Profiles


Meet Ashley Freeborn: founder of Canadian fashion brand Smash + Tess graphic

Meet Ashley Freeborn: founder of Canadian fashion brand Smash + Tess

January, 26th, 2020

Founder and Managing Director of Smash + Tess,  Ashley Freeborn spent the better part of a decade working as an educator before making the leap to corporate training and culture, where she worked in the finance sector for almost three years. Although she loved it dearly, she still felt the need for a fun and […]


Meet Carol Reynolds: Award-winning Film Writer and Producer Turned Real Estate Broker graphic

Meet Carol Reynolds: Award-winning Film Writer and Producer Turned Real Estate Broker

January, 19th, 2020

Carol Reynolds is a Toronto-based real estate broker whose expertise in media, marketing and technology helps her clients to buy or sell properties. Approaching a property as a brand with its own unique story and personality, she offers them a combination of attentiveness and strategic insight that benefits their bottom line. Carol helps ease clients’ […]


How Nathalie Pougno beat the odds to become a leader in IT graphic

How Nathalie Pougno beat the odds to become a leader in IT

January, 17th, 2020

Nathalie Pougno’s path to director of digital transformation at Ricoh began in post-Soviet Russia, included two life-changing moves — to Israel and Canada — and the challenges of a male-dominated sector. Here’s how she made it.   by Sarah Kelsey       Nathalie Pougno’s father always told her there was something extra special about […]


How Nazaneen Qauomi went from struggling immigrant to social entrepreneur graphic

How Nazaneen Qauomi went from struggling immigrant to social entrepreneur

January, 14th, 2020

As founder of Red Gold of Afghanistan, Nazaneen Qauomi is empowering women in her home country to support themselves through saffron farming.   by Hailey Eisen       So far in her young life, Nazaneen Qauomi, 28, has lived through a terrible war and dealt with a terrible disease. Now, she’s determined to make […]


Meet Stephanie Florio: a woman on a mission to make job searching for students easy graphic

Meet Stephanie Florio: a woman on a mission to make job searching for students easy

January, 9th, 2020

In the spring of 2017, Stephanie Florio co-founded Swob Inc., a mobile recruitment application. Swob is designed to make job searching for students easy and recruitment even easier. Using their smartphone, students looking for a job can now search in the comfort of their own phone. Swob is the first of its kind to target […]


Meet Narinder Dhami: Managing Director of LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact graphic

Meet Narinder Dhami: Managing Director of LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact

January, 5th, 2020

A leader in social finance and innovator in venture philanthropy, through her role at LEAP Narinder, catalyzes large-scale change for social ventures, and equips Canadian business, political and social sector leaders to “do good, better”. LEAP, Pecaut Centre for Social Impact is a Canadian non-profit that works to enhance social impact, by supporting and scaling […]


Meet Charly Lester: Co-Founder and CMO of Lumen, a new dating app especially for over 50s graphic

Meet Charly Lester: Co-Founder and CMO of Lumen, a new dating app especially for over 50s

December, 15th, 2019

Charly Lester is experienced in the art of entrepreneurship, Lumen is her third business. Previously she established international awards for the online dating industry, and she is the co-founder of A League of Her Own, a learning platform designed to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs. She is the author of two books for entrepreneurs […]


The Scotiabank Women Initiative is expanding to empower more women to take their careers and businesses to the next level graphic

The Scotiabank Women Initiative is expanding to empower more women to take their careers and businesses to the next level

December, 9th, 2019

When The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ first launched in 2018, its primary focus was to support women-owned, women-led businesses through three key pillars: Access to Capital, Mentorship and Education. One year later, Scotiabank is expanding this bespoke program. Scotiabank’s Loretta Marcoccia, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Global Banking and Markets, explains how adding a […]


Meet Kimberley Pontbriand: from teen professional model to entrepreneur and branding expert graphic

Meet Kimberley Pontbriand: from teen professional model to entrepreneur and branding expert

December, 7th, 2019

Not many people can say that at the age of 14 they were travelling around the world — as a professional model, Kimberley Pontbriand was afforded this opportunity that would later pay for her university studies. While studying, Kim worked as the Director of Marketing for Clinique Invisia in Montreal, where she was responsible for […]


A book club for in-risk teen girls is about to shut down due to lack of funding. Here’s why Tanya Lee started it, and how you can help. graphic

A book club for in-risk teen girls is about to shut down due to lack of funding. Here’s why Tanya Lee started it, and how you can help.

