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The Scotiabank Women Initiative is expanding to empower more women to take their careers and businesses to the next level graphic

The Scotiabank Women Initiative is expanding to empower more women to take their careers and businesses to the next level

December, 9th, 2019

When The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ first launched in 2018, its primary focus was to support women-owned, women-led businesses through three key pillars: Access to Capital, Mentorship and Education. One year later, Scotiabank is expanding this bespoke program. Scotiabank’s Loretta Marcoccia, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Global Banking and Markets, explains how adding a […]


5 minutes with communications expert Jennifer Stewart on building brand awareness graphic

5 minutes with communications expert Jennifer Stewart on building brand awareness

December, 7th, 2019

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, working with clients in the public and private sectors on […]


How Debbie Fung, co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, found success following her passion graphic

How Debbie Fung, co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, found success following her passion

November, 28th, 2019

  When Debbie Fung and her partner, Jason Lu, graduated from university, they both landed great jobs in their fields of study — but instead, they chose to follow their passion. Launching Yoga Tree Studios in 2007, they’ve grown the business to six locations, and have plans to open more. Debbie shares how the pair […]


How Lori Sroujian transitioned from marketing exec to vegan cheese entrepreneur graphic

How Lori Sroujian transitioned from marketing exec to vegan cheese entrepreneur

November, 28th, 2019

  Lori Sroujian first started experimenting with faux-cheese recipes after a family health scare led her to reconsider what she was eating. What started as a personal quest to find a nutritious but delicious replacement for cheese eventually evolved into a side hustle — and about a year ago, VegCheese became Lori’s full-time enterprise.   […]


How Colette Cooper transitioned from trained nurse to self-taught co-owner of a successful engineering company graphic

How Colette Cooper transitioned from trained nurse to self-taught co-owner of a successful engineering company

November, 11th, 2019

  With four small children and the challenges of juggling home, her nursing career, and her husband having his own business, Colette Cooper made the decision to step away from a demanding career as an intensive care nurse — and never went back. Instead, she joined forces with her husband Darren, ultimately taking on the […]


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The Pressure of Performing

November, 4th, 2019

As CEO of G(irls)20, Heather Barnabe’s career has been built around improving the livelihoods of women and girls, both at home in Canada and around the world. With over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Heather knows what it means to manage complex, multi-country interventions.   By Heather Barnabe, CEO, G(irls)20     […]


How Shannon Kot fast-tracked her path to partner at Deloitte graphic

How Shannon Kot fast-tracked her path to partner at Deloitte

November, 4th, 2019

A co-op placement while earning a math and computer science degree introduced Shannon Kot to the consulting world. A few years later, at the urging of her mentor, she chose to complement her skills with an MBA from Smith School of Business. In just seven years, Shannon had made partner at Deloitte — a feat […]


How Dream Maker Inc is making entrepreneurship more inclusive graphic

How Dream Maker Inc is making entrepreneurship more inclusive

November, 4th, 2019

Isaac Olowolafe Jr., President of Dream Maker Inc, a Toronto-based asset management firm, started his entrepreneurial journey at just 22 years old. Now at 36, he credits the support of his parents, wife and his community for his success — and he’s paying it forward, with venture capital investments and philanthropic support guided by a […]


How Theresa Keeping is building opportunities in her native Newfoundland graphic

How Theresa Keeping is building opportunities in her native Newfoundland

October, 28th, 2019

  Theresa Keeping, owner of the Port of Stephenville, is the quintessential serial entrepreneur, with over forty years of experience building several businesses. But it wasn’t until she moved back to Newfoundland — where she was born and raised — that her entrepreneurial aspirations have been connected to revitalizing the area her ancestors have called […]


Knocking down physical walls to help demolish barriers to inclusion graphic

Knocking down physical walls to help demolish barriers to inclusion

October, 21st, 2019

Can changing a physical workplace foster inclusion? Barbara Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank, explains how an “Activity-Based Working” approach to their office design created a space that enables all employees to work when, where, and how they choose — demolishing barriers, increasing engagement, and ensuring everyone is enabled to be […]


Meet Louise Fogharty: Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC graphic

Meet Louise Fogharty: Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC

October, 16th, 2019

Louise Fogharty is Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs’ initiative for the BC & North region. Louise leads a team of dedicated individuals who help Canadian entrepreneurs to grow by providing, financing, capital and advisory services. A passionate supporter […]


How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood graphic

How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood

October, 7th, 2019

Jeff Perera credits his upbringing — and the negative male role models in it — for leading him towards his current career: as a speaker, writer, and facilitator focused on a modern view of manhood. His approach avoids shaming men for their learned biases, and instead encourages them to support each other as they build […]


The three skill sets you need to excel in a changing business environment graphic

The three skill sets you need to excel in a changing business environment

October, 3rd, 2019

No matter what industry you work in, the challenges in today’s business environment are rapidly evolving — and success lies in our ability to keep up. Diana Drury, Director of Team and Executive Coaching for the MBA/Master programs at Smith School of Business, shares how the school is preparing future leaders to excel through teaching […]


Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going graphic

Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going

September, 22nd, 2019

  When Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe first opened Mandy’s Salads at the back of a Westmount boutique, they didn’t have culinary or business degrees — but they did have passion and positivity. Fifteen years later, they’re working on their eighth store in Quebec, scouting for their first Toronto location, and finding new ways to use […]


How the CTO of Sun Life is using technology to create a more inclusive workplace graphic

How the CTO of Sun Life is using technology to create a more inclusive workplace

September, 5th, 2019

The job title of Chief Technology Officer isn’t usually associated with diversity and inclusion initiatives — but Rahul Sekhon, CTO at Sun Life, sees things differently. A passionate advocate and ally for women, people of colour, indigenous people, and individuals with disabilities (among others), Rahul is using tech to contribute to a broader strategy of […]


Stephania Varalli: The three things I learned about leadership graphic

Stephania Varalli: The three things I learned about leadership

September, 5th, 2019

Leadership is a complex ideology, with so many different forms and approaches. It’s common to worry about whether or not you are an effective leader —  however, with an array of tools and resources at our fingertips, we can lay those anxieties to rest, and be the leaders we were born to be. Stephania Varalli […]


The three traits of successful entrepreneurs graphic

The three traits of successful entrepreneurs

September, 5th, 2019

As a professor of organizational behaviour at Smith School of Business, Jana Raver looks at how people overcome the challenges of starting a business. Jana has identified three factors that predict the likelihood a business owner will excel or fail. She explains why these matter, and what entrepreneurs can do to succeed.   By Hailey Eisen […]


How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better graphic

How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better

August, 26th, 2019

As the founder and head of both Parcel Design (a brand strategy and communications firm) and Torq Ride (indoor cycling studios), Julie Mitchell isn’t just a serial entrepreneur — she’s a concurrent one. As both businesses expand, she’s looking for ways technology can be used to boost productivity and communication. Here’s how she’s getting it […]


Five Minutes with Arlene Dickinson, CEO of District Ventures & TELUS Pitch Judge graphic

Five Minutes with Arlene Dickinson, CEO of District Ventures & TELUS Pitch Judge

August, 19th, 2019

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most successful — and recognizable — entrepreneurs. Best known for her role as a Dragon on the multi-award-winning television series Dragons’ Den, she built her fortune with Venture Communications, and just a few years ago, launched District Ventures — an accelerator, venture fund, and communications firm focused on turning […]


How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage graphic

How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage

August, 19th, 2019

Self-identity has an important role in shaping each of our lives, it’s a process that develops over a lifetime. For Scotiabank Program Manager, Jessica McKenzie, an instrumental moment in her journey to self-discovery was finding out about her First Nations heritage. After becoming aware, Jessica took many steps to understand and celebrate Indigenous culture from […]


How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur graphic

How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur

August, 9th, 2019

As a woman constantly travelling for work, Kristi Soomer struggled to find versatile clothing that would allow her to pack less on trips. So she launched Encircled. The clothing line began with just one product — a cardigan that can be worn eight different ways. Now, Kristi’s company offers over 40 different designs, employs more […]


How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others graphic

How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others

August, 5th, 2019

Coined by Anjuan Simmons, the term ‘lending privilege’ describes using your own position or power to help underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. What does it look like in action? We spoke to Matthew Jefferson, who walked from BC to Newfoundland to raise awareness on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and Jordan Hart, who […]


Why your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy — and how to get one graphic

Why your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy — and how to get one

July, 29th, 2019

Over the past 14 years at Cisco, Lisa Richardson has held roles in commercial sales, global account management, and as leader of Cisco Canada’s enterprise networking business. As leader of Cisco’s solutions sales in Canada, she’s also an expert in the simple, comprehensive technology solutions Cisco offers for small business owners — keeping them connected, […]


One of BMO’s most senior women leaders shares her advice for success graphic

One of BMO’s most senior women leaders shares her advice for success

July, 23rd, 2019

As Group Head at BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group, Joanna Rotenberg is one of the bank’s most senior women leaders. She’s on BMO’s Executive Committee, sits on several boards, is active in the community, and is also a mother of three. How did she do it? We asked Joanna to share the key lessons […]


How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL graphic

How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL

July, 9th, 2019

Maryann Turcke knows that her collection of career job titles seems out of the ordinary. But in the details, her path becomes clear. During her career, Maryann has moved up, down, sideways and even made a right turn, with an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, to get to her current job […]


5 ways to know if your website is good enough graphic

5 ways to know if your website is good enough

June, 17th, 2019

You’ve accomplished the first step: you have a website for your business. But is it good enough? Answering these five simple questions can help you determine if your online presence is building your business — or holding it back.          How important is your website? It’s a key part of the relationship […]


How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business graphic

How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business

June, 6th, 2019

After completing an Executive MBA from Smith School of Business, while working full time and making partner at an executive search firm, Catherine Bell knew she had the capacity for a big undertaking. It would take a few more years of experience, but she eventually launched The Awakened Company — a management consulting firm that […]



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