Program for 2022 - 2023

June 7 2023 - WBN June Summer Social


Holiday Inn, Gazebo Bar, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

'Back to the Future'

is the theme for the evening's events.  

Be prepared to step back into the 1950's, the time frame the 'Back to the Future' movie portrays.  We will be celebrating all things from that decade of the 20th century. 

Come out and enjoy the foods, music, fashions, games and atmosphere that was prevalent during the 1950's.  

You are welcome and encouraged to dress in the fashions from the period or just come as you are.  

This summer social is planned as an outdoor event and will run rain or shine.  It is being held outside at the Gazebo Bar at the Holiday Inn.  


  • Garden Salad with Dressings
  • Potato Salad and Tuna Casserole Salad
  • Salisbury Steak
  • Vegetarian:   Portabella mushroom steak
  • Corn
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Ground Beef Casserole with Biscuits
  • Apple , Blueberry and Lemon Meringue pies

Past Events

September 7 2022 - WBN Member Meeting - Back to the Future with Improv from YES Unlimited


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON

Yes Unlimited: Improvisation for Business

YES Unlimited Improv Workshop

It’s been a time. How can we move past the challenges we’ve all experienced (and continue to experience) and focus on moving forward into the future again? One way is by building new pathways into connection and bonding through play and improv. You’ll experience the joy of spontaneous creation, through exercises that encourage presence, deep active listening, “thinking on your feet” and letting go of judgement as you open to new ideas. Improv is exercise for your brain, and a great way to share creativity, laughter, and hope. You will not need to perform or prepare for this event. Join us and say "Yes, And" to possibilities.


90-Minute Workshop

Improv is a team skill. And, the practices are active listening, developing creativity and curiosity, observing judgement, “thinking on your feet,” and embracing playfulness to support communication and collaboration. The experiential nature of improv increases engagement, provides a safe space to try something new, encourages innovation, and builds trust.

Improv training contribute to team bonding, supporting effective communication, such as developing confidence, opening to collaboration and creativity, building trust, all while laughing together.

Here are some of the key benefits of improv to support these goals:

• Power of saying “Yes And” to new ideas and experiences

• Importance of active listening to communication and presence

• Practice of finding your authentic voice through self-awareness

• Importance of handling conflict and embracing collaboration

• Value of developing creativity and curiosity to encourage new ideas

• Impact of removing judgment in order to access the creative brain

• Power of “thinking on your feet” and leading with confidence

• Effect of courage building on learning to be more open and accepting

• Significance of laughter and playfulness to help overcome fear

Here are your presenters:

Tracy Shea-Porter
CEO, Co-Founder and Presence Igniter

Tracy Shea-Porter is an entrepreneur, facilitator, improviser, speaker, and writer. She is the CEO and co-founder of Yes Unlimited, fostering effective communication through improv techniques. Recent clients include CAMH, CHANEL, Constellation Software/Perseus Group, Great Place to Work Canada, and the University of Toronto. Tracy spent years in the corporate world creating and implementing marketing communications programs for a diverse range of clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Toronto, and is a member of ACTRA. Tracy is also a mentor with the University of Toronto’s Backpack to Briefcase and Next Steps programs.

Ralph Macleod
Co-Founder and Pun Aficionado

Ralph MacLeod is a co-founder of The Social Capital Theatre, Bad Dog Theatre andYes Unlimited. He has worked as a professional actor, comedian and improv teacher for over 30 years. Ralph is widely regarded as one of the country's leading experts in the field of improvisation. He trains next generations of comedians and has brought improv techniques to dozens of businesses including Accenture, Constellation Software/Perseus Group, Spark44 Canada, and The University of Toronto.




Rolls and Butter
Summer Berry Salad
Regular Meal:  Grilled Salmon with Maple Mango Chutney, Grilled Vegetables and Rice
Vegetarian Option: Buddha Bowl with Tofu
Lavender Cheesecake
Coffee and Tea

October 5 2022 - Grant Opportunities for Women in Business


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

 Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

Grant Opportunities for Women in Business

Current grant opportunities available for small businesses / females through Digital Main Street / Digital Service Squad, & acorn30 media services and brand optimization-esque.




As a Creative Director of the company, Heather’s primary role is driving strategy for our marketing clients. Heather has a passion for all things digital and has extensive knowledge in digital marketing, social media and brand management.

