Board of Directors

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Carmelia Ray

ANNA SINCLAIR

Anna Sinclair

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Nicole Leung

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Mikayla Mercer

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Pat Ness

Carmelia Ray

Carmelia Ray is an accomplished entrepreneur and mother who has overcome numerous hardships in her life. As the middle child and only daughter of Filipino immigrants, she experienced challenges growing up in the projects of Toronto. Her dream of creating a nonprofit organization called the National Women’s Day became a reality, allowing her to empower and support women of all ages. Carmelia’s own experiences as a woman in male-dominated leadership roles inspired her to give back to her community by sharing her struggles and providing resources.

With over 30 years of experience, Carmelia Ray is a highly regarded figure in the field of online and offline dating. She has worked as a matchmaker, mentor, advisor, and coach, helping over 8,000 couples find love and supporting more than 65,000 singles in navigating successful relationships. Her expertise has earned her recognition on TV shows like “Mom vs Matchmaker,” which has received awards in 85 countries worldwide. She has been featured in respected publications such as AskMen, CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, and has appeared on various podcasts. Additionally, Carmelia has established herself as a thought leader in the industry through her contributions to Huffington Post and YourTango, providing insights into romance, personal branding, and relationship-building.

In addition to her work in the dating industry, Carmelia Ray is a sought-after media coach, mentor, and advisor to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and influencers. Her diverse skill set and impressive track record make her a recognized powerhouse in the world of digital dating and relationship development.

Anna Sinclair

Anna Sinclair is an award-winning entrepreneur, angel investor and CEO of Total Mom Inc.  She is a former entertainment professional (signed pop singer, actress and casting director) who created a professional platform that supports women personally and professionally through festivals, business summits and entrepreneur initiatives and grants that help women start and grow a successful business while juggling motherhood.

From humble beginnings as a two-time immigrant and refugee success story, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey by starting a small business in her basement. Now, she is CEO of an award-winning company that collaborates with major brands throughout North America, a testament to her dedication and drive.

Her professional community network and online e-learning platform focus on increasing social and financial capital through a profitable and sustainable business model. She is helping women learn how to become successful entrepreneurs. Over the last five years, her dedication to women has earned her recognition as one of WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women In Canada and established her as a Canadian business leader and influencer. 

She founded the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Industry Gala (CWEs), which brings together leading companies, top C-suites, founders, entrepreneurs, creators and media together to open doors of opportunity for women. Her visionary approach unites the industry, and her disruptive mindset has revolutionized the gala experience, dedicating herself to ensuring more women have a seat at the table.

Her experience working with over 350+ brands gives her the knowledge and experience to touch any aspect of a  project from top to bottom. Anna consults through her firm, Sinclair Creative Agency Inc., advising individuals and consumer lifestyle brands on branding, business strategy, content marketing, and asset development.

Nicole Leung

Nicole Leung is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SmartRay, and the Chief Operating Officer at EmersonGrow Technology, an Agtech firm specializes in digital energy technology for indoor farming and vertical growth in Markham, Canada’s High Tech Capital. Nicole has taken on a leadership role in implementing sales and marketing strategy by increasing company sales significantly. Aside from her day-to-day operation, Nicole is the Special Assistant to the Honourary Consul to the Kingdom of Cambodia in Ontario, administering special projects and public relations. Since the statement of her role, Nicole has received delegations from Cambodia and the Philippines, bridging the unification of the ASEAN countries in Canada, promoting cross-cultural understanding and mutual support. She is also involved in organizing community events, international business opportunities, hosting foreign missions, Cambodian New Year parliamentary reception at the Ontario Legislature, the Asian Heritage Month Parliament Hill Reception and the opening of the Honourary Consulate. Nicole Leung is actively involved in many social, community and charitable activities in Canada and devotes herself to developing the Asian-Canadian community. She is a founding director in the Cambodian Canadian Arts and Cultural Association (CCACC), Corporate Secretary in the Federation of Transoceanic Chinese Canadian Association (FTCCA) and the Federation of Asian Canadians Toronto (FACT). She has managed numerous projects, such as Asialicious Carnival, AsialiciousTO, Lobster Fest, National Pasta Month, National Soup Month, Diversity Job Fair and Multicultural Film Festival. With her love and passion for the ASEAN, Nicole has co-founded the Canada-ASEAN Business and Trade. Association in 2022 to promote business and trade between Canada and ASEAN countries.

Mikayla Mercer

At National Women‘s Day, in partnership with her mother Carmelia Ray, her role is to be a voice for Alpha and GenZ women and children to be heard, understood and supported. Mikayla is a versatile individual with an extensive background in customer service, hospitality, events, retail and matchmaking. Her experience spans various industries. Throughout her years working directly with a wide range of people, she has developed a knack for catering to their personal needs. She is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure her clients leave with an excellent experience.

Mikayla’s reliability, creativity, goal-oriented mindset, and unending quest for knowledge keep her consistently striving for excellence in her professional and personal life. In every role she undertakes, she approaches it with a willingness to learn, do better, and always keep her customer’s needs at the forefront. 

Pat NESS

Pat Ness is the CEO and Founder of SMB Master and Automate WP.

His role is to ensure the website and technical operations of the movement are taken care of.

Since 2001, Pat has happily helped thousands brands with their web business adventures on and offline.

He’s a professional WordPress web developer, sales funnel designer, affiliate marketer, software designer, graphic designer, SEO guy, digital marketing web strategist, FB Ads re-marketing pro, and blogger.

Understanding all these roles allows him to put together automations and business blueprints with ease.