Profiles


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 […]





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Meet a champion for women that’s leading by example

March, 3rd, 2016

“It’s not about squashing men and lifting others up, but rather to be sure our policies and practices are fair and equitable and that the opportunities are there for everyone.”  – Maria Theofilaktidis     By Shelley White Maria Theofilaktidis is passionate about gender inclusion in the workplace. “It’s a personal thing for me, because I’ve […]





From Television to Tuscany: How Debbie Travis Landed her Dream Villa graphic

From Television to Tuscany: How Debbie Travis Landed her Dream Villa

March, 2nd, 2016

Debbie Travis may be a household name to many, but she hasn’t always been the home renovation celebrity from Debbie Travis’ The Painted House. She strategically worked her way up from model to producer to a successful entrepreneur and hit TV host in Canada, Britain, and around the world. Not only did this witty English […]





Meet the entrepreneur that redesigned sustainable fashion graphic

Meet the entrepreneur that redesigned sustainable fashion

February, 29th, 2016

Julia Grieve isn’t just an entrepreneur—she’s a trendsetter, a local celebrity, an eco-design leader, and a wife and mother of three. Julia’s former career as an international model helped develop her fashion forte and eye for design, paving the way for the launch of her sustainable fashion company, Preloved, in 1995. She’s managed the growth […]





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How to Build an Empire

February, 23rd, 2016

When Manjit Minhas started her business at 19, she was looking for a little extra income during university. Today, she’s an entrepreneur with an international brewery, interests in several other businesses, and a spot on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.   By Shelley White | Photography by Nathan Elson    Manjit Minhas didn’t set out to be […]





How Tamara Moore turned a love of travel into a lifelong career and a TV gig graphic

How Tamara Moore turned a love of travel into a lifelong career and a TV gig

December, 17th, 2015

Tamara Moore is no stranger to bold moves. She started her luxury travel company, Ascent Behave, in the middle of a recession. She successfully brought the boutique Gansevoort Hotel Group from NYC to Turks and Caicos when there were limited female leaders on the small island. She has turned her passion for travel into a lifelong career, most recently landing the CEO role in Slice’s reality TV show, Après Ski. We sat down with Tamara to learn more about her entrepreneurial success story.





Popeyes CEO’s advice to women? Be your authentic self and produce results graphic

Popeyes CEO’s advice to women? Be your authentic self and produce results

December, 7th, 2015

Coming from an extensive career in branding, Cheryl Bachelder climbed the ranks at Procter and Gamble and KFC before joining fried chicken rival Popeyes as CEO in 2007. She is clear about her passions: learning, rich brands, and good leadership. We sat down with Cheryl to learn more about her path to the c-suite, and how her leadership style has led to positive business results.





Meet One of the Youngest Female Brewery Owners in the World, Manjit Minhas graphic

Meet One of the Youngest Female Brewery Owners in the World, Manjit Minhas

November, 3rd, 2015

Manjit Minhas is one of the newest dragons on Dragons’ Den, making it CBC’s first season with two female investors. While Manjit is a petroleum engineer by trade, her true passion lays in beer. Manjit is the co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery, a company she started at only 19 years old, making her one of the youngest female brewery owners in the world.





The Financial Side of Fashion, Meet the VP of Maison Marie Saint Pierre graphic

The Financial Side of Fashion, Meet the VP of Maison Marie Saint Pierre

November, 2nd, 2015

Danielle Charest, VP and partner at Maison Marie Saint Pierre, successfully brings finance and fashion together. Her structured thinking, financial aptitude, and business background have helped grow Maison Marie Saint Pierre into an international brand. As vice president and senior partner, Danielle oversees the operational and financial elements that allow creativity to thrive, while ensuring retail success. We spoke to her about her change in career.





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Meet the woman instrumental in passing the Violence Against Women Act

October, 29th, 2015

Dr. Ludy Green has shaped her 25-year career around abolishing violence against women and children. Currently president and founder of Second Chance Employment Services, Dr. Ludy started her company to help victims of domestic violence reach financial autonomy. In honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we asked this incredible woman to share some of her journey.





Meet Marie Saint Pierre, The First Canadian Fashion Designer to Show in Paris graphic

Meet Marie Saint Pierre, The First Canadian Fashion Designer to Show in Paris

October, 19th, 2015

Marie Saint Pierre is an award-winning pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry and a woman of many firsts. Marie was the first Quebec designer to participate at the Fashion Coterie of New York, and the first Canadian designer to present her collection in Paris. We spoke to her about becoming an entrepreneur.





