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Meet Nancy Foster, Senior VP of Human and Corporate Resources at Husky graphic

Meet Nancy Foster, Senior VP of Human and Corporate Resources at Husky

September, 19th, 2017

As Husky’s Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources, Nancy Foster is an experienced human resources practitioner with extensive oil and gas experience, both domestically and internationally. She is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, and has served on numerous committees and is dedicated to giving back to her community of Calgary, such as […]





Meet Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance at Ausenco graphic

Meet Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance at Ausenco

September, 19th, 2017

An experienced international business leader with 20  years human resources and talent management experience, Krista Pell is recognized for her strategic, exuberant and hands-on approach to people and performance. Throughout her career, she has proven her drive to develop and implement people management and organizational development strategies and solutions that create systemic change, enhancing 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 Sarah Walters, Vice President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy graphic

Meet Sarah Walters, Vice President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy

September, 14th, 2017

As Vice-President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy, Sarah Walters knows how to build a team that is effective, skilled, and inclusive. With more than 20 years of international strategic HR and organizational development experience gained within the rail, National Health Service and oil & gas industries, bringing large scale, multi-skilled teams together is her bread […]





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 Heather Barnabe, CEO of G(irls)20 graphic

Meet Heather Barnabe, CEO of G(irls)20

August, 29th, 2017

Earlier this summer, Heather Barnabe was named CEO of our charity of choice, G(irls)20. With over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Heather knows what it means to manage complex, multi-country education interventions. Her career has thus far taken her across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America for Right To Play, […]





Meet AriAnne Sproat, a woman who worked her way up from receptionist to COO in the manufacturing industry graphic

Meet AriAnne Sproat, a woman who worked her way up from receptionist to COO in the manufacturing industry

August, 25th, 2017

  At age 37, AriAnne Sproat proudly wears the label of trailblazer for women in business and, in particular, the manufacturing industry. As COO of ITC Manufacturing in Phoenix, one of the world’s leading supplier of steel products, she has spent the last 18 years as a role model, demonstrating to the company founders and all employees […]





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 […]





Meet Kelcey Wright Johnson, a young reporter breaking new ground for women in sports media graphic

Meet Kelcey Wright Johnson, a young reporter breaking new ground for women in sports media

August, 15th, 2017

Kelcey Wright Johnson is a former varsity basketball player turned sports reporter. Since graduating from Ryerson University and Western University just a few years ago, Kelcey has worked at four World University Games — the biggest international multi-sport event behind the Olympic Games — providing live play-by-play commentary, sideline reporting and highlight recaps. She is […]





Meet Misty McLandress, a Junk-ette throwing misconceptions about women in dirty jobs to the trash graphic

Meet Misty McLandress, a Junk-ette throwing misconceptions about women in dirty jobs to the trash

August, 11th, 2017

Misty McLandress manages not only the back-end and day-to-day operations of a JUSTJUNK removal franchise, but can also be found on-site and in the trucks, directly serving her customers, who are often surprised to find a woman ready and willing to haul their garbage. Yet despite the stereotype, Misty loves her work, and credits a […]





Meet Gail Bell and Julie Freedman Smith, the duo with parenting power graphic

Meet Gail Bell and Julie Freedman Smith, the duo with parenting power

August, 8th, 2017

With a combined 30 years experience in the education sector, Julie and Gail knew they had a unique perspective on parenting. So, in 2002 they founded Parenting Power, a business that helps parents face everyday challenges through a comprehensive suite of parenting tools, including coaching, courses and conferences. In 2013 they co-authored their first book, A […]





Meet Kristine Hubbard, the woman keeping Torontonians moving graphic

Meet Kristine Hubbard, the woman keeping Torontonians moving

August, 3rd, 2017

Kristine Hubbard began working for her family’s cab company, Beck Taxi, over 25 years ago. Now, she serves as Operations Manager, ensuring Toronto’s most recognizable taxi service keeps getting people from point A to B.          My first job ever was…  Beck! I had to beg my parents to let me work – I […]





Meet Ginella Massa, Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor graphic

Meet Ginella Massa, Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor

July, 31st, 2017

Ginella Massa had dreams of becoming a news reporter since she was a young girl, despite fears that her appearance didn’t fit the typical mold. Decades later, she realized that life long dream when she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing reporter, and then the first anchor of a major Canadian news channel to wear a hijab […]





Meet Kyla Fox, an Entrepreneur Bringing Healing to Women in Toronto graphic

Meet Kyla Fox, an Entrepreneur Bringing Healing to Women in Toronto

June, 20th, 2017

Kyla Fox is the founder of The Kyla Fox Centre, a premier eating-disorder recovery centre in Toronto. She has been a clinical therapist in the field for fifteen years and is a public speaker, writer, educator and advocate for eating disorder awareness and prevention. Her personal experiences and struggles inspired her to make a profound […]





