September 2019

Moving Female Founders Forward

11:30am-1:30pm | Omni King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East, Toronto

Join the Economic Club of Canada for an insightful panel discussion, featuring some of Canada's top female business leaders.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email julia@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to julia@economicclub.ca at least 48 hrs before the event.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

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Eva Wong

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Eva Wong

Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a fintech company that helps people make great decisions about credit. Borrowell is one of Canada’s largest fintech companies, with more than a million members, and offers free credit score and report monitoring, an automated credit coach tools and AI-driven financial product recommendations.
Eva was named one of the Standout 35 on the global Women in FinTech Powerlist, and is a two-time finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. She was named one of 20 tech start-up founders to follow by Twitter Canada and serves on the advisory board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Eva holds degrees from Queen’s and Harvard University.

She enjoys cooking and exploring Toronto with her husband and two kids.

Kiana 'rookz' Eastmond

Founder & Director
Sandbox Studios

Kiana 'rookz' Eastmond

Kiana 'rookz' Eastmond is the Founder & Director at Sandbox Studios. Being firmly invested in Toronto’s music and creative scene, has allowed Sandbox to become one of the most successful Urban Music Artist Development and Recording Facilities in Toronto. With sessions with Cardi B, Tory Lanez, Kid Ink, and most of the city's up and coming acts, Sandbox has become a staple in the scene, and is continuously expanding.

In Early 2018, rookz joined Manifesto (one of Canada’s top contemporary youth arts and culture platforms) as the Executive Director. Her plan for Manifesto is to create sustainability and viability for artists in the urban music scene.
rookz is quickly becoming one of Toronto's stars behind the stars. This serial entrepreneur is just getting started, and has so much more ventures up her sleeve.

Kim Furlong

Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA)

Kim Furlong

Kim Furlong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA).
She joined the CVCA in January 2019 after a decade in the corporate world, leading external affairs for Amgen Canada; a world-leading biotechnology company. Prior to Amgen, she held the position of Vice President Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada.

Ms. Furlong has an expansive background in the public sector and held the position of Director of Communications to Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew. Prior to joining Minister Pettigrew's office, Ms. Furlong was an advisor for the Honorable James. S. Peterson, Canadian International Trade Minister on trade policy issues such as aerospace, intellectual property, and emerging markets.
A strong believer in solid public policy dialogue, Ms. Furlong is a member of the Canada 2020 Advisory Council, a nonpartisan progressive think tank and is a member of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada. She also sits on the Advisory Council of Ivey Centre for Health Innovation.

Ms. Furlong is also the former President of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Alumni Association where she received a Masters degree in Trade Policy and Global Finance. She is also an alumnus of McGill University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in American history.
A Quebec native, Furlong was born and raised in the picturesque town of Percé on the Gaspé Peninsula. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband Howie and her twin boys, commonly known as the peanuts.

Kristen Gale

Creator & CEO
The Ten Spot Beauty Bars

Kristen Gale

In 2006, with a desire to start her own business and a perceived gap in the current spa/salon service offerings, Kristen decided to open up Toronto's niche beauty bar and “anti-spa” on the hip strip of queen west. Her first 10spot beauty bar filled the need for beauty services offered in an environment that combined the efficiency of low-end nail salons, with the top quality standards of high-end spas. The ten spot quickly developed a cult following, the ten spot® has become one of Canada's beloved brands, in part due to Kristen's quirky humour and commitment to excellence.
Kristen established three more ten spot beauty bars before launching the ten spot franchise program in 2011. Kristen and her hq crew perfected one of the first beauty bar franchise models that allows franchise partners to easily open, successfully operate and rapidly grow their locations. As president and ceo, Kristen's main focus is brand oversight, development and expansion. Kristen is a frequent key-note and panelist speaker on entrepreneurship and women in business. She lives in Toronto with her way too adorable son, jack.

Susanne Cookson

BestLifeRewarded Innovations

Susanne Cookson

Susanne has been in the Canadian healthcare space for over 25 years.

From working directly with cardiac patients and the healthcare charity sector, to over a decade in pharmaceutical marketing, her creativity and innovation has been recognized through an induction into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame for outstanding performance.

Today, Susanne is the co-founder of BestLifeRewarded Innovations, a unique and customizable platform for improving the health and wellness programs of thousands of Canadian organizations.

Borne out of frustration due to the lack of behavioural change and declining-health statistics, BestLifeRewarded was first sketched out on a napkin to outline a sustainable and incentive-driven system for those who embrace the benefits of healthy living. Now millions of Canadians are supported and rewarded for making positive lifestyle changes.

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