Profiles


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 […]


How Theresa Keeping is building opportunities in her native Newfoundland graphic

How Theresa Keeping is building opportunities in her native Newfoundland

October, 28th, 2019

  Theresa Keeping, owner of the Port of Stephenville, is the quintessential serial entrepreneur, with over forty years of experience building several businesses. But it wasn’t until she moved back to Newfoundland — where she was born and raised — that her entrepreneurial aspirations have been connected to revitalizing the area her ancestors have called […]


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 Camille Jagdeo Founder of EDGE1 Equipment Rentals And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Camille Jagdeo Founder of EDGE1 Equipment Rentals And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist

October, 25th, 2019

Camille Jagdeo Founder, EDGE1 Equipment Rentals Momentum Award Finalist   Born and raised in Guyana, Camille moved to Canada in 1985 and attended the University of Toronto. Her defining moment in entrepreneurship was between 2014 to 2018, where she successfully defended her company’s name against US rental giant Hertz. Camille’s no-nonsense approach has earned her […]


Meet Janet LePage Founder of Western Wealth Capital And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Janet LePage Founder of Western Wealth Capital And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist

October, 25th, 2019

Janet LePage Founder, Western Wealth Capital Momentum Award Finalist   For the past decade, Janet has been focused on creating wealth through well-selected real estate investment. Under Janet’s leadership, WWC has placed more than US$ 408 million in private equity and acquired 58 multi-family properties, comprising more than 11,600 rental units, with a purchase value […]


Meet Youlita Anguelov Founder of AgroFusion And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist graphic

Meet Youlita Anguelov Founder of AgroFusion And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Momentum Award Finalist

October, 25th, 2019

Youlita Anguelov Founder, AgroFusion Momentum Award Finalist   Youlita Anguelov moved to Montreal from Bulgaria in 1993 with her six-year-old daughter, two suitcases, and $500. After a decade of working hard to establish herself, she launched AgroFusion. Back then, she was the business and the business was her — in a small warehouse where she […]


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 […]


Knocking down physical walls to help demolish barriers to inclusion graphic

Knocking down physical walls to help demolish barriers to inclusion

October, 21st, 2019

Can changing a physical workplace foster inclusion? Barbara Mason, Group Head and Chief Human Resources Officer at Scotiabank, explains how an “Activity-Based Working” approach to their office design created a space that enables all employees to work when, where, and how they choose — demolishing barriers, increasing engagement, and ensuring everyone is enabled to be […]


Meet Lisa Ali Learning Founder of AtlanTick Repellent Products And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner graphic

Meet Lisa Ali Learning Founder of AtlanTick Repellent Products And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner

October, 17th, 2019

Lisa Ali Learning Founder, AtlanTick Repellent Products Ones to Watch Award   Lisa’s business idea arose when her two sons were sick with Lyme disease. While focusing on the immediate care of her children, she developed safe, natural formulas to keep them from encountering future tick bites, the source of the disease. As her sons […]


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 Dina Kulik Founder of Kidcrew And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner graphic

Meet Dina Kulik Founder of Kidcrew And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner

October, 17th, 2019

Dina Kulik Founder, Kidcrew Ones to Watch Award   Dr. Dina Kulik is a mother and Paediatrician in Toronto. With a focus on superior patient outcomes and education, Dina is one of Canada’s leading child health media experts, providing child health information to parents and the public through television, radio, and print media and via […]


Meet Melissa Kargiannakis Founder of Skritswap And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner graphic

Meet Melissa Kargiannakis Founder of Skritswap And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner

October, 17th, 2019

Melissa Kargiannakis Founder, Skritswap Ones to Watch Award   Melissa Kargiannakis is the founder and CEO of Skritswap: a Silicon Valley venture capital-funded AI start-up that swaps complex jargon into plain, easy-to-understand language. Imagine a mortgage at a grade six reading level. In just nine months full-time at Skritswap, Melissa led the team to win […]


