2021 MomFest Hybrid - Oct. 17 & 18, 2021! Live and Virtual!

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MomFest Fall Hybrid

October 17 & 18, 2021

Live Event: Ricarda’s 134 Peter St, Toronto

Virtual Event: Online HopIn

a Hybrid Experience

Mom Halo, the team behind MomFest is excited to share our newest version of our smashing event- MomFest Fall 2021, a Hybrid Experience – The first of its nature, a two day virtual and LIVE in person offer. 

This is an experience that will be unlike any other, where those can enjoy from the comfort of their homes, or partake in living colour. 

Given the nature of the Covid World, we have implemented a series of LIVE event protocols to ensure every one of our guests and participants are kept healthy and safe, while still maximizing on a good time!

It’s all about the MashUp! 
Wanna come see us live? We got you here! 
Wanna join us virtually? 
Wanna go ALL IN for both experiences, click here! 

MomFest HYBRID is an experience for moms, bringing together top thinkers, educators and entrepreneurs, related to all things “cool” mamahood. 

Us mamas are coming together for the first time in many months and we cannot wait to show you the best time ever! 

Welcome to MomFest Fall 2021- Hybrid experience. 

How will the Hybrid Model work

Read on here for the details:

Sunday October 17, 2021

THE LIVE MOMFEST MARKET

11:00am – 4:00pm- Timed Entries: LIMITED ACCESS due to COVID. Every adult must have a ticket in order to enter.

  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm – 4:00pm

This is a throwback to our roots- offering a live shopping experience, where parents can come together and meet local makers, rocking brands and retailers, jam to some kiddo entertainment, all while seeing some very new faces (well, at least half a face 🙂 )

And of course, we will have amazing SWAG (Swag bags for the first 100 people of each entry time), giveaways, auction items and more. 

Guests are invited to register and pre-selected entry time: there will be food and beverages available for sampling, you can shop, socialize and network all under the MomFest banner of giving moms a great day! 

VIEW COVID POLICY HERE

*Vendors and sponsor space available

Monday OCTOBER 18, 2021

Welcome to Hybrid Gala (Live and Broadcast)!

Awards Gala Schedule:

7:30pm – Doors Open
8:30pm – Fireside Chat with Ashley Freeborn
9:00pm – Awards Ceremony
10:00pm – Social & Dance Party
11:00pm – Wrap up

CLUB HALO PERKS

Our Club Halo Mamas receive a ton of perks – throughout the year and at MomFest! We are opening our exclusive membership on October 17th and 18th so that you can join in on the fun – get on the waitlist here

Gala, Awards and Auction

AN UN-GALA, GALA!

Grab a ticket to our MomFest Awards Gala and Auction party! This is the most un-gala Gala you have ever seen. We are excited to welcome keynote speaker Ashley Freeborn, CEO of Smash+Tess to the Gala Stage.

Focused on giving moms a great night out, we have a solid eve of festivities worth ubering for! 

Guests will have the opportunity to network with and connect directly with the best and brightest of the mom ecosystem from subject matter experts, mom bosses and people of  influence. 

This is your chance to spoil yourself with a night of food, drink, pampering (within covid regs) and so much more. 

Did we mention some other top secret elements of the night that will blow your mind?! 

We are SO excited to announce that any attendee with a VIP ticket will receive a gift of a Smash+Tess Romper ( pick one of 4 styles) ! Valued at $135 CDN. 

Smash + Tess Feature for all VIP guests! 

Be sure to select your romper choice and sizing at ticketing. 

Dress up your romper! 

You will receive the special Smash+Tess Romper via mail, along with your ticket to the gala! 

We invite you to join in the festivities of the un-gala by rocking your new Romper, as we turn up to the hottest mom party of the year (perhaps the only mom party of the year!) 

MomFest is all about the Mom Halo Vibes. Find yourself a sitter, and get here, looking Mom Romped Fabulous- pair with your fav heels or high tops, and let’s get ready to dance, like it’s 2019! 

We have so many surprises in store for you, in person and online. 

This is a +19 event. 

Heavy canapes and beverages. 

Please partake responsibly.



THE ROMPERALLS Midnight Black
THE ARIA ROMPER MIDNIGHT BLACK
THE ARIA ROMPER Midnight Black
THE FRIDAY ROMPER Bold Burgundy
THE FRIDAY ROMPER Bold Burgundy
THE AUDREY ROMPER Midnight Black
THE AUDREY ROMPER MIDNIGHT BLACK
THE AUDREY ROMPER MIDNIGHT BLACK
Cozy Romperalls Tartan Blue
Cozy Romperalls Tartan Blue

The MomFest Auction

The MomHalo (the people behind MomFest) have created Project Halo with the goal of raising $1 Million for the Hospital for Sick Kids. The evening of October 18th we are going to entertain and inspire our attendees with 100% of the proceeds from the auction being donated to our project. This is a chance for you to enhance your evening for a charitable cause. 

