Guest Speaker
  • May 16, 2019

This week we welcomed Kim Basler a Food Freedom and Mindset Coach spoke to our group about Living in Alignment and Showing up Authentically in our Businesses.

Kim Basler

Kim understands first-hand the struggles that come with growing up as a teenager. At the young age of 12 she was introduced to dieting and not feeling like her body was good enough. Although she began in working in the fitness industry at 16 and continues to today (27+ years later) inspiring others to live a healthy and happy life, she had her own personal struggles that suffocated her.

Kim is now actively coaching clients on developing a healthy relationship with food and body image as well as helping them get out of their own way! She addresses dietary changes and meaningful exercise routines as well as helping them discover the root of their eating and body image concerns. This opens up the door to a life with more meaning, fulfillment and happiness. For more information please visit her website,

Guest Speakers
  • May 9, 2019

A heartfelt thank you to Leslie Duffy and Heide Schlegel who came to speak with the group today about Hospice of Waterloo Region.

Learn more about the Hospice of Waterloo Region's vision, mission, values and teamwork with people involved in an Leslie Duffy and Heide Schlegelend of life experience, as well as with other service providers and the community in maximizing the resources and supports available. The volunteers and individuals who work for this association are truly inspiring and the Hospice does so much more than you may imagine. For more information please visit

Guest Speaker
  • April 25, 2019

Steve Roth, Manager of Community Centers in Kitchener spoke to us about "Working in a Creative World: from theatres in the dark to your neighbourhood park".

Steve Roth

As a member of the Neighbourhood Programs and Services Management Team, he is supporting the division's strategic direction, collaborating with staff, other sections, volunteers and partners in the development of inventive and diverse programs and services (including the successful ‘Love My Hood’ program) which support the unique needs of the neighbourhoods across the City of Kitchener. Steve has spent the last twenty-five years working in the theatrical and live entertainment industry and was the Executive Producer for over ten years with Drayton Entertainment.

Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Luncheon @ the Kitchener Airport
  • April 11, 2019

Our K-W Business Women's Association took pleasure in another Out of the Box Luncheon event!

Special thanks to our guide Sandra McAuley, Marketing & Communications Supervisor at the Kitchener Airport for an informative tour!

Out of the Box LuncheonAfter our tour, we enjoyed our lunch at the Runways Café.

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service, customer-friendly facility that supports commercial, corporate and general aviation. We learned how the airport is planning today to serve Waterloo Region better tomorrow with their 20 Year Airport Master Plan!

Visit their website to learn more about the Master Plan @ The Region of Waterloo Airport.

Out of the Box Luncheon @ the Kitchener Airport
Guest Speaker
  • April 4, 2019
Margaret Lucas from the House of Friendship

Margaret Lucas from the House of Friendship shared stories and information on the impact this amazing and necessary organization in our community.

With the tremendous support of this community, They help more than 42,000 individuals each year who need food, housing, community resources or addiction treatment. Together, we can build a strong, healthy community where everyone has a future with possibility, hope and opportunity. For more information please visit

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If you are looking to expand your circle of influence and increase your business potential, join us for a luncheon meeting. Network effectively with business owners, entrepreneurs and other like-minded women. Learn from collective experience, knowledge and creativity of business women. It's an environment to learn, grow and connect.

Today networking and connecting with professionals in business is imperative to success.

Member Update

Sylvie Drader
  • March 28, 2019

Our group enjoyed listening to Sylvie Drader speak about her business, Stampin' Up! which offers classes and events centered around card making and teaches you how to make beautiful works of art. Sylvie Drader
Looking for thank you cards for clients? Sylvie can make them for you. For more information about upcoming classes and her services please visit

Member Update

Tamara Szwedo
  • March 14, 2019

Thank you to Tamara Szwedo for presenting to the group today on her business and how Hypnotism can help you manage stress! She is a professional member of the Master Hypnotist Society (MHS), a registered member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and also a Neuro Linguistics Programming Practitioner. Tamara has been a part of the fitness and wellness community for over 10 years. If you’d like more information on her business please visit

International Women's Day

Womens Day
  • March 8, 2019

Celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.

