Thank You to all the speakers, panelists and participants that joined us for our November 17, 2021
Speaker Series.



Bonnie DuPont

Board Member at NAV CANADA

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Erin Thorp

Author | Speaker

Leadership is art and science of relentless self-development, curious learning, deep vulnerability and pushing boundaries. 

Diana Signorile

Sales Specialist ConvergX

The leaders that are most inspirational are the ones that promote & elevate their stars and don’t get caught up in personal power. 




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Executive Director 

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Bina is the Calgary Executive Director for Women in Leadership Foundation and a member of the Diversity Board for KNOW Tribe Corporate (a US based for-profit organization).  She was featured in their 2019 book that spotlights authentic female leaders, creators and entrepreneurs.   She is a HR leader with a career spanning over 17 years and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and HR and diplomas in Computer Science and Communications.  Bina is a member of WEKH (Women Entrepreneur Knowledge Hub) community of practice - a Government of Canada funded initiative. She is passionate about empowering women to achieve personal and professional growth and is currently working on developing a mentorship program in an effort to reach remote rural communities.

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Alberta Chair

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Heather is a  passionate Educational Leader with extensive experience in the education field.  She is also the founder of Bold and Brave Coaching.   Heather holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Counselling Psychology.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and a Secondary Teaching Certificate.  Heather is a Certified Executive Coach and received her training through Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.  She is also a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPQC) and has her ACC designation through the International Coaching Federation.  She is an author and public speaker.  In her spare time, Heather enjoys working out and relaxing with friends and family.  Heather enjoys fashion, travelling and meeting new people. 

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Angela a Bachelor of Science, Chemistry Major has a diverse background. Angela worked overseas in the Aviation industry for over 13 years and currently is National Account Manager /Recruiter with Design Group Staffing Inc. Her excellent customer service skills allow her to build and continually develop long-term business relationships based on trust and proven performance. Angela is thrilled to be a part of this inspiring network of women and is looking forward to making contributions to ensure the Chapters’ success.

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Tannis Topolnisky is a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). She supports organizations to make the best decisions possible by ensuring those impacted and interested have an opportunity to contribute, feel valued, heard and respected. She has managed over 300 projects aimed at bringing diverse audiences together to build relationships, establish trust and work together to make decisions. She is the owner of Topent Ltd, where she provides facilitation, engagement, coaching and training to organizations around the world. She is a licensed trainer for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). Tannis is passionate about bringing people together to make a difference in individuals, organizations, communities and their relationships; leaving everyone in a better place than where they started.

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Events Chair - Edmonton

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Volunteer Co-Chair - Edmonton

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Volunteer Co-Chair - Edmonton

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Volunteer Co-Chair - Edmonton

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Christie is an accomplished, driven healthcare executive with 20 years of progressive leadership experience in various roles across the healthcare system. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Camrose and Wetaskiwin Primary Care Networks. She has provided innovative and enthusiastic leadership to a variety of healthcare teams. She has a Master's Degree in Health Administration and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma. Christie has been successful in transforming clinical teams and organizations while remaining focused on high-quality patient care. Christie has demonstrated the ability to connect strategic planning while using change management theories to implement evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes.  Christie is passionate about making a difference and is committed to mentoring other leaders to pursue greatness. She is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend.  She runs and plays soccer to balance out her love of good food and red wine.

Leanne Russell joined Capital Power in 2014 and is the Senior Manager of People Engagement and Development.  In her present capacity, she is responsible for Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, and Learning and Development for the entire organization.

 Prior to being appointed Senior Manager, People Engagement and Development at Capital Power, Leanne was the Manager, Learning and Development.

 Leanne has over 25 years of experience in the learning and development field.  12+ years as an educator and leader with Edmonton Public Schools and 13+ years working in the corporate sector.  Prior roles include Manager of Learning and Development for CS Financial and the Director of Retail Learning for the Brick.  
Leanne is a teacher and certified facilitator and executive coach.  She received her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Alberta, her Graudate Certificate for Executive Coaching through Royal Roads University, and other certifications through various professional associations.  She is a past board member for the Institute of Perfomance and Learning and, for the past 5 years, has devouted much of her volunteer time dedicated to supporting  her son’s sports activities.

Kyla is an organizational effectiveness professional with experience as a consultant, facilitator, and coach in the fields of learning and development, engagement, and organizational development. Working with leaders and teams across many different industries, she has a vast knowledge of public and private organizations both domestically and internationally with extensive experience in healthcare.

Kyla holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. In addition, she is trained in LEADS, Personality Dimensions, Strengths Finder methodology, Mental Health First Aid and has experience designing and facilitating various leadership courses for leaders at all levels.

She is inspired to help women discover their authentic self and how their values, goals and dreams impact their leadership journey in all aspects of their lives. Kyla enjoys spending time at the lake with family, skiing in the winter and any activity that includes her dog! Kyla is looking forward to being a part of this powerful network of women in leadership.

Jodi Tychkowsky is an experienced website designer who owns and operates her own freelance business. Throughout her 20 years working as both graphic designer and website designer, she has worked for universities and private companies while freelancing all along the way. For the last 7 years she has worked solely for her own company, Sprint Websites, creating websites primarily for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

She seeks to empower women in business, creating websites that make them feel confident when they send their site to potential clients. She tries to simplify anything complicated and make her process as easy as possible for anyone unfamiliar in the tech world.

She learned to hand code websites in 1999 and earned a BFA in painting from the U of A.  She has a number of creative pursuits including painting, taking photographs, writing songs and playing music. She reads a lot and loves the library. She likes a good visit with a neighbour, friend or family member. She has a family with a son, a dog and a cat.