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Selection Committee

We knew that when we launched The Atelier 25 awards, we needed to have an inspiring and multifaceted roster of individuals to help select the winners. With a diverse background in everything from entrepreneurship to media and marketing, our selection panel is filled with leaders in our community and beyond!

OWNERS, THE JUNE MOTEL

SARAH SKLASH + APRIL BROWN

The owners of the iconic @thejunemotel and know a thing or two about navigating the world of entrepreneurship! This dynamic duo of moteliers have built dreamy destinations in Sauble Beach and Prince Edward County and were recently subject of a Netflix series - Motel Makeover - that followed their renovation of The June Sauble Beach (which happened during the pandemic no less!)

CEO + SLAYER OF THE MIC

JAHMEELAH "JAM" GAMBLE

@iamjamgamble is an award winning media personality, sought out keynote speaker, and CEO behind “Slay The Mic”, a program that helps aspiring speakers, content creators, and entrepreneurs transform their voice. Through corporate training, Slay The Mic online course, masterclass events, virtual learning, and private coaching, she has helped over 800 voices learn how to #SlayTheMic. Jam is on a mission to help everyone transform their voice into their ultimate superpower.

Senior Lead, Creator Content + Partnerships
PINTEREST

ALEXANDRA NIKOLAJEV

Alexandra is an expert in the social media landscape who imparts real change by highlighting diverse voices and stories. She works to discover creators within under-represented communities, supports their talent development and shares educational tips and resources to bring the most diverse and inspiring content to Pinterest.

MELODIE REYNOLDS

With the vision of a world without single-use packaging, Melodie Reynolds created Elate Cosmetics with a simple message: our daily choices create global impact, and choosing ethical products means a more positive result. Since 2014, she has been creating innovative beauty products that encourage simplicity, self-love and empower everyone to make sustainable choices for their daily rituals. At the end of the day, she believes that the ethics and purpose of a company all distill down to one thing: how did we leave the people and planet? Her personal mission is to change the world, one lipstick at a time.

FOUNDER + CEO, ELATE BEAUTY

Jennifer is the CEO of @shesnewsworthy media. Before entrepreneurship Jennifer worked in the Canadian media industry for over 15 years as a reporter, producer and writer for CTV, CBC, Global and CP24. Jennifer has been featured in the Toronto Star and on CBC Radio, Global News and CTV speaking about imposter syndrome, women in business and the need for more inclusive marketing.

CEO OF SHES NEWSWORTHY MEDIA

JENNIFER SINGH

FOUNDER + PRESIDENT OF PLATFORM MEDIA

SARA KOONAR

An influencer talent agency in Toronto, Platform Media is home to Canada's top creator talent, representing 40+ diverse voices from across the country. Sara's mission has been to help standardize influencer marketing, ensuring creators are treated and paid fairly, and clients can rely on a consistent standard of services. 

FOUNDER + CEO, CHEEKBONE BEAUTY

JENNIFER HARPER

Keeping in line with her Anishinaabe roots, Cheekbone Beauty’s aim is to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth. She is a fearless and socially-conscious entrepreneur who is constantly pushing the needle when it comes to creative innovations within the beauty industry!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT BAY STREET BULL

LANCE CHUNG

Bay Street Bull is a Canadian media platform that focuses on the intersection of business and culture. As a queer person of colour, his mission is to reframe the narrative around "success" to be more diverse, inclusive, and progressive. Throughout the course of his career, he has interviewed and featured today's most respected leaders, including Serena Williams, Meghan Markle, Arianna Huffington, Sir Richard Branson, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Simu Liu, and many more. In 2021, Lance was the first recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Bold Champion award for promoting gender equality and cultural inclusion.

BEAUTY + CULTURE EXPERT

MEERA ESTRADA

Meera appears regularly on various national TV outlets, including The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show, CTV Your Morning, Global's The Morning Show and more. She is the creator, executive producer and co-host of The @kultur.d Show on Global News Radio and is also the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of FUSIA Media, a premiere online destination for the modern Canadian South Asian Woman. A freelance writer, Meera has bylines in ELLE Canada, InStyle, FLARE, Refinery29, Chatelaine and Bustle, to name a few.