Women's forum is an initiative group from Montreal focused on empowering
and inspiring women through the sharing of information, experience and expertise.

The Women’s Forum was created to provide a platform through which successful women could share their unique personal and professional experiences and challenges with other women in the community.

The program is bilingual with the individual speakers choosing their preference of language.

The presentation is followed by a networking session to further enhance the opportunity to establish new relationships. The program is under the guidance of a committee consisting of highly influential and successful women who wish to inspire and offer guidance to the next generation. The program was officially launched in April 2016 with our first speaker, The Honourable Melanie Jolie, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Since then six other well-known speakers in various industries have participated.

Due to the quality of speakers and local media coverage, the program has established a strong following which continues to grow.

All revenue generated by the program go to the Leonardo da Vinci cultural community centre to support the various services and activities available for all segments of the community.


Linda Fraraccio, Manager Creative Services, Marketing and Community Relations - CTV Montreal

As a media specialist for more than 25 years, Linda brings this experience and her contacts to the Women’s Forum.

Holding various radio and television positions over her career, she is currently the “Manager of Creative Services, Marketing and Community Relations” for CTV Montreal.

She has a BA in Communications from Concordia University and is also an executive board member of Friends for Mental Health.

Susan D. Handrigan, Vice President - TD Commercial Banking

With over 20 year of experience, Susan is a financial executive, recognized for mobilizing diverse teams. She has a strong background in mergers and acquisitions. She has expertise in operations, operational leadership, strategic planning, business management, change management and talent management. She is currently Vice President, Commercial Banking at TD Canada Trust.

In addition to the Centre Leonardo Da Vinci, she is Treasurer of Canada World Youth and Treasurer of La Fondation Douglas.

Angela Gentile, President of Mega Centre Montréal & Pépinière Gentile

Angela has lived and worked in the Montreal community all her life. She wants to keep growing and networking, and brings her courage and enthusiasm to the Women's Forum.

She is President of Mega Centre Montréal & Pépinière Gentile, a landscape distribution and garden center in the Industrial area of St-Leonard since 1963. She has a Bachelor of Administration from UQAM as well as a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Université de Montréal. Finally, she is a founding member of EAST Foundation, Donne Siciliane and supporter of various organizations.

Sonia De Rose, Director HR, Administration and Special Projects at Sports Topspin

A graduate from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, with a BComm in Finance, Sonia started her early career in banking. After gaining management experience and starting her own family, she followed her passion for health, fitness and people-management by taking on various Director roles in these fields.

Sonia is currently Director HR, Administration and Special Projects at Sports Topspin and a proud member of the CLDV Women’s Forum.

Damiana Cavallaro, Notary - Montreal

Damiana has over 28 years experience as a Notary after receiving her Bachelor of Law from the University of Sherbrooke and a Notarial Law Diploma from the University of Montreal. She has proudly followed her father’s trailblazing steps within and without the Italian community, carefully cultivating a prestigious and respected practice specializing in Wills, Protective Mandates, Settlement of Estates and Non-Contentious Procedures. She has sat on various boards, namely: The Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, Espérance de Vie-Enfants du Monde Association and Foundation of Charles-Perrault. She has served on the organizing committees for Seize Your Future and for Open Minds Douglas Foundation and is a founding member of the CLDV Women’s Forum..

Cristina Mucciardi, President - CookandDate Group

A graduate from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, with a BComm in Marketing & a minor in Finance, Cristina seemed to always have the entrepreneurial bug in her. After working and gaining experience in the Fashion and Marketing fields she launched her 1st business in 2007 and has never looked back. She currently has 3 brands under the CookandDate Group, and is passionate about cycling, where she uses her workouts raising funds for Cancer and ALS.

Nazig Nelly Injejikian, Associate, Business Development - Draxo Marketing

With an extensive background in branding, design, project management and overall marketing implementations, Nazig has worked with many prestigious brands across the country. Benefiting from a long-lived family of entrepreneurs, Nazig has an expertise in finding the perfect balance between creativity and efficiency, thus her success has contributed to the launches of nation-wide campaigns.

Nazig is dedicated to building better community bonds and supporting those in need through her involvement as a member of the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit.

Nancy Forlini, Certified Real Estate Broker and President - Re/Max Solutions

With more than 30 years experience in selling real estate, Nancy helped thousands of family buy or sell their dream homes. Ranked among the Top 1% Best Teams in the World for ReMax International, Nancy has received the Hall of Fame Award, Life Time Achievement Award and Circle of Legend Award.

She is the President of Re/Max Solutions and leads a team of 25 great individual that forms the Nancy Forlini Team! She is also on the Board of Director of the SDC Jean-Talon and on the Foundation of Marie-Clarac hospital. Coach and Speaker, she has a passion for helping and inspire others to reach their full potential.

Frank Sorrentino, Director of Marketing and Sponsorships - CLDV