Kelly Duran

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


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

Dine at Central, UBC

Dine at Central, UBC is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2017.

Located near the gateway into UBC, on the corner of U Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall, Central has seven new exciting eateries for you to explore and enjoy.

Locally owned and open late, get an inspiring dining experience at JamJar Canteen, Rain or Shine Ice Cream, Nori Bento + Udon, JJ Bean Coffee, Joe Pizza (opening soon), Tacomio (opening soon) and Bao Down (opening soon).

Instagram: @jamjarcanteen

Grounds for Coffee

Grounds for Coffee is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2017.

Grounds for coffee was a child of the ‘90s – minus the jelly shoes. In 1992, our President and Founder, Dan Hilton, decided to make a 180-degree turn in his career: from banking to baking. He started Grounds for Coffee in 1993, as Vancouver’s coffee culture was beginning to pick up steam, and settled into the business of developing a knock-out cinnamon bun recipe from scratch.And that’s exactly what he did. Nearly a quarter-century later, Grounds for Coffee sells its cinnamon buns, which are still made by hand with locally-sourced ingredients, to hundreds of locations across B.C. and Alberta.

We are committed to providing the finest-quality food and beverages for our customers, and a cozy neighborhood haven in which to enjoy them. We’re also committed to maintaining a happy and healthy team of employees, which is why we’ve built exceptional employee benefits into our business.

Twitter: @groundsyvr
Instagram: @groundsyvr

Erica Miller Photography

Erica Miller Photography is a Partner of Leading Moms 2017.

Erica is a Lifestyle, Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in Langley, BC. She is also a wifey to her best friend and hubby of 13 years and a Mum of 4, {3 boys and a little lady}. She loves adventure and being in the beauty that BC offers, incorporating a lot of this love of scenery into her photographs. She has been a visual storyteller for the last 10 years, celebrating the milestones alongside her unbelievably rad clients.

Erica and her husband Shawn also own Young, Hip & Married, a Relationship Coaching and Custom Wedding Officiating Company to help couples prepare for marriage and tell their love story. Their heart is for Rockin’ Marriages that last. They built both of their businesses while raising their family, having 4 kids in 6 years, and love being entrepreneurs and how that allows them to be so hands-on with their kiddos.

When she’s not working, she is at home with her family, riding bikes around the seawall, traveling, playing at the beach, hiking, lifting weights, thrifting and hosting dinner parties that include Local Beer and Delicious Food (not made by her….her hubby is an amazing chef… seriously…the best! xx:)

2017 Ambassador: Mai Edwards


Mai Edwards has been a teacher for the past 11 years, working with age groups ranging from 4 years old to 12 years old. Besides working at her full time job, Mai is a mama to two kiddos a little girl and boy living in beautiful city of Surrey. During her spare time she works on her blog at called “Mamaindulgences”.


Facebook: mamaindulgences

Instagram: @Mamaindulgences

Twitter: @mamaindulgences






H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

spacectrH.R. MacMillan Space Centre is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2017.

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.

2017 Ambassador: Samantha Boswell


Samantha Boswell is a mama of two, wife, mamapreneur, oils enthusiast, and creator of Something Gorgeous Mamas, a healthy-living community and resource for pregnant and young mamas! She loves to help women have more energy and less stress using natural solutions with nutrition, superfoods, and essential oils.

She blogs about this, motherhood, travel, essential oils, green living, and everything in between at


Facebook: SGMamas

Instagram: @sgmamas






2017 Ambassador: Xanat Guiot


Xanat Guiot is a Vancouver-based blogger and Public Relations Consultant. Originally from Mexico, she used to work full-time as a PR Account Supervisor for global brands, such as P&G and Danone, before becoming a mom and moving to Canada three years ago.

Xanat has always loved to write, so when she came to Canada, she saw a great opportunity to create a blog called LatinMomTips where she shares her own journey as a first time mom living in a new Country; this project has also helped her to meet other moms and make new friends as part of her adaptation process.

Aside from the blog, Xan founded a Facebook group for Latin moms in BC called ‘Circulo de Familias Latinas en BC’. It started with just 5 members, and now the online community has reached more than 2,000 members, where not only moms but also dads (even grandparents!), can share, ask and trade valuable information, and they can also connect and meet in a space created for them.

When she is not taking care of her baby boy, she’s is blogging or doing volunteer work at the YWCA.


Facebook: LatinMomTips

Instagram: @latinmomtips

Twitter: @xanguiot






Wesbrook Village

Wesbrook Village is a Sponsor of Leading Moms 2018.

The ideal balance of urban village in a natural setting, Wesbrook Village is a collection of shops and residences nestled in a forest on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The easily accessible community features top ranked University Hill Secondary, a newly opened Community Centre, free family events and a variety of playgrounds.

Instagram: @wesbrookvillage


Budding Children’s Garden & Daycare

buddingBudding Children’s Garden & Daycare is a Partner of Leading Moms 2017.

Buddings Daycare is offering a limited number of FREE hourly childcare spots to Leading Moms attendees from 8am – 4pm on Oct. 27 on a first come, first served basis. Full details are available after you register.

Leading Moms, meet modern childcare! Budding Children’s Garden & Daycare offers the social, educational program that’s perfect for preschoolers and toddlers – and flexible for parents and families.

Scheduling childcare around the appointments and meetings that keep your family hopping means you only have to pay for the hours you use, and members can log in, pay, and book licensed childcare with as little as one hour’s notice. It’s flexible educational childcare for Vancouver’s leading (busy) moms. We’re pleased to meet you. 🙂

Instagram: @buddingsdaycare


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