MOMFEST AWARDS

Know a badass Mama that you want to celebrate? Want to give yourself some love? Presenting our 3rd Annual MomFest Awards! Nominations Close Sept 26th. Voting Begins Sept 28th-Oct 8th, 2021. The winners will be announced at the MomFest Awards Gala: Monday, October 18, 2021.

(Awards will be streamed live, for our home audience). 

2021 MOMFEST AWARDS CATEGORIES

Stay at Home Mom, Powered by Rise Little Earthling – This mama is a domestic goddess, someone who stays home to raise her children and manages the household.  (Powered by: Rise little earthling)

Working Parent of the year – This mama has made  exceptional achievements in business while also serving as strong role models or mentors at work, at home and within their communities.

Start up of the year – Celebrate the mama who have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in their new venture.

Community Organizer – Honor the mama who is making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication. 

Charitable Mom – This mama has made exceptional achievements giving back to those in need.

Side Hustler, Powered by Lianne Kim & Mamas and Co. – Are you a hustler baby?  A “Side Hustle” is a venture created in addition to your 9 to 5, with the intent to gain money, credibility, community, or even a career. If you are a hustler or know one it’s time to celebrate!

MomFest Gala Enhancement Box Experience:

If you know us personally, then you know we’re all about the food. We know how important it is now more than ever to support our hospitality industry. That is why we’ve partnered with the legendary Carbon Bar (seriously their BBQ is drool-worthy) to deliver dinner straight to the first 100 VIP ticket holders! Need a vegetarian option? We’ve got you covered! 

A dining experience like no other at home! 

Cannot make the live event? 

No worries! 

MomFest Hybrid features an at-home VIP dining experience delivered directly to the doors of our VIP guests.

Check out the menu option here:

  • Burnt Ends Kimchi Ssam with Fresh Lettuce Cups

    Carbon Bar

    Serves 2, Easy Prep, Ready in 10 Minutes.

    The Carbon Bar brings you their famous Texas-style smoked brisket burnt ends, fully cooked and ready for you to simply warm and serve! This dish is accompanied by kimchi and fresh lettuce cups. Make your own wraps for a light and healthy meal! You can also enjoy these burnt ends as an appetizer to go along with one of our other Drops.

  • Smokey Pulled Pork Tacos with All the Fixings

    Carbon Bar

    Serves 4, Easy Prep, Ready in 10 Minutes.

    Smoked over 10 hours, pulled and sauced up, this pulled pork is perfect for making a classic style taco. Add your fresh toppings to warm corn tortillas, making an authentic pulled pork taco!

  • Classic Lasagna

    Amano Italian Kitchen

    Serves 2, Easy Prep, Ready in 30 Minutes.

    Amano brings you their signature Lasagna home, featuring layers of Nonna’s tomato sauce between fresh handmade pasta. This dish is beautifully accompanied by a fresh green salad and house made focaccia slathered in garlic butter and pecorino Romano cheese.

    2021 Speakers


    Virtual Speakers

    Marlene Spence

    Parent Coach, Child Behaviour Specialist, Founder of Cornerstone Family Services

    Marlene Spence is a wife of 16 years, mother of 2 beautiful kids. She has over 21 years of experience supporting children and their families who have experienced challenges related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, developmental delay, and other behavioural challenges. She is known as a Child Behaviour Specialist, Parent Coach, Founder of Cornerstone Family Services and the Creator of Reward’um™, the first re-stickable routine chart for families featured on CTV, CHCH and Cityline. Marlene has spent over 17 years assisting school-based teams with strategic program development and planning to develop safe and nurturing classrooms. As the founder of Cornerstone Family Services, her mission is to shift parents from feeling overwhelmed and hopeless about their child’s behaviours to feeling relieved and hopeful. Her behaviour consultations, parent/child workshops, online training sessions and Reward’um™ products empower parents to raise Responsible, Independent, Confident and Happy (R.I.C.H.™) children despite their challenges, abilities or diagnosis. She helps parents feel more confident about managing their child’s challenging behaviours by providing positive, practical and proven strategies and resources so that they can start their journey to a happier, peaceful home and many more proud parent moments.

    Molly Dutton-Kenny

    Registered Midwife
    Molly Dutton-Kenny (she/her) is a full spectrum midwife & community advocate. She works to provide midwifery care for all reproductive experiences, including and especially reproductive loss. Having experienced significant reproductive loss herself, she feels passionately about supporting communities through loss on their own terms, in holistic and healing ways.

