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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 […]


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 […]


Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce graphic

Building towards better: How a male-dominated organization is creating a culture of inclusion and moving towards a more diverse workforce

March, 4th, 2019

The journey towards a diverse and inclusive workplace can be long and difficult — especially in an industry that’s overwhelmingly male-dominated — but David Pathe, President and CEO of Canadian resource company Sherritt International, knows that the benefits still outweigh the challenges. Here’s how his organization is making change.     By Hailey Eisen   […]


Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it graphic

Why hotel general manager Kimberley Hughes wants her team to love work — and have a life outside of it

February, 24th, 2019

Under the watch of general manager Kimberley Hughes, the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort consistently ranks high in both guest satisfaction and employee satisfaction. How does she lead her team so successfully? By not only making sure they love the job that they do, but also encouraging them to make time for their life outside […]


Moving from conversation to action: How OMERS is blazing a trail towards diversity and inclusion graphic

Moving from conversation to action: How OMERS is blazing a trail towards diversity and inclusion

February, 3rd, 2019

At OMERS, diversity and inclusion isn’t just a goal on the horizon. Satish Rai, Chief Investment Officer with OMERS, explains how the organization has created a culture that puts respect and support first, with policies and daily actions that reinforce their inclusive message.   By Hailey Eisen     There’s no shortage of conversations about […]


How Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder of Wattpad, built a majority-women, diverse and inclusive tech company graphic

How Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder of Wattpad, built a majority-women, diverse and inclusive tech company

December, 10th, 2018

In the often male-dominated tech industry, it’s rare to find a company with a good representation of women. At Wattpad, women are the majority, visible and in positions of power at every level. Allen Lau, co-founder and CEO, looks to his employees for guidance and diverse perspectives on what’s needed for an inclusive environment, and […]


How Catherine Velie, general manager at Delta Toronto, is finding balance graphic

How Catherine Velie, general manager at Delta Toronto, is finding balance

November, 25th, 2018

Catherine Velie believes that the idea of “having it all” puts too much pressure on women. But she’s still found her own way to balance her role as general manager of the Delta Toronto hotel with marriage and motherhood — thanks to defined boundaries, a network that’s willing to lend a hand, and a supportive […]


Meet Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts graphic

Meet Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts

November, 14th, 2018

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which recently celebrated its 26th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space. Under Behzadi’s direction, HFC has grown into one of the largest and most respected franchisors in the U.S., on track to reach $700 million […]


Meet Debbie McGrath, CMO and Chief Client Officer at Echelon Wealth Partners graphic

Meet Debbie McGrath, CMO and Chief Client Officer at Echelon Wealth Partners

November, 12th, 2018

Debbie McGrath is an award-winning business strategy and marketing and communications expert with deep experience in professional services, financial services, real estate services and consumer retail industries. Best described as a visionary and architect of winning marketing campaigns and developer of client-first business initiatives this University of Western Ontario graduate and three-time RBC Canadian Women […]


How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’ graphic

How Eva Wong is helping Canadians borrow ‘well’

November, 2nd, 2018

Prior to 2014, Eva Wong had never started a business. Today, she is the leading lady of one of Canada’s largest fintech companies.     By Kristen Sears   Eva Wong doesn’t have the technical background or entrepreneurial experience that one might expect of a fintech startup founder. Before she launched the Toronto-based credit education […]


Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer graphic

Out of the Box: How Heather Stewart transformed a supply chain service provider into a shipping software pioneer

October, 28th, 2018

When Heather Stewart took over at BBE Expediting — a supply chain service provider and logistics company serving the Canadian North — she knew she needed to diversify the “feast or famine” business. So they developed the GoBox app to enable carriers to bid live on shipping jobs, with the expectation it would be used […]


How Karen Jordan is making others mindful of mental health in the workplace graphic

How Karen Jordan is making others mindful of mental health in the workplace

October, 22nd, 2018

As the Chair of the Scotiabank Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH), Karen Jordan is helping to deliver the message that mental health issues can impact us all — either directly or through a family member, friend or colleague. She’s also working to reduce the stigma around getting help, and making sure everyone at Scotiabank (and […]


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 […]


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.     […]


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 […]


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: Chrystia Freeland graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Chrystia Freeland

September, 6th, 2018

    Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs Included on this list for the second year in a row, for the last year Chrystia Freeland has been one of the hardest working Ministers in the Canadian government. With a once harmonious relationship with the United States facing a more tenuous future, her role as the […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Brenda Lucki graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Brenda Lucki

September, 6th, 2018

    Brenda Lucki Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police When Brenda Lucki’s career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began over three decades ago, there were no women in leadership positions. Today, as the first female permanent leader of the RCMP, Lucki is finally at the top. Selected by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for her […]


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 […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Melody Adhami graphic

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 […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Christiane Bergevin graphic

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 […]


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 […]


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 Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada graphic

Meet Leigh Pearson, Director of Facilities, Environment and Procurement for Staples Canada

June, 13th, 2018

In 2007, Leigh started working at Staples as a Management Trainee and has worked her way up. Today, she is responsible for the facility maintenance, repair, and service related programs for all Canadian properties (305+ locations) as well as setting the sustainability agenda and identifying key focus areas for the company. For her efforts, Leigh […]


Meet Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a human capital expert and immigration champion graphic

Meet Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow, a human capital expert and immigration champion

June, 12th, 2018

Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow is the President & Chief Human Capital Officer of 3C Workforce Solutions. With close to 30 years of experience in human capital research and development, she has worked on a range of initiatives that span private, public and voluntary institutions in Canada, Central Europe, Latin America, South-East Asia and the Caribbean. An […]


Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank graphic

Model Behaviour: How Val Walls is leading by example to engage LGBT+ employees, customers and allies at Scotiabank

May, 25th, 2018

  As Director of Sales Effectiveness at Scotiabank, as well as lead champion for Scotiabank’s Toronto Pride Employee Resource Group, Val Walls is always asking herself: How can I touch, move, inspire and make a difference? She shares how she’s driving change — and creating an inclusive vision of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans+) […]




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