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Stuffin Stockings
Thank You
  • December 13, 2018

...Very much to the Kitchener-Waterloo Business Women's Association for your generous donations to Stuffin’ Stockings!

On behalf of the St Jacobs Lions Club, we greatly appreciate your contribution to our fundraiser and helping to provide some Christmas love to those in our community that are in need. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Member Update
  • November 29, 2018
Catherine Hibbard

Our members enjoyed learning about how new tax laws will affect small businesses and more!

Thank you to our member, Catherine Hibbard of PricewaterhouseCoopers for updating us!

Email Catherine, if you have any questions or would like to know more about comprehensive tax planning and compliance services to Canadian businesses and individuals.

Members Enjoyed the Trade Show
  • December 6, 2018

Our members enjoyed finding unique gifts for Christmas.

Thank YOU to the local vendors in our business community who made this event a great success!

Tiffany Rezende invited to speak
  • November 27, 2018 Tiffany Rezende on being invited to present at the Creative Business Cup in Denmark this week!

Tiffany says, Thank you Creative Business Cup Global Finals 2018 for inviting me to speak to the National partners today about Canada's success with Creative Business Week Canada 2018.

This global competition promises to inspire, motivate, educate and enlighten attendees with assembled startup teams from around the globe participating in this one-of-a-kind competition.

Guest Speaker
  • November 8, 2018
Jennifer Davis

Thank you to guest speaker, Jennifer Davis, for inspiring us to have this important conversation. Jennifer is a trainer and facilitator with over 20 years experience in developing insightful and original workshops. Her current focus is on sparking and guiding important but tough conversations. She offers innovative and “play-full” approaches to think about and talk about the choices and decisions we all need to consider in preparation for our death. Jennifer has created 2 engaging board games, one called Exit Matters and one called Bucket List to help people think and talk about what matters to them - in their life and their end-of-life. She also created a "GONE" bingo game that she uses in her workshops and will share with us. Check out for more information.

Out of the Box Event
  • November 1, 2018
Out of the Box Luncheon @ Catalyst 137

Our K-W Business Women's Association took pleasure in another Out of the Box Luncheon held at Catalyst 137. After enjoying a boxed nutritious meal at Graffiti Market (, a restaurant designed to fuel your creative spirit with their unique mixture of food, art and technology, our members enjoyed an enlightening and inspirational tour of this amazing facility.

Nestled in Belmont Village, steps from the Iron Horse Trail and LRT, this massive 475,000 sq ft campus has room for large or small office spaces. Out of the Box Luncheon @ Catalyst 137Ontario’s Waterloo Region boasts the densest collection of tech startups outside of Silicon Valley, and several of its companies are emerging as leading innovators for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and supporting software. Catalyst137 ( will be home to an array of tenants providing everything needed to accelerate time-to-market including: a makerspace, a testing facility and commercialization services. It will also feature a hackable streetscape that will act as both a showcase of the Waterloo region’s technical ingenuity, and a sandbox for its talent pool.

A big thank you to Riley Guertz, Senior Property Manager at Catalyst 137, for showing us this innovative space! Also thanks to Joanne Atkins, for a making the arrangements for the “Out of the Box” luncheon.

2018 Record Reader Award Winners
  • October 27 our members on their respective 2018 Record Readers Choice Awards!

  • Favourite Honeymoon Travel Agency: Goliger's Travel (Brigitte Gingerich)
  • Favourite Investment/Insurance Provider: Lyfestyle Financial (Nancy Koebel)
  • Favourite Law Firm: Harris Law
    (Alicia Stuart)

Emily Squirrell - Meditation and Yoga Instructor
Guest Speaker
  • October 25

Our membership enjoyed listening and learning from Emily Squirrell. Emily is a certified meditation and yoga instructor and works with corporate companies teaching people how to use meditation as a means for creative problem solving and stress reduction.

Dr. Delia Simu
New Member Talk
  • October 11, 2018

Our members enjoyed a fantastic presentation about the field of homeopathic medicine from one of our newest members, Dr. Delia Simu. Did you know cellulite affects approximately 90% of women in their lifetime!

Thank you for sharing your expertise and life experiences with us. For more information on Dr. Delia Simu's work and business, please visit her website: (Coming Soon)

Sheryl Plouffe - Video Marketing Strategist
Guest Speaker
  • October 4, 2018

Our members heard and learned about using smart phone videos and how they can be used to build your business. Thank you Sheryl Plouffe for sharing your wisdom with us.

If you are seeking a fast-growth video marketing and personal brand strategy, please contact Sheryl to arrange a consultation, or visit her website: for more information.

