Meet Our Facilitators
Venue: ATB Entrepreneur Centre, 1110 – 17th Avenue S.W. Calgary
Charlene SanJenko | Builder of Strong Women Who Lead
Charlene is a proud Canadian woman of First Nations origin.
A wife, step-mother, sister, aunt, great-aunt, niece, friend, volunteer, mentor and advocate of powHERful women.
She is a social entrepreneur, a publisher & producer, author, speaker, community leader, economic development enthusiast and second-term Councillor for the Town of Gibsons in BC.
At her core, Charlene is a woman who believes that we live, learn and lead from our most powHERful state through a daily practice of powHERful living. Our highest potential, most potent power and greatest impact are fully realized through clarity, support and access – the key components necessary for women to clearly, confidently and concisely declare publicly what we are committed to and ready for.
In 2000, she left her corporate role as National Marketing Manager for an independently owned investment firm and set out to build a House for Canada’s most powHERful women, using media to mobilize more women to lead in Canada.
Pat Lipovski | The Envision Group
Pat is the founder of The Envision Group International. With more than 19+ years of experience and multiple Partners internationally, Pat and his team are one of the most sought-after groups of facilitators, practice leadership specialists and executive coaches around the world.
Pat has worked extensively with senior executives and CEOs at mid-sized to Fortune 100 companies in a wide range of industries. He has coached top leaders at companies such as Bell Canada, the Government of Alberta, WestJet, KPMG Canada, Core Lab, Calfrac Well Services, Suncor, CanElson Drilling, Genivar Engineering, Precision Drilling, Husky Energy and Schlumberger.
Shannon Pestun | A Girl's Biz Banker, ATB Financial
Shannon Pestun isn't your average banker. Known as “A Girl's Biz Banker", Shannon is an advocate for women, passionately working to advance the success of female entrepreneurs.
As someone who grew up working in her family’s business, Shannon understands the challenges and opportunities that business owners face and has helped many great companies grow to reach their full potential. Today, Shannon leads the strategy to re-imagine the banking experience for women entrepreneurs at ATB Financial and is focused on creating more opportunities for women in business.
Shannon is an active mentor and business advisor who has created exclusive programs to support women entrepreneurs, such as The Build Your Business Tribe program. Her commitment to advancing women in their careers nomination for the “Canadian Women in Communications Mentor of the Year” award. You can find Shannon at ATB Financial, on LinkedIn or on twitter @agirlsbizbanker.
Accessing capital is vital to growing your business. Shannon will lead a panel discussion focuses on the different types of financing options available to entrepreneurs. Experts from different financing perspectives will talk about how to prepare for your ask so you'll have more confidence when approaching lenders and investors.
Karen Pearce | President, McCANN West
A Calgary native, Karen currently oversees business operations for all Western Canada, at McCann Worldgroup Canada, including leadership of both the Vancouver and Calgary offices. She brings deep local market relationships paired with proven business acumen and demonstrated leadership to her role. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, she brings an unbridled passion for ideas that move business forward.
Karen has always been drawn to companies that are building from the ground up; from opening the TAXI office in Calgary for their Westjet client, to building up the Vancouver office for the TELUS client, she knows what it takes to scale, and that is to build from the inside out; start with your core purpose and align everyone to that vision. She has worked on clients from across the spectrum but above all, Karen has an innate drive that brings clients, creatives, media and account services together to focus on the task at hand. Her firm hand and keen sense for “doing what’s right for the business” leads to work that resonates with consumers and benefits the bottom line.
Elaine Kupser | Founder & Publisher of IMPACT Magazine
IMPACT Magazine hit the streets in September 1991 in Calgary when there was no other magazine of its kind in Canada.
As a fitness professional, publisher, Elaine realized the need for an avenue for those in the health, fitness, and sports industry to help spread the word of enjoying life to its fullest through fitness, health & sports.
As the creator of IMPACT Magazine, Elaine began her business plan back in 1990, with a mere $5,000 to get started, and a dream, wanting to share relevant and credible information with the community from the best experts in their fields. The ‘best-of-the best’ in the industry helped launch the first IMPACT Magazine. It was a team effort from the beginning. The first advisory board members included Dr. Birdsell, Dr. Cosman, Dr. Tish Doyle, Neil Spiers, Diane Jones-Konohowski, Charlene Prickett, Shona Lowe, Grant Pollock, King Dunn, Craig Gattinger, Helen Vanderburg, Dr. Young, Rob Reid, and Reid Morrison, all of which are still relevant in the industry today, and still contributing. This group of contributors has grown to hundreds in the past 25+ years.
IMPACT's mandate has held strong since its inception:
“A leader in the industry, IMPACT Magazine is committed to publishing content provided by the best experts in their fields for those who aspire to higher levels of health, fitness, and performance.”
IMPACT helps educate, inspire, brings businesses and consumers together, and builds community. IMPACT continues to show that there is strength in the publishing and print industry, and that readers and advertisers will always have a strong bond to their favourite magazine. It has taken a team of loyal, passionate team members, contributors and advertisers who continue to support and choose IMPACT as their choice to spread the word of living a healthier, fitter lifestyle.
Elaine will be joined by two members of IMPACT's creative team for a panel about Storytelling with IMPACT! Meet IMPACT'S creative team here.
Background | PowHERhouse Media uses media to move women forward, faster!
In 2000, Charlene SanJenko left her career as a National Marketing Manager for a privately-held national investment firm and set out to build a brokerage house of her own – and Media House – a powerful catalyst that fuels efforts, places muscle behind missions, and provides profile, podiums and a nation-wide platform for Canadian women.
You see, women are up to incredible, EPIC work in this world.
We deeply crave to be seen, known, and heard… acknowledged, recognized and celebrated for the LEADERS we are because of WHO we are and how we SHOW UP in our everyday lives.
Who is mainstream media celebrating? We know we can do better – and we are!
We’re redefining women’s media with a model that is multi-dimensional, interactive, inclusive, and fully integrated – by women, for women, about women.
PowHERhouse Media provides what’s been missing up to this point – a VOICE; VISIBILITY for the ‘everyday woman’ who quietly and now not-so-quietly is changing this world. We demonstrate what is possible and inspire others to Find Their Voice and Take Their Lead, creating a powHERful ripple of IMPACT.
We are building a stronger nation, one powHERful woman at a time.