Carole Bildé
Carole Bildé
Canada
Chief Marketing and Communications officer of Veuve Clicquot
Carole Bildé
Carole Bildé
Canada
Chief Marketing and Communications officer of Veuve Clicquot

In the early 2000’s, Carole began working in advertising, first at Ogilvy then at BETC, Havas Group. 15 years during which she experienced the power of strong brands and inspiring creation.

In 2014, she moved to the world of luxury & fashion, and joined Chloé (Richemont Group) as Head of Brand strategy & Communication. She will leave 4 years later, just after having successfully built and launched the first Chloé e-commerce.

Carole has been Chief Marketing and Communications officer of Veuve Clicquot since 2018. Another luxury Maison with a wonderful history of savoir-faire, innovation and unique legacy to women empowerment.

Carole is graduated from EM Strasbourg business school and HEC Montréal.

Alexis De Calonne
Alexis De Calonne
Canada
Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Canada
Alexis De Calonne
Alexis De Calonne
Canada
Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Canada

As the Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Canada, Alexis de Calonne has the ambition to further develop the champagne, wines, and spirits portfolio in the country. With a lifelong passion for the Moët Hennessy brands, and bringing 17 years of industry knowledge and experience to the role, Alexis sees Canada as a dynamic market with immense growth potential.

Before taking on his new role in January 2017, Alexis was a notable figure for Moët Hennessy in the European market. During his career, he oversaw the sales development and brand visibility in Scotland and in London for Moët Hennessy UK, developed key business, category management and merchandising opportunities at Moët Hennessy Diageo in Paris and led the commercial department for Moët Hennessy UK in London. 

Alexis has a Master’s degree in Management from IESEG, School of Management in Lille; had the opportunity to study at the University of Texas El Paso as part of his degree, and passed a Transition to General Management executive program at INSEAD. He is a proud husband and a father of 4 beautiful children. At the beginning of his career, Alexis has also volunteered for six months for the Virlanie Foundation, a non-profit organization reaching out to street children in the Philippines, setting up a microcredit system in three slums in Manilla and is still supporting children’s education today.

Catherine Dagenais
Catherine Dagenais
Canada
President of Société des alcools du Québec
Catherine Dagenais
Catherine Dagenais
Canada
President of Société des alcools du Québec

Catherine Dagenais is the first woman at the head of the Société des alcools du Québec in 100 years.  She has headed the company since June 2018. Visionary and passionate about retail, she has ambitious goals in terms of performance and customer experience.

With an executive MBA (McGill-HEC Montréal) and a bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing option, Catherine Dagenais has solid experience in managing a sales network. Recognized for her energy, her commitment and her human approach, Catherine Dagenais is a unifying leader. His ability to develop promising business partnerships and to maximize growth and profitability allows her to actively contribute to the development of the SAQ.

Kiely Maclean
Kiely Maclean
Canada
Co-Founder and President of RJ Maclean
Kiely Maclean
Kiely Maclean
Canada
Co-Founder and President of RJ Maclean

Kiely Maclean is the Co-Founder and President of RJ Maclean.  RJ Maclean is one of four start-up businesses in the RJ Group of Companies creating innovation in the oil and gas sector through improvements to safety and the development of patented equipment to create efficiencies and reduce environmental impact.  Kiely is also currently President and initiator of the RJ Group of Companies.   The mandate of the RJ Group of Companies is to provide foundational resources, through the strength of the group, that would otherwise not be available to emerging businesses.

The RJ method requires that stakeholders reassess not only traditional oilfield service processes, but industry methods as a whole.  In energy, there is significant focus on improving working conditions and environmental consciousness. The group has demonstrated that the environmental impacts in the Energy Sector can be reduced, while improving the client’s bottom line.  RJ Group is, by design, an industry disruptor; as it challenges other industry players to adopt innovative practises that achieve similar results in changing the status quo. 

Kiely has a Business Degree from Acadia University, an International Business Diploma from ICN in France, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management.  She is the recipient of the Young Women in Energy Award, recognized as top 35 under 35 and profiled in Alberta Oil Magazine.  The RJ Group was recognized as one of the top 25 innovators of the year in Alberta Oil and Alberta Venture Magazine.  Kiely was also a previous finalist for the Veuve Clicquot Women in Business Awards in 2016, she has spoken at the Global Petroleum Club and is a member of the MacKay CEO forum.  Volunteering as a mentor for the organization Futurepreneurship, Kiely helps young entrepreneurs develop start-up businesses.  Kiely is passionate about innovation in business, promoting women in the field and leadership.

LEAH MACNAB
LEAH MACNAB
Canada
Managing Director, NBA Canada National Basketball Association
LEAH MACNAB
LEAH MACNAB
Canada
Managing Director, NBA Canada National Basketball Association

As Managing Director of NBA Canada, Leah MacNab is responsible for the development and growth of the league’s business in Canada, including television and digital media, marketing and retail partnerships, licensing, special events and basketball development.  MacNab assumed the role in August 2019 following a record-setting year for NBA viewership, marketing partnerships and merchandise sales in Canada.

