BABES BOARDROOM

Empowering the Entrepreneurial Spirit One Meeting at a Time

Every week, we will introduce you to a member of our organization. What makes us a unique group are the brilliant people that form our meetings. To join Babes Boardroom you just need an appetite for knowledge. We do not charge to be a member and our doors are open as long as your RSVP before maximum capacity is reached. Please join our newsletter if you haven't already on the mainpage, otherwise enjoy getting to know some of our friends below!

Amanda Hudson

What is your occupation(s)?

This question is always really tricky for me to answer. Right now I work in higher education; teaching at York and consulting with various other schools. I also do a lot of leadership and management coaching and consulting. And I’m currently building an agency that connects exceptional people to an on-going series of work projects that challenges and excites them.

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

Summer 2014

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

I originally met Camille by stalking her at Cambie – during one of our conversations she mentioned I might like attending an event her and a friend (Courtney!) host called Babes Boardroom. My first event was actually the Babes Boardroom that was held at Cambie.

What was the worst job you ever had?

I’ve shared this with very few people – but I did door to door sales for Rogers. The worst. But it was college and you know…

What was the best job you ever had?

I’ve loved a lot of my jobs I’ve had. I most fondly look back on being a waitress in Ottawa; times were simple, I met a lot of fun people, got to walk home with cash in my pocket, it was always busy and I got to move around a lot.

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

1)     Yoga with Jaimee Horn and Kate Gillespie  – not only two of the best teachers in the city, but maybe in the world. These girls rock my world physically, emotionally and spiritually.

2)     Traveling – specifically taking a solo trip if you haven’t. A major focus of my last year has been about becoming more independent and enjoying my solo time. Travelling alone for a few weeks was the ultimate test. My favourite places to go to right now are Los Angeles and Paris.

3)     Spend time with incredible people. Find people who are inspiring, open, healthy and make you feel like pure joy. Spend as much time with them as you can.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I love Babes Boardroom because of the people that attend and the energy that it produces. I’ve met some of the loveliest, most inspiring people over the last year through Babes events. I always leave an event inspired and feeling good.


Katrina Thorn

What is your occupation(s)?

I've worked in media for almost 10 years! Right now, I'm on the video-on-demand content and merchandising team at TELUS. I'm also a freelance photographer.  

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

2015

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

My first Babes Boardroom experience was the inaugural meeting of the Investment Club! I was so happy to have help decoding all the intimidating acronyms associated with personal finance.  

 What was the worst job you ever had?

One winter while I was still in school, I had an unpaid internship for a radio station. It mostly consisted of staffing street team events. I worked with good people, but not everyone we encountered liked our radio station (and were happy to let us know!), and I do not miss having to take shifts to warm up in the station vehicle because we were so cold we couldn't feel our toes.

What was the best job you ever had?

I'd have to say the best job I've ever had was being the photographer for a surf school when I lived in Australia. I not only got to take photos of people having an amazing time, but I also got the chance to practice my own surf skills during the class breaks. 

 Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

1.       Sunrise Calendar (https://calendar.sunrise.am/) – Apparently I am not a huge fan of free time, so my weeks are often quite busy. I find that keeping track of everything on calendar apps keeps me from forgetting important dates and deadlines. Sunrise automatically syncs all my separate (personal/work/facebook events etc) calendars into one. You can access the same calendar from your mobile or desktop, so my info is stored in more than one place.

2.       The Scarborough Bluffs – Even though the bluffs are just East of downtown, they feel much farther away from the city. There are some great spots for hiking along them, especially in the fall when all the leaves start to turn.

3.       Katie Crewe Nutrition (www.katiecrewe.com) - Even though I wanted to make some lifestyle changes, I was at a loss at where to start. Katie is so knowledgeable and passionate about what she does that she was not only able to teach me what 'eating healthy' meant for me, but she also made sure I was not wasting my time at the gym.

 Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I love the idea of such a smart, talented and passionate group of people coming together to share what they know, and offer support to people who are also working through their own small-business challenges. I know I always feel energized after I leave each meeting!

