The ELLA Community is comprised of entrepreneurs, experts, industry professionals and supporters all coming together for the common goal of empowering women to rise in entrepreneurship.
“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro
The ELLA Advisory Committee consists of highly-acclaimed women leaders that actively demonstrate what’s possible when women are empowered to rise in their field. Under their guiding advice, ELLA programs are poised to provide the tangible resources and support this underrepresented community needs to achieve their highest potential.
Guided by outstanding people:
DR. GEORGETTE ZINATY
Executive Vice President at Corporate Class Inc.
Selected as 1 of 6 Canadian Women Empowering Women
Founder of WHEW! (Women Helping Empower Women)
Forbes Coaches Council Member
President & CEO of The Easton's Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group
Co-Founder of Rogue Insights Capital
Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2020 by Women's Executive Network
VC at MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)
Founding Committee Member of Canadian Women in VC
Committee Member of Scale Without Borders
Board Member of Rexdale Women's Centre and Golden Triangle Angel Network
Chief Innovation Consultant at The Pivotal Point
Co-Founder of the DMZ at Ryerson University which launched in 2010, and by 2015 was named the number one University Business Incubator in North America and number 3 in the world
What do you value most about the ELLA program?
“The environment that all elements of the program create together. It is a space I can be comfortable being ambitious in. I feel supported, celebrated and validated.”
— ELLA Altitude 2020 Alum
Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) are experienced entrepreneurs who draw from their own first-hand experience in building their own business(es) to provide expert advice in a mentor role. Each ELLA program participant is assigned an EIR who will work closely with them throughout the program to help them address challenges, push boundaries and grow successful businesses.
Gain one-on-one mentorship with an experienced entrepreneur:
Founder & CEO of Social Nature
Annalea is the founder and CEO of Social Nature, the leading online discovery platform in the natural food and health space. She has been an entrepreneur for 12 years now, with Social Nature being her third business.
CHERRY ROSE TAN
Founder & CEO of #REALTALK
Cherry Rose Tan is a well-known business authority who teaches at the Schulich School of Business and has been featured in Forbes Inc., The Globe and Mail, and more. Before starting #REALTALK, she owned a national crypto exchange.
Professor of Entrepreneurship at Seneca College
Cristina Italia is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Program Coordinator for the Business Administration - Management Advanced Diploma with the School of Management and Entrepreneurship at Seneca College.
Founder of Helping Hands
Janelle Hinds is an award-winning entrepreneur, public speaker, and strategic consultant. She has been working in the entrepreneurial ecosystem for over eight years and has been awarded the Forbes 30 Under 30 as the only Canadian for Education, the United Way of Greater Toronto’s Youth Leadership Award, and the McMaster Alumni Arch Award, among many others.
Founder of Morisee Ventures
Mona Minhas is a qualified CPA, CFO, and COO consultant who supports startups with finance, business strategy, and growth initiatives with over 20 years of experience working with public and private companies in the media, telecommunications, and e-commerce industries.
Chief Innovation Consultant at The Pivotal Point
Valerie Fox is on a mission to help entrepreneurial communities thrive locally, nationally, and internationally based on a triple win practice of partnership, collaboration, and iteration. Valerie has over 30 years of experience in the digital world, where she initially founded a graphic design business.
Gain one-on-one expert guidance from an experienced professional!
“She took time to understand me, and yet pushed me out of my comfort zone. I was able to see my business from a different perspective thanks to her insistence and experience.”
— ELLA Ascend 2020 Alum
ELLA is here to create real, tangible changes to propel women entrepreneurs. We draw on the support of passionate and engaged Community Partners to help us give entrepreneurs access to the information and resources they need to grow their businesses.
Thank you to our supporters:
LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN TOGETHER
Join the ELLA Community
United, we combine our connections, resources, and knowledge for women entrepreneurs to succeed.
Ways to get involved and change lives:
Your contributions can help support and enrich our programming.
Want to diversify your portfolio and meet fascinating women founders? Be an ELLA-affiliated investor.
Inform your audience of the support available for women founders and help spread the word.
If you’re a successful entrepreneur or have deep expertise in a key area, you can apply to be a mentor
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Support women in entrepreneurship and join an outstanding community of changemakers. If you are interested, please contact us to get involved!