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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+) […]


Meet Brittny Robins, Founder of Flawless by Friday graphic

Meet Brittny Robins, Founder of Flawless by Friday

May, 16th, 2018

Britt founded Flawless by Friday at the age of 27 to help make everyone feel like the most flawless version of themselves — for life’s big moments and even just for every day. Growing up as one of five girls on a farm north of Toronto, Britt was the resident makeup artist, hairdresser and skincare consultant. […]


Meet Rumeet Billan, President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership graphic

Meet Rumeet Billan, President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership

May, 15th, 2018

As the President and CEO of Jobs in Education and Viewpoint Leadership, Rumeet works to enable opportunities in education, learning and development. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN and have been featured in Forbes.com as a ‘Generation Entrepreneur’. Rumeet has also given two TEDx talks and addressed the […]


Meet Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO at Toronto Financial Services Alliance graphic

Meet Jennifer Reynolds, President & CEO at Toronto Financial Services Alliance

May, 8th, 2018

Jennifer’s 20 year career in the financial services industry has included senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and global risk management. In 2017, she was named the new CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA). Prior to joining TFSA, Jennifer was the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada’s largest industry […]


Meet Sue MacKay, Vice President of Marketing at Empire Communities graphic

Meet Sue MacKay, Vice President of Marketing at Empire Communities

May, 8th, 2018

Sue has been a key partner in the development and execution of the real estate sales and marketing strategies across North America for over 17 years. Since joining Empire Communities in 2015, her team’s work has been recognized both locally and internationally through numerous marketing awards of excellence. As a passionate marketer, Sue has held […]


Meet Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction graphic

Meet Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction

April, 30th, 2018

Sevaun Palvetzian is one of Canada’s leading experts on civic engagement and is a voice for influence and advocacy on many urban issues. Since 2014, Sevaun has focused on building inclusive cities and levelling the playing field of opportunity at CivicAction. She is also a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting […]


Meet Kimberly Khoury, a Chief Commercial Officer on top of the snow removal industry graphic

Meet Kimberly Khoury, a Chief Commercial Officer on top of the snow removal industry

April, 3rd, 2018

Kimberly Khoury is the Chief Commercial Officer at TruServe/Clintar Franchise. While the industry is primarily male-dominated, Kimberly excels, overseeing customer service, operations, sales, marketing, and human resources — and sometimes, even plowing snow in -30 degree temperatures. With a Master’s degree from Penn State University and over 23 years of international work experience, Kimberly’s passion […]




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