Profiles


“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen graphic

“I want to be CEO” — How Heather Kernahan voiced her dream to make it happen

March, 15th, 2018

    Heather Kernahan ended up in Silicon Valley when the Toronto tech company she was working for was acquired by its largest competitor. Her next steps — which eventually led her to becoming President of North America for Hotwire PR — were entirely under her control.   By Joanne Fedeyko      Heather Kernahan […]


Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London graphic

Meet Tosin Adeniji, an on-the-rise tech innovator from East London

March, 9th, 2018

Tosin Adeniji began her career in the heart of London, first as an intern for Vision PR and progressing to EMI/Universal Records, where she worked with the likes of Coldplay, Katy Perry, and more. Never one to rest on her laurels and following her life mantra of “thinking randomly big,” Tosin applied to study for […]


Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc. graphic

Meet Heather Fraser, Founder & CEO of Vuka Innovation, Inc.

March, 9th, 2018

Heather Fraser exudes a passion for innovation fuelled by human insight, bold ideas and thoughtful strategy. For the first 25 years of her career, she built businesses and over 100 brands through leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, Ogilvy & Mather and TAXI Advertising & Design. In 2005, she co-founded DesignWorks, the Strategy Innovation Lab […]


Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved graphic

Meet Sharon Vinderine, founder and CEO Parent Tested Parent Approved

March, 1st, 2018

When Sharon Vinderine tried to launch a new baby product, she found that there’s nothing stronger than word of mouth when it comes to marketing to parents. Now, as the founder and CEO of Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) — an online resource parents consult for the best products for their families —she’s banking her […]


Meet Camilla Sutton, CEO of Women in Capital Markets graphic

Meet Camilla Sutton, CEO of Women in Capital Markets

March, 1st, 2018

Prior to becoming President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets, Camilla Sutton spent more than two decades in capital markets, most recently as Scotiabank’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange. Earlier in her career, she was part of Portfolio Management at OMERS and Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. Camilla is an alumn of Dalhousie […]


Meet Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation graphic

Meet Paulette Senior, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

February, 22nd, 2018

Paulette Senior is recognized as one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in Canada. She brings a wealth of grassroots experience and sensibility to her role as CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, spending several years on the frontlines of social and community development work. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment […]


Meet Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball graphic

Meet Dana Bookman, founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball

February, 21st, 2018

Dana Bookman is the founder and CEO of Toronto Girls Baseball and the Canadian Women’s Baseball Association. She started Toronto Girls Baseball for her six year old daughter, who loves the game but wanted to quit after a season of being the only female player in a league made up of 400 boys. Today, Toronto […]


Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder graphic

Meet Rhonda Vetere, Chief Technology Officer at Estée Lauder

February, 19th, 2018

After 25 years succeeding in male-dominated industries, competing in Ironman competitions and being a global traveler, Rhonda Vetere is the current President of Data and Analytics at nThrive, and the former chief technology officer at famed cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. Yet despite her corporate success — she spearheaded the transformation of Estée Lauder’s IT capabilities […]


Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show graphic

Meet Jennifer Whalen and Aurora Browne, creators and stars of the Baroness von Sketch Show

February, 12th, 2018

In the last year and a half, the Baroness Von Sketch Show has been called the “funniest Canadian sketch show since Kids In The Hall.” Yet Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen — known as the Baronesses, along with their other co-creators and stars, Meredith MacNeill and Carolyn Taylor — have created something wholly their own, […]


Meet Karla Avis-Birch, Vice President at GO Transit graphic

Meet Karla Avis-Birch, Vice President at GO Transit

February, 9th, 2018

Karla Avis-Birch moved from Montreal to Toronto to pursue a career in engineering at Ryerson University, and is an alumni of the National Society of Black Engineers of Canada. She now works for GO Transit, where over the past 6 years she has progressed from Project Financial Engineer to Manager, Controls and Standards, culminating in […]


Meet Alison Gordon, CEO of 48 North Cannabis Co. graphic

Meet Alison Gordon, CEO of 48 North Cannabis Co.

February, 9th, 2018

  As a 20-year old, Alison Gordon couldn’t have fathomed one day having a full-time, let alone high-powered, job in the marijuana industry — or that pot would ever be an industry at all. Now, she’s leading 48 North Cannabis Co., an ACMPR licensed medical cannabis company, as CEO, bringing her unstifleable passion to this […]


Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality” graphic

Meet Helen Papagiannis, author of “Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality”

February, 9th, 2018

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is internationally recognized as a leading expert in Augmented Reality (AR) and is the author of Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping A New Reality. She is the former Chief Innovation Officer at Infinity Augmented Reality Inc. (New York and Tel Aviv), and was a Senior Research Associate at York University’s Augmented […]


Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets graphic

Meet Carol Lee, Director at BMO Capital Markets

February, 8th, 2018

    Carol Lee is a Director with BMO Capital Markets in their Investment & Corporate Banking group. She recently returned to investment banking, following a sabbatical, through Women in Capital Markets’ Return to Bay Street program. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Return to Bay Street so far has helped 42 senior professional women […]


The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch graphic

The New Queens of Comedy: Meet the Baronesses von Sketch

February, 6th, 2018

      By Hailey Eisen     If you’re a fan of comedy, you’ve likely heard of The Baroness Von Sketch Show. If you haven’t, you really ought to Google it. Airing to critical acclaim in Canada and the US on CBC and IFC, the show is written, performed, and executive produced by four […]


