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The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business graphic

The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business

April, 17th, 2018

    By Karen van Kampen     As a five-year-old girl growing up in a farming community on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Dr. Trina Bailey knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Surrounded by a “menagerie of pets” that included a bunny, dog, cat and gerbils, the veterinary surgeon says, “I don’t […]


Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights graphic

Learning and Leaning In: How an EMBA gave Darielle Corsaro the confidence to take her career to new heights

April, 5th, 2018

    Darielle Corsaro was looking for a new challenge. On the advice of a mentor, she enrolled in an MBA program — and returned to work not only with added knowledge, but also a newfound confidence. The former controller is now VP of finance and operations, and embracing big-picture thinking.   By Kristen Sears […]


What’s Needed: how one talented tech innovator — turned bank VP — sees female founders getting ahead graphic

What’s Needed: how one talented tech innovator — turned bank VP — sees female founders getting ahead

April, 2nd, 2018

    As a veteran of the tech start-up world, Nicole German understands what’s needed to help female founders get ahead. Now, as vice-president, enterprise digital marketing, at Scotiabank, she’s helping to get those resources into the right hands.   By Shelley White     Every day, talented female entrepreneurs across Canada are innovating — […]


Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women graphic

Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women

March, 26th, 2018

    As a law student, Stephanie Ray couldn’t find work-appropriate clothing that was comfortable, affordable, and stylish enough to carry her from day to night. So she started her own fashion line, Grayes, to fill the gap.   By Sarah Kelsey     Stephanie Ray, the founder of Grayes clothing, had an inkling she […]


Mission Possible: Sitting down with globally renowned cybersecurity expert, Diana Burley graphic

Mission Possible: Sitting down with globally renowned cybersecurity expert, Diana Burley

March, 20th, 2018

    Cybersecurity is critical to how our society functions. It is also evolving as quickly as it’s growing, and in this industry dominated by white men, Diana Burley is making sure her unique voice is helping to shape the future.   By Stephania Varalli     Diana Burley is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert. She […]


“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen graphic

“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen

March, 15th, 2018

    Heather Kernahan ended up in Silicon Valley when the Toronto tech company she was working for was acquired by its largest competitor. Her next steps — which eventually led her to becoming President of North America for Hotwire PR — were entirely under her control.   By Joanne Fedeyko      Heather Kernahan […]


The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch graphic

The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch

February, 6th, 2018

      By Hailey Eisen     If you’re a fan of comedy, you’ve likely heard of The Baroness Von Sketch Show. If you haven’t, you really ought to Google it. Airing to critical acclaim in Canada and the US on CBC and IFC, the show is written, performed, and executive produced by four […]


Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive graphic

Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive

February, 2nd, 2018

    Tanya van Biesen left her 21-year career in the corporate world of executive search to take on a leading role with a global non-profit supporting one of her passions: advancing inclusive workplaces.   By Kristen Sears     For Tanya van Biesen, it was kinda, sorta déjà vu. Two summers ago, she left […]


Building a Better Ladder: How Scotiabank fosters female talent through sponsorship graphic

Building a Better Ladder: How Scotiabank fosters female talent through sponsorship

January, 30th, 2018

    Not having a sponsor is a key reason many talented women never reach their potential. That’s why up and comer Alana Riley was paired with Alex Besharat, Senior Vice President & Head, Canadian Wealth Management through Scotiabank’s Canadian Banking Sponsorship Program. With a senior leader advocating on her behalf, there’s no telling how […]


Solutions for All: How one Canadian bank is developing technology to drive accessibility graphic

Solutions for All: How one Canadian bank is developing technology to drive accessibility

December, 8th, 2017

    As Vice President of Design, Digital Banking, at Scotiabank, Pamela Hilborn is tasked with developing unique technology solutions that can meet the needs of the Bank’s diverse customer base — including those with disabilities.   By Shelley White     Pamela Hilborn has always been fascinated by what makes people tick. It’s a […]


How Dr. Paula Harvey is looking at women’s heart disease through a holistic lens graphic

How Dr. Paula Harvey is looking at women’s heart disease through a holistic lens

December, 3rd, 2017

    Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in Canada. As both the director of cardiology and physician-in-chief of medicine at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Paula Harvey is dedicated to changing that, including through groundbreaking interdisciplinary work and a focus on the unique needs of women.   By Sarah Treleaven     […]


Up to the challenge: How Sian Williams, president of Bulova Canada, reinvigorated a legacy brand graphic

