Meet the Team 

Megan Barnes

Branding Manager

Megan is responsible for the graphic design and branding of Company of Women.  

Ella Bates

Durham Chapter Leader (Whitby and Bowmanville)

World class Speaker/Facilitator and NLP Practitioner Ella Bates is the founder of How to Organize That, a productivity consultancy helping inspire change to how we use our time.  Ella also works full time as a Corporate Trainer committed to leadership, teaching in various realms such as the Institute for Health and Human Potential's - Emotional Intelligence (The Science of Performing Under Pressure) and Franklin Covey's Program Leading at the Speed of Trust..  

Ella's energy and expert training skills ensure anyone in her presentations discover the principles and practical steps to create ultimate success in their professional and personal lives.
Ella's passion is to provide learning and networking opportunities for new and aspiring entrepreneurs to help the community develop creative flow, insight and new growth opportunities.


Sheri Copplestone

Waterloo-Wellington and North Wellington Chapter Leader

My life motto is: "I try to leave everyone a little bit better for having met me, even if it's just a smile".  With over 28 years of business consulting & financial industry experience, I enjoying working with business owners & professionals to help them find viable, practical solutions that can be implemented & in ways that “stick” for them.

With Company of Women’s mentorship, education, support, & friendships we are with you every step of the way through transitions & success! Remember, you are the company you keep - make sure it's successful & supportive!


Anne Day 

Founder and Toronto Chapter Leader

Running the Toronto Chapter helps me to keep in touch and grounded as I learn from with the women who are part of Company of Women. I want to hear what they want and need. My goal is to draw on my broad network of connections to bring a diverse group of speakers and expertise to our chapter. 



Deborah Hatanaka

Chicks out Walking Co-ordinator 

I am a certified supplement nutritionist and have worked in the health and wellness industry for the past 3 years and it is great to connect with other women who have a similar interest in health and living their best!

Chicks out Walking is a casual way to make new friends, network, or bounce ideas around about your business in a friendly environment.  We have all found that we have created friendships that will last a life time.

If you haven't tried it yet, we now have 4 convenient locations to choose from in Toronto.  See you on the next walk!

Laurie Hunt 

Mentorship Program Manager

For over 20 years, Laurie Hunt has been working in the field of mentoring and leadership from all angles – as a corporate client, researcher, consultant and coach. She brings this breadth of experience to her work designing custom mentoring programs for business, education, community groups and sports clubs.
Throughout her corporate career, athletic pursuits, personal endeavours and in growing her business, Laurie has had mentors, coaches, friends and colleagues who have been instrumental in her learning and resulting accomplishments.

Laurie has an M.A. from Simmons College in Boston and a Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. She is also a Certified Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher. Laurie has researched and authored a variety of articles on mentoring, inclusion and leadership. Her master’s thesis explored the impacts of race and gender in formal mentoring programs.



Heather Meeks

Simcoe Chapter Leader

Heather is motivated by her love of helping others and reflects the qualities of generosity and compassion.  Heather is a partner with Rodan+Fields Dermatology. She loves helping others feel confident in putting their best face forward.  This is her first entrepreneurial endeavour. Heather is embracing her journey  to grow both personally and professionally.

Heather studied French at the University of McMaster   She managed corporately structured restaurants, at SirCorp, for 10 years and was a member of SirCorp's corporate store opening team where she helped facilitate smooth openings of new restaurant locations.
Locally, she volunteers with The Salvation Army and is an active member of Friends of the Homeless