December, 2nd, 2019

  Tanya Marie Lee is the founder of A Room Of Your Own book club, offering teen girls living in poverty a safe space to find their voice, see their potential, and discuss issues they might face — with monthly meet-ups that include the author of the book they’re reading. Inspired by the sanctuary the […]


Meet Sheree Atcheson: One of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech graphic

Meet Sheree Atcheson: One of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech

December, 1st, 2019

Listed as one of the UK’s Top Most Influential Women in Tech & an international multi-award winner for her services to the Diversity & Inclusion industry, Sheree (@nirushika) is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Monzo; Board-Appointed Global Ambassador, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes. The aim of her career is ensuring people are aware of […]


How Debbie Fung, co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, found success following her passion graphic

How Debbie Fung, co-founder of Yoga Tree Studios, found success following her passion

November, 28th, 2019

  When Debbie Fung and her partner, Jason Lu, graduated from university, they both landed great jobs in their fields of study — but instead, they chose to follow their passion. Launching Yoga Tree Studios in 2007, they’ve grown the business to six locations, and have plans to open more. Debbie shares how the pair […]


How Lori Sroujian transitioned from marketing exec to vegan cheese entrepreneur graphic

How Lori Sroujian transitioned from marketing exec to vegan cheese entrepreneur

November, 28th, 2019

  Lori Sroujian first started experimenting with faux-cheese recipes after a family health scare led her to reconsider what she was eating. What started as a personal quest to find a nutritious but delicious replacement for cheese eventually evolved into a side hustle — and about a year ago, VegCheese became Lori’s full-time enterprise.   […]


Meet Kathryn Hollinrake: a photographer known for her profile portraits and celebrity clientele graphic

Meet Kathryn Hollinrake: a photographer known for her profile portraits and celebrity clientele

November, 24th, 2019

As a professional photographer, Kathryn Hollinrake’s client list has many notable names, including several stars of Dragon’s Den, Hurricane Hazel McCallion, and multi-talented Canadian entertainment icon Bruce McCulloch, among others. She began her career after moving from Vancouver, graduating from Ryerson’s Film and Photography program with a Bachelor of Technology degree, and taking a slight […]


Announcing the 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Winners graphic

Announcing the 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Winners

November, 20th, 2019

Last night we celebrated the 27th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, and today we are proud to announce the six winners of the 2019 awards. These award winners join the five recipients of the up-and-coming entrepreneur ‘Ones to Watch’ award category, which was announced in September of this year. This year’s winners and recipients […]


Meet Mary Purdie: An Illustrator using her art for impact graphic

Meet Mary Purdie: An Illustrator using her art for impact

November, 18th, 2019

Mary Purdie is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. She draws inspiration from her personal experiences to create art that amplifies discussions around topics like grief, healing, personal growth, and mental health. Mary’s mission is to continue creating heartfelt artwork that resonates, comforts and creates a community where vulnerable conversations are welcomed and embraced. […]


Meet Margot & Marion Witz of Elizabeth Grant International and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist graphic

Meet Margot & Marion Witz of Elizabeth Grant International and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist

November, 17th, 2019

Margot & Marion Witz Elizabeth Grant International Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist   For mother and daughter duo, Marion and Margot, the beauty business was a natural choice. Elizabeth Grant (the mother of the former and grandmother of the latter) is the original founder of the luxury skincare company Elizabeth Grant International. Now, the three […]


Meet Brigitte Jalbert, President of Les Emballages Carrousel and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winner graphic

Meet Brigitte Jalbert, President of Les Emballages Carrousel and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winner