Guest Speaker
  • March 7, 2019

Thank you to Sue Simpson from the Waterloo Region Family Network for coming out and speaking with our group today.Sue Simpson Since 2009, WRFN has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive. If you or someone you know could benefit from the amazing work going on at the Waterloo Region Family Network visit their website at

Guest Speakers
Kathryn Delutis and Jan Bockmaster - Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society
  • February 28, 2019

Thank you to Kathryn Delutis and Jan Bockmaster from the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society for speaking to our group. For 90 years the Humane Society has been serving our communities and they shared the wide range of services and programs offered and how you can engage and support the pets in our community!

Kathryn Delutis and Jan Bockmaster - Kitchener Waterloo Humane SocietyKathryn Delutis is the Executive Director at the Humane Society. She joined The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth in September 2017. She has spent 25+ years in Not-For-Profit and Charity Association Management where she has lead organizations in the development and execution of meeting financial and strategic goals, while building capacity.

Jan Bockmaster is the Director @ KW Humane Society.

Please visit the KW Humane Society website for more information:

Member Update
  • February 14, 2019

Tiffany Rezende of Atoms Integrator, spoke on her business and education today to our members!

Tiffany Rezende of Atoms Integrator

We were enlightened on... Education: With content tailored to train business design and cross cultural skills needed to develop business internationally and Realization: With mentoring and ongoing service support to take international selected start-ups from early stage to scale in Canada.

To learn more about Atoms Integrator, please visit

New Temporary Meeting Place

Check out our new temporary meeting place ...

Join Us our usual is under renovation!

The talented and dedicated staff provide a fantastic casual dining experience. The Fork and Cork have been recognized as a go-to spot in the Waterloo region for Canadian cuisine!


Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Luncheon @ Perimeter Institute
  • February 7, 2019

Our K-W Business Women's Association took pleasure in another Out of the Box Luncheon event!

Special thanks to our guide at the Perimeter Institute, Jacqueline Watty for an informative tour of this internationaly renowned hub for theoretical physics.

After our tour, our boxed lunch was ready to go!Out of the Box Luncheon

The Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in 1999 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public.
Please visit their website for more information: or by telephone, 519-569-7600.

Guest Speakers
  • January 17, 2019
Joe and Stephanie Mancini from the Working Center

Thanks to Joe and Stephanie Mancini, who established The Working Centre in the spring of 1982. During these 36 years it has become a creative community that fosters inclusive and affordable access-to-tools projects rooted in downtown Kitchener. Today The Working Centre is comprised of over 40 different projects around food, market gardening, recycling, bikes, health care, housing, outreach and day labour projects operating out of 14 buildings and multiplex houses with over 500 volunteers. The Working Centre story is about our unique combination of serving community needs with open, hospitable projects that integrate social enterprise. Our members enjoyed hearing about how this community developed and grew into its access-to-tools philosophy.

To learn more about The Working Centre, please visit their website:

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Guest Speaker
  • January 10, 2019
Fortunato Restagno

Fortunato Restagno is a Brand Coach and Presenter, who has been passionately active in advertising and branding since 1983 with his ideas and processes having a lasting impact on all types of businesses supporting financial advisors across Canada with branding and marketing through an umbrella company called The Personal Coach. He founded the MasterPoint™ Brand Program specifically designed to help advisors build momentum in their practice.

Member Update
  • December 13, 2018
Nancy Koebel

Our members gained a new insight into life insurance!

Thank you to our member, Nancy Koebel from Lyfestyle Financial on her member talk.

Email Nancy, if you have any questions or would like to know more about life insurance.

Thank You
  • December 13, 2018
Stuffin Stockings

...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!

  • November 27, 2018
Tiffany Rezende invited to speak 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)

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

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.

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

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)

In case you didn’t know...

We are all over social media!

Kitchener Waterloo Business Women Association - Social Media

Stay in touch and follow us at:

If you are looking to expand your circle of influence and increase your business potential, join us for a luncheon meeting. Network effectively with business owners, entrepreneurs and other like-minded women. Learn from collective experience, knowledge and creativity of business women. It's an environment to learn, grow and connect.

Today networking and connecting with professionals in business is imperative to success.

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

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.

Community Service Award
  • October 1, 2018

Nancy Koebel, Community Service AwardCongratulations 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 Cocktails
  • September 26, 2018

Creative Business WeekThanks 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

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

Leanne Babcock - Open Me
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!

Join Us

The KWBWA is accepting new members.

Email for more info on this inspiring group of professional women and how you can join!

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