Fashion Trend Report: Colours of Summer 2021

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Welcome to The Colours of Summer 2021! Have a look at NKPR’s Fashion Trend Report—showcasing a range of shades inspired by nature and coupled with new core classics. These fashion pieces, from some of our favourite designers, come together to create a palette inspiring ingenuity and inventiveness.

Our Team Took the Nature’s Bounty Challenge

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These Gummy Vitamins Help Deliver Major Beauty Benefits; Here’s how to get glowing hair, skin and nails and the perfect night’s sleep––just in time for summer.  

In Partnership with Nature’s Bounty.

There’s no disputing the fact that wellness starts from within. A balanced diet, daily exercise and a good night’s sleep are sacred for feeling and looking healthy and happy. But sometimes you need a little added support, which is why we’ve been taking Nature’s Bounty Gummies for the past eight weeks, a line of vitamin supplements in sweet gummy form, which help you boost your natural beauty from the inside out. 

These bite-sized gummies are the perfect addition to your wellness routine––particularly the Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Gorgeous Sleep Gummies. Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies are formulated with biotin and Vitamins C and E, to help maintain the health of your hair, skin and nails. And Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies formulated with melatonin and collagen– they help to reset the body’s sleep-wake cycle and increase the number of hours you sleep.

Plus, they taste delicious! In mixed berry and strawberry flavours, combining the fun of taking your favourite childhood gummy vitamin with the function of a gold-standard supplement. 

Read on for our reviews of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies.

NATASHA KOIFMAN, NKPR President #NaturesBountyPartner

What beauty concerns did you want to address by taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

I really wanted to improve the overall health and shine of my hair and for my skin to feel glowy / less dull. You could say that the winter-to-spring transition had me yearning for a little glow-up! 

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies? 

My skin feels and looks amazing… I’ve had a lot of people tell me it’s even glowing! Plus, my hair has more shine. My makeup artist and hairdresser even noticed and asked me what I was doing differently. And now they’ve even integrated Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into their regular routine.

What’s different about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies than other vitamins you’ve taken in the past? 

For starters, I’m seeing results. They also taste so yummy. I actually look forward to my daily gummy intake these days, they’re like a little personal treat. 

How has your sleep changed since taking Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies? 

I have been getting great sleep, which is so, so nice. I actually wake up rested, which, with my busy lifestyle, used to hardly ever happen. Sleep is one of our greatest luxuries. At night, I clean my face and brush my teeth, moisturize, then take a hot shower. I put on my pjs, take two of my Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies and either I watch a little TV or I read. I feel ready to sleep the moment I get into bed!

PENNY EVANGELAKOS, Senior Account Executive  #NaturesBountyPartner

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies? 

I’ve been taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies for about three years now and I’ve seen the biggest difference in my nails––they feel much healthier and haven’t looked this good in a long time. Now when I go for a manicure I don’t need to get them covered up with gel polish; I can just get a “naked mani” and feel confident.

What’s different about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies than other vitamins you’ve taken in the past?

Finding a good supplement routine that works for you and your personal wellness needs can be hard, and it can take time––especially with so many brands and varieties out there. My mom actually told me about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies; she bought me a bottle and we’d take them every day together (cute, righttt?!). I also had a few friends who were taking them, so I liked that they came well recommended over other vitamins. Plus, the strawberry taste makes them a fun addition to my daily routine.

How have you added Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into your beauty and wellness routine?

I have a very specific morning and nighttime skincare routine. But I like to incorporate them into my morning routine to start the day off right. My typical morning routine starts off with: making my bed (can’t do anything without a made bed first!), a glass of water and coffee, a light workout and/or stretches, skincare, a light breakfast and two Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nail Gummies… and then another coffee, lol. 

What was your sleep routine like before taking Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies?

I’ve struggled with falling asleep since university and then well into my adult working life. My day-to-day is quite fast-paced and go go go, so it’s always been tough for me to turn my mind off and completely relax once I get into bed. Then that dominoes into watching TV or scrolling endlessly through my phone, which of course is no bueno. But I’m just about finished my first bottle of the Gorgeous Sleep Gummies and I’ve noticed that they’ve really helped increase my sleep time, and I wake up less tired. Overall, I’m having a much better sleep, which results in a more productive day ahead.

