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Meet Nichelle Laus, Personal Trainer graphic

Meet Nichelle Laus, Personal Trainer

April, 12th, 2018

Nichelle Laus boldly left a 15-year career as a police officer to pursue her passion for health and fitness. She is now a professional transformational coach and fitness expert for women. As a mother of four Nichelle has managed to build her own brand and open her own personal training centre, Optimum Training Centre.    […]


Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor graphic

Meet Ali de Bold, co-founder of ChickAdvisor

April, 6th, 2018

Ali de Bold co-founded ChickAdvisor with her husband Alex in 2006. The digital platform was created after the couple realized that there were no review websites specifically dedicated to women and the products they use. Ali is the main spokesperson for ChickAdvisor and a brand advocate for the variety of top-tier brands that the platform […]


Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle graphic

Meet Isabelle Fish, founder of private fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle

April, 2nd, 2018

Born and raised in France, Isabelle Fish practiced law in in the US, UK and South Africa before moving to Calgary in 2002 — and changing to a career in fashion retail. Another move to Toronto a few years later led to the opening of her by-appointment fashion boutique, Rue Pigalle, where she styles clients […]


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How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Being a Female Entrepreneur

March, 27th, 2018

    Being an entrepreneur means jumping on the scariest, most exciting roller coaster ride of your life. For women, hanging on during those drops and not-so-gradual descents means you absolutely must have confidence, even when you really don’t; balance, even when it doesn’t exist; and enough self-awareness to send yourself to the corner for […]


Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada graphic

Meet Gabrielle Nydam, President of Contiki Canada

March, 22nd, 2018

    Gabrielle Nydam is President at Contiki Canada. With over a decade in the industry, Gabrielle has worked in various roles within the tourism industry and has travelled extensively across the globe. Most recently with ME to WE, a social enterprise focused on culturally immersive volunteer travel, she oversaw the creation and growth of […]


Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit graphic

Meet Carolyn Ansley, Founder of Brand for Benefit

March, 21st, 2018

In 2017, Carolyn Ansley founded Brand for Benefit, a consultancy dedicated to helping companies transform their business through socially responsible and sustainable business practices. She is an accomplished, award-winning executive leader known for exceptional strategic vision and execution, proven from leadership roles at Nestle Canada to co-founding and leading KABRITA USA, a North American baby […]


Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London graphic

Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London

March, 9th, 2018

Tosin Adeniji began her career in the heart of London, first as an intern for Vision PR and progressing to EMI/Universal Records, where she worked with the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and more. Never one to rest on her laurels and following her life mantra of “thinking randomly big,” Tosin applied to study for […]


Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc. graphic

Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc.

March, 9th, 2018

Heather Fraser exudes a passion for innovation fuelled by human insight, bold ideas and thoughtful strategy. For the first 25 years of her career, she built businesses and over 100 brands through leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Ogilvy & Mather and TAXI Advertising & Design. In 2005, she co-founded DesignWorks, the Strategy Innovation Lab […]


Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved graphic

Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved

March, 1st, 2018

When Sharon Vinderine tried to launch a new baby product, she found that there’s nothing stronger than word of mouth when it comes to marketing to parents. Now, as the founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) — an online resource parents consult for the best products for their families —she’s banking her […]


Meet Camilla Sutton, CEO of Women in Capital Markets graphic

Meet Camilla Sutton, CEO of Women in Capital Markets

March, 1st, 2018

Prior to becoming President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets, Camilla Sutton spent more than two decades in capital markets, most recently as Scotiabank’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange. Earlier in her career, she was part of Portfolio Management at OMERS and Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. Camilla is an alumn of Dalhousie […]


Meet Amy Coupal, CEO of Learnography and champion of lifelong learning graphic

Meet Amy Coupal, CEO of Learnography and champion of lifelong learning

March, 1st, 2018

Amy Coupal is the CEO of Learnography, a social enterprise focused on learning at any age and stage of life. A former teacher in Toronto and Japan, Amy followed an unconventional career path into the worlds of education innovation, international projects and corporate learning. Prior to her position at Learnography, she oversaw the development of […]