    Aditi Loveridge

    Founder/CEO and coach, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre

    Aditi Loveridge (she/her) is a certified coach, pregnancy loss advocate, owner of p and Founder of the registered charity, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre.

    Aditi has personally navigated the complex journey after pregnancy and infant loss. Through both her personal and professional journey she found that there was more support needed to holistically serve the loss community in Calgary. To fill this gap, Aditi founded the Centre.

    Aditi is honoured to help people connect to more healing options—so they can heal in their own way, on their own terms.

    Tashi Harrow

    Founder, Enjoie Birth

    After an unexpected rocky entry into motherhood I submersed myself in all things birth to do what I could to support others on their journey. For the last 13 years I have been a labour and delivery doula. Some time after being a birth worker I realized how little people actually knew about the process. And really, unless you are planning on being a career birther, why would you? Easy, to be able to make informed decisions! I am a DONA certified doula and Lamaze certified childbirth educator. I am a loving wife and mom of three and entrepreneur. I truly believe that service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.

    Roxanne Francis

    Psychotherapist & Social Worker CEO, Francis Psychotherapy & Consulting
    Roxanne Francis is an award-winning Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist, Consultant and Speaker, who has been helping people access tools to change their lives for over 10 years. She is the owner of Francis Psychotherapy & Consulting Services, where she provides Psychotherapy to individuals in the community, Clinical Supervision and Mentorship to other therapists, as well as Consultation to various organizations addressing topics such as Mental Health in the Workplace, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Burnout, Children’s Mental Health, Parenting and Women’s Issues. Roxanne is a media mental health expert and often shares her insight on various newscasts as well as print or on-line publications.

    Cori Stern

    Learning Specialist & Behaviour Consultant
    Cori is a Learning Specialist and Behaviour Analyst. She’s also a Mother of a 7 & 5 year old. After completing her Masters in Child Study & Education she merged her backgrounds in Positive Parenting, Education, Child Development, and Applied Behaviour Analysis to deliver a very unique perspective on child growth & development. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with families who have children on the Autism Spectrum. Her current work focuses on coaching parents through the different ages and stages of development so they can parent with less of the day to day stress and overwhelm! Consider her your Chief Executive Problem Solver- from the toddler years straight through the school age years.

    Julie Cole

    Co-founder and Senior Director, Mabel’s Labels Inc.
    Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, a sought after speaker and a parenting blogger.

    Azura Goodman

    International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse Owner and Operator, Azura Infant Feeding Support

    Azura is an International Board Certified Lactation consultant and Registered Nurse offering private virtual and in-home support to parents and expectant parents in Toronto, Hamilton and all the towns in between.

    Azura comes with no judgment and years and years of experience helping parents meet their feeding goals. Azura’s focus as a lactation consultant is to ensure ALL families, regardless of how they feed their baby, are given the support and skills they need to enjoy their unique feeding relationship with their child. Her number one job is to arm you with evidence-based knowledge and support you in trusting your innate instincts when developing your personal feeding goals. The way in which Azura practices in a nutshell is: non-judgmental, holistic, client-focused and empowering.

    Azura is there for the mom who wants to tweak her latch, amp up her supply or night wean, but she is also there for the mom with severe depression who wants to alter her feeding method or delegate feeds, for the dads who just had an infant through surrogacy and for the the single mom who wants to exclusively pump. Every family has unique needs and priorities and Azura is here for all of it.

    Lianne Kim

    Founder & CEO of Mamas & Co.

    Lianne Kim is a Business Coach and the founder of Mamas & Co. – a community for mama entrepreneurs. She is the host of the wildly popular podcast ‘The Business of Thinking Big’ and the author of the brand new book ‘Building a Joyful Business’. Lianne is on a mission to help women make a great living on their own terms, doing what they love.

    Jessica Sennet

    Founder & CEO of Mighty Mom

    Jessica Sennet is a Prenatal and Postpartum fitness expert with several high level certifications including FIT FOR BIRTH Corrective Exercise Specialist, Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism, INCORE Diastasis Recti Expert and is passionate about helping women feel strong no matter where they are in their motherhood journey. She is the founder/CEO of MIGHTY MOM in Toronto offering private sessions, in person classes and online training programs for both pregnancy and postpartum women.

    As a mom to 2 little boys herself, she understands the pressures and challenges that motherhood can bring and is dedicated to giving moms the tools they need to continue doing the exercise they love while pregnant, in postpartum recovery and then beyond.

