18.mar Montreal, QC

National Women in Business Conference 2016

Inspire and empower aspiring business leaders


"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
On behalf of McGill’s Desautels Women in Business, we are pleased to formally invite you to participate in the third annual National Women in Business Conference.


Every March, National Women in Business Conference unites professionals and exceptional students from across the country in the beautiful city of Montreal. NWBC Conference aims to inspire and empower aspiring business leaders to be curious and involved in the wide range of opportunities and careers available to them in the business world. Throughout the day, you will be actively engaging with current leaders in various industries. The event consists of a conference, featuring three keynote speakers and various functional panels and workshops, and is followed by a networking cocktail in the evening. Each delegate will be featured in the resume booklet given to our sponsors.

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Presenting Sponsor

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Meet our professionals

Christine Wurzbacher


Principal @ BCG

Christine Wurzbacher is a principal in BCG’s Montreal office. She originally joined the firm in 2004 in BCG’s Frankfurt office and worked in Paris and Toronto before becoming part of the founding team in Montreal.
Christine is a core member of BCG’s Industrial and Consumer Goods practice with focus on transformational change efforts. Her recent client work includes a margin improvement program of a major Engineering & Construction firm as well as an operational transformation of a Mining and Metals company.
Christine holds an MBA from INSEAD and prior to this studied languages, international, cultural and business studies at the University of Passau (Germany) and the University of Extremadura (Spain). She is fluent in German, English and French and also speaks Spanish. In her spare time Christine loves to travel, do triathlons and spend time with her friends and family.

Chloe Marceau-Gosselin


Associate @ BCG

Chloe is based out of the BCG Montreal office, where she started full-time in September 2014 after a summer internship in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, with concentrations in Marketing and International Business. She loves Consulting for the wide range of projects, the incredible development opportunities, and above all, the inspiring and fun people she works with. So far, she has worked both in the Consumer and Industrial Goods industries, with project including global strategies for Fortune 500 companies, operational plant improvements, operating model transformations and macroeconomic studies. About 50% of her work was in Montreal while the other half was in Europe and the US. As a Women@BCG Montreal node, she is passionate about the topic of diversity and gender parity. She is also involved in social impact work as a mentor for Pathways/YMCA students.

Laure Velten-Jameson


Consultant @ BCG

After graduating from HEC Paris, Laure decided to start her career in Retail, an industry which she already felt passionate about as a student. She worked for 4 years for Carrefour, one of the world’s largest retailers, in the Marketing and Procurement divisions. After the birth of her first child, she decided to go back to school and completed her MBA at INSEAD. This is when the incredible opportunity to transition to Consulting and to go live in Canada came up: she joined BCG Montreal in 2015 and loves it! At BCG, Laure leverages on her past experience to support Canada’s largest retailers and is one of Canada’s representatives of the Women@BCG initiative.

Sapna Mehta


Consultant @ BCG

Though an engineer by trade, my friends and family are quick to tell me I’m a consultant, through and through. I gravitated towards engineering because of my interest in math and science, picking industrial engineering at the University of Toronto for its focus on optimization and human interaction with machines. However, through volunteering and internships, I realized that consulting was the right fit for me; it enables me to solve complex problems for companies across a variety of industries and topic areas. Having conducted my own tour of consulting companies over the course of my career, I joined BCG following my MBA at Ivey Business School and can confidently say that BCG feels like home. The people are real and eager to mentor, there is an abundance of opportunity to explore your own interests and there is a strong firm culture that supports your personal growth and development.

Caroline Losson


Vice President of Marketing Fresh & Frozen Diary Products

With a career start at Just for Laughs in the Sponsorship and Communications department, Caroline has spent the last 20 years being a marketing executive in the Food Packaged Goods industry. With Coca-Cola at first, then Molson-Coors were she managed the Molson brands portfolio for Québec. In 2010 Caroline joined Agropur as Vice-president marketing. In this heavily regulated industry, she has been able to build and develop strong brands and product innovations leveraging a consumer centric creative and innovative approach. Brand strategy and innovation remain her core passion.

Maryse Bertrand


Director @ National Bank

Ms. Bertrand is a member of the board of directors of the National Bank of Canada, of its Risk Management Committee and she chairs its Conduct Review and Governance Committee. She is also a member of the board of directors of Metro Inc. and of its Nominating and Governance Committee. She was a director of La Senza Inc., a specialty retailer with stores across Canada and abroad, until its acquisition by The Limited, and was a member of its Audit and Chair of its Governance committees. She has been on the Faculty Advisory Board to McGill Law School for more than 15 years and is also a member of several other volunteer organizations.

Sarah Sniderman


Owner @ Learning Codes

As owner and lead consultant for Learning Codes since graduating with a Master's in Educational Technology in 1998, Sarah brings extensive experience to designing learning programs that set employees up for success, meet the performance needs of complex organizations and take the business where it needs to go.

Sarah has delivered global programs in sectors such as pharmaceutical/medical, transportation, retail and consumer goods. Past and current clients include Abbott, Astra Zeneca, Bell Canada, BMS, Bombardier, Business Families Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, CAE, Citi, CN, Digital Opportunity Trust, ExxonMobil, Groupe Dynamite, etc.

Susan Monteith


Executive Vice President @ Banque Nationale

Susan Monteith is Executive Vice President responsibe for Client Strategy & People Development at National Bank Financial in Toronto. In this position she is responsible for implementing senior client coverage strategies for the Financial Markets group and for recruitment and development of employees.

