Kelly Duran

Mommy Essentially

Mommy Essentially is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

Hello! I’m Melissa and I am so happy you’ve found yourself here. I am the founder of Mommy Essentially, the Complete Mom Project, Diamond Leader with doTERRA essential oils and full-time mom to an amazing little boy. My goal is to teach other women that living a healthy, happy life is possible and easy! Essential oils, community, personal development and the great outdoors have been my ticket to happiness and I am so grateful I am now able to share these tools with you. Whether you want to learn more about essential oils, our community or the business opportunity, I hope you leave with something that helps you on your journey.

Why doTERRA?

You and your family deserve only the most pure, potent, and effective oils on earth.  doTERRA takes great pride in sourcing them to you. Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.  Beyond quality, they are doing beautiful things to help communities rise up all around the world through co-impact sourcing and the healing hands foundation.

Sign up for my Free BEST LIFE emotions course. Designed to help Mama’s THRIVE!


Chatters Hair Salon

Chatters Hair Salon is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

Chatters Hair Salon is the leader in the beauty industry in Canada. We’re a family of hair salons stretching from BC to Newfoundland with the largest selection of professional haircare products and salon services all under one roof.

We take a great deal of pride in our extended team of stylists and beauty consultants. We believe in shared success and prove it in the way we support beauty careers with education, motivation, and other opportunities to grow and improve skills. Something we love to do is introduce our guests and teams to new products every month, through our Gift with service and Beauty Bonus program. We hope you’ll drop by and see us sometime. Meanwhile we hope you find some interesting and inspiring items here.

Instagram: @chattershairsalon
Twitter: @ChattersHair

Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

The Sea to Sky Gondola makes it easier to connect with the great outdoors. Located between Vancouver and Whistler in beautiful Squamish BC, adventure is at your doorstep.

The 10-minute gondola ride to 885m above sea level provides sweeping views of Howe Sound, luscious forest, and the surrounding Coastal Mountains. At the summit, enjoy the thrilling 100-meter Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, easy interpretive walking trails and challenging backcountry hikes.

Adventure awaits for nature and outdoor enthusiasts at the Sea to Sky Gondola.



Instagram: @seatoskygondola

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a non-profit community resource.

Through innovative programming, exhibits, and activities, our goal is to educate, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder about the Universe, our planet and space exploration.

Visitors can learn about space and the night sky through planetarium star theatre shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery.

Facebook: @SpaceCentreYVR
Instagram: @spacecentreyvr

The World of Kidtropolis

The World of Kidtropolis is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

The World of Kidtropolis is an interactive city model designed to provide a safe, unique and realistic educational environment that lets kids do what they do best: pretend play! Our goal is to provide purposeful play and hands-on learning experiences in a family-focused environment. Children use their imagination to become firefighters, police officers, restaurant owners, teachers, stage performers and more.The World of Kidtropolis is the perfect environment for parents and caregivers to bond with their children by participating together in pretend play. It’s a great playground to interact with your little ones and watch their imagination take flight!


“Pretend Play” is a powerful learning tool for all children. Children are encouraged to use their imagination, play at their own pace and have fun! But The World of Kidtropolis is about more than just fun, children start to build many foundational life skills such as social skills, respect, self-confidence, team work, emotional management and problem-solving.

At The World of Kidtropolis, children’s safety and well-being is our No.1 priority. We have entry and exit gates to prevent children from running out of our facility. However, supervision of the children remains the sole responsibility of the caregivers. We follow similar safety protocols as any large family entertainment facility (Science World, Playland, Vancouver Aquarium). Our staff is committed to creating a welcoming, engaging and interactive environment for your children. Please let us know if you have any special needs and we will do our best to address them.

Instagram: @kidtropolis

Rochelle Elise Photography

Rochelle Elise Photography is the Official Photographer for Leading Moms 2018.

Rochelle Elise Pianalto has a natural light in-home studio located in the Cambie Village area, Vancouver, BC, Canada. She photographs on location in many indoor and outdoor settings around the lower mainland and Fraser Valley – specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, child, and family portrait photography. In 2012, Rochelle began full-time work as a child and family photographer. Prior to this, she worked part-time as a photographer, while running a performing Arts School, producing many children and teen musicals. She has found many similarities between the art of theatre production and photography. And yes, you will hear her freely singing away to your young children during your session.

Rochelle has her degree in Psychology and spent many years working with adults and children with special needs. She specialized in child speech development issues and therapy for young children with autism. She is a mother (to a 16 yr old boy), and Auntie to 6 gorgeous nieces and nephews; all of these miraculous children have been her daily inspiration and led her to a wonderful career.

