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Toronto: Women and Leadership

Female founders: entrepreneurship’s new reality

Date & time

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.




Advancement and Alumni Relatons


Lina Uberti

Canadian women entrepreneurs are leading a revolution in business ownership nationally and globally. Join fellow Concordia alumnae to learn just what it takes to be part of the female founders movement.

Women and Leadership

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

  • 6 – 8:30 p.m. 
  • Toronto Region Board of Trade, First Canadian Place
  • KOM Room, 3rd floor, 77 Adelaide St. W.

An academic presentation by Ingrid Chadwick, assistant professor in the Department of Management at Concordia's John Molson School of Business, will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Heather Seaman, BEd 97.

  • A networking cocktail will follow.
  • Admission: $10 | business casual



Ingrid Chadwick
Ingrid Chadwick
Assistant Professor, Department of Management, John Molson School of Business
Ingrid Chadwick conducts research on gender diversity and women in senior leadership. She investigates how women manage their leadership trajectories and what role their gender identities play in such pursuits. Through her research she tries to shed light on the factors that enable women to attain and thrive in senior leadership positions.

Chadwick’s research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FRQ-SC). She has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Laura-Jean Bernhardson
Laura-Jean Bernhardson, BFA 92
Founder and CEO, Fresh Collective
Laura-Jean Bernhardson is CEO and founder of Fresh Collective, an innovative fashion retailer in Toronto, which has three locations and an online store. The company specializes in Canadian designers, including Bernhardson's own brand, Palette.

In addition to running her own business for more than 20 years, Bernhardson is the co-owner of Rowanwood Daycare. She is also an experienced business coach who is passionate about sharing what she's learned with other entrepreneurs, helping them with strategy, decisions, accountability, vision and hiring, among others.

Rubina Havelin

Rubina Salim Havlin, BComm 07
Chairman, evoQ International

Rubina Havlin is an experienced CEO and director with a proven track record of creating profit and shareholder value by maximizing resources, strong profit and loss management, and streamlining processes and budgets while building organizational capacity.

With more than 20 years in financial services, Havlin has managed multi-billion dollar portfolios, repositioned businesses onto sustainable growth trajectories and guided complex regulatory relationships at premier global financial institutions. She is recognized for developing and championing market-focused business transformation strategies based on in-depth customer and financial analysis.

Inder Seth
Inder Seth, BComm 00
CEO, Limelight
Inder Seth is a business leader and seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience. She specializes in leading early-stage teams and public companies to exceed sales targets, drive significant business growth and bring technology products to market quickly.
Seth's deep knowledge of the planning, reporting and compliance challenges that finance teams face, combined with her bottom line, results-oriented approach to sales and expertise in marketing and customer experience, have been integral to the rapid adoption of AppVine’s Limelight solution by customers globally.


Heather Seaman
Heather Seaman, BEd 97
Writer, reporter and producer
Heather Seaman has worked in the radio and television industry for more than 15 years. An accomplished host, news writer, reporter, anchor and segment producer, she has worked for a number of broadcasters, including CPAC, 680News, Citytv and the CBC. She is most recognized as the host/narrator of Structures, an award-winning program exploring the history and architecture of Toronto, on Rogers TV.
Seaman’s work has taken her across Canada. She’s interviewed a diverse range of people including politicians, entertainers, sports figures and other luminaries — among them Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former prime ministers Paul Martin, LLD 98, and Jean Chrétien, LLD 10, Lt. Gen. Roméo A. Dallaire (ret.), LLD 13, activist Craig Kielburger, LLD 12, actors Jude Law, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Patricia Arquette, hockey icon Don Cherry, and former Olympians Alexandre Despatie and Clara Hughes, among others.

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