Now Available: The Leading Moms Podcast

All the Best Talks Since 2012

We are so thrilled to announce the launch of the Leading Moms Podcast!

Tune in every other week for all the best talks since 2012.

A platform where every mom has a story, Leading Moms started as an annual one-day event in Vancouver, BC, with an aim for each mom to recognize her significance and belonging, gain a sense of mastery and be impactful in her business, community – or the simple everyday of her family.

Now these thought-provoking, inspirational talks are available on this podcast. Join your host Christine Pilkington, entrepreneur, publisher and TV mom expert, every other week as she shares the best talks from the past six years.

You can subscribe to the Leading Moms Podcast on Apple Podcasts and YouTube. Use another podcast service? You can also add our podcast feed to any podcast player.

Latest Episodes

1.05 Mi-Jung Lee: Seeing Snowballs In A Snowstorm

CTV anchor Mi-Jung Lee on breast cancer and raising awareness about the double jeopardy of dense breast tissue. “Sharing one’s story allows someone to put their hand out and prevent us from drowning.”

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1.04 Amy Robinson: Shopping For Good

Making majority of purchasing decisions, moms are an economic force and when we direct our spending to our local economy, our communities experience a massive benefit.

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1.03 Anna Rice: Parenting Lessons From the Badminton Court

How sport and growing up as an athlete has taught badminton champion Anna Rice important life skills off the court and as a parent.

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1.02 Marnie Goldenberg: Sex Is Good

Why it’s important for our kids to know that sex is not only normal and healthy – but also that sex is a force of good.

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1.01 Alexandra Greenhill: It’s No Big Deal

Dealing with stress, including the importance of accepting, asking and offering help, as well as three words – and a new perspective – for when things in your life go sideways.

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2018 Tickets Now On Sale

SELF CARE: Putting Yourself First

One thing we hear from moms all the time is that they often come last – after kids, spouses, work, family – it’s hard to find time to take care of yourself. But we also know that when moms focus on self-care everyone wins.

The evening will focus on topics like:

  • The Truth About Gender Equity in Healthcare
  • Better Sex Through Mindfulness
  • Making Your Personal Fitness Goals a Priority
  • Lessening your Mental Load

And more….

Leading Moms is a place where stories are told, experiences are shared and inspiration is felt by everyone in the room. We hope to see you there.

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

Elaine Tan Comeau: Founder, Easy Daysies & 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year

Mother of three, wife and teacher, Elaine Tan Comeau is the 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year, recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, Award in Teaching Excellence, and she is the CEO/Founder of one of Dragons’ Den favorite pitches, Easy Daysies.

Connect to Joy at Leading Moms 2015!

Interested in a morning of inspiration, connection, tears and laughter? Take some time out for you, for your head and for your heart! Join us at the 2015 Leading Moms event on September 25th.

Don’t miss out on this year’s Leading Moms event! Get your ticket.

Welcome Leading Moms Blog Ambassadors

Thank you for your interest in being a Leading Moms blog ambassador! It’s going to be a great event! The 2015 Blog Ambassador program is sponsored by SpringFree Trampoline.
springreeWhat’s in it for you:

  • Media ticket to our event (valued at $65)
  • Reserved seating at the event
  • Complimentary childcare at any Kids & Company location, ideal for kids 18 months to five years of age. Infants may stay with their mothers during the event.
  • Breakfast and lunch at Craft Beer Company (Valued at $25)
  • Acknowledgment our Media sponsor page and social media
  • Promo code for your network (“lmfriends” gives your followers 15% off the regular ticket price)
  • Your blog post posted on our Facebook page and Twitter pages.

What we expect in return:

  • Your virtual attendance and promotion at the Leading Moms Twitter party (September 15th at 8 pm)
  • One article about the event published on your blog. Of course if you’d like to do more, feel free! Please email your link when it’s up so we can post it on our website and social media.
  • Regular tweeting using hashtag #LMinspire leading up to and during the event. Please see the social media promo guide for suggested tweets and Facebook posts
  • Inclusion of our logo, speaker photos or 2015 promo video.
  • Your attendance at the breakfast and lunch.
  • Reference to SpringFree Trampoline as the Blog Ambassador sponsor, whenever possible, linking to this page and displaying this logo:


To Register For the Event

Go to our Register page and use promo code “LMmedia” at checkout. Note: this promo code is just for you, not your followers. You will find childcare registration details at checkout.

Images & Videos

Feel free to use any of the speaker images on our website or post this 2014 video on your blog or website. Please link to or



Promo Video

Interested in a morning of inspiration, connection, tears and laughter? Take some time out for you, for your head and for your heart! Join us at the 2015 Leading Moms event on September 25th. For tickets and info, go to:

Promo Code

Use promo code “lmfriends” to give 15% off regular price tickets to your readers. Note: Early Bird tickets are a cheaper option while they are available.

