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Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better graphic

Eight entrepreneurs reveal the tech challenges they are tackling now — and how it will make their business better

May, 13th, 2019

Technology can have an impact on an organization’s success — and these eight entrepreneurs know it. As participants in the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle, they’ve been paired with engineering interns with the goal of using technology to better their businesses. They’re sharing the challenges they’re solving with technology this year — could it help your […]


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Meet Dr. Sarah Mickeler: Founder of West End Mamas

May, 12th, 2019

Dr. Sarah Mickeler is the founder of West End Mamas. She is Canada’s leading expert on prenatal and postpartum chiropractic care as well as non-invasive approaches to encourage optimal fetal positioning. In addition to being passionate about normalizing the prenatal and birth experience, she is also deeply passionate about postpartum wellness and normalizing what it […]


Five minutes with Labour Minister Patty Hajdu on offering free menstrual products in the workplace graphic

Five minutes with Labour Minister Patty Hajdu on offering free menstrual products in the workplace

May, 7th, 2019

On May 3, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu published a notice of intent,  initiating a regulatory process to make free menstrual products available in federally regulated workplaces. There’s now a 60-day consultation period to determine how to best implement the proposal, and the impact it will have on businesses —and about 480,000 women employees in the federal […]


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Tina : A life in Glossy

May, 7th, 2019

Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and event producer. She turned around Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker as Editor-in-Chief. She wrote a bestselling biography of Princess Diana. She launched The Daily Beast news site and Women in the World summits. And she’s our Women of Influence Luncheon speaker.     By […]


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Meet Robin Swicord : Oscar Nominated Screenwriter

May, 6th, 2019

Robin Swicord was born in South Carolina and raised in rural Florida and Georgia. She is a screenwriter and director known for her screenplay adaptations of Little Women (94), Matilda (96), and Memoirs of a Geisha(05). She was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (07). Her debut directorial feature, […]


How a physics professor is helping to get more women’s voices into Canadian media graphic

How a physics professor is helping to get more women’s voices into Canadian media

May, 5th, 2019

Having spent 16 years as a physics professor at Simon Fraser University, Dugan O’Neil was well aware of the underrepresentation of women in academia — and was working to change it. His recent involvement with Informed Opinions, an organization committed to amplifying women’s voices in the media, is helping to end underrepresentation on an even […]


Meet Nathalie Pambrun: the first ever Indigenous woman to serve as President of the Canadian Association of Midwives graphic

Meet Nathalie Pambrun: the first ever Indigenous woman to serve as President of the Canadian Association of Midwives

May, 5th, 2019

Nathalie Pambrun is a Franco-Manitoban Métis midwife who has practiced in urban, rural and remote communities across Canada and the world. Bridging environmental and reproductive justice movements at the community level she embraces a human rights approach that effectively respects the coming generations. She is committed to midwifery care that is accessible, equitable, and culturally safe. She was […]


Here’s how Tiffany James landed her dream job at L’Oréal headquarters in Paris graphic

Here’s how Tiffany James landed her dream job at L’Oréal headquarters in Paris

May, 5th, 2019

Tiffany James became interested in the beauty industry while doing her undergraduate degree. Not long after, she set her sights on a goal: working at L’Oréal. She planned a direct path, starting with Smith’s Master of International Business program, and didn’t let any challenge stop her. Now, she’s a Global Project Manager in the L’Oréal […]


Meet Josette Landry: Founder of Streamline Genomics graphic

Meet Josette Landry: Founder of Streamline Genomics

April, 30th, 2019

Josette is the CEO and founder of Streamline Genomics and visiting scholar at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. Prior to launching Streamline, she was VP, Business Development for Mitacs, a research organization where she helped facilitate partnerships between university researchers and industry. During her graduate studies, Josette co-founded a consulting firm providing bioinformatics […]


Meet Dr. Soodeh Farokhi: Tech Entrepreneur Founder and CTO of C2RO Cloud Robotics Inc. graphic

Meet Dr. Soodeh Farokhi: Tech Entrepreneur Founder and CTO of C2RO Cloud Robotics Inc.

April, 29th, 2019

Soodeh is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of C2RO Cloud Robotics, an award-winning software startup in Montreal, Canada. C2RO offers real-time cognitive AI solutions via an enterprise SaaS platform for smart devices. She is a visionary technology entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in computer science (cloud specialist), who was selected among the top 750 digital IT innovators […]


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Meet Cindy Fagen: COO SAP Labs Canada

April, 26th, 2019

Cindy Fagen is chief operating officer for SAP Labs Canada. Her role is focused on growing and executing the strategic vision and mission of SAP’s product development and innovation hubs in four locations in and around Canada’s major cities.  Working alongside field organizations in Canada and globally, Cindy connects the technology innovations coming out of […]


