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Halifax Ambassadors


Leanne Strathdee

Business Woman & Entrepreneur / Owner Strathdee & Company, Atlantic WILB Conference Team

Leanne Strathdee is a business woman and entrepreneur.  In addition to supporting rural entrepreneurs, students and start-up companies in the Annapolis Valley, Leanne owns and operates her own consultancy, Strathdee & Company - Marketing, Public Relations and Events. With more than 20 years of experience, Leanne specializes in strategic marketing and communications, stakeholder engagement and events. She works with clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors, across a variety of industries and has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and businesses achieve success.

Leanne is proud to be the local contact for the inaugural Atlantic Women in Leadership and Business conference.

“I’m honoured to play a role in helping women connect to each other, enhance their skill sets, and to achieve their goals to reach the next level of their career.”


Barb Stegemann

Founder, The 7 Virtues

“In my industry, less than 4% of the CEOs are women. An important way to ignite more women to go into leadership roles is to mentor, share and inspire
one another right here in our own community in Atlantic Canada. This event is crucial not only to women, but to the entire economy of our province if
we are really going to grow.”


Janice Ruddock

Sales Director, Destination Halifax

"I had the opportunity to attend the WILB conference in Niagara as an exhibitor which created business opportunities for my organization.  However what I hadn’t planned for was to be inspired, motivated and to have gained valuable knowledge to excel in my career.  The experience of networking with women who aspire to being the very best they can be whether through their job or business is priceless.  The conference organizers focus solely on delivering exactly what their target delegate needs are and therefore the programming is value laden from the first minute to the closing remarks.  Halifax is very fortunate to have this calibre of conference come with its world class thought leaders paired with Atlantic Canada visionaries who know the power of generating ideas and success is rooted in people who aspire to be the very best they can be by coming together to share experiences and knowledge."


Carrie Cussons

President & CEO, WTCC Halifax



Eleanor Beaton

Entrepreneur, Coach, Leader



Brenda Saunders Todd

Executive Director, Dress for Success Halifax



Jessie Doyle, RHN

General Manager, Springhouse Inc.