Entrepreneurs


Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry graphic

Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry

February, 13th, 2017

Valerie Gerardi is a Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder and owner of Anvale Homes Inc. a custom home and renovation development company serving the GTA. Her entrance into the building industry, which is still largely male-dominated, was much more than chance or coincidence, the result of a family deeply rooted in the home construction industry and a father who […]



Meet Emily Lyons, the Young Serial Entrepreneur With No Plans of Stopping graphic

Meet Emily Lyons, the Young Serial Entrepreneur With No Plans of Stopping

January, 3rd, 2017

When Emily Lyons launched her first company at the age of 23, Femme Fatale Media, a high-end event staffing agency in Toronto, it was only the beginning. As her budding venture quickly grew and acquired big-name clients, her insatiable entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create two more businesses. Now a three-time successful entrepreneur before the age of 30, Emily […]



Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert graphic

Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert

December, 21st, 2016

Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, caterer, author and media personality who has taken her passion for healthy living and developed it into a multi-faceted enterprise. She recently published her 19th cookbook, and in 2015 launched a Children’s Lunch Program, providing hot and healthy meals to schools in the GTA. A nutritional consultant armed with an […]



Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions graphic

Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions

December, 20th, 2016

As the president and founder of rock-it promotions and an innovator within the industry, Debra is a seasoned professional with an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. She started her company out of her parents’ spare bedroom, and now, 17 years later, rock-it is a leading Canadian lifestyle PR firm that resides in the heart of downtown Toronto.      My first […]



Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan graphic

Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan

December, 19th, 2016

Sharon Kim is a passionate, imperfect millennial striving to live a life of meaning as CEO/Founder of CanPlan, a one of a kind planner that exists to assist cancer patients and their caregivers navigate the confusing and often overwhelming world of cancer treatment. Here she outlines how she got her idea off the ground, why it’s important to […]



Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams graphic

Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams

December, 19th, 2016

Recently appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting, Ontario, Lesley Lawrence oversees Business Development Bank of Canada’s lending and consulting services in the province. She hadn’t planned on going into finance — Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto — but after more than 25 years in […]



Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery graphic

Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery

December, 13th, 2016

Jean Blacklock grew up in Saskatchewan, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. She then became a partner at a major law firm in Calgary and later joined BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management. Her last role at BMO was managing wealth services for BMO […]



How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide graphic

How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide

November, 24th, 2016

Solving one of the world’s most common women’s health problems may be as simple as dropping a fish in water. Gavin Armstrong, Founder, President and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish, tells us how. By Teresa Harris Iron deficiency is the world’s most common micro-nutrient issue, and has a disproportionate negative impact on women and children. Instances […]



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Embracing mobility: the key to success in the digital age

November, 22nd, 2016

Mobile devices have brought advancements to virtually all aspects of modern life, from our personal time to how we work. And yet not all businesses — especially those that are small to medium sized — have embraced mobility to achieve positive results. Of the 1400 companies included in the 2015 Cisco Mobility Landscape Survey, a […]



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3 Signs That You Should be an Entrepreneur

November, 10th, 2016

Wondering if it’s time to start your own business? If you are at that crossroad in your career, Joanna Track is here to help you get over to the other side. As a serial entrepreneur — she’s the founder of sweetspot.ca, eLuxe.ca, Good Eggs & Co., and The Bullet — Joanna has figured out how […]