Profiles


Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions graphic

Meet Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, President of rock-it promotions

December, 20th, 2016

As the president and founder of rock-it promotions and an innovator within the industry, Debra is a seasoned professional with an inspiring entrepreneurial spirit. She started her company out of her parents’ spare bedroom, and now, 17 years later, rock-it is a leading Canadian lifestyle PR firm that resides in the heart of downtown Toronto.      My first […]


Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan graphic

Meet Sharon Kim, CEO & Founder of CanPlan

December, 19th, 2016

Sharon Kim is a passionate, imperfect millennial striving to live a life of meaning as CEO/Founder of CanPlan, a one of a kind planner that exists to assist cancer patients and their caregivers navigate the confusing and often overwhelming world of cancer treatment. Here she outlines how she got her idea off the ground, why it’s important to […]


Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams graphic

Meet Lesley Lawrence, the BDC senior executive helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams

December, 19th, 2016

Recently appointed to the role of Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting, Ontario, Lesley Lawrence oversees Business Development Bank of Canada’s lending and consulting services in the province. She hadn’t planned on going into finance — Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto — but after more than 25 years in […]


Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery graphic

Meet Jean Blacklock, Founder of Prairie Girl Bakery

December, 13th, 2016

Jean Blacklock grew up in Saskatchewan, where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. She then became a partner at a major law firm in Calgary and later joined BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management. Her last role at BMO was managing wealth services for BMO […]


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5 Things You Should Know About the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

December, 2nd, 2016

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould became Canada’s Minister of Justice in 2015, joining 14 other women to form Canada’s first gender-equal Cabinet. But did you also know she’s also a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations?  Here are 5 things you should know about the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould.       1. She’s […]


Want to have it all? Put a hand up for yourself, and a hand out for others graphic

Want to have it all? Put a hand up for yourself, and a hand out for others

December, 1st, 2016

“Procuring and teaching the right people to work together to get things done enables great things to happen” By Liz Bruckner When Donna Venable speaks about helping others, it’s clear it’s an important part of who she is. “I believe that giving back is a responsibility we all have. My parents instilled this perspective in […]


How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide graphic

How one man and thousands of fish are helping improve women’s health worldwide

November, 24th, 2016

Solving one of the world’s most common women’s health problems may be as simple as dropping a fish in water. Gavin Armstrong, Founder, President and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish, tells us how. By Teresa Harris Iron deficiency is the world’s most common micro-nutrient issue, and has a disproportionate negative impact on women and children. Instances […]


Meet Linda Hung, Senior Director of Theme Parks graphic

Meet Linda Hung, Senior Director of Theme Parks

November, 22nd, 2016

Linda Hung is the Senior Director of Theme Parks at FORREC, a global entertainment design company based in Toronto. Her project experience includes the design and development of large-scale destination resorts such as Resorts World in Singapore, regional parks including LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Malaysia and Universal Studios Singapore and a local children’s playground in the […]


Lift as you Climb and Learn as you Soar graphic

Lift as you Climb and Learn as you Soar

November, 21st, 2016

Virginia Brailey, Vice-President, Marketing and Strategy at ADP Canada believes fully in reaching beyond your career comfort zone, and bringing others along for the climb. Her advice? You should too. By Hailey Eisen “It’s not the act of jumping out of an airplane; it’s what’s you learn before the chute opens that really matters,” Virginia Brailey says. […]


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A new view of “having it all”

November, 14th, 2016

“In the workplace, we need to be asking, ‘How do we get better at helping everyone spend time the way they need to when their loved ones are in need?’ It ought not to be a women’s issue.” By Shelley White When it comes to women’s work-life balance, Mary Ann Turcke wants to change the conversation. […]


Meet Natalie Panek: Rocket Scientist and Advocate for Women in STEM graphic

Meet Natalie Panek: Rocket Scientist and Advocate for Women in STEM

October, 13th, 2016

Natalie is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology. As a Mission Systems Engineer at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, Natalie works on the next generation of Canadian space robotics and space exploration programs. She seeks to pursue the road less traveled while working towards her dream of becoming an astronaut. As […]


Living #InSync:  Dina Pugliese on overcoming her inner critic and making her dream career a reality graphic

Living #InSync: Dina Pugliese on overcoming her inner critic and making her dream career a reality

September, 26th, 2016

After ten years as Co-Host of Breakfast Television, Dina Pugliese is accustomed to the spotlight—but it wasn’t always that way. We’ve partnered with Activia to share Dina’s story of how her experiences taught her to listen to her inner critic, trust her instincts, and find the balance that allows her to achieve her best. By […]


