Entrepreneurs


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 […]


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 […]


Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet graphic

Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet

April, 4th, 2017

Yana Barankin is the female lead of TAMGA Designs, a clothing line with integrity at its center. Before embarking on this journey, Yana and her business partner asked themselves two simple questions — is it too expensive to produce a socially and environmentally responsible piece of clothing? Does style have to be sacrificed for accountability? The obvious answer […]


Meet the Woman Revolutionizing Toronto’s Events Industry, One Soiree at a Time graphic

Meet the Woman Revolutionizing Toronto’s Events Industry, One Soiree at a Time

April, 2nd, 2017

As the founder and President of The Concierge Club, a nation-wide event and staffing agency, Monica Gomez is behind some of the best celebrations Toronto has ever seen. But she’s not only owning the events industry  — she’s making it a better place for women, too.   By Teresa Harris     Some leaders have a strong business sense, while others know how […]


Meet Emily Rose Antflick, a Chief Community Cultivator Bringing Women Under One Roof graphic

Meet Emily Rose Antflick, a Chief Community Cultivator Bringing Women Under One Roof

March, 28th, 2017

As the founder and Chief Community Cultivator of Shecosystem, a co-working space that nurtures the personal and professional well-being of women, Emily Rose Antflick is a champion of working with integrity and fostering a positive sense of community. And this has served her well — while walking away from both an ill-fitting career and relationship simultaneously was a challenge, […]


Meet Valerie Fox, Canada’s Reigning Queen of Innovation graphic

Meet Valerie Fox, Canada’s Reigning Queen of Innovation

March, 21st, 2017

Meet Valerie Fox, the woman who’s been at the center of innovation since the 80s as a designer for IBM. Since then she co-founded the Ryerson DMZ, North America’s number 1 university business incubator, and started a new venture which helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skills together to […]


Meet Petra Kassun-Mutch, a Former Executive Turned Feminist Entrepreneur graphic

Meet Petra Kassun-Mutch, a Former Executive Turned Feminist Entrepreneur

March, 13th, 2017

Petra Kassun-Mutch wants to revolutionize the way entrepreneurs do business, bringing social consciousness and a feminist mind-set to a space that is all too often profit-centric and male-dominated. A former executive turned serial entrepreneur, Petra is determined to demonstrate how a business can be both responsible and profitable, widening the definition of innovation to be more inclusive […]


Press Release: Call for CWEA Nominations graphic

Press Release: Call for CWEA Nominations

March, 8th, 2017

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Women of Influence Launches the Call for Nominations for the 25th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards     TORONTO – MARCH 8TH – In celebration of International Women’s Day, RBC and Women of Influence are announcing the call for nominations for the 2017 RBC Canadian […]


Four Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Boldly Changing the World for Women and Girls graphic

Four Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Boldly Changing the World for Women and Girls

March, 7th, 2017

Since the theme of International Women’s Day this year is Be Bold for Change, we’ve made a list of 4 Canadian women entrepreneurs who are boldly stepping into their power to improve the lives of women and girls in Canada, and around the world.     Chakameh Shafii, CEO & Co-founder, TranQool     After experiencing […]


Ask Debbie Travis: Where do you look for inspiration? graphic

Ask Debbie Travis: Where do you look for inspiration?

March, 6th, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she shares what inspires her the most.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


The Dolce Vita of Debbie Travis graphic

The Dolce Vita of Debbie Travis

March, 2nd, 2017

Ever since the launch of Debbie Travis’ Painted House in 1995, she’s been inspiring people in Canada (and beyond) to do a little more with their home decor. Now, Debbie’s inviting women to join her at the Tuscan villa she transformed from top to bottom – but that’s not nearly all she has on her […]


Ask Debbie Travis: What do you wish you knew in the beginning? graphic

Ask Debbie Travis: What do you wish you knew in the beginning?

March, 1st, 2017

We sit down with entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis as she reflects on what she wishes she knew at the beginning of her career.         See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


Ask Debbie Travis: To what do you attribute your success? graphic

Ask Debbie Travis: To what do you attribute your success?

February, 27th, 2017

We sat down with our Luncheon keynote speaker, entrepreneur and celebrity brand and television personality Debbie Travis to learn what she views as the key factor in her success. Hint: it’s probably not what you think…       See Debbie Travis at our Luncheon Series Season Premiere on March 9 in Toronto!


#MOMBOSS: Meet Trina Boos, Whose Business Growth Plan Included Having Three Kids graphic

#MOMBOSS: Meet Trina Boos, Whose Business Growth Plan Included Having Three Kids

February, 23rd, 2017

Over the past few weeks, Hafsa Pathan has chatted with several working moms in various fields to get a feel for how they balance, well, everything. Their home life, their personal life, their social life and their work life. Oh, and the lives of their little ones (and sometimes significant other), seeing as the mother […]


Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry graphic

Meet Valerie Gerardi, a Woman Who’s Winning in a Male-Dominated Industry

February, 13th, 2017

Valerie Gerardi is a Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder and owner of Anvale Homes Inc. a custom home and renovation development company serving the GTA. Her entrance into the building industry, which is still largely male-dominated, was much more than chance or coincidence, the result of a family deeply rooted in the home construction industry and a father who […]


Meet Emily Lyons, the Young Serial Entrepreneur With No Plans of Stopping graphic

Meet Emily Lyons, the Young Serial Entrepreneur With No Plans of Stopping

January, 3rd, 2017

When Emily Lyons launched her first company at the age of 23, Femme Fatale Media, a high-end event staffing agency in Toronto, it was only the beginning. As her budding venture quickly grew and acquired big-name clients, her insatiable entrepreneurial spirit drove her to create two more businesses. Now a three-time successful entrepreneur before the age of 30, Emily […]


Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert graphic

Meet Rose Reisman, Canada’s Favourite Caterer & Nutrition Expert

December, 21st, 2016

Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, caterer, author and media personality who has taken her passion for healthy living and developed it into a multi-faceted enterprise. She recently published her 19th cookbook, and in 2015 launched a Children’s Lunch Program, providing hot and healthy meals to schools in the GTA. A nutritional consultant armed with an […]




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