Profiles


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 […]


It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success graphic

It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success

August, 14th, 2017

Since launching her Turbine by Lisa Drader-Murphy label in 1997, Lisa’s company, Lisa Drader-Murphy Designs, has grown to operate eponymous boutiques in three provinces — all while manufacturing designs under a vertical model on a private heritage estate in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. As one of the last vertical fashion houses in the country, they […]


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 […]


To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees graphic

To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees

July, 25th, 2017

In Canada, less than a quarter of senior management positions are held by women, and that figure drops significantly looking up to the board level. The MBA has long been seen as a key enabler to improve these numbers, both for early- and mid-career women, but “age and stage” issues often drive decisions for women considering […]


How Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is helping to solve the problem of boardroom diversity graphic

How Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is helping to solve the problem of boardroom diversity

July, 24th, 2017

Since moving to Silicon Valley twenty years ago, Sukhinder Singh Casssidy has founded two companies, headed up Google’s Asia Pacific and Latin American operations, taken on the CEO role at multiple organizations, joined several boards, and become an angel investor. Her latest accomplishment? Launching theBoardlist, an online talent marketplace designed to get more women on […]


Meet Lylee Horn, an indigenous soccer player finding focus and unity through the game graphic

Meet Lylee Horn, an indigenous soccer player finding focus and unity through the game

July, 20th, 2017

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people. This year from July 16 – 23rd, Toronto will host more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a countless number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. In celebration of the thousands of Indigenous women representing Canada on the […]


Guiding the Giving: How Jacquie Ryan’s unorthodox career path led her to her dream job in sponsorship and philanthropy at Scotiabank graphic

Guiding the Giving: How Jacquie Ryan’s unorthodox career path led her to her dream job in sponsorship and philanthropy at Scotiabank

July, 18th, 2017

Jacquie Ryan wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after she graduated university with a degree in English and Film Studies, so she headed to Banff to coach skiing. The short-term job set her on a path to a long-term career, and she’s continued to let her passions guide her profession ever since.   By […]


One male-dominated sector, two successful female entrepreneurs graphic

One male-dominated sector, two successful female entrepreneurs

July, 14th, 2017

Joanne Johnson and Sandra Dussault each have a successful manufacturing company, despite not having a background in the sector. How did they do it? A clear vision and smart business decision-making, including investments in technology. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to Joanne and Sandra about entrepreneurship, and their advice […]


Meet Melody Horn, an indigenous soccer player navigating life on the field graphic

Meet Melody Horn, an indigenous soccer player navigating life on the field

July, 13th, 2017

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people. This year from July 16 – 23rd, Toronto will host more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a countless number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. In celebration of the thousands of Indigenous women representing Canada on the […]


Meet Bailey Thomas, a young Indigenous athlete ready for the NAIG 2017 graphic

Meet Bailey Thomas, a young Indigenous athlete ready for the NAIG 2017

July, 10th, 2017

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people. This year from July 16 – 23rd, Toronto will host more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a countless number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. In celebration of the thousands of Indigenous women representing Canada on the […]


The power of passion: How Kathy Hay has reinvigorated fundraising efforts for Women’s College Hospital graphic

The power of passion: How Kathy Hay has reinvigorated fundraising efforts for Women’s College Hospital

July, 7th, 2017

As President & CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Kathy Hay leads the team responsible for generating the private and community funding that’s required for WCH to close significant gaps in the healthcare system and continue to forge the path toward better healthcare for women and their families.   By Marie Moore     When the […]


Meet Elyse Dickerson, a former corporate exec championing women in biotech graphic

Meet Elyse Dickerson, a former corporate exec championing women in biotech

July, 6th, 2017

Elyse Dickerson is CEO and Co-Founder of Eosera, Inc., a majority woman-owned biotech company committed to developing products that address under-served medical needs. Elyse actively mentors women who pursue careers in healthcare and technology, and is a strong advocate for gender equality and women in business. Are you looking for inspiration to leave the corporate world and set […]


Meet Izzy Camilleri, an iconic Canadian custom fashion designer graphic

Meet Izzy Camilleri, an iconic Canadian custom fashion designer

July, 4th, 2017

As one of Canada’s most celebrated fashion designers, Izzy Camilleri has made a name for herself over the past 32 years. Her pieces have been featured in publications from Italian Vogue to InStyle, and been worn by the likes of Meryl Streep and David Bowie. Her eponymous namesake fashion line earned her CAFA’s coveted ‘Women’s Wear […]


Meet Amanda Daley, the Vice President Bringing Medical Marijuana to Market graphic

Meet Amanda Daley, the Vice President Bringing Medical Marijuana to Market

June, 27th, 2017

Amanda Daley is Vice President, Medical at Canopy Growth Corporation, the parent company of several licensed producers of medical cannabis. While she claims her friends would have voted her ‘Least Likely to be Working in the Cannabis Industry’ back in 2014, when the opportunity to help drive one of the newest — and most controversial […]


A well-examined career: How Laurie Swami made it to the C-Suite in a male-dominated industry graphic

A well-examined career: How Laurie Swami made it to the C-Suite in a male-dominated industry

June, 23rd, 2017

With the help of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, Human Capital Solutions, Laurie Swami landed the role of President and CEO of The Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Here she offers advice for other women looking to move up the ladder.     By Hailey Eisen     In the nuclear industry, where less than 20 per cent […]


Meet Samantha DeBianchi, Million Dollar Real Estate Mogul graphic

Meet Samantha DeBianchi, Million Dollar Real Estate Mogul

June, 21st, 2017

You may recognize Samantha DeBianchi from Bravo’s ‘Million Dollar Listing Miami’. But did you know she’s the founder and real estate maven behind DeBianchi Real Estate, one of Florida’s top real estate firms? Her massive success comes down to two things: a work ethic ingrained in her since childhood, and an relentless determination to take the […]


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 […]