From philosophy to tech, meet Danielle Graham graphic

From philosophy to tech, meet Danielle Graham

September, 26th, 2016

Unlike many people working in technology, Danielle Graham didn’t take the traditional STEM route in University—she studied the arts. From growing up in Namibia and Ethiopia, studying philosophy at the University of Toronto, history at Dalhousie University, and an MBA at Wilfrid Laurier, Danielle has landed as the Women in Tech Program Manager at the […]


This Fortune 500 Company is Committed to Women’s Advancement—These Five Execs Prove It graphic

This Fortune 500 Company is Committed to Women’s Advancement—These Five Execs Prove It

September, 20th, 2016

PepsiCo doesn’t just have a female CEO at its helm—the company is fully committed to embracing inclusion and promoting female leaders across the globe.


A Well Designed Life: Pink Tartan’s Kim Newport-Mimran graphic

A Well Designed Life: Pink Tartan’s Kim Newport-Mimran

September, 8th, 2016

Her Pink Tartan clothing label balances timeless sophistication with practicality—a fitting combination for fashion designer, entrepreneur, and mom, Kim Newport-Mimran.


Aspiring Astronaut Natalie Panek on #WomenInSTEM graphic

Aspiring Astronaut Natalie Panek on #WomenInSTEM

September, 6th, 2016

Advocating for women in STEM isn’t rocket science, but Natalie Panek’s day job certainly is. The 31-year-old, space-robot-building rocket scientist is living her childhood dream working in the aerospace industry, while paving the way for other young women interested in science and technology.


Indira Samarasekera on Building a Career of Firsts graphic

Indira Samarasekera on Building a Career of Firsts

September, 1st, 2016

Luck didn’t land Indira Samarasekera a successful career. It was hard work, pursuing her passions, and taking strategic risks that earned her multiple career accolades.


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Leading with Passion: Cheryl Grishkewich

August, 31st, 2016

As VP, Control Brand Marketing at Loblaw Companies, Cheryl Grishkewich proves that loving your job brings out your best performance. After taking a career breather to decide on her next move, she found a role that taps into her passion for food.


Sandra Taylor’s International Impact on Corporate Social Responsibility graphic

Sandra Taylor’s International Impact on Corporate Social Responsibility

August, 10th, 2016

Sandra E. Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, combined her passions to create a corporate social responsibility and sustainability career that has taken her around the globe.


Meet the Woman Transforming the Future & Funding of Female Entrepreneurs graphic

Meet the Woman Transforming the Future & Funding of Female Entrepreneurs

August, 10th, 2016

Vicki Saunders has dedicated her career to funding female entrepreneurs. She launched SheEO in 2013, a global collaboration of female entrepreneurs and radically generous women who finance, support, and celebrate female entrepreneurs. That’s not all she’s taken on. She has run businesses in Toronto, Europe, and Silicon Valley, which is where she learned first-hand the lack of accessible […]


From COO of Scotiabank Puerto Rico to Toronto: Meet Enid Pico graphic

From COO of Scotiabank Puerto Rico to Toronto: Meet Enid Pico

May, 2nd, 2016

By Shelley White   Enid Pico has never been afraid to make a big career move. In 2010, she made the leap from a top job in her home country as President and Chief Operating Officer of Scotiabank Puerto Rico to a challenging new role 3,000 km away in Toronto. “It was a big risk […]


Meet Dr. Christine Sow: President and Executive Director of Global Health Council graphic

Meet Dr. Christine Sow: President and Executive Director of Global Health Council

April, 29th, 2016

Dr. Christine Sow is the first woman to take the helm of the Global Health Council (GHC), a leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. Over the span of her career, she has led numerous initiatives to strengthen health systems and increase access to lifesaving drugs and […]


Meet Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada graphic

Meet Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada

April, 13th, 2016

A 15-year Cisco employee, Bernadette Wightman took on her role as President of Cisco Canada at the end of 2014. She’s originally from the UK, but has managed organizations in developed and emerging markets across the globe. Her over 25-year career in the IT industry has led to numerous accolades: she was named Business Leader of […]


From Bank Teller to Head of BMO: Meet Charyl Galpin graphic

From Bank Teller to Head of BMO: Meet Charyl Galpin

March, 3rd, 2016

Managing motherhood with a career that climbed from bank teller to head of BMO Nesbitt Burns, Charyl Galpin has always stayed true to her personal brand.   By Hailey Eisen   Family dinners were non-negotiable. Even if that meant leaving for work so early that her kids weren’t even awake. A mother of two young […]