking Co-ordinator

Deborah runs the Chicks out Walking groups in Toronto.

I am a certified supplement nutritionist and have worked in the health and wellness industry for the past three years and it is great to connect with other women who have a similar interest in health and living their best.

Chicks out Walking is a casual way to make new friends, network or bounce ideas around about your business in a friendly environment. We have all found that we have created friendships that will last a lifetime.

Laurie Hunt

Laurie Hunt

Mentorship Program Manager

For over 20 years, Laurie Hunt has been working in the field of mentoring and leadership. She brings this breadth of experience to her work designing custom mentoring programs for business, education, community groups and sports clubs. Laurie has an MA from Simmons College in Boston and a business degree for Wilfrid Laurier University and is a certified coach and yoga teacher.

Leigh Mitchell

Leigh Mitchell

Affiliate Chapter Leader Toronto

Leigh is a career and marketing consultant. As the founder of Women in Biz Network and Thrive in Canada she has a natural talent for building thriving communities and took her business from a handful of women in her neighbourhood, to a national network of over 35,000 Canadians in seven short years! Leigh has successfully worked with professional women and business owners, along with major brands such as GM Canada, Microsoft Canada, TELUS, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf Foods, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada and Penguin Random House Canada. She has been featured on CBC Radio, in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Living Magazine, Wall Street Journal and in other local media, as well as being a featured speaker at numerous industry events.

Mandi Neiser

Mandi Neiser

Niagara Chapter Leader

Rev. Mandi is a non-denominational minister specializing in helping couples and families create truly personalized and unforgettable ceremony experiences. Her business “Married By Mandi” began in 2003, and since then Mandi has been part of the tapestry that has woven together many lives as she has officiated over 1300 weddings, baby blessings, vow renewals and celebrations of life. Mandi is also Co-Founder of the Purse Project Niagara.  “Fill a purse with love and a women’s heart with hope”

Kelley Oswin

Kelley Oswin

Simcoe Chapter Leader

Kelley Oswin, Counselling and Training Support Services. Kelley Oswin, is a trained Social Worker and Master Practitioner of NLP and of The Quantum Change Process™ and a Mom of two teenage children. Following a 19 year career in social services Kelley went into private practice specializing in working with individuals in the “helping professions” through clinical supervision as well as trauma work.

Elaine Slatter

Elaine Slatter

Halton Chapter Leader

Elaine Slatter is a Small Business Expert, founder of XL Consulting Group and author of the popular book, Fabulous Fempreneurship, a complete business start-up guide for women.  XL Consulting Group helps entrepreneurs with market planning, strategy, branding, web design and social media.

She has over 30 years of executive business and marketing experience and is ready to help you rocket your business to success.  Elaine is passionate about mentoring women to become successful women entrepreneurs.

Amy Vodarek

Amy Vodarek

Good Enough Project

Amy Vodarek is the co-author of the Good Enough book. She’s the Chief Visionary and Coach at Amy Vodarek and Associates, Executive and Leadership Development Company. She’s a creative educator, writer and speaker about all things leadership. Her holistic coaching approach embraces self-care, reducing over-commitment and enhancing wellbeing.

Amy partners with individuals, leaders and teams to talk about what no one’s talking about and build trust by having the missing conversations. Amy guides leaders to shift perspective, effectively communicate and create a culture where heightened engagement and new action is possible.