A Conundrum: Work-life Balance

What is work-life balance in todays world? Does it mean going into work and taking vacations when you want? Perhaps taking paternity leave? Work-life balance is still not well defined in todays society- it can be a dichotomy or a spectrum. Everything about dress-down Fridays, flexible schedules, working from home, etc. all mask the core issue. In a multicultural country, …

Nila Haran – International Make-Up/Hair Artist

Nila Haran is a self-taught International Make-up/Hair Artist who founded Beauty by Nila Cosmetics. Specializing in Indian, South-Indian, and Sri Lankan bridal make-up, she was ranked #1 in Toronto at the Wedding Industry Expert Awards. Since the young age of 16, Nila enjoyed experimenting with make-up. However, having grown up in a fairly traditional family, she never saw it as …

Gajendra Ratnavel – CEO of L Squared Digital Signage

Gajendra Ratnavel (Gajen) is the CEO of L Squared Digital Signage, a digital signage company that services a wide array of clientele such as the Ontario Ministry of Health, McMaster University, Mars, Rogers, and the York Regional Government. For more information, visit http://www.LSquared.com. In 1987, Gajen migrated to Canada with his mother and sister to join his father. Growing up in the Greater …

Harshini Sriskanda – Pediatrician

Harshini Sriskanda is a Pediatrician with her own practice at Blue Rose Medical Centre in Scarborough, Ontario. She also sees patients at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario and Belleville General Hospital in Belleville, Ontario. Harshini completed her four-year undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Biology and Psychology. She continued to pave her path in the Sciences and completed …

Going the Distance

Many professionals have gone the distance and that long commute to work or school can be exhausting for the many who endure it regularly. This issue is exasperated in regions like the Greater Toronto Area where, according to a recent study looking at Ontario’s quality of life and well-being, residents have the longest commute time in the province. What does …

Benefits of Volunteering as Professionals

When we were in high school, we thought about volunteering for various reasons – mainly for community service hours and for building our resumes for an array of applications as we approached our senior year. But, what changes as we become professionals? What’s our incentive to continue to volunteer? How will it help our growth, both professionally and personally? Volunteering …

Suthan Vaheesar – Systems Design Specialist & Artist

Suthan Vaheesar is an Engineer and Artist duo. He is a Systems Design Specialist at Thales, a multinational company that specializes in services for aerospace, defense, transportation and security, and he is also a recognized self-taught artist with an international fan base of over twenty-eight thousand. Suthan knew he wanted to become an engineer at a very young age. His …

Subi Shehaan – International Staging and Re-design Professional

Subi Shehaan is an International Staging and Re-design Professional (ISRP), who founded Design Contours, a company that specializes in interior decorating, home staging and renovation. Her most recent recognition was being deemed the Best Woman Entrepreneur of 2015 by the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce. Interestingly, Subi did not always inhabit the world of design. She holds an Honours Bachelor …

Nirupan Nithiananthan – Certified Food Scientist (CFS)

Nirupan Nithiananthan is a Certified Food Scientist (CFS) who holds a managerial position in Quality Assurance Systems at one of the leading North American companies in the Food Manufacturing Sector. His journey began at the University of Guelph, where he initially enrolled in a co-op program with a major in Chemistry. During his first co-op placement that happened to be in …

How to Ace that Interview!

Job interviews are stressful for even the most seasoned of professionals. They make the most confident of people nervous, queasy and nauseous. Perhaps it’s the whole mystery and ambiguity of it all – most people don’t know what to expect, how to prepare, how to act with people they’ve never met or how to set themselves apart from other candidates …