About acorn 30


October – plated meal

Butternut squash soup

Regular Meal: Beef tenderloin with root vegetables and mashed potatoes

Vegetarian Meal: Grilled vegetable lasagna with root vegetables on the side

Black forest cake

Coffee and tea

November 2 2022 - Sales Enablement 101: Maximizing Your Revenue, with Nancy Wiskel


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

*Holiday Marketplace Shopping Exhibitor Tables*

Sales Enablement 101:  Maximizing Your Revenue


Nancy Wiskel

Dan Joyce Clothing

Established in Peterborough, Ontario in 1979, and now under the leadership of Nancy Wiskel, Dan Joyce Clothing has become an iconic business in the women's clothing industry, providing simple, timeless wardrobes for women. Whether you are looking for a weekend outfit, one that will turn heads at the office, or an event, we've got you covered.

In May, 2022 a second location will be opening in Apsley, Ontario. The Apsley store will focus on more relaxed, casual styles; however, the attention to quality and unparalleled customer service will remain.


November's meal will be plated with:

Greek salad

Regular Meal:  Chicken souvlaki /Greek potatoes and vegetables

Vegetarian Meal:  Stuffed red peppers ( Greek rice, vegetables, beans )

Desert:  Baklava

December 7 2022 - WBN Gala


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm


5:30        Live music

               Arrival and networking time

               Items for sale and silent auction browsing

6:15        Get seated for dinner

6:20        Welcome by President (dinner served)

               Welcome from Program

               A Word from Ria Nicholson of the YWCA

               Gala Program – announcements made

               Game between tables (dessert & coffee/tea)

               Closing remarks goodbye from President

8:30        Meeting ends

December's meal will be plated with: 

  • Avocado cranberry salad with feta and chef’s choice of dressing
  • Regular Meal:  Roasted turkey, herbed stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cranberries
  • Vegetarian:  Stuffed pasta - pumpkin spice with pumpkin/squash and grains
  • Dessert: Pumpkin cheesecake


January 4 2023 - Madeleine Hurrell - Customer Personas & Your Small Business


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

Customer Personas and Your Small Business

  • Understanding your customers and their personas can help you build empathy in your small business as an entrepreneur or as a business person in an organization. Deep knowledge of the customers who use your products or services can help keep your solutions grounded and relevant—and be true to addressing your customers’ needs and problems. Remember: we don’t sell things; we sell solutions.
  • Knowing who your customers are can provide insight and better direction in making educated and risk-calculated decisions. All of our lives have changed over the past two years—this includes your customers and future customers.
  • Interactive workshop




Madeleine Hurrell

Manager of the Business Advisory Centre

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

Economic Development Matters in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

PKED is the lead regional economic development agency for the Peterborough & the Kawarthas region. 

Established in 1998, PKED is a not-for-profit organization funded to deliver economic development and tourism services through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Peterborough and the County of Peterborough. PKED is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of up to 13 local business leaders.

Our Services

We have a team of dynamic professionals who provide a variety of confidential, complimentary support services for companies or individuals interested in visiting, locating, growing or starting a business in the Peterborough region.

Phone 705-743-0777 x 2116 Mobile 705-740-4314



Book a Meeting

270 George Street N, Suite 102, Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1

Rolls and Butter 
Ceasar Salad OR Market Salad 
Regular Meal:
Citrus Glazed Chicken Supreme with Pommes Annas and Roasted Veg 
Vegetarian Meal:
Vegetarian Pasta
Triple Chocolate Mousse OR Chocolate Decadence Cake

February 1 2023 - A New Canadian Entrepreneur Experience


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

New Canadians Centre


A Newcomer Entrepreneur Experience 

Services and programs that are available at the New Canadians Centre Peterbough



  • Paris Nguyen - Fund Development Officer  
  • Fidan Cakir Senil - Living Library Speaker

         Living Library: From Istanbul to Peterborough: Building a new life in Canada


  • Name: New Canadians Centre     Facebook: @newcanadianscentre

          Email:          Instagram: newcanadianscentre

          Phone:  (705) 743 0882                           Other: Twitter: @NCC_Ptbo

New Canadian's Centre

Our Mandate

Founded in 1979, The New Canadians Centre Peterborough (NCC) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions.