VICTORIA BAKER, Senior Account Executive #NaturesBountyPartner

What beauty concerns did you want to address by taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

When I read about the benefits of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies, it seemed like an opportunity to improve the look and feel of my nails, which constantly break and peel.

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

Truthfully, I feel more confident about my hair and nails. They just FEEL healthier. My hair texture no longer feels dry and brittle and I often rock just a clear nail polish because my nails look amazing on their own! My friends and family have also noticed––I actually don’t remember the last time I received so many compliments. I’ve recommended them to a few girlfriends and now they’re obsessed too. 

How have you added Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into your beauty and wellness routine?

I used to take them somewhat sporadically when they were sitting on my desk in the office. Now that I’m working from home, I take them after I finish work as a personal treat––it’s something to look forward to at the end of every work day!

HANNAH KIM, Account Coordinator #NaturesBountyPartner

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

My nails had suffered from years of applying gel polish. My mom recommended them to me, actually. Now my nails feel healthier and I’ve noticed they look great. I also noticed a difference in my skin! It feels much more glowy and bouncy. 

How have you added Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into your beauty and wellness routine? 

I like to take them in the morning to start my day off right. My typical morning goes like: coffee > morning workout > shower > skincare > Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies.​

JANIELLE DOWNER, Intern #NaturesBountyPartner 

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

Lately my skin had become uneven and dull, but since I started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies consistently, I’ve noticed that my skin has a nice glow to it. My nails feel healthier too, and I’ve been getting compliments on how bouncy and shiny my hair looks.

What’s different about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies than other vitamins you’ve taken in the past? 

I heard about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies from my mom. She had heard about them from a friend and asked me to pick her up a bottle, so I got one for myself too. I was so surprised at how good they tasted, and how well they worked when I took them consistently. I look forward to starting my day with them every morning.

How have you added Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into your beauty and wellness routine? 

After my morning stretches and skincare routine, I make a quick breakfast and have my gummies. I find that taking them earlier in the morning before the day gets hectic is a reminder to take care of myself. I also store mine in the kitchen––seeing them while making breakfast helps me to not miss a day.

How has your sleep changed since taking Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies?

It helped me fall asleep faster. I also wake up feeling more rested because I get great sleep. Nature’s Bounty Gorgeous Sleep Gummies have helped me reset my body’s internal clock. And, since I’ve been getting more rest, I’ve been using my facial de-puffer less often in the mornings.

EMILY PETTIGREW, Social Media Specialist #NaturesBountyPartner

What changes have you noticed since you started taking Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies?

Before I started taking them, my hair had been feeling really dull and my nails were weak (thank you, winter). But since taking them, I’ve gotten a looooooot of compliments on my hair and that feels amazing. As for my nails, they are feeling better and honestly haven’t looked this good in a while. 

What’s different about Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies than other vitamins you’ve taken in the past?

It’s the flavour and texture for me! I never dread taking them.

How have you added Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies into your beauty and wellness routine? 

First things first: coffee. Then my Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies and I’m off to the races. 


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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a NEW initiative for our agent, broker, and investor friends called the ​N-LIST​—​an exclusive program​ ​where you can now eN-LIST ​to receive early insight into development projects, program incentives, branding seminars, and more!​ For those of you that are new to our site and this community, our mission is to continuously serve as a global leader in public relations, communications, brand identity, and social media​—​and leverage our industry insights to provide value to our partners and affiliates. NKPR works with many of the most prestigious real estate developers, builders, industry and tech leaders, and home designers in Toronto and the GTA​—and the ​N-LIST​ is an opportunity for us to share ​our expertise and industry insights with you, potentially before they become public knowledge.

