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Hosted by Eva Hartling, The Brand is Female Podcast delves into the narratives of women entrepreneurs, leaders, and trailblazers redefining limits within their respective fields. Our featured guests unveil their unique business odysseys and personal encounters with each episode, igniting inspiration for fellow women as they navigate their journeys toward advancement and achievement. Presented by TD Women in Enterprise.
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Growing up, Whitney Westwood’s family retreats to their home in the South of France not only offered her a picturesque backdrop but also shaped her essence of style and comfort, marked in part by the omnipresence of linen. From an early age, Whitney was steeped in a culture of travel, design, and the art of living well, walking through the cobblest…
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When they realized that the average garment gets worn 7 times before being tossed and the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse emissions, Justine and Kendall Barber, co-founders of Poppy Barley, a Canadian slow fashion company focused on quality, sustainability and ethical production decided to create a new kind of luxury in…
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Meredith Shaw, recently appointed co-host of Breakfast Television, is a multitalented personality with a passion for inclusivity. Her diverse professional background spans broadcasting, music, and fashion, and Meredith's journey is a testament to breaking barriers and creating transformative conversations. This week, we re-air this conversation wit…
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Isabelle Hudon has consistently shattered expectations and proven skeptics wrong throughout her impressive career in the corporate world. As the President and CEO of BDC since August 2021, the first woman to occupy the role, Isabelle has not only held jobs that many doubted were within reach but has also excelled in them, leaving a trail of achieve…
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This week, my guest is Tiffany Callender, a community developer and social entrepreneur whose work has profoundly impacted Montreal's Black community over her 16-year career. As the youngest female Executive Director of one of Quebec's oldest Black organizations, Tiffany was named among the 100 most influential people of African descent under 40 in…
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Kelsey Irvine is part of the mother/two-daughters trio behind Birch Babe, a Canadian skincare brand that's making waves in the natural beauty industry. Kelsey's career is a blend of creativity, commitment to sustainability, and a keen eye for storytelling. With a background in commercial advertising and documentary directing, she has a unique abili…
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In March 2020, Halifax-based Kerry Maher's world turned upside down with the closure of her restaurant. Facing uncertainty, she was inspired by her mother's question, "Now what?" Opting for action, Kerry reached out on Facebook Live, unsure if anyone would join her for a workout. Leveraging her background as a Golf Pro and Fitness Instructor, Kerry…
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Creating a successful business is a formidable journey on its own, but what happens when you have to let go of it because your life is unravelling at the seams? This guest has a remarkable story to share, so good that we are re-airing a recent episode featuring Alli Webb, the visionary founder behind Drybar, whose iconic blowouts have graced the lo…
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Robyn Wishart, a Vancouver-based personal injury lawyer, has been a force for change in the legal industry since 2001. At Wishart Brain and Spine Law LLP, she tackles complex injury and insurance cases AND challenges the industry's status quo. Wishart has leveraged her early experiences, including representing insurers like Lloyds of London, to adv…
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With over 15 years of experience in the startup ecosystem and a Harvard Master’s degree, Maggie Adhami-Boynton has reshaped the luxury goods shopping experience with ShopThing. Launched in 2019, the first-of-its-kind live video marketplace in North America has made luxury goods more accessible, gaining the largest social commerce audience in the wo…
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In the United States, a mere 5% of plastic is recycled, with projections from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation suggesting that, by 2050, the oceans could contain more plastic than fish. Against this backdrop, the environmental toll of single-use plastic is increasingly recognized. In response to this challenge, Anastasia Kiku, Co-Founder of Reusables…
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Dana Ben David is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Healthybud, a brand reinventing the pet wellness category focusing on functional treats, meal-toppers and healthy and nutritional food for dogs. The Montreal-based company is leveraging superfoods that are usually more familiar to humans than dogs, such as ashwagandha, goji berries, or reishi me…
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If you’re a woman in business, you're probably well aware of the crucial role branding plays in commercial success. Often, however, the conversation around branding is dominated by male voices. Today, we're shifting the spotlight to a woman making waves in the industry. Meet Ana Andjelic, a brand executive who earned her stripes transforming brands…
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The beauty market is saturated, and it takes courage and vision to launch a new brand within the industry. A few years ago, such a visionary stepped onto the scene, changing the landscape with her unique approach. Haley Bogaert, an entrepreneur with over 15 years of hands-on experience in the beauty business, known for her expertise in all things e…
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In this episode, you'll hear an inspiring conversation with Leanne Citrone, a trailblazer in the hair and beauty industry turned Co-Founder of UDEA Wellness, as she shares her transformative journey and insights into holistic wellness. Leanne's profound experience in the hair and beauty domain allowed her to connect deeply with women from diverse b…
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This week, join us on an enlightening journey with Kasey Crown and Jakki Leonardini, the visionary co-founders of WellSoul—a dynamic wellness education company designed to guide individuals toward profound healing and self-discovery. Kasey, a Transpersonal psychotherapist and wellness educator, challenges traditional mental health paradigms, advoca…
