Entrepreneurs


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 graphic

Built from the girl up

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 […]





Meet Louise Green, Big Fit Girl and Believer that Sweat, Endorphins and Victory Belong to Every ‘Body’ graphic

Meet Louise Green, Big Fit Girl and Believer that Sweat, Endorphins and Victory Belong to Every ‘Body’

May, 23rd, 2017

Louise Green is an internationally recognized plus-size trainer, author of Big Fit Girl, and body positive champion who has motivated countless plus-size women and girls to take control of their health, improve their well-being, and boost their self-confidence through personal fitness. A true advocate for change, she received the Body Confidence Canada Award for Health and Wellness […]





Five Minutes With Isabelle And Marie-helene Primeau, Winners Of The 2016 Micro-business Award graphic

Five Minutes With Isabelle And Marie-helene Primeau, Winners Of The 2016 Micro-business Award

May, 18th, 2017

Isabelle & Marie-Hélène Primeau, President & Executive Vice-President Premier Continuum Inc. (PCI) Micro-Business Award     About Their Business Premier Continuum Inc. (www.premiercontinuum.com) specializes in the field of Resilience, Business Continuity, Emergency Management, IT Disaster Recovery and Integrated Risk Management. Isabelle and Marie-Hélène offer the cloud based specialized software in addition to consulting and training […]





Meet Rachel Ignotofsky, an Illustrator and Author Breathing New Life into Women in Science graphic

Meet Rachel Ignotofsky, an Illustrator and Author Breathing New Life into Women in Science

May, 16th, 2017

Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator whose work highlights the incredible scientific achievements of prominent women in history. Get to know what inspires her, and how she’s using her talents to reshape the way we view women in traditionally male-dominated fields.     My first job ever was… I answered the […]





Meet Four Franchising Entrepreneurs Bringing Business Ownership to Moms Across Canada graphic

Meet Four Franchising Entrepreneurs Bringing Business Ownership to Moms Across Canada

May, 12th, 2017

In celebration of Mothers’ Day, the Canadian Franchise Association connected us with four ‘mompreneurs’ who’ve discovered the secret to balancing business ownership and running a family (their secret? There’s no such thing as balance). From a mobile spray-tanning business with celebrity clients, to a paint-your-own pottery studio and a franchise built on taking the embarrassment […]





Meet Miriam Baker, a Canadian Designer Making Bust-Friendly Fashion a Thing graphic

Meet Miriam Baker, a Canadian Designer Making Bust-Friendly Fashion a Thing

May, 9th, 2017

When Miriam Baker recognized a gap in the fashion industry, she was quick to fill it. In 2014, she won the prestigious Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label and was featured as a designer to watch in Flare magazine for her line of clothing catering to women with larger busts. Since then she’s […]





Why Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada, is putting her business behind female entrepreneurs graphic

Why Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada, is putting her business behind female entrepreneurs

May, 5th, 2017

With the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle entering its second year, we spoke with Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada, to find out how the program has progressed since it’s launch, and what’s in store ahead.   By Marie Moore     When I ask Bernadette Wightman, President of Cisco Canada, for her best advice for female […]





Meet Sandra Longo, a Woman Bringing Newfound Mobility to Those Who are Wheelchair-Bound graphic

Meet Sandra Longo, a Woman Bringing Newfound Mobility to Those Who are Wheelchair-Bound

April, 28th, 2017

Sandra Longo was young when she became committed and passionate about disabled individuals who live their lives wheelchair-bound — when she was only 9 years old, her mother became a complete Paraplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury. With encouragement from family, friends and neighbours, Sandra started Navy Street Charity for Persons with Disabilities […]





Meet Phoebe Yong, a Risk-Taking Communications Entrepreneur with More than a Thing for Sports graphic

Meet Phoebe Yong, a Risk-Taking Communications Entrepreneur with More than a Thing for Sports

April, 24th, 2017

With over 20 years of industry experience in B2B marketing and a degree in Communications and an MBA in Marketing, Phoebe Yong, Principal and Founder at Magnolia Marketing Communications has led marketing campaigns with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Dell, HP, and Microsoft. She’s known in the industry for her tenacity, work […]





Built from the Ground Up: Meet the Woman Who Has Made a Career Out of Defying Expectations graphic

Built from the Ground Up: Meet the Woman Who Has Made a Career Out of Defying Expectations

April, 23rd, 2017

Amanda Shuchat was given the keys to Vision7 International’s newest PR agency, The Colony Project, at an age when many doubted her capabilities. Yet in just over a year as Managing Director, she has made a name for the shop as one that offers something the big guys simply can’t compete with. Which to those who […]





Five minutes with Kate Ross LeBlanc, Winner of the 2016 RBC Momentum Award graphic

Five minutes with Kate Ross LeBlanc, Winner of the 2016 RBC Momentum Award

April, 20th, 2017

Kate Ross LeBlanc, Co-Founder and CEO Saje Natural Wellness RBC Momentum Award Winner     About Her Business Saje Natural Wellness was born when Kate decided to combine her passion for retail with her mission to alleviate the chronic pain symptoms experienced by her husband. She’s now inspiring global wellness with over 50 stores throughout Canada and […]