We have been honoured to work with developers who are at the top of their game, creating awareness and momentum for their world-class projects and innovative approaches to business. From the arts and philanthropy-driven Lifetime Developments, to the neighbourhood and community-focused Lanterra Developments, and leadership-centric Fusion Homes. To the Vandyk Properties—renowned builders, and experts in bridging the gap between the 905 and the 416 with their unparalleled Grand Central Mimico project, to leaders in sustainability at Great Gulf, and CentreCourt—whose projects are centred around connectivity. Additionally, it’s our privilege to work with No. 7 Dale Avenue— perfectly situated in the luxurious Rosedale neighbourhood, Adi Developments, who takes a forward-thinking approach to their developments, Altree Developments, a developer at the forefront of architecture and design, and Gupta Group, with an unwavering commitment to their projects and hospitality development. 

Leading into 2021, we all know that the world of real estate and design is changing, but our ability to adapt and support this thriving industry remains constant. Want to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the market? We’ve got you covered​—​the ​N-LIST brings you the best industry acumen, valuable opportunities to enhance YOUR personal brand, exclusive incentives, and information that will keep you ahead of new trends in the real estate sector. ​I can’t wait to show you what we have in store and to connect with each and every one of you as we grow this community. Register now through the button below – and stay tuned for more soon!


Natasha Koifman, President


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Amidst the pandemic, as we turned our focus from in-person previews and launch events, our main objective remained the same – to ensure we met the goals that our clients established in 2020, and to keep the momentum going in this year as well. For one brand in particular, that meant driving sales and brand awareness towards their key retailers to keep the momentum strong for fall and winter sales. 

Our fashion-forward footwear client, SOREL, came to us with the objective of increasing sales at some of their key retailers for the season. In order to tap into each retailer’s unique target audience, our team assessed what type of consumer was shopping at each of these stores to understand what the most effective approach would be in getting their attention. Once we narrowed down the demographics, it was time to bring some fun digital content and media partnerships into play!

Beyond our regular media relations efforts, we selected twelve relevant and fashion-forward influencers across North America to create content featuring their #SORELStyle, ultimately, inspiring their social audiences to feel empowered to dress up their casual fall and winter boots from SOREL. Pushing the narrative even further, we worked with two of Canada’s favourite fashion publications, The Kit and SHARP Magazine.

For our first campaign with Hudson’s Bay, we collaborated with celebrity photographer, Leeor Wild, to execute a FULLY digital photoshoot. While Leeor was not on-site, she was able to direct our four content creators to help guide their posing process virtually…and the results were better than we could have imagined! (👋 check them out at @reza_jax, @therebelmama, @thatsotee and @mattredwards!).

Next, for the Holt Renfrew campaign, we partnered up with men’s lifestyle magazine, SHARP, and worked closely with four male influencers (@mr.benfield, @ashkanhobian, @mrcavaliere, @didieryhc) securing feature articles which showcased their favourite spots in the city…and how their SORELs are the perfect day-to-night shoe to fit their look in any setting or activity!

For the third campaign, we targeted the influencers who were quick to master Instagram’s new “Reels” feature (@thelustlistt, @theaugustdiaries, @petiteandbold, @lai_tiffany) to create beautiful, original content that could be shared across both SOREL and Browns social platforms.

Lastly, our team recently wrapped up a cool content program with The Kit featuring three notable Canadian stylists (@talia_stylist, @nadiapizzimenti, @stylist_jo)! The Kit created a feature piece for each stylist on their site with Q&As on how to dress seasonally appropriate for the winter, while staying stylish – all advice of course reiterating how SOREL’s styles provided the best of both worlds.

SOREL truly is a brand made for all-seasons; while we’re obsessed with their fall/winter styles, we are beyond thrilled to be getting started on new exciting projects for their spring/summer 2021 collection! 


Boosting Customer Service and Marketing a Brand During a Pandemic

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While businesses work to navigate their structures during the pandemic, real estate developers have been quick to adapt their strategies in order to build a prosperous future, post-COVID. Our President, Natasha Koifman, recently chatted with Building Excellence Magazine, discussing top tips on boosting your customer experience and marketing your brand during a pandemic, as well as why it’s so valuable – now, more than ever.

“During these uncertain times, it’s crucial for real estate developers to revisit brand values to make sure communications align with vision…”

— Natasha Koifman, President, NKPR

From spearheading an innovative, socially-distanced event with Lanterra Developments, embracing digital transformation through platforms like SaleFish, instilling customer confidence through new safety guidelines like Fusion Homes, or harnessing the power of philanthropy like Lifetime Developments, we’re proud to work with our clients as they pivot their business strategies to come out stronger than ever during these evolving times.