In 2015, MacNab was promoted to NBA Canada’s Senior Director of Global Marketing Partnerships, leading new business, strategy and relationship management for the league’s marketing partners in Canada.  She has played a significant role in the league’s biggest events in the country – including NBA Canada Series presented by Bell – and created the annual NBA Canada Partner Summit, which began in 2018 and brings together the league’s Canadian partners, executives and industry thought-leaders.  In 2018, MacNab received the Canadian Sports Business “5 to Watch” Award, recognizing her as one of the top sports executives in Canada under 40 years old.

MacNab sits on the Board of Canada Basketball and volunteers as Mentor for both the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada and WISE (Women in Sport and Entertainment) Toronto.  She is passionate about creative thinking, marketing, women’s empowerment and food.  A graduate of the University of Toronto, MacNab also has a postgraduate marketing certificate from Ryerson University.

MacNab currently lives in Toronto with her husband Graham and sons Warren and Wesley.

Kirk Pickersgill
Kirk Pickersgill
Canada
Co-founder and Designer of Greta Constantine
Kirk Pickersgill
Kirk Pickersgill
Canada
Co-founder and Designer of Greta Constantine

Kirk Pickersgill is co-founder and designer of Greta Constantine, an accessible luxury line of ready-to-wear womenswear based in Toronto, Canada.

Established in 2006 with Stephen Wong, the label is derived from the name of Wong's mother, Greta, with that of Pickersgill's grandfather, Constantine. The collection is available in over 45-doors worldwide spanning 15-countries including the Al Tayer Group, Al-Othman, the Etoile Group, Nordstrom, and Simons, as well as both Moda Operandi and Farfetch online. The pair works together in their Toronto-area studio -- conceptualizing, exploring, and challenging the fashions of today for the women of tomorrow.  

Andrew Sardone
Andrew Sardone
Canada
Director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor
Andrew Sardone
Andrew Sardone
Canada
Director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor

Andrew Sardone is the editorial director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor, which covers the intersecting worlds of fashion, design, art, travel, food and drink. After studying journalism at Ryerson University and working in fashion design and retailing, Andrew started his career as a style reporter at Now Magazine, before becoming The Globe and Mail’s fashion editor in 2013. Throughout his career, Andrew has been an advocate for creative Canadians and local design.

Claudia Sjoberg
Claudia Sjoberg
Canada
Founder and President of Pedalheads Bike Swim and Sport Programs
Claudia Sjoberg
Claudia Sjoberg
Canada
Founder and President of Pedalheads Bike Swim and Sport Programs

Claudia Sjoberg is the Founder and President of Pedalheads Bike Swim and Sport Programs. Pedalheads provides children aged 2-15 with life skills that develop confidence, independence and a love for activity. Since 1986, more than 350,000 children have participated in Pedalheads programs including 55,000 in 2018. With 100 locations in eleven Canadian and US cities, Pedalheads had over $14 million in revenue in 2018, with 35 full time and 1500 part-time employees. The Company provides young people not only with employment, training and mentorship, but also with the opportunity to develop teaching and coaching skills that impact children’s lives.

Claudia is particularly proud of Pedalheads’ robust giving back program. Everyone in the company including the camp participants participates in “helping” initiatives. Last year the company donated $53,000 to nine neighbourhood houses in Canada and the US as well as provided new bikes, locks, helmets and bike training for over 120 children in need. Pedalheads donated camp gift certificates to 300 community groups and led countless safety presentations and bike rodeos in schools and pre-schools across the regions.

Personally, Claudia has been a lifelong community volunteer and leader. She currently sits on the Board of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and the Board of Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. She is a Mentor through the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and this year was a key-note speaker at their E-series program.

Many years after her UBC undergrad days, Claudia completed her MBA in Management Consulting at Royal Roads University in 2015. She is currently leading her team through a growth strategy across North America, and enjoys the excitement of diving into new cities to discover potential Pedalheads locations.

In 2017, Claudia was the winner of the RBC Women of Influence Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year in the Trailblazer Category. She is also a 2018 finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Karine Vanasse
Canada
Award winning actress
Karine Vanasse
Canada
Award winning actress

Karine Vanasse started working on numerous television productions at a very young age, but it was in 1998 that her career really took off, when she played the starring role in Emporte-moi, directed by Léa Pool – a role for which she won a Jutra Award (Quebec cinema award). After that, Karine worked on a dozen films, winning a second Jutra Award in 2003 for her performance as Donalda in Un homme et son péché, directed by Charles Binamé, and then winning a 2008 Genie Award for Best Actress, for her performance in Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve. During that period, she also worked on several successful Quebec TV series like 2 frères, October 1970 and Killer Wave. 

In 2003, she gained a wider audience through her work on Head in the Clouds, an international coproduction directed by John Guida, as well as two Canadian films, Leonard Farlinger’s I’m Yours and Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons. In France, she starred in Frédéric Schoendoerffer’s Switch, then worked on Christophe Offenstein’s En solitaire. In the USA, in 2011-2012, Karine played the role of Colette in the ABC/CTV series Pan Am. In 2014-2015, she could be seen on ABC/CityTV/Radio-Canada in the hit series Revenge. Both American series were sold around the world. More recently, in Quebec, she played Justine in the series Blue Moon, directed by Yves Christian Fournier and Rafael Ouellet. She also co-starred with Billy Campbell for four seasons in the English-Language series Cardinal, directed by Podz and broadcast on CTV – a performance for which she received several awards.