If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that a lot can happen in a year. This week in our Women Who Lead series, Bay Street Bull is taking a step back to look at our previously featured female founders who have been leading the masses by being innovators in their field.
In anticipation of the upcoming launch of our 2020 30 x 30 guide, we caught up with these female entrepreneurs to see what they’ve accomplished over the last year.
Featured in Bay Street Bull’s 2019 30 x 30 issue Emilie Cushman, Co-Founder and CEO of Kira Talent, is one of Toronto’s most celebrated innovators in education.
Kira Talent, uses machine learning to eliminate instances of bias and inequality that have been shown to influence college admissions. Kira Talent has quickly become one of Canada’s fastest growing ventures with partnerships including academic centres of excellence like Yale.
Since being featured, Cushman has received further recognition on the world stage. Cushman was recognized by Forbes magazine last year in their top thirty under thirty category. Reducing biases and championing for fairness in academic processes continues to be at the forefront of Kira Talent’s mission statement.
Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake
Having grown up in construction families, for female founders Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Lake entering the construction industry was somewhat of a natural progression. In 2012 the duo co-founded Bridgit Solutions, a construction-management software company.
Since being featured in Bay Street Bull’s 2019 30 x 30 issue, Bridgit Solutions projected $4 million in revenue. Today Brodie and Lake continue to strive for innovation in the construction industry with the use of technology.
Founded in 2011 by Dani Roche, marketing and design agency Kastor and Pollux, has become one of the most well known agencies in Toronto. With recognition from media giants such as Vogue, Coveteur and Fashionista.com, Kastor and Pollux has been on the up and up since its inception.
Most recently, Roche has been featured in Marketing Magazine as an innovator and continues her quest for knowledge as a Faculty Advisor with Sheridan College.
Taran and Bunny Ghatrora
Sisters and Co-Founders of Blume, Taran and Bunny Ghatrora have been revolutionizing the period product industry since 2018. The B.C. natives have expanded their line to include products that cater to teenager’s changing bodies.
Although a young start-up company, these female founders have achieved an incredible amount of success. So what’s next for the powerful duo? Since being featured on the Today show, late last year their operation has been full speed ahead.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Blume has committed to utilizing their supply chain resources to donate 10,000 masks to front line medical workers. To get involved, donate to their GoFundMe page here. All proceeds will be put towards providing more PPE equipment for front line professionals.
University of Toronto Alumni, Huda Idrees, has taken the health industry by storm since 2016 with Dot Health. The real-time personal health data platform, stream-lines patient medical records in a secure and simple way.
Since being featured in Bay Street Bull’s 30 x 30 Idrees has received Excellence Canada’s award for Excellence in Innovation and Wellness. Idrees continues to passionately give back to her community as Board Director for TechGirls Canada, Ontario MD, and the Sinai Health System’s Business Innovation and Development and Operations Committees.
Alyssa Bertram founded Easy in 2016 simply because she felt periods and the sourcing of feminine hygiene products should be easy and ethical.
Easy removes shame from periods, providing organic, ethically made and sourced period products by delivery. Five percent of all proceeds go to supporting girls in Kenya. Since last year this female founder has continued her mission to improve women’s health and wellness awareness.
Co-Founder of Winterlight Labs, Maria Yancheva, launched the company with Frank Rudzicz and Liam Kaufman in 2015. Based in Toronto, Winterlight Labs is a technology company that quickly and accurately detects signs of cognitive impairment from a sample of speech. The company has received wide spread recognition for its work in cognitive health research.
Most recently the company has paired up with Vivoryan to conduct a clinical trial in Alzheimer’s Disease.