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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, […]


Meet Dr. Gina Cody: first woman to have an engineering department named after her graphic

Meet Dr. Gina Cody: first woman to have an engineering department named after her

January, 17th, 2019

In 1989, Dr. Cody became the first woman to earn a PhD in the Concordia Building Engineering program. She has achieved more than 30 years of professional practice in the private sector as a professional engineer, corporate executive and principal of an engineering firm. Her accolades include receiving an Award of Merit from the Canadian […]


Meet Ayleen Farnood: coder, conference speaker, and grade 10 student graphic

Meet Ayleen Farnood: coder, conference speaker, and grade 10 student

January, 13th, 2019

Ayleen Farnood is extremely passionate about the fields of brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality. She’s built a program which allows users to spell out words by blinking, coded a chatbot while interning at Microsoft that was deployed to thousands of the company’s employees, spoken at the Connect IT conference, and put together her own personal […]


Meet Jessica Phoenix, Olympic equestrian athlete and Pan Am gold medalist graphic

Meet Jessica Phoenix, Olympic equestrian athlete and Pan Am gold medalist

January, 5th, 2019

Jessica Phoenix is one of Canada’s top professional equestrian athletes, competing in Eventing. A two-time Olympian and four-time Pan American Games medalist — including a gold in 2011 — she was first named to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 2007. While her record is impressive, one of her greatest feats is recovering from a near-fatal fall in […]


Meet Dr. Nekessa Remy, one of Canada’s fastest rising health and wellness experts graphic

Meet Dr. Nekessa Remy, one of Canada’s fastest rising health and wellness experts

December, 16th, 2018

Dr. Nekessa Remy is a chiropractor, a registered and medical acupuncturist and one of Canada’s fastest rising and sought after health and wellness expert in the industry today. She is the current owner of Mississauga’s The Chiropractic Office, a comprehensive injury management clinic focused on sports related injuries and woman’s health issues. She also runs […]


Meet Nadège Nourian, chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie graphic

Meet Nadège Nourian, chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie

December, 10th, 2018

Nadège Nourian is the chef and owner of Nadège Patisserie in Toronto, Canada. Since the opening of her eponymous shops in 2009, Nadège has delighted Torontonians with modern dessert creations, and has been showered with numerous accolades from critics, the press, and the blogosphere. Born in Lyon, France, Nadège is a fourth generation pastry chef. […]


Meet Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first Master Sommelier graphic

Meet Jennifer Huether, Canada’s first Master Sommelier

November, 25th, 2018

As Canada’s first female Master Sommelier, Jennifer Huether plays a dynamic role within the Canadian hospitality and wine industry. From her humble beginnings as a server at the Rosedale Diner, to her celebrated career as the head sommelier for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Prestige Account Manager for Jackson Family Wines. Jennifer worked tirelessly […]


Meet Vanessa Vakharia, founder and director of The Math Guru graphic

Meet Vanessa Vakharia, founder and director of The Math Guru

November, 14th, 2018

Vanessa Vakharia is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a boutique math and science tutoring studio in Toronto. She is also the author of Math Hacks, a book that makes math fun, stress-free and relatable for young kids and parents. She appears regularly on national television and news outlets as an expert in […]


Meet Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts graphic

Meet Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts

November, 14th, 2018

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which recently celebrated its 26th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space. Under Behzadi’s direction, HFC has grown into one of the largest and most respected franchisors in the U.S., on track to reach $700 million […]


Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalists graphic

Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalists

November, 12th, 2018

  Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi Co-founders, Kids and Company Finalists, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, CENTRAL   When Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi cofounded Kids & Company in 2002, their aim was to disrupt the traditional way child care had been offered by launching as an emergency back-up centre. Their success came after a […]


Meet Melanie Normandin, Vice President of Arctic Consultants Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist graphic

Meet Melanie Normandin, Vice President of Arctic Consultants Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist

November, 12th, 2018

  Melanie Normandin Vice President, Arctic Consultants Inc. Finalist, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, EAST   Arctic Consultants has been meeting the procurement needs of remote communities in Nunavik and Nunavut since 1984. Melanie Normandin took over the family business with her husband in 2009, and now works not only to ensure the day-to-day runs […]


Meet Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist graphic

Meet Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns Inc., and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Finalist

November, 12th, 2018

  Mandy Farmer President and CEO, Accent Inns Inc. Finalist, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, WEST   When Mandy Farmer’s father started Accent Inns Inc. in 1987, he didn’t plan on having any of his children go into the business. But Mandy took over as president and CEO in 2008, bringing with her an innovative, […]


Meet Debbie McGrath, CMO and Chief Client Officer at Echelon Wealth Partners graphic

Meet Debbie McGrath, CMO and Chief Client Officer at Echelon Wealth Partners

November, 12th, 2018

Debbie McGrath is an award-winning business strategy and marketing and communications expert with deep experience in professional services, financial services, real estate services and consumer retail industries. Best described as a visionary and architect of winning marketing campaigns and developer of client-first business initiatives this University of Western Ontario graduate and three-time RBC Canadian Women […]


