What to Expect at Dream, Girl

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”


Realizing the power of a young woman in her ability to change the world promises her a more equitable and prosperous future — empower her today and discover her strength tomorrow.

October 11th is a special day for women of all types. It has been denoted as “The Day of the Girl Child” since December 2011 by the United Nations to promote girls’ human rights and highlight gender inequalities. With a different focus each year, this year brings awareness to, “Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls”, encouraging investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls.

This day is a movement to encourage women all over the world to celebrate what it means to be a woman, whatever that may mean for her on that day. Such an impactful day has inspired us to bring our community together through a new addition to The Ace Class portfolio: Dream, Girl.

We are inviting women of all ages to join us at The Commons Calgary for a film screening of Dream, Girl, a documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. The intention of this event is to create an experience that empowers education, connection and positive affirmations on what it means to be a woman in business.

Here’s a little sneak peek into what you can expect on this night:

Four generations of women in one room.

This is the first time EVER in history that we have four generations of women living amongst one another. That’s a celebration in itself! We invite you to bring along your sister, your daughter, your mother, your aunt, your grandma, your best friend and prepare to be inspired, together.

Documentary screening.

We are beyond excited to bring Dream, Girl to the Calgary community. This 62-minute documentary film showcases the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs from various industries such as, 3D printing, fashion, publishing and more. View the trailer to Dream, Girl here.

Impactful talks.

Listen to an impactful panel discussion of local business leaders. They will share their thoughts on the documentary, their inspirations, their challenges and much, much more. Expect raw, vulnerable and thoughtful remarks from this panel of badass women:

  • Alice Reimer is a successful tech entrepreneur and dedicated community mentor and leader. She co-founded Calgary-based Evoco, leading the innovative software firm from initial concept through to a 2012 acquisition. Evoco's technology became the standard construction management system for global retailers including Home Depot, Walmart and Luxottica. Most recently, Alice was the CEO of Chaordix, a pioneering software leader in the crowdsourcing and open innovation space, with global clients including LEGO, Procter & Gamble, KPMG and IBM.

  • Michelle Berg is the Leading Lady of Elevated – an organization that helps attract, develop and retain top talent by building employee experiences that matter. In 2015 she won the Notable Award in Canada for Entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was selected as one of twenty top leaders in Calgary by Business in Calgary magazine as well as headed up the HR Team of the Year from the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Just recently she was named a finalist for Woman of Inspiration by Canadian Business Chicks.

  • Vera Ilnyckyj is the Marketing Manager for Women in Need Society, an organization that helps women and their families help themselves. Vera has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing including strategic planning, branding, advertising, communications and brand stewardship and she is also a life coach, using her experience to support her clients to facilitate learning and personal growth, helping them set and achieve goals and gaining a clear sense of purpose and direction. Vera is also on the Board of Directors with Servants Anonymous Society, an organization that helps women and girls who have been sexually exploited.

  • Jill Drader is a mentor, speaker and consultant. Her company Steel Toe Stiletto was inspired from her journey transitioning out of teaching post-secondary English into the skilled trades and became a tile setting apprentice. Tiling in steel toes by day and teaching in stilettos at night. Jill is an educator and consultant to organizations, educational institutes, and private businesses associated with the skilled trades. As a curriculum developer and subject matter expert, she has worked on various projects with Junior Achievement over the past three years. As a speaker she speak with businesses and organizations on gender in the workplace, her stories and experiences through apprenticeship to Journeyman status, leadership, entrepreneurship, her Top 40 under 40 award, Women in Work Boots, and strategy workshops.


And of course, there will be a selection of light libations and drinks to prep you for a night full of inspiration and takeaways.

Dream, Girl is presented in partnership with Elevated HR
Proceedsof the event are being donated to
Women In Need Society (WINS)