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Meet Barbara Pasternak: Founder of Chair Diabetes Hope Foundation, Vice President Fluid Hose & Coupling Inc graphic

Meet Barbara Pasternak: Founder of Chair Diabetes Hope Foundation, Vice President Fluid Hose & Coupling Inc

October, 11th, 2019

Barbara Pasternak is the Vice President of Fluid Hose and Coupling Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of engineering and industrial applications company that she co-founded with her husband in 1985. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF), a non-profit established in 1999 after two of her three sons […]


Meet Jayne McCaw, Founder of Jayne’s Cottages and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Jayne McCaw, Founder of Jayne’s Cottages and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist

October, 11th, 2019

  Jayne McCaw Founder, Jayne’s Cottages Finalist, Start-Up Award, Central   Jayne took inspiration from her love of cottage living and enjoyment of curating unforgettable family vacations to create Jayne’s Cottages — a full-service, luxury Muskoka cottage rental and concierge company. Starting with just a handful of cottages in 2014, her business has seen rapid […]


Meet Kiely MacLean, Founder of RJ MacLean and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Kiely MacLean, Founder of RJ MacLean and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist

October, 11th, 2019

  Kiely MacLean Founder, RJ MacLean Finalist, Start-Up Award, West   A new player in oil and gas, Kiely Maclean is the co-founder of RJ Maclean Tank Services. Her business is a three-year-old innovation company focused on challenging the status quo in the energy sector with unique automated technology — using robotics, instead of people, […]


Meet Nathalie Shtern Founder of DoughNats Bakery And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Nathalie Shtern Founder of DoughNats Bakery And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist

October, 9th, 2019

Nathalie Shtern Founder, DoughNats Bakery Finalist, Start-Up Award, EAST   Nathalie is a licensed criminologist who holds three university degrees but feels her true calling has always been in the kitchen. Prior to becoming a chef and entrepreneur, Nathalie devoted 15 years to leadership in her community. She founded and ran the Comfy Cozy Fund […]


Six books for empowering girls graphic

Six books for empowering girls

October, 7th, 2019

From little girls to young ladies — to not-so-young ladies — we could all use some empowerment from the books we read. While strong female protagonists are becoming more common, girl power doesn’t always have to come with a bow and arrow. Through storytelling, role models, and good advice, these six books are guaranteed to […]


The Rise of Girls graphic

The Rise of Girls

October, 7th, 2019

They’re staging ‘die-ins’ at the UN in the name of global warming awareness, speaking out publicly for gun reform, fighting international governments for equal rights, being elected into government roles, standing up for equality and pay equity. They’re starting businesses, running charities, using coding and STEM to solve real world problems. They’re training to work […]


How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood graphic

How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood

October, 7th, 2019

Jeff Perera credits his upbringing — and the negative male role models in it — for leading him towards his current career: as a speaker, writer, and facilitator focused on a modern view of manhood. His approach avoids shaming men for their learned biases, and instead encourages them to support each other as they build […]


Meet Farida Deif: Canada’s Director of Human Rights Watch graphic

Meet Farida Deif: Canada’s Director of Human Rights Watch

October, 6th, 2019

Farida Deif is the Canada Director at Human Rights Watch — one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations. Based in Toronto, she monitors human rights abuses across Canada and advocates for a rights-respecting foreign policy. Born in Egypt, she has dedicated her life to advancing human rights in the Middle East and around […]


Meet Diana Olsen: the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters  graphic

Meet Diana Olsen: the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters 

September, 29th, 2019

President and Founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, Diana Olsen, found her passion quite interestingly — while at university studying French literature. During her course, she discovered a kindred spirit in Monsieur Balzac and his genuine passion for coffee. After graduating, she immersed herself in authentic French culture, spending a year and a half in France. […]


Meet Kelly Ann Woods, Founder of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Switch Spirit Free & Boozewitch and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Kelly Ann Woods, Founder of Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Switch Spirit Free & Boozewitch and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist

