KWBWA Speaker Series
  • February 13, 2020

We had two very special guests that came to speak to the KWBWA! The Honourable Robert Black and the Honourable Marty Deacon, Senators from Ontario, had kindly taken the time out of their schedules to present to us about their journey to the Senate, issues they are passionate about and what goes on in the Senate.

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

They explained to the group how they became Senators, what the role of a Senator is and how they affect changes in our society! Amazing work going on behind the scenes in our government. Thank you both for all your work on our behalf!

Lunch and Learn with Friends
  • February 11, 2020
Tiffany Rezende

Thank you to KWBWA member Rachelle Garcia (Centre in the Square) for inviting us to the National Geographic Live! with Bertie Gregory event!

We heard stories from wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory and saw incredible footage of the wild animals found in urban settings. Some of his favourite pictures are the peregrine falcon in front of the Union Jack on a parliament building in London, and a leopard walking through a city park in the centre of Mumbai.

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • February 6, 2020

KWBWA had an “Out of the Box” lunch at Station Park in downtown Kitchener,
hosted by Condo Culture & HimHer Design & Development. Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

This new development will revitalize the city. Jeff Gibson, founder of Condo Culture, and Erin Martin, co-founder of Him & Her Inc marketing, shared with us the vision for condo living in the next 7 years. The integration of retail space, outdoor activities, entertainment and its proximity to the LRT and tech businesses (Google is across the street) will definitely attract people to our region.

It was so interesting to watch a video and see how our city has grown over the past hundred years. The way we live is changing, and it is great to hear of how developers are embracing this and looking forward.

Visit to learn more about it!

Member Talk
  • January 30, 2020

Thank you to Brigitte Gingerich, Vision Travel, for sharing pictures from her most recent adventures.Brigitte Gingerich

Hearing the funny stories and history of some of these beautiful spots was so entertaining.

“Where in the world is Brigitte”? Everywhere, it seems!

For over 17 years, Brigitte has been a personal travel consultant. Let her know when you would like to go, what you would like to do and who you want to go with co-ordinating the details so you can enjoy the adventure!

Follow Brigitte on and see where she is NOW.

Member Talk
  • January 16, 2020
Tiffany Rezende

Thank you to Tiffany Rezende, from Atoms Integrator, for speaking to us this past week. She is gearing up for Austin Texas at the end of this month with her partnership with EBW (empowering a billion women) alongside Ingrid Vanderveldt.

She shared tools and resources that are helping women in business across the globe.

Visit the Atoms Integrator website: They are ATOMS connecting bright global minds to Canada, a place where ideas matter.

Member Talk
  • January 9, 2020

Happy New Year from the KWBWA! Our president, Kendra Allen, from Frederick Travel Waterloo, spoke to us about her recent travels to Iceland. In early December she travelled with other agents as part of a familiarization tour of Iceland. Her slideshow was beautiful.

Kendra AllenShe did see some the northern lights, but it wasn’t as clear as the photo below.

Thank you for sharing your travel tips and information about this country with us.

Contact Kendra or visit the website: for booking great vacation packages and professional services for business, leisure and group needs.

Member Update
  • December 19, 2019

Don't worry about indulging over the holidays!

Our Herbalist Natalie Kohlruss gave us a great presentation today on what herbs help you with hangovers,Natalie Crummer colds, the sweet tooth and more over the holidays:

  1. The Hangover - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
  2. The Dehydrator -(aka not enough water) - Plantain, Alfalfa, Nettle
  3. The Stressor - Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm
  4. The Sweet Tooth - Favourite tea with alternative source of sugar: honey, maple syrup, date sugar and Supplement: L- Gluthamine
  5. The Christmas Cold - Lemon Balm, Ginger, Nettle, Echinacea (as long as you are not allergic to the daisy family or cell multiplier)
  6. Alfalfa + Nettle are great, safe additions to any tea as they are highly nutritious herbs.

  7. Thank you Natalie for sharing your wisdom with us! For more information about herb, please visit Natalie's website:

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • December 12, 2019

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

Our members and guests had a great time at the Out of the Box event held @ Taphouse & Beer Store. After our tour, we enjoyed the Taphouse Bites Menu!

