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Jessica LoRusso

 Powered Profit - Powered by Jessica 

Canada's Leading Expert on Credibility, and Industry Leader Development

Jessica LoRusso an entrepreneur who built several million dollar small businesses knows this first-hand. Jessica LoRusso's mission is to teach entrepreneurs to build their dream business that works with insider tips and instant and fast track result strategies to attract and increase sales, motivate clients, inspire their team that make an impact and generates huge profits.

In addition to leading teams, constructing business plans and designing process and codes of conducts, Jessica LoRusso has volunteered her time as the President with the ALS society; Finalist for Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Building Business and Excellence in Service Categories) for three consecutive years and Winner of Rookie of the Year, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Jessica is a serial entrepreneur with 20 plus year experience build several million dollar businesses and knows firsthand how to achieve business success and profit. After selling her successful MediSpa in 2014 Jessica with her team launched Powered Profit that specializes in training entrepreneurs to be industry leaders, develop their competitive advantage and multiply their business.

Niche services that Jessica and her team provides is “Civility at Work” training Credibility and Confidence Training, Industry Leader Training, Golden Rule Civility Training and Golden Rule Civility Youth Training with the International Civility Consortium Trainers. Jessica is one of twelve civility master trainers in the world and has launched her second book “ Be Believable” Creating a credible business.

Karen Insley

Healthy Way Every Day

Organizational Health Consultant I Ranked #1for Psychosocial Risk Management I Keynote Speaker I School Board Trustee

Karen is highly respected in the nutrition and fitness industry and known as the go-to expert on psychosocial health and wellness and professionally she is an Organizational Health Consultant who helps employers to create workforces that are mentally healthy and emotionally safe.

Karen was a "chubby kid" and got teased and bullied because of it, and looking back, she thinks that this was probably one of the key driving factors behind her passion for learning everything she could about the power that good nutrition has on us and this year she will start writing her first book aptly titled "the power of nutrition and why you don't get it" which will not only go in depth into her neurological health recovery but how we really do have the power to heal our bodies, when we give it the right tools to do so.

Vera Houle 


Vera started out as a wordsmith of sorts; she graduated from Red River College with a journalism diploma and has nearly 25 years of experience in broadcasting. She's worn many hats at CKY and APTN as well as at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Vera held the role of executive producer of APTN National News starting in 2005, where she swiftly made the move to director of news and current affairs from 2005 to January 2012, when she accepted an appointment as director of community relations. Vera is a proud member of Manitoba's Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation and speaks Ojibway fluently. 

Sharon Blady

Speak Up: Mental Health Advocates Inc.

Passionately Prioritizing Mental Health

Sharon is a comic book geek and academic who also spent some time as Manitoba’s Minister of Health. She is now a mental health advocate empowering others to Embrace their Superpowers.

Sharon is passionate about using her lived experience of mood disorders as part of a vision for helping others better understand, and achieve improved mental health and well-being.

A vibrant speaker who loves interacting with audiences the same way she interacted with her students, Sharon brings the ability to speak to groups that range from small workshops, to large keynote audiences and looks forward to sharing her experiences and perspectives to help others embrace their strengths for personal growth and problem-solving within organizations.

Diana Rasmussen

Executive Director & Client Services Coordinator
, ALS Society of Manitoba

Diana is a Registered Nurse with numerous credentials.

She has had an extensive career in Nursing, and in many different fields from Cardiology, Intensive Care, Neurology, Paediatrics, Long Term Care, Education and in her current positions of Executive Director with the ALS Society of Manitoba. She helped establish the ALS /MND clinic at Deer lodge Centre as well as the ALS Society of Manitoba. Diana was a driving force in establishing the Brummitt Feasby ALS House the only Home with Care and support in North America.

Diana has worked with people with ALS for close to 40 years. And continues to develop programs and services for clients and families dealing with this devastating disease.

Diana has won numerous awards for her work and has been a finalist in the Donner Canadian awards for not for profit excellence in services to those with disabilities. Diana is a Past President of ALS Canada. Diana is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Diana serves on numerous Committees, Boards and task forces both provincially and Nationally.

She has energy, integrity, is a great communicator and enjoys life to the fullest.

Shandi Strong

With a long history of volunteerism and organizing Shandi became a fixture in the LGBTTQ* Community in 2008 through Gio’s, which served as “The Heart of the Community” for the LGBTTQ* community for over 35 years. Eventually becoming the board’s first ever female Vice President in the organization’s final years.

She continues to support Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ* community by volunteering, participating, providing content and photography for various community events and for the Rainbow Resource Centre. She wrote regularly for Outwords Magazine and has been involved for many years as the Advocacy Coordinator for Pride Winnipeg, and recently entered into a governance role for the organization.

Throughout all of this she maintains a profile in local media speaking on Transgender related issues, and enjoys speaking to groups, schools and organizations about her personal journey in an effort to foster understanding and raise awareness on Transgender issues.

In 2015 she was honored as the first ever Transgender Grand Marshall of Winnipeg’s Pride Parade for her work in the community. In 2016 received a “Trailblazer” award from the Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce. She currently sits on the executive of Manitobans for Human Rights Inc. a group focused on Human Rights education and awareness.

During the 2016 Provincial election she was nominated and ran as the first ever transgender candidate in western Canada for the Manitoba Liberal party, and since that time stays active in politics with the Manitoba Liberal Women’s Commission as secretary, and works as the constituency assistant to Jon Gerrard, MLA for River Heights.

This past February saw the publication of her autobiography “Growing A Pair”. She has other projects in the works, including a youth friendly version of her book, a science fiction novel, and running again in the 2020 provincial election.