You can check out Katrina's amazing photography work here http://www.katrinathorn.com/ and on instragram @katrinathorn

Kate-Lynn Masewich

Hello! Can you please state your name for the record:

Hi! My name is Kate-Lynn Masewich.

What is your occupation(s)?

I'm the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Hull Group, a boutique insurance brokerage.

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

The beginning!

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

It's hard to single out just one memory, but I remember Camille and Courtney brainstorming the idea of Babes Boardroom when they shared their office space. I knew if they could get a group of people actually excited to talk about their taxes it was going to be something special.

What was the worst job you ever had?

I've never really had a bad job but I have had bad bosses. Ever job can be an experience that helps you grow so it's important to have a mentor whom you can learn from and that helps you develop new skills. If you feel stunted in any way, time to move on!  

What was the best job you ever had?

Pizza Hut! I'm kidding, but the free pizza was a pretty sweet perk. I would say my current job because it has allowed me to be more creative.  

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

Stumptown Coffee @ Kupfert & Kim - This is really a 2-in-1 answer. I love a great cup of coffee but I work in the Financial District so for the longest time all you could get was crap. Stumptown, a Portland import, focuses on direct trade coffee and high-quality beans and it's amazing! It's available at the healthy, sustainable take-out joint Kupfert & Kim. While you're there, be sure to also try one of their wheatless/meatless creations like the Chipotle Black Bean Burger. 

Yes Please by Amy Pohler - I adore and admire Amy's work on-screen and off. In addition to being hilarious, her Paper Kites Production company produces the Comedy Central show Broad City and her Smart Girls organization provides a healthy, alternative media outlet for young girls. This memoir-ish book is funny, smart and frank, and as a woman working in a male-dominated industry, I find her very relatable and inspiring.  

My Rdio subscription - Music helps me think so I'm pretty much listening to it at all times. Rdio is very user-friendly, the layout is visually appealing and you can create, collaborate and share playlists with ease.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I don't think I'll ever have all the answers, but with a diverse, supportive and knowledgeable network of professionals at my disposal, at least I know where to look if I need help.  


 Photo by Ryan Nolan

Photo by Ryan Nolan

Robyn Dell'Unto

Hello! Can you please state your name for the record:

Robyn Dell’Unto

What is your occupation(s)?

Songwriter, producer, singer, and founder/teacher at A Song Of My Own songwriting workshops for girls (asongofmyown.ca). 

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

2015 - January

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

The speaker was Amanda Hudson and we went through our 10 Year Plans. At first I was nervous to share my big plan but everybody was so open and supportive, and their plans were majorly ambitious. It was the perfect environment to entertain ideas and think about the future. I’m addicted.

What was the worst job you ever had?

Serving popcorn/cleaning bathrooms (gross combo?) at Silvercity Mississauga. It was the worst and best. You just had to find solace in stealing nacho cheese sauce to put on your break food. 

What was the best job you ever had?

A Song of My Own. I had to invent the job and then hire myself. A couple years ago I was feeling lost in my career as a touring solo artist and realized I’d rather be writing and teaching vs. road-warrior-ing. Now I get to write songs with awesome kids and teens, support their careers and produce live shows for them. And it balances well with my other job of songwriting with full-grown people.  

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

I’ve been obsessed with Evernote for a very long time - for lyrics, life organizing and to-do lists. 

Katherine Pittman (www.facebook.com/KatherinePittmanPT, kbptrainer@gmail.com) is a miracle worker. She’s a super-affordable in-home personal trainer who has somehow turned my fiancé and I into fitness-loving people. She’s so, so good. 

Weirdly, Tequila Bookworm on Queen St. W is my favourite place for writing, life organizing and music editing when I need a break from working at home. I think it’s something about how loud they blare the music…maybe I should mention this to a psychologist. 

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

There’s this obvious atmosphere of openness, empathy and support at each meeting. No competition or clicks. Nobody is going to laugh at you or turn their nose up. No ideas are two big. I’m a huge fan (obviously!). 