Our top three tips to help navigate a business in this landscape are to embrace digital transformation, instil consumer confidence, and use all the tools in your brand toolbox. It’s not the time to stay silent on social media – being authentic and genuine with your audience will go a long way!


Lanterra Developments: ‘Tour de Toronto 2020 – Cycle for a Cure’

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Coordinating an event amidst a pandemic isn’t easy. The regulations and safety measures that need to be accounted for are greater, now, more than ever…which is why Lanterra‘s “Tour de Toronto: Cycle for a Cure” was one for the books! Our team is so grateful to have worked beside Lanterra to pull together a one-of-a-kind event that raised money for the Canadian Cancer Society and showcased Lanterra’s newest developments in an incredibly innovative way.

On August 12, Lanterra became the first developer to hold a fundraiser via live stream – with a bikeathon! The event was designed to help agents, purchasers and business associates in the city explore the newly-expanded urban bike routes that surround Lanterra’s real estate developments. Starting at Notting Hill Condos and finishing all the way down at No.31 Condos, the event was a huge success from start to finish. President and CEO of Lanterra, Barry Fenton, was proud to dedicate this bikeathon to the late Barbara Nash Fenton, his beloved wife who passed in 2017 after fighting a brave battle with cancer.

Hosted by none other than Maurie and Shem from KiSS 92.5 and emcee’d by our friend and media personality, Taylor Kaye, the energy could be felt across the city. We were even joined by the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory! The audience was kept engaged with exciting giveaways and performances by Sole Power, followed by a celebration in the Distillery District (with the BEST food truck options)!

Maurie and Shem from KiSS FM joined by Mayor John Tory

With social distancing, safety and everyone’s wellness top-of-mind, it was a new take on event planning for our team!

Team NKPR celebrating the day’s success!

Follow @lanterradev to learn more and check out the livestream here.


Beauty Besty’s Co-Founder on the Evolving Beauty Industry

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what inspired you to launch Beauty Besty?

Beauty Besty is the product of my passion, education and experience of 14+ years in the beauty industry. I have had the privilege of working in some of the most sought-after hair salons in Bloor West Village, Yorkville and Forest Hill before opening my own mobile hair business in 2011. Back then, we did not have the digital means to connect and engage with clients the way we do now, so it was tricky! I recognized a void in the market for a platform designed to empower beauty pros to focus on what they love to do, which is connecting with clients. Beauty Besty is an all-in-one beauty app connecting independent beauty professionals and consumers/clients. As a business tool, it streamlines all the business needs in one convenient place for professionals. Beauty pros can effectively manage client communication, streamline scheduling, industry referrals, self-promotional marketing, billing/payments, bookkeeping while really shining for who THEY are, with our custom profile feature. Beauty Besty supports all beauty business models from home/on-demand, brick-and-mortar, home based salons, chair rentals, etc. Industry colleagues, wedding planners, photographers, etc. can also use this app to book artists. It really is a way to give your clients a booking experience and turn leads you may get on social media into sales. Beauty Besty is subscription based and lets beauty pros keep 100% of their sales earnings. Beauty professionals use our app as a way to run and grow their entire business or as a complementary effort to their marketing.

What differentiates Beauty Besty from other beauty apps in the market?

Beauty Besty is the first beauty business tool that is a public app. For less than $1.40 per day beauty professionals can consolidate their business needs while engaging with their current clients, but also reach new consumers who can browse professionals’ profiles on the app . Beauty Besty is the only beauty app on the market that empowers independent beauty professionals, having a custom profile which spotlights their beauty business and artist for their portfolio, independent working scheduling, individualized pricing, promotional ad banners, services, and service description/instructions, biography and so much more. As well, to date we are the only beauty app worldwide with a built in-app GPS for mobile beauty professionals. This makes it convenient to stay connected while your beauty professional is en route, and convenient to “send” beauty to a loved one. As a company, Beauty Besty offers unlimited 1:1 online training to ensure the comfort of every beauty professional. We are the only beauty app on the market which allows the consumer to hand pick their beauty professional, rather than just booking for a service. With our endless features, I really feel we embody the best aspects of every “business tool” you would want to empower your beauty business.

