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Meet Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne, Founders of The Atelier graphic

Meet Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne, Founders of The Atelier

September, 20th, 2018

Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne’s vision for The Atelier, an inaugural conference that celebrates the best women in business, arose from an unofficial and unintentional brainstorming session in early summer 2017. Friends for years, they’d always admired one another’s business successes, in the corporate world and as entrepreneurs. While catching up over lunch that day, […]


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Announcing the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalists!

September, 19th, 2018

It’s our 26th year of recognizing the top women entrepreneurs in Canada — and we’re excited to be celebrating another dynamic group of business owners. Representing diverse industries and business sizes, and hailing from across the country — from the Yukon to Newfoundland — here are the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Finalists.   […]


Five Minutes with Nathalia Del Moral Fleury, General Director, Yves Rocher North America graphic

Five Minutes with Nathalia Del Moral Fleury, General Director, Yves Rocher North America

September, 13th, 2018

With its facilities still located in the Northern French village where the brand was born, cosmetics company Yves Rocher is deeply committed to staying true to its roots — still sourcing high-quality botanicals, employing locals, and remaining accessible to the average woman. This authenticity is what originally attracted Nathalia Del Moral Fleury to the company. […]


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Meet Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker, Founder & CEO of DeeBee’s Organics

September, 12th, 2018

Backed with a PhD in maternal-fetal toxicology, Dionne and her husband, a surgeon, researched the extensive advantages of herbal blends, experimented with fresh fruit combinations and in late 2013, launched DeeBee’s Organics delicious line of frozen treats. Their little homemade venture has grown and evolved and now DeeBee’s line of Organic FruitPops and SuperFruit Freezies […]


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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 […]


Meet Paige Viggiani, an Eyelash Entrepreneur who took the Leap graphic

Meet Paige Viggiani, an Eyelash Entrepreneur who took the Leap

August, 30th, 2018

Paige Viggiani is the Co-Founder, and lead Lash Extension Artist at Studio Eighty Seven. Before entering the beauty industry, Paige received an honours degree from York University in Communication Studies and a Diploma from Humber College in Fashion Business, and served Women of Influence as our Events and Marketing Manager. With a passion for beauty, […]


Meet Dauna Jones-Simmonds, a Diversity Consultant and Lifelong Champion for Access to Employment graphic

Meet Dauna Jones-Simmonds, a Diversity Consultant and Lifelong Champion for Access to Employment

August, 30th, 2018

Born in St. Kitts, Dauna Jones-Simmonds migrated to Canada almost forty years ago and has first-hand experience navigating the roadblocks and challenges encountered by new Canadians — particularly those of colour. Today, as the President of DEJS (Diversity) Consulting, she shares her accumulated knowledge through consulting and diversity training activities, and providing mentorship and assistance […]


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Meet Laura Denham, the Chief Creative Officer of Notable Life

August, 23rd, 2018

A creative producer with over 15 years of global experience in broadcast, events, content and Games, Laura Denham is a creator who brings big ideas to life. She has cultivated a deep passion for content production and amplification on both the broadcast and agency side. Laura is an integrated marketer who connects brands with culture. […]


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 […]


Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo graphic

Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo

August, 16th, 2018

Sage Franch is the Co-Founder and CTO of Crescendo Inclusive Workplaces, and the creator of TrendyTechie.ca. She specializes in emerging technologies including blockchain, augmented reality, and cognitive computing, and is passionate about leveraging new tech to build a better future. Previously, Sage worked as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, where she focused on global developer […]


Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up graphic

Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up

August, 8th, 2018

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a specialized consulting firm focused on building the capacity of organizations to execute change. At just 28 years old, she is one of the world’s most highly regarded thought leaders, asking the tough questions to reveal the emerging trends and challenges affecting businesses and working professionals today.     […]


Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others graphic

Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others

August, 8th, 2018

Raised in India by refugees, Kalsang Tanzin has had a long journey to where she is today: living in Toronto, working in her dream job at LinkedIn, and pursuing an Executive MBA at Smith School of Business.   By Hailey Eisen     Kalsang Tanzin recalls watching The Lion King as a child and her […]


Meet Zabeen Hirji, Deloitte’s Global Advisor on the Future of Work graphic

Meet Zabeen Hirji, Deloitte’s Global Advisor on the Future of Work

August, 5th, 2018

An advocate of inclusive prosperity through investing in people and ensuring everyone is able to realize their potential, Zabeen Hirji is a strategic advisor on the Future of Work, Leadership, Talent Management, and Diversity & Inclusion. With a ten year tenure as RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer,  Zabeen covered 80,000 employees in 40 countries. Today, […]


Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc. graphic

Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc.

August, 2nd, 2018

Lalli Marrato began her career in journalism at Publicis Blueprint in London, UK and later worked at a boutique PR firm in Toronto. She then transferred her experience into investor relations and merchant banking, and is now a senior partner & COO at Frontier Flex Marketing in Toronto, helping businesses increase their exposure. Expressing her […]


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Why we need more women in municipal politics

August, 1st, 2018

  Addressing the “women can’t have it all” reality of Toronto’s political arena—and what we can do to change it   By Katie Underwood       No matter what Hillary Clinton tells you, it’s never been a better time to be a woman in the political arena: A mere two-and-a-half years ago, the world […]


How Believing ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ Has Fuelled Erin Gertner’s Career graphic

How Believing ‘Girls Can Do Anything’ Has Fuelled Erin Gertner’s Career

July, 30th, 2018

  Erin Gertner is not afraid of a challenge. A successful IT sales professional, she is driven by achieving lofty end goals, and proving that despite working in a field of predominantly male colleagues, her gender does not hold her back. To what does she owe her unstoppable attitude? Environments — from her high school […]


A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group graphic

A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group

July, 16th, 2018

  Janet Zuccarini already welcomes a million customers annually to her seven award-winning restaurants — and there’s plenty more expansion to come. With over twenty years in the food service industry, Janet shares the story of how she got started, and the hard work, grit, and confidence that propelled her to the top.   By […]


Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue graphic

Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue

July, 13th, 2018

In efforts to bring a sustainable, eco-friendly, premium denim clothing brand for kids, Aaina Jain-Malik founded Blu & Blue New York in 2015. A marketing executive-turned-entrepreneur, Jain combines her corporate branding experience from Estée Lauder, Jo Malone, La Mer, GAP and Banana Republic with her family’s 35-year heritage in manufacturing premium denim clothing for private […]


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Five Ways to Attract Younger Customers to Your Business

July, 12th, 2018

  Today’s younger consumers shop differently than previous generations. Strategic in the way they purchase, they’re digitally savvy, socially conscious and increasingly affluent.   By Diane Amato       As a business owner, long-term success may depend upon your ability to attract a diverse customer base who will be around for years to come. […]


Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com graphic

Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com

July, 10th, 2018

Elaine started LadyBossBlogger.com during a particularly trying time in her life to connect with women online. She took her future into her own hands and created this platform to help female entrepreneurs learn how to start, grow and scale their own online businesses and blogs. Since it’s conception, LadyBossBlogger has garnered a massive audience of […]


Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto graphic

Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto

July, 10th, 2018

Adrienne Clarke has more than 15 years of commitment to the nonprofit sector. As the Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto, she leads a team that is responsible for brand management, content marketing, and creative and editorial direction. There, she also led the creative development of the “It Looks Like Me” campaign, which […]


Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality graphic

Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality

July, 6th, 2018

Maya Chivi is an author, a two-time TEDx speaker, and an advocate for mental health, gender equality and children’s rights. Her 2017 book “What Nobody Knows” is an illustrated story on leadership, mindfulness and the power of believing in yourself. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the Council of Europe’s […]




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