WNORTH is a global community of women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track and scaling entrepreneurs. WNORTH connects top female business leaders in corporate, public and entrepreneurial sectors through the annual Whistler Conference, an online Membership as well as events and programming in six chapter cities; Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and London.

Our Story

WNORTH is the vision of Heather Odendaal, an accomplished entrepreneur, brand builder and an acclaimed event producer in Western Canada. While working as a sales executive at a Fortune 500 company, Heather’s pursuit of finding a leadership conference for women on a path to senior executive leadership fell short. In spring 2015, Heather co-founded the inaugural WNORTH Conference with her husband Mike to support women on their leadership journey. Regular event speakers include executives from CISCO, PwC and Amazon. In 2018, the Members’ Club at WNORTH was launched to support the growing community of female executives and provide them with networking opportunities and resources to support their leadership journey. In April 2020, the Membership rapidly expanded to support the growing need for online community support women in leadership.

Our Mission

Develop more women to leading positions in business, and in doing so we will elevate the teams they work in, the families they lead and the communities in which they live.

We Achieve This Through…

Facilitating a powerful membership community that supports a diverse group of women on their leadership journey. We curate content and personal development around our foundation pillars which aim to accelerate growth, promote balance, establish connections that matter, and inspire change

As Featured In

Notable Awards

CSuite Digital Leadership Awards – Finalist 2020

Canada 250: The Top Canadian Event Professionals

Woman to Watch 2017 Nominee

Premier’s People’s Choice Award Nominee

2018 Innovative Business of the Year Nominee

Rising Star 2015 & 2016 Nominee

Best Event Planner (Western Canada) – Winner 2016

Board of Advisors

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The Team

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City Directors

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