Anthony Menecola

Hello! Can you please state your name for the record:

Anthony Menecola

What is your occupation(s)?

Product Designer at Pivotal Labs

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

I’ve been a member for about a year now!

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

My first babes boardroom experience was when actor/comedian Ennis Esmer sat at the head of a big boardroom table and gave some great advice on public speaking.

What was the worst job you ever had?

In high-school I worked at a car detail shop cleaning cars. If you’ve ever tried to get dog hair out of the carpet of your car then trust me I feel your pain.

What was the best job you ever had?

I love my current job. I’ve worked in a few different design roles over the past few years, but Product Design has definitely been the most rewarding. It’s a job that encapsulates User Research, User Experience design, Interaction design, and User Interface design into one. Each project has it’s own challenges and I learn something new everyday.

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

Apps I can’t live without

Simplenote (http://simplenote.com/) - This app is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a dead simple note taking app that syncs effortlessly between your mobile device and desktop. I love being able to jot down quick ideas on the go.

Flux (https://justgetflux.com/) - This app will save your eyes. It makes the colour of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. As someone who spends most of the day looking at a computer screen this has been a game changer. 

Rdio (http://www.rdio.com/) - Subscription based music streaming platform. I love how easy it is to discover new music within the app.

Places/Restaurants

I’m currently writing this from NYC and if you’ve never been to the big apple I highly recommend experiencing it at least once in your lifetime. Also, this past weekend I tried something called a ramen burger. It was a game-changer. Google it.

Also, my favourite place to eat in Toronto has to be Odd Seoul. Great food, great drinks, chill vibes.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I’ve always been a huge advocate for knowledge sharing. I think that it is incredibly powerful when like-minded individuals come together to share experiences and resources. It helps drive positive growth not only in ones career, but in the community as a whole.


Jen Roney

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Jen Roney

What is your occupation(s)?

Senior Marketing Manager for Accolade Promotion Group (APG)

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

The beginning!

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

Camille & I used to be roommates, and I remember her speaking about this idea her and Courtney had to start a group for entrepreneurs where everyone could learn from one another - and then they did! I know all Babes are so glad they did too, as we have been lucky enough to benefit ever since the first meeting at Sari's place! 

What was the worst job you ever had?

Probably doing ironing to earn some pocket money! I think I got 20p a piece!

What was the best job you ever had?

That would be my current one! I have been with the company 4.5 years now, have been fortunate enough to learn from an incredible mentor, while being consistently challenged.

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

HBR.org (15 free articles a month!), Seth Godin's blog (sethgodin.typepad.com), Fast Company (fastcompany.com), Inc (Inc.com) and MISC (miscmagazine.com) - Some of my favourite go-to resources. I have found that one of the times I am most inspired for work is when I am reading - it starts to get my brain firing outside of my normal day-to-day rhythm, and, when I'm lucky, can trigger all sorts of ideas! On my first day of my current job our former CEO told me "Read, read all the time. Read everything you can get your hands on." and I am realizing how important it is to take charge of your own ongoing education, whatever form that takes. 

The Tampered Press (Dundas W, across from Trinity Bellwoods) - One of my favourite little coffee shops to get work done, or generally get life organized! They have a great selection of loose-leaf teas and a lovely view of the park!

NYC. Always. And I have to thank Air BnB for introducing me to a new group of friends in Brooklyn that have made the city more like a little second home.

Future Possibilities for Kids - Just over a year ago I jumped on to volunteertoronto.ca looking for an organization I could donate my time to, and I came across Future Possibilities for Kids (fpcanada.org). FPK is an organization that works with children between the ages of 9-11 years old to help them develop a 'Goal of Contribution' for their community, while they complete a leadership course. The kids are incredible, and you come away having learned so much from working with them. Plus, the FPK community is so wonderful. They are always looking for new KidCoaches so check them out!

