• Fee: $5,500 - $7,500, plus travel
  • Topics: Inspirational
  • Industry specialties: Entrepreneur, Women's Groups, Associations, Colleges/Universities, Non-Profits
  • Travels from: Canada

Cathrine Ann

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Cathrine has achieved a level of success few would have expected: She heads Consumer Connection Inc., a leading customer service monitoring firm where she provides contract work for thousands, she speaks to audiences internationally, she is the author of 'Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival and Triumph' and she has won numerous entrepreneurial awards including the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneur/Innovator.

Not bad for a kid who was raised by alcoholics living in poverty, was neglected and abused as a child, moved too many times to count because her parents never paid the rent opting instead to buy booze and cigarettes, got pregnant at fifteen and dropped out of school after grade eight, ended up in jail and then on probation, was often on public assistance or stealing, tried to even the odds by forging university transcripts to get into medical college, landed up on the streets and prostitution! Countless debilitating circumstances that might have otherwise led to a life of despair resulted in her overcoming them all and prospering -- at the age of forty!

Governor Linda Lingle says Cathrine's story 'has changed lives of people in the room…' referring to Cathrine speaking at the Governor's International Women's Leadership Conference to an audience of 1,200. The Globe & Mail says that Cathrine 'is an inspiration to women everywhere' and her story continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

From poverty row to mahogany row, she has come a long way from her humble beginnings to achieve the level of success many only read about.

Business Accolades

  • Winner: Canadian Association of Professional Speakers 'RISING STARS', 2011
  • Finalist: Stevie Awards for Customer Service, Customer Service Leader of the Year, 2010
  • Nominee: Stevie Awards for Customer Service, Best Use of Technology in Customer Service, 2010
  • Finalist: Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Best Canadian Entrepreneur, 2009
  • Finalist: Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Best Business, 2009
  • Finalist: Sunshine Coast, Business Awards of Distinction, 2008
  • Nominee: Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of The Year, 2007
  • Winner: YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, Entrepreneur/Innovator, 2006
  • Grand Winner: Inspiration Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005
  • Winner: Entrepreneur of the Year, SEEDS, 2005
  • Winner: Entrepreneur of the Year, BC Urban Entrepren. Assoc., 2005
  • Finalist: YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, 2005
  • Nominee: Ernst & Young New Entrepreneur of The Year, 2003
  • Winner: New Entrepreneur of The Year Surrey, B.C., 2001


Cathrine’s Personal Rags to Riches story 45 to 50 minutes with 10 minutes of Q&A.

Cathrine includes additional time for a Speaker/Author meet and greet and book signing of her bestselling memoir, 'Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival & Triumph0'.

Homeless, Unemployed and Broke, into Multi-Business Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Highly Acclaimed Inspirational Speaker, Best Selling Author and Millionaire!

Cathrine Ann's personal story is truly rags to riches. She went from being homeless, broke and unemployed, into a Canadian business leader, heading a multi-million dollar organization that provides contract work to thousands across North America. She has since won numerous entrepreneurial awards including the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction award. As a child and young adult, Cathrine endured countless debilitating circumstances that might have otherwise lead to a life of despair. Instead, Cathrine overcame them all and prospered.

Cathrine takes her audiences through a whirlwind of life experiences from being a scared little girl to becoming a prosperous, strong and vibrant woman. Her message is an important and great one for the times, and it crosses all borders and cultures; it will be remembered forever. Her story deeply touches audiences from all walks of life, inspiring them to make positive changes in their own lives, regardless of the challenges and obstacles.