Meet Amazing GTA Mom Bosses

Women who are changing the game and killing it as great mothers and innovative entrepreneurs!

By Jessica Dennie May 8, 2021

This Mothers Day we are taking time out to recognize some amazing women in our community that are absolutely killing it when it comes to raising kids and running their own businesses!

Jennifer Bassett - Founder & CEO of Bassett Events

For over 20 years, Jennifer has run an exceptionally successful event management company working primarily with premium brands and companies looking to create unique and memorable events.
Specializing in fundraising event planning, and supported by a network of professional resources extending from B.C. to the Maritimes, Bassett Events are experts in creating sparkling initiatives that benefit community charities and non-profit organizations.

Jennifer believes in working only with the very best. From photographers and set designers, to budgeting and booking artists, Jennifer and her team are collaborative, creative and – always and without exception – cool under pressure.

Jennifer is a philanthropist and celebrated Event Planner, best known for planning some of the city's most celebrated Charity Galas. She has served on many boards and committees, including SickKids, National Ballet School of Canada and Sunnybrook Foundation. In addition, she is a founding member of The Spoke Club and the Young Patrons Council for the Royal Ontario Museum. She is passionate about family and is a mother of two beautiful children. In her free time, she can be found pursuing her love of food, pilates, music and travel.

Natasha Shah - Founder of Bucket of Fun
My name is Natasha Shah and I’m a Wifey, Mommy, and Wonder Woman to my husband Keyur, and three kids - Arren, Elina and Zayvin. I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, then lived all over the States for 13 years, and just recently moved back to Toronto.  Among the many changes was the challenge of finding education and engaging toys for the kids.

Solution my daughter Elina and I started rummaging through knicks and knacks, old and new toys alike, and coming to the perfect mix of items for kids in the form of Sensory Bins.  To my surprise, all of my kids who range in age from 2-9 gravitated towards the bins for a number of reasons including the variety of toys, textures and building materials within the collection!

Naomi Zeligman and Michelle Ohayon - Co- Founders of
Sense of Independence

My sister Naomi and I opened up Sense of Independence Boutique 16 years ago and have never looked back. Since opening, we have moved to a location 3x the size of our original location, added an online store as well as a shoppable instagram store. We love fashion and design and consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love everyday. We are both very busy moms (I have 2 kids and Naomi has 3) and we love encouraging young women that they can have a family and still follow their dreams and chase their goals!

Jessica Dennie
Founder & CEO The Curiosity Lab 
Publisher - Macaroni Kid GTA & Macaroni Kid Durham Region

Jessica founded the The Curiosity Lab in 2018 after working for another STEM company in the GTA. Realizing that parents needed more convenient options for extracurricular activities and the importance of introducing and/or supplementing STEM education for students, TCL was born. TCL introduces students to a wide range of STEM programs that are customized and engaging in their own private virtual classes. Students learn everything from coding to game design, animation and much more. The goal is for kids to have fun, gain important hard and soft skills while remaining competitive in the global job market. Our kids are capable of creating instead of just consuming amazing content!

As a single parent to a 6 year old boy and a 12 year old fur baby, Jessica understands that multiple forms of income is key so in addition to her 9-5 as an HR professional she also recently became a publisher!

This #momboss now publishes Macaroni Kid GTA and Durham to keep families in the know with regards to amazing events, give aways, contests and more in the GTA!
"I found myself on google every week typing in 'events in the GTA this weekend' or 'events for kids happening this weekend near me' so I joined Macaroni Kid to be able to step outside the box of the usual Zoo, ROM, Ripleys etc events to bring parents amazing unique businesses and events that they may otherwise not know about!"

When she isn't working, Jessica is usually traveling, exploring trails in Durham or baking!

Cailey Heaps - President, CEO & Broker of Record
The Heaps Estrin Team

Cailey Heaps is a seasoned President, CEO, Broker of Record, and property professional with over twenty years of experience in residential real estate across the Central Toronto Core. After graduating with a BCOMM, majoring in marketing complemented by a minor in human psychology, Cailey started her career in advertising but decided to join her mother, Heather Heaps in the early 1990s in real estate and has since become the leader of the Heaps Estrin team.
Having come from a dynamic and entrepreneurial family, Cailey quickly became a top producer and has since gained significant market share to become the leader of the top real estate team in central Toronto. The key to her success revolves around her commitment to the client experience and achieving sales results to match.