Meet Erick Vandewedge, Challenging Unconscious Bias to Change the Face of Technology Consulting at Deloitte graphic

Meet Erick Vandewedge, Challenging Unconscious Bias to Change the Face of Technology Consulting at Deloitte

June, 19th, 2017

Even with over 18 years’ experience providing technology advisory and implementation services, Erick Vandeweghe was surprised when he learned during an Unconscious Bias training that many male executives unknowingly favour men over women for analytical tasks. As the leader of Deloitte’s Canadian Technology Consulting practice, Erick has become more attuned to biases within the organization […]





Meet Sarah Kerr, Executive Director of SchoolBOX graphic

Meet Sarah Kerr, Executive Director of SchoolBOX

June, 12th, 2017

Sarah Kerr got involved in the grassroots charity SchoolBOX at the young age of 19, when she helped to raise funds to build the organization’s very first classroom in Nicaragua. She was humbled by the extreme poverty she witnessed there, and propelled by a strong desire to change the world by giving children access to […]





Meet Tanya Van Biesen, Director of Catalyst Canada and #GoSponsorHer Advocate graphic

Meet Tanya Van Biesen, Director of Catalyst Canada and #GoSponsorHer Advocate

June, 12th, 2017

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, the leading global non-profit working to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion, and a founding partner of the #gosponsorher initiative. As a recognized influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya has over two decades […]





Meet Gaby Bayona, an Innovative Bridal Designer for the Unconventional Woman in All of Us graphic

Meet Gaby Bayona, an Innovative Bridal Designer for the Unconventional Woman in All of Us

June, 6th, 2017

Gaby Bayona was born and raised in Vancouver, BC into a household filled with sewing machines, wedding gowns and constant creation. Her mother was a bridal seamstress, and it was this early exposure, a childhood laced with full skirts and fleeting veils, that inspired Gaby to begin designing and constructing her own dresses, at first […]





Meet Shay Lowe, a Toronto-based Jewellery Designer with a Beverly Hills Presence graphic

Meet Shay Lowe, a Toronto-based Jewellery Designer with a Beverly Hills Presence

May, 30th, 2017

Shay Lowe’s ambition and genuine passion for her craft has taken her from a small town to one of Toronto’s Top Ten Jewellery Designers, whose designs have been seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and A-list celebrities. She was noted as a ‘Designer on the Rise’ and one of the Top 15 Designers […]





Meet Louise Green, Big Fit Girl and Believer that Sweat, Endorphins and Victory Belong to Every ‘Body’ graphic

Meet Louise Green, Big Fit Girl and Believer that Sweat, Endorphins and Victory Belong to Every ‘Body’

May, 23rd, 2017

Louise Green is an internationally recognized plus-size trainer, author of Big Fit Girl, and body positive champion who has motivated countless plus-size women and girls to take control of their health, improve their well-being, and boost their self-confidence through personal fitness. A true advocate for change, she received the Body Confidence Canada Award for Health and Wellness […]





Meet Rachel Ignotofsky, an Illustrator and Author Breathing New Life into Women in Science graphic

Meet Rachel Ignotofsky, an Illustrator and Author Breathing New Life into Women in Science

May, 16th, 2017

Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator whose work highlights the incredible scientific achievements of prominent women in history. Get to know what inspires her, and how she’s using her talents to reshape the way we view women in traditionally male-dominated fields.     My first job ever was… I answered the […]





Meet Four Franchising Entrepreneurs Bringing Business Ownership to Moms Across Canada graphic

Meet Four Franchising Entrepreneurs Bringing Business Ownership to Moms Across Canada

May, 12th, 2017

In celebration of Mothers’ Day, the Canadian Franchise Association connected us with four ‘mompreneurs’ who’ve discovered the secret to balancing business ownership and running a family (their secret? There’s no such thing as balance). From a mobile spray-tanning business with celebrity clients, to a paint-your-own pottery studio and a franchise built on taking the embarrassment […]





Meet Miriam Baker, a Canadian Designer Making Bust-Friendly Fashion a Thing graphic

Meet Miriam Baker, a Canadian Designer Making Bust-Friendly Fashion a Thing

May, 9th, 2017

When Miriam Baker recognized a gap in the fashion industry, she was quick to fill it. In 2014, she won the prestigious Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label and was featured as a designer to watch in Flare magazine for her line of clothing catering to women with larger busts. Since then she’s […]