Meet Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation graphic

Meet Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

February, 22nd, 2018

Paulette Senior is recognized as one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in Canada. She brings a wealth of grassroots experience and sensibility to her role as CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, spending several years on the frontlines of social and community development work. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment […]


Meet Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball graphic

Meet Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball

February, 21st, 2018

Dana Bookman is the founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball and the Canadian Women’s Baseball Association. She started Toronto Girls Baseball for her six year old daughter, who loves the game but wanted to quit after a season of being the only female player in a league made up of 400 boys. Today, Toronto […]


Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder graphic

Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder

February, 19th, 2018

After 25 years succeeding in male-dominated industries, competing in Ironman competitions and being a global traveler, Rhonda Vetere now finds herself as the chief technology officer at famed cosmetics giant Estée Lauder, a role that includes global leadership across 162 countries. Yet despite her corporate success — she spearheaded the transformation of Estée Lauder’s IT […]


Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show graphic

Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show

February, 12th, 2018

In the last year and a half, the Baroness Von Sketch Show has been called the “funniest Canadian sketch show since Kids In The Hall.” Yet Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen — known as the Baronesses, along with their other co-creators and stars, Meredith MacNeill and Carolyn Taylor — have created something wholly their own, […]


Meet Karla Avis-Birch, Vice President at GO Transit graphic

Meet Karla Avis-Birch, Vice President at GO Transit

February, 9th, 2018

Karla Avis-Birch moved from Montreal to Toronto to pursue a career in engineering at Ryerson University, and is an alumni of the National Society of Black Engineers of Canada. She now works for GO Transit, where over the past 6 years she has progressed from Project Financial Engineer to Manager, Controls and Standards, culminating in […]


Meet Alison Gordon, CEO of 48 North Cannabis Co. graphic

Meet Alison Gordon, CEO of 48 North Cannabis Co.

February, 9th, 2018

  As a 20-year old, Alison Gordon couldn’t have fathomed one day having a full-time, let alone high-powered, job in the marijuana industry — or that pot would ever be an industry at all. Now, she’s leading 48 North Cannabis Co., an ACMPR licensed medical cannabis company, as CEO, bringing her unstifleable passion to this […]


Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality” graphic

Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality”

February, 9th, 2018

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is internationally recognized as a leading expert in Augmented Reality (AR) and is the author of Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. (New York and Tel Aviv), and was a Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented […]


Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets graphic

Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets

February, 8th, 2018

    Carol Lee is a Director with BMO Capital Markets in their Investment & Corporate Banking group. She recently returned to investment banking, following a sabbatical, through Women in Capital Markets’ Return to Bay Street program. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Return to Bay Street so far has helped 42 senior professional women […]


Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist graphic

Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist

February, 3rd, 2018

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali has garnered international recognition for her music which she’s performed at prestigious venues spanning five continents, including Carnegie Hall in New York. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting. Most recently, she was selected by CBC Radio to host the […]


Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger graphic

Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger

February, 2nd, 2018

After intimately observing and studying the world of teens, Tanya Lee realized that the choices one makes at a young age affect the rest of one’s life. A survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, to this day she still experiences the after effects of a tough upbringing, and the choices that she made because […]


Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency graphic

Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency

January, 26th, 2018

In 1960, Eleanor Fulcher borrowed $500 to start her own self-improvement and modeling agency. At the time, there were few, if any, women who owned their own business. Instead, women were encouraged to become teachers, nurses, secretaries, or stewardesses. Yet in spite of these established guidelines, Eleanor went on to build the most successful self-improvement […]


Meet Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC graphic

Meet Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC

January, 25th, 2018

Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, the agency designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing BC’s dynamic and diverse creative sector. She is currently Vice-Chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for Advantage BC. She is on the Advisory […]


Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest graphic

Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest

January, 19th, 2018

Lindsay Davis is the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Spartan Invest, a real estate investment firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Spartan Value Investors, the holding company for Spartan Invest, recently landed on Inc. 5000’s 2017 list of fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth year in a row. In her six years […]