Entrepreneurs


Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up graphic

Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up

August, 8th, 2018

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a specialized consulting firm focused on building the capacity of organizations to execute change. At just 28 years old, she is one of the world’s most highly regarded thought leaders, asking the tough questions to reveal the emerging trends and challenges affecting businesses and working professionals today.     […]


Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc. graphic

Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc.

August, 2nd, 2018

Lalli Marrato began her career in journalism at Publicis Blueprint in London, UK and later worked at a boutique PR firm in Toronto. She then transferred her experience into investor relations and merchant banking, and is now a senior partner & COO at Frontier Flex Marketing in Toronto, helping businesses increase their exposure. Expressing her […]


A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group graphic

A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group

July, 16th, 2018

  Janet Zuccarini already welcomes a million customers annually to her seven award-winning restaurants — and there’s plenty more expansion to come. With over twenty years in the food service industry, Janet shares the story of how she got started, and the hard work, grit, and confidence that propelled her to the top.   By […]


Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue graphic

Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue

July, 13th, 2018

In efforts to bring a sustainable, eco-friendly, premium denim clothing brand for kids, Aaina Jain-Malik founded Blu & Blue New York in 2015. A marketing executive-turned-entrepreneur, Jain combines her corporate branding experience from Estée Lauder, Jo Malone, La Mer, GAP and Banana Republic with her family’s 35-year heritage in manufacturing premium denim clothing for private […]


Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com graphic

Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com

July, 10th, 2018

Elaine started LadyBossBlogger.com during a particularly trying time in her life to connect with women online. She took her future into her own hands and created this platform to help female entrepreneurs learn how to start, grow and scale their own online businesses and blogs. Since it’s conception, LadyBossBlogger has garnered a massive audience of […]


Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc. graphic

Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Sonia is a self-proclaimed media junkie, a champion of improved metrics, an award-winning mentor to the next generation of PR pros, and a results generator who has 20+ years in the PR industry. She founded spPR, an award winning full-service public relations agency, in 2013. Since then, Sonia’s media relations expertise has continued to be […]


Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc. graphic

Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Beverly Shwarzer is the President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc., a fast-growing company of cash management experts. She is the driving force behind operations, strategy, business development, and customer relations. She is a major advocate of applying technology to all aspects of today’s ever-growing business environment – specifically how it can make operations simpler […]


Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit graphic

Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit

June, 20th, 2018

Zem founded the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. It is driven by leading tech founders, investors, inventors, and influencers. Prior to Near Future, she founded ecofabulous.com which became part of Huffington Post in 2015 and remains the reigning authority on stylish sustainability. Zem […]


Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair graphic

Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair

June, 18th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Amy is a journalist, an entrepreneur, and a long-time cultural worker with a powerful ability to see the next big trend. She founded Gender Fair in 2016 to showcase companies that serve women well and promote gender equality through market-based solutions. Through one purchase at a time, Amy believes you […]


Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent graphic

Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent

June, 13th, 2018

  By Stephania Varalli Co-CEO, Women of Influence     Hiring exceptional talent can be one of the toughest tasks as a small business owner. When you only have a few employees — and 54% of private employers in Canada have less than five — there is no room for underperformers. So how do you […]


Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen graphic

Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen

June, 8th, 2018

NJ Goldston is an LA based venture capitalist in emerging fashion and technology brands. She is also the Founder and Editor in Chief of the Webby award-winning fashion blog The Blonde and The Brunette and the Managing Partner of leading activewear line, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL). She has been named a “Style Icon” by Louis […]


Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA graphic

Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA

June, 6th, 2018

With a unique heritage from both Latin America and Europe, Claudia and Flavia Giardinella were exposed to international art and culture at an early age. Art museums, art galleries and the theater played an important role in their lives growing up, carrying an influence into their career choices in arts management and fundraising. As two […]


Meet Mary Aitken, Founder of Toronto’s private women’s club, Verity graphic

Meet Mary Aitken, Founder of Toronto’s private women’s club, Verity

June, 4th, 2018

After beginning her career in the financial industry in the UK, Mary Aitken moved to Canada — and became a serial entrepreneur. Over two decades she launched several successful start-ups and investment companies. In 2004, she opened the doors on her sixth start-up and current venture: a private women’s club named Verity. Her goal? To […]


Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better? graphic

Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better?