September, 27th, 2019

  Kelly Ann Woods Founder, Gillespie’s Fine Spirits, Switch Spirit Free & Boozewitch Finalist, Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award, WEST   Her passion for food and drink came from a “live off the land” way of life in rural Quebec, where she grew up on a hobby farm until the age of 17. Today, Kelly is […]


Meet Connie McInnes, Founder of RSTUDIOS and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Connie McInnes, Founder of RSTUDIOS and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist

September, 27th, 2019

  Connie McInnes Founder, RSTUDIOS Finalist, Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award, EAST   Connie hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the creator and founder of RIO Halifax, an avant-garde studio specializing in pilates, yoga and movement classes and ROGUE, a kickboxing and circuit training studio. Connie has been an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, as well […]


Meet Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman, Founders of Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman, Founders of Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist

September, 27th, 2019

  Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman Founders, Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) Finalist, Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award, CENTRAL   In 2017, Megan and Angelica joined forces to launch the national, full-service art consulting firm, K+D. Prior to partnering, Megan worked in the visual arts industry for fifteen years and had been running a cataloguing business since […]


Meet Autumn Peltier: 14-year-old internationally recognized clean water advocate and the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner graphic

Meet Autumn Peltier: 14-year-old internationally recognized clean water advocate and the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner

September, 25th, 2019

For most of us, the biggest thing we were rallying for at 14 was an extension on our curfew or a new outfit — but Autumn Peltier is not your average 14-year-old. Newly appointed as the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner, Autumn has already spent years advocating for water protection in First Nations communities, and […]


Meet Jill White: President of Waterplay Solutions Corp graphic

Meet Jill White: President of Waterplay Solutions Corp

September, 24th, 2019

Jill White is passionate about uniting people through play and social experiences. As the President of global aquatic play manufacturer, Waterplay Solutions, and two full-service playground and park amenities companies servicing Western Canada, RecTec Industries and Playworks-Parkworks, she feels that play is a right for children throughout the world, in every culture, regardless of background […]


The power of finding — and following — your passion graphic

The power of finding — and following — your passion

September, 23rd, 2019

  After four years building and leading Deloitte Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion Consulting practice, Carolyn Lawrence is now Deloitte Global’s first ever Inclusion Leader. Passionate about creating inclusive cultures, Carolyn previously spent ten years at the helm of Women of Influence, growing the organization’s reach, offerings, and impact.     by Carolyn Lawrence     […]


Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going graphic

Mandy’s Salads grew from a counter in a clothing store to seven Montreal locations — here’s how they’re keeping the growth going

September, 22nd, 2019

  When Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe first opened Mandy’s Salads at the back of a Westmount boutique, they didn’t have culinary or business degrees — but they did have passion and positivity. Fifteen years later, they’re working on their eighth store in Quebec, scouting for their first Toronto location, and finding new ways to use […]


Meet Katie Zeppieri: a woman arming the next generation with the tools that they need graphic

Meet Katie Zeppieri: a woman arming the next generation with the tools that they need

September, 22nd, 2019

Katie Zeppieri is the founder of GIRL TALK Empowerment, an organization that empowers girls to overcome personal challenges and be inspired to make their mark on the world. Over 10,000 girls have been empowered through GIRL TALK thus far, which has school chapters in Canada, the United States, Uganda and Egypt. Katie is also the […]


How a Nonlinear Career Path Can Be An Entrepreneurial Boon graphic

How a Nonlinear Career Path Can Be An Entrepreneurial Boon

September, 16th, 2019

Marcela Geer made the leap from an ascending career in finance to start up her passion project in hospitality — a Latin catering and food truck company, El Bosco Catering. Marcela shares her story on how a mashup of experience is fertile ground for a self-made career, and the lessons she’s learned so far as […]


Meet Kate Tyshchenko, a serial entrepreneur trying to solve the single-use plastic problem graphic

Meet Kate Tyshchenko, a serial entrepreneur trying to solve the single-use plastic problem

