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On today’s episode, we welcome Pulitzer-Prize winner and New York Times bestseller author, Dana Canedy. This episode of The Brand is Female is brought to you by Sony Pictures Entertainment Canada and their latest film, A Journal for Jordan, based on a memoir by Dana Canedy, directed by Denzel Washington. A Journal for Jordan is a powerful recollect…
 
This week on the podcast, Eva Hartling welcomes Jennifer Abbott, a Sundance and Genie Award-winning Canadian filmmaker best known as the co-director and editor of the acclaimed documentary THE CORPORATION. Last year, she released THE MAGNITUDE OF ALL THINGS, a new film which explores how we face and accept the reality of climate catastrophe while c…
 
Carmen Liu is the founder of UK-based Carmen Liu Lingerie, the first lingerie company offering products designed specifically for the needs of the LGBTQ2S+, trans and non-binary community. Carmen, a trans woman herself, created the brand out of frustration for the lack of options for trans people when it comes to lingerie, and to push the social bi…
 
This week’s episode features Vancouver-based Entrepreneur Nisha Grewal, the founder of Ambari Beauty, a line that’s captured the attention of retailers such as Neiman Marcus, and A-listers including Kourtney Kardashian and her lifestyle platform Poosh. In creating Ambari, Nisha was inspired by her Indian upbringing which she credits for her use and…
 
This week’s episode is a delicious conversation with Jordana Rebner, the VP in culinary development at Goodfood — a Canadian online grocery, home meal and meal kit company. Unsure of what kind of career Jordana wanted to pursue after her studies, she enrolled in cooking school, and the rest is history. She carved her way through a typically male-do…
 
In this week’s episode, you’ll meet Emma Gilchrist, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of The Narwhal, a pioneer of non-profit journalism in Canada, focused on the coverage of environmental issues. Emma is a reporter, editor and public speaker who started her journalism career more than 15 years ago and went on to launch The Narwhal along with co-found…
 
Giving space to others, does not take away from the space you have carved out for yourself. This week's guest on the podcast is Zoe Krislock, CEO of @MiniLuxe, a company that's set out to redefine the nail industry, for its employees, and for its clients. MiniLuxe has set ethical and fair work standards for its workers, including bonuses and benefi…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Mia Nielsen, Director of Art Toronto, Canada’s annual art fair. Running October 29 through November 8, Art Toronto is playing it big after a year of no in-person events due to Covid. With 10 days of art online and in-person, from Vancouver to Halifax, along with global conversations— the fair is responding …
 
In this bonus episode of the podcast, we welcome back two very special guests. MJ DeCoteau is the founder of Rethink Breast Cancer, and Michelle Audoin is an educator who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2017. The two joined forces with Rethink to create Uncovered: A Breast Recognition Project, which shares the stories and images of B…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling continues the witch series with a very special guest. This episode features Artist and Photographer Frances F Denny. Frances' work investigates female identities. Her recently published book is titled “Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America,” which documents a diverse group of people who identify as witches. This…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and behind it is a reality that affects women first and foremost - directly and indirectly. That’s why we're proud to share that we have partnered with Rethink Breast Cancer for a special series on The Brand is Female podcast today and in the coming weeks. Today's guest is Michelle Audoin. Michelle happily w…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and behind it is a reality that affects women first and foremost - directly and indirectly. That’s why we're proud to share that we have partnered with Rethink Breast Cancer for a special series on The Brand is Female podcast today and in the coming weeks. Today's guest is MJ DeCoteau, MJ is the Founder and …
 
Today’s guest is Shelby Taylor, founder and CEO of Chickapea, the all-organic, high-protein, plant-based pasta, sold in 3,000 stores across North America. Shelby is an entrepreneur on a mission to create good for the world through nutritious food that’s not only good for you but also does not harm the planet. She also happens to be part of the rare…
 
With October right around the corner, we have a very special episode of the podcast. Recently, host Eva Hartling has become fascinated by witches. You may be familiar with the common historical depictions of witches, riding on broomsticks, or being burned at the stake, but we're going to explore a more modern definition; that is, a woman who steppe…
 
This week's guest is Julia Gamolina, Director of Strategy for Trahan Architects in New York City, as well as the Founder and Editor of Madame Architect, an online publication focusing on the women who advance the practice of architecture. Julia is dedicated to the build environment and the visibility of women who work in it. Her writing has also be…
 
Patrice Mousseau is the Founder and CEO of Satya Organic Skin Care. She is a member of Fort William First Nation and a former journalist, and her journey to becoming a conscious entrepreneur stemmed from the development of her own homemade treatment for her young daughter’s eczema. This treatment was based on traditional medicine and scientific inn…
 
