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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, […]





Meet Nancy Foster, Senior VP of Human and Corporate Resources at Husky graphic

Meet Nancy Foster, Senior VP of Human and Corporate Resources at Husky

September, 19th, 2017

As Husky’s Senior Vice President of Human and Corporate Resources, Nancy Foster is an experienced human resources practitioner with extensive oil and gas experience, both domestically and internationally. She is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, and has served on numerous committees and is dedicated to giving back to her community of Calgary, such as […]





Meet Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance at Ausenco graphic

Meet Krista Pell, Vice President, People & Performance at Ausenco

September, 19th, 2017

An experienced international business leader with 20  years human resources and talent management experience, Krista Pell is recognized for her strategic, exuberant and hands-on approach to people and performance. Throughout her career, she has proven her drive to develop and implement people management and organizational development strategies and solutions that create systemic change, enhancing the […]





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 […]





Pursuing passions: how Isabelle Girard let her interests guide her through her career graphic

Pursuing passions: how Isabelle Girard let her interests guide her through her career

September, 17th, 2017

  Isabelle Girard, general counsel for 3M Canada, believes her interests and her desired lifestyle should guide her career decisions. It’s a philosophy that has led her to opportunities abroad and in Canada, and has enabled her to remain passionate about her work throughout.   By Hailey Eisen     This past July, Isabelle Girard […]





Meet Queenie Best, the heart and soul behind queenie’s cards graphic

Meet Queenie Best, the heart and soul behind queenie’s cards

September, 15th, 2017

It all began when Queenie received her first Valentine in kindergarten. This sparked her love of snail mail and passion for paper goods, and queenie’s cards was created. The cute, cartoony designs are inspired by everyday life, puns and inside jokes. After experiencing continued success on her Etsy store and at events such as the […]





Meet Sarah Walters, Vice President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy graphic

Meet Sarah Walters, Vice President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy

September, 14th, 2017

As Vice-President, Human Resources at Cenovus Energy, Sarah Walters knows how to build a team that is effective, skilled, and inclusive. With more than 20 years of international strategic HR and organizational development experience gained within the rail, National Health Service and oil & gas industries, bringing large scale, multi-skilled teams together is her bread […]





Meet Laura Murray, a classical ballet dancer turned communications entrepreneur graphic

Meet Laura Murray, a classical ballet dancer turned communications entrepreneur

September, 13th, 2017

Recognizing the need for a marketing agency dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture sector, Laura Murray launched Laura Murray Public Relations in 2011. As the principal of what is now known as Murray Paterson Marketing Group (MPMG), Laura has built a company founded on the passion, creativity, and integrity that define the artistic process. […]





Banking needs more women in tech — here’s how one financial institution is driving change graphic

Banking needs more women in tech — here’s how one financial institution is driving change

September, 11th, 2017

  As the banking industry goes through a digital transformation, there’s a “war for talent,” says Kyle McNamara, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Banking Technology at Scotiabank. And if companies want the best and the brightest in their ranks, women need to be on the frontlines.   By Shelley White     “Technology is fundamentally […]





The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades graphic

The secrets of longevity: How two female entrepreneurs achieved success over two decades

September, 11th, 2017

  Deborah Assaly and Adriana De Luca have both been leading thriving entrepreneurial ventures since the late nineties. Brought together by the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle initiative, we spoke to them about what has enabled their long-term success — from teamwork to technological investments — and their advice for other women looking to follow in […]





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Built from the girl up

September, 5th, 2017

  How does a young, hardworking Maritimer become one of Canada’s most powerful entrepreneurs? By turning a lifelong passion and her unique personality into a brand, and building a business around it.   By Marie Moore     On the wall in her office, you will find Mandy Rennehan’s slogan: Energy is everything. It’s fitting. […]





Meet Rosanne Hertogh, founder of Sololu graphic

Meet Rosanne Hertogh, founder of Sololu

September, 5th, 2017

Rosanne Hertogh is the founder and designer of Sololu, a lifestyle brand that specializes in ethically made, seasonless women’s clothing. As an avid traveler, Rosanne’s mission is to inspire women to live life to the fullest and empower them to feel beautiful and confident while doing so, all while making ethical and sustainable clothing choices. […]





Four myths that hold women back from successfully managing their finances graphic

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 […]





How Dr. Valerie Taylor is transforming the future of care for women’s mental health graphic

How Dr. Valerie Taylor is transforming the future of care for women’s mental health

