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Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs: W100

The W100 is a partnership between Chatelaine and PROFIT magazine that ranks the country’s top female entrepreneurs — who, between them, contribute $1.4 billion annually to the economy

by
Laura Araneda

Mike Capson (Laura Araneda, President, Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling)

Here are the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. For more information on the W100 winners go to: Profitguide.com/w100, and also click to read 10 inspiring success stories from top female entrepreneurs. (If you are interested in participating in the 2013 PROFIT/ Chatelaine W100, click here.)

1. Kelsey Ramsden
President, Belvedere Place Development Ltd., West Kelowna, B.C.
Civil construction
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 804%

2. Shannon Rogers
President & General Counsel, Global Relay, Communications Inc., Vancouver
Hosted archiving of emails and other messages
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 171%

3. Amiee Chan
President & CEO, Norsat International Inc., Richmond, B.C.
Communications systems for remote environments
Annual Revenue: US$25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 112%

4. Shaemin Ukani
Managing Director, Arrow Professional Services Inc., Toronto
Provides temporary and permanent staffing services
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 953%

5. Allison Byrne
COO, Rocky Mountain Liquor Inc., Edmonton
Liquor retailer
Annual Revenue: $50-75 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 196%

6. Meighen Nehme
President, The Job Shoppe Inc., Tecumseh, Ont.
Staffing agency and HR consultancy
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 286%

7. Victoria Sopik / Jennifer Nashmi
President & CEO / CFO, Kids & Company Ltd., Richmond Hill, Ont.
Provides child care for corporate employees
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 107%

8. Sally Daub
President & CEO, ViXS Systems Inc., Toronto
Manufactures semiconductors for entertainment devices
Annual Revenue: US$50-75 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 115%

9. Marion Witz
President, Elizabeth Grant International Inc., Toronto
Manufactures skin-care products
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 100%

10. Susan Niczowski
CEO, Summer Fresh Salads Inc., Vaughan, Ont.
Produces salads, dips and appetizers
Annual Revenue: $75-$100 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 36%

11. Shannon Bowen-Smed
President & CEO, Bowen Workforce Solutions Inc., Calgary
Staffing agency
Annual Revenue: $50-75 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 76%

12. Teresa Spinelli
President, Italian Centre Shop Ltd., Edmonton
European foods retailer and distributor
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 29%

13. Janis Grantham
President & COO, Eagle Professional Resources Inc., Toronto
Staffing agency for IT, finance and management consulting
Annual Revenue: $100-$250 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 36%

14. Corin Mullins
CEO, HapiFoods Group Inc., Sechelt, B.C.
Makes vegan, gluten-free organic breakfast cereals
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 1,942%

15. Lorna Vanderhaeghe
President, Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions Inc., Vancouver
Manufactures nutritional supplements
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 763%

16. Marla Schwartz
President & CEO, Benecaid Health Benefit Solutions Inc., Toronto
Health-benefit plans for SMEs
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 72%

17. Neena Kanwar
President & CEO, KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres, Mississauga, Ont.
Operates cardiology and diagnostic-imaging centres
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 22%

18. Tracey Bochner
President, Paradigm Public Relations Inc., Toronto
Public relations agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 476%

19. PJ Ferguson / Jill Dee Ferguson
President, ABL Employment Inc. / Owner, ABL London Inc., ABL Employment Inc. & ABL London Inc., Burlington, Ont.
Staffing agencies
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 79%

20. Amelia Warren / Sylvie Rochette
CEO / President, Epicure Selections, Victoria
Direct sales of premium food and cookware
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 28%

21. Madeleine Paquin
President & CEO, Logistec Corp., Montreal
Provides cargo-handling services and marine transportation
Annual Revenue: $100-$250 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -2%

22. Sherri Stevens
President, SRG (Stevens Resource Group Inc.), Ingersoll, Ont.
Staffing agency and HR consultancy
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 54%

23. Lulu Cohen-Farnell
President, Real Food for Real Kids Inc., Toronto
Provides healthful food for daycares and elementary schools
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 127%

24. Taylor Thoen
CEO, BTV Business Television (Milky Way Marketing Inc.), Surrey, B.C.
Profiles public companies for the web and TV
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 120%

25. Mandy Gilbert
CEO, Creative Niche Inc., Toronto
Staff recruitment and workforce management
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 110%

26. Samantha (Sammie) Kennedy
CEO, Booty Camp Fitness Inc. & Femme Fitale Fitness Inc., Toronto
Conducts fitness, boxing and mixed martial arts courses for women
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 383%

27. Julie Cole / Julie Ellis / Tricia Mumby / Cynthia Esp
VP Public Relations / VP Finance / VP Marketing / VP Human Resources, Mabel’s Labels Inc., Hamilton, Ont.
Makes personalized labels for children’s possessions
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 180%

28. Kim Shannon
President & CIO, Sionna Investment Managers Inc., Toronto
Investment-management services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 36%

29. Grail Noble
CEO, Yellow House Events Inc., Toronto
Event marketing agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 429%

