Teresa Kruze

‘Wild success does not happen by accident’

“Real business is built on solid connections and what you put out there you get back tenfold.”Sandra Yancey says that’s the secret to building a successful business and she has the experience to back it up. In the late 1990’s, she was struggling to get her consulting business going in Dallas, Texas...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:20 AM

Mary Morassutti did a career 180 at age 35 and hasn’t looked back since

Mary Morassutti was 35 years old and at the top of her profession, directing and shooting television shows all over the world. Married and expecting her first child, she reached a turning point and knew she’d have to leave her job because of the grueling travel schedule.“I knew I was going to...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 5:30 AM

Bright light of the business world

If you ever find youself in Times Square in New York City, look up at all the bright, flashing billboards.Jeff Klause says he was only 11 years old when he designed the technology that IBM would use to control blinking lights such as these iconic ones.The award-winning youth went on to become an...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:30 AM

She’s got a true hunger for life

There is a tattoo on Jennifer Broe’s right wrist that says ‘Believe’ and Jennifer says it’s a reminder to her every day to remain focused on the path toward success.“I kept hitting so many walls. I wasn’t sure I would be able to go forward. I was in my car a lot so it was a constant reminder to...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 5:30 AM

New year, new look, new life

It’s a new year and new beginning for Metro’s Makeover Contest winner Lisa Airst.The cancer survivor is about to start a new job as an educator with an organization that manages homes for people with mental health issues, and Lisa says the contest played a huge role in securing her new job.“I...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 3:16 AM

Multi-talented artist Jeff Morrison holds all the cards

It was the last dive of the day, and as Jeff Morrison hit the water he crashed to the bottom of the pool striking his head.He knew immediately that he couldn’t move. He was a quadriplegic and Morrison’s life would never be the same again.After rehab, Morrison began working towards a business degree...

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30 AM

Success in the bag

In Chinese, the words Jeanne Lottie mean true happiness.And for more than 25 years, Jane Ip has been bringing joy to the millions of women who have bought her beautifully designed handbags and accessories. She is proud of her success and honest when it comes to doing business in a challenging...

Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 AM

She’s writing her own destiny

“We grew up in poverty and my Dad worked 24-7 to feed our family. At the end of his life he said, ‘You’re a mentor. Don’t let people suffer the way mom and I did. Go out there and make a difference.’”That was 12 years ago and today, Kathleen Mailer is a motivational speaker, Canada’s leading...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:30 AM

Nothing will get in his way

Jason Graca was five years old when he stared directly into his Dad’s videocamera and announced, “I want to be an entrepreneur when I grow up.”Graca was born with cerebral palsy but he always looked beyond his wheelchair and was certain that a whole world of opportunity was waiting before him.Three...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 6:30 AM

Crying Over roadblocks is not his way

He’s an international rock star, designer, architect and builder. With so much success, you would expect Sergio Galli would wear his accomplishments like a badge of honour. But he doesn’t. Sergio is a down to earth, humble man with a simple message for us all: accept life’s turning points and when...

Monday, October 31, 2011, 6:30 AM

Using his head in the salon biz

There’s a lot of buzz on the street about Chatters Hair and Beauty Salons.“We now have 106 stores from Newfoundland to B.C.,” founder Ken Fisher tells me proudly.Growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Fisher was influenced by his hard-working father and inspired by his hair stylist sisters.The early...

Monday, October 24, 2011, 6:30 AM

Pursuit of success was no cakewalk

Rosalind Chan is an international superstar in the cake decorating world.As a new immigrant from Malaysia she gave up a corporate career in Canada to go after her passion for cake artistry full-time. To give up her big salary and start her own company was a hard step to take.“I’d worked all my life...

Monday, October 17, 2011, 6:30 AM

‘The best way to heal is to reach out’

When Ellen Campbell is happy, her smile can light up an entire room. Not many know about the dark days she has gone through because of the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.As she careened through adulthood she was always chased by depression.She became suicidal and ended up in a hospital...

Monday, October 3, 2011, 6:30 AM

Going from ‘content to complete’

“I came to a fork in the road and chose the fearless route.”Michelle Peavy has overcome many tough turning points in life to become an entrepreneur, speaker and singer, but her biggest challenge of all was conquering cancer.Today, she’s healthy and owns a corporate recruiting company with offices...

Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:30 AM

Canada’s billion-dollar- man ‘just worked hard’

He is a superstar entrepreneur and according to Forbes, is worth $5.8 billion. Jim Pattison has come a long way from growing up in poverty and watching his family struggle to make ends meet.He bought a car dealership in Vancouver, got into leasing and then moved on to media, the food industry and...

Monday, September 19, 2011, 6:30 AM

‘Giving is the only way of getting’

As a young boy growing up in India, Radhe Gupta was already thinking like a businessman.“If I needed one dollar for school, I’d borrow three. One for school, one for a cushion for myself and the third dollar I would lend to someone that needed it.”Gupta has turned that simple business practice into...

Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:30 AM

To our many terrific teachers, with love

“Teachers are angels disguised as humans.”Jemy Joseph looked out from the podium to her graduating class at Francis Libermann School. How far she had come since arriving at the age of 14 from India feeling scared and confused about life in a strange new country.“I was verbally abused and bullied by...

Monday, August 29, 2011, 6:30 AM

A healthy belly is a happy belly

Meredith DeasleyAuthor, Speaker, Pediatric Nutritionist and TeacherHer 18-month-old daughter was writhing on the floor in pain and Meredith Deasley was desperate to bring her some relief. “We’re going to fix this. I don’t know what it is but we’re going to fix this.”Meredith read every book on...

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:30 AM

An immigrant story to inspire us all

Waleed Abdulhamid is an award-winning music artist, producer and filmmaker, but it is his work as a mentor and teacher with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts that truly makes him special.When he speaks to youth his message is simple.“I’m an African immigrant. Don’t wait for opportunity...

Monday, August 15, 2011, 6:30 AM

Fielding success

The accountant was blunt when Ken Fielding told him he was opening up a winery.“Are you mental? Why not just go out and buy a couple cases of wine?” But the one thing the accountant hadn’t taken into consideration was the golden touch of business visionary Ken Fielding.He got in on the ground floor...

Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:30 AM