Cailey is consistently recognized for her strong work ethic, down-to-earth nature, and straightforward approach. She & her team enjoy working closely with their clients – and forming lifelong friendships along the way. Not only is she a trailblazer in her industry, she is also known for her pricing expertise, marketing strategy, and negotiation skills.

A keen speaker at international conferences and one of the most respected voices in the Toronto property market, Cailey is passionate about exploring new and innovative ideas to improve the real estate industry.

Nicolette Seecharan  - Owner Little Fashion Bow'Tique

I have always had a keen interest in fashion. When I found out that I was having my son I couldn’t wait to style him. Not long after, I realized how difficult it was to find certain styles and accessories to compete his outfits. With my son being my muse, I decided to open my own online boutique for children. Hoping to spare parent’s the trouble of having to go place to place to shop for their little ones.

What inspired or encouraged you to start this business?
It all started when I had my son! I love shopping for him,  putting together outfits and styling him! As doing so, it may be a bit of a challenge in finding outfits that were both trendy and affordable.

What was the most difficult part of starting your business?  
The biggest challenge was finding the most reliable designers & suppliers. It was time consuming and took alot of research.

What do you love most about your business?  
Receiving photos of little Fashionistas wearing my styles! I love seeing how lovely they look & to see that they’re enjoying what I have worked so hard to create, it makes me so proud!

How do you balance work and family life?
This was super important for me. Having time for both. That is why everything is handled online and does not consume alot of my time. Once an order comes in, I do my “happy dance” then head into my little office to prepare an order, which only takes me about 10 minutes! My family is very supportive so I never have to worry about it being difficult to have the best of both worlds.

What do you do to take care of YOU? 
I choose random days where I would do absolutely nothing besides watching movies & binge watching TV shows. Those are my “recuperating” days.

What's your favourite thing to do with your kids or family in the local area?
I enjoy taking my son on long walks to the park.

Do you have any advice to give other super moms?
Always schedule time for yourself!
It can become overwhelming and easy to forget about yourself in the process of making your dreams come true but you are the one who is in charge so do not forget to make YOU time!

Do you have any special offers for our Macaroni Kid subscribers who are reading this right now? 
We’d love to give you 10% off on any outfit in our Spring Collection. Just mention Mom Boss Marketplace!

Rhea Howley  -Director
Creative Connexions Performing Arts Centre

Looking for a dance studio in Ajax area that provides professional dance training to kids in a caring and relaxed atmosphere? Welcome to Creative Connexions Performing Arts Centre. Established in 2018, Creative Connexions Performing Arts Centre offers dance classes in Ajax and aims to bring an innovative but reliable experience of high-quality dance training at both the recreational and competitive level. Our extensive dance programs in Ajax include jazz, tap, ballet, acro, lyrical, musical theatre and hip-hop classes that promote coordination, creativity, self-confidence, and a healthy mind and body.

Rhea Howley is a serial entrepreneur, educator and mom of 2. She strives to be a demonstration of how you can create a career off your passions!

Crystal Powell  - Owner & Executive Chef of Kanvas

My company Kanvas specializes in high-end private chef / food styling services for private and corporate events in Toronto GTA & Northern Ontario and Vancouver, B.C.

Our team of eager and experienced staff work collaborative to go above and beyond our client expectations. We are also part of a community; supporting charities, local businesses and have participated in several festival events.

We have a signature taste of our own creating a one of a kind catering experience. We provided decor recommendations, venue placement and professional service staff and cleaning service

Krista Steed  - Owner of Get Lit Candle & Co

I started Get Lit Candle & Co. back in July of 2020. I suffer from migraines and allergies all year round. I find scents along with some other environmental factors trigger my migraines. I decided to make my own candles so I could control what I was putting into them. I’m so proud of my candle collection. We only offer 100% soy wax candles which are very safe to burn around children and pets. The fact they are subtle in aroma is a huge benefit to myself and others that are prone to migraines. Our candles are made with essential oils which plays a huge part in aromatherapy and is amazing for your body and mind. We are located in Brooklin, ON and very grateful to all our customers. Without them we would not be in business today.

