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Katie Telford’s Path Into Politics

May, 31st, 2018

When she was 12 years old, Katie Telford did a stint as a page at Queen’s Park. It was the first official step on a path towards a political career that has led her to become one of the most powerful women in government, all before the age of forty. As Chief of Staff to […]


Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Arlene Dickinson graphic

Top 25 Women of Influence 2017: Arlene Dickinson

September, 8th, 2017

    Arlene Dickinson CEO of Venture Communications and District Ventures Arlene Dickinson earned her fortune through her marketing agency, Venture Communications, but it is her foray into venture capitalism that is her latest success. A Canadian household name thanks to her role on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Arlene took a two-year pause from the show […]


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Built from the girl up: How Mandy Rennehan became a construction magnate

September, 5th, 2017

  How does a young, hardworking Maritimer become one of Canada’s most powerful entrepreneurs? By turning a lifelong passion and her unique personality into a brand, and building a business around it.   By Marie Moore     On the wall in her office, you will find Mandy Rennehan’s slogan: Energy is everything. It’s fitting. […]


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Heather Reisman: A Timeline of Reinvention

August, 27th, 2015

Her name is easily recognizable by the Canadian public from her popular “Heather’s Picks.” To the business world, Heather Reisman, Chair and CEO of Indigo Books, is not just the face of the company’s reading shortlists—she’s revolutionized the country’s bookselling industry. Heather has worked diligently and strategically, constantly evolving her entrepreneurial career, and her business, to ensure success. We’ve mapped out 45 years of her most impressive milestones.


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Co-Gendered Leadership is Advancing Business: These Ten Companies Prove It

August, 26th, 2015

Does the idea of a man and a woman sharing a leadership position seem odd? Or worse, does it seem like a setup that is doomed to fail? If you answered yes, read on. From shared values to diverse talents, each of these high-profile pairs uses a unique formula for working in tandem to achieve positive results.


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Stepping off the sandbar and into the spotlight: Women, it’s your turn

August, 10th, 2015

How can you ‘super charge’ your image, raise your profile and make a noticeable impact on your career, company or whatever personal mission drives you? Andrea Lekushoff, a leader in the Canadian public relations industry, weighs in to provide you with seven helpful pointers to step into the spotlight.


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Meet Advertising Masterminds, Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk

March, 30th, 2015

Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk are the ad agency leaders behind Dove’s Real Beauty Campaign. They are best-selling authors and their recent release, “Darling You Can’t Do Both” teaches women in business how to break the “unspoken” rules and win.


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Business lessons from Canadian icon Lise Watier

March, 23rd, 2015

Lise Watier launched her iconic cosmetics brand over 40 years ago and recently stepped down as President and CEO to focus on her next venture: the Lise Watier Foundation.


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Get Ahead By Getting Away From It All

December, 2nd, 2014

As a public relations agency president and a mother of two children under six, it’s rare that I get away for a few hours, let alone fly solo to Europe for 10 days.


Economist Sherry Cooper on the Greatest Legacy of all: Taking Care of Loved Ones graphic

Economist Sherry Cooper on the Greatest Legacy of all: Taking Care of Loved Ones

November, 3rd, 2014

The research I did for my book, “The New Retirement,” taught me that a sense of purpose and legacy is essential to happy, healthy aging. Leaving a legacy for me was to achieve financial and business success, which would allow me to pursue my passions and provide for my loved ones.


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Seven Ways to Step into the Spotlight

October, 29th, 2014

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight.


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How To Meet Some of Canada’s Most Intriguing Business Leaders

October, 27th, 2014

Rick Spence, Financial Post, reveals the benefits (and the importance) of our Future Women of Influence auction. Bidding ends tonight at midnight!


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Women of Influence Auctions Off Top Canadian Executives to Raise Money for G(irls)20

October, 20th, 2014

The fifth annual Future Women of Influence online auction has begun! It will run from October 20th to October 27th in support of G(irls)20, a powerful initiative that empowers girls and women to be agents of economic and social change.


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The Story of My Unconventional Career Path

October, 16th, 2014

For many successful women, their careers are journeys that don’t always turn out the way they planned—often in a good way.
If success and learning are your goals, it’s your job to leverage what you learn at each stage of your journey.


Women of Influence Luncheon: Toronto – 20th Anniversary Legacy Panel graphic

Women of Influence Luncheon: Toronto – 20th Anniversary Legacy Panel

October, 15th, 2014

September 30, 2014 – Our flagship 20th Anniversary event showcased three Canadian trailblazers who have conquered formidable boundaries to reach the top of their respective industries. Journalist Jeanne Beker knocked down doors to gain access to the elusive echelon of fashion’s elite. Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar literally escaped the atmosphere to become the first Canadian female […]


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The Globe and Mail – Annette Verschuren

September, 15th, 2014

Fifty percent of being a leader is being a teacher and it’s a part of the work that I really love. I’m not a micromanager. I believe in giving people a big sandbox to play in and giving them the freedom to make mistakes.