Zoe Whittall is a Canadian Poet, Novelist, TV Writer, and today's guest on the podcast. Her last novel “The Best Kind of People” was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Giller Prize, and is currently being adapted for a limited series by director Sarah Polley. Zoe was also awarded a Canadian Screen Award for her work on “The Baroness von S…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Laura Kraber, Co-Founder of Fluide, a gender-inclusive beauty start-up that offers a line of affordable, high-quality, non-toxic cosmetics. Fluide’s mission is to increase the visibility of trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid individuals while promoting a new definition of beauty. The root of this being hea…
 
Courage >> comfort. This week, Maggie Hewitt joins host Eva Hartling to talk about finding purpose and doing good. Maggie is the founder of sustainable and circular fashion brand Maggie Marilyn. Having grown up on the New Zealand coast, Maggie has always had an interest in protecting our natural world. When she set out to create her own fashion lin…
 
This week’s guest thinks plastic water bottles should be history. Nicole Doucet is the CEO and Co-Founder of Open Water, a bottled water company that uses aluminum packaging as a more sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bottles. Ten years ago, while still in university and after watching a documentary on plastic pollution, Nicole and her …
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Misty Koefod. Alongside her wife Kristen, Missy co-founded the famed cocktail mixers and spiked seltzers brand 18.21 Bitters — which got its name from the 18th Amendment that enacted prohibition and the 21st which repealed it. Missy found her way to 18.21 after a career in hospitality, followed by a stint a…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Nana aba Duncan. Nana aba is a Canadian Journalist who was recently appointed as Associate Professor and the Inaugural Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies at Carleton University. You may know her from her gigs as guest host of q, an arts and culture show on CBC Radio, and As It Happen…
 
In case you missed it, this week, we’re re-airing one of our season’s most popular episodes again! Meet Koa Beck, acclaimed author of the best-selling book ‘White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to influencers and Who They Leave Behind,' published in January. Koa is the former editor-in-chief of Jezebel, previously the executive director of Vogue.c…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Hannah Alper, a Canadian Activist, Blogger, and Motivational Speaker who addresses issues such as the environment, anti-bullying, and social justice. Hannah writes for HuffPost, has given a TED Talk, and published a book called Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. This would already be pretty impressive on its…
 
In case you missed it, we’re airing one of our season’s most popular episodes again! Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning journalist and author whose writing appears regularly in media around the world. Her work centres around defining what it means to be a woman in a world built by men. Her narrative skill, careful research, and humorous tone have b…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Maayan Ziv, activist, photographer and founder of AccessNow, a connected, global platform with information on accessibility. Through mapping as many places around the world as possible, and with the help of users’ reviews and feedback, AccessNow makes it possible to locate spots that offer accessible resour…
 
If you've ever thought your voice couldn't have impact, this episode is for you. Saron Gebresellassi is a Toronto-based lawyer, activist and entrepreneur who has amassed a reputation as a daring human rights advocate. Throughout her career, Saron has been at the forefront of several high profile cases, including a $1-million lawsuit against Starbuc…
 
The Brand is Female Studios just launched a new podcast called Maple Popcorn, and this episode features a conversation our host, Marriska Fernandes, had with Canadian Indigenous filmmakers Tracey Deer and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. In this episode of Maple Popcorn, the two women bravely sharing their vulnerabilities, addressing both their careers and…
 
Have you ever wondered where your jeans come from, or where they’ll end up once you’re done with them? This week's guest did the research for you. Maxine Bédat is the Executive Director of New Standard Institute, and an author of a freshly-released book, Unraveled: the life and death of a garment, published by Penguin. Maxine is passionate about en…
 
You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but have you heard of farm-to-closet? This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Christy Baskauskas, founder of the California-based clothing brand Christy Dawn. Christy has made it her mission to integrate regenerative farming into her supply chain, partnering with a small cotton grower in India focused on responsible…
 
Today’s guest is Shelby Taylor, founder and CEO of Chickapea, the all-organic, high-protein, plant-based pasta, sold in 3,000 stores across North America. Shelby is an entrepreneur on a mission to create good for the world through nutritious food that’s not only good for you but also does not harm the planet. She also happens to be part of the rare…
 
Nikki Sanchez is an Indigenous Advocate of Pipil and Irish/Scottish heritage with a mission to raise awareness for the climate crisis, which she does by addressing the way environment conservation intersects with decolonization, with racial and gender inclusivity, and with our society’s mental health. Nikki holds a Master's degree in Indigenous Gov…
 
More than a year into the pandemic, we know it is women who are bearing the brunt of COVID-19's impact. Around the world, women are disproportionally affected by job loss, increased responsibilities around childcare, domestic violence, health and overall economic inequities—not to mention continued systemic gender and racial bias. Mother’s Day is a…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by guests Michelle Bilodeau and Karen Cleveland, authors of ‘The New Wedding Book: a Guide to Ditching All the Rules’, which offers readers an alternative to wedding planning, based on the extensive list of antiquated customs that are so often tied to the big day. Michelle is a Canadian editor and writer, know…
 
