Entrepreneurs


How to work successfully as a team of entrepreneurs graphic

How to work successfully as a team of entrepreneurs

June, 18th, 2018

  by Viviana Kohon, Namita Tandon-Walsh, and Caitie Yue     All entrepreneurs enjoy the independence and thrill of working for themselves and creating something new. Having partners or co-founders is an added bonus, giving you the option to consult with each other, and to ensure multiple areas of the business are covered through different […]


Where are all the corporate innovators? graphic

Where are all the corporate innovators?

June, 8th, 2018

  As the Director of the Queen’s Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Smith School of Business, Shari Hughson interviews hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded candidates each year. About half intend to pursue careers in corporate innovation.   by Shari Hughson     CEOs seem to lack the confidence in their organizations’ ability to innovate. In […]


Eight simple steps to starting a remote e-commerce business graphic

Eight simple steps to starting a remote e-commerce business

June, 6th, 2018

  by Robin Behrstock     The flexibility that comes from being self-employed is undeniable. Add to that the freedom to work from wherever you choose (including your bed) and it comes as no surprise that more and more people — especially women — are foregoing the typical office environment for the comfort and adaptability […]


Meet Rumeet Billan, President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership graphic

Meet Rumeet Billan, President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership

May, 15th, 2018

As the President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership, Rumeet works to enable opportunities in education, learning and development. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN and have been featured in Forbes.com as a ‘Generation Entrepreneur’. Rumeet has also given two TEDx talks and addressed the […]


Maximizing Potential: How Cisco and BDC are opening doors for women entrepreneurs graphic

Maximizing Potential: How Cisco and BDC are opening doors for women entrepreneurs

May, 4th, 2018

    Women entrepreneurs represent just a small segment of business owners in Canada, but their numbers and impact are growing — and their potential is even greater. Cisco and the Business Development Bank of Canada have partnered to unlock it, using a unique internship program that’s now in its third successful year.   By […]


Meet Roz Tamblyn, Designer and Owner of Roz + Loki graphic

Meet Roz Tamblyn, Designer and Owner of Roz + Loki

May, 3rd, 2018

Roz Tamblyn spent most of her adult life in a corporate environment, where she struggled with finding the perfect dress shirt — one that was perspiration-proof, didn’t gape at the bust, and allowed enough range of motion — all while still being chic and professional. Unable to find an alternative, in 2016 she launched her […]


Meet Chanèle McFarlane, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well graphic

Meet Chanèle McFarlane, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well

April, 30th, 2018

Chanèle McFarlane is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well, a platform dedicated to bridging the gap between competence and confidence for millennial women. Through content, community and opportunities centered around personal branding, networking, style and professional development, her goal is for every woman to live confidently and remarkably. Chanèle also founded “Confidence […]


How to start making more money as an entrepreneur graphic

How to start making more money as an entrepreneur

April, 6th, 2018

    If you’re an entrepreneur, the question of how to make more money is one you probably ask yourself every week. It’s common, and I highly suggest this type of self-talk, because it means that you’re on route to helping more people and growing your business as a result. The problem is, most entrepreneurs […]


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 […]


Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women graphic

Dressed for Success: How Stephanie Ray is redefining the work wardrobe for women

March, 26th, 2018

    As a law student, Stephanie Ray couldn’t find work-appropriate clothing that was comfortable, affordable, and stylish enough to carry her from day to night. So she started her own fashion line, Grayes, to fill the gap.   By Sarah Kelsey     Stephanie Ray, the founder of Grayes clothing, had an inkling she […]


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 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. […]


The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades graphic

The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades

September, 11th, 2017

  Deborah Assaly and Adriana De Luca have both been leading thriving entrepreneurial ventures since the late nineties. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to them about what has enabled their long-term success — from teamwork to technological investments — and their advice for other women looking to follow in […]


Built from the girl up: How Mandy Rennehan became a construction magnate graphic

Built from the girl up: How Mandy Rennehan became a construction magnate

September, 5th, 2017

  How does a young, hardworking Maritimer become one of Canada’s most powerful entrepreneurs? By turning a lifelong passion and her unique personality into a brand, and building a business around it.   By Marie Moore     On the wall in her office, you will find Mandy Rennehan’s slogan: Energy is everything. It’s fitting. […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


Handling the leap: How a corporate executive became an entrepreneur graphic

Handling the leap: How a corporate executive became an entrepreneur

June, 29th, 2017

Shira Yoskovitch’s experience as a busy executive and caregiver — paired with her passion and talent for finding “that right thing” —  inspired her to create a personal shopping concierge service, Handled Concierge Services. She shares the lessons she learned in the process, and her best advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs.   By Marie Moore   […]


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 […]


Five Minutes With Kathy Gregory, Winner Of The 2016 Award For Excellence In Entrepreneurship graphic

Five Minutes With Kathy Gregory, Winner Of The 2016 Award For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

May, 24th, 2017

Kathy Gregory, Founding President & CEO Paradigm Quest Inc. Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship     About Her Business Founded by Gregory after being let go from her position in the world of finance, Paradigm Quest Inc. is the fastest growing mortgage company in Canada, providing a one-stop solution from origination to providing cost effective back […]


Five Minutes With Jennifer Flanagan, Winner Of The 2016 Social Change Award graphic

Five Minutes With Jennifer Flanagan, Winner Of The 2016 Social Change Award

May, 24th, 2017

Jennifer Flanagan, President & CEO Actua Social Change Award     About Her Business Actua (www.actua.ca) is Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach organization engaging 250,000 youth each year in transformational experiences that help them achieve their potential. Actua’s delivery model includes a network of 34 university and college based STEM outreach […]


Five Minutes With Angela Marotta & Melissa Paolicelli, 2016 Start-up Award Winners graphic

Five Minutes With Angela Marotta & Melissa Paolicelli, 2016 Start-up Award Winners

May, 24th, 2017

Angela Marotta, CEO & Melissa Paolicelli, General Manager Two Sisters Vineyard Start-Up Award     About Their Business Two Sisters Vineyards, owned by sisters Angela Marotta and Melissa Paolicelli, is a private, family-owned corporation with a purpose to offer a full service prestige destination winery with on-site tasting and retail, restaurant, corporate facilities and offices located […]


Five Minutes with Eva Sun, Winner of the 2016 TELUS Trailblazer Award graphic

Five Minutes with Eva Sun, Winner of the 2016 TELUS Trailblazer Award

May, 24th, 2017

Eva Sun, President The Rice People Telus Trailblazer Award     About Her Business Food processors aren’t generally associated with being leading edge trailblazers – but Eva Sun’s company (www.ricepeople.com) is different. With a motto of Respect, Integrity, Care and Share, The Rice People’s commitment to their customers, partners, and global community.  Rice is a common staple that most people take […]