Yoga & Pilates - Trying to get better at prioritizing exercise! I recently heard about Yogaree (yogatree.ca) and in checking them out I found out that they offer economy classes for $10 at their Richmond & Spadina location on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. I'd also recommend checking out Parkdale Pilates Club (H/T to Camille for introducing me to it!), who run one hour pilates group sessions in the park in summer.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I think there is very real benefit (emotionally and psychologically) from being surrounded by people who are talented, driven and creative (people I want to be like when I grow up!), especially in the type of environment Courtney & Camille have created with BB (wine, friends & new friends, and fun!). I think Courtney & Camille have managed to capture something about the community and culture in Toronto that makes our city so special, and in turn make it accessible to those who want to be a part of it. Thank you both for everything you do to make this happen!


Jazlyn Dow

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Jazlyn Dow

What is your occupation(s)?

Fashion History Teacher

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

December 2013

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

“Work, life, balance” -- the fifth Babes Boardroom was my first. Acquainted with Courtney through a mutual friend, I knew no one else.  I walked home wide-eyed feeling inspired with a new network of bright, productive and helpful individuals. 

What was the worst job you ever had?

I once had to give out samples of Vlasic pickles at a grocery store. 

What was the best job you ever had?

For seven summers, I was a gardener for a small but lavish gardening company. We did mostly flower beds and container gardening. It was creative, refreshing and sparked my love for horticulture.

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

1.    Cooking from “The Art of Eating Well” by the Hemsley Sisters

2.    The “Flow and Restore” yoga class with Nicky Wright at Union Yoga Studio on Bloor

3.   Read “tiny beautiful things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar” By Cheryl Strayed

3a. Grow a vegetable garden!

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

Finding a strong, reliable and productive community can be a challenge in a big city.  Babes Boardroom is the perfect package: it is informative and supportive while connecting young professionals and like-minded people. 


 Photo by  Celia Moase

Photo by Celia Moase

Heather Kelly

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Heather Kelly. "HK" to most.

What is your occupation(s)?

I’m the owner of MUSI – a music consultation agency. MUSI is currently contracted by two management companies, Pirates Blend and Marked Music to provide artist management support to 5 artists. Long story short, I manage bands.

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

Day #1!

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

First memory is the first meeting at Sari Delmar’s place. What resulted from that night was something so beautiful and organic; 20+ talented and driven people all coming together to share their successes and struggles with one another. We all went around the room stating, “This is who I am, this is what I do/want to do, but I’m not sure how to do it all on my own. How can we help each other?” It was the beginning of what has since become an important monthly ritual in growing and expanding my business.

What was the worst job you ever had?

Housekeeping. Scrubbing a shower with a toothbrush was my breaking point. I lasted 2 weeks.  

What was the best job you ever had?

What I’m doing.

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

Rdio – Monthly subscription to the music streaming site. Best $10 I spend each month. It’s where I discover and share my music. I never turn it off.

Nashville, TN - If you love music, great coffee and kind people, ain’t no better place.

Running – Few things that make me feel more alive and clear headed. It’s gotten me through some tough business decisions. Also a fun way to explore my own city and any that I travel to.

AeroPress – Recently did a tour with a band that loves coffee as much as I do. They gifted me with an AeroPress, a portable coffee maker that makes the BEST cup of coffee. If you love coffee, get one. Helps start any day off right.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

A monthly gathering with old friends, new friends, and potential collaborators where we talk shop and learn about something I probably didn’t know but needed to know. Good for the soul. Good for my business. And we usually drink wine. What’s not to love?


Brennan Finlay

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Brennan Finlay.

What is your occupation(s)?

Co-owner of B.Finlay Millwork. Cabinet Maker/Designer.

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

June 2014

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

My first Babes Boardroom was in the summer of 2014 at Cambie. We spoke about finances, investing and job etiquette. I believe the gentleman who spoke was Don Reid. It was a smaller group but incredibly insightful and motivating, nonetheless. 

Even though that was the first Babes Boardroom I attended, my first memory would have to be hearing about it through Camille and Courtney when they started Babes Boardroom (long before I first attended). 

