Did you know that in the last five years, Canada has seen more women entrepreneurs than we’ve seen snow in the winter? Kidding BUT our economy is growing, and it’s thanks to mother nature, literally. The life of an entrepreneur is not easy, there are many ups and downs and according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, only 20% of businesses will survive after 5 years.

Owning a business is hard enough, but doing it all on your own from the ground up is a huge achievement. Which is why we’ve outlined some of this year's self-made Canadian women who are killing the game and just getting started.

*List has been arranged by alphabetical order*

Jennifer Abel / MONTREAL 

Profession: Olympic Diver

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Abel is a 3-time Olympic diver and 8 times world medallist. She won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 3 m synch diving event. She became one of Canada’s youngest divers when she started in the 2008 Olympics 

Instagram: @jennabel91

Melissa Andre / TORONTO

Profession: Owner and Creative Director of Melissa Andre Events

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Melissa's event planning firm is based in both Los Angeles and Toronto. She has built a remarkable line-up of international clients which includes Drake, Dj Khaled, GQ, Instagram, Guerlain just to name a few. 

Instagram: @melissaandre

Eugenie Bouchard  /MONTREAL

 Profession: Professional Tennis Player 

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Eugenie is a professional tennis player who became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships (GO CANADA!). Bouchard reached a career-high ranking of No.5 in singles.


Emily Bloom / TORONTO

Profession: Founder of Bronzed by Bloom

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Emily is the Founder of Bronzed by Bloom, a mobile spray tan service based in Toronto. Bloom’s spray tan product line is all natural and certified vegan. It’s been featured in Elle Canada and voted Top Tanning Salon in Canada for Toronto by Flare Magazine.

Instagram: @bronzedbybloom

Justine Dufour-Lapointe / MONTREAL

Profession: Olympic Freestyle Skiier 

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Another athlete makes it on our list! Canadian freestyle skier. Dufour won a silver medal in moguls at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Her and sister Chloe-Dufour were the first Canadian sisters to win silver and gold medals together. She remains the youngest freestyle skiing champion to have won the Olympics at nineteen years old.

Instagram: @justinedufourlapointe

Bailey Parnell / TORONTO

Profession: Soft Skills Trainer & Founder of SkillsCamp

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Parnell owns a soft skills training company called SkillsCamp. SkillsCamp works with businesses and higher education institutions to build soft skill competencies (like conflict resolution or public speaking) in their staff and students.

Instagram: @baileyparnell

Amanda Parris / TORONTO

Profession: TV Host & Writer 

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The host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio 2. Parris also writes a weekly column for CBC Arts. If that’s not impressive, she also writes plays and ideas for scripted television shows.

Instagram: @amanda_parris 

Kristina Partsinevelos / MONTREAL

Profession: News Anchor 

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Originally from Montreal, Partsinebelos moved to the big apple (New York) to follow her dreams as a reporter and became a news anchor for Fox Business News.

Instagram: @kristinaparts

Dani Roche / TORONTO

Profession: Fashion Blogger & Entrepreneur 

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Fashion blogger turned entrepreneur, Roche is a name well recognized in the fashion and creative industry. Marketing Magazine as a leader in Canadian marketing, and by Applied Arts Magazine as a design industry disruptor. Dani has also been profiled internationally by Vogue, Fashionista.com, Coveteur, Refinery29, and HYPEBAE.


Alessandra Salituri / MONTREAL

Profession: Art Dealer & Creative Director of Citizen Atelier 

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Originally from Montreal, Salituri is the Founder and Creative Director of Citizen Atelier, an online art gallery that sells a curated collection of contemporary art from a range, of international artists. Salituri is a speaker and marketing consultant that focuses primarily on the impact art can have on a space and how art can inspire one to live their best life.

Instagram: @citizenatelier 

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Rebecca Perez: Founder of GOSS Club, a platform made to inspire and empower entrepreneurs. Created Canada’s First business magazine for women - now out on newsstands! You can follow her here: @rebeccaiperez


This list was curated/ created by Rebecca Perez of Goss Club in her personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.

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