Amy Malcolm launched her handmade and luxe leather collection, Opelle, in 2009. She went legit in 2013 when she incorporated the business, brought on a consultant, built a design studio and that’s also when she had her first baby. Today, she’s got her second babe on her hip while her biz keeps buzzing thanks to bringing on a business partner who’s given her the boost to bring her work and home life together.
Tanya Howard has been with the National Ballet of Canada for over 18 years and in the last few years, she’s consciously decided to escape the need to find balance after having her children, Lia, 8, and Benjamin, 5. Her children are gifted with seeing the world through their mom’s lens which means leaning in her own way: Bringing them on tour with her, learning from her performance highs and lows and of course, watching their mom shine on and off the stage.
Blending work and family is a skill that Cheryl Hickey, the long-running host of ET Canada, has fine-tuned over the years. While she’s full tilt in the real mom movement and revealing the beautiful mess of working motherhood on her social media feeds, she’s had to balance the chaos with a high professional IQ to continue her joyful ride.
With the growing number of organic baby products cluttering up store shelves it’s easy to become overwhelmed, which is why Enamour is a breath of fresh air. Created by Montreal-based…
Like so many moms, Alicia Brum is making the most of her rental home. With fluctuating and sky-high prices in Toronto, buying a maison with her new babe wasn’t a priority while she was pregnant last year. Knowing she was going to stay put, she got to work on re-decorating on a budget so she could keep saving for her dream house.
Amy Burstyn Fritz is trained to dream up her daughter Grace’s first birthday party. She’s a PR, event-planning and brand-building pro who recently launched Burstyn Inc. along with her business partner and mom, Helen Burstyn. We got her to fess up about how she planned this Pinterest-ready party without stressing out.
Rochelle de Goias launched Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) five years ago. Her program offers guidance to female youth facing socio-economic barriers. Within the last couple of years, she also had two littles and admits she’s figuring out how to be a mom who’s comfortable with letting go in order to succeed.
Sarah Kawasaki from Fort Kids is operating a business and a family that’s a truly symbiotic relationship. Her studio is just a 5-minute walk from her home and from her work window she can spot her children playing in their school yard. Her business partner is her husband and together they dreamed up the idea of launching design-savvy, locally-made, cool kids clothing. Enviably, they’re pursuing the collective goal of making work and play one in the same.
Chef Alexandra Feswick says mashing up parenthood with her career keeps her at happy and at ease no matter how busy her schedule gets… and with no regrets.
Sue Henderson started her jewelry collection, Suetables, as a part-time hobby .Then her divorce forced her to re-think her casual business plan. Instead of going back to her former life as a PR director for media channels like HGTV and the Food Network, she brought her hand-stamped designs to full-time speed for herself, her kids and her evolving fan base. Here’s how she did it.