At NB2PW, we are committed to the development of Black business leaders, professional women, and entrepreneurs by challenging members to strive for excellence in their professional, personal, and business endeavours, to increase wealth, and to engage in civic responsibility.

The brain-child of Elcho Stewart, NB2 as it is fondly called, was founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1995, with strong support from women in the business community. Since then, it has been re-launched in Ottawa, Ontario, with a more robust programming featuring monthly Networking Sessions or staged Events with dynamic speakers and presentations always with the focus on opportunities to connect and be inspired. We strive to empower our members through mentorship, discussions and supportive friendships.

Join us in celebrating each other’s contributions and successes in the community. We look forward to seeing you at our next mixer!

Introducing the Executive Team of NB2

Elcho Stewart
President & Founder
Elcho holds both a C.E.G.E.P. diploma and a university degree in business. Her financial columns have been featured in several publications including the Community Contact in Montreal, Capital Woman Magazine, the Spectrum newspaper, and the internationally acclaimed Inspirational Woman Magazine. Her Femmeonomics-911© women’s seminar is highly sought after. She has assisted in the creation of the Jamaica Scholarship Support Fund (JSSF) here in Ottawa and is the founder of her elementary school’s (Haddo Primary and Infant School) Alumni Association in Jamaica. She loves people, is a passionate gardener, cook, and public speaker.
Gisele Salazar
Secretary & Co-Founder
Gisele is a Barbados-scholar, educated at Cambridge University, and a commercial lawyer specializing in technology contracting and Intellectual Property at LaBarge Weinstein LLP, a boutique law firm in the heart of Ottawa’s technology community in Kanata. She is also active in the running community and in professional organizations in her field.
Marlene L. Grant
Treasurer & Co-Founder
Marlene has worked over 19 years in the public accounting industry and the private sector establishing a close relationship with owner-managed businesses, not-for-profit organizations and professional corporations. She is the owner of Marlene L. Grant Professional Corporation (MLGPC) since 2004 – a full time practice since 2009. She was given the 2011 Nepean Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year award. In September 2013, Marlene was nominated as a candidate for induction into Black Canadians’ Role Model Community.
Vanessa Kanu
VP Member Services & Co-Founder
Vanessa is a seasoned business professional with over 14 years of progressive experience in the areas of accounting and business finance. She is a member of the senior finance leadership team at Mitel Networks Corporation and held progressive roles there as Director of Corporate Finance and Controller/Communications Solutions. Vanessa is both a Chartered Accountant in Canada (CICA) and a Certified Public Accountant in the United States (Illinois). She holds a Bsc. International and Financial Economics (with First Class Honors) from Hull University in the United Kingdom (awarded the University's much coveted departmental prize in Economics, 1998).
V.P. Marketing & Communications
V.P. Events Planning