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6 Books that helped Carolyn Lawrence find her passion to inspire others

September, 8th, 2014

Whether it’s inspiration or guidance, this list of books is all fuel for that passion. They are good fodder for asking big questions and have become tools for my journey of self-discovery, and for building a business.


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The Chronicle Herald – Purdy Crawford – support for women in business

September, 4th, 2014

With five daughters among his six children, Purdy Crawford was determined to provide opportunities, mentorship and support for women in business.


Annette Verschuren – The woman behind Michael’s, Home Depot Canada, and Canada’s first energy storage facility graphic

Annette Verschuren – The woman behind Michael’s, Home Depot Canada, and Canada’s first energy storage facility

September, 2nd, 2014

This CEO left her rural roots in Nova Scotia and conquered retail—overseas and close to home. She’s now championing Canada’s first energy storage facility. Nothing and no one scares Annette Verschuren.


How Humanitarian and Famed Journalist Sally Armstrong found her guiding principle for changing careers graphic

How Humanitarian and Famed Journalist Sally Armstrong found her guiding principle for changing careers

July, 31st, 2014

Thinking about a new career? Famed journalist, Sally Armstrong shares her guiding principle for knowing when it’s time to shift professional gears. It’s not quite going on gut instinct; it’s more like paying attention.


Position yourself as an expert – Andrea Lekushoff graphic

Position yourself as an expert – Andrea Lekushoff

July, 31st, 2014

BY ANDREA LEKUSHOFF  Andrea Lekushoff, President, Broad Reach Communications Andrea has a track record of building strong reputations and delivering business results for many of the world’s most respected brands. Committed to giving back to businesswomen around the world, Broad Reach provides microfinancing to 10 women entrepreneurs in Tanzania through FINCA Canada and is a […]


Calgary Oil Mogul Suzanne West on her 3 P’s of Success: People, Profit and Planet graphic

Calgary Oil Mogul Suzanne West on her 3 P’s of Success: People, Profit and Planet

July, 30th, 2014

Suzanne West’s commitment to her three P’s—people, profit, and planet—is a new way of doing business that is raising both eyebrows and equity. BY ARINA KHARLAMOVA PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHARLES HOPE/KLIXPIX There’s no question West’s a mogul. In the past 14 years, she has bought and sold four energy companies, realizing substantial gains for her investors […]


How Chitra Anand, Head of PR at Microsoft Canada, leads her team with an “Intrapreneurial” Approach graphic

How Chitra Anand, Head of PR at Microsoft Canada, leads her team with an “Intrapreneurial” Approach

July, 8th, 2014

Innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit aren’t just for the start-up environment. Here’s what the Head of PR at Microsoft Canada did to take charge of her career.


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Sue Paish

June, 4th, 2014

Photography by Kourosh Keshiri SUE PAISH CEO, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services WHAT SETS HER APART LifeLabs delivers over 90 million diagnostic tests each year and includes 300 patient centers that support over 20,000 physicians 2013 saw two acquisitions—BC Biomedical Laboratories and Canadian Medical Laboratories; LifeLabs now has over 5,400 employees Sue was appointed to the […]


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Dr. Marla Shapiro

June, 3rd, 2014

Photography by Jeremy Kohm DR. MARLA SHAPIRO Canada AM’s Health and Medical Expert WHAT SETS HER APART Marla has been medical consultant for CTV National News since 2003 Founding editor of ParentsCanada Magazine Lectures given: 100 HER CHAMPION Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News From Wendy Freeman As told to Kate Daley I first met Marla […]


Arianna Huffington – Defining Success graphic

Arianna Huffington – Defining Success

December, 13th, 2013

In just eight years The Huffington Post has become one of the most important and influential news sites on the Internet. Much of the credit is due to its charismatic co-founder and editor-in-chief. Arianna Huffington is at the forefront of the new media revolution, an entrepreneur, author,  syndicated broadcaster and business leader with a unique […]


Quickfire Q+A with Kirstine Stewart who is #lovingit at Twitter Canada graphic

Quickfire Q+A with Kirstine Stewart who is #lovingit at Twitter Canada

October, 21st, 2013

Quickfire Q&A with Kirstine Stewart, Managing Director of Twitter Canada and one of our 2012 Top 25 Women Of Influence.




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