Nancy Koebel, Community Service Award
Community Service Award
  • October 1, 2018

Congratulations to our member Nancy Koebel, recipient of the K-W Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year: Community Service Award! Watch Video
You are an inspiration to us all!

Nancy Koebel is a driven business-woman, philanthropist, motivator, leader, wife, mother, and friend with a big heart whose leadership skills have positively affected the lives of people in our region for decades. In addition to her professional success, Nancy is an avid community volunteer, which includes 28 years volunteering with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Member Update
  • September 27, 2018

Cars and Trucks for Anyone

Our group learned about Jordan Newinton, her business, treating our valued customers as we expect to be treated and the personal dedication of the staff is directed toward our goal: complete customer satisfaction.

If you are in the market for an automobile, visit her website, Cars and Trucks for Anyone!

Creative Business Week
Creative Cocktails
  • September 26, 2018

Thanks to all the members who attended the Creative Business Week event held @ Lou Dawg BBQ!

Thank you very much Tiffany and Jessica for organizing Creative Cocktails on our behalf of our association! We all enjoyed meeting some facinating business people!

Guest Presenter
  • September 13, 2018
Leanne Babcock - Open Me

A wonderfully inspiring lunch learning about Leanne Babcock's book, Open Me, the true story of a magical journey from fear to freedom.

Trained in Transactional Analysis, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, neuro science, intuitive studies and shamanism, Leanne has worked extensively educating people in leadership, presentation skills, coaching skills, intuition work and shamanic practices for many years. For more you can visit

Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Event
  • September 6, 2018

Our K-W Business Women's Association Out of the Box Luncheon was a resounding success thanks to Patrick Doyle of Lot 42 and Hivi Yasmin-Danaren of B-Hospitality. Our guests enjoyed an enlightening and inspirational tour of this state of the art facility.

A big thank you to Joanne Atkins, for a making the arrangements for the “Out of the Box” luncheon. Lunch was served at the Crane Bar upon arrival, after which we had a guided tour of the facility.

"I loved seeing Lot 42 and learning about another business in our community that I had no clue about despite passing by it on the expressway almost every day. It was great!" said Paula Anstett.

Out of the Box Luncheon @ Lot 42

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Member Update
  • August 30, 2018
The Journey Between Places

A big thank you to Paula Anstett, for discussing her new book “The Journey Between Places” with the group!

When you combine the wisdom from deep within with what you are privileged to learn, you can create a life that not only looks and feels right, but is also connected with your soul purpose.

Guest Presenter
  • August 16, 2018

Thank you to Jessica Hutchison who spoke to us regarding issues affecting women in prison.

It was an eye-opening, engaging and thought-provoking lunch with great discussions and some Jeopardy trivia to boot!

Jessica is an advocate for criminalized women and girls with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She is also a PhD student @WLU.

Member Talk
Tiffany Rezende
  • August 2, 2018

Thank you to Tiffany Rezende, founder of Atoms Integrator as she discussed Creative Business Week!

If there are any entrepreneurs or start ups that are interested in learning more about what Creative Business week and the Creative Cup is, how you compete, what's involved, and more about this fantastic competition visit their website,

This is a huge opportunity for the Region to be able to host this event so lets make our inaugural Creative Business Week unforgettable!

New Member Talk
  • July 12, 2018
Jessica Bradford

A big thank you to Jessica Bradford, owner of Lou Dawg's BBQ ( for giving her new member update to the KWBWA.

Check out Lou Dawg's BBQ if you are looking for great eats in Waterloo! Their specialty is everything southern comfort! Smoked Meats, Bourbon, Blues, and Good Times!

New Member Talk
Tara Brouwer of Domus Student Housing Inc.
  • June 28, 2018

Thank you to new member Tara Brouwer of Domus Student Housing Inc. for introducing us to her business!

Domus Housing can and will help you find student housing in Waterloo. Student rental properties are littered all over the city and finding the right place for you can be a nightmare if you have never dealt with all the searching, calling, emails and then all the paperwork for each place that you are interested in. The good news is that you don't have to worry about all the hassles of finding student housing in Waterloo because Domus Student Housing is going to make it simple for you.

New Board Members

Catherine Hibbard & Tiffany Rezende

  • June 26, 2018

We are happy to announce Catherine Hibbard & Tiffany Rezende

They will now be responsible for our Membership enquiries.

Welcome to the Board ladies!

Connect - A Classy Networking Affair
Connect - A Classy Networking Affair
  • June 7, 2018

A big thank you to everyone who made it out for our Annual Networking Event today!

There was such great energy, conversations and networking going on, it was amazing to witness and be a part of.

We hope you enjoyed yourselves! Congratulations to the winners of the prizes donated by KWBWA members!