Rolls and butter

French style service Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Regular Meal: Grilled maple glazed salmon with root vegetables and roasted potatoes
Vegetarian option: Spaghetti squash burrito bowl
White chocolate lava cake with raspberry coulis
Tea and coffee

March 1 2023 - WBN Tradeshow


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm


You will have the choice to attend one of the 3 workshops presented by these fabulous speakers:

  • Janet McLeod - Make more money by looking for the low hanging fruit in your business.
  • Jeannine Taylor - Working with the media (and media releases!) what to do and what not to do.
  • Rebecca O’Rourke - The power of the subconscious.  What is NLP (Neuro Linguistics Programming) and how you can use it to increase sales, hire the right person for the job and enhance relationships. 
  • Rolls and butter
  • Regular Meal:  Beef Tenderloin (med) with Roasted Potatoes and Vegetables
  • Vegetarian Meal: Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Assorted squares and cookies
  • Tea and coffee

April 5 2023 - Carol Schulte, Get Your Brave On!


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:30pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:30pm

Get Your Brave On! Powerful Strategies to Fully Show Up, Boldly Speak Out, and Get Noticed

What would you do if you were even braver?

Put yourself out there in a bigger way?

Ask for what you know you deserve?

Stand up for yourself, and learn to say no?

Or maybe you would start that thing you’ve been putting off for way too long…

In talking with hundreds of leaders and staff through our work at The Brave Institute, it turns out whether you’re an Executive Director, a business owner, or a frontline employee their first day on the job, everyone always has an answer. Because the truth is, we all want to be braver. And the good news is, brave can be taught.

/BRĀV/: Your willingness to get into action before you feel ready... because you are choosing to feel ready enough.

Now, more than ever, you need to step into what it means to be brave - for yourself, and your business.

In this empowering & event, we’ll explore the 5 big Bravery Killers that may be holding you back, and how to bust through them. You’ll gain tools to get you out of your comfort zone and into your B.R.A.V.E. Zone. And you’ll discover strategies to help you increase your visibility, get into action, and achieve what you never thought possible - both professionally and personally.

When you learn to bring all of who you are to all of what you do, you feel more fulfilled, more alive, and get noticed in a whole new way.



Carol Schulte

The BRĀV Institute provides experiential development programs to equip women with the mindset, skills, and tools to become braver leaders and achieve their greatest potential.

Here’s why you can trust Carol to deliver...

An authority on brave leadership and founder of The BRĀV Institute, Carol Schulte has been educating, empowering, and entertaining audiences internationally for almost a decade. She is committed to getting you out of your comfort zone and into your BRĀV Zone - where you’re not afraid to show up, speak out, and get into action long before you feel ready.

She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance, an MA in Communication, two postgraduate certificates in coaching and mentoring, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies, international associations, and thousands of leaders to get their brave on. Whether it be asking for a raise or promotion, nailing a presentation, or climbing Africa’s highest peak, her clients attribute her insights and inspiration to them achieving what they never thought possible.

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

Instagram: @carolschulte_



  • Garlic Bread Sticks
  • Caesar Salad
  • Regular Meal: Veal Parmesan with Linguini and Vegetables
  • Vegetarian Meal: Vegetable Paella
  • New York Cheesecake with Fruit Compose
  • Tea and Coffee

May 3 2023 - WBN Annual General Meeting; PATH - Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes


Holiday Inn, George Street, Peterborough, ON; 5:00pm start time

Meeting Start Time 5:00PM

Annual General Meeting


In phase I, beginning in 2022/23, Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes (PATH) is establishing 15 sleeping cabins to transition those experiencing homelessness into community. In Phase II, we will form a tiny homes community (or communities).

PATH incorporated in 2022 as a non-profit organization (charitable status pending), formed by a steering committee, around a shared vision depicted in the documentary film entitled, “Community First: A Home for the Homeless.”

This is an intentional, community-centred model of care and purpose, occurring within a village- like setting.

Over the past year, PATH has been on a journey of discovery, exploring various models in neighbouring communities, connecting with their leaders, learning through the process. This will enable us, together with community partners and all our neighbours, to create our own model, to meet the needs of those living unsheltered in Peterborough.

PATH mission is to provide homes to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.  PATH welcomes sponsors and social enterprise partnerships, undertakes fundraising, reviews applications, and ensures smooth running of independent, economically viable community through use of volunteers and staff.

Rolls and Butter
Garden Salad with House Dressing
Regular Meal Option:  Chicken Teriyaki Stirfry
Vegetarian Meal option: Teriyaki Stirfry with Jackfruit instead of chicken
Chocolate Rolo Cake
Tea and Coffee
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