Entrepreneurs


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 […]


Meet Nichelle Laus, a former police officer turned transformational coach graphic

Meet Nichelle Laus, a former police officer turned transformational coach

April, 12th, 2018

Nichelle Laus boldly left a 15-year career as a police officer to pursue her passion for health and fitness. She is now a professional transformational coach and fitness expert for women. As a mother of four Nichelle has managed to build her own brand and open her own personal training centre, Optimum Training Centre.    […]


Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor graphic

Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor

April, 6th, 2018

Ali de Bold co-founded ChickAdvisor with her husband Alex in 2006. The digital platform was created after the couple realized that there were no review websites specifically dedicated to women and the products they use. Ali is the main spokesperson for ChickAdvisor and a brand advocate for the variety of top-tier brands that the platform […]


Meet Jessica Hung, CEO of an Innovative Diaper Brand graphic

Meet Jessica Hung, CEO of an Innovative Diaper Brand

April, 2nd, 2018

Jessica Hung is CEO of Parasol Co., a global diaper brand that is committed to making the world’s softest diapers with an artful and creative approach. An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, Jessica has years of experience in finance, marketing, strategic planning, and launching new companies — however, this is her first professional foray into the […]


How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Being a Female Entrepreneur graphic

How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Being a Female Entrepreneur

March, 27th, 2018

    Being an entrepreneur means jumping on the scariest, most exciting roller coaster ride of your life. For women, hanging on during those drops and not-so-gradual descents means you absolutely must have confidence, even when you really don’t; balance, even when it doesn’t exist; and enough self-awareness to send yourself to the corner for […]


Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada graphic

Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada

March, 22nd, 2018

    Gabrielle Nydam is President at Contiki Canada. With over a decade in the industry, Gabrielle has worked in various roles within the tourism industry and has travelled extensively across the globe. Most recently with ME to WE, a social enterprise focused on culturally immersive volunteer travel, she oversaw the creation and growth of […]


Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit graphic

Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit

March, 21st, 2018

In 2017, Carolyn Ansley founded Brand for Benefit, a consultancy dedicated to helping companies transform their business through socially responsible and sustainable business practices. She is an accomplished, award-winning executive leader known for exceptional strategic vision and execution, proven from leadership roles at Nestle Canada to co-founding and leading KABRITA USA, a North American baby […]


Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc. graphic

Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc.

March, 9th, 2018

Heather Fraser exudes a passion for innovation fuelled by human insight, bold ideas and thoughtful strategy. For the first 25 years of her career, she built businesses and over 100 brands through leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Ogilvy & Mather and TAXI Advertising & Design. In 2005, she co-founded DesignWorks, the Strategy Innovation Lab […]


Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved graphic

Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved

March, 1st, 2018

When Sharon Vinderine tried to launch a new baby product, she found that there’s nothing stronger than word of mouth when it comes to marketing to parents. Now, as the founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) — an online resource parents consult for the best products for their families —she’s banking her […]


Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show graphic

Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show

February, 12th, 2018

In the last year and a half, the Baroness Von Sketch Show has been called the “funniest Canadian sketch show since Kids In The Hall.” Yet Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen — known as the Baronesses, along with their other co-creators and stars, Meredith MacNeill and Carolyn Taylor — have created something wholly their own, […]