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A Day in the Life with Cheryl Hickey

September, 2nd, 2015

As the host of Entertainment Tonight Canada, Cheryl Hickey is not only a successful reporter and celebrity; she is also a mother of two, a budding entrepreneur, and a wife. But all of those roles didn’t grow overnight. Cheryl worked diligently and strategically to bring her career to where it is today, and that drive and determination has followed her into her role as mother and entrepreneur. So how does one elegantly juggle so many roles?





Meet the Newest Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den: Serial Entrepreneur Michele Romanow graphic

Meet the Newest Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den: Serial Entrepreneur Michele Romanow

August, 26th, 2015

Michele is a serial entrepreneur who had four successful businesses under her belt before her 29th birthday, including Buytopia and Snapsaves. The latter was renamed Snap by Groupon when it was acquired by the couponing giant in 2014, and she’s currently serving as their head of marketing. You can see her in action as one of the newest (and youngest) Dragons on CBC’s hit show, Dragon’s Den.





Meet the Woman Championing Canada’s Most Ambitious Energy Program graphic

Meet the Woman Championing Canada’s Most Ambitious Energy Program

August, 26th, 2015

Susannah Pierce, vice president of Shell Canada and external affairs director for LNG Canada, is currently leading Canada’s most ambitious energy program. Susannah has truly championed the energy sector – leading controversial projects with TransCanada and Shell, and has been ranked No.2 in the Fortune Global 500 list of the world’s largest companies. Read on to learn more about this inspirational woman.





Collaborating on Disruption: How Susanne Chishti is Connecting Investors to FinTech Startups graphic

Collaborating on Disruption: How Susanne Chishti is Connecting Investors to FinTech Startups

August, 26th, 2015

The financial services sector is facing a wave of disruption. Thanks to an onslaught of FinTech companies—combining finance with technology—changes are being made in the way people bank, borrow, invest, and spend money. Women of Influence CEO, Carolyn Lawrence, sat down with with Susanne Chishti, Founder and CEO of FINTECH Circle, Chairman of FINTECH Circle Innovate, and Co-Editor of The FINTECH Book to gain insights.





Amanda Lindhout on the Transformational Power of Forgiveness graphic

Amanda Lindhout on the Transformational Power of Forgiveness

August, 25th, 2015

Amanda Lindhout thought she would be in and out of Somalia in a week with a ground-breaking article. When she left 460 days later, she had a personal story that no one could have predicted. Now, Amanda is an award winning humanitarian, social activist, public speaker and writer, as well as the Founder and former Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation. Read on to learn how this inspiring woman found forgiveness through captivity.





Olympian Martha McCabe on: Achieving Success graphic

Olympian Martha McCabe on: Achieving Success

June, 26th, 2015

Professional success isn’t limited to the boardroom. We ask 25-year-old Olympian Martha McCabe to share insights on achieving success and overcoming setbacks as a professional athlete.





Meet Shelagh Stoneham: SVP of Marketing at Shoppers Drug Mart graphic

Meet Shelagh Stoneham: SVP of Marketing at Shoppers Drug Mart

May, 5th, 2015

What does Shelagh Stoneham recommend you do to achieve career goals? “I encourage women to write down their goals with clear success metrics, and revisit them every six months to see how they’re doing.” Shelagh also keeps hers tucked away in her purse.





Su-Mei Thompson on: Gender Diversity in Hong Kong graphic

Su-Mei Thompson on: Gender Diversity in Hong Kong

April, 27th, 2015

Moving from the corporate world to running an NGO wasn’t a difficult transition for Su-Mei Thompson. As CEO of “The Women’s Foundation”, Su-Mei is sharing her success story and her first-hand experience with the gender bias female senior leaders face in Hong Kong.





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Meet Advertising Masterminds, Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk

March, 30th, 2015

Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk are the ad agency leaders behind Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign. They are best-selling authors and their recent release, “Darling You Can’t Do Both” teaches women in business how to break the “unspoken” rules and win.





Business lessons from Canadian icon Lise Watier graphic

Business lessons from Canadian icon Lise Watier

March, 23rd, 2015

Lise Watier launched her iconic cosmetics brand over 40 years ago and recently stepped down as President and CEO to focus on her next venture: the Lise Watier Foundation.





How Kristen Wood took The Ten Spot from niche to national graphic

How Kristen Wood took The Ten Spot from niche to national

March, 2nd, 2015

Kristen Wood is the founder and CEO of The Ten Spot, an efficiency-meets-quality brand of beauty bars. She’s turned her niche business into a bi-coastal chain, complete with franchisees and a product line. Kristen shares her story of success.





How Lorraine Mitchelmore became the head of Shell Canada graphic

How Lorraine Mitchelmore became the head of Shell Canada

February, 26th, 2015

From her small town roots in Green Island Cove, Nfld. to becoming the current president and country chair of Shell Canada, and executive vice-president of its heavy oil division, Lorraine Mitchelmore tells us how she rose to the top.