Staples Start-Up Award


How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years graphic

How Joanna Griffiths took Knixwear from an idea to a million dollar company in just five years

February, 25th, 2019

Joanna Griffiths launched Knixwear when she became aware of a need in the market for underwear that could handle “little leaks.” She solved that problem, and for the next five years focused on building a brand that helped women get over their insecurities and facilitate conversations. The strategy paid off. Not only is Knix a […]


The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business graphic

The Successful Life of Pets: How veterinarian Trina Bailey turned a lifelong passion into a thriving business

April, 17th, 2018

    By Karen van Kampen     As a five-year-old girl growing up in a farming community on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Dr. Trina Bailey knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Surrounded by a “menagerie of pets” that included a bunny, dog, cat and gerbils, the veterinary surgeon says, “I don’t […]


2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Winner: Trina Bailey graphic

2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Winner: Trina Bailey

October, 23rd, 2017

  Trina Bailey Owner, Veterinary Surgeon, Bailey Veterinary Surgical Specialty Ltd. Winner, Staples Start-up Award Bailey Veterinary Surgical Specialty Ltd. of Newfoundland and Labrador began as a referral hospital offering advanced surgical care and diagnostic imaging for companion animals in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are the only hospital in the province providing […]


2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Finalist: Rula Sharkawi graphic

2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Finalist: Rula Sharkawi

October, 23rd, 2017

  Rula Sharkawi CEO, My Little Chickpea Staples Start-up Award, CENTRAL On her 40th birthday in 2012, Rula Sharkawi was a mother of two young children who decided to leave her executive position in the corporate world to start My Little Chickpea Gourmet Foods, a manufacturer of premium grab-and-go ready-to-eat products, from salads to pita […]


2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Finalist: Marlo Brausse graphic

2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Staples Start-up Award Finalist: Marlo Brausse

October, 23rd, 2017

  Marlo Brausse Owner/President, Barre Body Studio Staples Start-up Award, WEST Barre Body Studio offers group fitness classes which incorporate elements of yoga, Pilates, and dance to sculpt, define, and shape your body, all while using the ballet barre. The classes give participants a new and exciting challenge by combining the best of three worlds […]




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