In the time of COVID-19, how is Beauty Besty supporting beauty professionals in the industry?

Our goal will always be to empower and support beauty professionals – we continue to stand with our beloved beauty industry more than ever during this time. As a start-up company, we have waived all fees during quarantine for the beauty businesses who currently use our app. As well, we are offering 3-month free memberships to all Ontario beauty professionals who register their beauty business by April 30th. All free memberships will kick-off post-quarantine and in the meantime, Beauty Besty is creating profiles and offering 1:1 online training to ensure all beauty professionals are ready on the app once we are back to work. We continue to make an active effort to engage with our beauty industry we have been posting blog features regularly which support beauty professionals and offer words of enlightenment, encouragement and support during this time #beautybestytogether. In addition, on April 9th, I hosted a free masterclass open to all beauty professionals which was a great success! The Mobile Masterclass was curated to inspire, educate and empower beauty professionals on ways to pivot not pause amidst these times as well as offer insight to the daily life of a “mobile beauty professional” including how to ensure your beauty kit and tools are ergonomical.

If a customer has never used a mobile beauty platform before for their service, what can they expect when their beauty pro arrives at their house? (i.e. is there anything a customer can do to prepare?)

All of the beauty professionals on the Beauty Besty app are independent business owners, as such they all have their own experience. This is one reason why we are so proud of our customer Beauty Besty professional profiles. Here, you’ll be able to discover beauty pros but also find all service details and instructions before booking. Have any specific questions? Use our built-in app chat system to text inspiration photos or ask questions with your beauty professional!

For when we’re out of COVID-19 physical distancing measures, what advice would you give to beauty professionals who are considering working mobile for the first time?

Like any business, you need a plan! Knowing that YOU are the reason your clients love you and adopting a motivational mindset that you already are your own boss. Your brand, your craft, your personality, your skill are all reasons why your clients chose you. You are your own brand. How you translate that brand into a business plan is crucial. Ensure you organize yourself so you can provide professionalism without compromising quality. Using products that reflect your pricing, having an organized set up and cleanup is key! Be realistic with your pricing. Don’t compare your mobile business model to that of a brick-and-mortar because they really are so different.

Adopt a pricing recipe that takes your time, travel, supplies into consideration. More than not, it will be in line with what you charged at the salon if you were making the industry standard 60/40 split. I used to get asked if I missed all of the excitement at the salon. The truth is going somewhere different every day is just as exciting, if not more. As an entrepreneur of any business, it is important to value your time. Having a tool like Beauty Besty which promotes prepaid appointments with a cancelation policy values your time but also takes away any intimidation from being your “own salon receptionist.” As well, allows you to have clients pre-book your next appointment prior to you leaving.

*Beauty Besty is currently offering a complimentary, three-month free subscription to Ontario-wide freelance beauty pros to help empower their beauty businesses in this sensitive time. Ontario freelance professionals can begin having their custom profile created by signing up by April 30th by clicking here.

*Note: Beauty Besty will be closely monitoring government direction in this ever changing sensitive situation and will continue to look to federal, provincial and local health authorities to determine an appropriate date to activate profiles and accept beauty reservations. In the meantime, Beauty Besty can create your custom profile online so when we are all back to work your three month subscription will begin.

#FeelGoodFriday – Impactful Client Initiatives

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This #FeelGoodFriday ✨, we’ve rounded up some of the impactful initiatives that our clients have taken on to make a positive change in the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each initiative is unique, supporting the growth of their own industry and community in a special way…❤️

We hope these initiatives inspire you to make a positive change – big or small – in the world today.


