Expert Advice


The data is in: These are the top challenges of Canadian entrepreneurs — and how to overcome them graphic

The data is in: These are the top challenges of Canadian entrepreneurs — and how to overcome them

September, 22nd, 2017

  As part of the process of creating ctrl by Deloitte, a new accounting and advisory platform for SMEs, Deloitte reached out to some 2000 Canadian small-to-medium business leaders to better understand their challenges. They identified the issues that worry them the most — and the solutions to address them.   By Lynda Carter, Partner, […]





Why estate planning is important for all women — and how you can get started graphic

Why estate planning is important for all women — and how you can get started

September, 18th, 2017

  As vice president and regional director, Lydia Potocnik leads the Trust and Estate Services team in Ontario for BMO Trust Company, which provides individuals, families, and businesses with valuable estate, trust, and incapacity services. She believes it is important for everyone to have an estate plan in place — and for women, there are […]





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Four myths that hold women back from successfully managing their finances

September, 3rd, 2017

  Melanie McDonald is the Vice-President and Regional Director of Trust and Estate Services at BMO Trust Company in Western Canada. As an expert on estate planning, she assists clients with some of the most challenging issues that they and their family will face in their lifetime. She’s also accustomed to handling her own personal […]





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The confidence gap— 3 tools to level the playing field

August, 23rd, 2017

As an advocate for young, career-seeking women, Lora Sprigings, Career Coach at Smith School of Business, founded the WIL Do initiative. This is a unique opportunity for young women at Smith to candidly discuss leadership and empowerment in a small group setting while creating space for females to build confidence by supporting and encouraging one […]





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Business leaders, here’s how you start taking diversity and inclusion seriously

August, 1st, 2017

We all know it should be a priority, but how do we begin to make it one? Terri Hartwell Easter of T.H. Easter Consulting,  a leading employee engagement, diversity and inclusion management, and human resources management firm based in Maryland, U.S., weighs in.   By Terri Hartwell Easter     You cannot pick up a […]





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Finding Balance

July, 21st, 2017

Finding Balance How do you strike a balance between career advancement and life fulfillment? Hear from a round table of powerful, successful Canadian business women on what their strategy is.      





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The Sponsor Effect

July, 7th, 2017

The Sponsor Effect Did you know that sponsorship has a direct impact on women’s belief that they can reach the c-suite level? No matter what stage you’re at in your career, sponsorship is mutually beneficial. Find out how.      





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Samantha DeBianchi’s 6 Tips for Success

July, 4th, 2017

There are more women business owners than ever before, which is great news. The bad news? Not all of them succeed. While there are many reasons for this (lack of funding, bad timing, mismanaged resources, etc.) often times success or failure starts with you. So if you’re ready to stop getting in your own way and […]





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The Power of Negotiating: Get Your Ideal Salary

June, 15th, 2017

Did you know that only 7% of women negotiate the terms of a job offer? Marni Johnson, SVP of Human Resources and Communications at BlueShore Financial, wants to see that change, so women start stepping into their full potential and start closing the gender wage gap.    By: Marni Johnson     In my career, I […]





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Five Tips For Financing Your Tech Purchase

June, 9th, 2017

In today’s business environment, you can gain a significant competitive advantage with the right technology investment. What do you do when you don’t have the funds to support the purchase? Follow these five tips for financing your tech purchase, courtesy of BDC.   By Marie Moore     As an entrepreneur, you know your talent and […]





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Was That Coaching or Criticism?

June, 1st, 2017

  We all rely on healthy constructive criticism in order to learn and grow as professionals. But what happens when coaching becomes straight up criticism? Christine Laperriere of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre is here to remind us all how heavy-handed coaching can backfire ― and how we can prevent our confidence from crumbling under the pressure.   by […]





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How to Answer the Question, “So, What Do You Do?” when You Have a Multifaceted Career

May, 25th, 2017

  Being equally good at and passionate about several different things is no longer a detriment to building a focused, strong, and sustaining career. Emilie Wapnick, speaker and author of How to be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up has a few tips for how to […]





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Why I’m Finished with Leadership Buzzwords

May, 25th, 2017

  Recognizing when our unconscious personal bias is influencing how we perceive our leaders is crucial. Leah Parkhill Reilly of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre urges us to base judgment on facts rather than feelings, and stay on high alert for meaningless buzzwords.   by Leah Parkhill Reilly     When I was in corporate HR, we […]





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How to Get Hired in an Age of Disruption

May, 21st, 2017

An executive search professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Lisa Knight, Managing Partner at Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, has made a career of knowing what organizations are looking for in a candidate. Today, your ability to excel in a changing environment will be what sets you apart.   By Lisa Knight   […]





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Overcoming the Imposter

April, 27th, 2017

  You probably don’t have to think too far back to recall the last time you diminished yourself and your work, brushing off moments of success as simply “good luck”. It’s called the Imposter Syndrome, and it is real, and it is rampant — an estimated 70% of people will experience it at least once […]





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Your responsibility in navigating a bad boss

April, 11th, 2017

The quality of your relationship to your superiors is critical to your professional success ― yet, it’s not always easy to overlook your boss’s shortcomings. Christine Laperriere, executive director of our Advancement Centre is here to help.   by Christine Laperriere   In my work as Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre, I get invited […]





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Changing Quickly Takes Time

March, 23rd, 2017

    Any way you slice it, change can be hard, either as the leader trying to move a team through to the new beginning or as an individual who is managing their own transition. Leah Reilly, human resources consultant, explains a different way to look at change that can help make the process smoother. […]





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Questions to build the relationships you need for an amazing year

February, 28th, 2017

Are you looking to add some goals to your plate? Christine Laperriere, executive director of our Advancement Centre, suggests you start with a baggage removal plan: clean house of your toxic relationships, and you’ll have more energy to focus on success.   by Christine Laperriere   As many of us look to add goals to our […]





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Are you coasting or are you creating?

February, 16th, 2017

Human resources consultant, Leah Reilly, warns about getting trapped in sentimental feelings about your past roles and accomplishments. Instead, seek out new experiences and push yourself creatively and positively career-wise, and it can result in gains in other aspects of life.   by Leah Reilly   At one point, I accepted a role with a […]





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The Missing Step in Tackling Lofty Goals

February, 7th, 2017

If you’re having trouble sticking to your plans for positive change, you might need to rethink your approach. Christine Laperriere, executive director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre, explains how small steps can lead to big wins.   by Christine Laperriere   Quick check: how is everyone doing with their New Year’s Resolutions? If […]





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The first step towards success? Know yourself.

January, 30th, 2017

There’s something very unique about your personal career journey: YOU. So, whether your goal is to get ahead or to find more satisfaction, dedicate some time to learning more about yourself. Kate Rowbotham, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, explains how.   By Hailey Eisen   How well […]





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5 Resolutions to Boost Your Career in 2017

January, 6th, 2017

  This time of year, we are inundated with ideas on how to improve our lives. From drinking more water to unplugging more often, there’s no doubt that starting the New Year on a new path to wellness is a good idea. But what about starting the year on a new path to success, one that’s […]





Good Question: After taking time off to raise my family, I’m looking for my next position. Where do I begin? graphic

Good Question: After taking time off to raise my family, I’m looking for my next position. Where do I begin?

December, 23rd, 2016

Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre. She is also an executive coach and seasoned expert focused on helping female leaders and teams reduce internal conflict, improve employee engagement, and more effectively engage with customers and prospects. Over the past eight years, she has taught hundreds of leaders through […]





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 […]