About CBWN

CBWN-Connected Business Women Network-PantonesThe Connected Business Women Network…

Is a membership free network focused on providing professional women in business with opportunities to network, connect and be inspired.


  • Allows you to build real relationships to increase networking success and promote business growth
  • Develop relationships and network with people you know, like and trust
  • Savvy group of female entrepreneurs, executives and business professionals
  • Networking events are informative and high energy
  • Group with a sincere desire to help each other grow personally and professionally
  • We invite you to a meeting of learning and inspiration for professional women in business

Ilona Makar, Owner of CBWN and Chapter Director CBWN Calgary, began the initial networking franchise in Calgary under another company name in 2009. In 2010 met Debbie Van Camp, Owner of CBWN and Chapter Director CBWN Calgary, who also had a similar networking franchise in another area of Calgary. They joined forces that same year, building on what they had learned that worked within their own groups and started a new networking company.  CBWN was born!  

Up until May 2015, the networking group was called Calgary Business Women Network. Given the success of CBWN in Calgary, the decision to open up new markets was made and Connected Business Women Network was born. The new name is a reflection of not only our mission but also, our desire to provide Edmonton business women with the same benefits and experiences Calgary Business Women have come to know and expect.

Our Core Values:


What’s different about CWBN?

  • Pay as you come (early-bird ends one week prior)
  • Monthly meeting
  • $46 for your networking and lunch
  • $40 for vendor/showcase table
  • Maximum of two reps from direct selling companies
  • Speakers at our meetings are from our group and their sessions are aimed at providing value and are educational in nature.
  • Support from within the group – Access the brilliant minds and talented individuals who are in your network.
  • Positions are available at every meeting to help you gain top of of mind with the group including registration, hosting, speaking, door prize donations etc.
  • Nurturing, supportive, friendly and collaborative members
  • Come away every meeting with solid contacts, leads and with a dose of inspiration to last you all month long!


Debbie Van CampDebbie Van Camp,
Owner, Chapter Director Calgary
Ilona MakarIlona Makar,
Owner, Chapter Director Calgary

Stanice Markham
Edmonton and Area Manager


Our Advisory Team

Karen Hannigan, Fifth Avenue Collection
Darlene Hull, Hotspot Social Media
Cheryl Dyck, Business Edge Coaching
Tracey Walls, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Toni Guffei, Ratio Marketing
Chelsea Dyck, Nebula Textiles and Jewellry
Nelia Genoud, Nerium Brand Partner

Carolyn Melnychuk, Secured Future
Lil Lezarre, Tender Loving Cups
We promote and refer the women and their businesses within CBWN but we are not able to guarantee quality and service of the providers.