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Meet Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada graphic

Meet Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada

June, 13th, 2018

In 2007, Leigh started working at Staples as a Management Trainee and has worked her way up. Today, she is responsible for the facility maintenance, repair, and service related programs for all Canadian properties (305+ locations) as well as setting the sustainability agenda and identifying key focus areas for the company. For her efforts, Leigh […]


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Meet Brittny Robins, Founder of Flawless by Friday

May, 16th, 2018

Britt founded Flawless by Friday at the age of 27 to help make everyone feel like the most flawless version of themselves — for life’s big moments and even just for every day. Growing up as one of five girls on a farm north of Toronto, Britt was the resident makeup artist, hairdresser and skincare consultant. […]


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Meet Carrie Kim, Chief Creative Officer at UPTIME

May, 8th, 2018

Carrie Kim has always had an eye for design paired with an intuitive knack for marketing, and in 2012, she and her husband acquired UPTIME, a company that had been close to their family for decades. Carrie saw this as an opportunity to reinvent an energy brand that would actually be inclusive of a female […]


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Meet Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction

April, 30th, 2018

Sevaun Palvetzian is one of Canada’s leading experts on civic engagement and is a voice for influence and advocacy on many urban issues. Since 2014, Sevaun has focused on building inclusive cities and levelling the playing field of opportunity at CivicAction. She is also a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting […]


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4 ways young women can prepare for career success

April, 25th, 2018

    Why wait until you land your first job to start preparing for success? Our Women of Influence co-op student, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, is still in high school, however, she’s already begun the work to ensure she’s well-equipped to start her future career on the right foot. Here are her tips — learned through personal […]


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Our Top 5 Favourite Baroness von Sketch Show Clips

February, 21st, 2018

The stars of CBC’s Baroness von Sketch Show have life as a woman pegged. Catch two of them — Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne — at our Evening Series premiere event, where they’ll riff on the up-hill battle they’ve faced being women in comedy, and how they’ve found success despite the odds stacked against them.     […]


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Women of Influence Luncheon Series – Dawn Farrell

December, 18th, 2017

On December 13th, 2017 we hosted the Women of Influence Luncheon Series in downtown Toronto, featuring President & Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta Corporation, Dawn Farrell.


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Canadian Association of Women in Construction

October, 3rd, 2017

  The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in October 2005. The origin of CAWIC dates back to 1982, when a group of Toronto area professional women working in construction formed the Toronto Chapter 295 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In 2006 CAWIC aligned itself […]


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Confidence gap: survey shows young women don’t believe in their tech skills

August, 28th, 2017

    The concept of “The Confidence Gap” is by no means a new conversation — there are many studies showing that, across all cultures, women are less self-assured than men. And success is as much based on confidence as it is competence.  Adding to that body of evidence is a recent survey of more than 1,000 university students […]


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This Website Just Launched in Canada and Every Professional Woman in the Country Needs to Know

April, 23rd, 2017

Women hold just 12% of board positions in corporate companies worldwide, and chair only 4% of them. This is a startling statistic considering that it’s proven that when women are in the boardroom, companies are more prosperous — a 2016 Catalyst report found that companies with the highest percentage of women board of directors outperformed […]


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Debbie Travis Tuscan Retreat

March, 20th, 2017

  Start writing your next chapter.     Are you ready for a change? Women of Influence and Debbie Travis invite you to an exclusive retreat, where you’ll find support, guidance, and inspiration to help you turn the page. Give yourself time to relax and reflect at an all-inclusive week in the comfort of Debbie’s […]


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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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Best Workplaces for Women 2017

March, 6th, 2017

Today Great Places to Work® announced their list of the Best Workplaces in Canada for Women in 2017.  To qualify, organizations needed to be Great Place to Work Certified™  within the past year, have a minimum of 50 female employees, and provide a male/female breakdown by job level. The employees surveyed at the organizations on […]


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SCOTIABANK BECOMES PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE WOMEN OF INFLUENCE LUNCHEON SERIES

March, 1st, 2017

    SCOTIABANK BECOMES PRESENTING SPONSOR OF THE  WOMEN OF INFLUENCE LUNCHEON SERIES New partnership celebrates the continued professional advancement of women and the creation of a more inclusive workforce   TORONTO, MARCH 1, 2017 – Women of Influence announced today that Scotiabank has signed-on as the 2017 Presenting Sponsor of the prestigious Women of […]


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February, 21st, 2017


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Women of Influence Partners with Celebrity Stylist

January, 25th, 2017

    Celebrity stylist Kim Appelt will join Women of Influence as Style Expert and Fashion Editor   TORONTO, FEBRUARY 2017 – Women of Influence is excited to welcome celebrity stylist Kim Appelt as their first ever Style Expert and Fashion Editor. In her new role, Kim will be sharing her knowledge on work-meets-fashion topics […]


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Advice from the Micro-Business Award Finalists: 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

December, 18th, 2016

The Micro-Business Award proves that small businesses can still have great impact and contribute to innovation in Canada. This award category honours small businesses generating annual revenues under $1 million (with a steady growth rate) in any industry and at any stage of business.   We’ve asked the winner of the award and the finalists […]


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Advice From the Deloitte Start-up Finalists: 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

December, 18th, 2016

The Deloitte Start-Up Award celebrates the achievements of a woman who, in three to five years, has developed her business into one that’s ready for the next level of growth. Since starting out, these three finalists have been successful in building a profitable business with a comprehensive and sustainable plan. We’ve asked this year’s winner […]


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Advice from the RBC Momentum Award Finalists: 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

December, 18th, 2016

The RBC Momentum Award Finalists are entrepreneurs that have overcome obstacles, capitalized on opportunities to deliver 10% growth or more, and have done so for more than three years. Through their expanded management, empowered employees, and demonstrated success, these entrepreneurs have created a flexible and responsive business that is able to adapt to changing market environments […]


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Advice from the Telus Trailblazer Award Finalists: 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

December, 16th, 2016

The Telus Trailblazer Award honours an entrepreneur that is a true trendsetter. She has recognized a new market, product, service, technological advancement, or opportunity and has bravely led the way. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company and market, and has set standards for originality, quality and successful management. These entrepreneurs are mentors, visionaries, […]


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Advice from the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalists: 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

December, 16th, 2016

Through timely innovation, strategic thinking, and smart execution, these three finalists have launched—and built one (or more!) successful companies with a track record of growth, profitability, industry leadership, as well as breaking new ground. Through their drive, managerial acumen, and leadership traits, they have generated exceptional economic growth and social change. We asked this year’s […]


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What it’s like to be a woman in politics

December, 6th, 2016

For women, getting elected is only half the battle. Female politicians around the globe routinely face harassment and abuse on social media and from colleagues — and Canada is no exception.  By Stephania Varalli When it comes to women in politics, the conversation is often focused on the struggles of gaining office. And for good […]


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5 Things You Should Know About the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

December, 2nd, 2016

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould became Canada’s Minister of Justice in 2015, joining 14 other women to form Canada’s first gender-equal Cabinet. But did you also know she’s also a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations?  Here are 5 things you should know about the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould.       1. She’s […]


Put your hand up, take a leap: career advice from Suzanne Morel, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Mastercard graphic

Put your hand up, take a leap: career advice from Suzanne Morel, Chief of Staff to the CEO, Mastercard

November, 30th, 2016

From Parliament Hill to New York City, Suzanne Morel has a multifaceted career that has made her an advocate for women putting their hands up, jumping at every learning opportunity, and never underestimating the power of a good team. By Hailey Eisen Suzanne Morel’s career has taken her on a unique journey from her very first job […]