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Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor graphic

Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor

June, 16th, 2019

After Rumana Monzur was viciously attacked and blinded by her husband in her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh, she refused to give up. She started her career as a Lecturer in International Relations but after becoming blind, she decided to take her career in a new direction. In May 2017, Rumana obtained a law degree and […]


Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project graphic

Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project

June, 8th, 2019

After going to fashion school, Annalie Bonda followed the usual path of working in the fashion industry, and then went on to own and run a successful wholesale fashion sales agency. However, shortly after giving birth to her second child, she decided to take her career in a new and more fulfilling direction — the non-profit sector. Annalie […]


Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co. graphic

Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co.

June, 6th, 2019

After completing a BSc at McGill University, Hana James was en route to medical school when she decided to explore another passion: helping people improve their health through food. In 2011, she founded Café Shu, a juice bar and healthy café with two locations in Toronto. Fast forward to today and Hana is now a […]


Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company graphic

Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company

June, 2nd, 2019

Sara Cabrera – Aragon (right) and Idalina Leandro (left) are the co-founders of a majority-women film production company, Her Film Company, based in Toronto, Ontario. Their objective is to empower female filmmakers and to create a company were women take priority in key creative roles. Their films are made for everyone, with a focus on […]


Meet Lauryn Vaughn: Founder of Canada’s largest online luxury consignment retailer graphic

Meet Lauryn Vaughn: Founder of Canada’s largest online luxury consignment retailer

May, 26th, 2019

With a career in fashion that has taken her to Paris and back, Lauryn Vaughn has an impeccable eye for detail and a passion for the transformative impact of premium apparel. She founded The Upside in 2015 after discovering a niche in the country’s e-commerce market for luxury resale fashion minus the prohibitive costs of […]


Meet Bailey Parnell: Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp graphic

Meet Bailey Parnell: Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp

May, 19th, 2019

Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp — an award-winning digital marketer, TEDx speaker, and businesswoman with a talent for helping people and brands tell better stories.  Bailey frequently speaks publicly about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She is currently working towards an MA in Communications and Culture, part-time at Ryerson […]


Meet Dr. Sarah Mickeler: Founder of West End Mamas graphic

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 […]


Meet Robin Swicord : Oscar Nominated Screenwriter graphic

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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Meet Cindy Fagen: COO SAP Labs Canada graphic

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), […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Meet Anj Handa: Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers graphic

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 […]


Meet Nikoletta Erdelyi: Project Coordinator at York University with a Passion for the Arts graphic

Meet Nikoletta Erdelyi: Project Coordinator at York University with a Passion for the Arts

March, 3rd, 2019

Nikoletta Erdelyi is a project coordinator at York University, supporting academic advising projects that aim to enhance the student experience. She has worked in the employment sector, and pediatric healthcare, where she continues to be involved as a speaker and mentor to children and youth with disabilities transitioning into adulthood. Nikoletta’s lived experience as a […]


Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive graphic

Meet the women making the mining industry more inclusive

February, 24th, 2019

Women Who Rock President and CEO, Elena Mayer, and Deborah Breckels, Chief Operations Officer lead their organization with the goal of igniting curiosity amongst women about mining and its importance for the Canadian economy, helping those in the industry forge successful careers, collaborating with stakeholders who share common challenges, and communicating success stories to help make the mining industry […]


Meet Stephania Stefanakou: a lingerie-tech entrepreneur graphic

Meet Stephania Stefanakou: a lingerie-tech entrepreneur

February, 22nd, 2019

Stephania Stefanakou is a fashion technology entrepreneur, and the CEO and Co-Founder at House of Anesi, a lingerie-tech startup based in Toronto. With a Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University, and a background in Digital Fabrication, she first started her research into shape-shifting clothing during a semester at Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as being […]


Meet Ashley Kirwan: Co-founder, CEO and Principal Geologist at Orix Geoscience graphic

Meet Ashley Kirwan: Co-founder, CEO and Principal Geologist at Orix Geoscience

February, 20th, 2019

Ashley Kirwan is the Co-founder, CEO and Principal Geologist at Orix Geoscience; a leading geology firm that partners with exploration and mining companies to provide geological and geomatic expertise and business strategies for grassroots, brownfields and advanced projects. Orix started in a downturn and has grown over the last six years to 56 employees within […]


Meet Veronica Richards: Vice President at CALLS Contact Center and WW CALLS CANADA graphic

Meet Veronica Richards: Vice President at CALLS Contact Center and WW CALLS CANADA

February, 18th, 2019

Veronica Richards is a businesswoman with more than two decades of experience in supporting companies to connect with their potential clients and to grow globally. She is the founding partner and Vice President at CALLS Contact Center in Mexico, a company with 23 years of experience and founding partner and Vice President at WW Calls […]


Meet Andrea Grobocopatel: Co-Chair of 2018 W20 and President of FLOR (Foundation for Leadership and Responsible Organizations) graphic

Meet Andrea Grobocopatel: Co-Chair of 2018 W20 and President of FLOR (Foundation for Leadership and Responsible Organizations)

February, 15th, 2019

Andrea Grobocopatel is an Argentine agronomist, president of Fundación por Liderazgos y Organizaciones Responsables (F.L.O.R),  and president and shareholder of Los Grobo S.G.R., a leading agro-industrial group in South America. She co-founded her family business, together with her father and his brother, when she was only 21 years old. Andrea is a mentor of Vital Voices […]


Meet Roni Postan-Koren, founder of Shavot — a leadership and mentoring program for young girls graphic

Meet Roni Postan-Koren, founder of Shavot — a leadership and mentoring program for young girls

February, 3rd, 2019

Roni Postan-Koren is the founder of Shavot, a leadership and mentoring program for 12-year-old girls aimed at promoting female leadership. A Medical Student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Roni was inspired to start the program after a negative personal experience as Chairperson of the Student Union, where she first realized people could and would […]


Meet Lexi Miles: founder and CEO of WAXON Laser + Waxbar graphic

Meet Lexi Miles: founder and CEO of WAXON Laser + Waxbar

January, 27th, 2019

Lexi Miles is the Founder and CEO of WAXON Laser + Waxbar, launched in 2012 for both women and men on the go. Now with 13 locations nationwide and the launch of its innovative new-to-market laser, Lexi oversees all aspects of the WAXON business – from franchise building and day-to-day operations of existing locations, marketing, […]




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