Women in Leadership 2021


Virtual Conference

MARCH 8,2021

Sponsored by AIR  MILES

Tickets: $50 donation


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About the event

THANK YOU to AIR MILES for sponsoring our  7th annual Women In Leadership event. 

Important Note Below

Any registrations as of March 3rd, please email sangeeta@gtacc.ca to notify of your donation as she will send you the link. 

Please avoid putting "anonymous" at the time of your donation as we need your email to send the Zoom link.


For any questions please email sangeeta@gtacc.ca

Women in Leadership 2021
Event details

Date:  March 8, 2021

Cost: $50 donation
Timings: 9:00am - 12:15pm EST
Agenda Details: 

8:30am - "Doors Open" 

9:00amWelcome message and Event kick-off

9:05am -9:50am Morning Keynote, Kellylee Evans, Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Motivational Speaker


9:50am -10:00am: Wellness break, refreshments Thanks to AIR MILES complimentary DoorDash card (for the first 200 attendees)


10:00am -11:00amWomen Warriors Panel Discussion along with Q& A


11:00-11:10am: Wellness / Stretch Break 



11:10am -12:00 pm: An Intimate Discussion with Heather Arthur. NOTE: There will be opportunities to ask Heather questions which may have higher emotion levels as so many people have gone through a very rough 2020.

Location: This event is being hosted virtually via Zoom.  *****The link will be sent to the email that was used to register, closer to the date of the event. ****


Hosted by GTACC and sponsored by AIR MILES


Keynote SPEAKERs

Morning Keynote
Kellylee evans      

Juno Award- Winning Singer-Songwriter and Motivational Speaker

Internationally acclaimed Juno Award-Winning singer songwriter Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy-charged performances. She shares her inspirational journey of recovery, and showcases the importance of self-care and finding your superpower. Evans’ keynotes resonate with anyone who has ever had their life interrupted by an illness or a setback.


With multiple albums to her name and a gruelling touring schedule, Evans experienced a life altering event in 2013 when she was struck by lightning while washing dishes in her home. For several months, she worked to regain her health, stamina, and balance, however, in 2015, she suffered a devastating concussion that left her unable to tour. For the next two years, this mother of three dedicated


herself to recovery so she could get back to making and sharing her music.

In the summer of 2017, Evans triumphantly returned to the stage, and in 2018 her album Come On was nominated at the Juno Awards for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.


When she’s not on tour, Evans also takes the stage to share her story in hopes of inspiring others to find their superpower even in the face of adversity. Combining storytelling with music, she creates a memorable experience for all audiences.


Shelly Elsliger      

President, Linked-Express

Shelly is an engaging and passionate LinkedIn Trainer and Speaker who coaches executives, leaders, women leaders, departments, as well as corporate teams; inspiring them to maximize their professional branding potential and their social influence online by mastering the Art of Social Reciprocity and flow of social engagement.

Shelly is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), recognized as a Woman you Need to Know by the National Women Speakers Association and a Women of Achievement, a Forbes and Thrive Global Writer, Woman of Inspiration Winner 2019, and on the global list of LinkedIn Training Experts.


With significant experience in Career Development, within higher education, she also currently works as a Career Specialist, LinkedIn Trainer, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead (EDI) for Rotman Commerce Career Services, University of Toronto. Shelly is driven to create a solid and equitable foundation and culture, so all people feel accepted, valued, & worthy. She is the Founder of the #decidetobekind movement; a global mission to spread awareness and trigger global action around bullying on LinkedIn.


Shelly’s two signature workshops are: LinkedIn in High Heels: Rise Up and Lead Online; designed for women to rise up, find their voice, own their space, and lead online, and Want to Get Far on LinkedIn? Stop being a Selfish Soldier.


Shelly is also an Author, animal lover-and fire-walker!

Melissa Hurley     

Director, Learning & People Development Global Training, Bill Gosling Outsourcing 

Melissa Hurley is Director, Learning and People Development for Global Training at Bill Gosling  outsourcing. She spent most of her professional career in the financial industry beginning as an agent and working through multiple roles finding her passion in employee and leadership development as a consultant for the national contact centers.


