Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Our Team

Cathy Watters, Co-Founder, Editor
Vancouver, BC

Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine

Cathy is a journalist with over 20 years experience as a newspaper reporter, freelancer, and copy editor. Her work has appeared in over 40 magazines and newspapers including Canadian Living, Business in Vancouver, Small Business Opportunities Magazine, Retail Connections, The Thompson Citizen and The Halifax-Herald. Check out her Faceboook Page and Twitter feed.

Chris Meier, Co-Founder
Vancouver, BC
+1 (778) 898-5548
Chris Meier, Design

Chris Meier is a professional photographer, web designer, and graphic
artist with around 15 years experience in the industry. His portfolio may be found at

Katherine Lazaruk, Image Intensive
Vancouver, BC
+1 (604) 436-4769
ICU Image Consulting

Katherine Lazaruk, a longtime resident of Vancouver, comes from a performance and education background with bachelor’s degrees in Music and Education. Katherine trained with Karen Brunger, AICI CIP and holds certificates in Image Consulting and Advanced Image Consulting from the International Image Institute (Ontario, Canada). She helps individuals and small businesses with all aspects of image: appearance, behaviour and communication. Specializing in image education with groups and individuals and passionate about personal development, she loves to help her clients shine. She volunteers regularly at Dress for Success Vancouver and is an associate member of the Association of Image Consultants International.

Carmen Jubinville, Contributor
Legal, Alberta
+1 (780) 289-9396
Carmen Jubinville: Mentor to Women who Seek Greatness

Carmen Jubinville is committed to supporting and empowering women (and a few really cool men) who value personal growth and development. She specializes in teaching positive self-image including body image, life purpose and direction, and spirituality and principles helping you shape and transform your life so you can have more meaning and fulfillment.

Carmen offers straight forward, down-to-earth and sincere value to her peeps through her coaching packages, programs, workshops and retreats (click on Coaching for more details). You can also be inspired weekly by subscribing to her online ezine Live Great where she writes her own featured articles to help you on your personal journey to greatness!

A mentor to women who seek personal greatness, Carmen is a Certified Professional Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation. In September 2011, she was featured in Womanition Magazine, the only women’s profile magazine in Canada!

Carmen currently lives with her husband Clayton and their two children, Raylen and Cara, on a serene acreage just outside the little village of Legal, Alberta, Canada. You can visit Carmen on Twitter @MentorToWomen and Facebook.

Cathy Kuzel, The Connected Woman
North Vancouver, BC
+1 (604) 980-5585
The Connected Woman Association

This is one connected woman! Cathy is a dynamic speaker, professional mentor and business expert with a deep knowledge of the art of human connections. She combines her intuitive understanding and strong technical background in the theory of business with phenomenal energy and imaginative ways to get even the most skeptical group fired up to explore the value of ”connecting”.

Cathy has been networking and building successful business relationships for more than 25 years and is increasingly sought after as an expert on the subject of all things ‘small biz’.

Her purpose is to help you STAND UP and STAND OUT in your business.

Her passion and dedication to helping women succeed also extends to her involvement as a volunteer mentor and blog contributor with the Women’s Enterprise Centre; volunteer mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation; speaker/instructor for Junior Achievement, her community and the Connected Woman Association’s initiative to support HIV+ women in Kenya (just to name a few!)

“I am a firm believer in ‘Knowledge Shared is Success Magnified’.” ~ Cathy Kuzel

Click here for The Connected Woman Association.
Click here for Cathy Kuzel’s website.

Dana J. Smithers, Contributor
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
PRES Staging

Dana J. Smithers, President of the PRES® Staging Resource Centre, is the author of Start & Run a Home Staging Business and has written several eBooks for the DIY Home Seller. She has received media attention through television, international radio, magazines and newspapers as well as guest speaking at conferences. Over 10 years ago she left a successful 20 year corporate job to pursue her passion of decorating and teaching and launched her first solopreneur business, Sun On My Back Redesigns.

She came to realize that her mission in life was to ‘educate, inspire and empower’ women entrepreneurs to create successful businesses for themselves and thrives on teaching her certified professional PRES staging training courses on-line and off-line.

She offers business support through coaching and mentoring home stagers and stylists; professional development courses, teleseminars and webinars so graduates are supported and the learning is on-going. She is currently the President of SWAN Network, a women’s boutique networking group where passionate women meet to connect and share their expertise.

Deborah Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett, aka One Funny Lady, is an accomplished author, speaker and alumna of “The Second City Toronto.” A motivational speaker, she teaches people in business how to be creative in their ways of dealing with change. Visit her blog, Facebook Page, and Twitter feed.

Ellen Rohr, Contributor
Rogersville, MO (USA)
+1 (877) 629-7647

Ellen Rohr, president of, teaches the basics, the few things that make all the difference to your business success. Ellen nearly sank her own family’s business. Then she learned how to keep track of the money…and make more of it. In turn, she has helped thousands of biz builders start, fix and grow their companies.

