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.
The TPH Charitable Giving Award celebrates an exceptional leader of a not-for-profit or charitable organization that is dedicated to helping others help themselves. These leaders assist in social change and improving the quality of lives around us, not to mention garnering extraordinary support from the community by championing philanthropy and volunteerism in Canada. We asked their best advice for other entrepreneurs.
The Telus Trailblazer Award honours an entrepreneur that is a true trendsetter. She has recognized a new market, product, service, technological advancement, or opportunity and has bravely led the way. She has demonstrated outstanding leadership within her company and market, and has set standards for originality, quality and successful management. Theses entrepreneurs are mentors, visionaries, leaders, and successful businesswomen of their industry. We asked them what advice they would you give to another entrepreneur facing uncertainty about their own trailblazing idea.
These successful entrepreneurs have successfully overcome obstacles, capitalized on opportunities to deliver 10% growth or more, and have done so for more than three years. Through their expanded management, empowered employees, and demonstrated excellence, these entrepreneurs have created a flexible and responsive business that is able to adapt to changing market environments and leverage opportunities for continued growth.
Through timely innovation, strategic thinking, and smart execution, these three finalists have launched—and built one (or more!) successful companies with a track record of growth, profitability, industry leadership, as well as breaking new ground. Through their drive, managerial acumen, and leadership traits, they have have generated exceptional economic growth and social change. We asked their best advice for other entrepreneurs.
These 18 women were selected from over 5,000 nominees to become finalists for the 2015 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. From construction to retail, communications to not-for-profit, they manage more than 2,300 employees and over $190 million in gross profit. We asked each of them to share what advice they would give to a room full of aspiring entrepreneurs.
Manjit Minhas is one of the newest dragons on Dragons’ Den, making it CBC’s first season with two female investors. While Manjit is a petroleum engineer by trade, her true passion lays in beer. Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery, a company she started at only 19 years old, making her one of the youngest female brewery owners in the world.