Entrepreneurs


Meet Nichelle Laus, Personal Trainer graphic

Meet Nichelle Laus, Personal Trainer

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, […]


Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger graphic

Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger

February, 2nd, 2018

After intimately observing and studying the world of teens, Tanya Lee realized that the choices one makes at a young age affect the rest of one’s life. A survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, to this day she still experiences the after effects of a tough upbringing, and the choices that she made because […]


Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency graphic

Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency

January, 26th, 2018

In 1960, Eleanor Fulcher borrowed $500 to start her own self-improvement and modeling agency. At the time, there were few, if any, women who owned their own business. Instead, women were encouraged to become teachers, nurses, secretaries, or stewardesses. Yet in spite of these established guidelines, Eleanor went on to build the most successful self-improvement […]


Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest graphic

Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest

January, 19th, 2018

Lindsay Davis is the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Spartan Invest, a real estate investment firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Spartan Value Investors, the holding company for Spartan Invest, recently landed on Inc. 5000’s 2017 list of fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth year in a row. In her six years […]


Meet Andrea Weinberg, Founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand graphic

Meet Andrea Weinberg, Founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand

January, 13th, 2018

Andrea Weinberg is the founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand, a line of functional fashion that launched in 2015 and brought in six-figure revenue in its first year. The company has continued to double each year, all while Andrea maintains a successful career in sales of litigation technology. Yet despite her entrepreneurial success, what […]


Meet Lauren Foundos, a Wall Street broker turned fitness entrepreneur graphic

Meet Lauren Foundos, a Wall Street broker turned fitness entrepreneur

December, 21st, 2017

Lauren Foundos has earned two-time All-American honors in field hockey and All-State in softball, played field hockey in the Junior Olympics and went on to play Division I for the University of Maryland. In 2006, Lauren received her BA degree in communications with a minor in business, which she parlayed into a decade-long career on […]


Meet Cheryl Hickey, host of ET Canada and founder of Cheryl Hickey Family graphic

Meet Cheryl Hickey, host of ET Canada and founder of Cheryl Hickey Family

November, 6th, 2017

As host of Entertainment Tonight Canada, the nation’s entertainment powerhouse, Cheryl Hickey greets over half a million loyal viewers each night as she delivers breaking news coverage, in-depth profiles and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Between hosting ET Canada, supporting several children’s charities, and winning some of Canada’s most prominent media awards, Cheryl is an expert in balancing life as a working mom, entrepreneur, dedicated […]


Finding Opportunity: How two entrepreneurs got their inspiration from their former occupation graphic

Finding Opportunity: How two entrepreneurs got their inspiration from their former occupation

October, 22nd, 2017

  Dallas Mercer and Kathleen Mullally both launched their businesses after spotting a gap in the industry where they were employed. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to them about the opportunities that inspired their leap from employee to entrepreneur, and the strategies they’ve used to make their businesses a […]


Meet Libby Brockhoff, CEO and founder of ad agency wunderkind, Odysseus Arms graphic

Meet Libby Brockhoff, CEO and founder of ad agency wunderkind, Odysseus Arms

October, 17th, 2017

  As one of the only female agency owners in the industry (women make up just 3% of agency leadership), Libby Brockhoff is the CEO and founder of AdAge’s 2014 “Small Agency of the Year”, Odysseus Arms. She has crafted advertising strategies for Silicon Valley darlings like Facebook, Microsoft, and YouTube, and directed the re-framing […]


Welcome to the Valley: How Joanne Fedeyko built a company around making connections to help others succeed graphic

Welcome to the Valley: How Joanne Fedeyko built a company around making connections to help others succeed

October, 13th, 2017

  As the founder and CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, Joanne Fedeyko is focused on bringing together her extensive network across Canada’s startup scene and her influential network in the Valley. Her aim? To help Canadian businesses succeed on a global scale.   By Marie Moore     If you ask Joanne Fedeyko what she […]


Meet Megan Anderson, Business Development Director at integrate.ai and co-founder of #GoSponsorHer graphic

Meet Megan Anderson, Business Development Director at integrate.ai and co-founder of #GoSponsorHer

September, 29th, 2017

Megan Anderson is currently the Business Development Director at integrate.ai, after having proved herself as a stand-out associate at McKinsey & Company. Her latest passion project is co-leading #GoSponsorHer, a social campaign to accelerate the sponsorship of high potential women in Canada and beyond. The project was born out of a deep desire to empower the […]


Meet Queenie Best, the heart and soul behind queenie’s cards graphic

Meet Queenie Best, the heart and soul behind queenie’s cards

September, 15th, 2017

It all began when Queenie received her first Valentine in kindergarten. This sparked her love of snail mail and passion for paper goods, and queenie’s cards was created. The cute, cartoony designs are inspired by everyday life, puns and inside jokes. After experiencing continued success on her Etsy store and at events such as the […]


Meet Laura Murray, a classical ballet dancer turned communications entrepreneur graphic

Meet Laura Murray, a classical ballet dancer turned communications entrepreneur

September, 13th, 2017

Recognizing the need for a marketing agency dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture sector, Laura Murray launched Laura Murray Public Relations in 2011. As the principal of what is now known as Murray Paterson Marketing Group (MPMG), Laura has built a company founded on the passion, creativity, and integrity that define the artistic process. […]


Meet Rosanne Hertogh, founder of Sololu graphic

Meet Rosanne Hertogh, founder of Sololu

September, 5th, 2017

Rosanne Hertogh is the founder and designer of Sololu, a lifestyle brand that specializes in ethically made, seasonless women’s clothing. As an avid traveler, Rosanne’s mission is to inspire women to live life to the fullest and empower them to feel beautiful and confident while doing so, all while making ethical and sustainable clothing choices. […]


Meet Marcia Woods, an entrepreneur bringing fresh produce to the masses graphic

Meet Marcia Woods, an entrepreneur bringing fresh produce to the masses

August, 17th, 2017

Despite the increased demand for farmers’ and micro-produced crops, logistical challenges have prevented farmers from entering the commercial market, forcing buyers to pay high prices for imported items. Marcia Woods is addressing that problem as Founder and CEO of FreshSpoke, a innovative new platform that is disrupting the traditional food distribution process by connecting producers and wholesale buyers using […]


It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success graphic

It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success

August, 14th, 2017

Since launching her Turbine by Lisa Drader-Murphy label in 1997, Lisa’s company, Lisa Drader-Murphy Designs, has grown to operate eponymous boutiques in three provinces — all while manufacturing designs under a vertical model on a private heritage estate in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. As one of the last vertical fashion houses in the country, they […]