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Women in Business
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

Allyson Matos

Allyson Matos is a photographer who specializes in newborn, family, portrait, and wedding photography. She knows photography is what sets her “soul on fire” because when she wakes up in the morning she thinks, “Wow! I’m getting paid for this? This isn’t work!” She loves everything about photography: the people she meets, the memories she is able to capture, and the feeling she gets when she does it.

Starting her own photography business was the “best and scariest thing” she has ever done. The book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. She especially loves these words of wisdom from Amoruso: “Your challenge as a GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.”

Check out Allyson at Facebook.com/Ally.Matos.Allyfotografy

 


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Julie Brown

Julie Brown has parlayed her passion and love of makeup, hair, and personal styling into an award-winning mobile beauty business. She is also a makeup instructor at the renowned, Blanche Macdonald. Julie and her team at Let’s Face It Beauty help women look their best with makeup and hair services for weddings, special events, head shots, and photo shoots.

Julie is passionate about bringing out one’s natural beauty and helping women learn how to put their best foot forward. With personal style and closet makeovers and makeup and hair coaching, she’s able to help women feel confident and build their own personal style. Let her help you bring out your beautiful!

To learn more about Julie and her work, visit her website at LetsFaceItBeauty.ca To follow her beautiful transformations and makeovers, check her out on Instagram and Facebook @letsfaceitbeauty.

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Carla Catherwood

Carla Catherwood is a renowned choreographer, producer, and CEO of Army of Sass, a heels dance performance and training program in Canada for women (and some men too) of all levels of experience.

Carla’s path to Army of Sass began when she produced her first burlesque-inspired performance for a local Vancouver fundraiser that ended up raising nearly $20,000. From that point onward, Carla understood the power of dance and how transformative, inspirational, and challenging it could be. She threw herself into Heels Dancing.

As time went on, Catherwood wanted to perform less and teach more, so she started to teach the heels style she was developing. Army of Sass was born. As of the beginning of 2016, AOS has over 500 registered students, with over 140 in Toronto where Carla now resides, and the rest at the remaining 12 licensee locations across Canada.

Check out ArmyOfSass.com/locations to see if there’s an Army of Sass location near you.


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Casi Gill

Casi Gill is a hairstylist and co-founder of the lifestyle brand Lana & Casi. She has a passion for helping women feel their worth by reinventing their look. She empowers the clients who visit her at Serendipity Hair Studio in Fort Langley to leave feeling more confident and glamorous.

Casi has booked models and celebrities all over BC and across the globe. At only twenty years of age this girl has the right motivation and drive to get her where she needs to be. Casi has given herself the freedom to be her own boss and remain constantly inspired by what she loves to do. Gaining new and different perspectives is what keeps her at the top of her game.

Find Casi at Serendipity Hair Studio in Fort Langley. If you mention this article you will receive a free cut with any colour service. If you’d like to see her work, you can connect with Casi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or on Snapchat @miss.gill; or on Instagram @hairbycasii; or (very soon) at HairByCasii.com.


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Holly Ho

Holly Ho is a passionate young creative who founded Mint To Inspire, a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blog. Her intention with Mint To Inspire was to help others to follow their dreams and, in turn, inspire others. She wanted to be able to create community and support ladies who wanted to start or grow their own businesses but were unsure as to how to do so.

In addition to providing great lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content, Mint To Inspire hosts affordable events that motivate and help ladies with their businesses. Mint To Inspire also collaborates with small local businesses to help build awareness through their blog and social media outlets. Holly also works with people who want to create brands for their businesses by providing logo design and branding consultations. She also coaches these entrepreneurs on how to start business and websites. Learn more at MintToInspire.com, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


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Jacqueline Tupper

Jacqueline Tupper is the owner of Lord’s Shoes and Apparel, a women’s fashion boutique known for its striking shoes. She is a third generation small business owner who owes “a ton” to her mother and grandmother. Without them, she would not have recently celebrated Lord’s 10th anniversary at its South Granville location.

Jacqueline believes that independent businesses like hers succeed by combining unique products with a level of personal service that larger chains can’t duplicate. She takes immense pride in the loyalty Lord’s has developed. She takes personal satisfaction in helping women of all stripes look more fabulous. In fact, many of her best friends started out as customers.

Jacqueline is also a wife and proud mother to two young and energetic boys. When she’s not working the floor at Lord’s or working on a spreadsheet on her computer, she can be found with her two little gentlemen.

