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ADVISORY BOARD

Meet the women guiding our activities & programs


Meagan Bingley

Rozon Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Manager, Commercial Lines  Department

What is your unique talent in business?

I would consider myself a key-connector in the community. I love introducing individuals to one another and completing B2B business referrals. I believe that we are all stronger if we work together; if I don’t know the answer to a question, I can usually find someone who does. Collaborating is key.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I love that I can help/coach businesses through the intricacies of insurance, while connecting them with supports and individuals in the community that might help them grow/scale their businesses. Networking is key to our brokerage’s success; networking doesn’t only happen at business events, but also in charity work. Having the flexibility to be involved in our community both professionally and personally leaves me feeling very fulfilled at the end of the day.

Who inspires you in business?

Doreen Ashton Wagner.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas? 

Finding the proper supports which includes funding, access to talent/employees, navigating red tape.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

I am looking to expand my own network (I am more connected in the Cornwall area), connect with like minded-individuals, and hopefully provide value to the women that I network with.

Rose D’Amato

BDC- Business Development Bank of Canada

Senior Account Manager

What is the favourite part of your job?

Supporting Entrepreneurs attain their goal.

What was your first business (even as a child)?

Cake Decorating.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

The unique challenges Women Entrepreneurs face in rural communities can make them feel isolated and alone.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

Finding innovative ways to support Women Entrepreneurs in SD&G and Prescott Russell.

Lisa Deacon

Lead, Co-Founder

What is the favourite part of your job?

My favourite parts of the job are that I can choose my clients and colleagues and as a result I can bring my whole self to my work, and I tend to have very strong working relationships with them.

What is your unique talent in business?

A lot of social innovation work is about listening. Whether I’m facilitating a group through a co-design, conducting market research, or devising a communication plan it all starts with tuning in and connecting with the community.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

The biggest challenges I have experienced are systemic and cultural. It requires a long conversation to get across exactly what I mean by that but generally I think rural environments can be more traditionally minded. Often that’s a good thing, but it’s also true in my experience that it can also pose extra challenges for women in tech, or innovative thinkers in general.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

Business Sisters is a bold and unifying force for women in business in our region. It is an honour to be consulted on important issues for the group while it’s in this stage of transition and growth.

Andrée Gauthier

Attic Treasures and Flowers/Fleuriste Alexandria Florist

Owner

What is the favourite part of your job?

Using my creativity to make floral arrangements. It doesn’t feel like work when you are doing something you love!

 

Who inspires you in business?

Businesswomen inspire me. I am so very fortunate to be surrounded by many successful, intelligent and dedicated businesswomen. I truly feel I can approach any one of them to discuss daily challenges or pick their brains for innovative ideas to implement in my business. I’ve always done this, even before I became a first-time business owner in 1993. I like to know what makes people tick, what makes them successful in their eyes.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

My biggest challenge is financing. Dealing with big banks as a woman was not a pleasant experience, whether in business or personally. I was made to feel inferior, and my business was constantly compared to those in big urban centres.

 

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

I was thrilled and honoured when I was asked to be on the Business Sisters Advisory Board. I’ve known Doreen for over 20 years and have always loved and admired her business style. She is definitely one of my role models. Business Sisters came about when I had taken a break as an entrepreneur from the business world. I was secretly longing to attend the events organized by Doreen. She was one of the first people I reached out to when I embarked in this new business venture. It is my pleasure to be there for her and Business Sisters in any capacity to help promote and grow this wonderful gem within our community.

Josée Lanthier-Hunter

Happy Feet Medical Foot Care

Owner, Director of Care

What practice or ritual makes you feel more resilient in your business/job?

Time with family.

What is your favourite part of your job?

Client interactions.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

Getting support at the level that is needed, in a non patronizing way.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

I love speaking with like minded women.

Marie-Noëlle Lanthier

Leadership féminin Prescott-Russell

Présidente

What is your unique talent in business?

The ability to see the destination clearly and mapping out the ways to get there. I believe clarity of thought along with conviction and passion about what you do or what you sell, be it a product, a service, or an idea, are paramount to any business undertaking.

What is your favourite part of your job?

The favorite part of what I do is to witness and celebrate the successful journey of women in business and in leadership positions because I know they have had to work twice as hard as their male counterparts to get there and juggling a lot of ball all the way through it. I enjoy feeling their passion as they speak and seeing them perk up when a great idea comes to them. Watching women reach their full potential as you cheer them along is very rewarding.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

Feeling isolated with less opportunities to exchange ideas with other business owners, having limited access to essential resources such as high-speed Internet, qualified human resources or even financial resources are some of the big challenges. This often means women business owners have to wear many different hats to get the job done. Furthermore, women tend to thrive in business when opportunities to collaborate are plentiful.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

I really appreciate what Business Sisters does to support women entrepreneurs. Providing guidance, tools and tips, opportunities to network and access resources and giving them much needed encouragement and visibility. It is an inspiring endeavour that I wish to support and be part of.

Tara MacWhirter

Garden Path Homemade Soap

Owner

What is the favourite part of your job?

It’s extremely rewarding when customers express their appreciation for products we create, and it always makes me smile when visitors enjoy spending time in our gardens.

What was your first business (even as a child)?

I had a lemonade stand with my sister and made crafts to sell at a table by the road.

What is the biggest challenge you see for women business owners in rural areas?

Physical distance may be the biggest challenge since we don’t run into other women business owners every day like in more urban settings. This means we often need to consciously schedule time for networking or sharing and there is more chance that we can feel isolated.

Why did you agree to volunteer on the Business Sisters Advisory Board?

I jumped at the opportunity to share my experience with others. Why “reinvent the wheel” so to speak. The advisory board is an opportunity to share & learn with other local women business owners.