UPCOMING: Annual Trade Show: December 5, 2019

Annual Trade Show

Our Annual Trade Show is just around the corner! Come join us on December 5th for some holiday shopping, networking and some great food!

Cost: $30 (Includes lunch)    Location: Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre

Outside vendors are welcome, so if you are interested in attending as a guest or a vendor please reach out to us at as vendor space is limited. Connect and cross off a few names on your shopping list! Hope to see you out!

UPCOMING: Out of the Box Luncheon: December 12, 2019

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon SeriesWe welcome you to join us for our “Out of the Box” Networking Luncheon & Tour Series to help our members and guests build business awareness in our community, develop potential business opportunities and create new professional contacts helping you and your business thrive.

We are thrilled to announce our next Out of the Box event will be at the new Taphouse & Beer Store to help our members and guests.

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Taphouse Bites Menu

Lunch provided by Taphouse Bites Menu.

  • Time: 12:00PM Info/Tour
  • Cost: $30 for Guests & includes lunch and tour
    (KWBWA members cost included in their membership dues)
  • Location: 400 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON N2B 3X9 (Parking Map)
  • Parking: Ample Parking Onsite
  • RSVP:

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, lyfestyle.ca

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: www.jackelyngill.com
Draft Canada Website: draftcanada.ca

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.

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, grupoodp.com.br/?lang=en.

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.
Website: http://m.oktoberfest.ca/Get_Involved.

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.

Guest Speaker
  • June 27, 2019
Guest Speaker Elizabeth Clarke

We'd like to extend a big thank you to Elizabeth Clarke for taking the time out of her schedule yesterday to speak to the group about Young Women Kitchener Waterloo (YWKW) and al the services they provide to the community. Did you know they offer programs for Homelessness and Housing, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Youth Services and more. For more information, to get involved or to donate to this amazing organization please visit their website, https://ywkw.ca.

Members Presentation
  • June 13, 2019
Rebecca Butler and Paula Anstett Members Presentation

Thank You's to Rebecca Butler and Paula Anstett who helped us get organized yesterday by sharing their individual experiences with us about Marie Kondo's training on simplifying!

Out of the Box Event
Out of the Box Luncheon @ Google
  • June 6, 2019

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

Thanks to Joanne Atkins for arranging this! We know you had to make several calls to make it happen!

What a privilege to see inside, how they serve our community, their values in action (love the monitor indicating the amount of food waste they have) and all they offer their employees.

Very impressive and inspiring.

Out of the Box Luncheon @ Google

A huge thank you to Google for hosting the KWBWA yesterday! Our two tour guides were amazing, the facilities are beautiful and the lunch was delicious!

New Member Talk
  • May 30, 2019

Natalie Kohlruss of Huron Earth Herbal Therapy for her presentation yesterday on her business, what inspired here to work towards becoming an Herbalist and showcasing some of her products. When she first launched in the Summer 2018 Natalie honestly didn't know how it would go. But every goal and every expectation was reached and beyond. Opportunities bloomed and relationships were made. Hearing the stories of how she was able to help clients inspired her to continue forward. It has been so rewarding to help so many people and to empower others to take hold of their own health.

Natalie Kohlruss

Her Aniex Tea was delicious!

For any questions/more information regarding Alternative & Holistic Health Services, please visit Natalie on FACEBOOK, facebook.com/huronearth.

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, kimbasler.com.

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 www.hospicewaterloo.ca

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 www.houseoffriendship.org

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.

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 sylviestamps.com.

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 kitchenerhypnosis.com.

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 wrfn.info

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: https://kwhumane.com/

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 www.atomsintegrator.com/

New Temporary Meeting Place

Check out our new temporary meeting place ...

Join Us

...as 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!

Website: www.forkandcorkgrill.com/

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: https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/ 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: www.theworkingcentre.org

Join Us

The KWBWA Is Accepting New Members

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

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, nancy.koebel@freedom55financial.com if you have any questions or would like to know more about life insurance.

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