Meet Devery Jacobs: Award-Winning Actress & Indigenous Rights Activist graphic

Meet Devery Jacobs: Award-Winning Actress & Indigenous Rights Activist

April, 21st, 2019

Devery found her passion for the arts from a young age. While pursuing her acting career, she also studied to be a counsellor and worked at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. Her first big break came when she was cast as the lead role in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), […]


Serial entrepreneur Joanna Track, founder of The Bullet, shares three things you don’t need to worry about graphic

Serial entrepreneur Joanna Track, founder of The Bullet, shares three things you don’t need to worry about

April, 15th, 2019

Joanna Track is the founder and executive publisher of The Bullet, Canada’s digital destination for your quick shot of daily news. She is known for her prior entrepreneurial pursuits, Sweetspot.ca and eLUXE, two of Canada’s most well known online destinations for women.     By Joanna Track       You know how the saying […]


How Gillian Riley became the head of Canada’s leading digital bank — and is using her influence to help women entrepreneurs graphic

How Gillian Riley became the head of Canada’s leading digital bank — and is using her influence to help women entrepreneurs

April, 14th, 2019

Gillian Riley was named President and CEO of Tangerine, a subsidiary of Scotiabank, in December, 2018. In just a few months she’s already made her mark, focusing not only on customer growth but also spearheading an initiative to help women-led businesses in Canada thrive. Gillian shares how she rose through the ranks, what has made […]


Meet Laura Burget and Connie Lo, Founders of NIU BODY graphic

Meet Laura Burget and Connie Lo, Founders of NIU BODY

April, 14th, 2019

Laura Burget and Connie Lo’s vision for NIU BODY, a 100% natural, certified cruelty-free and vegan skincare company, arose out of frustration with the lack of affordable and natural beauty products on the market. The two best friends were eager to utilize their backgrounds in business and engineering to launch NIU BODY in March of […]


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 […]


How your Emotional Real Estate impacts your stress — and how to manage it graphic

How your Emotional Real Estate impacts your stress — and how to manage it

April, 8th, 2019

Christine Laperriere is the Executive Director of the Women of Influence Advancement Centre and author of the bestselling Too Busy To Be Happy: Using Emotional Real Estate to Grow Your Work-Life Wisdom. She’s also experienced burnout first hand — and learned from her own mistakes (and plenty of research and education) to develop an antidote […]


Meet Alyson Renaldo: Actor, Producer, Writer, and Professor graphic

Meet Alyson Renaldo: Actor, Producer, Writer, and Professor

April, 7th, 2019

Alyson Renaldo was born in Toronto, Canada to Guyanese parentage. While Toronto remains home, a good deal of her professional life has been in Los Angeles. Alyson is a film and theatre producer, actor, as well as a writer.  Her work as a journalist has appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro National, The Root and […]


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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 […]


Meet Joanne Nemeroff: International Retail Leader graphic

Meet Joanne Nemeroff: International Retail Leader

March, 31st, 2019

Joanne Nemeroff is an international retail leader who has led the revitalization, reconstruction, and growth of well-known brands such as La Senza and Holt Renfrew. A bilingual Corporate Director and frequent business traveler, Joanne currently serves on the board for a multitude of brands including Frank and Oak and Weizmann Canada. Drawing on her financial expertise […]


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 […]


Meet Karen Cross: Surgeon, Scientist, CEO, Surfer and a Single Mom graphic

Meet Karen Cross: Surgeon, Scientist, CEO, Surfer and a Single Mom

March, 21st, 2019

Karen is not only CEO of MIMOSA Diagnostics, but she is also a single parent of an infant, a surgeon-scientist at St. Mike’s, an Assistant Professor of Surgery, and also sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of Diabetic Foot Canada. On the business side, she and her business partner, Dr. General Leung, have invented and […]


Meet Marly Broudie: Founder and President of SocialEyes Communications Inc. graphic

Meet Marly Broudie: Founder and President of SocialEyes Communications Inc.

March, 14th, 2019

Marly Broudie is the Founder and President of SocialEyes Communications Inc., a digital marketing and business development consulting firm based in Toronto. Marly’s career started in 2011 at a downtown litigation firm as a legal assistant. There, she transitioned into Business Development and Marketing where she honed her skills in social media marketing, content creation […]


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 […]


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Meet Anj Handa: Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers

March, 10th, 2019

Anj Handa is the founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, a dynamic movement of women who join up to lead positive social change. Anj is an experienced lobbyist and former diplomat, she is the winner of the AFSA 2017 Positive Action Award and has 20 years experience in the field of Social Impact and Inclusion. Her […]


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Celebrating the Women Breaking Barriers in the Sciences

March, 7th, 2019

International Women’s Day is not just about highlighting women’s achievements, it’s also about forging a call to action for accelerating gender balance across the world. Nobel Media and Microsoft have created a unique way that celebrates some of science’s most influential women while inspiring the next generation of young females to break gender barriers and […]