WNORTH is a global community of women who are aiming for, or already on, a senior executive leadership track. 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. The WNORTH Conference is now heading into its 6th year, taking place April 15-17, 2020. Past events have featured speakers from IBM, CISCO, TELUS, Google, PwC and Lyft. 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.

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…

Curating content and personal development around our foundation pillars which aim to Accelerate Growth, promote Balance, establish Connections that Matter, and Inspire Change

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Notable Awards

Woman to Watch 2017 Nominee

Best Event Planner (Western Canada) – Winner 2016

Premier’s People’s Choice Award Nominee

Rising Star 2015 & 2016 Nominee

Board of Advisors

Kerry Chalmers

Kerry Chalmers

Director, Sales and Partner Events, Cisco Global Events
Philip Grosch

Philip Grosch

Partner Consulting and Digital Services Lead, PwC Canada, Toronto, ON
Joanna Pena-Bickley

Joanna Pena-Bickley

Head of Design, Internet of Things at Amazon (IoT), New York, NY
Cassandra Zerebeski

Cassandra Zerebeski

Manager, Group Business Development, Tourism Whistler
Maria Ebrahimji

Maria Ebrahimji

Managing Director, Programming, Fortune Live Media at Fortune Magazine

Organizing Team

Heather Odendaal

Heather Odendaal

Co-Founder & CEO
Mike Odendaal

Mike Odendaal

Co-Founder & Director of Finance
Jessika Noda

Jessika Noda

Manager, The Members Club
Ruth Barrow

Ruth Barrow

Graphic & Web Design
Carlee Cindric

Carlee Cindric

Event Production Manager
Hayley Ostridge

Hayley Ostridge

Event Coordinator
Bronwen Hill

Bronwen Hill

Guest Relations & Travel
Alexis Kelly

Alexis Kelly

Marketing Coordinator

City Directors

Jennifer Harper Uncao

Jennifer Harper Uncao

Event Consultant & Capital Strategist, Elevate Strategies
Raissa Uwineza

Raissa Uwineza

Quyen Chang

Quyen Chang

Head of Global Sales Enablement at Airbnb
Kate Campbell

Kate Campbell

Senior Consultant & Co-Founder at Splash Strategy
Rachel Ruggieri

Rachel Ruggieri

Customer Success Director, Bizzabo
Yvonne Lee-Hawkins

Yvonne Lee-Hawkins

Senior Program Manager, Global Benefits, Amazon Corporate