    Stacy Avalos

    Doula
    Hello my name is Stacy, I am a Doula in the South Bay Area of San Francisco. I currently offer gentle guidance and support to all families expecting a new baby/ies or having just had a baby/ies. My objective is to assist families in building up their skills to become confident new parents for the first time or 10th time; every pregnancy is different and comes with it’s own set of challenges and triumphs, I want to be there for you and your family through it all. As you enter into the journey of postpartum and parenthood, I can offer you gentle support from a mother’s heart and mentor you through your journey so you never have to feel alone.

    Alex Leech

    Owner & Empowerment Coach | The Spectra-Mom Coach

    Alex Leech is a Certified Master Coach and Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) who specializes in working with moms who have kids on the autism spectrum.

    She understands firsthand what it’s like to juggle personal goals and needs while parenting children on the spectrum. Her two kids, now ages 11 and 14, are on the spectrum too; both with multiple diagnoses.

    Alex uses her skills and experience to help moms overcome their unique challenges and find the balance they’ve been craving. She nurtures health and happiness by helping her clients integrate proven strategies and tools into their lives – taking them from surviving… to thriving!

    Shannon Buhera

    Founder of Nights & Naps Pediatric Sleep Consulting

    Shannon Buhera is a Wife, Mama, former Elementary School Teacher, and Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She founded Nights & Naps after her own daughter struggled with sleep, leaving her sleep deprived and ready for a solution. Now she has helped over 100 families through her Sleep Consulting services to achieve their ideal vision of sleep for their family without having to use the Cry It Out method. Shannon believes everyone deserves stress-free, quality sleep – babies, toddlers, and their parents, too!

    Ritu pasrija

    Emotional Intelligence & Conscious Parenting Expert. Founder, Conscious Connections / Connection from Conception

    Ritu is driven by her passion and purpose to create a more happier and heart-centered world. As a child development coach, Ritu empowers youth and children with emotional intelligence and a true understanding of themselves so that life becomes easier to navigate and happier to be in. With a solid belief in children, and parents – she creates H.O.P.E for expectant parents. Highest Optimal Potential Environment (HOPE) for the parents and to-be child to thrive in. Based on the 4 B (breathe, bond, balance and blossom) – she bridges science and spirituality in an empowering course for expectant parents. She also coaches parents on mindful parenting & more.

    Ritu has presented at International conferences, worked internationally. Ritu received the The Outstanding Early Childhood Graduate in December 2009 across all degree levels when she obtained her Masters in EC Education. She developed programs and ran trainings for teachers, School Leadership, students and brought Mindfulness in the schools.

    She served on the Board of Directors for the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She advocates for the rights of all children and volunteers and raises her voice for children.

    Allison Villa

    Psychotherapist & Relationship Expert

    Allison Villa is a psychotherapist, relationship expert, creator of The 4 Relationship Seasons™, and host of the Couplehood podcast. Her mission is to build a movement of #parentsinlove. “How you love each other today, will love on through your kids, and in generations to come.”

    Kinetra washington

    Founder, The Momtivity Lounge Fertility Warrior / Mindset Coach
    Kinetra Washington is a wife of 12 years to her best friend, mom to 6 year old feisty fraternal twins, currently working on her 17th year in business development as well as her God-given purpose as a Fertility Mindset Coach (kinetrawashington.com)! Her passion was ignited when she experienced a very in depth journey of her own from multiple surgeries, a loss, IVF and ultimately surrogacy! She has an innate desire to walk alongside women on the journey of (in)fertility. Her mission is to inspire hope as well as assist individuals in reclaiming joy and live a fulfilled life no matter their path! In addition to the many things that tug at her daily, she keeps her sanity by connecting with other Moms whether it is helping them through a sporadic mommy meltdown (MM) or more than likely, other Moms helping her through a MM! She is the thought leader behind the Clubhouse room “The Momtivity Lounge” where Moms can literally relax and release, as we talk about all things Mommy!

    Adrianna Ebron

    Adrianna Ebron is a former NICU mama to a toddler born at 27 weeks. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland , former educator , and Alumna of Spelman College . After her experience with high risk pregnancy, renal failure and the NICU , Adrianna uses her social media platform to bring awareness to the things we don’t expect during pregnancy.

    Sacha Welsh

    Founder, Welsh Wellness

    Sacha Welsh is a Certified Health Coach, Founder of Welsh Wellness and mom of three girls. After experiencing a recovery scare following the delivery of her second child, Sacha became passionate about helping new and expecting moms create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, so they can feel their best while accomplishing one of life’s greatest challenges: motherhood.

    Welsh Wellness focuses on preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health. Its mission is to help women become moms, love motherhood and love themselves.