A Note From Rochelle:

I am here to serve you and help you tell your family story. I hope to create memories not only of how you all look, but of the love and connection you share for each other. I will work with you to create something that is uniquely and beautifully YOU. There are many times I have thought after doing a shoot: “I wish I had photos like this with my mom, or grandmother or sister”. It is from this place that you inspire me.


Jamie Khau: 2018 Ambassador

Jamie Khau - 2018 Ambassador
Jamie Dunlop Khau is a mother of three girls and founder of local lifestyle and family blog; Styling The Inside. Jamie is passionate about promoting positive wellbeing and inspiring others to live a life that feels good within. Styling The Inside has been nominated for a few awards, including Vancouver Top 30 mom blogger and a Notable Award for best blog in the BC region.

Most recently she was the cover girl for I like Her Style Vancouver’s Body & Soul issue & Coquitlam Centres, Girl In Focus. In addition, Jamie is a digital brand ambassador and has worked with many brands, big & small including Big Sisters BC, Dove’s Inspire Confidence campaign, TELUS, and more.

Instagram: @styling_the_inside

Facebook: Styling the Inside

Twitter: @JamieKhau







Kama Jones: 2018 Ambassador

Kama is a mom, blogger and teacher in bustling Surrey BC. Ethigal Blog shares lifestyle, family and travel inspo for the conscious community woman. She has over a decade of work experience with non-profits, businesses + destination marketing.
Early in her career as a teacher, she began working with at-risk youth, which inspired her MA in Community Development + Adult Education. Her travels to Kenya with Red Rose Tea + Me to We, and Rwanda with Because I am A Girl + smartwater provided powerful opportunities to learn first-hand about corporate social responsibility + women’s cooperatives. These trips also served as media boot camp with interviews on CBC Radio, CTV, + Elle Canada. Because of all this, Kama was named UNICEF Educator of the Year and Vancouver Island 20 Under 40.

Even though Kama’s passport is chock full of stamps, things have changed a bit since becoming a mom. Her family ‘thinks globally while acting locally’, with their love for local farms, museums and small shops. Kama is grateful for the chance to be creative + share the stories of their adventures together.

Instagram: @kamadawnjones
Facebook: Kama Dawn Jones
Linkedin: Kama Dawn Jones






Reg Lok Von: 2018 Ambassador

Reg Lok Von - 2018 Ambassador

Reg Lok Von is a kinesiologist, and runs REGLOK.CA, a lifestyle + wellness blog. She writes on finding wellness in a variety of ways and features DIYs, healthful recipes and fun kid- friendly workouts! In addition, she is a strong supporter of gender equality, kindness and inclusion for all.

She was nominated for Top 30 Vancouver Mom Blogger and writes for She has also partnered up with brands as a digital ambassador. Ultimately, she hopes to inspire movement in others to nourish the mind and ignite joy.


Facebook: valeiofit

Instagram: reglokv

Twitter: reglok






Dr. Lori Brotto


Wanting to Want

How can I love my partner but not want sex? Is it normal that I’d rather Netflix binge than do the horizontal shuffle with my beau? Is it weird that my intimacy bucket gets filled from the love and cuddles of my kids, that I don’t need this from my lover? These are common, normal, and often distressing questions women face, yet, they rarely seek help for sexual concerns. In this talk we will have a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred conversation and exploration into the nature of women’s sexual desire.

Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist.  She is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on advancing the science of psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women’s sexual health.

Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, is passionate about knowledge translation, and as such, is frequently featured in the media on sexual health topics. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (Greystone Publishing) is a knowledge translation of her research over the past 15 years demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for women’s sexual concerns and genital pain.

Apart from these academic roles, her most impressive achievements including birthing three children, now aged 13, 12, and 8, and still being married after 18 years.

Twitter: @DrLoriBrotto



Don’t miss hearing Dr. Lori Brotto at Leading Moms 2018.Book Online Now

Genesa Greening

GenesaLife Before, Life During, Life After – How you and your health needs change

Genesa Greening will speak about why women must advocate for their health needs before, during, and after motherhood… and really, every transition between.

Many mothers will do whatever it takes to support their children’s healthcare. They become ferocious advocates at the doctor’s office. Genesa will illustrate why it’s time for us to do the same for ourselves.

Genesa M. Greening is a Certified Fund Raising Executive whose two decades of work in Canada, Africa, and the United States has seen her advise more than twenty charitable causes to fundraise over $250 million.

In recognition of her community work and advocacy for gender equality, racial justice, and marginalized communities, Genesa was appointed to the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health & Addiction as well as the Women’s Advisory Committee. She is committed to ensuring women have equitable access to the highest quality healthcare when, where and how they need it.

