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Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series
Out of the Box Luncheon
  • December 12, 2019

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.

Mary Lou Lang
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.
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
Amy Poplata
  • 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.
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
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!

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

Laura Elliot
New Member Talk
  • October 3, 2019

Thank you for such an informative talk, Laura!

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.

Nancy Koebel
Member Update
  • September 26, 2019

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 Networking Luncheon Series

Out of the Box Luncheon
  • September 12, 2019

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.

Out of the Box Networking Luncheon Series

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!

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

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:

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

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. Ricardo Ruas co-CEO Oficina das Palavras

Guest Speaker
  • August 15, 2019

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,

When Everything Went Wrong, Tiffany Dawn Kept Going
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.

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:  Nancy Koebel

Member Presentation
  • July 25, 2019

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
Networking Luncheon
  • July 11, 2019

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.