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 is 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
Ambassadress & Chairwomen of 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
Investor at Graphite Ventures
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:
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair for the School of Management and Entrepreneurship at Seneca College
Cristina Italia is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair for the School of Management and Entrepreneurship at Seneca College. She is also the Faculty Advisor to Enactus Seneca, a past mentor at HELIX and is currently developing a Graduate Certificate program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Author & Producer of Persistence Pays
Lori is an international speaker, entrepreneur and author who has coached, trained, and mentored thousands of people around the world. She has mastered the sales process building a team that generated well over 100 million dollars in direct sales.
Lori has launched the careers of hundreds of successful entrepreneurs worldwide. For over three decades, she has dedicated her life to helping others win big. Lori has produced and hosted the TV show Persistence Pays and is the author of Persistence Pays: How getting what you want is easier than you think.
Founder & Partner, Strategy and Leadership of Wentworth Strategy Group Inc.
President of Zanel Advisory Group Inc.
Margaret is a recognized expert in supporting senior leaders advance to and be highly effective within the C-Suite, and purpose-driven organizations achieve revenue growth.
She works with leaders to help them develop a path to achieve their professional goals; and senior teams to rapidly grow revenue through expansion into new markets, new geographies, innovative offerings, new capabilities, and new programs.
Marisol is passionate about creating alternative and equitable economies and currently works at the intersection of social entrepreneurship, fundraising and education to make that happen. Marisol currently works with BIPOC, women and non-binary social entrepreneurs to gain clarity on their social enterprise business models and support their ventures grow.
Founder, Bekhor Management
Sandra Bekhor founded Bekhor Management in 2005 to enable lawyers, architects, accountants and other professionals to realize the vision for their practice through business and marketing strategies, from start-up through to succession planning.
During her long tenure in the accounting and consulting industry, Susi advised and worked with some of Canada's top privately managed and entrepreneurial companies. While at Deloitte, she ran the acclaimed Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program nationally, interviewing and coaching companies to highlight their strengths and enabling them to shine amongst their peers.
Principal & Founder, SusAble Consulting
Susi Graf is a dedicated and passionate marketer and business advisor who focuses on developing strategies for business growth. She brings 25 years of experience in corporate business, sales, coaching and working closely with executive leaders.
Understanding the needs of scaling businesses, Susan founded Scaling Management Consulting Group, Inc, which offers scaling companies access to experienced executives on a fractional basis, allowing them to grow faster at a fraction of the cost.
Founder, Ford Global Group Inc.
Tiffany is the Ford Global Group Inc. founder, an award-winning marketing communications specialist, and a serial entrepreneur.
For more than a decade, Tiffany has worked with leading companies, not-for-profits and politicians that are committed to solving some of society’s most significant challenges. She is passionate about redefining and reimagining their brands, messaging, and marketing strategies.
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 and you would like to help other women succeed, you can apply to be a mentor.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT
If you find pride in helping entrepreneurs solve specific needs one-on-one in your area of expertise, join our growing network of SMEs.
Support women in entrepreneurship and join an outstanding community of changemakers. If you are interested, please contact us to get involved!