Entrepreneurs


Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet graphic

Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet

April, 4th, 2017

Yana Barankin is the female lead of TAMGA Designs, a clothing line with integrity at its center. Before embarking on this journey, Yana and her business partner asked themselves two simple questions — is it too expensive to produce a socially and environmentally responsible piece of clothing? Does style have to be sacrificed for accountability? The obvious answer […]


Meet the Woman Revolutionizing Toronto’s Events Industry, One Soiree at a Time graphic

Meet the Woman Revolutionizing Toronto’s Events Industry, One Soiree at a Time

April, 2nd, 2017

As the founder and President of The Concierge Club, a nation-wide event and staffing agency, Monica Gomez is behind some of the best celebrations Toronto has ever seen. But she’s not only owning the events industry  — she’s making it a better place for women, too.   By Teresa Harris     Some leaders have a strong business sense, while others know how […]


Meet Emily Rose Antflick, a Chief Community Cultivator Bringing Women Under One Roof graphic

Meet Emily Rose Antflick, a Chief Community Cultivator Bringing Women Under One Roof

March, 28th, 2017

As the founder and Chief Community Cultivator of Shecosystem, a co-working space that nurtures the personal and professional well-being of women, Emily Rose Antflick is a champion of working with integrity and fostering a positive sense of community. And this has served her well — while walking away from both an ill-fitting career and relationship simultaneously was a challenge, […]


Meet Valerie Fox, Canada’s Reigning Queen of Innovation graphic

Meet Valerie Fox, Canada’s Reigning Queen of Innovation

March, 21st, 2017

Meet Valerie Fox, the woman who’s been at the center of innovation since the 80s as a designer for IBM. Since then she co-founded the Ryerson DMZ, North America’s number 1 university business incubator, and started a new venture which helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skills together to […]


Meet Petra Kassun-Mutch, a Former Executive Turned Feminist Entrepreneur graphic

Meet Petra Kassun-Mutch, a Former Executive Turned Feminist Entrepreneur

March, 13th, 2017

Petra Kassun-Mutch wants to revolutionize the way entrepreneurs do business, bringing social consciousness and a feminist mind-set to a space that is all too often profit-centric and male-dominated. A former executive turned serial entrepreneur, Petra is determined to demonstrate how a business can be both responsible and profitable, widening the definition of innovation to be more inclusive […]


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Press Release: Call for CWEA Nominations

March, 8th, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 25th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards     TORONTO – MARCH 8TH – In celebration of International Women’s Day, RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2017 RBC Canadian […]


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4 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Boldly Changing the World for Women and Girls

March, 7th, 2017

Since the theme of International Women’s Day this year is Be Bold for Change, we’ve made a list of 4 Canadian women entrepreneurs who are boldly stepping into their power to improve the lives of women and girls in Canada, and around the world.     Chakameh Shafii, CEO & Co-founder, TranQool     After experiencing […]


Ask Debbie Travis: Where do you look for inspiration? graphic

Ask Debbie Travis: Where do you look for inspiration?

March, 6th, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she shares what inspires her the most.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


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The Dolce Vita of Debbie Travis

March, 2nd, 2017

Ever since the launch of Debbie Travis’ Painted House in 1995, she’s been inspiring people in Canada (and beyond) to do a little more with their home decor. Now, Debbie’s inviting women to join her at the Tuscan villa she transformed from top to bottom – but that’s not nearly all she has on her […]


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Ask Debbie Travis: What do you wish you knew in the beginning?

March, 1st, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she reflects on what she wishes she knew at the beginning of her career.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


Ask Debbie Travis: To what do you attribute your success? graphic

Ask Debbie Travis: To what do you attribute your success?