Connect - A Classy Networking Affair

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New Member
  • June 1, 2018
Tara Brouwer

Welcoming our newest member Tara Brouwer, partner at Domus Student Housing Inc®.

Tara started Domus as a property management firm in 2005 while a student at the University of Waterloo. The business grew from 35 to 200 rooms fast so she partnered up with a friend from high school to take the business to next level. Together, they now manage a portfolio of over $425 million in assets and almost 5000 student and multi-residential rooms across Canada! They specialize in student housing, multi-res, condominiums, asset stabilization, and are on the verge of building their first development. Tara loves a good challenge and believes success is a product of experience, accountability, innovation, and passion.

New Member Talk
  • May 31, 2018
Sylvie Schryer New Member Talk

Thank you to Sylvie Schryer for her presentation today. We learned alot about Wellness and Self Mastery.

Dr. Lesley Jacklin D.C.

Congratulations To...

Dr. Lesley Jacklin D.C. on her 2018 Kitchener Post Readers' Choice - PLATINUM - Best Chiropractor award! The Bruce Street Family Chiropractic also won the DIAMOND award for being the 2018 Best Chiropractic Clinic and Massage Services!

Member Update
Thanks to Winnie Tang
  • May 17, 2018

Today at our networking meeting we got to hear from our newest member Winnie Tang from "Little Medical School". A new option for kids to learn and have fun learning!


New Member
  • May 15, 2018

We are happy to welcome new member Winnie Tang. As a mother of three children, I am very excited to bring Little Medical School to the Region of Waterloo! I often watch my kids play pretend doctor at home but there isn’t a program offered in the region that has allowed me to take their imagination one step further.

When I came across this unique program I was very excited to have the opportunity to ignite my kids’ passion to pursue a career in the healthcare field whether it be a doctor, nurse, dentist or any other healthcare profession. Come and join me to inspire tomorrow’s healthcare leaders today!

Our Sincere Thanks
Thanks to Stacy McLennan
  • May 10, 2018

...Stacy McLennan from the Waterloo Region Museum for her presentation on their exhibit Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867.

Stayed tuned to their website for a future tour schedule of this inspiring exhibit.


Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Event
  • May 3, 2018

Thank you ladies for attending our “Out of the Box” Networking Luncheon Series which helped our members and guests build business awareness in our community, develop potential business opportunities and create new professional contacts.

After our lunch in the Charles Xavier room, we participate in a 20-30 minute guided tour of the facility.

Member Update
  • April 26, 2018

Thank you to Joanne Atkins (long time KWBWA member), who gave us a member update and shared what is new at Canaccord Wealth Management at our meeting today.

Out of the Box Event
A HUGE Thank You
  • April 12, 2018 our guest speakers today: Sara Casselman, Shirley Lichti and Sara Bingham as they discussed the #metoo movement, local support groups and women supporting women.

It was a powerful “Out of the Box” networking luncheon today, thank you to all who attended!

The format of the luncheon was a Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Shirley Lichti, of Marketing Magic (Former KWBWA member)
  • Sara Casselman, Executive Director – Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Sara Bingham, Entrepreneurship & Technology Advisor – Waterloo Region Small Business Centre / Executive Director for Women’s March Canada

Dr. Anne Marie Pegg
Our Gratitude
  • April 5, 2018

Thank you to today's guest speaker Dr. Anne Marie Pegg for sharing about her vital women's health research project in Kenya.

Career Update / Retirement Congrats
New Member Talk
  • March 29, 2018

Kendra Allen discussed her new focus: Groups and Specialty Travel! She shared the ins and outs of her work with Fredrick Travel Waterloo, and her specialization in large group travel.

After more than 25 years with the KWBWA, Dr. Cheryl Yuill is ready for the next amazing chapter of her life! Congratulations on your retirement!

New Member Talk
New Member Talk
  • March 15, 2018

New member,Tiffany Rezende of Atoms Integrator, introduced us to how her business integrates business people new to Canada, with business practices and opportunities here.

Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Event
  • March 8, 2018

Thank you ladies for such great attendance at our first “Out of the Box” Networking Luncheon Series which helped our members and guests build business awareness in our community, develop potential business opportunities and create new professional contacts.

After our lunch at CIGI we participated in a 20-30 minute guided tour of the facility. As Tiffany said, "Its amazing how many times we drive by a building and have no clue what they do inside."

Out of the Box

Special thanks to Joanne for organizing this and also to Tiffany for taking pictures!

