Every leader deserves the opportunity to make a world-class impact.

PowHERhouse continuously aspires to become a global model for social impact; activating and accelerating collective and collaborative solution-finding.

Impact media is our systemic change vehicle as we remind our audience that the solutions most needed at this time are within us not beyond us. Amazing impact ventures, initiatives, and creative projects are happening. Now they need to be amplified! We have the opportunity to shift how brands spend their advertising dollars to create brand value and amplify sustainable impact.
Founded in 2013 after more than a decade of solid market research, network building and proof of concept, PowHERhouse founder, Charlene SanJenko was called to meet an obvious need she evidenced countless times while working closely with women, and foundational work began in 2000. From the outset, PowHERHouse was built to last and has grown into a national brand with a solid reputation offering live events, programs, publications and partnerships to advance leaders down the field with whole teams & diverse, fulfilled players in corporate Canada and beyond.

One woman became two in 2008; two women became four; and PowHERhouse is now managed by a core team of eight women who represent hundreds of clients and thousands of colleagues, mentors and advisers who have provided input, insights, mentoring, connections and expertise.

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Tina is a core-communications specialist who works with individuals and organizations who are called for global impact. She works in story, guiding and collaborating with leaders to bring their compelling and authentic narrative to the surface. She is a sacred-listener in a divisive time, cultivating safe containers for real change-based conversation. She is a storyteller and listener, committed to changing the landscape of communication with tangible connection. To Tina, communication is a spiritual practice of both sacred listening and speaking.

communications + digital direction

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Charlene is a Mobilizer of Brave, Whole, Healthy Leaders Ready to make World-Class Impact both Locally + Globally. As an Indigenous Founder, Charlene is a bridge between two cultures in our country. She is from the Splatsin tribe, the most southern tribe of the Shuswap Nation in British Columbia and now resides on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, the traditional territory of the Squamish (skwxwú7mesh) First Nations. PowHERhouse is a culmination of two decades of Charlene's work, alongside her team, representing a vision of a global leadership model for community development which accelerates collective solution-finding using a collaborative model, all for systemic change and social impact.

founder + lead impact officer

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Christina is a retired politician, a jazz singer, and a leadership excellence strategist, coach and sought-after facilitator. Since her own leadership journey transformed Christina's personal, professional, spiritual, and emotional way of being in the world, she lives to inspire leaders to first and foremost take their stewardship responsibility towards their own life seriously. Her lived experience in the world of politics coupled with academic studies in leadership and a deep passion to cultivate the discipline and devotion of whole-self leadership.

growth execution strategist

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Wendi has a background in process engineering and enjoys solving technological and systems challenges of all shapes and sizes. Wendi is responsible for the digital infrastructure of PowHERhouse, including the powherhouse.com website and production of the online PowHERhouse magazine.

digital operations manager

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team builder + mentor


Ticia is a community minded, internationally travelled, Certified Coach Practitioner, Fundraising Executive, Partnership Expert, Hockey (Coach’s) wife x Hockey Mom who is a lead consultant in the social impact arena. She specializes in growing small business and non-profit organizations with PowHERplay development strategies across Western Canada. She is a Co-Chair of the Leave a Legacy Gala, member of the Association of Fundraising Professions, Chairs the Nomination Committee for the local National Philanthropy Day and sits on the regional Board for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. In her spare time she passionately volunteers as a Director for Amakon Women Empowerment Inc., a Canadian charity who’s mission is to promote the advancement women and girls by providing access to success enhancing tools.

business development specialist

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Dennyse is an events specialist. She loves planning, logistics and orchestrating events of all sizes. Her background is travel management and running her own retreat business. Dennyse is passionate about event experiences that bring women together for leadership, connection, inspiration, shared vision and community partnerships.

events + experiences orchestrator


Meribeth is a writer and storyteller committed to shaping stories and conversations that build a better world. In this context, she believes in deep listening, clear thinking, research and striking a balance between our personal hard-truths and respectful dialogue. Sometimes, it really is okay to say "mother-fucker" in the public forum.

freelance writer + editor

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Zoe is a master at facilitating social media growth and presence by coordinating activities and strategies to build powerful connections, inspire engagement, and shape a strong tribe. Zoe has a business operations background and a passion for supporting and empowering others.

social media architect

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Julia McElgunn is a professional petroleum geologist living in Calgary, currently working for Canadian companies and has worked international oil fields in Texas. Julia is extremely passionate about science, education and human behavior. She believes in environmental sustainability and integration of, inclusion, environmental, health and economics. She strongly believes these can be achieved if we think and lead from our most creative, innovative and engaged selves. A mother of 4, she feels it’s important to focus on a strong future for geologists and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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Betty-Ann Heggie, a Senior Vice-President with PotashCorp (now Nutrien) retired in 2007 and now serves as a corporate director, philanthropist, professional speaker and author of “Gender Physics, Unlock the Energy You Never Knew You Had to Get the Results You Want”. Betty-Ann was selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2006) and was subsequently inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 2015 she was given the Trailblazer Award from Women in Mining Canada and named one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

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Karen Chovan is the Principal of Enviro Integration Strategies, and Shift2Lean Inc. She is a strategic, life-cycle thinker, an engineer and project manager, a sustainability expert, and board member of Women in Mining and Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan Inc. (WIM/WiN-SK) Karen is a change agent who believes the greatest value can only be derived through common goals, healthy engagement, and collaboration to reduce wasteful practices, and recently became Vice-Chair for the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS), Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM). With 20 years in the mining sector, Karen engages teams for the purposes of improving project and operational performance by facilitating trust and alignment, thinking differently, and working collaboratively amongst multiple stakeholders.

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Director of client engagement, Sauder Exec Ed, Jackie Howard (R), engages a client. Photo courtesy of Sauder.


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