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Uplift, empower, advance. When women in business come together, what is it they can’t achieve? Facilitated by experienced female leaders in the local business community, come together with others to address barriers, create solutions, and break them! New opinions and ideas from outside perspectives will be discovered, while action plans and new connections will be formed.

Women in Biz CNNX | How To Get On A Board

Welcome 2021! Here’s to new successes, challenges and a year full of hustle!

Serving on a board can be an incredibly rewarding experience—and it’s one of the best ways to advance your career. Board service has both personal and professional benefits, including opportunities to build your network and personal brand, give back to organizations with meaningful missions, and learn different perspectives that can be applied to your existing roles. In saying that, getting a spot on a board can be incredibly difficult and takes quite a bit of practice to master it. However, with the right tips and tricks, you’ll be on a board that you care about in no time. Special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor of this session,  BMO – Bank of Montreal!

In this virtual session learn from Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc. as she guides us through how to get on a board. Topics explored include:

You will learn:

  • Recognize there are different types of boards
  • Identify the skills needed to serve a board
  • Develop your governance knowledge and expertise
  • Assess your board readiness
  • Identify the right board for you

Participants of this session will receive a FREE copy of How to Get Yourself on a Board Ebook by Deborah Rosati!


This month’s topic: How To Get On A Board

Guest Speaker: Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc.

CNNX Champion Facilitators: Danielle Lazarevska, Managing Director, Sandbox Centre & Joanne McPhail, Co-Managing Partner & Chief Innovation Officer, Barriston LLP

Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm, virtual webinar

Scroll down to register now! FREE registration to SBX Members with member code!

Interested in seeing what this CNNX group has to offer? We may be able to give you the secret knock… Email info@sandboxcentre.com for more info!


Facilitators & Presenters:

Deborah Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Corporate Director, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc.

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant and certified Corporate Director. She has more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer, retail, cannabis, private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance, as well as CEO and board succession planning.

Deborah currently serves on Khiron Life Sciences Corp. as Lead Director and Audit Committee Chair. Previously, Deborah served on the board of Lift & Co.  Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. Additionally, she served as Chair of the Audit Committee on the board of MedReleaf, acquired by Aurora Cannabis in July 2018. She was also Chair of the Audit Committee on the board of NexJ Systems and served on the board of Sears Canada.

She is the Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah was recognized as a 2020 Director to Watch” and a 2014 “Diversity 50” candidate. In 2012, she was selected as one of WXNs Top 100 Canadas Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.


Danielle Lazarevska, Managing Director, Sandbox Centre

Danielle is the Managing Director at the Sandbox Centre. She’s passionate about building effective and long-lasting partnerships and has a great record of collaborative success demonstrated by working with iconic brands such as Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Fossil, Walgreens and Marriott. Danielle has a strong background in business development and partner marketing as well as in leading teams implementing high growth business strategies.
– Fueled by positivity & authenticity
– Adventurer, animal lover and aspiring horseback rider
– Baking & Cooking Enthusiast 



Joanne McPhail, Co-Managing Partner, Barriston LLP
Sandbox Board Member | Chair

Joanne is Co-Managing Partner of Barriston LLP and a Certified Specialist in Corporate Commercial Law. She is also an angel investor, property investor/developer and entrepreneur.  Joanne has a passion for anything business-related and team-driven and is thrilled to be part of the creation of the Sandbox.  Joanne firmly believes that “if we build it they will come” and is so excited to participate in all that the Sandbox has to offer, as a sponsor, speaker, eager collaborator and lifetime learner.
Keep learning. Be kind.
Vision without Action is a Daydream.
Passionate parent, spouse and outdoor enthusiast.




About BMO for Women
BMO is committed to supporting initiatives that empower women within its workforce and the communities the bank serves. BMO has partnered with organizations such as the Women Presidents’ Organization, GroYourBiz, Women Business Enterprises, and Women Get On Board to provide expertise, leadership, knowledge, and opportunities for women to network and learn. In 2018, BMO announced $3 billion in capital available over three years specifically for Canadian businesses owned by women. Through the only bank-owned recognition program for women in North America – BMO Celebrating Women – BMO has celebrated over 180 successful women since 2012 who have given back to their communities or achieved success in business.   This year, BMO launched the BMO Celebrating Women Grant Program where $100,000 in grant money was awarded to 10 women-owned businesses in Canada based on their ability to innovate and persevere during this difficult time.


Presenting Sponsor: 

Sandra Henderson, Regional President, Greater Toronto Area

Sandra Henderson is Regional President, Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for BMO Private Wealth, responsible for leading an integrated team of experts from across GTA in providing holistic, full service solutions to high net worth clients and their families. Included in the team are professionals from Wealth Planning, Private Banking, Tax, Investments, Trust & Estates and Insurance.

Prior to becoming Regional President for GTA, Sandra served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BMO Private Wealth, overseeing the planning, development and implementation of product and service strategies to enable delivery of differentiated client solutions. Sandra held the position of COO in the U.S. for Wealth Management and before this was Senior Vice President, Eastern Ontario Division for BMO Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking. Sandra has also held several executive roles in Wealth Management across Canada and Asia. Before joining BMO in 2004, she was the Regional Vice President, Prairies Division, at RBC.

Sandra is a board member for the Investment Industry Association of Canada; the International Women’s Forum Canada, the Leadership Council for Inclusion and Diversity; Women in a Supported Environment Advisory Board; and Co-Chair for BMO for Women U.S. Sandra has been actively involved in several not-for-profit corporations and charities throughout her career, including Skate Canada, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Calgary Children’s Initiative, and the United Way. Sandra received her MBA from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario. She completed the Get on Board, Director Education Program from the Canadian Board Diversity Council, as well as the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers course through the Canadian Securities Institute.


January 21
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


24 Maple Avenue
Barrie, Ontario l4n7w4 Canada


Sandbox Centre