AWE Session Speakers

Feminine Capital Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs

Barbara Orser is Vice Dean (Career Development) of the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management. She is Founding Chair of the Canadian Taskforce for Women's Business Growth and has been named one of the Women Executive Network's 100 Most Power Women in Canada.


Catherine Elliott is Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management, where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management.

Social Capital and Networking

Gail Mercer MacKay, President of Mercer-MacKay Solutions Inc/ Founder & Board Member of Womenkind Creative Writing and Founder of 6 Figure Freelance Writer.

Up Yours Leadership and Confidence

Shann McGrail, Haltech Executive Director and AWE Strategic Lead, comes with deep background in software and technology, built through 17 years at Microsoft and building her own business, focused on innovation and technology entrepreneurship. Shann brings a highly collaborative, strategic and partner-oriented mind-set, along with experience in the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) ecosystem as a mentor, strategy facilitator, Executive-in-Residence and board member.

Negotiation Assumptions, Mistakes and Mindset

Corinne Sharp, President of Sharp Perpective, has been working in the IT sector for over 20 years leading sales, marketing and channel teams both at Fortune 100 companies as well as start ups and re-imagined software companies. Operating in the world of channels, alliances and partnerships and helping organizations achieve scaled growth through others is an area of expertise Corinne brings to the table. She is a connector of people and businesses.

Pitching to Male Investors

Lily Lam, Senior Director Investment Portfolio at Ontario Centres of Excellence; Julie Ellis, Principal at Julie Ellis and Company; Nicole Mortimer, Founder of ZippyJamz.

The Power of Selling - Women's Edition

Lally Rementilla, CPA, CMA, MBA, is an accomplished operator and investor with a track record of profitably growing knowledge-based companies – from start-ups to global businesses. After almost twenty-five years of leadership roles in the telecom, media and technology sectors, Lally currently serves as President and Chief Financial Officer of Quantius – a technology-enabled commercial lender that provides non-dilutive financing to knowledge-based growth companies rich in intellectual property and intangible assets.

Real Talk Success Stories

April Wright, VP and Co-Founder of Sniper Skin; Anita Grant, Founder of Fleeky Inc.; Dr. Asha Parekh, Co- Founder of Front Line Medical Technologies; Riya Karumanchi, Founder of Smart Cane