Bloor-Yorkville BIA

Bloor-Yorkville is remaining in touch with their community by making many of their stores, restaurants, and services accessible online, ranging from medical assessments, food delivery, online shopping and free virtual fitness classes. 💪🏻


Beauty Besty App

The Beauty Besty App is supporting our beauty pros! 👏🏻 This innovative beauty-on-demand app helps professionals in Ontario market and manage their business. They’re now offering a 3-month free trial to continue empowering the beauty industry by connecting beauty pros to new clients (for app use once social distancing regulations are lifted!). 🙋🏻‍♀️💄


Ellie Mae Studios

Ellie Mae Studios launched a limited-time collection where 100% of all proceeds go to Kids Help Phone. They’ll also be donating over $30,000 to help #KidsHelpPhone provide free professional counselling to young people during a time when calls for support during social isolation are on the rise. 🖤📲



Flow will donate $1 million worth of Flow water to frontline healthcare workers working to keep our communities safe during the pandemic. 💦💙🩺


Lee Piccoli

During a time where the health and safety of his workforce, team, and surrounding community is top of mind 🔝, Lee implemented the ‘Fusion Safe Work System’ – an innovative set of guidelines, best practices and safety measures for his team AND the wider community of builders to help them do their jobs safely during the pandemic.



Lightspeed launched the #LightspeedLocal initiative, offering their merchants 3 free months of their eCommerce, Delivery and Loyalty solutions 💯, AND all employees up to $500 on the purchases they make from any Lightspeed customer to stimulate the local economy. 🛍❤️


Mandy Rennehan

Mandy Rennehan and the Freshco team launched four sanitary, accessible, fully-stocked and lit rest stops in Oakville (with clean washrooms!) for our dedicated truck drivers working during #Covid19. 🚛🚨


Mountain Equipment Co-Op

In response to unclear guidelines about how to safely spend time outdoors during the pandemic, MEC partnered with an Infectious Disease Specialist to make easy-to-follow guidelines outlining best practices for being active outdoors while respecting social distancing regulations.


King & Bay

King & Bay spearheaded the #SOYBFaceMaskChallenge and shared a DIY tutorial for how you can make your own protective face mask from home. King & Bay also donated masks to hospitals, retirement homes and organizations supporting vulnerable communities. 😷


#StrongerTogether #NKClientLove

International Women’s Day

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This Sunday, March 8th marks International Women’s Day—a day of recognition where we celebrate all women and girls (and their achievements!), and shine a light on how we can make the world a better place for the females of tomorrow. In honour of this special day, we’re celebrating some of the incredibly talented and courageous female entrepreneurs that we work with at NKPR. We’ve asked them a few questions to help inspire and empower you on this day.

Happy International Women’s Day!


What does International Women’s Day mean to you in 2020?


“I constantly remind myself that if we want to change the world, really change the way women are treated on the street, in their workplace, in their relationships; we as women need to first support other women. We need to honour the women in our lives, we need to show respect to women we know and women we don’t know.  My goal for this year’s International Women’s Day is to honour all women, and work toward treating women equally whether they’re a part of my inner circle or not.”

SHANTELLE BISSONAuthor and Entrepreneur

“In 2020 International Women’s Day means more acceptance. Acceptance of who I’m and who I’m becoming. Encouraging all the ladies around me to do the same and really give into their unapologetic approach to individuality.”

ELLIE MAE  – Creative Director and Founder, Ellie Mae Studios

“Acknowledge and celebrate all women – mothers, sisters, daughters, colleagues – as we all play an important role on this planet. I recently heard this quote which I love and think is fitting: “when women thrive, everyone thrives.”


What do you find the biggest challenge/opportunity for women in your industry to be?

“As it relates to female entrepreneurs, it’s easy. We simply deserve access to the same opportunities in business as men and currently that is very much not the case. In 2019, female founders only received 4% of venture capital funding in Canada and struggled in other areas of investment also. This isn’t ok and it needs to change.”

LEXI MILES – Founder & CEO of WAXON Waxbar + Laser and South

“Women need to trust that this industry is right for them even though they are marginally represented.”


“The fact that there aren’t many women in leadership levels in the cannabis industry. However, this is why I’m here. If I can take a risk and pave way for other women to do the same, then I will be fulfilled.”


“I believe it is so important to learn to love ALL versions of yourself as you are, as you change and as you evolve. I feel knowing your strengths and weaknesses and honouring your inner and outer beauty for who you are will allow you to shine in the beauty industry and connect deeper with your clients. As an entrepreneur, I feel it is especially important to show up, lift up, inspire, educate and empower women as much as possible!”

