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Why I’m drafting an athlete

February, 18th, 2019

I’m supporting Trinity Earl in her participation in the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. Why? Because inclusion should be the lesson we teach, and guide the opportunities we give, well before we enter the workforce. Women of Influence is on board — and now we need your help.   By Jan Frolic, Vice […]


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Why Canadian Feed The Children is mobilizing for gender equality

February, 11th, 2019

Jacquelyn Wright, President and CEO of Canadian Feed The Children, believes gender equality can have the biggest impact when it comes to eradicating child poverty, unlocking children’s potential, and changing the world. That’s why CFTC is taking part in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada campaign — joining their voice with those of other Canadian […]


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How Maria Freites Hernandez rebuilt her career as an immigrant to Canada

February, 8th, 2019

Moving to Toronto from Venezuela, Maria Freites Hernandez expected to take a few steps back in her analytics career as she settled into her new country. But now she’s back in a senior position at a bank, and taking her career to the next level as a student in the first Master of Management in […]


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Moving from conversation to action: How OMERS is blazing a trail towards diversity and inclusion

February, 3rd, 2019

At OMERS, diversity and inclusion isn’t just a goal on the horizon. Satish Rai, Chief Investment Officer with OMERS, explains how the organization has created a culture that puts respect and support first, with policies and daily actions that reinforce their inclusive message.   By Hailey Eisen     There’s no shortage of conversations about […]


How the leaders of Scotiabank’s Black Employee Resource Group are championing diversity from the middle graphic

How the leaders of Scotiabank’s Black Employee Resource Group are championing diversity from the middle

January, 27th, 2019

Molara Awosedo and Vernette Eugene work in different divisions of Scotiabank at the managerial level. A year ago they co-founded a Black Employee Resource Group, advancing diversity and inclusion and developing high-performing Black employees.       By Shelley White       For Molara Awosedo and Vernette Eugene, Black History Month is a time […]


How Canadians are helping mobilize change in advance of hosting the world’s largest conference on gender equality graphic

How Canadians are helping mobilize change in advance of hosting the world’s largest conference on gender equality

January, 25th, 2019

When Canada was chosen to host the fifth triennial Women Deliver Conference in June 2019, an opportunity was born. Not only does it mean more than 6,000 people from around the globe will be arriving in Vancouver to participate in the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls […]


Thinking inside the box: Emily Lowe’s approach to innovating for the future graphic

Thinking inside the box: Emily Lowe’s approach to innovating for the future

December, 21st, 2018

Founder of Lowegistics International, Emily Lowe, developed a love for shipping containers at a young age. At 17, she turned that passion into a business, launching a global supply chain data analysis company that leverages innovative solutions to transform the economics of construction, material and equipment logistics.   By Kristen Sears     Travel was […]


How Lisa Will launched Stonz and turned it into an international brand graphic

How Lisa Will launched Stonz and turned it into an international brand

December, 16th, 2018

Stonz was launched in 2004 by Lisa Will after she discovered a need for simple yet functional outdoor gear designed specifically for kids. Beginning with the Stonz Bootie, over the years Lisa has continued to grow the product line, guided by customer feedback and her own experience and needs while raising two children. With the […]


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How Ravina Bains became the “Top Under 40” in the investment industry

December, 10th, 2018

Although Ravina Bains’ interest in finance started at a young age, she still took a circuitous route to her present role of Vice-President of Commercial Banking/Canadian Wealth Management Sales Integration at Scotiabank. Recently awarded the 2018 Investment Industry Association of Canada Top Under 40 Award, she’s proof that following your passion pays off.   By […]


How Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder of Wattpad, built a majority-women, diverse and inclusive tech company graphic

How Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder of Wattpad, built a majority-women, diverse and inclusive tech company

December, 10th, 2018

In the often male-dominated tech industry, it’s rare to find a company with a good representation of women. At Wattpad, women are the majority, visible and in positions of power at every level. Allen Lau, co-founder and CEO, looks to his employees for guidance and diverse perspectives on what’s needed for an inclusive environment, and […]


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The Role of Men

December, 5th, 2018

Over the last few decades, we’ve made progress towards gender equality in the workplace, and shifted our focus from ‘why’ we should be doing it to ‘how’ it can be done. The path that will most likely lead to success? One that includes men — as leaders, champions, and allies. Here’s why and how we’ll […]


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Four tips for using technology to help your startup succeed

November, 29th, 2018

With the high failure rate of startups, what can entrepreneurs do to drive towards success? Dr. Yolande Chan, professor of information technology management at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, offers four suggestions for using digital innovation to help your company grow.     By Hailey Eisen   When Dr. Yolande Chan began her academic […]


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How Catherine Velie, general manager at Delta Toronto, is finding balance

November, 25th, 2018

Catherine Velie believes that the idea of “having it all” puts too much pressure on women. But she’s still found her own way to balance her role as general manager of the Delta Toronto hotel with marriage and motherhood — thanks to defined boundaries, a network that’s willing to lend a hand, and a supportive […]


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How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’

November, 2nd, 2018

Prior to 2014, Eva Wong had never started a business. Today, she is the leading lady of one of Canada’s largest fintech companies.     By Kristen Sears   Eva Wong doesn’t have the technical background or entrepreneurial experience that one might expect of a fintech startup founder. Before she launched the Toronto-based credit education […]


Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer graphic

Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer

October, 28th, 2018

When Heather Stewart took over at BBE Expediting — a supply chain service provider and logistics company serving the Canadian North — she knew she needed to diversify the “feast or famine” business. So they developed the GoBox app to enable carriers to bid live on shipping jobs, with the expectation it would be used […]


How Karen Jordan is making others mindful of mental health in the workplace graphic

How Karen Jordan is making others mindful of mental health in the workplace

October, 22nd, 2018

As the Chair of the Scotiabank Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH), Karen Jordan is helping to deliver the message that mental health issues can impact us all — either directly or through a family member, friend or colleague. She’s also working to reduce the stigma around getting help, and making sure everyone at Scotiabank (and […]


How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney graphic

How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney

September, 27th, 2018

As an Integration Consultant for Disney in Orlando, Emily Chambers helps develop forecasting models and algorithms to keep the magic running smoothly — like her latest gig, ensuring Frozen on Broadway is a success. How did she get her dream job, bringing her passion for statistics to the happiest place on earth? Taking advantage of […]


Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market graphic

Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market

September, 23rd, 2018

As the co-founder and CEO of Schema App, Martha van Berkel is helping organizations of all sizes to be found more easily on the Internet. Now a leader in the market with their tool that automates schema markup (the language search engines read), Martha traces her success back to an outspoken personality, and an ability […]


From Law Partner to Tech President: How Karen Yolevski tackled traditional tech culture graphic

From Law Partner to Tech President: How Karen Yolevski tackled traditional tech culture

September, 23rd, 2018

Karen Yolevski didn’t expect to find a role that would bring together her industry experience in both real estate and technology. Now, as president of Nationwide Home Closing Services (HCS), she’s doing just that — leading a fintech that’s innovating and loving every moment of the experience.   By Hailey Eisen     In January 2011, […]


This restaurant serves fresh food fast with help from Canada’s largest and fastest* mobile network graphic

This restaurant serves fresh food fast with help from Canada’s largest and fastest* mobile network

September, 19th, 2018

Mary Anne Butler still drives a decked out “soup mobile” around the streets of Chatham, but she’s expanded well beyond her on-the-road roots. Serving delicious, diner classics with a spin (including 150 soups), Hungry Sam’s quickly grew from a seasonal food truck in 2011 into a much larger, year-round restaurant in 2012. They’ve since expanded […]


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How to succeed in your first year as an entrepreneur

September, 12th, 2018

The first year for any business owner is bound to be full of ups and downs. Co-founders of Eivey, an online marketplace for luxury, pre-worn fashion, share their best tips for surviving year one without losing it all – including your mind.      Entrepreneurs and friends Maryna deLannoy and Laura Sim decided to enter […]


Connections and Confidence: How Jennifer Stewart built a successful communications firm before turning 40 graphic

Connections and Confidence: How Jennifer Stewart built a successful communications firm before turning 40

September, 10th, 2018

Jennifer Stewart’s entrepreneurial drive and self-proclaimed “overconfidence” led to her opening her own PR and government relations firm at just 25 years old. Through vision, leadership, and a whole lot of hustle, she’s built Syntax Strategic into an internationally recognized communications and business strategy firm and stands tall as one of Canada’s top communication-leaders.   […]


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Five questions to find out if your company is ready for a digital transformation

August, 31st, 2018

Digital transformation impacts all aspects of an organization, from leadership and strategy to marketing, innovation, finance, operations and IT. In the digital age, employees with skills in digital business and strategy execution is essential. Does your organization have what it takes to build a digital business model?       In June, the International Data […]


Leading Ladies: How Melissa Sariffodeen of Ladies Learning Code is leveling the programming field for women graphic

Leading Ladies: How Melissa Sariffodeen of Ladies Learning Code is leveling the programming field for women

August, 21st, 2018

Melissa Sariffodeen is the co-founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code, which has taught over 100,000 individuals skills in HTML, CSS, WordPress, Python, Ruby, artificial intelligence, web design, and more. Her impact was recognized with the 2017 Social Change Award at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards — an accomplishment she humbly credits to the […]


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Income Sprinkling: What Business Owners Need to Know

August, 16th, 2018

Whether you know it as income sprinkling or income splitting, as of January 1, 2018, the rules have changed. There is still lots of uncertainty that exists surrounding the interpretation of the proposed federal legislation but here is what you need to know as a business owner.       By Shauna Forret, Tax Partner, […]


It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant graphic

It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant

August, 16th, 2018

When Allison Christilaw and her husband sold their successful management consulting firm to Deloitte, she was taken on as a partner in the firm. A few years later she was striking out on her own path to create Reddin Global — and she’s still on that journey today.         By Shelley White […]


How Scotiabank and Shirlie Delacherois are empowering Canada’s Aboriginal community graphic

How Scotiabank and Shirlie Delacherois are empowering Canada’s Aboriginal community

August, 16th, 2018

As a young girl, Shirlie Delacherois was aware of her Aboriginal heritage, but didn’t fully appreciate its value until much later in life. It was after a 20-year career at Scotiabank that Shirlie had the opportunity to continue the bank’s long history of supporting Aboriginal Peoples — by stepping into the role of Senior Aboriginal […]




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