Mentor Night starts at 6pm on Sunday July 15th 2012 in a specially designated space at the Westin Bristol Hotel in Toronto.  It starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm. Pens and paper notebooks are encouraged – no laptop computers are allowed.  There is no dress code, but photographers and videographers will be present.

Mentor Night is a Live Blogging Exercise that acts something like a final exam that tests each delegate’s blog skills and samples her ability to create content on a deadline. This activity is conducted in the spirit of Event Bloggers who are new age citizen journalists. The posts will be derivative of an html template that is sent to each participant electronically during the evening – each delegate’s post should be published by 12:00 midnight!

The mentors are four wise women.  Each one is a compelling speaker on a different subject, and they’re going to share life experiences, anecdotes and hopefully some good jokes in their short snappy 20 minute speeches. They were young once too, and they looked to their elders for help, but now these women are especially qualified and ready and willing to give back to the community.

Dr. Archer is a Toronto dentist with a healthy family practice.

Dr. Natalie Archer is a dynamic Toronto dentist who began her dental career in 2001. She brings a diverse background of experience, energy and training to dentistry to both her Rosedale Family Dental Care practice, and her newest dental clinic, the Runnymede Dental Centre. Natalie is passionate about giving back and delivering results to her community; she is dedicated to helping her profession. First and foremost, she simply loves being a dentist and it shows!

Dr. Archer has committed over a decade of her dental career to treating seniors on a mobile basis across the province of Ontario. Her skilled experience and exposure to the needs of Canada’s fastest growing demographic, inspired her to partner with Runnymede Health Care Centre. Independently owned and operated within Canada’s highest accreditation hospital, Dr. Archer’s innovative approach to oral health care, and aging issues is making this dental clinic a national leader in geriatric dental care.

Dr. Archer is a living example to the slogan “if you want to get something done, ask a busy person.” She is that person and broke the glass ceiling amongst Ontario dentists by being the youngest dentist elected to date to serve on the Board of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario in 2006. Besides being the only elected woman dentist serving on the Board, she is most notably recognized as the past Vice President of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Dr. Archer is a strong advocate for education and pursuing excellence. Amongst other academic accomplishments, Dr. Archer was Valedictorian for Dalhousie University’s graduating class of 1995. Her success and volunteer work is well recognized within her profession for her leadership role to young women. She has been a keynote speaker to the Ontario Dental Association on “The Female Perspective” and how to successfully manage a work life balance. She is thrilled to be a moderator, speaker and finalist judge in the upcoming national event Miss Teenage Canada. As a dentist, Dr. Archer demonstrates how a smile is ageless – one is never fully dressed without a smile.

Melani Chong created Soya Boutique natural skin care.

After working in fashion and beauty for over 15 years, Canadian Ford Model and mom of two children, Melani Chong developed a personalized skin care line called Soya Boutique. These organic products are a natural skin care collection that is useful for the whole family.

As a certified skincare technician and chemist, Melani executed her vision and created a simplified skin care line designed for those who want to practice sustainable lifestyle habits, travel convenience and achieve professional results at home and on the go: high performance skin care with authentic origins.

Melani hand picks ingredients, all natural, organic, cosmetic grade, food grade and those that contribute to biodiversity. The Soya Boutique’s corporate initiatives focus on critical environmental concerns especially with the health of our water, acting locally, and thinking globally. Her products reflect this concern by using only safe ingredients for our water systems, and she has created many products that are effective without the use of water.

Katrina Hadden believes beauty comes from the inside out.

Katrina Hadden health and wellness specialistKatrina Hadden is a health and wellness specialist, size 12 model, life coach, motivational speaker and the author of the best-selling self-help book, Making It In High Heels.

Katrina Hadden teaches people how to get a firmer grip on their lives.  Known for her positive energy and contagious smile, she helps her clients get better focused to achieve their goals and dreams . Katrina Hadden Life Coaching for Athletes has been a life coach for over eight years, specializing in Stress Management, Personal Development, Work-Life Balance and Health and Wellness. Katrina is committed to making a positive difference and is a strong advocate for positive body image and self esteem in the media and the sports industry. She has done countless TV and print ads, had appearances on TV such as the Debbie Travis Show, Project Runway Canada, Bollywood North, Binky, City line, Breakfeast Television, the Steven and Chris Show, Rogers TV, CTV, A Channel and National television and print commercials.

Katrina’s passion is helping people take responsibility for their own health and well-being. She works locally and internationally with business professionals, professional athletes, teens and youths. She works on a one-to-one basis to best utilize their strengths regarding changes they want to make in their professional and personal lives, finds solutions and achieves remarkable results!

Katrina is committed to many charities and an advocate for positive body image and self esteem in the media. More than just a Life Coach, Katrina Hadden is a spokesperson and mentor for Hopewell, an eating disorder organization in Ottawa, a size 12 model for Ben Barry Modelling Agency and facilitates the Dove Self Esteem Campaign workshops in the Ottawa and Toronto area.

Alexandra Orlando broke through her limits to win gold.

Alexandra Orlanmdo, Olympic athleteAlexandra Orlando is a highly decorated world-class athlete. In her 16 years dedicated to Rhythmic Gymnastics, she has been Novice, Junior, and 5 time Senior Canadian National Champion. During this time she was Canada’s dominant rhythmic gymnast, while earning a reputation as one of the few non-Europeans competing at the sports highest level. Her wisdom can be found inside the pages of an award winning book called .

In 2007 she placed an outstanding 9th place at the 2007 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships qualifying a spot for Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She was the only athlete from all of the America’s to achieve this, and the first Canadian to make a final at a World Championships in 22 years.

Just a few months earlier, Alexandra won 3 Gold Medals at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil, and was chosen as Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremonies.  Alexandra was given the great honour of carrying Canada’s flag at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Commonwealth Games one year earlier where she won 6 gold medals and broke a world record for her sport. Alexandra was chosen as the “2006 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year” at the Commonwealth Sports Awards held in London, England.

As an active athlete advocate, Alexandra sits on the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission, Women in Sport and Education, Youth and Community Outreach Committees. She was also a mentor for the Canadian Youth Olympic Team that competed at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Alexandra has also been recently elected President of the first ever Pan American Sport Organization Athlete Commission, as the only North American representative.

Alexandra is also an active Right to Play and KidSport Athlete Ambassador, promoting healthier, active living for all through sport; And recently named to the 2011 “Ones to Watch” list for the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity by CAAWS.

In 2006, Alexandra co-authored a book about her life and sport titled, “Alexandra Orlando in Pursuit of Victory.” From this experience, she has gone on to become a freelance writer for multiple institutions including CBC Sports.  Alexandra has just published her second motivational book, Breaking Through My Limits: An Olympian Uncovered.

She has sat on the AthletesCAN Board of Directors for four years as Vice President and treasurer. She was formerly the athlete representative on the Gymnastics Canada Board of Directors and continues to stay heavily involved as an international coach and judge. Alexandra was also a key spokesperson for the successful Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Bid and sat on the Board of Directors.

Retiring from competitive sport in 2009, Alexandra began working at the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee on the Marketing and Revenue team specializing in brand activation, social media and community outreach, where she continues to thrive in the Canadian sporting community. She was a member of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Mission Staff for Team Canada in India and also the 2011 Pan American Mission Staff in Mexico. Alexandra will be supporting the Canadian Team at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games and has the great honour of working with CTV as an analyst.

Alexandra has the ability to demonstrate, inspire, and teach. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and her love of and support for the athletes movement across Canada and the World are strong and unwavering. It has been her passion and her dream since she was young to play this role, and she performs it so well.


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