ALEXANDRIA SCARAMUZZO – Co-Founder, Beauty Besty

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachForEqual. What does this mean to you? What is one step you think we can take to support gender equality in the workplace?

“#EachForEqual means no matter the gender, we all have to do our part every day to create a more equal world, through changing our language in conversations, behaviour and actions. A great step would be to create more opportunities for recognition of leadership, pioneering and contribution in the workplace.”

DEENA PANTALONE – Chief Marketing/Innovation Officer, Venturon, Managing Partner and Director of Marketing & Innovation, National Homes

“For me, gender equality is not actually a gender issue at all. The quickest way to establish equality in the workplace is by just taking gender out of the equation entirely, and deal with equal work for equal pay.  Period. The end. People should be paid for their work, not their gender.”

SHANTELLE BISSONAuthor and Entrepreneur

“Becoming a mother has really opened my eyes more than ever to the sacrifices and challenging choices that women have to make when trying to achieve both their personal and professional dreams. I often find myself trying to understand, how do we expect women to ‘Lean In’ when working for companies that aren’t supporting the fact that we are different from men. We do have an extremely important role in life and decisions to make that most men will never face. Being a CEO with 150 women working for WAXON and a management team that is 100% female, this is something I think about a lot and I think other workplaces should be doing the same. For me, I think about how I can create an environment and culture that supports my team in being able to achieve both their professional goals while starting a family and I think more businesses need to be shifting their thinking in this way.”

LEXI MILES – Founder & CEO of WAXON Waxbar + Laser and South

What’s one piece of advice that you would give to fellow female entrepreneurs looking to grow their business?

“I would just say what I always say which is just go for it. There are a lot of people who are going to tell you not to do it because you’re not prepared or you don’t have a good enough business plan or it doesn’t feel like it’s the right time or the economy is bad. I think if it’s the right thing for you then you just need to go for it. Don’t stop yourself and just take it day by day. You don’t have to go and do what everybody else is doing. I would just take it one step at a time and keep going.”

MIRIAM ALDENFounder, Creative Director and CEO of fashion-brand BRUNETTE The Label

“Being powerful, and confident in who you are doesn’t take just one day, it takes a lifetime. Live the rest of your life the way you live International Women’s Day.”


“It’s the bumpiest , unpaved , uphill road to paradise.”


New Industry Trends in the Post-Digital Era

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The post-digital era is here 👉🏻 are you ready? 😮 The pace of technological change has been sweeping boldly across business and society—impacting every industry—and moving us into a new era. In 2019, close to $1.25 trillion was spent on the digital transformation of businesses worldwide, and that number will skyrocket to $1.97 trillion in 2022, according to the International Data Corporation. Research by @accenture shows that 60%+ of global GDP will be digitized, with growth in every industry driven by digitally-enhanced offerings, operations, and relationships. With this constant growth, I am often thinking about what new trends we may see at this crucial turning point. Amongst the many changes ahead, here’s what you and your business can do to embrace and flourish in the ‘post-digital’ tomorrow:

1️⃣ Remember: digital is still important, but it’s now the price of admission for doing business, not an advantage to your company. We’re moving into an era where building trust with customers, employees and partners through a responsible approach to tech required for growth and success. 🙌 Think humanitarian efforts, improving agricultural practices, and reducing global waste through new tech.

2️⃣ Businesses and consumers will have a closer relationship. 👏🏻 Tech is creating a world of customized and on-demand experiences, and businesses must jump in on these opportunities! This means holistically understanding the needs of consumers, viewing each opportunity as if it’s an individual market, and acting with agility to meet customer needs at the speed of now.

3️⃣ The workplace will evolve into human+. 👩🏻‍💻 Staff will be empowered by their unique skills, plus a growing set of capabilities through new tech (think AI, extended reality, and quantum computing 🤖). New tech will be a catalyst for change, with business practices and entire industries. Business leaders must adapt innovative strategies to support their teams with a new way of working in this era.

What do you think about this shift from the digital era to the post-digital realm? How do you think it will impact you—on a professional and personal front? 📲