KWBWA Trade Show A Success!
  • December 5, 2019

KWBWA Trade ShowOur annual KWBWA trade show was held at Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Kitchener. Six entrepreneur members set up displays for us to peruse and do some holiday shopping.

Special thanks to:

  • Sylvie Draper - Stampin’ Up!
  • Susan Hilton - Voxx Life
  • Natalie Kohlruss - Huron Earth
  • Mary-Lou Lang - Arbonne International
  • Elizabeth Uffelman Wing - Ontario Seed Co Ltd
  • Kristin Moore - Buy Moore Jewelry

Guest Speaker
  • November 28, 2019
Olesia Fiodorova

Olesia Fiodorova is a hardworking, dedicated entrepreneur with her personal training studio, EuroFit. She is committed to improving community wellness through her success in raising funds (more than $63,000)for the City of Waterloo Fee Assistance Program, bringing recreation and arts programs to families who otherwise couldn’t participate.

She was nominated for the KW Octoberfest Rogers Woman of the Year for Community Service.

We enjoyed hearing the stories of her fundraising. Thank you Olesia!

Guest Speaker
  • November 14, 2019
Janice Ruddock

Thank you to Janice Ruddock for her presentation today on the Center for Family Business and her journey to becoming it's Executive Director! It was a pleasure having you at our networking lunch!
View Janice's Bio (PDF)

The Center for Family Business is a peer-supported network that gives family businesses the tools they need to build healthy families and stronger businesses in a competitive landscape. As one of Canada’s largest family business associations, the Centre will help your family reach its fullest potential.

Member Talk
  • October 31, 2019

Thank you to Mary Lou Lang for sharing your Arbonne journey with us. Hearing the philosophy of the company and about your personal growth, we see how you shine when sharing this work.

Mary Lou Lang

Arbonne’s mission is to transform lives through pure, botanically based ingredients in scientifically tested products; a pure, healthy lifestyle; and the pure joy of helping others.

  • October 28, 2019

We are please to announce the final results in the KW Record - Readers Choice. The results are in. KW Record - Readers Choice

Star Performance Academy
Employee Winner
KW Record - Readers Choice
Retire at Home
Home Health Care
KW Record - Readers Choice
Vision Travel
Travel Agency
KW Record - Readers Choice
Harris Law
Law Firm
Legal Services
Personal Injury Services

New Member Talk
  • October 17, 2019

Thanks to Amy Poplata, Gallus Paralegal (sole owner, entrepreneur and advocate) for speaking to us about her focus on human rights and WSIB claims. Amy Poplata
Gallus Paralegal provides legal advice and services in a way that is accessible to their clients. Using simple language, clear explanations and honest answers, Amy creates trusting relationships. Thank you for your presentation!

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • October 10, 2019

It was "All aboard" the @IONLRT for the K-W Business Women’s Association.

Thanks to Meda Costea and Gurjeet Kaur of @KeolosGR (operator and maintainer of the ION light rail system), for an exceptional tour and learning experience. We are truly living in a community that is embracing the future!

Thanks too to Joanne for marking arrangements for our group to ride the LRT!

Out of the Box Luncheon

For more information about the ION light rail system, please visit the GRT website.

New Member Talk
  • October 3, 2019

Thank you for such an informative talk, Laura!

Laura Elliot

Laura Elliot spoke to us about her career in social work.

Currently she is working with adults with disabilities at Aldaview Services, connected to Tri-County Mennonite Homes.

We learned about a few of the disabilities that she currently encounters in her work, mainly Prader-Willi syndrome and Down Syndrome.

For more information about this service, please visit the Aldaview Services website.

Member Update
  • September 26, 2019
Nancy Koebel

Thank you so much to our member Nancy Koebel (Financial Security Advisor at Lyfstyle Financial) for informing us about the upcoming changes in the insurance industry.
Three great Canadian companies: Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, are coming together under one brand: the new Canada Life.

