Thank you to everyone who attended the 2020 International Women’s Day Women & Wealth Gala in Edmonton. We hope you left feeling inspired, supported and empowered!
Join us for a pre-event reception, plated dinner from the Edmonton Convention Centre’s award-winning culinary team, raffle draw, cash bar and VIP Meet & Greet for VIP ticket holders and take part in an evening of inspiration from our amazing guest speakers Michele Romanow and Courtney Buhler. Our talented MC, Carrie Doll, will ensure the evening is spectacular from start to finish. All Gala attendees will receive a Women’s Day Gift Bag with contributions from our generous gift bag sponsors.
VIP tickets are available and include an exclusive Meet & Greet with the speakers, preferential seating and a VIP Gift Bag full of amazing swag!
Looking for a place to stay? Our hotel sponsor the Fairmont Macdonald is offering our guests a discounted room rate available here: https://book.passkey.com/go/WOMEN2020.
4:30 pm: Sponsor Reception (Sponsors Only)
5:00 pm: Pre-Event Reception
6:00 pm: Program Begins
9:30 pm: VIP Meet & Greet (VIP Ticket Holders Only)
10:00 pm: Official After-Party at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
In addition to metered parking along Jasper Avenue and connected side streets, there are three nearby parkades/surface parking lots just next to the venue. Reserved parking is available in select lots (subject to availability), including the underground Canada Place parkade directly connected to the convention centre.
Ariana Whitlow has entertained audiences around the world as a singer, dancer and actor. She is a graduate of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and of Edmonton's MacEwan University.
She began her career performing with the renowned Shumka Dancers and later toured with Royal Caribbean International as a featured entertainer in their acclaimed production shows, most recently starring as Annette in Saturday Night Fever: The Musical. Ariana has shared the stage with music legends such as Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan, Brett Kissel, Corb Lund, Mark Masri, and maestros Bob Bernhardt and Jack Everly. She was a featured performer at the Liverpool Music Festival and has leant her voice to many soundtracks and studio recordings.
Ariana is proud to call Edmonton her home and regularly performs throughout Western Canada. Most recently, she sang for the Oilers' Greatest Team Celebration at Rogers Place and was featured at the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree as well as in Crescendo, an innovative fundraiser for mental health. She can be seen performing as a member of the Gary Cable Project as well as with Alberta's hottest party band 'UPTOWN'. She an active volunteer for Northlands and the K-days Talent Search, which enables her to mentor and provide performance opportunities to young up-and-coming performers.
Ariana is a versatile and passionate entertainer who delivers lively and emotional performances. Expect to fall in love with her soulful vocals, energetic personality and extraordinary sense of humour.
Carrie Doll - Emcee
Carrie Doll is the owner and founder of Carrie Doll Consulting, which offers a wide range of communication services. Carrie is a professional emcee and moderator and has been the keynote speaker at numerous events. She offers one-on-one public speaking coaching to Presidents, CEOs and sales teams and well as personalized moderating coaching. She also offers training in social media and on camera presentation.
Carrie was a television journalist for 20 years. She holds a degree in Communications from the University of Calgary and a diploma in Broadcast News from SAIT. She did an internship at ABC News in Lubbock Texas and began her television career in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. From there she worked at numerous television stations across Alberta before settling down in Edmonton where she anchored CTV news at 6pm for 13 years. Over the years, Carrie interviewed countless news makers locally, across the country, in the entertainment industry and politics including many premiers, prime ministers and US President Bill Clinton. Carrie believes in giving back to her community. She is the Chair of the Stollery Women’s Network, the honorary chair of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and the Glenrose Hospital’s Courage Gala and she is on the board of the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree Foundation. She was honored as one of the top 100 citizens in our province during Alberta’s Centennial celebrations and chosen as Edmonton’s Woman of the Year in 2002.
Courtney Buhler is a wife, mother of 3, and CEO/Founder of Sugarlash PRO®, a luxury eyelash extension company. After beginning as a solo lash artist at age 19, Courtney quickly expanded her home-based business into a 10-person commercial lash lounge called Lash Affair in South Edmonton. When most would settle for a successful business, Courtney recognized an opportunity to introduce higher quality products into the industry, and created her own product distribution company and training academy for aspiring lash artists: Sugarlash PRO®. Courtney is an award-winning lash artist and industry personality — she speaks at lash and business conferences, judges international lash competitions, and attends lash events around the world. Her innovative products and powerhouse personality have scored her features in top publications such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Refinery 29, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, and resulted in major partnerships, including with Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the United States. Sugarlash PRO’s products and training are currently used by over 19,000 lash artists in nearly 75 countries worldwide.
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag, and was ranked 3rd on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies. She brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.
Romanow has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. She’s ranked as one of the “100 Most Powerful in Canada” by WXN, is the only Canadian included in Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, and was recently named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.
Awarded Angel Investor of the Year by the Canadian Innovation Awards, Romanow is a prolific angel investor through Dragons’ Den. She co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more entrepreneurs.
Romanow is currently a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen's Business School, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.