A Shark’s Tale

A Shark’s Tale is the true story of Mia Shark: Original Digital Nomad, Entrepreneur, Tech CEO, Business Coach, and Teacher.

This is a story of a girl going from a homeless 16-year old to a celebrated entrepreneur that has now built a 5 Million Dollar empire simply because she would never give up! 

Go with us through the pain, the success, the achievements & struggles that only a lifetime of extraordinary circumstances could create.

If this Shark can do it, YOU can do it too!

January 1

Mia Angela

Mia Angela
“Daddy’s little Angel” was born, Mia Angela in Toronto, Canada. Mommy liked “Mia”, Daddy liked “Angela”. Daddy won because he always got what he wanted… till I was old enough to choose on my own.
January 1

Practice makes Perfect

Practice makes Perfect
At the age of 4 I fell in love with figure skating and began my career. This instilled in me ambition, direction, discipline, and my sheer determination to be the very best I can be.
January 1

MISS…

MISS…
After winning our local beauty pageant I became confident enough to start to reach for my dreams. I fell in love with event planning after producing a music festival in Sauble Beach.
January 2

Competing for Canada

Competing for Canada
Figure skating got really serious when I started training with the national team and taking home a bronze medal. #Maroney Not the gold as I wished, but pretty darn good still!
January 2

The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family
No one has a perfect life as much as we try to make it appear as such.  At the age of 16 I found myself homeless on the streets of Toronto.  My father was not a good man, I was sick of the abuse and so I left.  In my last year of high school, I worked full time as a waitress and a sales associate, completed grade 12 (with honors!) and got into the college of my dreams!  I knew if I worked hard enough, I could still achieve my dreams despite my crappy situation!  AND I DID!
January 3

Seneca @ York

Seneca @ York
After spreading my wings & fly solo all the way to Seneca @ York University, I studied Digital Media Arts specializing in Project Management.  Still working full time to put myself through school, I managed to complete my Degree on my own terms!!!
January 4

Coaching

Coaching
My teaching career started VERY early in my life.  Putting myself through school made it impossible for me to competitively figure skate, so I became a coach to help my sweet girls learn to love skating as much as I did!
January 5

PM in Toronto

PM in Toronto
Using my Software Development Project Management Degree, I very quickly discovered working for someone else’s startup was not what I wanted. I wanted my own! Years later I realized that working on our first startups that turned into BaseCamp and Etsy, might have been a good thing to stick around on.  Alas, hindsight is 20/20!
January 6

Moving Across the Country

Moving Across the Country
So I got on a plane and move to Banff, Alberta in search of my dream life!  Having been on my own for several years now, this didn’t scare me like it would others. At a mere age 19, I was a girl on a mission for happiness!
January 7

Banff World Media Festival

Banff World Media Festival
I got my LAST JOB planning the Banff World Media Festival and remembered how much I loved planning events!  But in this job, I realized that I could never work for anyone again for a couple reasons: My pay was not remotely close to what it needed to be to make a real life! 9 – 5 more like 7 – 6 and had me in chains – sleep, work, eat, sleep is not a life I wanted! I couldn’t change the world, I couldn’t even improve the event because of all the red corporate tape!
January 1

My FIRST Company!

My FIRST Company!
I decided that I was going to open my own business!  It was the best Decision of my LIFE!!! So I got a job as a night auditor working 7 PM – 7 AM (cuz a gurl’s gotta make $$$!) during which time I learned and research EVERYTHING I could about event planning, contacting every vendor in the area and building my website.  Every morning I went home and slept for 3 hours then went out to meetings meeting everyone in the industry. This went on for 5 months until I got my first wedding and happily said, I resign…
January 2

Saving Puppies & Bunnies in Canmore

Saving Puppies & Bunnies in Canmore
Life was going fantastic!  The community helped me grow and I wanted to give back!  I got involved with Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue and founded the Save the Bunnies Campaign.  We were able to save hundreds of thousands of bunnies and I happen to fall in love with one of the dogs I rescued.
January 1

Puppy Love!

