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5 Simple Words to Help End Sexism

January, 14th, 2019

by Phuong Uyen Tran     It is uplifting to see so many movements like #TimesUp, #StandTaller and #MeToo gaining traction in the fight to end gender bias, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond. But as long as the discrimination and harassment continue, there is room for more initiatives. More ideas. That’s […]


Meet Ayleen Farnood: coder, conference speaker, and grade 10 student graphic

Meet Ayleen Farnood: coder, conference speaker, and grade 10 student

January, 13th, 2019

Ayleen Farnood is extremely passionate about the fields of brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality. She’s built a program which allows users to spell out words by blinking, coded a chatbot while interning at Microsoft that was deployed to thousands of the company’s employees, spoken at the Connect IT conference, and put together her own personal […]


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Meet Jessica Phoenix, Olympic equestrian athlete and Pan Am gold medalist

January, 5th, 2019

Jessica Phoenix is one of Canada’s top professional equestrian athletes, competing in Eventing. A two-time Olympian and four-time Pan American Games medalist — including a gold in 2011 — she was first named to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 2007. While her record is impressive, one of her greatest feats is recovering from a near-fatal fall in […]


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Four books with big ideas for your organization

January, 4th, 2019

Whether you’re a leader in a corporation, the owner of a company, or the head of a team, these four business books will help guide you through change, growth, innovation, and the creation of a new culture. And they’re all based on the proven tactics of successful leaders in the business world.        […]


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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 […]


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Six better things to do than make New Year’s resolutions

December, 20th, 2018

The last time somebody checked, only 8% of people kept their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are six ideas to try instead.  1 – Pick an intention instead of a goal. Telling yourself you’re going to get a promotion puts all of your focus on the outcome. Rather than a win/lose goal, focus on the actions […]


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Tools for entrepreneurs to get 2019 off to a great start

December, 20th, 2018

Gone are the days of needing a well-organized file cabinet, a stack of business cards, and pre-printed contracts to show how prepped you are for business success. Today’s brands need to be organized, connected and producing no matter if they are in the office, working from home, have a team, doing it solo or working […]


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Four tips for running your business from home

December, 20th, 2018

Running your business from home comes with many advantages, but there’s a few things you need to consider before you set up shop. From the interior design to the insurance — here are four tips for getting started.      When it comes to setting up a new business, many entrepreneurs run it from home during […]


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 […]


Meet Dr. Nekessa Remy, one of Canada’s fastest rising health and wellness experts graphic

Meet Dr. Nekessa Remy, one of Canada’s fastest rising health and wellness experts

December, 16th, 2018

Dr. Nekessa Remy is a chiropractor, a registered and medical acupuncturist and one of Canada’s fastest rising and sought after health and wellness expert in the industry today. She is the current owner of Mississauga’s The Chiropractic Office, a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sports related injuries and woman’s health issues. She also runs […]


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 […]


Meet Nadège Nourian, chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie graphic

Meet Nadège Nourian, chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie

December, 10th, 2018

Nadège Nourian is the chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie in Toronto, Canada. Since the opening of her eponymous shops in 2009, Nadège has delighted Torontonians with modern dessert creations, and has been showered with numerous accolades from critics, the press, and the blogosphere. Born in Lyon, France, Nadège is a fourth generation pastry chef. […]


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 […]


Meet Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first Master Sommelier graphic

Meet Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first Master Sommelier

November, 25th, 2018

As Canada’s first female Master Sommelier, Jennifer Huether plays a dynamic role within the Canadian hospitality and wine industry. From her humble beginnings as a server at the Rosedale Diner, to her celebrated career as the head sommelier for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Prestige Account Manager for Jackson Family Wines. Jennifer worked tirelessly […]


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 […]


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8 Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Money

November, 24th, 2018

by Merilfor Toneatto    The empowerment of professional women is at the forefront of our cultural conversation, ignited by movements that bring gender pay equity and workplace sexual harassment to the forefront. Women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Closing the gender pay gap can […]


Five Minutes With Marie Harf, Political Analyst and Co-Host of Benson and Harf graphic

Five Minutes With Marie Harf, Political Analyst and Co-Host of Benson and Harf

November, 23rd, 2018

Marie Harf had a successful political career during President Obama’s time in the White House, with key roles as senior adviser for strategic communication to Secretary of State John Kerry; national security and foreign policy adviser for President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential re-election campaign; and analyst on Middle East leadership issues in the C.I.A.’s Directorate […]


2018 RBC CANADIAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED TODAY graphic

2018 RBC CANADIAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED TODAY

November, 22nd, 2018

  Seven outstanding female entrepreneur winners awarded out of a record-breaking 7,400 nominees       TORONTO, NOVEMBER 21st, 2018 – The 26th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, presented by Women of Influence, have named seven winners of this year’s prestigious awards. They join the six recipients of the new up-and-coming entrepreneur ‘Ones to […]


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LES LAURÉATES DES PRIX CANADIENS DE L’ENTREPRENEURIAT FÉMININ RBC 2018 ONT ÉTÉ ANNONCÉES AUJOURD’HUI

November, 22nd, 2018

  Sept entrepreneures remarquables se sont distinguées parmi 7 400 candidatures, un record     TORONTO, LE 21 NOVEMBRE 2018 – Sept lauréates ont été récompensées à la 26e remise des prestigieux Prix canadiens de l’entrepreneuriat féminin RBC, présentés par Femmes d’influence. Elles se joignent aux six lauréates de la nouvelle catégorie Entrepreneure prometteuse, qui avaient été dévoilées en septembre. […]


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Three Lessons from Michelle Obama about Finding Your Voice

November, 16th, 2018

Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, is not only a candid look at her journey from a cramped South Side apartment in Chicago to her position on the world stage today, it’s also full of lessons that anyone can learn from — like how to speak powerfully in public and express yourself honestly. Read on for some […]


Meet Vanessa Vakharia, founder and director of The Math Guru graphic

Meet Vanessa Vakharia, founder and director of The Math Guru

November, 14th, 2018

Vanessa Vakharia is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a boutique math and science tutoring studio in Toronto. She is also the author of Math Hacks, a book that makes math fun, stress-free and relatable for young kids and parents. She appears regularly on national television and news outlets as an expert in […]


Five Minutes With Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver graphic

Five Minutes With Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver

November, 14th, 2018

Katja Iversen is the President and CEO of Women Deliver, a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, with more than […]


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Meet Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts

November, 14th, 2018

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which recently celebrated its 26th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space. Under Behzadi’s direction, HFC has grown into one of the largest and most respected franchisors in the U.S., on track to reach $700 million […]


Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalists graphic

Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalists

November, 12th, 2018

  Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi Co-founders, Kids and Company Finalists, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, CENTRAL   When Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi cofounded Kids & Company in 2002, their aim was to disrupt the traditional way child care had been offered by launching as an emergency back-up centre. Their success came after a […]


Meet Melanie Normandin, Vice President of Arctic Consultants Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist graphic

Meet Melanie Normandin, Vice President of Arctic Consultants Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist

November, 12th, 2018

  Melanie Normandin Vice President, Arctic Consultants Inc. Finalist, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, EAST   Arctic Consultants has been meeting the procurement needs of remote communities in Nunavik and Nunavut since 1984. Melanie Normandin took over the family business with her husband in 2009, and now works not only to ensure the day-to-day runs […]




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