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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, […]


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 […]




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