    Jay Baum

    Owner, Pommetta Nutrition

    Jay Baum is a Registered Dietitian and the owner of Pommetta Nutrition, a private practice that focuses on infant, toddler, and family nutrition. Jay uses an intuitive eating approach with an emphasis on eating competence to help families meet their nutrition and mealtime goals. Above all, Jay encourages families to have fun with feeding and bring joy and laughter back to the table.

    patreka roach

    Owner, The ResumeDoc

    A certified career coach and professional resume writer, Patreka, owner of The ResumeDoc is passionate about helping women to strategically advance in their careers while making an impact.

    Patreka’s signature career coaching program, the Career Clarity Blueprint is designed for ambitious career women looking to increase leadership skills so that they can confidently advance in their careers.

    Patreka took control of her own career story by making the career pivot from Forensic Science into Public Health. She has worked in various health care settings and is presently a Health System Strategy Planner at Ontario Health. Her knowledge in navigating the Canadian job market and successful job negotiations is based on various leadership roles and participation in the recruitment process at organizations.

    Patreka has aligned her passion and purpose for health system improvement and empowering women to navigate their unique career journey.

    She is a living testimony that you can pivot your career and have BOTH clarity and fulfillment in what you do. Her mission is to empower other ambitious women to do the same.

    jenn halfin

    Co-Owner, Toronto Kids Physio

    Jenn is a mom of 3 and the co-owner of Toronto Kids Physio. As a former figure skater and later coach, Jenn has always had a love for teaching children new skills. She attended McGill University, completing a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2010. Upon graduating, Jennifer immediately pursued a career in paediatric physiotherapy. Jenn is passionate about combining her previous experiences in both the public and private sectors to create a clinic which will provide the highest level of care and support for clients and their families. Through many continuing education courses, Jenn has expanded her skill set as a pediatric physiotherapist in order to maintain and uphold standards of best practice as well as keep up with the latest research. As a mother of 3 young children, Jenn can relate to the parents of her clients and strives to provide a clinic environment which is warm and welcoming, as well as space where parents can feel at ease and children can have fun.

    Liat Horovitz

    Results Coach
    Liat Horovitz is a Results Coach with a passion for helping women be the best version of themselves, while enabling them to live their lives on purpose. For both business and life in general – Liat works closely with her clients to define their goals and dreams, and set practical and strategic plans to achieve the desired transformations.

    Alaa Ahmed

    Founder of Positive Parenting Journey

    My name is Alaa, I’m a Parent Educator and Early Years Teaching Assistant.

    I’m passionate about helping parents and children create a more calm, confident and connection within themselves. I help parents to develop the right tools to raise responsible and cooperative children as well as setting boundaries in a positive and enjoyable parenthood journey.

    Chau Lui

    Co-owner Paris Jewellers

    Chau Lui is the co-owner, along with her sister Trang, of Paris Jewellers, a proudly Canadian -Vietnamese women-owned and operated jewelry company focused on community partnerships, customer experience and supporting women. The company has a 90% women workforce.

    Paris Jewellers started in a 400 sq. ft. space in St. Albert, AB and with Chau’s leadership has grown to 23 stores across 4 Canadian provinces with over 200 employees.

    Paris Jewellers aims to spread joy while making a difference in the community. During the pandemic, they have raised over 100,000 meals for Food Banks Canada, $30,000 for Make-A-Wish® Canada, almost $31,500 for The Matriarch Movement, and $10,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

    Chau is on the Board of Directors for The Canadian Jewellers Association, was Global’s Women of Vision in 2018, one of Edify’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2020 and was a featured speaker at this year’s Women + Wealth Gala on International Women’s Day. Chau Lui is passionate about the latest jewelry trends, a fierce leader and mother.

    Natacha Pennycooke

    Psychotherapist – Speaker – Consultant Director of Natacha Pennycooke Psychotherapy

    Natacha Pennycooke is an award winning psychotherapist, international speaker, and corporate consultant. She is the clinical director of Natacha Pennycooke Psychotherapy, where her team is changing the face of therapy and mental health on a global scale. In her over 11 years of practice, Natacha’s work is guided from an anti-oppressive, healing focused, trauma informed, anti-Black racism lens and racial justice framework, to unpack and challenge Euro-centric ideologies, systemic oppression and generational traumas that have been detrimental to racialized communities.

    Natacha has presented at a number of international and national psychological conferences, and is sought after for her passionate speaking style and expertise on mental health, coping, racial trauma and healing to speak at various corporate and community events worldwide. Natacha has volunteered with a number of community organizations, has contributed to Black Love online magazine and is the current recipient of the ByBlacks People’s Choice Award for Best Canadian Counsellor of 2020.

    Tara Gratto

    Founder of Raising Resilient Children with Tara Gratto M.S.Ed, MA, OCT

    A social emotional expert with a passion for mental well-being, Tara has a Masters in Education and over 20 years of experience, 7.5 of those owning a preschool. She founded Raising Resilient Children to support parents in navigating the daily challenges of parenting with practical tools and strategies that foster essential life skills.