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler


Vice President Human Resources @ Air Canada

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler was appointed Vice President, Human Resources in September 2013 with leadership for all aspects of Human Resources including total rewards, pensions, development of people strategy, implementation of culture change initiatives, strategy for all aspects of talent acquisition, training and development for the airline, recognition, occupational health and wellness, disability management as well as linguistic services and diversity.

Sonia Zarbatany


Executive Vice President @ Vince Camuto

Brought up in the furiously fast paced fashion industry, Sonia started her entrepreneurial career at a young age. Today; as co-owner, Sonia manages Zarby International where she constantly scouts the global markets for the next “it” brands to introduce to the north american fashion/lifestyle market. Her company distributes Vince Camuto and Sanctuary in Canada as well as Anonyme Designer in North America to name just a few.

Margarita Lafontaine


President @ Lafontaine Immobilier Corporatif

Margarita Lafontaine owns a boutique brokerage firm which specializes in finding and negotiating office space for corporate users, in Montreal and across Canada. From 2007 to 2015 she was president and publisher of Premières en affaires, a magazine that gave a voice to women in business. Premières en affaires also organized various networking events to encourage sharing, mutual support and the creation of women-owned businesses in Quebec. Margarita is an entrepreneur and recently co-founded ELSOA, a line of quality silk blouses that are manufactured in Montreal and sold online.

Nathalie Boyer


Senior Director, Finance and Administration @ Transat

Nathalie joined Transat in 1999 after working three years as senior auditor at Arthur Anderson. Nathalie's career at Transat includes various management roles in Finance and Administration for different sectors of Transat. Nathalie is now Senior Director, Finance & Administration for Transat’s distribution, receptive, hotels and various international projects. She also oversees the overall administration of the company in Canada. She graduated from HEC in Montreal with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and obtained her CPA- CA designation in 1998.

Anne-Marie Hubert


Managing Partner @ EY

Since January 1, 2016, Anne-Marie Hubert was appointed Québec Managing Partner. Previously, she was the Managing Partner for Advisory Services for EY Canada from 2009 to 2015. She built the EY consulting business and made Advisory Canada the second fastest growing region of the 28 regions in EY world. She joined the firm in 1985, obtained her CA in 1987, and became a partner in 1998. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec (OCAQ).
She serves on the boards of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Quebec Chapter, and the Société des célébrations du 375eanniversaire de Montréal.

Catherine Pouliot


Account Director @ Edelman

Catherine is an Account Director with Edelman Montreal and provides communications support for a wide variety of clients in the consumer practice. She is the lead of the consumer practice in Montreal and has worked at Edelman for 6 years. Her responsibilities include client counsel, spokesperson training, media relations outreach and event management. Catherine has worked on many accounts, such as Tourism Brazil, Tourism Montreal, IBEROSTAR and Savers to support with the deployment of Quebec programs. In the past years, she has built and maintained strong relationships with clients including Shell, Oakley, Heart and Stroke, and Kraft.

Karen Kastner


Office of the President and Government Relations @ BDC

Karen Kastner was appointed Vice President, Office of the President in 2012. In 2015, she was given additional responsibility for Government Relations. In her role, she leads the development and implementation of BDC’s government relations strategy, serves as a strategic advisor to the President and manages the daily operations of the office of the President. Ms. Kastner joined BDC in 2006 as director of corporate strategy and planning. She was subsequently promoted to assistant vice-president in the same functional area. During this time, she led the development of numerous annual corporate plans and was responsible for the Bank’s submission for the 2010 legislative review of the BDC Act.

Marie-Anne Tawil


President & CEO @ IronHill

Entrepreneur, lawyer and corporate director, Marie-Anne Tawil has a broad and solid experience in management, mergers and acquisitions. Starting in 1993, she became progressively involved in her family enterprises. Marie-Anne is currently leading Iron Hill Investments Inc. Marie-Anne has also acquired a strong expertise as a corporate director. She is currently a Certified Corporate Director ICD.D, having completed the Director Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors, McGill University and the Rotman School of Management. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on governance issues.

Marie-Josée Tessier


Freelance Marketer @ CloudRaker

Marie-Josée is a freelance marketer with over 20 years of experience specialized in the classic 4Ps of marketing, as well as CRM, client services and project management with a focus on everything digital. Prior to striking it out on her own, MJ was VP, Marketing at Reader’s Digest Canada where she led business transformation for product development and direct marketing activities. Previously, she was Group Account Director at DraftFCB where she led for the Molson Export Brand relaunch and managed the Fido, Kraft, TD accounts.


Vast number of different panels
and workshops

NWBC 2016 Conference Booklet

Entrepreneurship/Startup Panel
Olivia Li
Margarita Lafontaine
Cheryl Tom
Karan Kastner
Susan Monteith
Vince Camuto Workshop: The Success Factor

Marketing/PR Panel
Catherine Pouliout
Marie-Josee Tessier
Caroline Losson
Consulting Panel
Stephanie Trottier
Diana Cheptene
Sarah Sniderman

Anne-Marie Hubert

Lunch Keynote - EY

Human Resources Workshop
ArIelle Meloul-Wechsler
Financial Control Panel
Anna Przezak
Nathalie Boyer
Business and Law Panel
Marie-Anne Tawil
Maryse Bertrand
Diane Tsonos


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