Leading Moms

Chevrolet, Event Sponsor

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality to help them Find New Roads.

Chevrolet is dedicated to keeping families safe. As part of their ongoing commitment to safety, Chevrolet has launched safety programs, including the Chevrolet Safe and Sure Car Seat Installation Workshop Program  and Hockey Helmet Program, to help keep kids safe on and off the road.

For more information: www.chevrolet.ca | Twitter: @ChevroletCanada | Facebook

Introducing the Leading Mom Award

Leading Mom Award
This year, we are introducing the Leading Mom award, hosted by Vancouvermom.ca. 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.


Apply To Be A Leading Moms Blog Ambassador

We’re currently recruiting Blog Ambassadors for Leading Moms 2016. Fill out this application form if you’re interested.

Blog ambassador perks include:

  • One media ticket to our event
  • Reserved seating at the event
  • Childcare, courtesy of Kids and Company, ideal for kids 12 months to five years of age. Infants may stay with their mothers during the event.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Acknowledgement on our Media sponsor page and social media
  • And more!

Apply now.

Thanks to Springfree Trampoline, for sponsoring the Blog Ambassador program!


Kidoodle.TV, Blog Ambassador Sponsor

Kidoodle TV

Kidoodle.TV® is a safe and commercial-free children’s streaming video service for kids 12 and under.

Parents can set up profiles for up to 5 kids per account through a passcode protected Parents Room, customizing each profile with title selection, avatars and colour themes, time limits, bedtime curfews and more.

Once logged into Kidoodle.TV, parents simply select a profile and hand off navigation to their child, giving them an independent experience and access to a large library, ranging from classic cartoons to educational shows.

Kidoodle.TV is mobile and can be downloaded as an App on smartphones and tablets, or watched online over Macs and PCs.

Makes a great gift!

For more information: www.kidoodle.TV

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.


ePact, Event Sponsor

ePACT Contest

ePACT is running a contest just for Leading Moms attendees. The prize is a 4 person emergency kit and a $100 London Drugs gift certificate.

How to enter:

1. Follow @ePACTnetwork on Twitter and tweet them the answer to this question:  “What prevents families from being prepared for emergencies?” using hashtag #epactmom.
2. For an additional entry go to http://ow.ly/Bjaaq and sign up for your free ePACT account by September 26, 2014. The winner of the ePACT prize pack will be chosen and announced at the event.

ePACT is your single emergency record that’s secure, easy to use and convenient. Simply enter your emergency information for your family once, then print off or electronically share this with your school, daycare, camps and sports teams, or your nanny, grandparents and babysitters! And with the ePACT app, you’ll always have your information at your fingertips no matter where you are. Use ePACT to build a support network of relatives, friends and organizations who support you, so you’ll always have a way to communicate in an unexpected situation.
For more information: www.epactnetwork.com |Twitter: @epactnetwork | Facebook

Kids and Company, Childcare Sponsor

We are thrilled to offer complimentary childcare to the Leading Moms attendees. Care is provided by Kids and Company. This is ideal for kids 12 months to 5 years of age. Infants may stay with their mothers during the event. Childcare registration details can be found on your Leading Moms ticket. 

Please note that Kids and Company locations are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and subject to availability. Your first location of choice is not guaranteed.

Kids and Company

Kids & Company, “Kidco” is a proudly Canadian company that was founded in 2002 as a unique alternative to traditional child care. Kidco works directly with family-oriented corporations to develop progressive child care options that help address employees’ work-life balance and productivity. By partnering with Kids & Company, top-tier companies from a variety of industry sectors, are able to add child care assistance, including guaranteed full-time, part-time and emergency back-up care, and elder care to their suite of employee benefits. Certain locations also offer community-based child care. The co-founders, Victoria Sopik, a mother of eight, and Jennifer Nashmi, a mother of three, know the delicate balance of raising children while balancing and blending their work life.  Kids & Company is committed to continuing its expansion of high quality and consistent child care services in every region across Canada. Kidco currently has eight child care centres in British Columbia with at least six more to be opened in the coming year.

For more information: www.kidsandcompany.com |Twitter: @kidcochildcare | Facebook

Rosemary Rocksalt, Breakfast Sponsor

Rosemary Rocksalt

Rosemary Rocksalt is a purveyor of authentic Montreal-style bagels and deli specialties.  We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Leading Moms 2014!  Hope you enjoy the #AmazingBagels!  Born from Joel Siegel’s 22-year-old recipe at Siegel’s Bagels, Rosemary Rocksalt was co-founded in 2012 by Joel’s daughter Parise, along with Ken Sim and Teena Gupta of Nurse Next Door. Having her own hand in the family business for 18 years, Parise is well-versed in the bagel recipes that have made tummies smile and hearts leap for over two decades.  Visit us today or find us online at .  Tweets @RoseRocksalt

For more information: www.rosemaryrocksalt.com | Twitter: @RoseRocksalt

To Die For Fine Foods, Dessert Sponsor

To Die For Banana Bread
Erin Ireland is a passionate food reporter for The Peak Radio, The Rush on Shaw, CTV Morning Live, and her website, itstodiefor.ca. She’s also a contributor for Lululemon and Vega, as well as, an ambassador for SPUD.

To Die For Fine Foods, an artisan baking company specializing in gourmet banana bread and lemon loaf, is the other half of Erin’s career that began four years ago in her home kitchen. Her loaves are now sold at 65 locations in and around Vancouver.

In a past life, she lived in South Carolina and played four years of Division 1 NCAA volleyball while earning a degree in Mass Communication.

For more information: www.itstodiefor.ca | Twitter: @erinireland | Facebook

The Juice Truck, Refreshments Sponsor

Juice Truck
The Juice Truck – Vancouver’s original Cold Pressed Juice company. They launched in the summer of 2011 in the form of a watermelon-coloured truck that made the corner of Water & Abbott in Gastown their home. Recently, they opened their first brick and mortar storefront at 28 W 5th Ave (between Manitoba and Ontario) and deliver their popular Juice Cleanse and Pick and Mix throughout the GVRD.

For more information: www.thejuicetruck.ca | Twitter: @juicetruck | Facebook

Girl Guides of Canada – West Coast Area, Cookie Sponsor

Girl Guides
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, the organization of choice for Lower Mainland girls and women, makes a positive difference in the life of every girl and woman who experiences Guiding so she can contribute responsibly to her communities. We enable girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world. We are proud to have more than 3,000 members in West Coast Area — Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Ladner, and Tsawwassen.

For more information: www.girlguides.ca | Twitter: @girlguidesofcanFacebook

Vairdy Photography, Event Photography Sponsor


My love of love inspires me to photograph children and their families. By letting life unfold organically in front of my camera, I seek to capture your most fleeting moments. I try to minimize posing, yet offer subtle direction. I love to encourage my clients to simply be themselves and really let the children decide the pace of the session. I use natural lighting and meaningful locations to create lovable fine art portraits to proudly display in your home.

As a mother of two, I take great pride in celebrating my family’s love. Our walls are brimming with beautiful images and having my children and a few photobooks in my lap is a moment that I always cherish.

More information:
www.vairdy.com | Twitter: @vairdy | Facebook

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.   www.sexplainer.com


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. www.DaringtoSuck.ca 


Christine Magee’s Keynote at Leading Moms 2013

Over the past two decades, Canadians have gotten to know Christine through the company’s numerous television and radio commercial spots. And last year, Leading Moms attendees got a chance to meet Christine in real life.

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.


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