30. Sabine Veit
President & CEO, Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd., Vaughan, Ont.
Makes artisanal baked goods
Annual Revenue: $25-50 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 8%

31. Tamara Barker Watson
CEO, Whitestone Developments Ltd., Halifax
Builds and renovates energy-efficient homes
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 28%

32. Eveline Charles
CEO, EvelineCharles Salon, Spa, Beauty MD Academy, Edmonton
Salon, spa and cosmetic medicine clinics operator
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 5%

33. Shelby Austin
President, ATD Legal Services PC, Toronto
Legal services for corporations and law firms
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 336%

34. Tara Kelly
President & CEO, Splice Software Inc., Calgary
Personalized voice messages to companies’ customers
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 1,021%

35. Joanne Granoski
General Manager, WCI Whyte Communication and Fleet Services Inc., Edmonton
Diversified products for police, fire and ambulance services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 75%

36. Barbara Kovensky
President, Experchem Laboratories Inc., Toronto
Pharmaceutical testing services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 20%

37. Corrine Sandler
CEO, Fresh Intelligence Research Corp., Toronto
Diversified marketing research
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 452%

38. Mandy Farmer
President & CEO, Accent Inns Ltd., Victoria
Hotel operator
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -20%

39. Bonnie Derry
CEO, Infotel Multimedia (Endymion Holdings Ltd.), Vernon, B.C.
Publishes print and online phone directories
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 10%

40. Soula Chronopoulos
President, Taimma Communications Inc., Montreal
Medical training programs
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 178%

41. Viive Tamm
Executive Director, Tamm + Kit (Tamm Communications Inc.), Toronto
Advertising and marketing agency
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 14%

42. Laura Araneda
President, Vic Progressive Diamond Drilling Inc., Sussex, N.B.
Drilling services for mining companies and utilities
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 9%

43. Joanne McLean and Wendy Derrick
Directors, Fern Hill School, Oakville, Ont.
Private elementary-school operator
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 11%

44. Margaret Skinner
President & CEO, West Central Pelleting Ltd., Wilkie, Sask.
Produces livestock feed pellets
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 2%

45. Mary Beth Denomy
President, Free For All Marketing Inc., Toronto
Experiential marketing agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 87%

46. Maureen Lucas
President, LucasWorks! Inc., Windsor, Ont.
Staffing agency
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 39%

47. Jane Gowing
President, Gowing Contractors Ltd., St. George, Ont.
Water- and wastewater-treatment construction
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 28%

48. Georgia Lloyd
President, Always Home Homecare Services Ltd., Dartmouth, N.S.
Homecare services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 227%

49. Lakshmi Raj
Co-CEO, Replicon Inc., Calgary
Develops web-based billing and time-sheet technology
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 10%

50. Linda Collier
President & CEO, Tri-ad International Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
Transportation, logistics and customs brokering
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 2%

51. Janice Rubin / Christine Thomlinson
Partners, Rubin Thomlinson LLP, Toronto
HR-related legal services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 70%

52. Monique Janower / Lori Billey
Chief Marketing Officer / CEO, RED The Agency Inc., Edmonton
Marketing communications agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 69%

53. Gina Rizhanovsky
President & CEO, PCMusic (PCM Technologies Inc.), Vaughan, Ont.
Provides background music for businesses
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 26%

54. Marla Kott / Ellen Flanders / Kristin MacMillan
CEO / President / Director of Operations, Imprint Plus (Illen Products Ltd.), Richmond, B.C.
Designs and manufactures name badges
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 3%

55. Ellen Kral
Group Publisher & CEO, Kenilworth Publishing Inc. & Kenilworth Media Inc., Richmond Hill, Ont.
Magazine publishers
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 2%

56. Johanne Devin
President & General Manager, NovAxis Solutions Inc., Quebec City
Platform for businesses to create their own websites
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 427%

57. Sue Bennett
CEO, Bennett Design Associates Inc., Uxbridge, Ont.
Interior design services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 126%

58. Pat McNamara
CEO, APEX Public Relations Inc., Toronto
Public relations agency
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -6%

59. Jean (Bobi) Smith
President, C.W. Smith Crane Services (2009) Ltd., Toronto
Provides crane services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 22%

60. Delores Lawrence
President & CEO, NHI Nursing & Homemakers Inc., Toronto
Nursing and personal-care services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -6%

61. Trish Ronan
COO, ENJO Cleaning Canada Inc., Mississauga, Ont.
Distributes chemical-free cleaning products
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 157%

62. Ruth Douglas
President & CEO, News Canada Inc., Toronto
Produces prepackaged news stories for media outlets
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 9%

63. Susan Wortzman
President, Wortzman Nickle Professional Corp., Toronto
Electronic discovery for legal, audit and regulatory matters
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 31%

64. Lilia Fraser
Secretary/Treasurer, Pump House Brewery Ltd., Moncton, N.B.
Restaurant and brewery operator
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 25%

65. Cheryl Ng
CEO, FouFou Dog, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Dog apparel designer and distributor
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 271%

66. Lorie Legault
Executive Vice-president, Jertyne Interior Services Ltd., Calgary
Insulation and drywalling for new-home construction
Annual Revenue: $15-25 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -26%

