Mentors – The Founders Fund

Mentors

2019

Sheena Brady

Founder of Tease Tea


Sheena is a certified tea sommelier and the founder of Tease Tea.Sheena's passion to help other entrepreneurs find success is what led her to create the Tease Tea Founders Fund and give back to those starting their entrepreneurial journey.


Follow Sheena’s journey @sheena_brady

Vivian Kaye

Founder & CEO, KinkyCurlyYaki

 

Serial entrepreneur Vivian Kaye turned her side hustle into a million-dollar ecommerce business. KinkyCurlyYaki is the premier provider of textured hair extensions designed to blend perfectly with kinky, curly, and coarse hair textures.


Follow Vivian’s journey @itsviviankaye

Komal Minhas

Founder of KoMedia


Komal Minhas is an angel investor and creator of kaur. space, a digital magazine and online community focused on work, wellness, and impact. Komal was also the executive Producer for a documentary called Dream, Girl, as featured on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday.


Follow Komal’s journey@komalminhas

Greg MacDonald

President & Co- Founder of Bathorium


Greg co-founded The Bath Bomb and set out to create premium bath bombs that not only give a unique experience for the bather, but also a product that the user can benefit from both physically and mentally. Bathorium now encompasses The Bath Bombs winning products and dreaming big- Greg plans on launching many more exciting additions that work synergistic with one another and use pure safe and beneficial ingredients.


Follow Greg’s journey @gregmacd

Chivon John

Well-being Strategist - @Shopify


To ‘hustle with intention’ is at the center of Chivon John’s work as a Wellbeing Strategist, Speaker and Entrepreneur .Recognized as a Top 100 Black Woman to Watch in Canada and Black Canadian Role Model, Chivon uses her own experiences and research rooted in positive psychology to teach individuals and organizations how to bridge the gap between achievement and fulfillment.


Follow Chivon’s journey @chivonjohn

Kim Kirton

Founder of UnCo Summit


Kim is an experienced and passionate social entrepreneur, who loves bringing ideas to life. Kim has bootstrapped over $100K in external funding to bring her ideas to life and if she had to choose her superpower, it would definitely be curiosity— as she loves asking questions, learning new things & thinking of creative ways to spread the word about what she's building.


Follow Kim’s journey @kimbexo

Karlyn Percil

Founder of Sistertalk + Growth Mindset Coach


Karlyn Percil is a woman with a mission and a plan. Founder of SisterTalk, a leadership network group for women, and facilitator and main storyteller of the Elephant Story platform, Karlyn is putting in work to help women find their purpose and live to their full potential. Karlyn is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Growth Mindset Coach. She is an advocate for gender equity and her goal is to empower more women to be leaders. She has been featured on the OWN Network, Global, CP24, Huffington Post Live and Planet Africa.


Follow Karlyn’s journey@karlynpercil

Claire McCallum

Founder Claire McCallum Creative Studio


Claire Mccallum is the creative director and founder of her own boutique branding studio. She is passionate about helping small business owners implement sustainable brand and design strategies at any stage in their entrepreneurial journey.

Follow Claire’s journey @clairemccallumcreative

Kiersten Hanly

Co-Founder of Scrub Inspired

As the Co-Founder of Scrub Inspired and Senior Lead at Shopify, Kiersten knows what is takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Her business was founded in 2013 with the intent to create natural skincare with wholesome and organic ingredients while advocating and educating about the things we put on our skin everyday. Today they bring you fragrance-free, eco-friendly and vegan skincare crafted with the environment in mind.

Follow Kiersten’s journey @kiersten.hanly and @scrubinspired

Chanele McFarlane

Founder of Do Well Dress Well


Chanèle McFarlane is an award-winning personal and employer branding expert, public speaker and writer. As the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Do Well Dress Well, a career lifestyle website, she has cultivated a loyal online community of over 10,000 women around content on personal branding, networking, professional development & style.


Follow Chanele’s journey @chanelemcfarlane

Kayley Reed

Founder of Self-Care Sunday


Kayley Reed is a startup founder turned self-care advocate, & host of the Self-Care Sunday podcast. She currently manages a network of 300+ micro-influencers, and and works full-time as an influencer marketing consultant for fashion, beauty & lifestyle brands. Kayley has been featured in Buzzfeed, MTV, FASHION and Flare for her entrepreneurial success.


Follow Kayley’s journey @kayley.e.r

Octavia Ramirez

Founder of Paper & Coin


Octavia Ramirez is the Founder/CEO of Paper & Coin, a personal finance literacy and coaching company for Millennials, based in Toronto. She's also a contributing financial writer for Tangerine Bank and Girlboss, and co-hosts a weekly podcast with her husband, called About That Life.


Follow Octavia’s journey @Octaviafaith

Mimi Boyer

Founder of Happy on Mondays


A happiness coach, an entrepreneur, a fractional Head of People & Culture and all the energy you need to reinvent your career and start enjoying your Mondays again. After spending 6 years in corporate, Mimi had a major “ahah moment” and decided to turn her life upside down and dedicate her life to helping people uncover their true inner fire!