Puppy Love!
I was so happy and literally bubbling with love when a little puppy that we rescued as part of Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue looked at me and would just not let go of my heart!  He’s actually helping me write this story right now!  I am so grateful for my old puppyman.  He’s traveled the world with me the whole time and has been a constant source of love!
January 2

Kail’s Story

Kail’s Story
My heart almost broke when Kali was diagnosed with Distemper. I was told that I had to put him down.  There is absolutely NO WAY I was going to let that happen!  So after a week solid of research and 0 sleep, I drove 30 hours to New Mexico for an experimental treatment.  IT WORKED!!!  Kali’s story is told best by Ed Bond in his book “Save Dogs From Distemper”. Kali’s story has helped save countless animals lives to date!  I am SO glad I didn’t give up on him!
January 3

Becoming a Celebrity Wedding Planner!

Becoming a Celebrity Wedding Planner!
With my wedding company thriving and lifting my status to Celebrity Wedding Planner, I opened a décor rentals company to go with my planning & design business. Business #2 was open and thriving!!  We won a bunch of awards but my favorite was being featured on the cover of Luxe Mountain Weddings!!!  It was such an honor to be chosen out of thousands of weddings to grace the cover of one of the industries most prestigious magazines!!!
January 5

Caroline’s Story

Caroline’s Story
Life was fantastic!! I was a successful wedding planner, I was completely in love with a wonderful man and an adorable puppy! I couldn’t be happier until we found out our sister had cancer… This is a story I cannot bring myself to write quite yet, but I can be so grateful for this beautiful woman!  Caroline helped me grow up babysitting for us, working at my mom’s company, raising two beautiful boys and shining love and life upon the world with her every waking moment.  Caroline, you were one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met and…
January 6

Australia

Australia
Fast forward a brutal battle and we all fall apart. Having lost her, a piece of myself and him, I needed to do some soul searching. I got on a plane, broken hearted, hoping Australia would hold some answers.
January 7

Down Under

Down Under
In Cairns, I completely fell in love with Scuba Diving, and made the decision to pursue a diving career as my companies were happily running with minimal management. #streamline!
January 8

Fiji

Fiji
A stopover in Fiji gave me a month to make a big decision and I choose to set off on a new journey to become a dive professional and open my own dive shop!
January 9

Packing up

Packing up
I set up my staff for success, sold my house & everything in it, packed Kali in my suitcase (kidding!) and set off in pursuit of happiness!
January 10

Thailand: Becoming a Dive Instructor

Thailand: Becoming a Dive Instructor
In Thailand, I became a PADI Divemaster and was on my course to become a PADI Dive Instructor… when one evening something went very, very wrong….
January 11

My Dive Career Was OVER…

My Dive Career Was OVER…
At least that’s what I thought, as I headed back to Alberta from Thailand in February, the dead of winter!  But as you might have guessed, nothing can stop me from doing something I love and desire!!!  So we cut holes in the ice and I FINALLY BECAME A PADI INSTRUCTOR!!!
January 11

Something New… Ironically

Something New… Ironically
Long story short, while I was away, my business manager, Danielle Demasson, decided to steal my company – literally! Clients, vendors, my business model, money and even named the company “Something New” – Ironic?  Well, this was the one and the only lesson I needed to learn never to trust your employees too much… needless to say, I was not impressed with having to fly back immediately and clean up the mess she made. I learned a very valuable lesson.  1. Never trust anyone with all your cards 2. If you’re a great teacher, you’re bound to get employees that…
January 12

Burnt to On FIRE!

Burnt to On FIRE!
After getting burnt so badly by a dear friend and business manager, I could have thrown in the towel and just got another job, but of course, that is not something I would do! “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”-Franklin D. Roosevelt Everything turned out great in the end after a lot of clean up and hard work!  We had our biggest year EVER, my broken heart was put back together by my future husband and life was amazing again! Nadine & Braydon Coburn (formerly NHL Philadelphia Flyers, currently HNL Tampa Bay Lightning) was my…
January 12

EXIT #1

EXIT #1
At the end of this wedding season, I SOLD MY FIRST COMPANY!!  My decor rentals business was acquired by a competitor in Calgary after making me an offer I couldn’t refuse!
January 13

Hawaii

Hawaii
After our biggest wedding season ever I moved to Hawaii for the winter to be with my Fiancé & finally open my dive business!
January 14

Enjoying Life <3

Enjoying Life <3
Being very selective with my planning clients at this point afforded me time to plan my own happily ever after & enjoy scuba diving with my Fiancé!
January 14

Wet Dreams: Company #3

Wet Dreams: Company #3
Yes, I named my THIRD COMPANY scuba diving company Wet Dreams! LOL Because I am a joker 99% of the time! We provided a concierge high-end scuba diving experience to those looking for a diving experience tailored to their wet dreams!
June 3

