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Meet the GEM Ambassadors

Our ambassadors lend their voices, time and talent to empower girls to reach their full potential and become future female leaders. They shine a spotlight on the importance of mentorship to  help equip girls with the necessary skills to achieve their future aspirations.

melissa grelo

Smart, opinionated, and informed, Melissa Grelo is co-host of THE SOCIAL, and the Late Morning Anchor of YOUR MORNING. Previously, Grelo was the long-time co-host of the most-watched morning news program in the Greater Toronto Area, CP24 BREAKFAST, and has anchored and reported on the biggest stories in Canada’s largest news market. The mother of an adventurous young daughter, she is active in the community, specifically with the GTA’s youth, and is the Celebrity Ambassador in Canada for The Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool.

Why is mentorship important to Melissa? Watch her video response here.

Rana Florida

Rana is the CEO of the Creative Class Group where she  manages new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations. She directed global strategic communications for HMSHost, as well as having executed marketing initiatives for such premier brands as Disney and Starbucks. She is well known as a writer on business and leadership – for Fast Company, Inc.com, the Huffington Post, and recruiter.com – Rana has also served as a guest business analyst on The Today Show. and MSNBC’s, The Cycle, Fox News, and has been featured in the Business section of The New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, CNN, The Globe and Mail and other major media outlets. Read her full bio here.

Saadia muzaffar

Saadia Muzaffar is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her work explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today’s connected & vigilant markets.  She is an author, speaker, and international media advocate on modern leadership and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups

rene weekes 

Renee Weekes is a strategic communications professional with over 10 years of experience in PR, influencer relations, social media and content development in the areas of sports, media, financial and consumer packaged goods. She specializes in relationship building, developing integrated communication campaign, and has worked with notable brands across North American such as Nike, RBC, CBC, Wrigley and Hershey. In her current role as an Account Director for MS&L Group PR agency, Weekes oversees communication for top global brands including Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Olay and Pampers. Throughout her careers,