Manjit Minhas is one of the newest dragons on Dragons’ Den, making it CBC’s first season with two female investors. While Manjit is a petroleum engineer by trade, her true passion lays in beer. Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery, a company she started at only 19 years old, making her one of the youngest female brewery owners in the world.
Danielle Charest, VP and partner at Maison Marie Saint Pierre, successfully brings finance and fashion together. Her structured thinking, financial aptitude, and business background have helped grow Maison Marie Saint Pierre into an international brand. As vice president and senior partner, Danielle oversees the operational and financial elements that allow creativity to thrive, while ensuring retail success. We spoke to her about her change in career.
Dr. Ludy Green has shaped her 25-year career around abolishing violence against women and children. Currently president and founder of Second Chance Employment Services, Dr. Ludy started her company to help victims of domestic violence reach financial autonomy. In honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we asked this incredible woman to share some of her journey.
Marie Saint Pierre is an award-winning pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry and a woman of many firsts. Marie was the first Quebec designer to participate at the Fashion Coterie of New York, and the first Canadian designer to present her collection in Paris. We spoke to her about becoming an entrepreneur.
Michele is a serial entrepreneur who had four successful businesses under her belt before her 29th birthday, including Buytopia and Snapsaves. The latter was renamed Snap by Groupon when it was acquired by the couponing giant in 2014, and she’s currently serving as their head of marketing. You can see her in action as one of the newest (and youngest) Dragons on CBC’s hit show, Dragon’s Den.
Susannah Pierce, vice president of Shell Canada and external affairs director for LNG Canada, is currently leading Canada’s most ambitious energy program. Susannah has truly championed the energy sector – leading controversial projects with TransCanada and Shell, and has been ranked No.2 in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies. Read on to learn more about this inspirational woman.
The financial services sector is facing a wave of disruption. Thanks to an onslaught of FinTech companies—combining finance with technology—changes are being made in the way people bank, borrow, invest, and spend money. Women of Influence CEO, Carolyn Lawrence, sat down with with Susanne Chishti, Founder and CEO of FINTECH Circle, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate, and Co-Editor of The FINTECH Book to gain insights.
Amanda Lindhout thought she would be in and out of Somalia in a week with a ground-breaking article. When she left 460 days later, she had a personal story that no one could have predicted. Now, Amanda is an award winning humanitarian, social activist, public speaker and writer, as well as the Founder and former Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation. Read on to learn how this inspiring woman found forgiveness through captivity.
Professional success isn’t limited to the boardroom. We ask 25-year-old Olympian Martha McCabe to share insights on achieving success and overcoming setbacks as a professional athlete.
What does Shelagh Stoneham recommend you do to achieve career goals? “I encourage women to write down their goals with clear success metrics, and revisit them every six months to see how they’re doing.” Shelagh also keeps hers tucked away in her purse.