The business of creativity: A conversation with design firm owner, Susan McIntee graphic

The business of creativity: A conversation with design firm owner, Susan McIntee

February, 5th, 2018

As the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm in Toronto, Kennedy McRae and James Dale have the opportunity to meet (and create beautiful backyards for) some powerhouse women of influence. In this Q&A, they’re introducing the WOI community to their client, Susan McIntee, Principal and Creative Director of Toronto design firm 52 […]


Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist graphic

Meet Laila Biali, Award-Winning Pianist and Vocalist

February, 3rd, 2018

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali has garnered international recognition for her music which she’s performed at prestigious venues spanning five continents, including Carnegie Hall in New York. She has toured with GRAMMY award winners and recorded with and supported international icon, Sting. Most recently, she was selected by CBC Radio to host the […]


Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger graphic

Meet Tanya Lee, founder of a book club that is inspiring young women to dream bigger

February, 2nd, 2018

After intimately observing and studying the world of teens, Tanya Lee realized that the choices one makes at a young age affect the rest of one’s life. A survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, to this day she still experiences the after effects of a tough upbringing, and the choices that she made because […]


Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive graphic

Building workplaces that work for women: How to make your organization more inclusive

February, 2nd, 2018

    Tanya van Biesen left her 21-year career in the corporate world of executive search to take on a leading role with a global non-profit supporting one of her passions: advancing inclusive workplaces.   By Kristen Sears     For Tanya van Biesen, it was kinda, sorta déjà vu. Two summers ago, she left […]


Building a Better Ladder: How Scotiabank fosters female talent through sponsorship graphic

Building a Better Ladder: How Scotiabank fosters female talent through sponsorship

January, 30th, 2018

    Not having a sponsor is a key reason many talented women never reach their potential. That’s why up and comer Alana Riley was paired with Alex Besharat, Senior Vice President & Head, Canadian Wealth Management through Scotiabank’s Canadian Banking Sponsorship Program. With a senior leader advocating on her behalf, there’s no telling how […]


Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency graphic

Meet Eleanor Fulcher, the founder of Canada’s first modelling agency

January, 26th, 2018

In 1960, Eleanor Fulcher borrowed $500 to start her own self-improvement and modeling agency. At the time, there were few, if any, women who owned their own business. Instead, women were encouraged to become teachers, nurses, secretaries, or stewardesses. Yet in spite of these established guidelines, Eleanor went on to build the most successful self-improvement […]


Meet Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC graphic

Meet Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC

January, 25th, 2018

Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC, the agency designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing BC’s dynamic and diverse creative sector. She is currently Vice-Chair of the National Screen Institute and sits on the Board of Directors for Advantage BC. She is on the Advisory […]


Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest graphic

Meet Lindsay Davis, Co-Founder and COO of Spartan Invest

January, 19th, 2018

Lindsay Davis is the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Spartan Invest, a real estate investment firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Spartan Value Investors, the holding company for Spartan Invest, recently landed on Inc. 5000’s 2017 list of fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth year in a row. In her six years […]


Meet Andrea Weinberg, Founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand graphic

Meet Andrea Weinberg, Founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand

January, 13th, 2018

Andrea Weinberg is the founder and CEO of The ANDI Brand, a line of functional fashion that launched in 2015 and brought in six-figure revenue in its first year. The company has continued to double each year, all while Andrea maintains a successful career in sales of litigation technology. Yet despite her entrepreneurial success, what […]


Meet Jacqueline Thorpe, Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News Toronto graphic

Meet Jacqueline Thorpe, Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News Toronto

January, 9th, 2018

Jacqueline Thorpe is Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News in Toronto, where she wrangles a team of journalists covering markets, financial services, mining, telecom and technology, real estate and the First Word service of breaking news and insights. Prior to that, she worked at Canada’s Financial Post newspaper as deputy managing editor, as well as the […]


Meet Shemina Jiwani, Vice President at AscendantFX graphic

Meet Shemina Jiwani, Vice President at AscendantFX

January, 7th, 2018

As the Senior Vice President of Business Development at AscendantFX, Shemina Jiwani brings over ten years of international payments experience in her role. Before joining AscendantFX, she enjoyed a memorable stint in Alberta where she owned and operated a resort. Given her own career journey, her best advice when it comes to planning your career isn’t surprising. […]


Meet Margot Grant, Vice President of Elizabeth Grant International graphic

Meet Margot Grant, Vice President of Elizabeth Grant International

January, 6th, 2018

Margot Grant grew up as a student of beauty and style. Her grandmother, Elizabeth Grant, is the original founder of the luxury skin care company Elizabeth Grant International and her mother, Marion Witz, is the President. Margot now proudly holds the position of Vice President and is an on-air spokesperson for Elizabeth Grant Skin Care […]


Meet Lauren Foundos, a Wall Street broker turned fitness entrepreneur graphic

Meet Lauren Foundos, a Wall Street broker turned fitness entrepreneur

December, 21st, 2017

Lauren Foundos has earned two-time All-American honors in field hockey and All-State in softball, played field hockey in the Junior Olympics and went on to play Division I for the University of Maryland. In 2006, Lauren received her BA degree in communications with a minor in business, which she parlayed into a decade-long career on […]




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