For Your Article

Please read our Press Release.

Some key messages:

Leading Moms is a one-day event featuring inspiring talks from extraordinary moms. Our speaker line-up includes key influencers in media, arts, health, social change and more. In a mix of performance, video and live talks, our roster of moms will deliver personal talks straight from their heart.

Ticket holders can register for complimentary childcare, courtesy of Kids and Company, at any of their Lower Mainland locations.

This year’s event boasts a fantastic speaker line-up, including award-winning CTV investigative, reporter, anchor and breast cancer survivor Mi-Jung Lee, Transalliance  activist Morgane Oger and super poet Samantha Reynolds. The event won’t disappoint.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Harriet at

Mi-Jung Lee: Leading Moms 2015 Keynote

Mi-Jung Lee is an award winning reporter and anchor for CTV News Vancouver.

Meet Our Blog Ambassadors

Blog Ambassador Program

2014 Blog Ambassadors

Blogger and Media Mentions

Thanks to Kidoodle.TV, for sponsoring the Blog Ambassador program!

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Introducing the Leading Mom Award

Leading Mom Award
This year, we are introducing the Leading Mom award, hosted by We are looking for those everyday, behind-the-scenes moms who are making a difference on a local, national or international level and who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in one of the following categories:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Science and Technology
  • Social and Environmental Good
  • Health and Wellness
  • Sports and Athletics

To qualify, your leading mom must be a mother – of any age – who lives in Metro Vancouver and is able to attend the Leading Moms event on September 26, 2014. She must also have demonstrated leadership in one of the above categories and her accomplishment must be uniquely influenced by her role as a mother.

The Grand Prize

The recipient of the Leading Mom Award will receive:

Painted Boat Resort

Two nights accommodation for two with breakfast each morning at premier resort, Painted Boat Resort Spa Marina, located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, British Columbia. This luxurious five acre waterfront resort, just two hours from Vancouver, features 31 spacious two-bedroom villas, fitness facility, full appointed spa, infinity pool and hot tub that overlooks the ocean.

We Have A Winner!

Leading Mom Award winner
Congratulations to Wendy Armbruster Bell!

Inspired by her own experiences as a mom (to Antonia, nine, and Michaela, seven) Wendy Armbruster Bell founded Snugabell Mom and Baby Gear with a mission “to support the beauty of breastfeeding”. The mamas she has encountered since launching Snugabell (especially those pumping for preemies and multiples) inspired her to createPump Across America, a touching video montage celebrating real moms from every state across the USA. The release of the video coincided with the launch of theSnugabell “Milk Money” grant program, which provides monthly cash grants to local breastfeeding advocacy groups. Also coming down the pipeline is a project supporting moms with babies in the NICU.

Our Sponsor

Our warmest thanks to Painted Boat Resort Spa Marina for sponsoring the Leading Mom Award.

Painted Boat

Keynote Speaker: Tamara Taggart, Award-Winning Broadcaster

Tamara Taggart

As a veteran broadcaster, a third generation Vancouverite and busy working mother, Tamara comes to the anchor chair with a lot of experience, passion and a deep understanding of what matters to Metro Vancouver residents. In the field, Tamara reports on a range of important issues, from women with HIV to rare diseases affecting children.

Tamara’s commitment to our community goes beyond her work on the air.
She’s proud to be the Chair of the BC Women’s Hospital “Hope Starts Here” campaign, helping to raise $17 million dollars for a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. She also sits on the boards at The Kettle Friendship Society, the Pacific Parkland Foundation and The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Tamara is also a big supporter of the Developmental Disabilities Association and the BC Centre for Ability. Tamara is a founding board member of the Rare Disease Foundation.


Keynote Speaker: Andrea Thomas Hill, Philanthropist, Founder of Cause We Care

Andrea Thomas Hill is driven by a strong sense of philanthropy and community service. In 1992, she founded Run for the Cure in Canada, and suddenly, families, friend and communities were running together for someone they loved. The event grew to become a vital part of our country’s landscape and raised millions of dollars in breast cancer research funds.

Taryn Brumfitt: Global Body Image Activist

Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt is the Founder of Body Image Movement, a global movement which teaches women to love their bodies. “My role is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism, I’d like to think of myself as a loveable activist!”.

Body Image Movement

Taryn’s mission is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by leading a global movement that creates a shift in the way women think about themselves and their bodies.

In 2014 Taryn launched a Kickstarter campaign for “Embrace”, a documentary on her body image story. The trailer has been seen by over 8 Million people, raised over $330,000 and was backed by Rosie O’Donnell, Ashton Kutcher, Perez Hilton and over 10,000 people across the world.