    Delphine Rule

    Delphine is a mother, wife, teacher and strong believer that all children have the potential to make a difference no matter how difficult their learning struggle might be. Something else worth mentioning, I have Dyslexia, a disABILITY my children both share with me.

    As both a parent and a teacher I’ve realized how important giving back to my community is. I’ve made it part of my life’s work to navigate uncharted territory and learn what I can for the betterment of my life and others.

    Now I share my knowledge and information about Special Education with families to empower them to know more, understand better and advocate with knowledge for their children.

    Caron Irwin

    Child Development and Parenting Coach and Founder of Roo Family

    Caron Irwin, is a Toronto based mother of three and founder of Roo Family where she and her team provide parents with comprehensive support to navigate the adventures and challenges of parenting and family life.

    Caron holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University and is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She has 10 years of experience supporting children and families through illness at Canada’s largest children’s hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children.

    Leanne Matlow

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Counsellor, Private Practice

    Leanne is a cognitive behavioural therapy counsellor with a private practice specializing in anxiety for children and adolescents. She is trained as a teacher and guidance counsellor, with a Masters from Toronto’s Institute of Child Study, OISE and certificates in CBT from the Beck Institute. Discovering the prevalence of anxiety issues in the classroom setting, and their regular misdiagnosis as academic concerns, Leanne has become a mental health advocate who speaks regularly about anxiety in the classroom to parent and teacher groups. Together with a group of committed volunteers, she founded and organizes the annual Mental Health Empowerment Day symposium to increase the understanding of parents and those who work with children and youth in our community settings (including schools, camps, youth groups and travel experiences) regarding mental health issues. Leanne is the 2019 Inspiration Award Winner for the Women of Action of the Israel Cancer Research Fund and is the Co-Chair of the UJA Campaign for 2021.

    Melissa Punambolam

    Founder, Life Designer Consulting, Inc.
    Melissa Punambolam, Life Designer & Host of The Virtual Retreat-ment, is a proud single momma and runs a multi-service company that creates social impact for working mothers. She helps overwhelmed moms regain 7 hours a week and create balance without feeling guilty, offloading their kids or booking escape getaways using The Life Design Process. She loves chocolate, big mugs of tea and has started to garden. Wish her luck in keeping those plants alive!

    Jaquie Dason

    Postpartum Coach & New Parent Educator
    Jaquie is a Postpartum Coach, CAPPA Certified New Parent Educator and Mom of 2. She helps moms gain a calming sense of clarity while caring for their babies so they can go from exhausted and overwhelmed to empowered and supported. She is passionate about her role as she truly loves moms and wants them to have the opportunity to fully enjoy their time with their babies.

    Koreena Singh

    My name is Koreena Singh. I live in Vancouver BC with my partner and two children aged 3 1/2 and six months. i’ve spent the majority of my life in hospitality sales and marketing and since the pandemic and motherhood have transitioned into running my own consulting business as well as small shop (launching soon). Motherhood has been one of the most transformative experience in my life. I I’ve been lucky to be able to build connections in a community and find my voice through my small platform and love helping women find their voice as well.

    Alana Kayfetz

    Founder of Mom Boss Canada Inc.

    Founder of Mom Boss Canada Inc. the largest network of cool moms in Canada.

    Mama of 3 kids 👶🏻👧🏼👦🏼 @momhalo
    – Creator of Momfest.ca
    – Check out my podcast www.momsthatsay.com
    – I created a wine brand www.drinkplaydate.com
    Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at www.momhalo.com

    Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦 @MomsTorontoCEO

    Diana Gonzalez

    Registered Social Worker. and OG Halo

    Hi I am Diana AKA Dee. I am originally from Colombia. I lived in BC for 11 years where I met my partner in crime at the college bar. We have a 2.5 year old daughter. Her name is Ella Lucía. We also have Louis the border collie.

    I am a social worker by day, crochet addict by night. I’m always here to listen and chat.

    Gala Speakers

    Ashley Freeborn

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Born and raised in Vancouver, Ashley built Smash + Tess with her mother and best friend after recognizing a unfilled niche in the fashion industry for comfortable and stylish loungewear. Founded in 2016, Smash + Tess has since growth from just two employees to a team of 65+ in five years, landing the #8 spot on Canada’s Top Growth Companies list in 2020. As Co-Founder and CEO, Ashley was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2020 and spearheaded several notable collaborations with celebrities like Jillian Harris, Sarah Landry, and Hilary Duff.

