Profiles


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 […]


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 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 […]


Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc. graphic

Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Sonia is a self-proclaimed media junkie, a champion of improved metrics, an award-winning mentor to the next generation of PR pros, and a results generator who has 20+ years in the PR industry. She founded spPR, an award winning full-service public relations agency, in 2013. Since then, Sonia’s media relations expertise has continued to be […]


Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc. graphic

Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Beverly Shwarzer is the President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc., a fast-growing company of cash management experts. She is the driving force behind operations, strategy, business development, and customer relations. She is a major advocate of applying technology to all aspects of today’s ever-growing business environment – specifically how it can make operations simpler […]


Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs graphic

Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs

June, 24th, 2018

  Laura Didyk has spent more than two decades at The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The supportive environment has allowed her to achieve success — and now she’s paying it forward, acting as National Lead for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur Strategy, helping the next generation of women leaders excel.   by Shelley White   […]


Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit graphic

Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit

June, 20th, 2018

Zem founded the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. It is driven by leading tech founders, investors, inventors, and influencers. Prior to Near Future, she founded ecofabulous.com which became part of Huffington Post in 2015 and remains the reigning authority on stylish sustainability. Zem […]


Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair graphic

Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair

June, 18th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Amy is a journalist, an entrepreneur, and a long-time cultural worker with a powerful ability to see the next big trend. She founded Gender Fair in 2016 to showcase companies that serve women well and promote gender equality through market-based solutions. Through one purchase at a time, Amy believes you […]


Meet Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada graphic

Meet Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada

June, 13th, 2018

In 2007, Leigh started working at Staples as a Management Trainee and has worked her way up. Today, she is responsible for the facility maintenance, repair, and service related programs for all Canadian properties (305+ locations) as well as setting the sustainability agenda and identifying key focus areas for the company. For her efforts, Leigh […]


Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent graphic

Four ways to make sure your small business can hire and keep the best talent

June, 13th, 2018

  By Stephania Varalli Co-CEO, Women of Influence     Hiring exceptional talent can be one of the toughest tasks as a small business owner. When you only have a few employees — and 54% of private employers in Canada have less than five — there is no room for underperformers. So how do you […]


Meet Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a human capital expert and immigration champion graphic

Meet Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a human capital expert and immigration champion

June, 12th, 2018

Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow is the President & Chief Human Capital Officer of 3C Workforce Solutions. With close to 30 years of experience in human capital research and development, she has worked on a range of initiatives that span private, public and voluntary institutions in Canada, Central Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia and the Caribbean. An […]


Five Minutes with Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner at ConsenSys graphic

Five Minutes with Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner at ConsenSys

June, 11th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton At ConsenSys, Kavita heads a unique VC-hedge fund, investing in next-generation blockchain technologies revolutionizing our current systems. Kavita is certainly an influencer in the investing space and is never just in one place. She has set up innovative investment funds across East Africa, Middle East, South Asia and recently in the US for […]


Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen graphic

Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen

June, 8th, 2018

NJ Goldston is an LA based venture capitalist in emerging fashion and technology brands. She is also the Founder and Editor in Chief of the Webby award-winning fashion blog The Blonde and The Brunette and the Managing Partner of leading activewear line, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL). She has been named a “Style Icon” by Louis […]


Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA graphic

Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA

June, 6th, 2018

With a unique heritage from both Latin America and Europe, Claudia and Flavia Giardinella were exposed to international art and culture at an early age. Art museums, art galleries and the theater played an important role in their lives growing up, carrying an influence into their career choices in arts management and fundraising. As two […]


Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya graphic

Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya

June, 6th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Maya is a cannabis industry veteran and self-proclaimed “ganjapreneur” (an entrepreneur in the business of selling marijuana in regions where it has been legalized). She founded Om Edibles, an all-female run collective dedicated to providing the highest quality of Medical Cannabis products to legal patients in California, in 2008 after working in […]


Meet Mary Aitken, Founder of Toronto’s private women’s club, Verity graphic

Meet Mary Aitken, Founder of Toronto’s private women’s club, Verity

June, 4th, 2018

After beginning her career in the financial industry in the UK, Mary Aitken moved to Canada — and became a serial entrepreneur. Over two decades she launched several successful start-ups and investment companies. In 2004, she opened the doors on her sixth start-up and current venture: a private women’s club named Verity. Her goal? To […]


Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better? graphic

Twelve Entrepreneurs Confess: How will technology be changing their business for the better?

May, 31st, 2018

These 12 women entrepreneurs agree: technology has the power to change a business. As participants in the Cisco Circle of Innovation program, they’ve been paired with engineering interns to help build their organization’s digital strategy, scale, and impact in the marketplace. They’re sharing how their business will be getting better through technology this year — […]


Meet Chen Lizra, a Somatic Intelligence expert helping people embody their true essence graphic

Meet Chen Lizra, a Somatic Intelligence expert helping people embody their true essence

May, 31st, 2018

Chen Lizra specializes in transforming people by changing behavioural patterns for the better, through bodywork. She offers Somatic Intelligence workshops, one on one sessions, training programs and keynote speeches, using the unique one-of-a-kind method she developed. She works with individuals, organizations and events in order to cause transformation through the body, through experiencing. After giving one […]


Meet Samantha Brookes, CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada graphic

Meet Samantha Brookes, CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada

May, 30th, 2018

Samantha Brookes is the CEO and Founder of Mortgages of Canada and has more than 16 years of experience with home purchases, refinancing customer mortgages, consolidating homeowner debt and providing home equity loans. She was recently named in the “Top 100” by Real Estate Professional Magazine and can be seen hosting her own YouTube show […]


Meet Tanya Acker, an accomplished lawyer with Judge Judy’s approval graphic

Meet Tanya Acker, an accomplished lawyer with Judge Judy’s approval

May, 28th, 2018

Tanya serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. She is an experienced civil litigator as well as a television commentator, having been a featured guest on “Good Morning America,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Larry King Live” to name a few. Throughout her career, […]


Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank graphic

Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank

May, 25th, 2018

  As Director of Sales Effectiveness at Scotiabank, as well as lead champion for Scotiabank’s Toronto Pride Employee Resource Group, Val Walls is always asking herself: How can I touch, move, inspire and make a difference? She shares how she’s driving change — and creating an inclusive vision of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans+) […]


Meet Dr. Nguyen-Vi Mohamed, a Neuroscience Researcher and Entrepreneur graphic

Meet Dr. Nguyen-Vi Mohamed, a Neuroscience Researcher and Entrepreneur

May, 24th, 2018

Dr. Nguyen-Vi Mohamed is one of those people who seems to be interested in everything. A rugby player who flies planes, she also owns two bakeries in Montreal. And then there’s her day job. Dr. Mohamed, who is a neuroscience researcher, loves her work in the fascinating world of mini brains – miniature balls of […]


Meet Julie Cantor, Founder and Chief Executive of Harlen graphic

Meet Julie Cantor, Founder and Chief Executive of Harlen

May, 24th, 2018

Julie is the Founder & Chief Executive of Harlen. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, MA), Berkeley Law (JD), and the Yale University School of Medicine (MD). She practiced law with two elite firms before turning her attention to Harlen. And it was during her tenure at those firms that she realized the […]