Big Impact - halifax

In Conversation with one of Canada’s Most Powerful CEOs

Barb Stegemann, CEO and Founder The 7 Virtues, Best Selling Author, and Social Entrepreneur

Big Impact Event by Barb Stegemann

Barb Stegemann portrait

Event Details:

Ever wonder how many female CEOs there are in Canada? Even though women make up just over half the Canadian population and nearly 48 per cent of the workforce, men still dominate the top tiers of business and government. According to Catalyst.org, only seven of the 249 companies listed on the main index of the Toronto Stock Exchange in September 2017 were run by women. However, women are slowly but steadily breaking through the glass ceiling and while few head up large corporations in Canada, a growing number are CEOs of NGOs and smaller companies, often which they started themselves.


11:30am – 12:00 pm: Registration and Networking

12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch Service

12:45pm – 1:35pm: Keynote

1:35pm – 1:55pm: Book Signing

1:55pm – 2:00pm: Door Prize Draws

Keynote Speaker:

Barb Stegemann portraitBarbara Stegemann
Top Game Changer CBC’s Dragons’ Den | CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues

Barbara Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend—a soldier—was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues, a company that sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil (such as Afghanistan, Haiti the Middle East and Rwanda).

Stegemann became known to millions of Canadians when she became the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture-capital deal on the CBC TV show Dragons’ Den —for The 7 Virtues Beauty. She went on to become the “Top Game Changer” in the history of the popular reality show for creating her social enterprise.

Since then, Stegemann has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada”; was ranked as one of Profit Guide magazine’s “Top 30 Cool and Fabulous Canadian Entrepreneurs”; and was also made the first female Honorary Colonel in the history of 14 Wing Greenwood base, Royal Canadian Air Force.

Stegemann is the author of the bestselling book, The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, a book which has empowered women (and men) to launch companies, run for public office, and end bullying. Her compelling story of overcoming adversity through the power of stoic wisdom is the subject of the feature-length documentary Perfume War. The film tells Stegemann’s entrepreneurial story and has garnered many awards, including Best Humanitarian Film, Sedona Film Festival, Arizona; and the Vanguard award for cutting edge ideas at the Artemis Film Festival, Santa Monica, California.

She is a graduate of the Sephora Accelerate Cohort where she developed her new contemporary line. Her brand inspired the global beauty giant to create a new Clean & Conscious space in their USA stores. The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes are hypoallergenic, cruelty-free and available at Sephora Canada and Sephora USA.

Stegemann earned degrees from the Universities of Dalhousie and King’s College in sociology and journalism, and received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Visit her website.


Senator Yonah MartinSenator Yonah Martin
Conservative Senator of British Columbia

The Honourable Yonah Martin (born April 11, 1965 in Seoul, Korea) is a Conservative Senator of British Columbia, appointed by The Right Honourable Stephen Harper in 2009. She is the first and only Parliamentarian of Korean descent in Canadian history. Currently, she is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since 2015); and previously served as Deputy Leader and Deputy Whip of the Government. She is also Co-Chair of Canada Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group (since 2009), the founding Co-Chair of Canada Bulgaria (since 2014); and active on a number of other bilateral and multilateral groups. In 2013, Sen. Martin’s Bill (S-213) received Royal Assent to designate July 27 annually as “Korean War Veterans Day” in Canada. Passionate about mentoring youth and young adults, in partnership with regional community groups across Canada, she established a Parliamentary Internship and Mentoring Program (in 2011). Prior to her Senate appointment, she spent 21 years (1987-2008) as a BC educator and co-founded C3 Society (www.c3society.org) in 2003. Presently, she lives in Burnaby, BC with her family.


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Jewelry package – approximate value $465.00

July 11, 2019
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Halifax, NS