Vanessa + Melissa
Co-hosts on the parenting TV show "Vanessa + Melissa"

Vanessa and Melissa are TV hosts and producers for the parenting television show "Vanessa+Melissa" on the Canadian network Rogers. Their guests range from celebrities, to like-minded Mompreneurs. They are regular parenting and lifestyle contributors on radio and media outlets across the country. With six kids between them, they candidly share their own triumphs and tribulations through motherhood.

They host weekly Facebook Live shows along with their popular video series #TheMomFiles, a comedic spin on everything, #Momlife. They’ve been deemed "Media Mavens" by Grand Magazine, and "Two Of Canada's Favourite Moms". From grassroots beginnings on a local tv show, to creating content for brands across North America, these two moms are proving anything is possible. www.vanessaandmelissa.com

Samantha Slattery
Chairperson and Founder, Women in Music Canada

Samantha has been working in the music industry throughout North America and the UK for almost two decades. Her career has focused primarily on concert promoting, working for some of the largest promoters and festivals including; Mean Fiddler (Reading & Leeds Festivals), AEG Live (Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and Virgin Music Festival), House of Blues (Edgefest) and Republic Live (WayHome and Boots & Hearts) to name just a few.

Sam lives in Toronto with her two kids.

 

Sandra E. Martin
Editor, Writer and Head, WE Families

Informed by her rich and varied 25 years as a journalist and audience specialist, Sandra currently heads family communications and content strategy for WE.

During her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Living, the magazine won numerous accolades, including Gold in the Best Media Website category at the 2015 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, and maintained its place as the most-read paid women’s lifestyle publication in print and online.

Previously, Sandra helmed the highly successful launch of Walmart Live Better/Vivre mieux Walmart, and served in senior editorial capacities at Today’s Parent. Her byline has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Cottage Life and MoneySense, among others.

Heather Dixon
SavvyMom Editor-in-Chief

Heather Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of SavvyMom, a writer, and mom of three little girls. Her work has been published on Scary Mommy, Pregnant Chicken, Red Tricycle and Huffington Post Parents, among others. In her past role as Content Manager at Mabel’s Labels, she successfully revamped, launched and single-handedly managed their parenting blog. Heather loves coffee, wine, reading and falling asleep in bed with her kids.

She’s basically a walking mom meme.

Kate Winn
Teacher

Kate Winn is a kindergarten teacher and freelance writer (Today's Parent, Parents Canada, Canadian Living, Today's Bride) who established her lifestyle blog, This Mom Loves, in 2010. She is also a regular TV guest (The Social, The Morning Show), offering advice on education and other parenting topics.

Kate enjoys country living with her husband and two daughters, 12 and 10.

The GG Sisters
Parenting influencer duo

For over ten years and counting, Laura and Josie have served as the go-to duo for family, relationship, and business advice. The GG Sisters has amassed an amazing community over 100,000 moms and like-minded business women who follow them on social media.

Using their channels such as “Momspiration LIVE” on Facebook, unapologetic Instagram posts, Facebook group communities and #VLOGBLOGS on YouTube, they create an atmosphere akin to catching up with old and new friends once the kids go to sleep.

Kelly Bourne
Parenting Educator

With a passion for encouraging and inspiring parents to ditch survival mode, Kelly Bourne (BA, BScN, CPDPE) is an engaging and entertaining Parenting Educator whose practical tips and tools have been featured in The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, RogersTV, and the Cat and Nat Show.

Whether speaking to groups or facilitating online programs, her relaxed, non-judgemental style opens the door to creating lasting change in the families she works with.

Alanna McGinn
Founder, Good Night Sleep Site

Alanna McGinn is a Certified Sleep Consultant and the founder of Good Night Sleep Site, a family sleep consulting practice helping everyone from babies to adults sleep better. A leading sleep resource and support system for families worldwide, Alanna McGinn and her global sleep team work with families to overcome their sleep challenges through support and education.

You can follow her expert advice on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Goods, and Your Morning. Good Night Sleep Site strives in helping families bring back bedtime and get the healthy sleep they deserve.

Shannon Kelly
Managing Editor, Help! We've Got Kids

Shannon Kelly is the managing editor of Help! We’ve Got Kids, a Toronto-based directory and events calendar for families. She has written and edited websites and books on subjects from travel to cooking to country music songwriting.

She is the mother of two girls under age six, an avid city cyclist (kids in tow), podcast addict, natural product enthusiast, karaoke lover, and expert at throwing impromptu kitchen dance parties.

Joanne Sallay
President, Teachers on Call

Joanne is passionate about education, entrepreneurship, and volunteerism.  She is the President of Teachers on Call, an award-winning home tutoring service which provides one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. She is also the Co-Chair of the Corsage Project, a non-profit program dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to financially deserving students. Last but not least, Joanne is a regular contributor to major print and online publications, and a mom of two adorable kids who love to read the books she reviews.

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