A Celebrity Wedding

A Celebrity Wedding
On June 3rd I married the love of my life and began my happily ever after… or so I thought.
July 1

My (not so) Happily Ever After…

My (not so) Happily Ever After…
I guess not all love stories are meant to have a happily ever after… After a very similar experience that I had with my father 10 years earlier, I learned that one does attract someone like their parents if you are not self-aware.  I needed to become self-aware!  And so that’s exactly what Kaliber and I did.
July 2

Eat, Pray, Love & Become a Staff Instructor

Eat, Pray, Love & Become a Staff Instructor
It was time for some serious soul searching again… I needed to find myself, name myself, and put the pieces of my heart back together again.  So I pulled an “Eat, Pray, Love” in Central America where I finally became a PADI Staff Instructor.
July 3

The Birth of the Shark

The Birth of the Shark
Having stared danger in the face during my daily interactions with sharks and obviously not intending on keeping my x-husband’s last name I changed my last name to something that represented ME!  Not my father’s name, not my x-husbands name.  Something that was ME: a Shark.
July 4

Offshore

Offshore
Following my heart as usual and in an unusual turn of events during a conversation at a bar, I decided to open my FOURTH BUSINESS a Sustainably Caught Seafood Restaurant: Offshore because I loved cooking and loved teaching people about the ocean as a new PADI Staff Instructor!
July 5

EXIT #2

EXIT #2
Upon getting an offer to acquire Offshore I decided it was time to get out of the restaurant business.  Getting up at 6 to pick fish up and the dock and then cleaning up until midnight every night was the nightmare 9 – 5 (6 – 12!) I just never wanted and so Offshore was offloaded!
July 7

Expansion time!

Expansion time!
With Offshore no longer taking up my entire life, the timing of my little sister’s phone call could not have been better!!!  Tracy called me one day out of the blue and said “Mia, I want to open a division of your Wedding Planning Company so I can make money as a stay at home mom!” How could I turn my little sister down?  So together we started out on a journey to expand!
December 1

EVENT2 Conception

EVENT2 Conception
Since someone thought it was a good idea to steal my business, a rebrand was in order!  Tracy was going to open Toronto and I had bigger plans for myself instore!
January 1

4X

4X
In 2017 I 4X our destination’s offerings using the EVENT2 platform. We took on about 8X the number of lovebirds we had in previous years. Thank goodness we had the EVENT2 platform because 2017 was CRAZY busy!
January 2

The Bridezilla Generation

The Bridezilla Generation
In 2017 I learned A LOT!  There are some incredible new wedding scams out there that cost me ~$20K. (wedding scam video coming soon!!) Our new generation of brides expects us to answer them immediately.  They expect champagne on a beer budget. Our industry is over saturated. Our old way of doing things is going to make us go extinct if we don’t evolve!
January 3

Caroline’s New Story

Caroline’s New Story
During the summer of ‘17, my little sister gave us some exciting news! I was going to be an Auntie to an angelic baby girl – Caroline.
September 1

Pivot Time!

Pivot Time!
By the end of our busiest season EVER I was tired… although we had 99% amazing clients there were 3 clients who constantly ruined the entire experience for me.  I LOVE helping people, but the scams made the business not profitable or positive.  I decided to hang up my wedding shoes and pursue EVENT2! My wedding planning career ended with a bang with these two beautiful brides, Joelle & Kara who ensured that I left this chapter of my life with love and happiness!  Thank you ladies <3
September 3

EVENT2

EVENT2
It was the hardest decision of my life, but I knew the wedding industry needed EVENT2 more than it needed a Celebrity Wedding Planner. My goal has always been to bring as many dreams to life as I can! With the EVENT2 platform, I can teach and enable event professionals to make more dreams come to life and help guide brides & grooms through a rewarding wedding planning process.
September 3

Celebrating a New Partnership

Celebrating a New Partnership
My bestie, Alex Becker and I decided to partner up on the EVENT2 project and my destiny was set in stone with a MASSIVE PARTY and magnum of Veuve 😉  (Becker just saw the bill in this pic!! LOL) I had NO idea that this would be the last party before months of 17 hour days… it was worth it!!!
September 4