This week, host Eva Hartling is joined by Stephany Lapierre, Founder, and CEO of Canadian tech company Tealbook, which offers an innovative B2B platform for procurement and supplier intelligence management that leverages machine learning and AI. Tealbook has experienced rapid growth and caught the attention of investors early on, in addition to hav…
 
Dr. Britt Wray, PhD is a globally renowned expert on Climate Crisis Dread, studying the link between mental health and the eco-crisis. Between her newsletter, aptly named Gen Dread, her broadcasting gigs, and the books she's published, Britt is an authority on staying sane while facing the climate crisis. In this episode, Britt and host Eva Hartlin…
 
This episode features Carrie Ellen Phillips, and it originally aired August 18, 2020. In honour of Earth Day, we’re bringing back this important conversation about sustainability — all aspects of it — and the changes that need to take place in our world, both from a consumers’ standpoint, as well as from the brands that are manufacturing the produc…
 
“We judge women criminals more harshly. Women get judged twice: once for being a criminal and once for being a woman." When you hear the names Anna Sorokin or Elizabeth Holmes, what comes to mind? Does it ever strike you as interesting that society has such a fascination with women con artists? That their trials inspire countless magazine articles,…
 
"At work, I see the orders from my male bosses as suggestions; and from my women superiors, as orders. And it doesn’t matter who ranks up to who in the organization. If you’re a man who’s always known privilege, then what you tell me is a suggestion. Especially if what you’re telling me is to do more, and do better, and be more creative and product…
 
This week's guest on The Brand is Female podcast is Dr. Juveria Zaheer, a Clinician Scientist whose research focuses on suicide, gender, and culture. Her path to mental health was rooted in her interest in hearing people’s stories -- she even tells her two young daughters that she is a 'doctor for feelings'. She is a passionate champion for her pat…
 
Sandi is a dedicated philanthropist, supporter of Canadian arts and culture, and a champion for the advancement of women in sport. These passions, skills, and beliefs are matched with a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from her successful career in banking. Like many Canadians, Sandi has been directly impacted by mental illness, which inspi…
 
“I’ve had some very rough times in life. When tragedy or anything gets, you go in and you want to blame everybody else. You don’t look at it for what it is: it’s a teacher. If you sit back, relax and get rid of the fear, and let the universe help you, you’ll be amazed at what happens.” This week's guest on The Brand is Female is Nancy Smithers, fou…
 
As a recognized thought leader on gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, Deborah has dedicated her career to driving social change. Prior to joining CAMH, Deborah was President & CEO of Catalyst, a global non-profit that helps build workplaces that work for women. Deborah began her career in the public sector, where her early work focused on em…
 
"Power has been so successful at denigrating women. It’s a specific pattern of patriarchy in terms of taking us away from one another. So what happens to you is something incredibly shameful that you must carry alone; an NDA may be put in front of you, and the threats are always personal. They threaten your economic security. The fact that you’re v…
 
Would you be brave enough to share your own struggles with mental health, if it meant helping just one other person? Meet Carole Dagher, VP of Legal at Loblaw Group of Companies in Toronto, as well as mental health patient at CAMH. Through her own journey, Carole has become a mental health advocate for the organization. Born and raised in Lebanon, …
 
Hajer Nakua is a mental health researcher and advocate for Muslim women in STEM. She uses her online platforms to share the latest research about mental health and neuroscience with her North American and Middle Eastern followers, in both English and Arabic. Currently a Ph.D. candidate studying neuroscience, her research uses brain imaging technolo…
 
Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning journalist and author whose writing appears regularly in media around the world. Her work centres around defining what it means to be a woman in a world built by men. Her narrative skill, careful research, and humorous tone have been described by the New Yorker as "relentless and revelatory." In her book, Rage Bec…
 
Have you met the woman behind the vegan shoe? Meet Tina Bhojwani, co-founder and CEO of fashion brand AERA. A high-powered fashion executive for over 2 decades, her resume includes leadership roles at global fashion brands like Donna Karan, Theory and Dolce & Gabbana. Over the course of her tenure in the industry, she came to recognize the need for…
 
Dr. Britt Wray, PhD and post-doctoral fellow, is a globally-renowned expert on Climate Crisis Dread, studying the link between mental health and the eco-crisis. Between her newsletter, aptly named Gen Dread, her broadcasting gigs, and her books (both published and soon to be published), Dr. Wray is an authority on staying sane while facing the clim…
 
Erin Beatty is a well-known name in the fashion world. You may know her from the former globally successful womenswear label Suno, but do you know what really transpired after the brand’s closure? Picture this, it’s 2016, Donald Trump has just been elected President of the United States, and you’re still healing from the emotional strain of dealing…
 
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