You can find Jacqueline at Lord’s Shoes & Apparel at 2932 Granville Street, or at LordsShoes.ca.


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Kristin van Vloten

Kristin van Vloten is a ghostwriter, copywriter, and best-selling author. Her company Salvo Communications provides writing support to leaders who need to translate their insights and experiences into powerful content, including non-fiction books.

Kristin has ghostwritten or co-authored multiple books that hit number one best-seller status in their categories on Amazon. One of her books is taught at a university in Australia. One of her books was called “an essential guide” by influencer and Fast Company co-founder Alan M. Webber.

The books she writes for and with clients help them to generate leads, secure speaking gigs, and establish their thought leadership. Plus, her clients get to express ideas and tell stories that they’ve wanted to share with the world for a long time—sometimes decades!

Do you have a book inside you that’s dying to get out? Is a book part of your business plan, mission, or legacy? Check out Kristin’s work at SalvoCommunications.com.


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Grace Lanuza & Cindy Tran

In early 2015, entrepreneurs Cindy Tran and Grace Lanuza wanted a night where they could sip some drinks, shop from the local businesses they love, and share the experience with their network. After double the number of women they originally invited attended the initial “Sweetheart Pop Up” event, the retail platform Sip & Shop YVR was born.

A unique pop-up concept, Sip & Shop YVR is an ultra-inclusive retail platform that stands for the “3 Cs”: collaboration, community, and commerce. It’s a disruptive concept that allows business owners to “test drive” their products in a cost-effective way.

Cindy’s thriving business Sweet Petite Confectioner was one of the original featured brands at Sip & Shop YVR. Grace drew from her 14+ years of experiential marketing to help businesses who were taking part make their brands come to life at the event.

Sip & Shop YVR’s goal is to scale globally, empowering women entrepreneurs along the way. Want to join the ride? These ladies and their heels can be found @sipshopyvr


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Corry Staff

Corry Staff is a Certified Financial Planner and sought after speaker who is known for her fun and engaging seminars for women. Her philosophy is that women learn through storytelling and sharing, and this CFP is not afraid to tell her own story.

Corry freely shares her own real experiences of struggling financially before learning how to turn things around in both her personal and business life. That candid approach has an uncanny way of inspiring other women to share their struggles too.

Corry has her own financial planning firm called Corry Staff Financial Group Inc., a series of financial parties for women called Cocktails and Cash™, and a corporate “lunch and learn” series called Financially Speaking. She has also worked as a Certified Financial Planning Consultant for the television show Million Dollar Neighbourhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

To learn more about Cocktails and Cash™, check out the website at CocktailsAndCash.com; to find out more about Corry’s firm, visit CorryStaff.com; and to contact Corry directly, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Elizabeth Mazzei

Elizabeth Mazzei is the owner and operator of Exodus Colon Health and Wellness, founded in 2003 in Maple Ridge. Elizabeth has journeyed through both conventional and alternative medicine and has worked alongside some of the most respected medical specialists in gastroenterology.

As a National Board Colon Hydrotherapist (NBCHT), Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner (NNCP), and Natural Health Practitioner (C.N.H.P), she is highly skilled and trusted, with 30 years of experience in the health field. Elizabeth provides colon hydrotherapy, personalized cleansing and detoxification programs, holistic nutritional consulting, orthomolecular medicine, therapeutic body work, and essential oils.

Elizabeth’s practice is premised upon a balanced and holistic approach to health and overall wellbeing. She believes that a well-functioning digestive system is the cornerstone of optimal health. Her ability to empower, inspire, and motivate others to live a healthier and more vibrant life is inimitable.

To learn more or to book an appointment with Elizabeth, visit ExodusWellness.org.


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Katherine McEachnie

Katherine is a Premier V Executive Leader with Rodan + Fields Canada, bringing award-winning anti-aging skin care to your home from world renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. Rodan + Fields is a skin care company redefining social commerce. They offer premium skin care regimens for a variety of skin issues, and even offer free skin assessments online.

Katherine is a wine scholar, a UBC Wine Educator, an International IWSC Wine Judge, and a writer. She is passionate about her work with Rodan + Fields because she knows the anti-aging industry is the fastest growing multi-billion dollar industry in the world. She had an epiphany that not everyone drinks wine, but everybody has skin!