November, 17th, 2019

Brigitte Jalbert President, Les Emballages Carrousel Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Winner   Brigitte started working at the family business during her summer breaks, in the photography and communications department. In 1986, she joined the team full-time, and for 25 years, she worked her way up the ranks. In 2011, Brigitte was appointed as president of […]


Meet Anna Eliopoulos, Founder of byPeterandPauls.com and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist graphic

Meet Anna Eliopoulos, Founder of byPeterandPauls.com and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist

November, 17th, 2019

Anna Eliopoulos Founder, byPeterandPauls.com Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Finalist   At 19, Anna opened a small restaurant with her husband Peter. She often crafted small gifts for her clients as a token of appreciation for their business. After seeing her client’s reaction to these gifts, and how these propelled customer loyalty, Anna decided this may […]


How Colette Cooper transitioned from trained nurse to self-taught co-owner of a successful engineering company graphic

How Colette Cooper transitioned from trained nurse to self-taught co-owner of a successful engineering company

November, 11th, 2019

  With four small children and the challenges of juggling home, her nursing career, and her husband having his own business, Colette Cooper made the decision to step away from a demanding career as an intensive care nurse — and never went back. Instead, she joined forces with her husband Darren, ultimately taking on the […]


Meet Carinne Chambers-Saini Founder of Diva International And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Winner graphic

Meet Carinne Chambers-Saini Founder of Diva International And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Winner

November, 10th, 2019

Carinne Chambers-Saini Founder, Diva International TELUS Trailblazer Award Winner   Carinne Chambers-Saini has led a 15-year journey to create and market the revolutionary product and brand, the DivaCup. As the only real innovation in feminine hygiene in decades, the DivaCup has completely disrupted the industry by providing the most eco-friendly, clean and comfortable way to […]


Meet Jesse Finkelstein Founder of Page Two And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Jesse Finkelstein Founder of Page Two And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 10th, 2019

  Jesse Finkelstein Founder, Page Two TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist   Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White have 35 years of combined experience in book publishing. The pair worked together at D&M Publishers until 2012, when the company went into creditor protection. With their backs against the wall, they choose to take a leap of faith […]


Meet Trena White Founder of Page Two And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Trena White Founder of Page Two And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 10th, 2019

  Trena White Founder, Page Two TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist   Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White have 35 years of combined experience in book publishing. The pair worked together at D&M Publishers until 2012, when the company went into creditor protection. With their backs against the wall, they choose to take a leap of faith […]


Meet Natalie Voland Founder of Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Natalie Voland Founder of Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 10th, 2019

Natalie Voland Founder, Gestion Immobilière Quo Vadis TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist   With a background in social work, Natalie Voland created a unique vision using real estate projects as a tool of economic development and urban regeneration, leading to the creation of over 3,000 new jobs. A Quebec leader in social innovation, Natalie works collaboratively […]


Meet Aiko Uchigoshi: Head Pastry Chef of Miku Toronto graphic

Meet Aiko Uchigoshi: Head Pastry Chef of Miku Toronto

November, 8th, 2019

Hailing from Yamaguchi, Japan, Chef Aiko Uchigoshi brings 14 years of impressive knowledge and experience in the art of pastry to Miku Toronto. As the restaurant’s talented Head Pastry Chef, Aiko and her team proudly make every delicious dessert offering in-house. She incorporates her mastery of Japanese flavours and French baking techniques into her breath-taking […]


What leading teams has taught me graphic

What leading teams has taught me

November, 6th, 2019

  With a breadth of marketing and strategy expertise, Virginia is known for building and scaling high-performing customer-focused teams. A Business Strategist and Marketing Partner at ELIM5, a Toronto-based digital media company, she’s a valued member of the Women of Influence Advisory Board and an American Marketing Association mentor.     by Virginia Brailey   […]


A new view of boys being boys graphic

A new view of boys being boys

November, 6th, 2019

  As Senior Vice President, Global Engagement for Women of Influence, Jan Frolic has the privilege of connecting with people who are doing the work to advance women and are looking to do more. Passionate about inclusion, she’s also the founder of boypro-ject, offering in-school curriculum to encourage youth to be authentic in their unique […]



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