Up to the challenge: How Sian Williams, president of Bulova Canada, reinvigorated a legacy brand

December, 3rd, 2017

    When she was recruited to lead Bulova Canada, Sian Williams had already made a name for herself in the male-dominated watch industry, overhauling two major brands with great success. She’s spent the last four years rejuvenating the 142-year-old company, guiding it back to the leadership in innovation that originally defined the brand.   […]


From Engineer to Executive: How curiosity and courage has guided the career of 3M Canada President, Mojdeh Poul graphic

From Engineer to Executive: How curiosity and courage has guided the career of 3M Canada President, Mojdeh Poul

November, 27th, 2017

    When Mojdeh Poul first moved from Iran to the U.S. to pursue an engineering degree, she planned on returning home after finishing her studies. The curiosity and courage that brought her there ended up keeping her there, then led her from engineering into marketing, and ultimately into her current role as president of […]


How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women graphic

How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women

November, 17th, 2017

    Lisa Milburn is the chief operating officer at BMO Insurance, a role she took on after pivoting out of a career in communications. She’s also the executive sponsor of the BMO for Women program, an initiative that’s changing the way the financial institution interacts with their female clients.   By Hailey Eisen   […]


Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal graphic

Too busy to do your absolute best? Done is better than perfect, advises Raman Gakhal

November, 17th, 2017

    While Raman Gakhal was completing the Executive MBA-Americas program presented jointly by Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, she was also handling some major changes at home — caring for a young infant, and preparing for a second on the way. […]


Being is Believing: How 18-year-old Sindy Mosquera became CEO of one of Colombia’s largest banks for a day graphic

Being is Believing: How 18-year-old Sindy Mosquera became CEO of one of Colombia’s largest banks for a day

November, 10th, 2017

    To mark the United Nations’ 2017 International Day of the Girl, 600 young women were selected to take over top jobs at various organizations around the world. Sindy Mosquera was one of them. As part of Plan International’s #GirlsBelongHere campaign, Sindy sat in on committee meetings, met clients and connected with some of the bank’s […]


The Story of Project Her: the first Canadian crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs graphic

The Story of Project Her: the first Canadian crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs

November, 9th, 2017

    Launched this week, Project Her is a crowdfunding platform for female-led businesses. But it’s not just the gender focus that sets it apart. Founders Donna West and Shelly Lynn Nellis have a vision to build a community of support, enabling women entrepreneurs to face their unique challenges, and create success on their own […]


How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes graphic

How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes

November, 1st, 2017

  As the director of endocrinology at Women’s College Hospital and a physician-scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe dedicates her time to studying diabetes in women — from identifying risk factors to improving access to care.   By Sarah Treleaven     Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe has long been part of a tradition […]


Beside Every Man: The founders of Earth Inc give credit to their wives for their early success graphic

Beside Every Man: The founders of Earth Inc give credit to their wives for their early success

October, 30th, 2017

  Kennedy McRae and James Dale are the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm. They are also the husbands of Rajini and Sandra — two accomplished women who played an integral part in that success, offering emotional and financial support as well as hands-on help, especially in the early days of the […]


What’s it like for a woman in the investment field? Three female investment advisors share their stories. graphic

What’s it like for a woman in the investment field? Three female investment advisors share their stories.

October, 25th, 2017

  Is investing still a boys’ club? Is there an opportunity for women to succeed? Joni Ganderton, Kavaughn Boismier, and Michelle Crouse from investment firm BMO Nesbitt Burns give their honest take on how the industry is changing, why it has been a fit for them, and why more women should get involved — both […]


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 […]


A Fresh Start: How Rania Llewellyn is helping Canadian immigrants kick-start their career graphic

A Fresh Start: How Rania Llewellyn is helping Canadian immigrants kick-start their career

October, 16th, 2017

  When Rania Llewellyn first immigrated to Canada, she found herself in the same predicament as many newcomers: educated and talented, but unable to find work. Now Senior Vice President, Products and Services, Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank, Rania tells her incredible story of how she got her start, and how she’s helping other immigrants […]


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 […]


Strategic Moves: How Canadian Kate Murphy became the CEO of a gaming startup in Norway graphic

Strategic Moves: How Canadian Kate Murphy became the CEO of a gaming startup in Norway

October, 4th, 2017

  Kate Murphy is the CEO of Play Magnus, a startup based in Norway that offers apps and events for practicing and playing chess. How did she get picked to head the company, considering she doesn’t speak Norwegian or play the game? Kate discusses the leadership tactics she’s learned through her entrepreneurial experience combined with […]