She is a columnist for PHC News, Business Journals, and lots of trade magazines, providing “in the trenches” insight that business owners can relate to. As president of Benjamin Franklin, The Punctual Plumber, a home-service franchise company, she grew the company from zero to $40 million in sales (and 47 locations) in less than 2 years.

Ellen is the author of three business basics books:

  • Where Did the Money Go?
  • How Much Should I Charge?
  • The Bare Bones Biz Plan.
Karen Dodd, Columnist

Lions Bay, BC

Former CEO of the Global Institute of Small Business Marketing, Karen Dodd is writer-in-residence at, a blog for those who consider themselves empty-nesters, late-bloomers, or finally have time to explore their interest in writing. Her site is especially for creative creatures who, in the second (and many would say the most exciting) chapter of life, yearn to fulfill their life-long desire to become writers, Her mission is to support, inspire and share insights so that latent writers don’t live one more day with their “music” still in them. Oh yes…and avid readers are welcome too!

Karen lives in beautiful Lions Bay, British Columbia with her husband, Glen, a laid-back Mexican beach dog named Valentino and two assertive cats, Meika and Dolce.

Visit her website at:

Mhairi Petrovic, Outsmarting Social Media
Vancouver, BC
+1 (604) 909-3532
Out-Smarts Marketing

For over 15 years Mhairi Petrovic has had a passion for Internet technologies. In 2002, after a successful sales and marketing career in the software and technology sectors, she founded Out-Smarts Marketing. Her goal was to leverage her global sales and marketing expertise gained on both sides of the Atlantic to work with clients to maximize their online exposure. 

Mhairi (pronounced “Va-ri”) saw the unique communications potential of social media well before her peers and established herself as a leader in the social media/networking space. As a result, Out-Smarts has become an established company with a solid mandate to work closely with small and medium sized businesses; developing and implementing custom marketing strategies to maximize on-line exposure through Internet, Social Media and Email marketing.

When not online Mhairi can be found spending time with her wee family, running, or jewellery making.

Catherine Rocheleau, Contributor
North Vancouver, BC
+1 (855) 772-7557
Ignite Leadership International

Catherine Rocheleau is the Founder & CEO of Ignite Leadership International™. Ignite Leadership empowers business professionals and business owners to engage others and achieve sustainable results through leadership development and change strategies. Our clients embrace, navigate and lead their own changes, balance ‘head and heart’ and create systems to create a more rewarding business and personal life. Join us on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Narges Nirumvala, The Power Communicator
Vancouver, BC

A Dale Carnegie Sales Talk Champion and owner of ExecutiveSpeak, Narges Nirumvala works one-on-one with entrepreneurs, executives and community leaders around the world to help them supercharge their public speaking and presentation skills with a focus on persuasive content, great presentation skills and achieving powerful results.

In addition to being a columnist for Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine, her writing has been published and circulated to 106 countries worldwide. She is the first person in British Columbia (and only the third in Canada) to be selected as a keynote speaker and role model for the ‘7 Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants’ monthly seminar.

Narges volunteers her time extensively and has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including St. Michael’s Centre Hospice Foundation, Rotary International, eWomenNetwork Metro Vancouver and the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Vice President. She has been past-chair and emcee for the Westside Awards of Distinction and was nominated for the Business In Vancouver Influential Women in Business Awards.

Gail Cole, Contributor
Victoria, BC
+1 (250) 589-2035
All Things Balanced

Gail Cole of All Things Balanced (Victoria, BC) is a certified Feng Shui consultant who specializes in residential, office and landscape environments. Visit her website or Facebook Page. You can also call her at 1-250-589-2035.

Carolyn West-Price Touhey, Contributor
Union Bay, BC
+1 (250) 335-2342
SmartBiz Strategy

Carolyn West-Price Touhey is an award-winning marketing consultant who specializes in making organizations visible and credible to achieve their growth objectives. In 1990, she founded IMPACT Marketing & PR, which is still in operation today. In 2007, after moving from Maryland to Canada, Carolyn founded SmartBiz Strategy on Vancouver Island.

In addition to working in the trenches with her clients, she teaches marketing and writes marketing columns for several publications. She has taught hundreds of small business workshops across North America, and was a practitioner faculty member for Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland. She is also the recipient of various business awards including Women In Business Advocate of the Year for the State of Maryland in 2000.

Her other company, Two Eagles Lodge, won the Vancouver Island Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award in 2010, recognizing her B&B as top among all island hospitality businesses. Carolyn earned her MBA and BBA from Loyola College.

Abbey Fatica, Contributor
Columbus, OH


Abbey Fatica is the founder and former CEO of Living Your Moment, and is now COO and co-owner of TrackerSphere. She’s also on Twitter (@AbbeyFatica) and Facebook.

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