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 Benveet Gill Founder of ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner graphic

Meet Benveet Gill Founder of ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner

October, 16th, 2019

Benveet Gill Founder, ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre Ones to Watch Award   Benveet has over 10 years of experience as an X-ray technologist specializing in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Her life was changed forever when she was paralyzed from the waist down and diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis in July 2012. After years of hard work […]


Meet Melinda Rombouts Founder of Eve & Co Cannabis And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner graphic

Meet Melinda Rombouts Founder of Eve & Co Cannabis And 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Ones To Watch Award Winner

October, 16th, 2019

Melinda Rombouts Founder, Eve & Co Cannabis Ones to Watch Award   After a series of agriculture businesses, Melinda tried a new hand — cannabis. She made history as the first woman founder and CEO to receive her cultivation license for cannabis under the Cannabis Act. Now leading a publicly traded recreational cannabis company, Melinda […]


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 […]


The Rise of Girls graphic

The Rise of Girls

October, 7th, 2019

They’re staging ‘die-ins’ at the UN in the name of global warming awareness, speaking out publicly for gun reform, fighting international governments for equal rights, being elected into government roles, standing up for equality and pay equity. They’re starting businesses, running charities, using coding and STEM to solve real world problems. They’re training to work […]


How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood graphic

How Jeff Perera is using support — rather than shame — to guide men towards a new idea of manhood

October, 7th, 2019

Jeff Perera credits his upbringing — and the negative male role models in it — for leading him towards his current career: as a speaker, writer, and facilitator focused on a modern view of manhood. His approach avoids shaming men for their learned biases, and instead encourages them to support each other as they build […]


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 […]


Meet Diana Olsen: the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters  graphic

Meet Diana Olsen: the founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters 

September, 29th, 2019

President and Founder of Balzac’s Coffee Roasters, Diana Olsen, found her passion quite interestingly — while at university studying French literature. During her course, she discovered a kindred spirit in Monsieur Balzac and his genuine passion for coffee. After graduating, she immersed herself in authentic French culture, spending a year and a half in France. […]


Meet Connie McInnes, Founder of RSTUDIOS and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Connie McInnes, Founder of RSTUDIOS and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist

September, 27th, 2019

  Connie McInnes Founder, RSTUDIOS Finalist, Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award, EAST   Connie hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia and is the creator and founder of RIO Halifax, an avant-garde studio specializing in pilates, yoga and movement classes and ROGUE, a kickboxing and circuit training studio. Connie has been an ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, as well […]


Meet Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman, Founders of Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman, Founders of Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) and 2019 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award Finalist

September, 27th, 2019

  Angelica Demetriou & Megan Kalaman Founders, Kalaman + Demetriou (K+D) Finalist, Diversity Institute Micro-Business Award, CENTRAL   In 2017, Megan and Angelica joined forces to launch the national, full-service art consulting firm, K+D. Prior to partnering, Megan worked in the visual arts industry for fifteen years and had been running a cataloguing business since […]


Meet Jill White: President of Waterplay Solutions Corp graphic

Meet Jill White: President of Waterplay Solutions Corp

September, 24th, 2019

Jill White is passionate about uniting people through play and social experiences. As the President of global aquatic play manufacturer, Waterplay Solutions, and two full-service playground and park amenities companies servicing Western Canada, RecTec Industries and Playworks-Parkworks, she feels that play is a right for children throughout the world, in every culture, regardless of background […]


The power of finding — and following — your passion graphic

The power of finding — and following — your passion

September, 23rd, 2019

  After four years building and leading Deloitte Canada’s Diversity & Inclusion Consulting practice, Carolyn Lawrence is now Deloitte Global’s first ever Inclusion Leader. Passionate about creating inclusive cultures, Carolyn previously spent ten years at the helm of Women of Influence, growing the organization’s reach, offerings, and impact.     by Carolyn Lawrence     […]



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