    Market Speaker

    Jen Neales

    Owner & Creative Director at Little Rebels Music and Development

    Jen Neales is the Owner & Creative Director at Little Rebels Music and Development (not your average music class). Jen has been running Little Rebels for over 5 years with the greater goal of being an advocate for tiny humans and their grownups. Little Rebels uses their own renditions of Broadway show tunes, Motown songs and Rock ‘n’ Roll classics to give grownups a good time, while keeping kiddos engaged and active. Beyond the music, Little Rebels is committed to helping raise kind, compassionate, and inclusive children because the change we need to see in the world has to start with our littlest of citizens.

    Azura Goodman

    International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse Owner and Operator, Azura Infant Feeding Support

    Azura is an International Board Certified Lactation consultant and Registered Nurse offering private virtual and in-home support to parents and expectant parents in Toronto, Hamilton and all the towns in between.

    Azura comes with no judgment and years and years of experience helping parents meet their feeding goals. Azura’s focus as a lactation consultant is to ensure ALL families, regardless of how they feed their baby, are given the support and skills they need to enjoy their unique feeding relationship with their child. Her number one job is to arm you with evidence-based knowledge and support you in trusting your innate instincts when developing your personal feeding goals. The way in which Azura practices in a nutshell is: non-judgmental, holistic, client-focused and empowering.

    Azura is there for the mom who wants to tweak her latch, amp up her supply or night wean, but she is also there for the mom with severe depression who wants to alter her feeding method or delegate feeds, for the dads who just had an infant through surrogacy and for the the single mom who wants to exclusively pump. Every family has unique needs and priorities and Azura is here for all of it.

    Sacha Welsh

    Founder, Welsh Wellness

    Sacha Welsh is a Certified Health Coach, Founder of Welsh Wellness and mom of three girls. After experiencing a recovery scare following the delivery of her second child, Sacha became passionate about helping new and expecting moms create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, so they can feel their best while accomplishing one of life’s greatest challenges: motherhood.

    Welsh Wellness focuses on preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health. Its mission is to help women become moms, love motherhood and love themselves.

    Lisa Weeks

    Naturopathy

    Dr. Lisa Weeks, Naturopathic Doctor, has over 13 years of experience working with moms who struggle with burnout and fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, overwhelm, IBS, fertility challenges, and hormonal imbalances. Her goal is to empower and educate patients to make simple yet effective changes to boost energy, mood, and vitality so that they are able to take back control of their health and life. She also treats infants and kids with digestive concerns, frequent illnesses, and skin rashes.

    She is also the co-host of the Perimenopausal Mamas podcast and a facilitator for The Wild Collective Toronto, a unique women’s health community initiative that fosters community, connection, and health.

    Liat Horovitz

    Results Coach

    Liat Horovitz is a Results Coach with a passion for helping women be the best version of themselves, while enabling them to live their lives on purpose. For both business and life in general – Liat works closely with her clients to define their goals and dreams, and set practical and strategic plans to achieve the desired transformations.

    Tanya Cotler

    Child Psychology

    Dr. Tanya Cotler is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Toronto, Canada and internationally recognized in the areas of maternal mental health, infant mental health and parent-child attachment.

    Dr. Cotler received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and holds post-doctoral certifications in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy from Columbia University.

    Dr. Cotler has her own column with Psychology Today titled, “Motherhood Made Real” and has published a number of other works and book chapters on maternal mental health, parent-child attachment, and mindful parenting. Dr. Cotler is a well-recognized speaker on the topic of motherhood. Dr. Cotler is also the proud author of the free COVID19 workbook #fromfeartohope – created to help children build hope and resilience through their connection with their parents, now downloadable in over 5 languages.

    2021 Schedules

    Market Schedule

    Market

    11:30am-12:00pm

    Little Rebels Music and Development

    12:05pm-12:25pm

    Lisa Weeks

    12:30pm-12:45pm

    Sacha Welsh

    12:45pm-1:05pm

    Liat Horovitz

    2:00pm-2:20pm

    Tanya Cotler

    2:25pm-2:45pm

    Azura Goodman

    3:30pm-4:00pm

    Little Rebels Music and Development

    Virtual Schedules

    Stage 1
    Pregnancy

    “The one where you wanna make a baby”

    10:00am-10:20am

    Welcome , Agenda & Intro to Stages

    10:35am-11:45am

    Panel: What you need to know

    12:00pm-12:45pm

    Vendor Booths Open

    12:45pm-1:45pm

    Panel: Now you are expecting….

    1:55pm-2:55pm

    Panel: 1 in 4 

    2:55pm-3:20pm

    Wrap up

    Stage 2
    Newborn

    “The one where you have the baby”

    10:20am-10:30am

    Welcome & Agenda

    10:50am-11:50am

    Panel: Now what?

