Distinctive Women - In Touch 2016
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” Ruth Gordon

Our Distinctive Women National Conference, IGNITE III, will take place in Toronto, ON from November 9th - 11th, 2016, An opportunity to connect with elite, accomplished and like-minded women! This is an incredible event, with outstanding speakers, attendees and entertainment! Mark your calendar, save the date and watch for invitations to come shortly! #DWIgnite

Distinctive Women ... Making A Difference

Warmest regards,
Brenda Robson, Ashley Robson, Courtney Robson-Moore 
Katherine Cooligan
Katherine Cooligan
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Ottawa, ON

Katherine Cooligan is a finalist in the professional category for the Businesswoman of the Year award in Ottawa! 

Katherine has practiced family law in a large national law firm since she became a lawyer in 1991, after graduating from the University of Ottawa. Katherine was elected the Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada's largest national law firm. She is the only female currently holding this position, one of the most senior leadership positions within the firm.
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Businesswoman of the Year Awards
Tanya Eklund
Tanya Eklund
The Tanya Eklund Group, RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)
Calgary, AB

The Tanya Eklund Group –We just made #1 Team at the #1 Re/Max Brokerage in the world!

“A journey of a thousand steps starts with just one” as the saying goes; and this has been exactly the key for the group under Tanya Eklund’s leadership and recent designation as the number one team this year. 

For 15 years in the real estate industry, Tanya has been ranking in the top five consistently, but this year all the hard work really paid off. If you are looking to take your company to the top, there are three keys Tanya lives and works by that got her to #1... Read more
Sue Norton
Sue Norton
Pink Tiger Inc.
Alcea Technologies Inc.
Ottawa, ON is hosting a fashion show fundraiser benefiting Look Good Feel Better on April 9, 2016 at Sante Restaurant on Rideau Street. We will be showing designs from Kristie Lance: she is an up-and-coming all sizes designer who produces her clothes in sizes ranging from 2 to 22. 
Tickets can be purchased directly through Sante Restaurant. Space is very limited and there will be some amazing silent auction items and door prizes. I hope all the Distinctive Women in Ottawa will join me for a fabulous gourmet lunch and fashion show, all for only $45.00 pp with all proceeds going to Look Good Feel Better.  Read more
Ellinor Stenroos
Ellinor Stenroos
Calgary, AB

The significance of your desire, action and statement, when asking your life-partner to be exactly that, is one that deserves more than a regular shopping experience. 

A future family heirloom, a milestone marker or the piece of jewelry that signifies two people joining in a union, or the start of a family, isn’t something you buy off the ‘rack.’ It deserves even more than big brand names, where great materials and designs are produced in the hundreds. 

It deserves a completely custom-tailored experience. 

EVStenroos Storybook - read more
Batya Maman
Batya Maman
Social Connect
Naples, FL

One of the most widely used and poorly understood aspects of social media is the hashtag, which is both a symbol (“#”) and an object. Hashtags are keywords or phrases that are linked to other posts that utilize that hashtag. If a user clicks on a hashtag in your post, he or she will be shown all the other recent posts on that site that also use that hashtag. As a result, using hashtags can be an important way to get your business’s name out there for others to see.
To learn the best and worst ways to use hashtags on your business's social media channels, click here!
Paige Shaw
Paige Shaw
Calgary, ON

Paige Shaw’s firm, Catalyst, will be hosting a breakfast with ATB’s Chief Economist, Todd Hirsche, on Thursday, May 26th in Calgary. Most Albertans were happy to bid 2015 farewell—it was a tough year for oil prices and the economy, but what’s happening now? Distinctive Women members are welcome to join us for his presentation about what has been happening so far in 2016 and what we will likely see over the rest of the year. For more information or to register online go to:
Rhoda I. Dobler
Rhoda I. Dobler
Dunphy Best Blockson LLP
Calgary, AB

Rhoda Dobler Q.C. will be speaking at a breakfast event for WINK (Women Investing in Knowledge) on May 13th, 2016 from 8:00 to 10:00 am. The topic will be Loving your Life:  Financial Decisions and Marriage. The financial implications that need to be considered either before you enter a relationship or as you contemplate leaving a relationship will be discussed. WINK is a not for profit group that runs a series of lectures throughout the year to promote financial literacy for women.  See for more details.
Sheila Musgrove
Sheila Musgrove
TAG Recruitment Group
Calgary, AB

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Hundreds of Sheila's insider secrets are revealed including:
  • 6 surprising things on your resume that get zero attention in the first 11 seconds.
  • Applying via email: 3 critical mistakes
  • 2 BIG "must-do's" to prepare for your job interview
  • How to handle those dreaded, "Tell me about a time..." questions
  • 7 smart interview questions for you to ask
Read more through the link above!
Pierrette Raymond
Pierrette Raymond 
Moving Forward Matters

A very special day has been planned on April 16th in Ottawa for women caregivers and their loved ones. It's a day for self-care, fun, new experiences and yes, some R&R. Attendees will enjoy special gifts, meeting others who may be going through similar challenges, and an opportunity to let go, move forward and live fully. For more information, visit
April kicks off our Spring fundraising events. For further details, click on the links below.

Canadian Events 

Vancouver, BC - April 21st in support of Canuck Place Children's Hospice. Tickets and information, here! 

Calgary, AB - April 26th in support of Calgary Humane Society and The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. Tickets and information, here!

Ottawa, ON - May 12th in support of The Canadian Federation of Humane societies. Tickets and information, here! 

American Events

Naples, FL - May 17th in support of Women's Foundation of Collier County. Tickets and information, here!

Social Media

Over the years, we've had the opportunity to meet and connect with some of the most dynamic, engaging and diverse businesswomen in our areas. 

We believe that every woman who strives for success -- and is committed to being the best - earns the accolade of being distinctive. 
For more information on how to join Distinctive Women or refer someone you know to our DW group, please contact us at or by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Distinctive Women ... Making a Difference! 

Brenda Robson - Ashley Robson - Courtney Robson-Moore

IGNITE Conference Testimonial:

Lynda Hay
Hay Wealth Advisory Group TD Wealth 
Calgary, AB

"The IGNITE conference exceeded all of my expectations!! I have never experienced a group of women before that were so supportive and truly interested, caring and sharing. I have often been reluctant to join women's groups because of the "competition" — and I honestly did not feel that at all. Can't wait for next year BUT you ladies have your work cut out for you because this will be a tough act to follow!"


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