Sudeshna Sahu  - Owner of Goltikli Inc

I am Su, the Founder of Goltikli Inc. Being a Big Traveloholic, the idea started with collecting souvenirs from all around the world. In 2021 founded GOLTIKLI (goal-tik-lee) – with my husband Loki, which means a Coaster in Sanskrit with the idea of designing fun souvenirs & collectibles. Our Vision is to create quirky spaces wherever we go, to add little bit of fun & magic in your homes. Our products & designs are inspired by cultures and art forms from around the world, blended with a fun, colorful and modern aesthetic that is joyful and uplifting. With an Indian palette, we have been drawing our inspiration from a wide range of Lifestyles from Royalties to street Shops across the world. We seek to curate the essence of life around the world and transcribe this loud and colorful experience into contemporary and sophisticated styles. The vibrancy of the colors combined with the nuanced heritage of the designs makes each piece created at Goltikli uniquely exceptional. Our customer is YOU-the creative, positive and confident Woman of Today always striving for a little extra from every moment, her home is an extension of her personality; she is comfortable in a warm cocoon of friends. To her, Goltikli is what resonates with both a magical as well as a Joyful transformation of her lifestyle. Behind all this magic is our team of Designers painstaking attention to detail in design and quality in each of our lovingly crafted products

Advice for other Super Moms

There will be times you will doubt not just your decisions but yourself too. That’s the very moment  you got to believe in YOU even when no one else will.

Shannae Rowe  - Owner of Mateo's Munchies

Shannae Rowe is the proud Mompreneur, Chef and owner of Mateos Munchies. They are a full service catering company that specializes in Chicken & Waffles. Mateos Munchies got its unique name from Shannae’s 3-year-old son “ Mateo” which also means a gift from God. 

After being laid off from work since the pandemic, Shannae became a full-time mompreneur. All their munchy meals are inspired by things they like to eat at home.  They've created a unique menu that is both delicious, eye-catching and true satisfaction in every bite for each member of the family. 

They also offer services from catering, weekly pre-ordered meals, and their luxurious Waffle stations for events like Birthdays, weddings and corporate events. They pride themselves on classic flavours that are offered through innovative Jamaican fusion dishes like their famous Oxtail and festival waffles, Escovitch Lobster or their signature sweet and spicy syrup made with scotch bonnet peppers.The entire menu is a must-try!

You can connect with Mateos Munchies on Instagram @Mateosmunchies

Valarie Little  - Owner of Holistic Salt Therapy & Cave
Hi there, my name is Valerie Little.  I'm a mom to 4 boys and a fur baby cat miss Bailey.  I love nature, roadtrips, watching my kids at football or music, being by the water, adventures and making memories with my family and friends.  
Prior to owning Holistic Salt Therapy & Cave, I had sent the last 15 years working within long term care, home care, community and schools helping to support individuals.  I had always had a passion for nature and been interested in natural healing. After losing my Dad and with all the love and support from my Fiance (Marc), my boys, Mom and friends I found the strength within me to do something that made me happy, helping people heal naturally and seeing the smiles on their faces when they feel relief from our services made me know this was the right decision.

A little bit about my space, we are holistic therapy center and we help people with Halotherapy (the act of breathing in salt air)  When you visit our space you can visit our Salt Cave, Hand & Foot Detox, Far Infrared Sauna or try one of our many holistic therapy treatments such as Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Yoga, Reiki and so much more.  Himalayan Salt is made up of 84 + minerals within the salt and has many healing properties.  Himalayan salt is also know for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as being anti-bacterial/ant-ifungal and anti-microbial.  There are many benefits from visiting any of our 3 services.  Some of the benefits help give relief of COPD, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, smokers cough, chronic cough, influenza, acne, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, relief of swollen body/joints, carpel tunnel, planters ficiatis, gout, vertigo and many other issues. When you visit our space please know that all bookings are private for you or your social bubble and must be booked ahead of time.

For more information please reach out by phone/email or social media.

If you mention this add you will receive 15% off your next visit.