6:00 – No-Host Cocktail and Reception

Mistress of Ceremonies: Pamela Martin, former TV News anchor and reporter

6:30 – Dinner and Program Begins

  • Dinner served (salad is pre-plated with variety of breads on table)
  • Main course starting at 7:00
  • Welcome remarks by Mike Bonner, Head of Canadian Business Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Introductory Speaker, Shakila Zareen, Global Speaker and Advocate for Women and Girls’ Rights with Friba Rezayee, Founder and Executive Director, Women Leaders of Tomorrow

8:00 – Keynote Speaker – Dr. Sister Jenna (with Dr. Ivy Hylton)

“Empowering Grace: Women, Spirituality, and Leadership in the Modern Era”

Dr. Sister Jenna is a revered spiritual leader, author, speaker and TV and radio host, whose life’s work has been dedicated to elevating human consciousness and fostering peace worldwide. She will be joined on stage with Dr. Ivy Hylton. Their enlightening talk delves into the dynamic interplay between women, spirituality, and leadership, shedding light on how beliefs and practices can empower women in leadership roles across various sectors.

Sister Jenna, Director of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museum, also serves as one of the Evolutionary Leaders in service to conscious evolution and was selected by Empower a Billion Women 2020 as one of 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2015, also produced with Grammy Winner and composer Ricky Kej on the Om Shanti Album, among many other global recognitions including the Forbes Magazine’s 2022 article, “Meet The Leaders And Businesses Who Are Inspiring To Change The World”.

Their discussion will explore historical and contemporary examples of women who’ve harnessed their convictions to lead with compassion, resilience, and innovation. They will also cover practical strategies to empower women to make impactful contributions in their communities and beyond.

Dr. Sister Jenna’s profound impact on society has been recognized with the President’s Lifetime National Community Service Award, as well as her collaborative work with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Values Partnerships on the Belief Team highlights her role as a bridge-builder across diverse spiritual and cultural landscapes. She has graced the cover of various global magazines, and produced with Grammy Winner and composer Ricky Kej the Om Shanti Album, among many other Global recognitions.

Her NEW series “One Love” mission remains as relevant as ever—to build bridges, foster trust, and offer clarity and inner strength in challenging times. Her voice is a beacon of hope and healing, drawing together people from all walks of life in a shared journey towards a more peaceful and enlightened world.

Sister Jenna is committed to bridging divides in societies and building relationships between global influencers. Her work has impacted lives around the globe, inspiring change and finding solutions to current day crises. She will share her story – Born in Jamaica, raised in Miami with her mother, an African Caribbean organized at age 7 and her father, a traditional Indian man, which lends to seeing the world through two different lenses. She shares her experiences from running her two nightclubs, and dating, and jet-setting with her luxury cars, and dressing up all fancy, and thinking that life is about just the image, the image to becoming a revered spiritual mentor and businesswoman dedicated to community service through numerous initiatives. We are honoured to welcome Dr. Sister Jenna with her longtime friend, Dr. Ivy Hylton, as our special Gala keynote speakers for EXCELerate 2024.

9:15 – Finale and Entertainment by AHSIA