Cathrine Ann's accolades include starting and being at the helm of a multi-million dollar organization providing contract work to thousands and winning numerous international awards and nominations for her entrepreneurial spirit and business success along the way. Most recently, her compelling autobiography, 'Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival and Triumph,' was published and is available worldwide. A Hollywood movie based upon her life, is also in the works.
However, only a few years ago, Cathrine was homeless, unemployed and broke, living a life of hopeless despair. Her true rags to riches inspirational story, is one that crosses all borders and cultures and is a great one for the times. She is now an inspiration to many people globally, and her story is a testament to the strength, courage and determination of the human spirit.
"Outrageous...shocking...compelling like a train wreck!" Chatelaine, Top Pick
"How did Oprah miss this one?" and "...Cathrine is an inspiration to women everywhere!" Globe & Mail
"Your story is truly amazing...the success of our International Women's Leadership Conference was due in large part to the addition of your unique story, personal passion and words of wisdom."
--Governor Linda Lingle, Hawaii
"What an inspirational story!"
--Robert Herjavec, CEO The Herjavec Group & Star of TV's The Dragon's Den & Shark Tank
"...a living testament to the notion that hard work pays off...your story is truly inspirational!"
--Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma
"...you had the whole audience completely mesmerized by your story and message. You are an inspiration to so many."
--K. Uejio, Iolani School
"The feedback was great and I believe that your keynote was certainly a life changer for many of the participants! You are just amazing in your style, experience and knowledge. What a wonderful presenter!"
--PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise
"You were the highlight of the conference for almost every delegate I talked to. Thank you so, so much for coming. You were absolutely amazing and everyone was so inspired by your story!"
--Queen's University (QWIL)
"'That which does not break us makes us stronger' is a familiar saying that truly defines Cathrine Ann...I wish every girl and every women had the privilege of being in her company, if only for a short time. Her story is truly moving and memorable!"
--Doreen Cunneen, VP, Toronto Board of Trade Producer, Empowering Women
Industry Expertise (3)
Nominee: Ernst & Young New Entrepreneur of The Year, 2003 (professional)
Finalist: YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, 2005 (professional)
Winner: Entrepreneur of the Year, BC Urban Entrepren. Assoc., 2005 (professional)
Winner: Entrepreneur of the Year, SEEDS, 2005 (professional)
Grand Winner: Inspiration Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005 (professional)
Winner: YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, Entrepreneur/Innovator, 2006 (professional)
Nominee: Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of The Year, 2007 (professional)
Finalist: Sunshine Coast, Business Awards of Distinction, 2008 (professional)
Finalist: Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Best Business, 2009 (professional)
Finalist: Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Best Canadian Entrepreneur, 2009 (professional)
Nominee: Stevie Awards for Customer Service, Best Use of Technology in Customer Service, 2010 (professional)
Finalist: Stevie Awards for Customer Service, Customer Service Leader of the Year, 2010 (professional)
Winner: Canadian Association of Professional Speakers 'Rising Stars', 2011 (professional)
Winner: New Entrepreneur of The Year Surrey, B.C., 2001 (professional)
School of Hard Knocks:
- Huffington Post
Event Appearances (1)
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Sample Talks (1)
Skid Row to Mahogany Row: A True Rags to Riches Story of how one woman went from being homeless, unemployed and broke into a business leader and millionaire!
Ann's accolades include being at the helm of a multi-million dollar company providing contract work to thousands & winning numerous awards for her entrepreneurial spirit & business success. However, Ann used to be homeless, unemployed & broke, living a life of hopeless despair. Her true rags to riches inspirational story, is one that crosses all borders & cultures. She is an inspiration to many & her story is a testament to the strength, courage &d determination of the human spirit.
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