Canada Women's Expo

Celebrities and Speakers

We are honoured to announce our first two headline speakers for the Canada Women’s Expo — tech titan and television star Michele Romanow; and Food Network’s Anna Olson. These inspiring women set the tone for an empowering and enlightening event. Stay tuned, as we will be announcing dozens more incredible speakers in the coming weeks.

Michele Romanow

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is also the co-founder and executive chair of Clearco, the world’s largest e-commerce investor, and one of only 23 fintech unicorns with a female founder.

Prior to co-founding Clearco, Michele co-founded SnapSaves (acquired by American tech giant Groupon), and Buytopia.ca (acquired by Emerge). She is also the co-founder of the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative non-profit with Sir Richard Branson, and is the host of the hit Audible Original podcast, The Revisionaries, and has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil.

Honoured with RBC’s Women of Influence Innovation Award in 2021, Michele’s work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, TechCrunch, and The Globe and Mail.

Michele is a director for Vail Resorts, BBTV, and Queen’s School of Business. Previously, she was a director for Freshii, Whistler Blackcomb, SHAD International, and League of Innovators. Renowned for her youthful energy, enthusiasm, and business savvy, Michele serves as an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and women in business everywhere.

Anna Olson

Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart and an accomplished savoury chef. Her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen has made her one of the country’s most popular and recognizable television chefs. As the host of Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, Anna has earned a loyal following in over 190 countries. She continues to expand her audience as a regular guest on The Marilyn Denis Show, and through her YouTube channel, Oh Yum with Anna Olson, which has over 1.39 million subscribers.

In addition to hosting her own television shows, Anna has been the co-host and judge on Great Chocolate Showdown and Junior Chef Showdown. In 2018, she joined Iron Chef Canada’s special holiday baking episode as their Iron Chef, where she was victorious against her competitor.

Using food as her creative medium, recipe development is one of Anna’s greatest accomplishments. She is the author of 11 bestselling cookbooks, including her latest, Set for the Holidays and Baking Day with Anna Olson, which won the Gold Medal at the Taste Canada Cookbook Awards. Her recipes have also been published in several magazines and many of her cookbooks have been translated into Spanish. In addition, Anna has her own line of kitchen products, called Anna Olson Kitchen.