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An Award-winning Membership Network of Women in Leadership

WNORTH brings together professional women at a high level to share their systems, networks, knowledge, and experience and to collectively code leadership and management environments to women’s experiences through boutique in-person and virtual events and programs.

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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.


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


new era of inclusive leadership #liftasyouclimb

WNORTH is the vision of Heather Odendaal, an accomplished entrepreneur, brand builder, and acclaimed event producer in Western Canada. 

While working as a sales executive at a Fortune 500 company, Heather’s pursuit of finding a leadership communities for women on a path to senior executive leadership fell short. 

In spring 2015, Heather founded the inaugural WNORTH Conference to support women on their leadership journey, and in 2018, The Members’ Club at WNORTH was born.

Our Team

Heather Odendaal

Founder & CEO

Mike Odendaal

Director of Finance

Liz Peacock

Membership Manager

Jen Vagg

Project Manager

Iva Kubickova portrait headshot

Iva Kubickova

Consultant, Growth & Marketing

Ruth Barrow

Graphic & Web Designer

Bronwen Hill

Guest Travel Specialist

Jody McKenzie

Virtual Assistant to the CEO

Vanessa Bragg

HR Consultant

Ian Coll


Carlee Cindric

Conference Director

City Directors

Inez Ashworth

Bahar Sateli

Ariel White

Christina Drimaropoulos

Katia Barton

Board of Advisors

Kerry Chalmers

Director, Sales and Partner Events, Cisco Global Events

Rob Simms

Global Head of Executive Customer Relations & Acquisitions at Google

Richard Steinau

Senior Vice President at Bellwether

Jordana Pourian

Senior Vice President, Operations & Chief of Staff, Aritzia

Quyen Chang

Head of Global Sales Enablement at Airbnb

Forum Leaders

Past and present cohorts

Precious Ile, MA, PMP®

TEDx & Keynote Speaker, Award-winning Management & Public Engagement Consultant, Executive Speaking Coach

Vanessa A. Bragg

ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Leadership Coach (CLC)

Ariel White

Project Analyst at Island Health, Strategic Planning and Development, Fractional CMO

Kendra Johnson

Founder, The Venned Group

Carrie Gallant J.D.

Author, Executive Leadership and Career Coach

Jennifer Laidlaw

Clarity Catalyst, Executive Leadership Coach

Deborah Stellingwerff

Business Strategist & Money Mindset Coach


Katherine Lazaruk

Founder and President, Lazaruk Consulting Inc.

Nicola Bentley

Resilience Educator, Mindfulness Facilitator and Advisor, Clarity Works

Karen (Wong) Ta

Senior Manager, L&D Strategy and Leadership Development at PwC Canada

Lorna Howieson

Vice President, Global Workplace, IMAX

Cathy Quain

CEO, Loyalty & Growth Expert, Advisor & Consultant

Jasmine Parmar

Category Manager, STEMCELL Technologies

Blair Kaplan

Resilience Thought Leader & Founder, The Global Resilience Project

Heather Denniston

Professional Speaker, Wellness strategist, Executive Coach, Author

Deborah Power

Consultant & Business Mentor, UK Global Goodwill & Humanitarian Ambassador

Jane Stoller

Resilience Thought Leader & Founder, The Global Resilience Project

Shannon Frame

Breathwork Coach and Founder, The Collective Alchemy

Notable Awards

C-Suite Digital Leadership Awards – Finalist 2020​

Top Event Professionals in Canada

Best Networking & Matchmaking Platform​​

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Finalist​


Innovative Business of the Year – Winer 2021

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