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Colleen Francis

If you think sales is all about being a fast talker, you’d be wrong. Today’s sales techniques are about being an active listener, building relationships and listening to your intuition.

Debi Rosati

Positive energy. That's one of many descriptions that come to mind upon meeting Deborah Rosati, President of RosatiNet. Upon meeting Deborah for the first time I was struck by the wonderful positive energy she exuded. She is filled with bright, light, positive energy and enthusiasm. And it's infectious.

Karen McClintock

Karen McClintock is the owner and founder of Karen McClintock jewelry design. With a Masters in Sports Psychology, and no prior training or experience in jewelry design, Karen proves that when you put your mind to something you can do it all.

Hana Abaza

A young woman in her early 30's, Hana is already the CEO and founder of technology start up Republic Inc. Earlier this year she launched the company's first product - Wedding Republic - a social gifting platform targeted at the wedding industry, specifically gift registries.  

Andi Marcus

Meeting Andi Marcus will make you smile. She is instantly approachable, has a wicked sense of humour and loves to laugh. As the CEO of Mistura, a successful cosmetics company, she is quite possibly living every girl’s dream. I surround myself with people I like

Joelle Parenteau

Joelle is the kind of woman that makes this column, and the Ottawa entrepreneur landscape, so exciting. She launched her start up less than one year ago and the business is moving at lightning speed.

Louise Wendling

If you want to become the Country Manager of Costco you have to work your way up. And that means starting at the bottom. "I won't give jobs away," states Louise Wendling, current semi-retired Country Manager of Costco. "We do not go outside to fill positions; if we can't find that skillset among our employees, then we have failed."

Dr. Sharyn McLaughlin

"Ottawa isn't fully aware of the gem it has in the form of Dr. Laughlin and Laserderm," explains Sunny Kim, BScN and Director of Clinical Affairs Laserderm. "It's the best kept secret in Ottawa." 

Fiona Gilligan

Fiona Gilligan will tell you she is a typical entrepreneur; an abrupt catalyst in her life lead to an opportunity to start her own business, despite no formal business background or training.

Linda Eagan

After meeting Linda Eagen from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, I felt immediately reassured. This is a woman who, for more than 10 years, has worked directly with people who have just been told they have cancer. News that can only be described as devastating and life altering.

Victoria Lennox

I continue to be amazed by the calibre of the women I meet through this column. And Victoria Lennox is no exception. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada,Victoria has accomplished so much in such a short timeframe that it is almost mind boggling.

Tracey Clark

"By accident." That's the answer provided by Tracey Clark, President & CEO of Bridgehead Coffee, when I asked how she found herself in the business of coffee. Yet, looking back at her journey, it may have been more serendipitous than accidental.