What it takes to be an entrepreneur according to RBC Entrepreneur Award winner Ajay Virmani

Ajay Virmani has always been an entrepreneur at heart and has had the career journey to prove it. When he first arrived in Canada from New Delhi, he had humble beginnings as a window washer, then a brief stint as a life insurance salesman before eventually switching gears to work in transport. This move took […]

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Canadian immigrants who made it big share their best tips for entrepreneurial newcomers

Want to know what it takes to succeed in business? Who better to ask than Canadian immigrant business leaders who have overcome their own challenges as immigrant entrepreneurs to make it big? For Small Business Month this October,  business success stories like Maninder Dhaliwal, Robert Herjavec, Karim Hakimi and others share their business wisdom.   Maninder […]

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Jamaican Canadian Kayla A. Greaves on Black women and natural hair

Growing up in a Jamaican immigrant household in Montreal, Kayla A. Greaves has done a lot of soul searching about what it means to be Caribbean, a Black woman and a Canadian. Luckily, she’s a journalist and has the platform to talk about these issues in forums such as the Huffington Post, where she’s currently an […]

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Indian-born architect Aziz Bootwala says personal achievement is only part of your immigrant story

Many immigrants come to Canada to pursue new opportunities and strive for personal success. But Aziz Bootwala, an architect who moved to North America from Mumbai, India, when he was 21 years old, says achieving your own success is only part of your immigrant story. According to Bootwala, to consider yourself truly victorious, you should give […]

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Romanian-born Lucian Matis’ fashion takes flight on the TFW runway

When the Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) kicked off earlier this month, Romanian-born Canadian Lucian Matis saw his romantic Flight collection — complete with elegant butterflies, Swarovski crystals and, most notably, full-coverage face masks — opening the runway portion of the three-day event. “I wanted to show that the face doesn’t really matter [in fashion],” Matis […]

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Eman Shahab Bachani’s artisan shoes have soul

Originally from Pakistan, Eman Shahab Bachani has always been inspired by the cultural crafts of her heritage, so in a bid to share them and offer the Canadian fashion scene something truly original, she set up Meraki Design House in 2015. Bachani, who came to Canada six years ago to study at the University of […]

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Writer and humanitarian Paola Gomez uses the arts to inspire and heal

The formative years of Colombian-born human rights activist and writer Paola Gomez were steeped in silence. She grew up a survivor of domestic violence, witnessing her father lash out verbally and physically at her mother. During the worst of the abuse, Gomez would hide in her bedroom, sad and scared, covering her ears. Only one […]

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Indian-born Nazreena Anwar-Travas on finding herself in Canada

On the second day of June in the year 2011, a WestJet airplane began its descent to Calgary, oblivious that a worried immigrant onboard (me) was looking at the landscape below warily. An immigrant who had left behind a well-paying job, her home, her family and everything behind just because she had chosen to make […]

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Immigrant author Dirk McLean releases new children’s book

Following the release of refugee soccer story Team Fugee last May, Toronto-based author Dirk McLean will be releasing a sequel, Tournament Fugee, later this summer. Readers can follow 13-year-old Syrian refugee Victor Bayazid, whom they met in Team Fugee, as he embarks on new personal and athletic adventures. “Over the years, I have known refugees […]

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Immigrant author Dirks McLean releases new children’s book

Following the release of refugee soccer story Team Fugee last May, Toronto-based author Dirks McLean will be releasing a sequel, Tournament Fugee, later this summer. Readers can follow 13-year-old Syrian refugee Victor Bayazid, whom they met in Team Fugee, as he embarks on new personal and athletic adventures. “Over the years, I have known refugees […]

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