Melissa is a mental health advocate who strives to end mental health stigma and foster a psychologically safe space within her teams and organization. 


In her spare time, she mentors and coaches new moms throughout the adjustment and transition back to the workplace.

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Her pride and joy is her family. She has 2 young boys (ages 5 & 3) and a supportive husband that helps make her who she is today. 

Georgia Kumaritakis   

Georgia Kumaritakis is a dedicated mother of 3, she has over 16 years of experience working for one on Canada’s top 5 FI’s. Upon the diagnosis of her youngest son Michael with SPG50 she made the difficult decision to leave the workforce and focus on raising her children and providing Michael with all the support he needed to reach his full potential.  


Together with her husband Terry they created CureSPG50.org. The charity was started to help save her son and all the other children that have been afflicted with this ultra-rare neurodegenerative disease. There was no way that Georgia and Terry could sit back and watch their son wither away before their eyes.

All the progress that CureSPG50 has made has given Georgia hope that one day soon Michael will lead the life that he deserves.

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Heather Lamont


Heather Lamont joined Ethoca in 2017 and is accountable to lead the global Customer Experience & Engagement teams. The remit includes people leadership & strategic direction for the product integration, after-sales support & service, customer project management, operational excellence, revenue optimization and voice of customer programming.

Prior to joining Ethoca, Heather worked for several of North America’s leading financial institutions including Bank of Montreal, American Express, Bank of America and MBNA Canada Bank.  Her career that now spans two-decades in Financial Services & FinTech; has included senior leadership roles across human resources, core operations, product management, PMO, business transformation and customer experience. The diversity of functions as well as having the

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opportunity to delve into both strategic and execution roles speaks to her flexibility and versatility in leadership.

What Heather is most passionate about though is giving back to the communities in which we live & work.  Influenced by her personal experiences, she is active in several charitable organizations that support and advocate for women & children’s health, survivors of domestic abuse, and food insecurity.  She champions these causes at her work-life as well by incorporating volunteerism and activism in team engagement events.

She studied Business Administration at Bishop’s University in Quebec, has completed Six Sigma Green & Yellow belt training, and has completed numerous professional development certifications. 

She was a 2017 recipient of PaymentsSource’s Most Influential Women in Payments award as well as the 2020 GTACC’s People’s Choice Award for Canada’s Top Customer Service organization. 

An added gift for you!

Reflections of 2020 and the Lessons Learned - An Intimate Discussion with Heather Arthur

2020 was a year to remember, pushing all of us out of our comfort zones and teaching us that when we have to dig deep we all have the resiliency and grit to get through the toughest times.


Join Heather Arthur as she shares her journey through 2020, and the emotional rollercoaster she experienced, with the loss of her Mom due to COVID. Heather turned to  journaling through these difficult times, helping her see that the answers she was looking for were already in her heart and soul.  Learn through her experiences that grief and hope can sit side by side in our hearts and its ok to honour both. This will be the first time Heather shares this intimate story, demonstrating what true authentic leadership looks and feels like. Heather knows that she is not the only one going through difficult times, but together we can heal through the power of conversation and togetherness. This session will take the audience on a journey of love, loss, resiliency and grit and give each of you a moment to reflect on how 2020, no matter how difficult, proved that we all have the strength to get through it.  After this session, you will see that we are truly in this together, you are not alone.

About Heather:   

Heather Arthur is a high-energy, passionate, and hands-on executive with a career that spans over 26 years in technology and communications. As a leader and coach she inspires her team to look for every moment to be an authentic and giving leader. One of her daily goals is to positively impact at least five people a day for the rest of her life. Heather was recently selected as Top VP of the year in Communications by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.  Heather considers herself a student of life and uses her background as a neuro-linguistic programming coach to teach others to see just how powerful they can be. In this crazy year of lockdown, Heather has still found a way to spark her competitive spirit and she currently holds the title of reigning champ of Boggle, Scrabble and cribbage in her family.

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