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Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Kristin Agnello

September, 6th, 2018

    Kristin Agnello Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network This year, Kristin Agnello was appointed Chair of the Commonwealth Women in Planning Network, a subsidiary committee of the The Commonwealth Association of Planners, which seeks to focus and develop the skills of urban and regional planners across the Commonwealth to meet the […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Carly Fleischmann

September, 6th, 2018

    Carly Fleischmann YouTube Personality In January 2018, Carly Fleischmann swapped spots with Stephen Colbert, becoming the first nonverbal person with autism to guest-host The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Fleischmann, who has used a computer to communicate since she was ten years old, isn’t new to the interviewer seat: she hosts her own […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: rupi kaur graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: rupi kaur

September, 6th, 2018

    rupi kaur Author In an era when becoming an Instagram influencer is now a viable career option, rupi kaur leverages the power of the social media platform to disseminate her message, one that runs deeper than dreamy vacation and vibrant food photography: kaur, a Brampton, Ontario native, has become an international sensation for […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Platt graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Jessica Platt

September, 6th, 2018

    Jessica Platt Professional hockey player Since she was a child, Jessica Platt has known that she was meant to be a woman. Yet it wasn’t until January of this year that the professional hockey player decided it was time to be fully open with the world, despite fears of judgement, criticism, and harassment. […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Tessa Virtue graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Tessa Virtue

September, 5th, 2018

    Tessa Virtue Figure Skater & Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Virtue is a household name not only in Canada, but around the world. Having won not one, but two Olympic Gold Medals for ice dancing in 2010 and 2018 (plus a third as part of the 2018 Canadian figure skating team), and setting a […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Domee Shi graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Domee Shi

September, 5th, 2018

    Domee Shi Director & Animator, Pixar If you saw The Incredibles 2 in theatres this year, you likely caught Bao, the short film about a woman and the dumpling she raises as her son after it comes unexpectedly to life, which played before the main feature. The animated short was inspired by writer […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Hayley Wickenheiser graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2018: Hayley Wickenheiser

September, 5th, 2018

    Hayley Wickenheiser Assistant Director of Player Development,Toronto Maple Leafs In the world of women’s hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser is a household name. A member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, the team’s career points leader, a five-time Olympian, capturing four […]


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 […]


Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair graphic

Five Minutes With Amy Cross, Founder of Gender Fair

June, 18th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Amy is a journalist, an entrepreneur, and a long-time cultural worker with a powerful ability to see the next big trend. She founded Gender Fair in 2016 to showcase companies that serve women well and promote gender equality through market-based solutions. Through one purchase at a time, Amy believes you […]


Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen graphic

Meet NJ Goldston, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and fashion queen

June, 8th, 2018

NJ Goldston is an LA based venture capitalist in emerging fashion and technology brands. She is also the Founder and Editor in Chief of the Webby award-winning fashion blog The Blonde and The Brunette and the Managing Partner of leading activewear line, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL). She has been named a “Style Icon” by Louis […]


Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA graphic

Meet Claudia and Flavia Giardinella, Founders of artTECA

June, 6th, 2018

With a unique heritage from both Latin America and Europe, Claudia and Flavia Giardinella were exposed to international art and culture at an early age. Art museums, art galleries and the theater played an important role in their lives growing up, carrying an influence into their career choices in arts management and fundraising. As two […]


Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya graphic

Five Minutes with Maya Elisabeth, Founder of Om Edibles and CEO of Whoopi & Maya

June, 6th, 2018

by Rebecca Heaton     Maya is a cannabis industry veteran and self-proclaimed “ganjapreneur” (an entrepreneur in the business of selling marijuana in regions where it has been legalized). She founded Om Edibles, an all-female run collective dedicated to providing the highest quality of Medical Cannabis products to legal patients in California, in 2008 after working in […]


Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest graphic

Peak interest: How Megan McDonald’s career decisions led her to Mount Everest

May, 18th, 2018

    As manager of expedition fundraising with the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), Megan McDonald’s job takes her to some unusual places – like 17,598 feet up the world’s highest mountain. Back in Toronto following her most recent expedition, she shares details from the exhilarating experience, and the path that led her there.   By […]


The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs graphic

The Business of Uncoupling: A conversation with divorce financial consultant, Eva Sachs

April, 9th, 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, Eva Sachs, a certified financial planner who specializes in separation […]


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 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 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 […]


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 […]




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