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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 […]


Meet Joanna Griffiths, Founder and CEO of Knix, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Joanna Griffiths, Founder and CEO of Knix, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Joanna Griffiths Founder and CEO, Knix Finalist, Staples Start-Up Award, CENTRAL   Knix is a direct-to-consumer women’s intimate apparel company that is reinventing intimates for real life. Having launched in 2013 with leak proof and absorbent underwear, their assortment now includes comfortable wire-free bras and tanks, t-shirts that block sweat, loungewear, a line for […]


Meet Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of Avana Homes, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Jennifer Denouden, President and CEO of Avana Homes, and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Jennifer Denouden President and CEO, Avana Homes Finalist, Staples Start-Up Award, WEST   When Jennifer Denouden first started in real estate investing, she was looking to replace her income as a Private Banker so that she could spend more time with her children. Just over four years later, the Avana Group has built or […]


Meet Ella Choi, Founder of Playtime Pediatric Dentistry and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist graphic

Meet Ella Choi, Founder of Playtime Pediatric Dentistry and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Staples Start-up Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Ella Choi Founder, Playtime Pediatric Dentistry Finalist, Staples Start-Up Award, WEST   Before starting her own clinic, pediatric dentist Ella Choi had worked at three different dental offices, learning a lot about how the business should be run. In 2015, she founded Playtime Pediatric Dentistry to bring her own vision to life: a nurturing […]


Meet Glain Roberts-McCabe, founder of The Roundtable and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Glain Roberts-McCabe, founder of The Roundtable and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Glain Roberts-McCabe Founder, The Roundtable Finalist, Micro Business Award presented by Diversity Institute & Magnet Export Business Portal, WEST   Launched in 2007, The Roundtable is reimagining the traditional consulting firm model through an approach where participants share knowledge through group and team coaching programs. Founder Glain Roberts-McCabe designed the program to increase individual […]


Meet Luann Baker-Johnson, founder of Lumel Studios and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Luann Baker-Johnson, founder of Lumel Studios and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Luann Baker-Johnson Founder, Lumel Studios Finalist, Micro Business Award presented by Diversity Institute & Magnet Export Business Portal, CENTRAL   It took four years of struggle, perseverance, and long conversations with safety authorities for Luann Baker- Johnson to build Lumel Studios, a Yukon glass blowing and hot glass facility that offers lessons as well […]


Meet Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival graphic

Meet Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival

October, 10th, 2018

Jacqueline Dupuis is the executive director of the Vancouver International Film Festival, also known as VIFF. Since joining the organization over six years ago, she has played a major role in transforming the event into an internationally recognized celebration of screen-based and immersive storytelling that acts as a catalyst for creators’ development. Prior to leading […]


Meet Gemma Sheehan, a former MMA champion turned entrepreneur graphic

Meet Gemma Sheehan, a former MMA champion turned entrepreneur

September, 28th, 2018

Gemma Sheehan became the #1 ranked Ontario female MMA fighter at the age of 21, after ten years in the sport, attaining a record of 5 -1 and a Pan Am gold medal in Brazilian jiu jitsu. After a change of values and concerns about brain trauma, Gemma changed gears and quit professional fighting to […]


Meet Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne, Founders of The Atelier graphic

Meet Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne, Founders of The Atelier

September, 20th, 2018

Taryn Herritt and Angela Osborne’s vision for The Atelier, an inaugural conference that celebrates the best women in business, arose from an unofficial and unintentional brainstorming session in early summer 2017. Friends for years, they’d always admired one another’s business successes, in the corporate world and as entrepreneurs. While catching up over lunch that day, […]


Meet Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker, Founder & CEO of DeeBee’s Organics graphic

Meet Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker, Founder & CEO of DeeBee’s Organics

September, 12th, 2018

Backed with a PhD in maternal-fetal toxicology, Dionne and her husband, a surgeon, researched the extensive advantages of herbal blends, experimented with fresh fruit combinations and in late 2013, launched DeeBee’s Organics delicious line of frozen treats. Their little homemade venture has grown and evolved and now DeeBee’s line of Organic FruitPops and SuperFruit Freezies […]


Meet Paige Viggiani, an Eyelash Entrepreneur who took the Leap graphic

Meet Paige Viggiani, an Eyelash Entrepreneur who took the Leap

August, 30th, 2018

Paige Viggiani is the Co-Founder, and lead Lash Extension Artist at Studio Eighty Seven. Before entering the beauty industry, Paige received an honours degree from York University in Communication Studies and a Diploma from Humber College in Fashion Business, and served Women of Influence as our Events and Marketing Manager. With a passion for beauty, […]