Meet Elen Steinberg, President and CEO of SPP Marketing Services Inc. and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Elen Steinberg, President and CEO of SPP Marketing Services Inc. and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Elen Steinberg President and CEO, SPP Marketing Services Inc. Finalist, TELUS Trailblazer Award, CENTRAL   SPP Marketing Services Inc. (SPP) had already been in operation as a promotions and experiential marketing agency for ten years when founder Elen Steinberg saw her winning opportunity: creating an innovative program using Canadian airports for marketing credit cards […]


Meet Caroline Roberts, President and CEO of Thoth Technology Inc. and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Caroline Roberts, President and CEO of Thoth Technology Inc. and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Caroline Roberts President and CEO, Thoth Technology Inc. Finalist, TELUS Trailblazer Award, CENTRAL   When Caroline Roberts co-founded Thoth Technology in 2001, she saw a market opportunity in Canada’s vibrant space sector, providing services to validate equipment for spaceflight. The space and defense company now has three divisions — Space Tracking and Navigation, Space […]


Meet Toni Desrosiers, Founder and CEO of Abeego and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist graphic

Meet Toni Desrosiers, Founder and CEO of Abeego and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards TELUS Trailblazer Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Toni Desrosiers Founder and CEO, Abeego Finalist, TELUS Trailblazer Award, CENTRAL   In 2008, Toni Desrosiers was looking for a natural way to store her food — and ended up discovering a way to disrupt the fully mature, billion-dollar industry of plastic wrap. Through extensive experimentation (and looking to lemon peels, cheese rinds and […]


Meet Heather Modlin, Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Heather Modlin, Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Heather Modlin Provincial Director, Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador Finalist, Social Change Award, EAST   Heather Modlin established Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador (KANL) in 2009 to provide therapeutic family-based care (foster care). Their mandate has since expanded; in partnership with government, KANL offers residential care and support services to young people and families […]


Meet Latha Sukumar, Executive Director of MCIS Language Solutions and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Latha Sukumar, Executive Director of MCIS Language Solutions and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Latha Sukumar Executive Director, MCIS Language Solutions Finalist, Social Change Award, CENTRAL   When MCIS Language Solutions was incorporated as a non-profit in 1995, its mandate was to provide interpretation services for victims of domestic violence in Scarborough. Latha Sukumar was hired as Executive Director in 1996, expanding the mission to improving access to […]


Meet Ching Tien, Founder and President, ERGC and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Ching Tien, Founder and President, ERGC and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

November, 9th, 2018

  Ching Tien Founder and President, Educating Rural Girls in China Finalist, Social Change Award, WEST   As the founder of Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), Ching Tien’s deepest belief is that educated women have educated children — so providing education opportunities to women has a long lasting ripple effect and is a fundamental […]


Meet Joanie Metivier, a Canadian Sommelier and Wine Expert graphic

Meet Joanie Metivier, a Canadian Sommelier and Wine Expert

November, 2nd, 2018

Joanie Metivier’s career started with a passion for wine, one that soon became rather irrational. Now a sommelier, wine writer and the first women to acquire her Whisky Ambassador title in Quebec, Joanie accumulated the accreditations including Certified CMS, WSET level 3 with distinction and ISG all while managing her personal blog dedicated to wine […]


Meet Jennifer Hamilton, CEO of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Jennifer Hamilton, CEO of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist

October, 29th, 2018

  Jennifer Hamilton CEO, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness Finalist, RBC Momentum Award, CENTRAL   When Jen Hamilton opened her first Oxygen Yoga and Fitness location, her goal was to create an environment where any person could come, regardless of age, gender or level of fitness, to channel their energy and focus back on themselves. Their […]


Meet Francine Brûlé, Founder, Les enfants terribles brasserie, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Francine Brûlé, Founder, Les enfants terribles brasserie, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist

October, 29th, 2018

  Francine Brûlé Founder, Les enfants terribles brasserie Finalist, RBC Momentum Award, EAST   Brasserie Les Enfants Terribles is a family-run restaurant group guided by a “just like home’’ concept, with a welcoming atmosphere and a menu featuring local products and unique spins on more traditional dishes. Francine Brûlé opened her first location at 53 […]


Meet Marjorie Dixon, Founder of Anova Fertility, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Marjorie Dixon, Founder of Anova Fertility, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards RBC Momentum Award Finalist

October, 29th, 2018

  Marjorie Dixon Founder, Anova Fertility Finalist, RBC Momentum Award, CENTRAL   Founded in 2016, Anova Fertility and Reproductive Health is committed to making the right to family accessible to everyone. As a doctor in reproductive medicine who had been through the system for assisted fertility personally, Marjorie Dixon saw inequality for different segments of […]


Meet Allison Dore, Radio Personality and Founder of Howl & Roar Records graphic

Meet Allison Dore, Radio Personality and Founder of Howl & Roar Records

October, 19th, 2018

Allison Dore started her career in the entertainment industry as an actor. It wasn’t until her older brother, renowned comedian Jon Dore, encouraged her to try stand-up that she got introduced to the world of comedy. Eventually she started a podcast, and in six months, after completing 100 episodes, was offered a spot on SiriusXM’s […]




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