Profiles


How Toni Desrosiers found success fighting plastic pollution with Abeego, the first beeswax food wrap graphic

How Toni Desrosiers found success fighting plastic pollution with Abeego, the first beeswax food wrap

August, 19th, 2019

When she first launched Abeego, Toni Desrosiers was met with skepticism — people couldn’t imagine giving up plastic wrap. She persevered through the challenge of creating a new market, and now the award-winning entrepreneur can boast years of explosive growth, and her reusable beeswax wrap can be found in more than 1,500 stores, 40 countries […]


How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage graphic

How working for Scotiabank has enabled Jessica McKenzie to have a deeper connection to her First Nations heritage

August, 19th, 2019

Self-identity has an important role in shaping each of our lives, it’s a process that develops over a lifetime. For Scotiabank Program Manager, Jessica McKenzie, an instrumental moment in her journey to self-discovery was finding out about her First Nations heritage. After becoming aware, Jessica took many steps to understand and celebrate Indigenous culture from […]


Meet Emily Mutch: a passionate botanist, hitting it big in the Canadian legal cannabis industry graphic

Meet Emily Mutch: a passionate botanist, hitting it big in the Canadian legal cannabis industry

August, 18th, 2019

Emily Mutch is the Tissue Culture Lab Manager at FIGR, a legal cannabis company whose recreational cannabis products are available in a variety of provinces across Canada. With a degree in Biology from the University of Prince Edward Island, and strong family history in farming, Emily is passionate about pursuing a career in botany and […]


Meet Madison Kozak: Young Canadian singer-songwriter set to take the Country music scene by storm graphic

Meet Madison Kozak: Young Canadian singer-songwriter set to take the Country music scene by storm

August, 11th, 2019

At just 10 years old, Madison was selected to perform at the Havelock Country Jamboree, a music festival drawing an audience of 30,000 people. Madison’s passion for music eventually led her to Nashville, where she has since worked diligently to hone her craft. When asked about her songwriting style, she responded, “I write music with […]


How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur graphic

How Kristi Soomer went from management consultant to fashion entrepreneur

August, 9th, 2019

As a woman constantly travelling for work, Kristi Soomer struggled to find versatile clothing that would allow her to pack less on trips. So she launched Encircled. The clothing line began with just one product — a cardigan that can be worn eight different ways. Now, Kristi’s company offers over 40 different designs, employs more […]


How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others graphic

How Matthew Jefferson and Jordan Hart are lending their privilege to help others

August, 5th, 2019

Coined by Anjuan Simmons, the term ‘lending privilege’ describes using your own position or power to help underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. What does it look like in action? We spoke to Matthew Jefferson, who walked from BC to Newfoundland to raise awareness on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, and Jordan Hart, who […]


Meet Nouhaila Chelkhaoui: a young tech trailblazer who is changing the startup game in Canada graphic

Meet Nouhaila Chelkhaoui: a young tech trailblazer who is changing the startup game in Canada

August, 4th, 2019

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui is the founder of Scale Without Borders one-stop-shop for newcomer tech entrepreneurs in Canada. As an immigrant in tech, her mission is to build a strong and bright community of newcomer tech entrepreneurs and make Canada the #1 startup destination in the world. Nouhaila is also a Programs Lead for the DMZ at […]


Meet Allison Grafton, investment banker turned award-winning custom home builder graphic

Meet Allison Grafton, investment banker turned award-winning custom home builder

July, 31st, 2019

A busy career in finance might not seem ideal for taking on extra-curricular activities, and yet Allison Grafton somehow found the time to manage 15 home builds and renovations while working as an investment banker. The passion that inspired this “hobby” eventually led her to change her path completely, and at the age of 40, […]


Meet Keren Moynihan: a woman on a mission to help companies predict the future graphic

Meet Keren Moynihan: a woman on a mission to help companies predict the future

July, 29th, 2019

The idea of predicting the future might sound like a sci-fi plot but Keren Moynihan, Co-founder and CEO of Boss Insights, is helping private companies predict performance in real-time using AI. She is an advocate for data privacy, creating AI that unites rather than divides society and collaborative approaches to democratizing access to capital. We […]


Two experts share how to successfully build your online profile graphic

Two experts share how to successfully build your online profile

July, 24th, 2019

At a time when the next best option is just a few simple clicks away, building a successful online profile is critical for companies and the entrepreneurs behind them. Jess Hunichen and Emily Ward, co-founders of Shine PR and Shine Influencers, share their proven advice for creating a brand image.       By Jess […]


Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and Winners of the Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards graphic

Meet Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi, Co-founders of Kids and Company and Winners of the Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards

July, 24th, 2019

  Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi Co-founders, Kids and Company Winners, Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, CENTRAL   When Victoria Sopik and Jennifer Nashmi cofounded Kids & Company in 2002, their aim was to disrupt the traditional way childcare had been offered by launching as an emergency back-up centre. Their success came after a crucial […]


One of BMO’s most senior women leaders shares her advice for success graphic

One of BMO’s most senior women leaders shares her advice for success

July, 23rd, 2019

As Group Head at BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group, Joanna Rotenberg is one of the bank’s most senior women leaders. She’s on BMO’s Executive Committee, sits on several boards, is active in the community, and is also a mother of three. How did she do it? We asked Joanna to share the key lessons […]


Meet Angela Fox: SVP & Managing Director, Dell Australia & New Zealand graphic

Meet Angela Fox: SVP & Managing Director, Dell Australia & New Zealand

July, 22nd, 2019

During our recent trip to Singapore for the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit, we caught up with Angela Fox, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Dell Australia & New Zealand. In this role, she leads the commercial and public sector strategy and direction of the business while maintaining a commitment to keeping customers at the […]


