Some of BC’s most enterprising women share stories, lessons and insights about what they did and learned in the process of growing their own businesses.

Mal Paterson,

Mal Paterson

Six years ago, Mal Paterson and her husband came to Canada from South Africa. In order to settle into their new country they had to come up with a business idea quickly as it was a condition of their immigration. While searching out business possibilities, they discovered that Canada did not have a favourite South […]

Mary Johnston, Watermatters

Mary Johnston

Although Mary Johnston attributes her success in business to being at the right place at the right time, there is no denying the research and work she put into developing her business water matters. Five and a half years ago, when Johnston was planning to sell water treatment devices from her home, she realized that […]

Rita Kim, Partners for Growth, Vancouver

Rita Kim

With over 20 years of finance and consulting experience, Rita Kim knows the importance of initiative, motivation and true leadership. Kim spent ten years in the retail industry, shifted into overseas consulting and then moved into the Banking industry. She spent 10 years structuring finance and consulting (strategy, sales and business development) solutions for hundreds […]

Sara Moshurchak – Granville EYELAND Framemakers

Sara Moshurchak

Nine years ago while attending Douglas College in Vancouver, Sara Moshurchak met Klaus Sebök, owner of Granville EYELAND Framemakers. That very same day she turned to a friend and announced that one day she would become the owner of Sebök’s business. It might have been intuitive foresight or an instant connection with her teacher, but […]

Leilani Kopp & Tana McNicol, Sweet Leilani

Leilani Kopp & Tana McNicol

Building a successful business can be tremendously gratifying, but when the venture helps countless women, men and children who suffer silently from the effects of cancer, burns or birthmarks, the entrepreneurial experience becomes infinitely rewarding. Eight year’s ago, LeiLani Kopp’s career as a hair and makeup artist in film and commercials didn’t leave much time […]

Fran & Emma Kupiak, Big Rock Bags

Fran & Emma Kupiak

What happens when there is a need that is not being met by current retailers? For the mother and daughter team of Fran and Emma Kupiak, it means there’s a niche in the market and they want to be the ones to fill it. Emma Kupiak’s need for a hip, yet functional, book bag for […]

Heather Callahan, Fernie Athletic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Heather Callahan

Jennifer Shaw, Fernwood Road Café

Jennifer Shaw

Although Jennifer Shaw was a busy lawyer, she wanted to do something that really excited her. Her entrepreneurial spirit encouraged her to launch her business. About two years back, she opened Fernwood Road Café in Salt Spring Island, BC. Her café serves specialty coffees and teas as well as comfort food and treats. Her business […]

Dolly Watts, Owner, Liliget Feast House, Vancouver

Dolly Watts

Winner of the 2010 BC Aboriginal Business Award for Individual Achievement , Click here to see video Liliget Feast House has been a phenomenal success, and in 2001, Watts received the National Aboriginal Achievement award for business and commerce. At 69 she went on to win the Gold Medal in an Iron Chef competition in […]

Amber Murphy Owner, Purple Dragon International Karate Jiu Jitsu Association Vancouver

Amber Murphy Owner

Sensei Amber Murphy has the moves on the mat and a black belt in business Amber Murphy has a passion for martial arts. She started her studies at 16, and taught Purple Dragon in a church as a volunteer. She decided to turn her passion into a career and now has her own academy, a […]