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In today's episode, we delve into the inspirational journey of Lexi Miles Corrin, Founder and CEO of WAXON Laser + Waxbar — an inclusive beauty and wellness brand dedicated to fostering confidence in one's skin. For over a decade, Lexi has championed the vision of helping everyone embrace their confidence through WAXON. Beginning with the flagship …
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Meet Alexis Eizinas, the creative force behind Silvering, North America's trailblazing beauty brand designed specifically for naturally silvering hair. With over 30 years in the fashion and beauty industry, including a decade as an international model, Alexis transformed her personal quest for silver hair care into an innovative brand. Inspired by …
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Welcome back to The Brand Is Female Podcast! In this episode, our host Eva Hartling unravel the extraordinary journey of Vivian McCormick, the innovative mind behind Wilet, a pioneering Canadian retailer revered for its exquisite 100% European linen bedding and home essentials. Beyond the realms of commerce, Vivian's narrative embodies resilience a…
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In this week's episode, we explore the riveting journey of Alli Webb, the brilliant mind behind Drybar, a venture that skyrocketed to success, gracing the tresses of celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Julia Roberts. Amidst the accolades from Fast Company, Fortune, Marie Claire, and Inc., and a bestselling book, Alli faced the un…
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In this special episode, we're privileged to host two extraordinary guests whose bold pursuit of artistic expression and activism has resonated globally. Both members of the renowned Russian art collective, protest group, and punk band, Pussy Riot, Masha Alyokhina and Diana Burkot have fearlessly ignited discussions and taken a stand for freedom, j…
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MMH Blockchain Group CEO Emma Todd's pioneering role as a woman of colour on two publicly traded boards in Canada in 2022 marks a significant milestone in the tech industry. As a board member of the Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC), Emma has collaborated with major global financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and H…
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Meredith Shaw, the new host of Breakfast Television, is a trailblazer with a passion for inclusivity. With a diverse background spanning broadcasting, music, and fashion, Meredith's journey is a testament to breaking barriers and creating transformative conversations. In this episode, we delve into Meredith's multifaceted career, from her time as a…
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Lara Murphy is the Owner and President of Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. in Calgary, which proudly stands as the only female-owned commercial construction firm in the city. Lara’s cooperative approach has played a pivotal role in its rapid growth and national recognition. With a track record of managing multi-million-dollar projects in corporate, co…
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Meet Vivian Risi, a trailblazer in the real estate industry who has been forging her path since the early days of her career. At just 18, Vivian entered the male-dominated world of real estate, facing skepticism and doubt. But she refused to yield to stereotypes, embarking on a journey where 'giving up' was never an option. Today, she is President …
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Britt Barkwell and Alia Bissett have impressive careers on their own in fashion. With over two decades of experience combined, they both noticed a gap in the market for shirting-first brands that were classically cool and accessible. Keen on carving out their viewpoint in that niche market, they came up with T.Line, a foundational wardrobe essentia…
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Carly Moir is the dynamic founder and creative director of White Canvas Design, a thriving creative agency based in the picturesque Langley, BC. Carly's journey from being a solo freelancer in 2012 to now leading a team of 14 talented women is nothing short of impressive. White Canvas Design is more than just a design agency; it's a hub of creativi…
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Elise Loehnen has an impressive career as a writer. Host of the famous "Pulling the Thread" podcast, she has co-written twelve books, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. She was the Chief Content Officer of goop, and she co-hosted The goop Podcast and The goop Lab on Netflix. Before that, she was the editorial projects director of Condé …
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September 28th is International Safe Abortion Day, a global day of action dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of safe and legal abortion care and access to it. In Canada, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, and abortion is one of the most common healthcare needs in our country. While most women in the country…
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After graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Master’s degree in Gender Studies, Dr. Judit Lovas worked for the local government as a policy and program development specialist for years. In March 2020, Judit launched her coaching and consulting business, and ever since, she has been working with clients from SMEs to large organiz…
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Diane Lanctôt knew early on she’d be involved in the family business, but what she didn’t expect was that this transition wouldn’t be 100% smooth. She acquired the sporting goods company Lactôt back from her father, Raymond Lactôt, and initiated a complete remodel, making it a growing industry leader. Diane, now a seasoned entrepreneur from Montrea…
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Does the name Vitruvi sound familiar? Founded by Sara Panton, CEO, along with her brother, the brand is one of the largest aromatherapy companies offering luxury essential oil blends and diffusers. Its products are in more than 300 stores in Canada, the United States and Australia, and it's the first essential oil brand to be stocked by retail gian…