67. Marnie Walker
President, 401 Bay Centre Offices Inc., Toronto
Shared-office centre
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 233%

68. Kim Weimer
President, Fastener Warehouse Ltd., Saskatoon
Wholesales industrial fasteners and hardware
Annual Revenue: $10-15 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -14%

69. Adele Salvagne
President, All Languages Ltd., Toronto
Provides translation and interpreting services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -10%

70. Orit Koren
President, Trillium FSB Inc. / First Class Financial Services Inc., Vaughan, Ont.
Financing for automotive leases and purchases
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 81%

71. Penny Green
Founder, Bacchus Law Corp., Vancouver
Legal services for companies raising capital
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 43%

72. Nancy Mudford
Owner, Spa Boutique Ltd., Vancouver
Spa operator and cosmetics e-tailer
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 497%

73. Tara Longo
Co-President, The Healthy Butcher (Ambrosia Gourmet Inc.), Toronto
Retails locally raised organic meat and gourmet foods
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 48%

74. Heather Angel
Managing Director, Trumps Fine Food Merchants & Wholesalers, Vancouver
Desserts wholesaler
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 16%

75. Tammy MacKay
CEO, Moulding Warehouse Ltd., Hammonds Plains, N.S.
Manufactures decorative moulding for homes and offices
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 34%

76. Liz Falconer
President, Brees Communications Inc., Toronto
Advertising and marketing agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 55%

77. Jane Wood
President, Bug in a Rug Canada Inc., Milton, Ont.
Distributes baby and toddler products
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 181%

78. Natasha Koifman
President, NKPR Inc., Toronto
Public relations agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 92%

79. Lynn Cooke
President, 360 Visibility Inc., Vaughan, Ont.
IT consultancy
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 43%

80. Dunya Marijan-Winterson
CEO, wm+a & AlphaBee, Toronto
Skills-development services for people with autism
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 2%

81. Denise Taschereau / Sarah White
CEO / COO, Fairware Promotional Products Ltd., Vancouver
Distributes sustainable promotional products
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 123%

82. Patrizia Trapasso
Co-founder, Locomotive Marketing Inc., Niagara Falls, Ont.
Customer-loyalty programs for casinos
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 71%

83. Ema Dantas
President & CEO, Language Marketplace Inc., Mississauga, Ont.
Provides translation and interpreting services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 52%

84. Lourdes Gant
Vice-president, Manatee Holdings Ltd., Courtenay, B.C.
Harvests clams and sea cucumbers from wild fisheries
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 77%

85. Linda Farha
President, Zenergy Communications North America Inc., Toronto
Marketing and communications agency
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 73%

86. Debra Lykkemark
CEO, Culinary Capers Catering Inc., Vancouver
Catering services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -16%

87. Nancy Peterson
CEO, HomeStars (Home Stars Directory Inc.), Toronto
Hosts online reviews of home-improvement companies
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 450%

88. Karina Birch
Co-owner, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Inc., Canmore, Alta.
Body-care products manufacturer and retailer
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 6%

89. Chandra Clarke
President, Scribendi.com, Chatham, Ont.
Editing and proofreading services
Annual Revenue: US$1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 119%

90. Sandra Mure
CEO, Jordan Engineering Inc., Beamsville, Ont.
Provides industrial automation and control services
Annual Revenue: US$2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 34%

91. Cybele Negris
President, Webnames.ca Inc., Vancouver
Domain-name management services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 4%

92. Amber Hall
Partner & Administrator, Equator Coffee Roasters Inc., Almonte, Ont.
Roasts fair-trade organic coffee
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 43%

93. Laura Hansen
President, Image Group Inc., Vancouver
Distributes promotional and marketing products
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -33%

94. Robin McCulloch
Owner, HiTech Athletic Bracing and Orthotic Services Ltd., Lethbridge, Alta.
Custom and off-the-shelf orthopedic devices
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 29%

95. Monica Noren
President, Business Pro Computers (BPC Business Pro Computer Products Ltd.), Vancouver
Diversified IT services
Annual Revenue: $5-10 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: -14%

96. Lesley de Repentigny
President & CEO, KnowledgeSurge Learning Solutions Inc., Barrie, Ont.
Driver safety training using virtual-reality systems
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 28%

97. Jody Steinhauer
President & Chief Bargain Officer Bargains Group Ltd., Toronto
Discount clothing, gift and promotions wholesaler
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 7%

98. Joana Barbulescu
President, AXIS Technical Services Corp., New Westminster, B.C.
Cabling and integration for voice, data and security systems
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 12%

99. Geneviève Gagnon
President, La Fourmi Bionique Inc., Montreal
Makes local, organic gourmet granola
Annual Revenue: $1-2 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 57%

100. Shelley Fleckenstein
Clinic Manager, Kings Physiotherapy Clinic Ltd. (CBI Health Group), New Minas, N.S.
Provides physiotherapy and other health-care services
Annual Revenue: $2-5 million
Three-Year Revenue Growth: 2%