It’s no secret that millennials would rather work for themselves than someone else, which is perhaps why many young Canadian women are increasingly choosing to forgo the stability and security of a day job to pave their own path.
Whether you’re ready to start your own business or take a leap of faith and make a major career change, be inspired by these badass #GirlBosses who are running things in the Great White North.
What started as a passion project has evolved into an empire. Mrs. Shabacaon is the beauty and the brains of IWEARTHEHEADRESS (IWTHD), a Vancouver-based headband company that has taken the fashion world by storm. Focusing solely on unique textiles from around the world, Sarah’s pieces range from soft knits to silky velvet, unique patterns, and chic knots. The concept was created after the birth of Sarah’s first son when she made a headband out of an old t-shirt that sparked the attention of her friends and family. In three short years, IWTHD has rapidly grown and is sold throughout Canada, the U.S., France, and Australia.
After leaving the security of her 9-5 job, Christie launched Style Nine to Five, the first ever fashion job board in Canada, which now boasts over 500 employers including Hudson’s Bay, Topshop, Nordstorm and many more.
Lauren and Mariel Armstrong
After receiving an overwhelming response to their collection of hand-made skirts they designed for themselves to wear, the sisters realized they were on to something and PARTYSKIRTS was born. The concept is simple: versatile and beautiful skirts that can be worn on any occasion. They have since skyrocketed into the fashion stratosphere.
Natalie is an award-winning media entrepreneur from Kitchener, Ontario best known as the founder and editor-in-chief of She Takes On The World, a site dedicated to empowering women in business. What started out as a personal blog has evolved into a critically acclaimed resource for young professionals. Her site was listed on the “Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women” four years in a row.
Tessa is the type of woman we all want to be. She’s incredibly business savvy and has impeccable style to boot. In just three years, this Vancouver native has created multiple successful businesses catered to the modern woman. Her first venture was Cake For Breakfast, a womenswear line featuring gorgeous pieces that could transition between any wardrobe. Once CFB picked up steam, she launched MACCS, a line of beautiful playsuits, dresses and tops inspired by the bohemian fashion in Australia. Because why run one business when you can run two?
This Toronto #GirlBoss success began as an online outlet with her self-titled blog, Stephanie Sterjovski, which has since turned into a fashion haven. From there, she has launched her own online shop, SS Prints, which now sells internationally including at Chapters and Pottery Barn. Her designs are made in Canada with environmentally friendly paper and feature whimsical designs and graphic prints. This young entrepreneur has done more in her 20s than some can hope to achieve in a lifetime.