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Have you ever entered a room and thought "Wow, a lot of interesting people out here, I'd love to network with ALL of them?". Exactly - no one ever thinks that way. However, in order to succeed in business and in life, networking is really important, as is understanding what your next move should be. And, for that, we have Ursula Morgan. Ursula is a…
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Technology and healthcare can walk side by side to uncover new paths of innovation, but also to broaden access. That's Helen Stevenson's goal. Founder and CEO of Reformulary Group Inc., she created a company at the intersection of healthcare and tech aiming to make drug plans more affordable for more Canadians. Former Assistant Deputy Minister of H…
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Ciro Muiruri is the embodiment of resilience. Growing up in one of the toughest slums in Kenya as an AIDS orphan, she survived an attempted homicide and lived through the abduction of her young daughter. And even with everything against her, she embraced the mission of building schools and bringing quality education for young children in her commun…
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You could say Anne Miner has the unique ability to see possibilities. She is a serial entrepreneur, a skilled facilitator, a trusted CEO advisor, and a sought-after coach. She has led executive teams through change, small and large, and she excels at bringing clarity and vision as well as a strategic framework for implementation. Anne helps people …
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In today’s tight labour market, organizations increasingly rely on recruitment experts. Daniela Correia banked on this high-growth segment to build her own recruitment business from scratch, leveraging her background in HR and her experience working with large organizations. Today she is a sought-after recruiter and, along with her all-female team,…
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When Justine and Kendall Barber realized that the average garment gets worn 7 times before being tossed, and the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse emissions, the sisters and co-founders of Poppy Barley, a Canadian slow fashion company focused on quality, sustainability and ethical production decided to create a new kind o…
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Graydon Moffat had multiple careers before launching Graydon Skincare. When she started her journey as a plant-based chef and yoga teacher, Graydon, known as “The Skin Chef”, learned that beauty is connected to wellness. This explains the super-powered superfoods you’ll find in Graydon Skincare formulas alongside proven skincare active ingredients.…
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With 15 years of experience in the hospitality business, Jacqueline Nicosia brought her flair for curated dining experiences and excellent food to Toronto with the opening of two restaurants, which she co-founded with her husband, chef Rob Marotta. Being a woman entrepreneur in the food space, Jacqueline experienced and witnessed first-hand the cha…
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Michelle Faber learned to optimize her own mental health through yoga and mindfulness as a young adult, and when she saw signs of anxiety in her son, she began sharing her favourite practices with him. Seeing how much his emotional control and overall happiness improved inspired her to create a company that would help other children in the same way…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Vera Milan Gervais, an author, speaker, and award-winning serial entrepreneur who is committed to helping women develop the confidence to show up and succeed in business. Vera Milan Gervais has successfully built a number of businesses throughout her career. She is currently Co-Founder and Ex…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Allison McNamara, founder of MARA, a prestige line of algae-infused skincare that became an instant favourite, selling out at retailers such as Sephora, Credo Beauty, Bluemercury and The Detox Market. Before launching MARA, Allison was a television host, producer and fashion & beauty journali…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Knoxx, the New York-based creative director for the brand DVMNPIGEON. Knoxx is redefining the rules of streetwear — traditionally a space for straight men — through her identity as a masculine-presenting woman who is part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. In 2011, Knoxx created DVMNPIGEON with the h…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Marissa Goldstein, founder and owner of Toronto-based The Daughter Natural Wine Bar + Bottle Shop, a wine bar that focuses on farm-to-table dishes to accompany a curated selection of unique wines. Marissa did not follow a straight path into the restaurant business. Before opening The Daughter…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Nadine Artemis, Founder of the celebrated, and cult-status natural skincare brand, Living Libations. Nadine Artemis created a line of all-natural skincare before the category became a trend. Her line of products, for which she sources the best raw ingredients from across the planet, has recei…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Jane Riddell, President of GoodLife Fitness. With over 40 years of experience, Jane has worked in various roles within GoodLife and its parent company, from selling memberships to C-suite. As a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, Jane is committed to creating inclusive environments and suppor…
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Anna Sinclair, a former actor and performer who had to pause her career when she became pregnant. That’s when she started her business, Total Mom, which serves a community of mom entrepreneurs through its programs and partnerships, including Total Mom Pitch, where entrepreneurs across Canada …
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This week, host Eva Hartling speaks with Melody Adhami, the “Queen of Apps.” Melody launched Ontario’s first private testing operation during Covid, with labs that conducted over 350,000 COVID tests for individuals and companies. Her latest tech venture is also in health, supporting women's fertility journey. Melody had quit her steady job working …
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This week, on the podcast, host Eva Hartling speaks with Emily O’Brien, founder of Comeback Snacks. Emily’s unlikely journey into the popcorn business began in 2018 while serving time at a federal prison for drug smuggling. Despite being behind bars, she managed to produce a product and support its launch, making it a successful business. Emily tra…
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