Young Professional of the Year Award

Young Professional of the Year Award
I was absolutely honored to be nominated for Young Professional of the Year by Pacific Edge!  For my work on EVENT2.  Although the Hawaiian Eye Foundation who gives sight back to people who are in need won, it was still an absolute honor to be nominated among such amazing wonderful people changing the world!
November 6

WebSummit

WebSummit
I was on a mission to make EVENT2 work, oo I got on a plane and headed for WebSummit in Lisbon where I intended to obtain funding.  Easier said than done!  After some serious HUSTLIN’, I actually accomplished this seemingly impossible goal!!!  It was time to ROCK n ROLL!
December 31

2018 Best Tech Startups

2018 Best Tech Startups
In late February 2018, I received a really amazing phone call telling me that EVENT2 had been chosen as one of The Tech Tribune’s 2018 Best Tech Startups in Honolulu!  It appeared my hard work on EVENT2 was paying off and I was so honored to even be considered!!!
January 1

EVENT2 – BETA Startup @ Collision

BELLA EVENT2 Beta Startup Collision
The Launch of EVENT2 was scheduled for May 2018 as a Featured BETA Startup at Collision in New Orleans!  Of course, we never made it there…
April 6

The End of an Era

The End of an Era
In April 2018 I was faced with the biggest decision of my life…1. take a Series A round and continue to grow EVENT2 — OR — 2. take an offer from a competitor to purchase the tech and put my lightspeed startup to bed? After a LOT of thought, I determined what would make me happy:  Helping people every day!  As much as I loved EVENT2 and the wedding industry, after 11 years of the grind I knew it was my time to give back to other entrepreneurs. On April 6 2018, the papers were signed and I picked up a check. EVENT2…
September 1

The Rediscovery of Mia

The Rediscovery of Mia
Well, now I didn’t have to work!  So obviously, I hopped on a plane to Japan… & Los Vegas… & Canada!  I needed to rediscover what made me happiest and how I was going to change the world doing exactly that!
September 2

Becoming a NINJA!

Becoming a NINJA!
After traveling the world and having a good hard look at my life, I discovered a trend: 1. I loved to teach and help people 2. I was particularly good at business. As one of the original digital nomads, I knew I had to give back because with the knowledge that I could share for free I could help thousands of people free themselves financially and from their 9 – 5s! So I teamed up with Kevin David in a masterclass!!!
September 2

The CBD Journey

The CBD Journey
An eye-opening masterclass with Kevin David & some of the other industry leaders changed my life! My path was clear & I was on a mission!  I set out to grow my ecom empire – specializing in CBD which has a special place in my heart for helping those I love! … Little did I know that CBD was the hardest thing I could have chosen!
September 3

Kaliber Health

Kaliber Health
I am proud to announce the launch of my latest company Kaliber Health! Kaliber Health provides the highest quality legal CBD products to the world via our online website KaliberHealth.com and our products can also be found in stores across the United States.  I am proud to present an Affiliate Program to help online entrepreneurs capitalize on this hot industry!
February 1

Shark Life Media

Shark Life Media
Marketing CBD and Restricted Products was a huge mountain I had to climb all alone because there were no resources to help me along the way.  After mastering this unique skill I set out to bring my knowledge to others who were struggling just like I did and bring the CBD community together with Shark Life Media!! Shark Life Media offers Done-For-You Marketing Machines for Restricted Industries that you can send consistent paid traffic to enabling you to SCALE your business!!!
February 14

Secrets To Marketing In Restricted Industries

Secrets To Marketing In Restricted Industries
I wrote a book Secrets To Marketing In Restricted Industries to help others struggling with marketing & scaling their restricted business.  [GET YOUR COPY HERE] I soon came to realize tho that there were so many of us out there that I could not possibly help EVERYONE. I needed a solution…
February 14

MY COURSE! CBD A-Z – How to Start, Build & Scale Your Restricted Business

MY COURSE!  CBD A-Z – How to Start, Build & Scale Your Restricted Business
I found the solution to helping as many people as I can!  On April 2nd 2019 My Course CBD A-Z – How to Start, Build & Scale Your Restricted Business will launch!! It covers everything you need to know about starting, building and growing an ecom business in a restricted industry! If you are reading this chances are you are into making money online and I want to know what you want to learn!  TELL ME HERE!!! 

It’s not the strongest or the smartest that survive, it’s the most adaptable!

Mia Shark

Founder, EVENT2