Join us on March 03rd to celebrate the 2020 Top 25 Women of Influence™ and meet Canada's most accomplished role models. Keynote speakers include Sally Armstrong, Canadian journalist, author, and human rights activist, and Autumn Peltier, Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner and clean water activist.
Jamie Hoobanoff is a Professional Recruiter, Forbes Human Resources Council Member, and an award-winning HR industry expert. She founded The Leadership Agency in 2017 with a mission to help fast-growth startups build their workforce — and now she’s a fast-growth entrepreneur herself. On Wednesday, April 15, Jamie will join us live to share how she’s adapting her B2B company, and to give advice to all business owners searching for HR guidance.
In 2007, Debbie Fung co-founded Yoga Tree Studios with one studio in Thornhill and a vision to create a yoga community that was inclusive and accessible to all. Today, she’s built the business into an award-winning brand with five premiere locations across the GTA, offering 2000 classes a month. When Covid forced doors to close, Debbie had to pivot at lightning speed to digitize her services and keep her community connected. On April 29, she’ll join us live to share her forecast for the ‘new normal’ of the fitness industry, and offer advice to all SMEs working to digitize community services.
Joanna Griffiths is the award-winning founder of Knix, an online apparel brand that also has two brick and mortar stores in Toronto and Vancouver. When Covid forced doors to close, Joanna had to find new ways to digitize upcoming projects and keep brand momentum. On Wednesday, May 13th, she’ll join us live to share how she’s successfully incorporating new virtual solutions and most importantly, leveraging her brand for positive social impact.
Linh Truong and Hana James are the innovative founders of The Soap Dispensary and Greenhouse Juice Co. respectively. Considered essential services, both owners have been able to keep doors open over the last few months, but have had to drastically adjust operations to adapt to a new environment. On Wednesday, May 27th, they’ll join us from Vancouver and Toronto to share how they are successfully incorporating new virtual and delivery solutions and most importantly, continue to service their customers with the products they need most.
In 2004, sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe took a leap of faith and opened up Mandy’s Salad Bar, Montreal’s first-ever “create-your-own gourmet salad” restaurant. Sixteen years later, the co-owners have built a mini empire that includes eight successful locations with local and international expansion in the works for 2020. But when Covid hit, business as usual came to a standstill and growth plans were effectively put on pause. What happened next? Tune in on Wednesday, June 10th, to find out first-hand how this dynamic duo is navigating one of the hardest hit industries, rebounding from the initial impact, and adapting their business model for the new future of food services. This will be predominately an English speaking event, with French closed-captioning available.
Join us for the official digital relaunch of the Women of Influence Spotlight Series, in partnership with Scotiabank, as we welcome to the stage the most decorated figure skater in olympic history: Tessa Virtue. In a candid conversation with CTV News Anchor Marcia MacMillan, Tessa will reveal exactly what it takes to rise to the top of your industry - and how to transition into your next act when the time comes.
$9.99 – $99
Join us on October 29th for a Virtual Spotlight in partnership with presenting sponsor Smith School of Business. This elevated event and connecting experience will feature a candid conversation with Sarah Jordan, CEO of Mastermind and CTV News Anchor Marcia MacMillan, revealing not only how she’s succeeding as CEO, but how she managed her career to get there in the first place.
$9.99 – $45.00
After a year long search, cameras will finally roll as we celebrate the 28th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala — and this year we’re taking the show on the road! Designed as an experiential virtual event and live awards broadcast, for the first time ever, guests from coast to coast will have the opportunity to attend and join in on an immersive national tour to meet the Ones to Watch Recipients and Award Finalists right in their hometowns! Mark your calendars for this extraordinary evening of inspiration and get ready to find out who will take home top honours in each category.
$19.99 – $75.00
Join us on Thursday, November 26th for the virtual Women of Influence Unmasked Event, presented by the 30% club, as Moderator Karlyn Percil [CEO, KDPM Consulting Group Inc. sits down with Candies Kotchapaw [Founder, DYLOTT], Dr. Pam Palmater [Lawyer/Activist/Chair of Indigenous Governance - Ryerson University] & Rd. Wendy Cukier [Director, Diversity Institute - Ryerson University] for a candid discussion on how to build a better, more inclusive future.