What was the worst job you ever had?

I have worked MANY jobs in my life. So to pin one in particular is tricky. One of the worst was a short stint at a Toronto based Motorcycle/Moped shop. It was my first crack at ever trying Sales. Needless to say, I wasn't fit for selling mopeds the way the bosses wanted me to. I lasted two weeks. 

I also worked in a propane shed for 4 months in the middle of winter, which was pretty terrible. It was a 5am start time every day (you know that hour of the day, when your car doesn't want to start?). It's not very warm in a poorly insulated propane shed in mid-January.  

What was the best job you ever had?

One of my favourite places I've ever worked was the last shop I worked at before I left to pursue my entrepreneurial ventures. I was one of nine woodworkers that took part in some really fun and interesting jobs. I may be looking back with rose coloured glasses, but I recall having a really good time. Amazing shop, a good core group of talented guys and a ton of work. 

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

1 - Anytime our shop is in need of any specialty items we swing down to Lee Valley at King and Bathurst. A wood workers "candy store", if you will. All of the tools, hardware and accessories  you could imagine. Its worth a visit, even if you have zero woodworking experience. 

2 - Exotic Woods in Burlington is another one of those "kid in a candy store" places for me. They are one of the most thorough lumber suppliers in the GTA and have everything available on their sales floor, to check out. From guitar building lumber to the rarest imported materials, you'll find it there. 

3 - I get a lot of inspiration when I venture back to my home town. When I was younger I used to drive for hours through the escarpment and spot all the little farm houses that still inspire me today. Sometimes driving the back roads of a small town can be the perfect remedy. 

4 - A good biscuit/domino jointer can improve how productive a shop is. FEStool makes some of the best equipment on the market. Originally designed by an aeronautical company, FEStool has quickly become a front runner for tools. If you're ever looking to really step up your DIY game, pick some of their stuff up. Be prepared to spend a lot, but for what you get it is well worth it. 

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

Babes Boardroom is such an incredible thing to be a part of. I consider myself very lucky to be able to attend whenever I can. There is something empowering and inspiring about being in a room with people who all want to bring their lives/careers to a better place. The energy that I feel at every meeting is something that stays with me long after I've left. Everyone that is involved with Babes Boardroom, at least that I have met, is so incredibly supportive. You feel like you belong to something special, where you know that you have a group of people rallying behind you every step of the way. I think we all, inherently, want to see others happy and I feel that is a big part of what Babes Boardroom is and thats what appeals to me.  


Katie Laliberte: Investment Club Master

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Katie Laliberte.

What is your occupation(s)?

Lawyer & ... restaurantrepreneur :)

Member of Babes Boardroom Since:

Day 1!

What was your first memory/ first Babes Boardroom?

Courtney and I had coffee at the Mascot in Parkdale and she told me about how she and Camille wanted to get entrepreneurs together to share knowledge and support one another. I loved the idea and very much wanted to get involved. At the time, I imagined it might become an occasional dinner with a few independent business owners. The response was incredible and I have had the pleasure of watching as the group has grown to include anyone looking to take control of their career ...and there's a lot of us. 

What was the worst job you ever had?

Being a securities lawyer. 

What was the best job you ever had?

Being a lifeguard by day, bartender by night, in my favorite place in the world, beside the guy I ended up marrying. 

Can you share at least 3 "recommendations" with us? For example: apps you love, places to visit, restaurants, tools, products, or anything that's helped you feel your best?

Buffer for automating social media. Really easy to use, especially as a Chrome extension. 

Ladies Learning Code! Take classes! Men too!

Body Blitz Spa (471 Adelaide Street West - https://bodyblitzspa.com)

Dinners for one - glass of wine, nice meal, making friends with the bartender and having a little quiet time is the best medicine.

Why does Babes Boardroom appeal to you?

I love the end of every meeting when we are all infused to the brim with energy and motivation. A lot can happen when you get a bunch of smart people in a room together, thinking about possibility.