Tori Swaim may have been shy as a teenager, but she’s certainly overcome it as she heads into her 17th year of entrepreneurship—and working with celebrities while she’s at it. As owner of New Arrivals Inc., My Baby Sam Inc., and Three Wishes Bedding Co., three companies that specialize in nurseries and baby bedding, Tori […]
By Catherine Bell Catherine Bell is the founder of BluEra, an executive search and team transformation company. She’s also the best-selling author of The Awakened Company, a thought-provoking read that explores how treating businesses as communities can transform them for the better. She shares how the idea was born, and the impact it’s capable of […]
By Paola Girotti Paola is the founder and owner of SUGARMOON, a sugaring business with three salons, take-home sugaring and organic body care lines, and the SUGARMOON training academy. In this instalment of her Women of Influence web series, The Truth About Entrepreneurship: My Life on the Moon, she shares her story of mixing motherhood […]
Debbie Travis may be a household name to many, but she hasn’t always been the home renovation celebrity from Debbie Travis’ The Painted House. She strategically worked her way up from model to producer to a successful entrepreneur and hit TV host in Canada, Britain, and around the world. Not only did this witty English […]
Julia Grieve isn’t just an entrepreneur—she’s a trendsetter, a local celebrity, an eco-design leader, and a wife and mother of three. Julia’s former career as an international model helped develop her fashion forte and eye for design, paving the way for the launch of her sustainable fashion company, Preloved, in 1995. She’s managed the growth […]
By Paola Girotti Paola is the founder and owner of SUGARMOON, a sugaring business with three salons, take-home sugaring and organic body care lines, and the SUGARMOON training academy. In this instalment of her Women of Influence web series, The Truth About Entrepreneurship: My Life on the Moon, she shares why she chose to start […]
Can women have it all? New research commissioned by American Express Canada and Women of Influence suggests a more pertinent question for 2016—do they even want it all? With the workplace and landscape of life changing rapidly and the word success being redefined, this research examines the state of female ambition in Canada, looking at what, if anything, is holding women back.
Mallorie Brodie is reinventing the construction industry. Alongside her partner, Lauren Lake, this duo is using their entrepreneurial spirit to not only disrupt a traditionally male dominated industry; they’re also serving as mentors to other young women. The duo founded Bridgit, a cloud-based smartphone application that allows construction sites to be organized more efficiently, introducing technology to an industry that was begging for a reinvention. Mallorie made it happen.
Tamara Moore is no stranger to bold moves. She started her luxury travel company, Ascent Behave, in the middle of a recession. She successfully brought the boutique Gansevoort Hotel Group from NYC to Turks and Caicos when there were limited female leaders on the small island. She has turned her passion for travel into a lifelong career, most recently landing the CEO role in Slice’s reality TV show, Après Ski. We sat down with Tamara to learn more about her entrepreneurial success story.
Not only have these six entrepreneurs built their companies from the ground up, they have been successful, profitable, and innovative in their approach. We recognized these women at our 23rd annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards in Toronto, and asked them to share their story to success.