As the President + CEO of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, Genesa collaborates with those who share her commitment to gender equity in healthcare and invests in charitable causes that deliver social change.  She is an award-winning business leader, an unapologetic feminist, and relentless optimist driven to change women’s experiences in the healthcare sector.

Twitter: @genesagreening


Don’t miss hearing Genesa Greening at Leading Moms 2018.Book Online Now

Annie Grace – Video Presenter

Annie Grace is the author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life. Annie grew up in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity outside of Aspen, Colorado. She discovered a passion for marketing and after graduating with a Masters of Science (Marketing) she dove into corporate life. At the age of 26, Annie was the youngest vice president in a multinational company, and her drinking career began in earnest. At 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries and drinking almost two bottles of wine a night.

Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie set out to find a painless way to regain control. Annie no longer drinks and has never been happier. She left her executive role to write this book and share This Naked Mind with the world.

In her free time, Annie loves to ski, travel (26 countries and counting), and enjoy her beautiful family. Annie lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains.

Twitter: @thisnakedmind

Facebook: This Naked Mind

Instagram: @thisnakedmind



Don’t miss seeing Annie’s video presentation  at Leading Moms 2018.Book Online Now

Heather Chauvin – Video Presenter

Heather Chauvin is a Tedx Speaker and the creator of the Mom Is In Control Podcast. She has been featured on the OWN Network, Huffington Post, TV outlets and others.

Heather has been named the next generation’s thought leader in parenting and women’s leadership. Her mission is to crack women open to their deep potential and help them understand and decode their child’s behavior.

With wit and wisdom, Heather inspires a global community of women to take back control of their lives and evolve how they lead, work, play, and parent.

Twitter: @HeatherChauvin

Instagram: @momisincontrol



Don’t miss seeing Heather’s video presentation  at Leading Moms 2018.Book Online Now

Keynote: Andrea Reimer – City of Vancouver Councillor

andrea reimer

Inspired by Mayor Gregor Robertson’s leadership to join Vision Vancouver, Councillor Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party, the first in Canada. In her original campaign for City Council, Andrea made commitments in three key areas: greenest city on Earth, a city of compassion and opportunity, and a city of strong communities

On Council, Andrea has spearheaded a number of initiatives including the first ever comprehensive urban plan for the Downtown Eastside, a nationally significant municipal framework for reconciliation with First Nations and urban aboriginal communities, the largest municipal childcare program in Canada and award-winning environment and open government policies

Twitter: @andreareimer

Facebook: @CouncillorAndreaReimer

Instagram: @CitizenAndrea

Keynote: Lotte Davis – CEO & Founder One Girl Can Society


Gender imbalance and racism have been a driving force in Lotte Davis’s life ever since she grew up in Africa in the 50’s. Now she’s building schools in Africa and providing scholarships for girls in an effort to create change. Learn how one woman can start a multiplier effect that will ultimately impact tens of thousands of people.

Lotte Davis is the Co-Founder of AG Hair, the only manufacturer of professional hair care products in Canada, with distribution in over 15,000 salons and beauty stores across North America, Australia, Central America, South America and Taiwan.In addition to building her company into a well-renowned and respected beauty brand, Davis has worked tirelessly to demonstrate that AG Hair cares. Having grown up in the dawn of the apartheid movement in South Africa, she was acutely aware of the legacy of mistreatment and lack of opportunities for women in particular.

In 2008, she began building schools for girls in some of the poorest regions in Africa with funding from AG Hair promotions and AG’s salon partners. In 2013, she developed her own NGO called One Girl Can expanding the scope of the work she does in Africa to include scholarships for girls to secondary and post secondary schools.

She continues to build infrastructure at these schools to create more dynamic learning environments, and now mentors and coaches thousands of girls each year to help them realize their potential through goal setting and confidence building. Since 2008, Lotte has raised more than $3.4 million, is building her sixth school in Africa, and provides scholarships for over 235 girls in university and secondary school.

Lotte is the 2016 winner of the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Twitter: @lottedavis

Instagram: @OneGirlCan

Emelia Symington Fedy: Theatre creator, storyteller, radio producer and writer


Emelia is learning how to be a “bad mom.” It’s taken 4 years and she’s finally getting it down pat. From teaching her kid the “F” word to living with grief to battling being present with her kids. This talk with make you laugh/cry and sigh in relief that you are not alone, in fact Emelia is leading the way…

Emelia’s purpose is to talk about the dark, in order to shed some light. She does not shy away from her own imperfections, in fact, she candidly shares them so you know you are not alone in your messy life.

