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Why the founder of the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

Why the founder of the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network is mobilizing for gender equality

April, 14th, 2019

Sophia Jacob, an award-winning event planner and founder of three networking organizations, is working to see more women of colour in leadership positions, on boards, and in the C-suite across Canada. That’s why Sophia and her organization, the Canadian Women of Colour Leadership Network, are taking part in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada campaign […]


Reframing the Conversation: A New Path to Success for Women in Leadership graphic

Reframing the Conversation: A New Path to Success for Women in Leadership

April, 8th, 2019

Are you being held back because of how you “frame” the situations you encounter at work? It’s easy to get caught up in how we “should” think and act as a leader. Caroline Pfeiffer Marinho, Executive Vice President, EMEA, Lee Hecht Harrison, explains how her own experience has taught her that success comes from focusing […]


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G(IRLS)20: How to build a future leader

March, 31st, 2019

If you’ve ever purchased a ticket to a Women of Influence event, you may have noticed the option to add a donation to G(irls)20, our official Charity of Choice. Every year, with the help of our generous WOI community, we are honoured to make a donation to their cause. We want to share with you […]


Building and championing Canada’s diversity story in tech: a viewpoint from the President, Venture Services, at MaRS graphic

Building and championing Canada’s diversity story in tech: a viewpoint from the President, Venture Services, at MaRS

March, 31st, 2019

Salim Teja’s long career in tech has touched every part of the ecosystem, from entrepreneur, to investor, to corporate innovator. In his current role of President, Venture Services, at MaRS, he’s not only championing Canada’s tech ecosystem, he’s helping to guide it towards greater diversity — with initiatives in research, representation, and funding.     […]


How Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion graphic

How Kimberly Fulton orchestrated her own six-month secondment to focus on her passion

March, 29th, 2019

Kimberly Fulton was navigating her career as a management consultant and looking to incorporate her passion for women’s advancement into her work. Inspired by an article about the director of Catalyst Canada in her alma mater’s alumni magazine, she pursued and secured herself a six-month secondment with the global not-for-profit focused on women’s advancement in […]


We have come a long way, (maybe) but still have a long way to go? graphic

We have come a long way, (maybe) but still have a long way to go?

March, 15th, 2019

Whether full-time or side-hustles, women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise and more and more women leaders and public figures have raised their voices to spark social and economic change in their industries — yet they still face roadblocks. Wendy Cukier, founder, Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute, shares her insights. .     By […]


Why Olympian Jennifer Heil is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

Why Olympian Jennifer Heil is mobilizing for gender equality

March, 10th, 2019

As the most successful freestyle skier in Canadian history, Jennifer Heil understands the positive impact that sports can have — and not just measured by Olympic medals. Girls who play sports have been shown to have higher confidence, greater academic performance, and more career success later in life. That’s why Jennifer and viaSport, where she […]


The Way Forward for Female Leaders: Cultivating Your Authentic Self graphic

The Way Forward for Female Leaders: Cultivating Your Authentic Self

March, 7th, 2019

When Veronica Draleau, VP, Global Talent Development Projects at Lee Hecht Harrison, found herself feeling overworked, she toyed with the idea of walking away from her career. Until she realized she wasn’t trapped in a high-stress job — she was trapped in a high-stress mentality.   By Veronica Draleau     At a point of feeling overwhelmed […]


Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce graphic

Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce

March, 4th, 2019

The journey towards a diverse and inclusive workplace can be long and difficult — especially in an industry that’s overwhelmingly male-dominated — but David Pathe, President and CEO of Canadian resource company Sherritt International, knows that the benefits still outweigh the challenges. Here’s how his organization is making change.     By Hailey Eisen   […]


New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive graphic

New study underscores need for more work to make Canada’s workplaces diverse and inclusive

March, 1st, 2019

The majority of Canadians have positive attitudes towards diversity and inclusion programs, but a new study reveals there is more work to be done to achieve truly inclusive workplaces. Smith School of Business and Catalyst Canada offer tips to help your organization increase the effectiveness of its D&I initiatives.   By Kristen Sears     […]


How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years graphic

How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years

February, 25th, 2019

Joanna Griffiths launched Knixwear when she became aware of a need in the market for underwear that could handle “little leaks.” She solved that problem, and for the next five years focused on building a brand that helped women get over their insecurities and facilitate conversations. The strategy paid off. Not only is Knix a […]


Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive graphic

Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive

February, 24th, 2019

Women Who Rock President and CEO, Elena Mayer, and Deborah Breckels, Chief Operations Officer lead their organization with the goal of igniting curiosity amongst women about mining and its importance for the Canadian economy, helping those in the industry forge successful careers, collaborating with stakeholders who share common challenges, and communicating success stories to help make the mining industry […]


Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it graphic

Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it

February, 24th, 2019

Under the watch of general manager Kimberley Hughes, the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort consistently ranks high in both guest satisfaction and employee satisfaction. How does she lead her team so successfully? By not only making sure they love the job that they do, but also encouraging them to make time for their life outside […]


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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 […]


Why Canadian Feed The Children is mobilizing for gender equality graphic

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 […]


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

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 […]


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

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 […]


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

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 […]


The Role of Men graphic

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 […]


Four tips for using technology to help your startup succeed graphic

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 […]


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

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 […]


How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’ graphic

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 […]




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