Meet Maddy Falle: Producer behind the viral short film turned web series Gay Mean Girls graphic

Meet Maddy Falle: Producer behind the viral short film turned web series Gay Mean Girls

July, 13th, 2019

Pride month might be over but LGBT+ visibility is needed all year round. Meet LGBT Ally Maddy Falle, producer and the Development Manager at Gearshift Films, before taking on this role she worked on television shows like Hockey Wives, NHL Revealed, and Workin’ Moms. In 2015 she was a producer on the viral short film Gay […]


How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL graphic

How Maryann Turcke went from civil engineer to a top job in the NFL

July, 9th, 2019

Maryann Turcke knows that her collection of career job titles seems out of the ordinary. But in the details, her path becomes clear. During her career, Maryann has moved up, down, sideways and even made a right turn, with an MBA from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, to get to her current job […]


Meet Daphne De Groot: a woman on a mission to revolutionize the real estate market graphic

Meet Daphne De Groot: a woman on a mission to revolutionize the real estate market

July, 8th, 2019

An entrepreneur at heart, Daphne De Groot was driven to create an alternative to Toronto’s outdated real estate model. Today, Daphne is the CEO of Justo — a new type of real estate brokerage. She is responsible for bringing this client-centric real estate brokerage to fruition and providing strategic oversight across the organization. Determined to […]


Meet Caroline Drees: Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture at Reuters graphic

Meet Caroline Drees: Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture at Reuters

June, 24th, 2019

Caroline Drees is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion, and has spent much of her career working to support underrepresented groups, close gender gaps and promote equality in the workplace. The Global Editor, Editorial Learning and Culture, at the global news organization Reuters, her remit includes diversity and inclusion, training, talent and career development […]


How Latha Sukumar turned a small non-profit translation service into a national success — giving people in need a voice graphic

How Latha Sukumar turned a small non-profit translation service into a national success — giving people in need a voice

June, 18th, 2019

Latha Sukumar was working as a lawyer when a personal experience led her down a new career path. She’s now the Executive Director of MCIS Language Services, a non-profit social enterprise offering translation, interpretation, and consulting to over 800 organizations across Canada — but it wasn’t always such a success. Latha shares how she came […]


Lessons Learned: How a senior executive is redefining “having it all” by making peace with compromise graphic

Lessons Learned: How a senior executive is redefining “having it all” by making peace with compromise

June, 17th, 2019

The topic of “having it all” can quickly spark debate — not only about whether or not it’s possible but also about the unrealistic expectations just discussing this goal can impose on women. But, whether we talk about it or not, many of us are still experiencing the struggle of balancing work and life. Shemina […]


Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor graphic

Meet Rumana Monzur: Lawyer, Human Rights Activist & Domestic Violence Survivor

June, 16th, 2019

After Rumana Monzur was viciously attacked and blinded by her husband in her hometown of Dhaka, Bangladesh, she refused to give up. She started her career as a Lecturer in International Relations but after becoming blind, she decided to take her career in a new direction. In May 2017, Rumana obtained a law degree and […]


Giving time to a charitable partner can be great for your business — here’s how to do it well graphic

Giving time to a charitable partner can be great for your business — here’s how to do it well

June, 14th, 2019

Do you see the value of charitable giving as a tax receipt? Businesses that give back through community involvement rather than just signing a cheque greatly benefit their charitable partners — and themselves. Here’s how to pick the right one, and make a positive impact.   By Monica Gomez     Charitable contributions aren’t a […]


Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project graphic

Meet Annalie Bonda: From Fashion Entrepreneur to Executive Director of non-profit organization, The Remix Project

June, 8th, 2019

After going to fashion school, Annalie Bonda followed the usual path of working in the fashion industry, and then went on to own and run a successful wholesale fashion sales agency. However, shortly after giving birth to her second child, she decided to take her career in a new and more fulfilling direction — the non-profit sector. Annalie […]


How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business graphic

How Catherine Bell created The Awakened Company — and three tips for ‘awakening’ your own business

June, 6th, 2019

After completing an Executive MBA from Smith School of Business, while working full time and making partner at an executive search firm, Catherine Bell knew she had the capacity for a big undertaking. It would take a few more years of experience, but she eventually launched The Awakened Company — a management consulting firm that […]


Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co. graphic

Meet Hana James: Co-founder & Director of Community at Greenhouse Juice Co.

June, 6th, 2019

After completing a BSc at McGill University, Hana James was en route to medical school when she decided to explore another passion: helping people improve their health through food. In 2011, she founded Café Shu, a juice bar and healthy café with two locations in Toronto. Fast forward to today and Hana is now a […]


Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company graphic

Meet Sara Cabrera – Aragon and Idalina Leandro: Co-founders of Her Film Company

June, 2nd, 2019

Sara Cabrera – Aragon (right) and Idalina Leandro (left) are the co-founders of a majority-women film production company, Her Film Company, based in Toronto, Ontario. Their objective is to empower female filmmakers and to create a company were women take priority in key creative roles. Their films are made for everyone, with a focus on […]


How Scotiabank supported Tamara Hansen’s gender transition — and she became a role model for others on the same journey graphic

How Scotiabank supported Tamara Hansen’s gender transition — and she became a role model for others on the same journey

May, 26th, 2019

Tamara Hansen had been working at Scotiabank for over 30 years when she made the choice to come out as transgender and publicly transition. She wasn’t sure what to expect from the process — and was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming support she received from the bank and her coworkers. Now, she’s speaking out about […]


The CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs immigrated to Canada with a high school education — here’s how she built a career graphic

The CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs immigrated to Canada with a high school education — here’s how she built a career

May, 26th, 2019

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here’s what […]



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