February, 27th, 2017

We sat down with our Luncheon keynote speaker, entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis to learn what she views as the key factor in her success. Hint: it’s probably not what you think…       See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


#MOMBOSS: Meet Trina Boos, Whose Business Growth Plan Included Having Three Kids graphic

#MOMBOSS: Meet Trina Boos, Whose Business Growth Plan Included Having Three Kids

February, 23rd, 2017

Over the past few weeks, Hafsa Pathan has chatted with several working moms in various fields to get a feel for how they balance, well, everything. Their home life, their personal life, their social life and their work life. Oh, and the lives of their little ones (and sometimes significant other), seeing as the mother […]


Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry graphic

Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry

February, 13th, 2017

Valerie Gerardi is a Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder and owner of Anvale Homes Inc. a custom home and renovation development company serving the GTA. Her entrance into the building industry, which is still largely male-dominated, was much more than chance or coincidence, the result of a family deeply rooted in the home construction industry and a father who […]


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Meet Emily Lyons, the Young Serial Entrepreneur With No Plans of Stopping

January, 3rd, 2017

When Emily Lyons launched her first company at the age of 23, Femme Fatale Media, a high-end event staffing agency in Toronto, it was only the beginning. As her budding venture quickly grew and acquired big-name clients, her insatiable entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create two more businesses. Now a three-time successful entrepreneur before the age of 30, Emily […]


Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert graphic

Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert

December, 21st, 2016

Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, caterer, author and media personality who has taken her passion for healthy living and developed it into a multi-faceted enterprise. She recently published her 19th cookbook, and in 2015 launched a Children’s Lunch Program, providing hot and healthy meals to schools in the GTA. A nutritional consultant armed with an […]


Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions graphic

Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions

December, 20th, 2016

As the president and founder of rock-it promotions and an innovator within the industry, Debra is a seasoned professional with an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. She started her company out of her parents’ spare bedroom, and now, 17 years later, rock-it is a leading Canadian lifestyle PR firm that resides in the heart of downtown Toronto.      My first […]


Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan graphic

Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan

December, 19th, 2016

Sharon Kim is a passionate, imperfect millennial striving to live a life of meaning as CEO/Founder of CanPlan, a one of a kind planner that exists to assist cancer patients and their caregivers navigate the confusing and often overwhelming world of cancer treatment. Here she outlines how she got her idea off the ground, why it’s important to […]


Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams graphic

Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams

December, 19th, 2016

Recently appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting, Ontario, Lesley Lawrence oversees Business Development Bank of Canada’s lending and consulting services in the province. She hadn’t planned on going into finance — Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto — but after more than 25 years in […]


Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery graphic

Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery

December, 13th, 2016

Jean Blacklock grew up in Saskatchewan, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. She then became a partner at a major law firm in Calgary and later joined BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management. Her last role at BMO was managing wealth services for BMO […]


How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide graphic

How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide

November, 24th, 2016

Solving one of the world’s most common women’s health problems may be as simple as dropping a fish in water. Gavin Armstrong, Founder, President and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish, tells us how. By Teresa Harris Iron deficiency is the world’s most common micro-nutrient issue, and has a disproportionate negative impact on women and children. Instances […]


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Embracing mobility: the key to success in the digital age

November, 22nd, 2016

Mobile devices have brought advancements to virtually all aspects of modern life, from our personal time to how we work. And yet not all businesses — especially those that are small to medium sized — have embraced mobility to achieve positive results. Of the 1400 companies included in the 2015 Cisco Mobility Landscape Survey, a […]


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3 Signs That You Should be an Entrepreneur

November, 10th, 2016

Wondering if it’s time to start your own business? If you are at that crossroad in your career, Joanna Track is here to help you get over to the other side. As a serial entrepreneur — she’s the founder of sweetspot.ca, eLuxe.ca, Good Eggs & Co., and The Bullet — Joanna has figured out how […]


SMB’s are falling behind in cyber security — is your company? graphic

SMB’s are falling behind in cyber security — is your company?

October, 24th, 2016

Considering October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, now is a good time to ask yourself the question: How often do you think about your company’s cyber security? If your answer is “not often,” you have something in common with other small and medium businesses (SMBs). As detailed in the Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report, SMBs […]


LES FINALISTES DES PRIX CANADIENS DE L’ENTREPRENEURIAT FÉMININ RBC 2016 ONT ÉTÉ ANNONCÉES AUJOURD’HUI graphic

LES FINALISTES DES PRIX CANADIENS DE L’ENTREPRENEURIAT FÉMININ RBC 2016 ONT ÉTÉ ANNONCÉES AUJOURD’HUI

October, 5th, 2016

Not only have these six entrepreneurs built their companies from the ground up, they have been successful, profitable, and innovative in their approach. We recognized these women at our 23rd annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards in Toronto, and asked them to share their story to success.