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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Meet Autumn Peltier: 15-year-old internationally recognized clean water advocate and the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner graphic

Meet Autumn Peltier: 15-year-old internationally recognized clean water advocate and the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner

November, 5th, 2019

For most of us, the biggest thing we were rallying for at 15 was an extension on our curfew or a new outfit — but Autumn Peltier is not your average 15-year-old. Newly appointed as the Anishinabek Nation chief water commissioner, Autumn has already spent years advocating for water protection in First Nations communities, and […]


Meet Carol Deacon: A Chief Operating Officer in the automotive industry graphic

Meet Carol Deacon: A Chief Operating Officer in the automotive industry

November, 4th, 2019

Carol Deacon began her career sourcing automotive parts in Detroit. After earning an MBA from INSEAD, she worked with several large retailers and consumer brands on growth strategies, innovation, and turn-around plans, before returning to the automotive world with a role at Canadian Tire. During her six years at the company, she led the turnaround strategy […]


Meet Dr. Yolanda Kirkham: A physician caring for women through all of life’s transitions graphic

Meet Dr. Yolanda Kirkham: A physician caring for women through all of life’s transitions

October, 28th, 2019

Dr. Yolanda Kirkham is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. After her Masters’s and medical degrees at the University of British Columbia, she moved to Toronto to pursue her OBGYN career path. She cares for women through all of life’s transitions. She delivers babies and performs […]


Meet Geetha Moorthy Founder of SAAAC Autism Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Geetha Moorthy Founder of SAAAC Autism Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

October, 28th, 2019

Geetha Moorthy Founder, SAAAC Autism Centre Social Change Award Finalist   Geetha founded the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) in direct response to the growing need for awareness and support for South Asian families impacted by ASD and related developmental disorders. The centre began with two families, a handful of volunteers, and minimal resources. […]


Meet Laurel Douglas CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Laurel Douglas CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

October, 28th, 2019

Laurel Douglas CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre Social Change Award Finalist   Laurel Douglas is the CEO of Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC). WEC is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women launch, lead, and scale their own businesses. Under Laurel’s leadership, WEC has become recognized as one of the leading business resources for women entrepreneurs […]


Meet Pascale Bouchard Executive Director of Leucan And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist graphic

Meet Pascale Bouchard Executive Director of Leucan And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Social Change Award Finalist

October, 28th, 2019

Pascale Bouchard Executive Director, Leucan Social Change Award Finalist   A member of the Quebec Bar, Pascale practiced law for a little over a year before heading into management. She joined Leucan in 2015 as Director of Family Services, and a year later became General Manager. Leucan is a nonprofit organization that supports children with […]


Meet Kristen Voisey: The Newfoundland Native who became Toronto’s “Cocktail Queen” graphic

Meet Kristen Voisey: The Newfoundland Native who became Toronto’s “Cocktail Queen”

October, 25th, 2019

Without a background in business, but a love and passion for retail and cocktails, Kristen Voisey St. John’s, Newfoundland native, opened her first store in Toronto in 2011 and has since been dubbed Toronto’s “Cocktail Queen” . She is the founder and owner of Cocktail Emporium that currently has two stores with a new location […]


Meet Natalie James: Owner and CEO of Vent Blow Dry Bar graphic

Meet Natalie James: Owner and CEO of Vent Blow Dry Bar

October, 22nd, 2019

Natalie James is a wife, mom of three, entrepreneur, creator and owner of Toronto’s most exclusive blow dry bar – Vent Blow Dry Bar. Inspired by the stories of female entrepreneurs she met, Natalie set out to take a detour and leave the security of a “good job” when she opened Vent Blow Dry Bar’s […]


Meet Jessica Anuna: Founder of Klasha graphic

Meet Jessica Anuna: Founder of Klasha

October, 17th, 2019

Jessica Anuna is the 27-year-old founder and CEO of online fashion retailer Klasha, selling fashion to millennials in Africa. Klasha is backed by Techstars and Ginco Investments in Dubai and is based in Lagos with a team of six. They deliver in 1-5 days across Africa and sell affordable fashion under $100 with payments in […]


Meet Louise Fogharty: Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC graphic

Meet Louise Fogharty: Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC

October, 16th, 2019

Louise Fogharty is Vice President, Financing & Consulting for South Fraser Area at BDC. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs’ initiative for the BC & North region. Louise leads a team of dedicated individuals who help Canadian entrepreneurs to grow by providing, financing, capital and advisory services. A passionate supporter […]


Meet Barbara Pasternak: Founder of Chair Diabetes Hope Foundation, Vice President Fluid Hose & Coupling Inc graphic

Meet Barbara Pasternak: Founder of Chair Diabetes Hope Foundation, Vice President Fluid Hose & Coupling Inc

October, 11th, 2019

Barbara Pasternak is the Vice President of Fluid Hose and Coupling Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of engineering and industrial applications company that she co-founded with her husband in 1985. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF), a non-profit established in 1999 after two of her three sons […]


Meet Jayne McCaw, Founder of Jayne’s Cottages and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Winner graphic

Meet Jayne McCaw, Founder of Jayne’s Cottages and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Winner

October, 11th, 2019

  Jayne McCaw Founder, Jayne’s Cottages Winner, Start-Up Award, Central   Jayne took inspiration from her love of cottage living and enjoyment of curating unforgettable family vacations to create Jayne’s Cottages — a full-service, luxury Muskoka cottage rental and concierge company. Starting with just a handful of cottages in 2014, her business has seen rapid […]


Meet Kiely MacLean, Founder of RJ MacLean and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Kiely MacLean, Founder of RJ MacLean and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist

October, 11th, 2019

  Kiely MacLean Founder, RJ MacLean Finalist, Start-Up Award, West   A new player in oil and gas, Kiely Maclean is the co-founder of RJ Maclean Tank Services. Her business is a three-year-old innovation company focused on challenging the status quo in the energy sector with unique automated technology — using robotics, instead of people, […]


Meet Nathalie Shtern Founder of DoughNats Bakery And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Nathalie Shtern Founder of DoughNats Bakery And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Start-Up Award Finalist

October, 9th, 2019

Nathalie Shtern Founder, DoughNats Bakery Finalist, Start-Up Award, EAST   Nathalie is a licensed criminologist who holds three university degrees but feels her true calling has always been in the kitchen. Prior to becoming a chef and entrepreneur, Nathalie devoted 15 years to leadership in her community. She founded and ran the Comfy Cozy Fund […]


Meet Farida Deif: Canada’s Director of Human Rights Watch graphic

Meet Farida Deif: Canada’s Director of Human Rights Watch

October, 6th, 2019

Farida Deif is the Canada Director at Human Rights Watch — one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations. Based in Toronto, she monitors human rights abuses across Canada and advocates for a rights-respecting foreign policy. Born in Egypt, she has dedicated her life to advancing human rights in the Middle East and around […]



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