September, 15th, 2019

With her startup, The Good Cup Project, Kate Tyshchenko is trying to solve the problem of single-use plastic pollution, developing a travel mug with cutlery seamlessly fitted inside its walls. It’s her third venture; Kate previously founded a startup that connects people over home-cooked meals (think Airbnb for dinners), and she still advises corporations on […]


Meet the Co-founders of Nicole Bach: on a mission to revolutionize the women’s suiting experience graphic

Meet the Co-founders of Nicole Bach: on a mission to revolutionize the women’s suiting experience

September, 11th, 2019

Nicole Bach was born out of witnessing a gap in the market for suiting and wanting to change that with a service tailored to women. The founders Jasmine Janowski (pictured left), Oksana Ringsma (pictured right) and John Chao (not pictured) came together while working for a luxury retail banner, after discovering they shared similar experiences […]


A Plan for Disruption graphic

A Plan for Disruption

September, 7th, 2019

Elaine Kunda is the founder and managing partner of Disruption Ventures, Canada’s first private venture fund focused solely on women entrepreneurs. It has been a long — and strategically planned — journey for Elaine; here’s how (and why) she did it.     By Sarah Kelsey     If you were to ask most entrepreneurs […]


Meet Gaia Orion: A trained architect turned artist graphic

Meet Gaia Orion: A trained architect turned artist

September, 6th, 2019

For the first seven years of her life, Gaia Orion spent her time mostly barefoot in Africa, this provided the foundation for her love of nature and aspiration for living free. She studied and graduated in Paris as an architect before moving to Canada, becoming a self-made entrepreneur, and a mother of three. In just ten […]


The three traits of successful entrepreneurs graphic

The three traits of successful entrepreneurs

September, 5th, 2019

As a professor of organizational behaviour at Smith School of Business, Jana Raver looks at how people overcome the challenges of starting a business. Jana has identified three factors that predict the likelihood a business owner will excel or fail. She explains why these matter, and what entrepreneurs can do to succeed.   By Hailey Eisen […]


Meet Kristal Au-Yong: Senior Vice President of Innovation & Insights at Scotiabank graphic

Meet Kristal Au-Yong: Senior Vice President of Innovation & Insights at Scotiabank

September, 4th, 2019

Kristal has enjoyed a career of almost two decades in the financial industry, specializing in risk management, global transaction banking, and financial regulations. In her current role as SVP Innovation & Insights at Scotiabank, she is responsible for responding to the needs of the market by partnering across Scotiabank to accelerate strategic priorities powered by […]


Meet Elaine Kunda: serial entrepreneur who has successfully built teams and realigned business strategies for over 15 years graphic

Meet Elaine Kunda: serial entrepreneur who has successfully built teams and realigned business strategies for over 15 years

September, 1st, 2019

A serial entrepreneur Elaine has successfully built teams and realigned business strategies for over 15 years. She recently launched Disruption Ventures, a Venture Capital fund that invests in female-founded and managed companies. This was a natural progression for Elaine as she has spent the past 6 years consulting and advising start-ups and early-stage companies, helping […]


How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better graphic

How Julie Mitchell built two businesses — and is tapping into technology to run them better

August, 26th, 2019

As the founder and head of both Parcel Design (a brand strategy and communications firm) and Torq Ride (indoor cycling studios), Julie Mitchell isn’t just a serial entrepreneur — she’s a concurrent one. As both businesses expand, she’s looking for ways technology can be used to boost productivity and communication. Here’s how she’s getting it […]


Meet Nikki Csek: CEO and co-founder of Csek Creative and NowMedia graphic

Meet Nikki Csek: CEO and co-founder of Csek Creative and NowMedia

August, 26th, 2019

Nikki Csek, CEO and co-founder of Csek Creative and NowMedia, is passionate about people. She has cultivated and encouraged a community of diverse people, with various expertise, that has enabled her to thrive in business. She is the current president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and has served on boards for many local businesses […]



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