Meet Dauna Jones-Simmonds, a Diversity Consultant and Lifelong Champion for Access to Employment graphic

Meet Dauna Jones-Simmonds, a Diversity Consultant and Lifelong Champion for Access to Employment

August, 30th, 2018

Born in St. Kitts, Dauna Jones-Simmonds migrated to Canada almost forty years ago and has first-hand experience navigating the roadblocks and challenges encountered by new Canadians — particularly those of colour. Today, as the President of DEJS (Diversity) Consulting, she shares her accumulated knowledge through consulting and diversity training activities, and providing mentorship and assistance […]


Meet Laura Denham, the Chief Creative Officer of Notable Life graphic

Meet Laura Denham, the Chief Creative Officer of Notable Life

August, 23rd, 2018

A creative producer with over 15 years of global experience in broadcast, events, content and Games, Laura Denham is a creator who brings big ideas to life. She has cultivated a deep passion for content production and amplification on both the broadcast and agency side. Laura is an integrated marketer who connects brands with culture. […]


Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo graphic

Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo

August, 16th, 2018

Sage Franch is the Co-Founder and CTO of Crescendo Inclusive Workplaces, and the creator of TrendyTechie.ca. She specializes in emerging technologies including blockchain, augmented reality, and cognitive computing, and is passionate about leveraging new tech to build a better future. Previously, Sage worked as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, where she focused on global developer […]


Meet Zabeen Hirji, Deloitte’s Global Advisor on the Future of Work graphic

Meet Zabeen Hirji, Deloitte’s Global Advisor on the Future of Work

August, 5th, 2018

An advocate of inclusive prosperity through investing in people and ensuring everyone is able to realize their potential, Zabeen Hirji is a strategic advisor on the Future of Work, Leadership, Talent Management, and Diversity & Inclusion. With a ten year tenure as RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer,  Zabeen covered 80,000 employees in 40 countries. Today, […]


Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc. graphic

Meet Lalli Marrato, Co-Founder of FERTILIFY Inc.

August, 2nd, 2018

Lalli Marrato began her career in journalism at Publicis Blueprint in London, UK and later worked at a boutique PR firm in Toronto. She then transferred her experience into investor relations and merchant banking, and is now a senior partner & COO at Frontier Flex Marketing in Toronto, helping businesses increase their exposure. Expressing her […]


Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue graphic

Meet Aaina Jain, Founder of Blu & Blue

July, 13th, 2018

In efforts to bring a sustainable, eco-friendly, premium denim clothing brand for kids, Aaina Jain-Malik founded Blu & Blue New York in 2015. A marketing executive-turned-entrepreneur, Jain combines her corporate branding experience from Estée Lauder, Jo Malone, La Mer, GAP and Banana Republic with her family’s 35-year heritage in manufacturing premium denim clothing for private […]


Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com graphic

Meet Elaine Rau, Founder of LadyBossBlogger.com

July, 10th, 2018

Elaine started LadyBossBlogger.com during a particularly trying time in her life to connect with women online. She took her future into her own hands and created this platform to help female entrepreneurs learn how to start, grow and scale their own online businesses and blogs. Since it’s conception, LadyBossBlogger has garnered a massive audience of […]


Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto graphic

Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto

July, 10th, 2018

Adrienne Clarke has more than 15 years of commitment to the nonprofit sector. As the Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto, she leads a team that is responsible for brand management, content marketing, and creative and editorial direction. There, she also led the creative development of the “It Looks Like Me” campaign, which […]


Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality graphic

Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality

July, 6th, 2018

Maya Chivi is an author, a two-time TEDx speaker, and an advocate for mental health, gender equality and children’s rights. Her 2017 book “What Nobody Knows” is an illustrated story on leadership, mindfulness and the power of believing in yourself. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the Council of Europe’s […]


Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc. graphic

Meet Sonia Prashar, Founder and Principal at spPR Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Sonia is a self-proclaimed media junkie, a champion of improved metrics, an award-winning mentor to the next generation of PR pros, and a results generator who has 20+ years in the PR industry. She founded spPR, an award winning full-service public relations agency, in 2013. Since then, Sonia’s media relations expertise has continued to be […]




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