May, 31st, 2018

These 12 women entrepreneurs agree: technology has the power to change a business. As participants in the Cisco Circle of Innovation program, they’ve been paired with engineering interns to help build their organization’s digital strategy, scale, and impact in the marketplace. They’re sharing how their business will be getting better through technology this year — […]


Meet Chen Lizra, a Somatic Intelligence expert helping people embody their true essence graphic

Meet Chen Lizra, a Somatic Intelligence expert helping people embody their true essence

May, 31st, 2018

Chen Lizra specializes in transforming people by changing behavioural patterns for the better, through bodywork. She offers Somatic Intelligence workshops, one on one sessions, training programs and keynote speeches, using the unique one-of-a-kind method she developed. She works with individuals, organizations and events in order to cause transformation through the body, through experiencing. After giving one […]


Meet Samantha Brookes, CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada graphic

Meet Samantha Brookes, CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada

May, 30th, 2018

Samantha Brookes is the CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada and has more than 16 years of experience with home purchases, refinancing customer mortgages, consolidating homeowner debt and providing home equity loans. She was recently named in the “Top 100” by Real Estate Professional Magazine and can be seen hosting her own YouTube show […]


Meet Julie Cantor, Founder and Chief Executive of Harlen graphic

Meet Julie Cantor, Founder and Chief Executive of Harlen

May, 24th, 2018

Julie is the Founder & Chief Executive of Harlen. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, MA), Berkeley Law (JD), and the Yale University School of Medicine (MD). She practiced law with two elite firms before turning her attention to Harlen. And it was during her tenure at those firms that she realized the […]


Meet Brittny Robins, Founder of Flawless by Friday graphic

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. […]


Meet Karen Lamont, Founder of Citrus Silver graphic

Meet Karen Lamont, Founder of Citrus Silver

May, 3rd, 2018

By the time Karen Lamont reached 30, she had climbed the ladder in a Toronto-based direct marketing firm, working on accounts like RBC, Reader’s Digest, AMEX, and Time Inc. She was a VP running a division of the company, but she lacked passion for the work she did. After having two children she became inspired […]


Meet Beverley Cheng, Founder of Born to Sweat graphic

Meet Beverley Cheng, Founder of Born to Sweat

April, 30th, 2018

After leaving her secure, full-time job in insurance, Beverley Cheng took the plunge into entrepreneurship, focusing her time and energy on building her brand, Born to Sweat. Now, she’s a self-employed fitness trainer, sports-model, and blogger in Toronto. Her blog, Born to Sweat, published its first post in January 2014, and since then has continued […]


Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com graphic

Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Voices.com

April, 27th, 2018

 Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Chief Brand Officer and one of the founders of Voices.com, the industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent. A respected mentor and speaker, Stephanie is considered one of the most connected people in the industry and has been listed on the PROFIT Magazine 2013, 2015, and 2016 W100 lists, […]


Meet Jess Tomlin, the President and CEO of Canada’s only global fund for women graphic

Meet Jess Tomlin, the President and CEO of Canada’s only global fund for women

April, 26th, 2018

Awarded 2017’s Most Innovative Woman of the Year by the Stevie Awards, Jess Tomlin is the President and CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s only global fund for women, providing resources to organizations around the world working to dismantle the status quo through innovation and disruption. Jess herself has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, […]


Meet Sarah Power, Founder of curated shopping event, INLAND graphic

Meet Sarah Power, Founder of curated shopping event, INLAND

April, 25th, 2018

Sarah is the founder of INLAND, a Canadian fashion and apparel shopping event featuring 70 curated brands each spring and fall edition. An emerging influencer in the Canadian fashion landscape, Sarah has brought together over 400 labels and brands from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax to showcase and sell their collections directly to […]


Meet Tahani Aburaneh, a child immigrant turned multi-millionaire real estate mogul graphic

Meet Tahani Aburaneh, a child immigrant turned multi-millionaire real estate mogul

April, 20th, 2018

Tahani Aburaneh was born in a refugee camp and at age 15, was arranged to marry to a man living in Canada whom she had never met. Overcoming many adversities, today, she is the author of the bestselling book, Real Estate Riches and is one of Canada’s top real estate moguls and the founder of […]