Judith holds a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe with 15 years of experience as a finance and accounting professional. She is an aspiring CPA who has worked for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe as a compliance officer, taught economics and accounting at one international school in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has worked as an accountant in a business development organization in the Congo.
Judith always wanted to use her finance and accounting expertise to make a difference in other people’s lives and is proud to be part of the PARO team where she can use her knowledge and experience to contribute to the empowerment of fellow women.
Born and raised in Toronto, Suzanne started her career path at an investment firm in downtown Toronto; she then moved to Thunder Bay and became Owner/Operator of a large home-based family business and franchise. From Thunder Bay, she partnered with a land developer and established a golf recreational business and golf course in southern Ontario. From Southern Ontario, she went to Calgary where she worked, as General Manager, for a locally-based Thunder Bay company as they developed a new business from start-up to such time that it began trading publicly on the TSX Ventures Exchange. After moving back to Thunder Bay, she found her dream job at PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise – helping women start businesses.
After 6.5 years at PARO, something was tugging at her, telling her it was time to start a business with heart. She established, built and sold a private home health care company that surpassed $1million in revenue. 9 years later, she is thrilled to be back at PARO working as a Business Growth Advisor.
Dhanisha is working as our brand new Project Coordinator for PARO’s Rural, Recovery and Resilience Project.
She graduated from Lakehead University with a Master’s Degree in Economics, and has a background in research and analysis, along with an understanding of policies.
Renée Gendron holds a master’s degree in social sciences and is nearing the defence of her Ph. D in humanities and conflict resolution. She draws from a background in professional development and business development. She’s coached starts-ups, pitched billion-dollar companies, and all points in between. She’s a trained mediator and has been a speaker on leadership, workplace conflict, and workplace bullying. She speaks French, English, and Dutch with a life-long dream of learning Spanish and Russian. She’s stepped foot on four continents. In her role at PARO, she is the ParoBiz Project Coordinator—Eastern Ontario.
Shaye has been working in non-profit organizations with a vast array of clients for over 10 years. She has diverse experience in various sectors of settlement of newcomers, community connections, volunteer and workshop coordination, job matching, employer engagement and staff management. She holds a Management Certificate for Women, is a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, Certified Career Development Practitioner and owner of a business called Full Circle Immigration.
Victoria is an entrepreneur in the food manufacturing, wholesale and retail sector having experience with all aspects of building a brand and business from ideation to national distribution and everything in-between. She holds an L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa and practiced law in the areas of labour/employment, Human Rights and with Legal Aid Ontario. She brings a broad range of experience to her role as BGA and is passionate about empowering females to become successful in all areas of their lives.
Elizabeth is committed to supporting women in their business and personal growth. She joined PARO in 2020, after mentoring business owners for over 20 years in Toronto, Ontario.
She has written two business books and created seven customized mentoring programs. She also curated a women’s speaker series called Spoken Lives for 7 years. Elizabeth is launching an online learning platform called Grow at Your Pace this summer. There’s a 3-part course called Your Applause Academy that guides you to Start, Grow and Earn with your own speaker or storytelling series.
Kristina loves helping others turn their ideas into reality. She has been a business consultant her entire career working with organizations of all sizes & industries – from Fortune 500 e-commerce companies to small & ambitious startup teams, in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and Latin America. She also co-founded Impact Hub Ottawa, a community of creative and entrepreneurial changemakers and a part of a network of 100+ Impact Hubs around the world.
Kristina is deeply committed to supporting entrepreneurs of all walks of life and does so through her innovation consultancy where she works closely with her clients on ways to integrate innovation strategies, tools & methods into their businesses.
Marisol is a coach, facilitator and fundraiser that works with social enterprises to strengthen their business models and build their social impact. Marisol has worked with non-profits, social enterprises and incubators across Canada to test and develop their social enterprise ideas, diversify their revenue streams and fundraising since 2012.
She has coached more than 50 social enterprises and worked with organizations like the Centre for Social Innovation, Art Reach, George Brown College and Action Canada for Sexual Health & Right to promote social entrepreneurship.
For 14 years, Carol worked for the Ministry of Transportation and Drive Test as an examiner/Supervisor and Lead trainer.
Business Entrepreneur and owner of several businesses since her early 20’s.Carol is committed to supporting women in their business and personal growth.
Carol has a passion in teaching and decided to open her own driving school “DriversEd4U” in North Bay in 2010. In 2020 Carol developed a series of high-quality, leading-edge, educational training videos for clients to help coach new drivers how to drive and a online defensive online course.
Carol formed the first Paro circle in NorthBay in 2016. She also sat on the North Bay Women’s Business Network Board as Chair in 2018-2020. She was also part of the PARO Women Enterprises Board of Directors from 2016 – 2018. She is now a part-time bilingual Business Growth Advisor (BGA) for PARO covering Northern Ontario
Carol mainly covers but is not limited to the Timmins/Cochrane and Kapuskasing/Hearst area She loves helping women start, expand, develop and grow their businesses.
Angela Henry is a people-focused strategist and process leader. A project management and business enablement entrepreneur, she draws on over 20 years of corporate experience in both the market research and higher education industries. With a passion for brand development, Angela holds an MBA in International Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The combined experience and education give her the tools to help you make sound and progressive business decisions. Her entrepreneurial journey includes both retail and real estate ventures, so she understands the joys and challenges of business ownership.
However, her most important role is that of mother. Lending her time to BIPOC-focused, youth advocacy and mental health organizations, she strives to provide an example of service for her teenagers.