WGOB Virtual Speaker Series Details

Board diversity fosters an environment for innovative ideas and improves the quality of strategic decision-making, which ultimately impacts financial results and overall corporate performance. Learn about why The Planting Hope Company Inc. went public on the TSXV with an all women board and C-suite, and how Cathy Logue supports her clients in prioritizing board diversity.

WGOB and irlabs will also be presenting the results from a research study looking at gender diversity on the TSX and TSX-V, focusing on newly listed companies in 2021.


12 PM - 12:05 PM
Welcome & Introductions
by Deborah Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board Inc.
12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
by Caroline Sawamoto, Principal and Co-Founder of irlabs
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Panel discussion
Moderated by Alyssa Barry, Principal & Co-Founder of irlabs
12:45 PM - 1 PM
Q&A & Wrap Up


  • Caroline Sawamoto (Principal and Co-Founder of irlabs)

    Caroline Sawamoto

    Principal and Co-Founder of irlabs


    Caroline is a Principal and Co-Founder at irlabs. She has over 15-years of investor relations and capital markets experience across various exchanges and industries. She has supported numerous financing activities, both public and private, and helped raise over $650 million of capital. Caroline began her investor relations career with Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. in 2006. Her passion for making an impact through clean energy solutions led her to join Ballard Power Systems Inc. and Westport Fuel Systems Inc., both of which are dual-listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges. Prior to co-founding irlabs, she was Investor Relations Manager at Alabaster Homes, a privately-owned real estate development company in Vancouver. She is known for her diligence, poise and can-do attitude.

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  • Alyssa Barry (Principal & Co-Founder of irlabs)

    Alyssa Barry

    Principal & Co-Founder of irlabs


    Alyssa is a Principal and Co-Founder at irlabs. She has over 15-years of investor relations, capital markets and corporate communications experience. An activist by nature, she has raised over $1 billion of capital, led some of Canada’s most successful activism campaigns, managed M&A transactions and enhanced board governance frameworks. She was formerly Head of Strategy – Operations and Communications at Artis REIT, Vice-President of Capital Markets and Communications at Sandpiper Group and Manager, Investor Relations at Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. She is known for her agility, creative prose and relentless pursuit of success for her clients.

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  • Cathy Logue, FCPA, FCA (Managing Director, Global Practice Leader, CFO & Private Equity of Stanton Chase)

    Cathy Logue, FCPA, FCA

    Managing Director, Global Practice Leader, CFO & Private Equity of Stanton Chase


    Cathy and is the founding Managing Director of the Toronto office of Stanton Chase, a Top 10 retained executive search firm with over 70 offices worldwide. She began her career as a CA with Ernst & Young and now leverages her Finance expertise as Global Leader of the Stanton Chase CFO Practice, specializing in CFO and Finance leadership roles and Board/Board diversity appointments, while working with clients across the entire C-Suite.

    Over her 20 years in executive search, Cathy has cemented long-standing partnerships with clients ranging from start-ups to publicly-traded companies, helping them attract high-performing talent and make their most important business decision – shaping their Board and executive leadership team. Cathy is passionate about diverse and inclusive leadership and committed to building teams that will drive growth and lead transformational change.

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  • Julia Stamberger (CEO & Co-Founder of The Planting Hope Company Inc.)

    Julia Stamberger

    CEO & Co-Founder of The Planting Hope Company Inc.


    Julia Stamberger is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Board of The Planting Hope Company Inc. Ms. Stamberger is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience developing disruptive consumer products, complex supply chains, business models and strategies.

    Ms. Stamberger’s success began in 2004 when she was brought into United Airlines as Business Development Manager, New Ventures & Investments, where she launched the airline’s snackbox concept that quickly became the backbone of the United’s domestic economy meal program. Ms. Stamberger then formed GoPicnic, Inc. (now GP Concept Labs, Inc.), one of the leading airline foodservice brokerages and supplier of nutritionally balanced, transportable and convenient food programs for airlines, retailers and others. In 2016, Ms. Stamberger launched Spinning Wheel Brands, where she developed and launched Planting Hope’s flagship brands: Hope and Sesame (sesamemilk), Mozaics (real veggie chips) and Veggicopia (veggie snacks).

    In 2020, Ms. Stamberger was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Entrepreneurs and inducted into the Exceptional Women Awardees. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing & Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, with minors in International Business, Women’s Studies & French from the Miami University of Ohio. Ms. Stamberger earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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