One update is how applications can be data entered online by the financial security advisor and be issued immediately. It was a very informative meeting!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nancy or visit her website,

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • September 12, 2019

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

Thank you to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada for inviting our association to tour the Cambridge plant. It was so interesting to see the behind the scenes work that is involved in creating these magnificent cars that we drive. The museum gave a great history of Toyota, followed by a video to see the different people and jobs involved, ending with a guided tram ride through the plant.

Our tour started at the Visitor Centre on a motorized tram tour through South Weld and North Assembly, two of the most visually impressive shops in Cambridge.

Hearing about how TMMC manufactures some of the best-built vehicles in the world is one thing... experiencing it for yourself is another!

A gourmet boxed luncheon was provided upon departure of the tour. Thanks to Joanne Atkins (Special Projects) for arranging for our group to tour!

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

Guest Speaker
  • September 5, 2019
Jackie Gill, Editor-in-Chief of Draft Canada

Thank you so much to Jackie Gill, Editor-in-Chief of Draft Canada for explaining to us about how she makes a story stand out - through her writing and also branding, presence and strategy. As Jackie says, "I'm a giant word nerd who can help with it all."

She first put crayon to paper to tell stories at the tender age of 6 and hasn't stopped since. As a grown-up, she swapped that crayon for a word processor, reporting all the news that's fit to print for the St. Thomas Times-Journal as a journalist, making insurance sound sexy as a marketer for Canada Life and Manulife and started her own writing business supporting local startups in Kitchener-Waterloo, most recently jumping head-first into the role of lead editor for a new digital media platform, Draft Canada.

Jackie's Website:
Draft Canada Website:

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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.

Lyme Disease Presentation
  • August 29, 2019
Dr. Delia Simu, Homeopath and Natalie Kohlruss, Herbalist

Thank you so much to our members Dr. Delia Simu, Homeopath and Natalie Kohlruss, Herbalist for an amazing educational presentation on Lyme disease about symptoms, what to do if you are bitten by a tick, tips to avoid tick bites and the prevention of Lyme disease with the group. Lyme disease is becoming more and more prominent in North America and has been spreading with ticks in Ontario.

We are grateful for your knowledge and professional experience on this important subject.

Guest Speaker
  • August 15, 2019
Ricardo Ruas co-CEO Oficina das Palavras

Thank you so much to Ricardo Ruas, co-CEO Oficina das Palavras for speaking with us and sharing a preview of MKT Yourself, and their desire for a global movement, sharing experiences and strengthening the communications, marketing and creative industry. Oficina das Palavras was founded in 2006, joining forces and complementing the different skills of journalists Ana Paula Ruschel and himself (professionals with wide experience, and thinking outside the box), whos work is to promote Canadian companies in Brazilian territory. For more information please visit their website,

A Member's Story
  • August 7, 2019

Thank you to our member Tiffany for sharing her story. This year, her grandfather passed away. He died at 91. He was her everything. He was an amazing role model and example of how to live your life.

When Everything Went Wrong, Tiffany Dawn Kept Going

Her marriage ended because of mental illness. Depression’s hard to understand, and when you’re married to it, you learn a lot. Sometimes you look at yourself like, is there something I could have done earlier? Am I enabling it? You sometimes blame yourself. We’ve been putting a lot of resources into getting him help and counselling.

Tiffany's story was featured in Draft Canada. This article was a very difficult and transparent article about some difficulties in Tiffany's life and how she used those misfortunate moments as momentum forward. Read Tiffany's Story.

Member Presentation
  • July 25, 2019
Member Presentation:  Nancy Koebel

Thank you to our member Nancy Koebel for giving us an update on your volunteer work with Oktoberfest and the other events that surround it. Kitchener-Waterloo has benefited greatly from your hard work these past 29 years! From the Thanksgiving Day parade, the Santa Claus parade and Women of the Year events, there are many areas where help is needed. Although K-W Oktoberfest Inc. (a not-for-profit community corporation) employs eight full-time staff, the Festival would not be possible without the dedication of more than 500 year-round volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers to stage Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.

Networking Luncheon
  • July 11, 2019
Networking Luncheon

Thank you to Loloan Lobby Bar for the amazing lunch buffet for our members yesterday.

We were introduced to many new flavours and appetizing creations.

  • 30 Fairway Rd S, Kitchener, ON N2A 2N2