You can access Katherine’s virtual store from the comfort of your home by going to KMcEachnie.MyRandF.com/ca. Come shop online with a glass of wine! You can also reach Katherine by calling 604-306-4201, or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a Registered Dental Hygienist who owns and operates Pearl Boutique, a Vancouver-based dental hygiene and teeth whitening clinic. Pearl Boutique’s mandate is to ensure optimal comfort and ease of the client by providing gentle, safe, and effective dental hygiene and teeth whitening services.

Emma received an undergrad in Kinesiology in 2008 and then moved on to receive her Diploma of Dental Hygiene in 2010. She has been practicing dental hygiene for 6 years. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, reading, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog and her family.

When Emma opened Pearl Boutique in 2014, she decided to steer it away from the standard “hospital like” setting of a dental office. Instead, she wanted to offer oral health services in a beautiful, cozy, spa-like setting. She wanted her patients to genuinely enjoy their dental hygiene or teeth whitening experience and look forward to their next appointments.

Learn more about Pearl Boutique or check out their convenient online booking system at TeethWhiteningByPearl.com.


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Ranbir Puar

Ranbir Puar is the co-founder of Spirituality for Reality Inc., an organization devoted to helping people develop strong self-images. She is known for her moving TEDx speech, “Building Strong Children”. She has helped facilitate the self-healing of dozens of individuals. Her upcoming book Blindside: From Despair to Destiny, is about how people can transform crisis moments into their greatest destinies.

From the start, Ranbir’s own journey was borne of a deep desire to transform despair into destiny. Her passion for empowering others led to the development of FreeWithin.Me (a division of Spirituality for Reality Inc.). FreeWithin.Me is an organization that focuses on integrating mind, body, and spirit to instil positive self-images in children and adults. Ranbir’s unique ability to get to the heart of the matter in an intuitive yet pragmatic and direct manner has enabled her clients to achieve clarity and make dramatic changes in their lives.

Find Ranbir at FreeWithin.Me, where you can watch videos and read articles that can “light the path to you”.


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Samantha Lenz

A big presence in a growing town, Samantha is a freelance writer based out of Abbotsford, BC.

In the past, Sam has interned for CTV News Vancouver, written for ValleyBuzz in association with VancityBuzz and other media outlets. Currently, she writes for Surrey604, is an Access Producer for Shaw TV in Chilliwack, a blog contributor for the SuperDate as well as the Honeybeemom blog, and works with many individual clients based on their specific needs.

On a personal level, Samantha is a strong mental health advocate and believes it is extremely important to educate others on the stigmas behind depression and anxiety.

Sam’s passion for writing began at a young age; through networking she would love to connect and collaborate with more like-minded individuals. She is currently working on launching her own single-mom’s blog and novel, stay tuned.

To find out more about Samantha, get in touch with her via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also connect with her through Twitter @SamanthaLenz or Instagram @snlenz


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Susan Polano

A certified and gifted body-worker, Susan Polano practices holistic massage at the Vancouver-based Oceana Massage. Oceana was recently voted the winner of Best Massage Therapy in Vancouver for the Top Choice Awards.

At Oceana Massage, preventative health comes first. In a world where people are constantly overextending themselves, Oceana Massage provides much needed respite and healing—with major health benefits.

In this context, Susan and Oceana’s other practitioners offer massages that help their clients better manage the pace of their lives. They work with both women and men who care about their long-term health and book regular treatments throughout the year to manage their stress levels. Susan provides an intuitive, comforting, and customized treatment with each massage. Her sessions not only stimulate the muscles and lymphatic system, but also create positive effects for the heart and mind that last long after the treatments are over.

Book a session at the award-winning Oceana Massage today by visiting OceanaMassage.com/Appointment-Scheduling.


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Cara Thien

Cara Thien is an IFBB Fitness Competitor, Elite Trainer and Owner of Cara Thien Health + Performance Center which specializes in small group training that gets results. Her passion is to change lives and she believes there is nothing more rewarding than helping clients reach their goals.

Cara began her competitive journey at the age of thirty, developing her effective training techniques through hard work and dedication to her dream of competing. She has designed one-of-a-kind fitness experiences to help clients break through limitations and create the quality of life they deserve. Every client is unique and starts with an assessment to establish individual needs. Results determine the detailed plan used to achieve specified goals.

From everyday fitness enthusiast to pro athlete, everyone has to start somewhere. Cara’s new 7-Day Cleanse combines a healthy diet and workout to jump-start clients on their road to change. Visit CaraThien.com to download the 7-Day Cleanse or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and get started today!


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