As we transition into a fully digitized era, opportunities abound to do things differently. Women across the country are discovering exciting new ways to disrupt current models, create more accessible landscapes, and turn a profit. But it’s one thing to have a big idea — and another to take the monumental risk of leaving a secure corporate position to pursue it. On March 30th in partnership with ventureLAB, we sit down with three brilliant innovators who did exactly that. Join us to hear their first-hand stories of risk, passion, and execution.
Free – $45
On May 12th Women of Influence, in partnership with Cisco for small business, brings you expert insights from three French-Canadian entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to leverage technology as they transform their businesses for a fully digitized era. If you are the owner/founder of an SME and working to digitize your brand, this is a conversation you’ll want to tap into and an excellent opportunity to get the inside track on how Cisco for small business can help you prepare for the future of work and stay ahead of the competition.
Le 12 mai, Femmes d’influence, en partenariat avec Cisco pour petites entreprises, vous présentera les points de vue de trois entrepreneures québécoises qui ont trouvé des façons novatrices de tirer parti de la technologie pour préparer leur entreprise à l’ère de la numérisation complète. Si vous possédez ou avez fondé une PME et que vous cherchez à faire passer votre marque en mode numérique, voilà un sujet qui vous touche directement et une excellente occasion de voir comment Cisco pour petites entreprises peut vous aider à vous préparer au monde du travail de demain et à garder un pas d’avance sur la concurrence.
Business grad, Connie Lo, and chemical engineer, Laura Burget, were only 23 years old when their shared passion for clean and affordable skincare led them on their entrepreneurial paths. In 2017, with a combined $4,000 saved, no business connections, and a lot of perseverance, they set out on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women. So what does it really take to rise to the top? Join us on May 26th, with presenting partner Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, as Connie and Laura sit down for a compelling discussion on how to turn an idea into a profitable business and attract a mass audience, all while maintaining integral brand values.
Free – $22.50
In January 2020, Meghan Roach stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer at Roots Canada. Unbeknownst to her, just a few months later Meghan would find herself leading one of Canada’s most iconic retailers through a global pandemic. Join us on September 22 to find out exactly how she did it and how she’s reinventing the iconic brand - both inside and out - for the new landscape.
Free – $45.00
It all started when Vivian Kaye identified a market gap for high-quality hair extensions that matched the natural hair texture of black women. Knowing very little about the business model, but confident in the quality of her product, Vivian took a leap and launched KinkyCurlyYaki — a first-of-its-kind, premium hair extension company for Black women. In the first year of operations, KinkyCurlyYaki generated half a million in revenues. Today, the company stands as the originator of an entire niche in the hair industry and has become so popular that companies are vying to replicate it. Join us on October 21st to find out exactly how she did it.
Free – $45.00
After a year long search, cameras will finally roll as we celebrate the 29th Annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala — and this year we’re taking the show on the road! Designed as an experiential virtual event and live awards broadcast, guests from coast to coast will have the opportunity to attend and join in on an immersive national tour to meet the Ones to Watch Recipients and Award Finalists right in their hometowns! Mark your calendars for this extraordinary evening of inspiration and get ready to find out who will take home top honours in each category.
$19.99 – $49.99
Jill Nykoliation took a leap of faith and decided to step away from her successful corporate career at Kraft Foods into the unknown world of advertising. She went on to become a partner at the agency Grip Limited, and then became the founding partner of Juniper Park, now part of the global TBWA network. Established in 2007, Jill launched her start-up with just six employees. Today, Jill has grown the organization into an award-winning global agency with multiple divisions and an extended workforce of 130+, comprised of 54% women and 32% BIPOC, stats all too rarely seen in the industry. Join us on June 08th to find out exactly how she did it.
Free – $19.99
Join us for an exclusive evening at the Royal Bank Plaza's 40th floor in Downtown Toronto and reconnect with the Women of Influence Community. Weighing in on “The Future of Work” is an award-winning panel of industry insiders who will offer laser insight into what both business leaders and talent need to know to get ahead in this transformative time.
By Invitation Only. The Global Leaders Dinner Series is a prestigious forum connecting outstanding notable women who are leveraging their influence to grow their impact and create change. Our flagship Toronto dinner will host an exceptional group of board members, senior executives and award-winning entrepreneurs, who have uniquely demonstrated their investment to women's advancement.
By Invitation Only. The Global Leaders Dinner Series is a prestigious forum connecting outstanding notable women who are leveraging their influence to grow their impact and create change. The Calgary dinner will host an exceptional group of champions, senior executives and award-winning entrepreneurs who have uniquely demonstrated their investment to women's advancement.