    12:00pm-12:45pm

    Vendor Booths Open

    1:00pm-2:00pm

    Panel: Baby Blues

    2:00pm-2:05pm

    Stage Wrap up

    Stage 3
    Toddler/Preschool

    “The one where you have a toddler”

    10:30am-10:40am

    Welcome & Agenda

    11:00am-12:00pm

    Panel: Five reasons why my child cried today!

    12:00pm-12:45pm

    Vendor Booths Open

    1:20pm-2:20pm

    Panel: Heading back into the real world

    2:20pm-2:25pm

    Stage Wrap Up

    Stage 4
    Kindergarten/School-ager

    “The one where you lose your S&%t!”

    10:40am-10:50am

    Welcome & Agenda

    11:10am-12:10pm

    Panel: Guiding Your Child’s Behavior: Positive Parenting

    12:00pm-12:45pm

    Vendor Booths Open

    1:15pm-2:15pm

    Panel: Having a Big Conversation

    2:15pm-2:20pm

    Stage Wrap up

    Gala Schedule

    Gala

    7:30pm

    Doors Open

    8:30pm

    Fireside Chat with Ashley Freeborn

    9:00pm

    Awards Ceremony

    10:00pm

    Social & Dance Party

    11:00pm

    Wrap Up

    subject to change

    The sorts of topics expert panelists will address during this live virtual conference.  **Schedule subject to change **

    Cannot make it to the live virtual content? No WORRIES got you covered with recordings! 

    9:30am – 4:00pm

    You are invited to plug into a day of experts and panelists dedicated to EVERYTHING you want to know right now! 

    Everything from planning your labour and delivery, to managing your toddler tantrum.

    Ticketing

    MomFest Fall Hybrid 2021
    MOMFEST MARKET Entry

    $19.99
    + HST

    Tickets $19.99 per adult, children under 12 are free – a portion of proceeds go to Project Halo  

    Coffee

    Pastries

    Swag for 1st 100 people of each time entry

    **Each adult must purchase their own ticket for Covid tracing**

    Virtual ticket

    $39.99
    + HST

    Virtual Conference

    Live Streamed Gala 

    Virtual Swag Bag

    LIVE Gala Ticket

    $149.99
    + HST

    Entry to LIVE market place Oct 17th 

    Virtual Conference Oct 18th

    Gala Entrance

    Live Swag Bag

    Open Bar

    Heavy Canapes

    Awards Gala

    COVID POLICY

    • Grassroots – Ontario vaccination receipt for Apple Wallet
    • Proof of full vaccine required to attend any in person event
    • You will be turned away at the door if you do not have proof of your vaccination
      • Digital receipt or physical proof of receipt
    • Masks to be worn inside please at all times, when not eating or drinking
    • Please respect social distancing
    • Name tags will reflect personal preferences for distance
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided
    • Contract tracing is in full effect 
    • If you have any symptoms, please stay home- Your ticket will be honoured toward a future Mom Halo offering
    • Safety Name tags in effect:
      • Green – High fives + Hugs
      • Yellow – Elbow bumps and keep space
      • Red – Holler hi, and please keep wide space, thx

      THE NITTY GRITTY

      Need Help?

      If you require assistance throughout the day or have accessibility needs, then we’re only too happy to accommodate. Please email info@momhalo.com with any special needs that you have ahead of time so we can assist with any additional needs before the event.

      An All-Star Lineup of Speakers

      Feature

      We have selected an all-star lineup of speakers who will be presenting on a wide variety of mama-centred topics! Offering many tracks and stages, there will be enough for all guests to see, do, and learn. 

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      Be sure to tag @momhalo in all of your photos day of! We will have TONS of Insta candy for you to share. Pinky swear!

      PROJECT HALO- $1MILLION FOR SICKKIDS

      “We can do hard things. 
      I can do hard things. 
      We can face hard things.
      I can face hard things.”

      We are calling on you, to do something hard.  

      MOM HALO is asking you, our community, to join forces, and be on the front line of our effort. 

      We are building an army of moms, dads and caregivers, with one shared goal - to raise $1 Million for The Hospital for Sick Children. A cause that hits so close to home for not only our team, but for our community. 

      We invite you to suit up. The battle field for Sick Kids is lined with brave warriors, barring the wounds, rocking their beads, and together we will join them. 

      This is an act of radical generosity to support the most vulnerable kids, with the beacon of hope that is SickKids. 

      We are SO committed to this venture, and we cannot wait to see what we dream up. 

      We want you! 

      How to take part: 

      Claim a spot and become an official Project HALO supporter. 

      Become one of the official 1,000 families to commit to raising $1,000 dollars. 

      CLICK HERE to take a spot….

      SickKids is the place you never want to go, but glad it's there. 

      We can do this hard thing…. And together, we can get to $1,000,000.00!

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