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Heather Odendaal

CEO & Co-Founder

Meet Heather Odendaal — an accomplished Canadian entrepreneur, brand builder, and event producer whose experience in corporate environments inspired her to create and co-found WNORTH, a global organization dedicated to developing women mid-career on a trajectory toward senior executive leadership. WNORTH connects top female business leaders in corporate, public, and entrepreneurial sectors through The Members’ Club, which provides women with development opportunities, including workshops, leadership masterminds, events, and courses, as well as a 100% virtual forum of online content and more. WNORTH also holds Chapter Cities throughout North America and the U.K., where members can network and uplift each other through meet-ups, group exercises, and activities. WNORTH was named the Innovative Business of the Year 2021 at the Whistler Excellence Awards, awarded the Best Virtual Networking/Matchmaking Platform 2021 (category virtual events & experiences), and the WNORTH Virtual Conference was recognized by BizBash as one of the top 10 Most Innovative Meetings 2021.
Odendaal was named the Changemaker for 2022 by The Globe and Mail (Report on Business magazine) and was included in BizBash’s 2021 and 2020 roundup of Canada’s Most Influential Event Pros. She has worked on some of the world’s largest and most prominent events, including the Whistler Film Festival, Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival, and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She is consistently featured in various top-tier publications and podcasts and sits on the Forbes Business Council.
In her spare time, you can find her judging local food & wine festivals and skiing in Whistler, BC, where she currently resides with her husband Mike and their two children.