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Build your Business Tribe: Calling all Women Entrepreneurs

Thursday, November 2 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ATB Entrepreneur Centre, Calgary

Today, more than ever, women are taking the leap towards entrepreneurship.

While the journey of owning a business is an exciting one, it can also feel overwhelming and lonely at times. As you navigate through the complexities of starting and growing a business, you’re likely to have many questions.

Imagine what it would be like to have tribe of female peers and professionals behind you – supporting you, answering your questions, and helping you take your business to the next level.


Here’s your chance to build your business tribe.


You’re invited to an exclusive event for female entrepreneurs, where female professionals in banking, legal and accounting will be available to answer your questions and provide business advice in one venue at no cost. Oh, did we mention free wine and appies? (Hosted by ATB Financial, KPMG Enterprise and Gowling WLG)


Whether you’re starting, growing  or looking at succession planning for your business, we’ve got your questions covered.  Not sure what to ask? Here’s a few questions to get you started:

Is setting up a corporation right for me?
Am I protected in my business?

How am I going to stay on top of my financials and manage cash flow?

What do I need to do to get approved for a business loan?

Are there alternatives to traditional financing?

What’s crowdfunding all about and how do I create a campaign?

What programs or mentorship opportunities are available to me?


Note: Space is limited! RSVP to reserve your spot!


Meet your Tribe: Trailblazing Professional Women for Fierce Female Entrepreneurs


Shannon Pestun – Business Relationship Manager at ATB Financial
Shannon is a Business Relationship Manager at ATB Financial. As someone who worked for her family’s business, Shannon understands the challenges and opportunities that business owners face. Shannon is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed, and brings 15 years of business experience in banking, finance, marketing and accounting to help support growing companies.

For more information on Shannon, please check out her Linkedin profile. Shannon can also be reached at 403.650.6459 or at You can also find her on Twitter .


Megan Babienko, Partner at KPMG Enterprise

Megan Babienko is a Partner and active member of KPMG Enterprise (private company services group) in Calgary. She has more than 12 years of experience providing front line Canadian Tax advice and financial and business advisory services to private company owner and professionals. 

For more information on Megan, please check out her LinkedIn profile. Megan can also be reached at 403.691.8060 or at


Bria Fallen, Lawyer at Gowling WLG

Bria is a lawyer in Gowling WLG’s Calgary office working with a practice focused on commercial lending transactions. Bria works with clients to find solutions to meet their business goals while optimizing financial requirements. Bria also has extensive experience working with lenders and borrowers on secured financing transactions, M&A, commercial leasing matters and corporate reorganizations

For more information on Bria, please check out her profile. Bria can also be reached at 403.298.1088 or at


In addition to Shannon, Megan and Bria, we’re also pleased to have the following special guests with us to share their expertise and advice, including:

Neetu Sidhu, ATB’s Director Digital – crowdfunding / mentorship/resources/workshops/co-working space

Amber Petersen, ATB’s Manager, Entrepreneurship – business strategy/lending & finance

Catherine Glambeck, ATB’s Entrepreneur Strategist – financial Strategy/Ideation/Business Planning

Catherine Buhmiller, Partner, KPMG Enterprise Tax

Laura Rivero, Partner, KPMG Enterprise Audit
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