Social Change


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: 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 […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Dr. Alaa Murabit graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Dr. Alaa Murabit

September, 6th, 2018

    Dr. Alaa Murabit Physician & International Peace Advocate Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Dr. Alaa Murabit has eclipsed her wildest dreams and achieved worldwide recognition for her roles as a physician and leading international advocate for inclusive peace processes. At 28 years old, she is a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Eileen Jurczak graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Eileen Jurczak

September, 6th, 2018

    Eileen Jurczak Founder & Chair, Bay Street Deconstructed Eileen Jurczak is the Founder and Chair of Bay Street Deconstructed, a non-profit organization that is defining the future by opening the exclusive doors to financial services for girls from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program structure, boasting a curriculum informed by a team […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Lifetime Achiever: Roberta Jamieson graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018 – Lifetime Achiever: Roberta Jamieson

September, 6th, 2018

    Roberta Jamieson President & CEO, Indspire “Trailblazing” is the most apt description of Roberta Jamieson’s long career. A Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, in 1976 she became the first Indigenous woman ever to earn a law degree in Canada. She was the first non-Parliamentarian to be appointed […]


Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo graphic

Meet Sage Franch, Co-Founder and CTO at Crescendo

August, 16th, 2018

Sage Franch is the Co-Founder and CTO of Crescendo Inclusive Workplaces, and the creator of TrendyTechie.ca. She specializes in emerging technologies including blockchain, augmented reality, and cognitive computing, and is passionate about leveraging new tech to build a better future. Previously, Sage worked as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, where she focused on global developer […]


Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto graphic

Meet Adrienne Clarke, Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto

July, 10th, 2018

Adrienne Clarke has more than 15 years of commitment to the nonprofit sector. As the Director of Content at United Way Greater Toronto, she leads a team that is responsible for brand management, content marketing, and creative and editorial direction. There, she also led the creative development of the “It Looks Like Me” campaign, which […]


Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality graphic

Meet Maya Chivi, an author, speaker and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality

July, 6th, 2018

Maya Chivi is an author, a two-time TEDx speaker, and an advocate for mental health, gender equality and children’s rights. Her 2017 book “What Nobody Knows” is an illustrated story on leadership, mindfulness and the power of believing in yourself. In 2014, Maya was invited to deliver a keynote speech to the Council of Europe’s […]


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 […]


Solutions for All: How one Canadian bank is developing technology to drive accessibility graphic

Solutions for All: How one Canadian bank is developing technology to drive accessibility

December, 8th, 2017

    As Vice President of Design, Digital Banking, at Scotiabank, Pamela Hilborn is tasked with developing unique technology solutions that can meet the needs of the Bank’s diverse customer base — including those with disabilities.   By Shelley White     Pamela Hilborn has always been fascinated by what makes people tick. It’s a […]


How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women graphic

How Lisa Milburn reinvented her career — and is helping BMO reinvent how they communicate with women

November, 17th, 2017

    Lisa Milburn is the chief operating officer at BMO Insurance, a role she took on after pivoting out of a career in communications. She’s also the executive sponsor of the BMO for Women program, an initiative that’s changing the way the financial institution interacts with their female clients.   By Hailey Eisen   […]


Being is Believing: How 18-year-old Sindy Mosquera became CEO of one of Colombia’s largest banks for a day graphic

Being is Believing: How 18-year-old Sindy Mosquera became CEO of one of Colombia’s largest banks for a day

November, 10th, 2017

    To mark the United Nations’ 2017 International Day of the Girl, 600 young women were selected to take over top jobs at various organizations around the world. Sindy Mosquera was one of them. As part of Plan International’s #GirlsBelongHere campaign, Sindy sat in on committee meetings, met clients and connected with some of the bank’s […]


The Story of Project Her: the first Canadian crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs graphic

The Story of Project Her: the first Canadian crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs

November, 9th, 2017

    Launched this week, Project Her is a crowdfunding platform for female-led businesses. But it’s not just the gender focus that sets it apart. Founders Donna West and Shelly Lynn Nellis have a vision to build a community of support, enabling women entrepreneurs to face their unique challenges, and create success on their own […]


How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes graphic

How Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe is creating better care for women with diabetes

November, 1st, 2017

  As the director of endocrinology at Women’s College Hospital and a physician-scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe dedicates her time to studying diabetes in women — from identifying risk factors to improving access to care.   By Sarah Treleaven     Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe has long been part of a tradition […]


Beside Every Man: The founders of Earth Inc give credit to their wives for their early success graphic