September, 3rd, 2017

  Dr. Valerie Taylor, psychiatrist-in-chief at Women’s College Hospital, is leading the way in breaking down barriers to care when it comes to women’s mental health. She spoke to us about how she and her team at Canada’s largest clinical and research program for women’s mental health are working to improve access and close the […]





How One Canadian Reporter is Breaking Barriers graphic

How One Canadian Reporter is Breaking Barriers

August, 31st, 2017

  In 2016, Ginella Massa made headlines as the first hijab-wearing woman to anchor a major Canadian newscast. The long-overdue representation of a Muslim woman thriving in her profession was not just a career milestone for Ginella, but also the culmination of a childhood dream — and an inspiration to those that hope to follow […]





Meet Heather Barnabe, CEO of G(irls)20 graphic

Meet Heather Barnabe, CEO of G(irls)20

August, 29th, 2017

Earlier this summer, Heather Barnabe was named CEO of our charity of choice, G(irls)20. With over a decade of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Heather knows what it means to manage complex, multi-country education interventions. Her career has thus far taken her across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America for Right To Play, […]





The Unexpected Powerhouses: Caitlin Bowie on leading an all-female landscaping team graphic

The Unexpected Powerhouses: Caitlin Bowie on leading an all-female landscaping team

August, 28th, 2017

Caitlin Bowie hired and manages an all-female crew for Earth Inc., an award-winning landscape design firm. Her team is often underestimated — and used to proving every day that there’s no such thing as a man’s job.   By Hailey Eisen     Caitlin Bowie is a horticultural technician. She works outside, she installs and […]





Meet AriAnne Sproat, a woman who worked her way up from receptionist to COO in the manufacturing industry graphic

Meet AriAnne Sproat, a woman who worked her way up from receptionist to COO in the manufacturing industry

August, 25th, 2017

  At age 37, AriAnne Sproat proudly wears the label of trailblazer for women in business and, in particular, the manufacturing industry. As COO of ITC Manufacturing in Phoenix, one of the world’s leading supplier of steel products, she has spent the last 18 years as a role model, demonstrating to the company founders and all employees […]





The confidence gap— 3 tools to level the playing field graphic

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 […]





Learning about leadership in the great outdoors graphic

Learning about leadership in the great outdoors

August, 20th, 2017

When Gillian Riley, an EVP at Scotiabank, joined a 10-day hiking and rafting adventure organized by True Patriot Love, a charitable foundation supporting Canadian military families, she knew she would have the opportunity to mentor ill and injured veterans trying to build meaningful careers in the civilian world. She quickly realized that the mentorship went […]





Meet Marcia Woods, an entrepreneur bringing fresh produce to the masses graphic

Meet Marcia Woods, an entrepreneur bringing fresh produce to the masses

August, 17th, 2017

Despite the increased demand for farmers’ and micro-produced crops, logistical challenges have prevented farmers from entering the commercial market, forcing buyers to pay high prices for imported items. Marcia Woods is addressing that problem as Founder and CEO of FreshSpoke, a innovative new platform that is disrupting the traditional food distribution process by connecting producers and wholesale buyers using […]





Meet Kelcey Wright Johnson, a young reporter breaking new ground for women in sports media graphic

Meet Kelcey Wright Johnson, a young reporter breaking new ground for women in sports media

August, 15th, 2017

Kelcey Wright Johnson is a former varsity basketball player turned sports reporter. Since graduating from Ryerson University and Western University just a few years ago, Kelcey has worked at four World University Games — the biggest international multi-sport event behind the Olympic Games — providing live play-by-play commentary, sideline reporting and highlight recaps. She is […]





It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success graphic

It Started With Courage: How two female entrepreneurs from very different sectors found success

August, 14th, 2017

Since launching her Turbine by Lisa Drader-Murphy label in 1997, Lisa’s company, Lisa Drader-Murphy Designs, has grown to operate eponymous boutiques in three provinces — all while manufacturing designs under a vertical model on a private heritage estate in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. As one of the last vertical fashion houses in the country, they […]





Meet Misty McLandress, a Junk-ette throwing misconceptions about women in dirty jobs to the trash graphic

Meet Misty McLandress, a Junk-ette throwing misconceptions about women in dirty jobs to the trash

August, 11th, 2017

Misty McLandress manages not only the back-end and day-to-day operations of a JUSTJUNK removal franchise, but can also be found on-site and in the trucks, directly serving her customers, who are often surprised to find a woman ready and willing to haul their garbage. Yet despite the stereotype, Misty loves her work, and credits a […]