Profiles


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Janice Fukakusa graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Janice Fukakusa

September, 6th, 2018

    Janice Fukakusa Chancellor, Ryerson University This year, Ryerson University appointed Janice Fukakusa as its Chancellor, making her the first woman to ever hold the position. A financial services expert, innovation champion and diversity leader, Fukakusa will be the ceremonial head of the university, act as an ambassador for Ryerson on local, national and […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Tessa Virtue

September, 5th, 2018

    Tessa Virtue Figure Skater & Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Virtue is a household name not only in Canada, but around the world. Having won not one, but two Olympic Gold Medals for ice dancing in 2010 and 2018 (plus a third as part of the 2018 Canadian figure skating team), and setting a […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Melody Adhami

September, 5th, 2018

    Melody Adhami COO of Havas Canada At just 27 years old, Melody Adhami made a move that so many of us only dream of: she left her comfortable corporate job for the entrepreneur-life, starting Plastic, a full-service mobile marketing agency. At the time, the app store didn’t even exist, making the idea of […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Domee Shi

September, 5th, 2018

    Domee Shi Director & Animator, Pixar If you saw The Incredibles 2 in theatres this year, you likely caught Bao, the short film about a woman and the dumpling she raises as her son after it comes unexpectedly to life, which played before the main feature. The animated short was inspired by writer […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Hayley Wickenheiser

September, 5th, 2018

    Hayley Wickenheiser Assistant Director of Player Development,Toronto Maple Leafs In the world of women’s hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser is a household name. A member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, the team’s career points leader, a five-time Olympian, capturing four […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Alexandra Waldman

September, 5th, 2018

    Alexandra Waldman Founder, Universal Standard Universal Standard began as a conversation between Alexandra Waldman and her co-founder, Polina. Alexandra was frustrated and disheartened by the lack of access to fashion being a size 20 meant — not only could she not shop at the same stores as her much smaller friends, she could […]


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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Christiane Bergevin

September, 5th, 2018

    Christiane Bergevin Chair of the Board of Directors, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Christiane Bergevin is a force to be reckoned with in the corporate world. An executive with positions as President of SNC-Lavalin Capital and Executive Vice President at Desjardins Group behind her, she and her teams have arranged in excess of […]


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. […]


Leading Ladies: How Melissa Sariffodeen of Ladies Learning Code is leveling the programming field for women graphic

Leading Ladies: How Melissa Sariffodeen of Ladies Learning Code is leveling the programming field for women

August, 21st, 2018

Melissa Sariffodeen is the co-founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code, which has taught over 100,000 individuals skills in HTML, CSS, WordPress, Python, Ruby, artificial intelligence, web design, and more. Her impact was recognized with the 2017 Social Change Award at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards — an accomplishment she humbly credits to the […]


It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant graphic

It’s in her nature: Why Allison Christilaw chose serial entrepreneurship over partnership in a professional services giant

August, 16th, 2018

When Allison Christilaw and her husband sold their successful management consulting firm to Deloitte, she was taken on as a partner in the firm. A few years later she was striking out on her own path to create Reddin Global — and she’s still on that journey today.         By Shelley White […]


How Scotiabank and Shirlie Delacherois are empowering Canada’s Aboriginal community graphic

How Scotiabank and Shirlie Delacherois are empowering Canada’s Aboriginal community

August, 16th, 2018

As a young girl, Shirlie Delacherois was aware of her Aboriginal heritage, but didn’t fully appreciate its value until much later in life. It was after a 20-year career at Scotiabank that Shirlie had the opportunity to continue the bank’s long history of supporting Aboriginal Peoples — by stepping into the role of Senior Aboriginal […]


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 […]


Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up graphic

Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up

August, 8th, 2018

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent, a specialized consulting firm focused on building the capacity of organizations to execute change. At just 28 years old, she is one of the world’s most highly regarded thought leaders, asking the tough questions to reveal the emerging trends and challenges affecting businesses and working professionals today.     […]


Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others graphic

Kalsang Tanzin: How the global president of Women at LinkedIn creates opportunities for herself and others

August, 8th, 2018

Raised in India by refugees, Kalsang Tanzin has had a long journey to where she is today: living in Toronto, working in her dream job at LinkedIn, and pursuing an Executive MBA at Smith School of Business.   By Hailey Eisen     Kalsang Tanzin recalls watching The Lion King as a child and her […]


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 […]


A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group graphic

A taste for success: How Janet Zuccarini built the Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group

July, 16th, 2018

  Janet Zuccarini already welcomes a million customers annually to her seven award-winning restaurants — and there’s plenty more expansion to come. With over twenty years in the food service industry, Janet shares the story of how she got started, and the hard work, grit, and confidence that propelled her to the top.   By […]


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 […]


Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc. graphic

Meet Beverly Shwarzer, President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc.

July, 5th, 2018

Beverly Shwarzer is the President of SureTraxx Cash Management Systems Inc., a fast-growing company of cash management experts. She is the driving force behind operations, strategy, business development, and customer relations. She is a major advocate of applying technology to all aspects of today’s ever-growing business environment – specifically how it can make operations simpler […]


Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs graphic

Leading by example: How Laura Didyk, VP at BDC, is supporting Canadian women entrepreneurs

June, 24th, 2018

  Laura Didyk has spent more than two decades at The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). The supportive environment has allowed her to achieve success — and now she’s paying it forward, acting as National Lead for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur Strategy, helping the next generation of women leaders excel.   by Shelley White   […]


Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit graphic

Meet Zem Joaquin, Founder of the Near Future Summit

June, 20th, 2018

Zem founded the Near Future Summit, a visionary event that seeks to scale solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. It is driven by leading tech founders, investors, inventors, and influencers. Prior to Near Future, she founded ecofabulous.com which became part of Huffington Post in 2015 and remains the reigning authority on stylish sustainability. Zem […]




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