Beside Every Man: The founders of Earth Inc give credit to their wives for their early success

October, 30th, 2017

  Kennedy McRae and James Dale are the co-owners of Earth Inc., a successful landscape design firm. They are also the husbands of Rajini and Sandra — two accomplished women who played an integral part in that success, offering emotional and financial support as well as hands-on help, especially in the early days of the […]


A Fresh Start: How Rania Llewellyn is helping Canadian immigrants kick-start their career graphic

A Fresh Start: How Rania Llewellyn is helping Canadian immigrants kick-start their career

October, 16th, 2017

  When Rania Llewellyn first immigrated to Canada, she found herself in the same predicament as many newcomers: educated and talented, but unable to find work. Now Senior Vice President, Products and Services, Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank, Rania tells her incredible story of how she got her start, and how she’s helping other immigrants […]


Breaking Barriers: How Ginella Massa became the first hijab-wearing Canadian news anchor graphic

Breaking Barriers: How Ginella Massa became the first hijab-wearing Canadian news anchor

August, 31st, 2017

  In 2016, Ginella Massa made headlines as the first hijab-wearing woman to anchor a major Canadian newscast. The long-overdue representation of a Muslim woman thriving in her profession was not just a career milestone for Ginella, but also the culmination of a childhood dream — and an inspiration to those that hope to follow […]


Meet Ginella Massa, Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor graphic

Meet Ginella Massa, Canada’s first hijab-wearing news anchor

July, 31st, 2017

Ginella Massa had dreams of becoming a news reporter since she was a young girl, despite fears that her appearance didn’t fit the typical mold. Decades later, she realized that life long dream when she became Canada’s first hijab-wearing reporter, and then the first anchor of a major Canadian news channel to wear a hijab […]


To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees graphic

To Close the Gender Gap, It’s a Matter Of Degrees

July, 25th, 2017

In Canada, less than a quarter of senior management positions are held by women, and that figure drops significantly looking up to the board level. The MBA has long been seen as a key enabler to improve these numbers, both for early- and mid-career women, but “age and stage” issues often drive decisions for women considering […]


Meet Lylee Horn, an indigenous soccer player finding focus and unity through the game graphic

Meet Lylee Horn, an indigenous soccer player finding focus and unity through the game

July, 20th, 2017

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people. This year from July 16 – 23rd, Toronto will host more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a countless number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America. In celebration of the thousands of Indigenous women representing Canada on the […]


Meet Erick Vandewedge, Challenging Unconscious Bias to Change the Face of Technology Consulting at Deloitte graphic

Meet Erick Vandewedge, Challenging Unconscious Bias to Change the Face of Technology Consulting at Deloitte

June, 19th, 2017

Even with over 18 years’ experience providing technology advisory and implementation services, Erick Vandeweghe was surprised when he learned during an Unconscious Bias training that many male executives unknowingly favour men over women for analytical tasks. As the leader of Deloitte’s Canadian Technology Consulting practice, Erick has become more attuned to biases within the organization […]


Built from the Ground Up: Meet the Woman Who Has Made a Career Out of Defying Expectations graphic

Built from the Ground Up: Meet the Woman Who Has Made a Career Out of Defying Expectations

April, 23rd, 2017

Amanda Shuchat was given the keys to Vision7 International’s newest PR agency, The Colony Project, at an age when many doubted her capabilities. Yet in just over a year as Managing Director, she has made a name for the shop as one that offers something the big guys simply can’t compete with. Which to those who […]


Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet graphic

Meet Yana Barankin, a Woman Challenging the Fashion Industry to do Better for People and the Planet

April, 4th, 2017

Yana Barankin is the female lead of TAMGA Designs, a clothing line with integrity at its center. Before embarking on this journey, Yana and her business partner asked themselves two simple questions — is it too expensive to produce a socially and environmentally responsible piece of clothing? Does style have to be sacrificed for accountability? The obvious answer […]


Five Things You Should Know About the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould graphic

Five Things You Should Know About the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould

December, 2nd, 2016

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould became Canada’s Minister of Justice in 2015, joining 14 other women to form Canada’s first gender-equal Cabinet. But did you also know she’s also a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations?  Here are 5 things you should know about the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould.       1. She’s […]


Sandra Taylor’s International Impact on Corporate Social Responsibility graphic

Sandra Taylor’s International Impact on Corporate Social Responsibility

August, 10th, 2016

Sandra E. Taylor, CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC, combined her passions to create a corporate social responsibility and sustainability career that has taken her around the globe.




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