New Member
  • February 22, 2018

We are happy to welcome new member Tiffany Rezende to the K-W Business Women’s Association. She is the owner of Atoms Integrator, a company focused on connecting foreign entrepreneurs to this region. Entrepreneurs come to Canada through their partners and develop their ideas here, which they believe is the place for their business to be a success. Currently, they are developing three programs and the program focused on woman entrepreneurs excites Tiffany the most. Tiffany believes women share a unique approach to business. They use innovative technology and utilize data in unprecedented ways. Women especially understand that it’s not the technology itself that is important, but the connections, solutions and changes it enables. Welcome Tiffany!

Elmira District High School Robotics
Thank You...
  • February 1, 2018

Thank you to Barbara Gaudet and Students from the Elmira District High School Robotics Team for their presentation today! So much talent, creativity and opportunity here!

Wow! So interesting. The talent and creativity is amazing. Visit their website for more information about the team and their activities!

Holiday Shopping & Browsing
  • December 7, 2017

KWBWA Exclusive Holiday Shopping Luncheon 2017. Members and guests enjoyed holiday shopping and browsing at member and guest vendors. So fun!

Christmas celebration at Café 22
Christmas Celebration at Café 22
  • December 4, 2017

Thanks for a lovely Christmas celebration at Café 22 last night. The food was awesome as usual, the company was fabulous, the Christmas gift exchange was fun and the setting was simply perfect! Cheers and Happy Holidays to all!

Joy Birch
Thank You
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 Joy Birch of Highview Residences for her informative, heartfelt and helpful discussion on their facilities and the affects of dementia on the individual and their caregivers. @highviewres on twitter

Bronwyn Lazowki
Sincere Thanks
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 our guest speaker Bronwyn Lazowki, PhD Candidate, for educating us on Environmental Sustainability and Smart Grid Technology, and helping us to be more energy efficient in our day to day lives.

Rebecca Butler
New Member
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017

We are happy to welcome new member Rebecca Butler to the K-W Business Women's Association. Rebecca is a mortgage agent with Real Mortgage Associates in Cambridge.

With a degree in economics and business, and 25 years of client experience, her focus is on finding the best solutions for clients whether they are looking for a first mortgage, renew a mortgage, consolidate debt, refinance or secure a home equity line of credit.

Welcome Rebecca!

Connect - A Classy Networking Affair
Connect - A Classy Networking Affair
  • Friday, June 3, 2017

Congratulations, we did it. Thanks to all of you for your role in helping make our event on Thursday, June 1st, a fabulous success! It was a great event for networking with former members as well as many new faces! Thanks for attending! View Pictures on FACEBOOK

  • Thank you for inviting guests, bringing guests, visiting and connecting with guests.
  • Thank you for setting up and taking down. helping decorate and any little job you did to help make our overall event a success.
  • Thank you for covering the reception desk, helping with the prizes, sharing how to network.
  • Thank you for being professional, energetic and welcoming for our Connect gala.
  • To those who were able to provide prizes for the gift table, thank you for your generosity.

The wonderful thing about a group like ours, is that we give when we can and how we can, and that works out beautifully. With gratitude and appreciation for all of you!
Special Projects

And a HUGE thank you to you too Joanne for keeping us organized and running this event for us! You're awesome!

Congratulations Dr. Sharon Goodyear!
Congratulations Dr. Sharon Goodyear!
Happy Retirement to Dr. Sharon Goodyear
  • April 10, 2017

After 25 years in the group we bid a very fond farewell to Dr. Sharon Goodyear, our resident chiropractor. Thank you for all your contributions both professionally and personally to our group. We wish you all the best on the next phase of your life. Happy Retirement!

2016 Christmas Party
  • December 6, 2016
2016 Christmas Party

We enjoyed a lovely gathering to celebrate the season and the wonderful friendships in this group.

Check out the photos on FACEBOOK!!

Thank you to the Honourable Bardish Chagger
  • November 10, 2016
Honourable Bardish Chagger

...our MP for Waterloo... Minister for Small Business and Tourism... AND the first female Government House Leader for speaking to us on November 10, 2016.

She was amazing and insightful on how this government is trying to change things in a tech world and bring the country together.

Thank You
  • August 4, 2016

A big thank you goes out to Laura McShane who spoke to the group about workplace stress and mental health awareness yesterday. If you, or anyone you know ever needs access to addictions, mental health and/ or crisis services please call 1-844-437-3247 or visit

Our Gratitude
  • July 25, 2016

To our guest speaker, Emily Rudow of Oneiric Hockey!

With Appreciation
  • July 11, 2016

To our guest speaker, Ben Fanelli of 40 Conditioning Inc.

Sincere Thanks
  • June 29, 2016

To Stephanie Barth, of Ten Thousand Villages in Waterloo, shares stories of those lives changed by the Fair Trade movement. #uptownwaterloo @villageskw