Follow Mimi’s journey @mimiboyer

Anne Pringle

Partnerships & Impact Manager at LIFE


Anne has a diverse academic background including a diploma in Contemporary Dance, a BA in International Development and MASc with a focus on sustainable fashion. In 2010, Anne co-founded Local Buttons, creating beautiful up-cycled garments and helping advance job creation and resourcefulness for at risk communities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Anne is currently Head of Partnerships & Impact at the award winning social enterprise Lucky Iron Fish.


Follow Anne’s journey @apringle

Sinead McElhinney

Global PR Manager, Rakuten Kobo


Sinead is a storyteller who brings fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the technology and CPG industry. As a proactive, positive and intuitive content creator, Sinead is eager to take on all challenges (no matter how big or small). Sinead believes in uniting professionalism and personality and is committed to the notion that the right PR moment has the ability to spark meaningful change.


Follow Sinead’s journey @Sinead

Joella Almeida

Strategic Partnerships CanWCC

Joella Almeida is the Podcast Producer for House of Anesi. She is a freelance Operations Specialist working with clients building & managing several Shopify stores. Through operational roles, she has worked in every stakeholder team from lending, credit underwriting, leasing, sales, marketing & more. She is also the Manager of Strategic Partnerships for The Canadian Women's Chamber of Commerce where she works with organizations to promote services for women-owned businesses.

Follow Joella’s journey @joellasgrams

Neha Bhasin

(Consultant at Deloitte, previously Head Soapstress at Summer Soaps Co.)

A penchant for problem solving, a love for ambiguous, fast-paced environments, and an unending curiosity fuel Neha. She is a DIY-enthusiast who once turned her love of crafting into a full-fledged artisan soaps business (with a little bit of help from her background in Chemical Engineering). Nowadays, Neha works in Technology Consulting, where she delivers value for her clients by translating their business needs into tangible, technical solutions.

Maya Chivi

Speaker and Social Entrepreneur


Maya is a 2x-TEDx speaker, author, and social entrepreneur. She launched her first business in Lebanon and became the first person in the country to speak on live TV about loving LGBTQ kids unconditionally. Through her platform, You Matter, she speaks in schools and workplaces about gender equity, leadership, and mental health and wellbeing, and has engaged audiences in the Middle East, Europe, and across North America.


Follow Maya’s journey @maya.chivi

Roman

Roman

Social Entrepreneur

Roman can usually be found fixing or building something in Central American jungles, Nevada deserts, or the Canadian Arctic.With an engineering mindset and enthusiasm for continuous improvement, Roman has been bridging digital and social divides while creating profitable opportunities for over a decade. Recognizing that knowledge is the most important (controllable) component in achieving financial success, he is always learning or teaching.

Marsha Druker

Founder of Fuck-up-Nights TO


Marsha Druker is the Founder and Director of Fuckup Nights Torontoand Kitchener-Waterloo, chapters of the global speaker series and community that shares stories of professional failure. A passionate community builder, Marsha loves bringing people together to have genuine conversations about all sides of entrepreneurship, failure and mental health. She believes that vulnerability makes us stronger, not weaker.

Follow Marsha’s journey @MarshaDruker

Jasmine Williams

Founder of Jasmine Williams Media


Jasmine is an experienced digital marketing professional & the founder of Jasmine Williams Media, a content and social media consultancy. Since launching her company, she has created content for world-class brands like Spotify, Patreon, CIBC, H&M, and GoDaddy.


Follow Jasmine’s journey @jasminewilliamsmedia

Bailey Parnell

Founder of SkillsCamp

Bailey is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a TEDx speaker with near 1M views, an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Her work and expertise have been featured in Forbes, CBC, FOX, Flare Magazine, and more. She is also currently completing her part-time Masters in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University with research looking into social media's impact on mental health, the results of which she presented at the World Youth Forum in Egypt.

Follow Bailey’s journey @baileyparnell

Kat Gaskin

Creator of the Content Planner, Graphic Designer & Content Creator

Meet Kat Gaskin, a graphic designer, content planning expert and creator of The Content Planner - the first and only physical planning system for your blog and social content. Kat helps discouraged business owners create a clear path towards achieving their social media goals, so they can be more abundant in wealth, prosperity and purpose.

With a 6-figure e-commerce brand and a recent $42k launch (with $0 ad spend) in her back pocket, Kat brings results-driven expertise and step-by-step strategies to her online community every day. Her signature cool, calm and collected approach makes a welcome alternative to the overwhelm of juggling multiple social platforms. Kat's community loves her because of her easy-to-follow tips and undeniable commitment to helping women plan it, post it and profit online.

Follow her journey @katgaskin and @thecontentplanner

Mallory Greene

Head of CSR, Wealthsimple


Mallory Greene is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Wealthsimple. As Head of CSR, Mallory is dedicated to advancing Wealthsimple's mission to make great financial services available to everyone — no matter who they are or how much they have.


Follow Mallory’s journey @mallorygreene

Hunar Chandhok

CEO of Urban Stagers


Hunar Chandhok is a serial entrepreneur, adventurer & humanitarian. Graduating from the Schulich School of Business, she went on to launch and grow two successful businesses in the e-commerce and home decor industries. Her passion for writing and inspiring others to maximize their potential led her to launch her blog on personal growth and lifestyle design. She is on a mission to help others pursue their wildest dreams and create organizations that leave a positive impact on the world.


Follow Hunar’s journey@novicesoul

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