Creator of the uber popular blog Trying To Be Good, Emelia has branched out and is now offering creative coaching services, personal-pep-talks about how to sustainably make a living doing what you love AND her favorite- “The Anti- Mastermind group.” A virtual space where women gather to get clear on realistic goals, share group wisdom and use Emelia as as personal trainer for follow through!

Emelia is a performer, social media personality, writer and rebel-heart who loves making women feel good about themselves- especially the gritty, sparkly fucked up bits.

Twitter: @emeliasf

Instagram: @emeliasf

Facebook: @EmeliaSF


Tess Sloane: Director of Talent at Earls Restaurants & Co-Founder Talent Lab


When was the last time you told another mom how you were doing? And I mean really told them how you were doing. When was the last time you posted on Social Media that you cried yourself to sleep from exhaustion, or that you are questioning your relationship or that you desperately need 2 hours away from your kids? In today’s fast paced digital world where most connection occurs behind a screen; how do we change our in person interactions to be more authentic, connected and inspiring? How do we share the joy but also include the doubt, the fear? How do we hold each other during the times when we don’t feel like a ‘leading mom’? 

A magnet for finding and bringing top talent to renowned and loved brands, Tess Sloane has spent the last 11 years building a career in forward thinking, innovative Human Resources. In her current role as Director of Talent and Development for Earls Restaurants, she is breaking boundaries in how businesses attract, develop, coach, and inspire their greatest assets – people.

Tess is the Co-Founder of Talent Lab, an established and coveted speaker series intended to disrupt and elevate the Talent Acquisition profession and establish YVR as a hub for global talent. She exemplifies inspirational leadership fully owning and embracing motherhood as part of her personal brand. Her greatest hits include Jack, 6 and Samuel 3.

Tess is a regular speaker at universities and HR conferences on the importance of remaining deeply connected to your purpose and the continued development of your whole self – regardless of what you choose to do after becoming a parent. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia; Tess has called the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver home since 2006.

Twitter: @tesssloane |  @talentlabyvr

Instagram: @tessysloane  |  @talentlabyvr


Shauna Elton & Artists: Contemporary Dance Performance


Performance Title: Amae | “No matter how wide she stretched her arms, the amount that she loved us was beyond her reach. It could not be quantified or contained. It was ten thousand named things in the Tao Te Ching’s universe and then ten thousand more. Her love was full throated and all-encompassing and unadorned. Every day she blew through her entire reserve.”

Shauna Elton is a professional contemporary dance teacher, choreographer and performer; who has taught professionally, performed and choreographed across Canada and internationally.

Having studied in Thailand and India she is a certified yoga instructor with a long standing meditation practice. She holds Mindset workshops that focus on reducing anxiety while increasing a sense of wellbeing and body awareness. Her interests in whole body health bridge into nutrition and she holds a certificate as a Holistic nutritionist.

She continues to teach dance and perform professionally; and is based in Vancouver with her husband and two daughters.

Dr. Lara Boyd: Neuroscientist & UBC Professor


In her talk Dr Boyd will discuss how learning changes the brain during education, being a woman in science and (trying) to balance the demands of work, life and family.

Dr. Lara Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, a Peter Wall Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia.

She is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist. Dr. Boyd directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at the University of British Columbia and has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers. Her work is centered on answering the question of what limits, and what facilitates, neuroplasticity.

Dr. Boyd also serves as the Health Research Advisor to the Vice President for Research at UBC and is UBC’s delegate to the Canadians Institutes for Health Research.

Twitter: @laboyd47

Did you know? More than 13 MILLION people have watched the video of Dr. Boyd’s presentation at TedX Vancouver?

Dr. Deborah Bell: Psychologist & Founder, Sand Story Psychology Services


At times it can feel like we are raising our children in a climate of uncertainty. Moms have an incredible power to change the world in a positive way—and the secret lies in how we interact with our children.

Dr. Deborah Bell is a registered psychologist who has specialized in empowering children and parents for over 18 years. She has a background working with children and adults who have histories of abuse and trauma.

Deborah takes great joy in working with infants (ages 0-5) and their caregivers, and seeing the resiliency build as their caregiver gains confidence and understanding. Deborah has extensive training in play therapy and attachment-based therapy approaches. Deborah enjoys sharing her love of the spirit of children and attachment-based parenting through teaching and supervising practitioners in their clinical work.

She is an experienced and energetic presenter and presents to parents and professionals both locally and internationally.

Twitter: @sandstoryca

Facebook: @Sand Story


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