Profiles


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 Kathleen Quinlan, founder of Fiore Botanica and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist graphic

Meet Kathleen Quinlan, founder of Fiore Botanica and 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Micro-Business Award Finalist

October, 19th, 2018

  Kathleen Quinlan Founder, Fiore Botanica Finalist, Micro Business Award presented by Diversity Institute & Magnet Export Business Portal, EAST   After a life-threatening illness, over 20 years ago Kathleen Quinlan made the decision to limit her exposure to the dangerous chemicals that can be found in personal care products. This eventually led to the […]


Michele Romanow is Owning Opportunity graphic

Michele Romanow is Owning Opportunity

October, 11th, 2018

On CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Michele Romanow fields pitches from some of Canada’s most hopeful entrepreneurs. As a serial entrepreneur herself, it’s a job she truly embodies: recognizing opportunity, and knowing how to create something magical.   By Teresa Harris     Michele Romanow isn’t in the business of ‘making it’ — at least not in […]


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 […]


How She Did It: Mandy Rennehan, founder and Blue-Collar CEO of Freshco.ca graphic

How She Did It: Mandy Rennehan, founder and Blue-Collar CEO of Freshco.ca

October, 8th, 2018

If Mandy Rennehan’s entrepreneurial success story doesn’t inspire you to get up and get moving towards your goals, we suggest you check your pulse. The Blue-Collar CEO of Freshco.ca, a boutique construction firm that dubs itself “The Fun Company,” Mandy is an award-winning entrepreneur who started with nothing on the East Coast of Canada and […]


Exporting Canadian Art:  How Geneviève Lévesque created a viable market for affordable visual artwork graphic

Exporting Canadian Art: How Geneviève Lévesque created a viable market for affordable visual artwork

October, 8th, 2018

The Canadian art market contributes to thousands of jobs in creative employment annually, bringing millions of dollars into the economy. At the same time, the industry is fraught with stigma and buying art is seen as a luxury few can afford. However, RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award-winning entrepreneur Geneviève Lévesque noticed a market: those who appreciate […]


Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up graphic

Disruptor-in-Chief Holly Ransom shakes things up

October, 5th, 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.     […]


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 […]


How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney graphic

How Emily Chambers turned a passion for statistics into a dream job at Disney

September, 27th, 2018

As an Integration Consultant for Disney in Orlando, Emily Chambers helps develop forecasting models and algorithms to keep the magic running smoothly — like her latest gig, ensuring Frozen on Broadway is a success. How did she get her dream job, bringing her passion for statistics to the happiest place on earth? Taking advantage of […]


Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market graphic

Being Fearless: How speaking up and embracing change has brought Martha van Berkel success in a new market

September, 23rd, 2018

As the co-founder and CEO of Schema App, Martha van Berkel is helping organizations of all sizes to be found more easily on the Internet. Now a leader in the market with their tool that automates schema markup (the language search engines read), Martha traces her success back to an outspoken personality, and an ability […]


From Law Partner to Tech President: How Karen Yolevski tackled traditional tech culture graphic

From Law Partner to Tech President: How Karen Yolevski tackled traditional tech culture

September, 23rd, 2018

Karen Yolevski didn’t expect to find a role that would bring together her industry experience in both real estate and technology. Now, as president of Nationwide Home Closing Services (HCS), she’s doing just that — leading a fintech that’s innovating and loving every moment of the experience.   By Hailey Eisen     In January 2011, […]


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, […]


Five Minutes with Nathalia Del Moral Fleury, General Director, Yves Rocher North America graphic

Five Minutes with Nathalia Del Moral Fleury, General Director, Yves Rocher North America

September, 13th, 2018

With its facilities still located in the Northern French village where the brand was born, cosmetics company Yves Rocher is deeply committed to staying true to its roots — still sourcing high-quality botanicals, employing locals, and remaining accessible to the average woman. This authenticity is what originally attracted Nathalia Del Moral Fleury to the company. […]


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 […]


Connections and Confidence: How Jennifer Stewart built a successful communications firm before turning 40 graphic

Connections and Confidence: How Jennifer Stewart built a successful communications firm before turning 40

September, 10th, 2018

Jennifer Stewart’s entrepreneurial drive and self-proclaimed “overconfidence” led to her opening her own PR and government relations firm at just 25 years old. Through vision, leadership, and a whole lot of hustle, she’s built Syntax Strategic into an internationally recognized communications and business strategy firm and stands tall as one of Canada’s top communication-leaders.   […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chanèle McFarlane graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chanèle McFarlane

September, 6th, 2018

    Chanèle McFarlane Founder, Do Well Dress Well As the founder of Do Well Dress Well, Chanèle McFarlane believes in bridging the gap between competence and confidence for millennial women. Through content, community and opportunities focused on personal branding, networking, style and professional development, her goal is for every woman to live confidently and […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello

September, 6th, 2018

    Kristin Agnello Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network This year, Kristin Agnello was appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network, a subsidiary committee of the The Commonwealth Association of Planners, which seeks to focus and develop the skills of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth to meet the […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jennifer Bernard graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jennifer Bernard

September, 6th, 2018

    Jennifer Bernard President & CEO, Women’s College Hospital Foundation This summer, Women’s College Hospital Foundation announced its new President & CEO, Jennifer Bernard. With over 20 years of experience as a fundraising executive, as well as the role of Vice President of Development for McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation and stints at Ontario Science […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann

September, 6th, 2018

    Carly Fleischmann YouTube Personality In January 2018, Carly Fleischmann swapped spots with Stephen Colbert, becoming the first nonverbal person with autism to guest-host The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Fleischmann, who has used a computer to communicate since she was ten years old, isn’t new to the interviewer seat: she hosts her own […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jana Girdauskas

September, 6th, 2018

    Jana Girdauskas Entrepreneur A teacher by day, Jana Girdauskas started The Period Purse with one idea: one purse filled with menstrual supplies and other hygiene items to give to someone experiencing homelessness. In the spring of 2018, Girdauskas and a teenage volunteer created Menstruation Nation, a high school program to help highlight menstrual […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kehkashan Basu graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kehkashan Basu

September, 6th, 2018

    Kehkashan Basu Environmental & Children’s Rights Activist Empowering young people like herself is Kehkashan Basu’s passion. In 2012, at just 12 years old, she started Green Hope Foundation, a youth organisation working on Education for Sustainable Development, children’s rights and environmental protection, with the goal of empowering young people to utilize their power […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Mandy Rennehan graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Mandy Rennehan

September, 6th, 2018

    Mandy Rennehan Founder & CEO, Freshco Hailing from the tiny fishing town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Mandy Rennehan’s career journey took off when, at 18, she packed her hockey bag and moved to Halifax. Since then, she has self-built her boutique retail construction firm, Freshco, from the ground up, earning millions of dollars […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov

September, 6th, 2018

    Anna Mackenzie & Ella Gorevalov Co-authors of The Expecting Playbook When they realized that the majority of tech start-ups were not only vague and noncommittal about their parental leave policies, but actually didn’t have policies in place at all, Anna Mackenzie and Ella Gorevalov decided to help usher in a change. So, they […]




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