Comfort Ero, Storyteller

Comfort Ero

A teacher, writer and master storyteller, Comfort uses her artistic talents to enrich the community with her interactive stories through drama, song, poetry, and story-telling in English and French. She has told stories and conducted workshops in hundreds of Canadian schools and community centres. She has written many books; Kokodiko the Dance Monster is her latest work. Comfort has received many awards as a teacher, performing artist and community worker both in Nigeria and Canada. She uses her artistic talents to discourage discrimination and bullying in schools and to share her African heritage. The Canadian community has benefited immensely from her contribution to education through the Arts.


Marnie Goldenberg: Sex Educator, Speaker

Marnie Goldenberg

Marnie Goldenberg is the Sexplainer.   A circuitous path including leading canoe trips with at-risk youth, legal training, counselling for Planned Parenthood, senior leadership roles in the voluntary sector and, of course, parenting, brings her to today.  Marnie thinks sexuality is predominantly a force of good in the world and takes every opportunity to engage with parents about how to talk to young people about sex in healthy and happy ways. She launched her blog in March 2013, teaches kids about sex, spoke at a local TEDx, is currently writing a book and helping plan a US-based sex education conference.


Keri-Anne Livingstone: Certified Professional Coach, Speaker

Keri-anne Livingstone

Keri-Anne Livingstone is a mom of two boys, wife and former Corporate Marketing Professional who transformed her “unconscious” life in every way by exploring one powerful concept – Daring to Suck. Today she serves the world as certified professional coach and speaker helping men, women, executives and entrepreneurs unleash more of their true self into everything they do to “come alive” in their life and work. She demonstrates that when we listen to our heart,  leap into the unknown and TRUST, amazing experiences and reaching our full potential are waiting for us on the other side. 


Louise Green: Athlete, Founder of Body Exchange

Louise Green

Louise Green is a globally recognized voice at the forefront of the body advocacy movement. Louise is a certified fitness professional as well as a successful plus size athlete. She empowers athletes of all shapes and sizes in a culture that generally dominates one ideal.

Green, is not only the founder of Body Exchange (with 6 locations in Canada) but also a writer, host of international wellness retreats and an advocate with a comprehensive continental reach.

Green’s unflinching and unapologetic questioning of the way we view plus-size athleticism is also the catalyst for her groundbreaking book, “Limitless” which will be launched in 2015.

Green has been published internationally on platforms such as The New York Times, UK’s Daily Mail, Huffington Post and XOJane. She has also pitched her business concept on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and was a highly heralded speaker at the first annual Body Love Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Green ignites the change we wish to see.


Michele Kambolis: Family Therapist, Mental Health Expert, Author

Michele Kambolis

Michele Kambolis (MA) is a Registered Clinical Counselor and parent educator recognized for her dedication to empowering children and families. Her first book, Generation Stressed: a handbook for parents of children suffering from anxiety-related issues will be released in September 2014 by LifeTree Media. Her CHI Kids school delivers many courses created for parents, children and educators to unlock the power of play in building child resiliency. Michele writes a popular weekly parenting and advice column for the Vancouver Sun called “Parent Traps,” which runs across Canada in the Postmedia Network chain of newspapers. Michele integrates the power of attachment with science-based methods with the intention to ensure all children have the opportunity to fully thrive.


Madeleine Shaw: Co-Founder of Lunapads, Pads4Girls, GDay for Girls

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw is a social entrepreneur known for her longstanding commitment to green products, progressive business practices and women entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of, a for-profit venture that manufactures and markets an online collection of healthy and eco-friendly products for girls and women to support them throughout their life cycle.

Thanks to Lunapads, over 1 million pads and tampons are being diverted from landfills every month. She is also the co-founder of Pads4Girls, a social change project that provides sustainable hygiene supplies to girls in developing nations and G Day for Girls, a global social movement to celebrate and empower adolescent girls.


Jen Schaeffers: Executive Director of CKNW Orphans’ Fund

Jen Schaeffers

Jen Schaeffers is the Executive Director, CKNW Orphans’ Fund and Founder, With over 12 years experience in sports marketing, including roles with Intrawest and the Vancouver Canucks, Jen left the corporate world in 2011 to pursue philanthropy full time.

Organizations she has been involved with, both past and present include: Women Leaders in Non-Profit, Women’s Leadership Circle, The Minerva Foundation for BC Women and Ronald McDonald House BC.

In 2014, Jen was recognized as a finalist in the community building category for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and awarded the TELUS ‘Women of Promise’ Award. She is a mentor and frequent public speaker on topics such as networking, non-profit and leadership.

Follow her on twitter @jenu2.


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