Celebrating Women in Liberty Village for IWD 2019

Celebrating Women in Liberty Village for IWD 2019

The Liberty Village BIA is proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day by recognizing and celebrating the talents, achievements and leadership of women in our community.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked Liberty Village business community to submit the names of women they felt deserved to be highlighted. The community answered the call, thank you to all who put names forward to recognize employees, coworkers, connections and friends; special thank you to the men for being allies and amplifying women’s voices.

If you wish to join us in celebrating IWD 2019, it is not too late to participate! On Friday March 8th, post on Instagram using the hashtags #IWD2019inLV #BalanceforBetter and tagging @LIBERTYVILLAGEBIA, we’ll share your posts in our story, and make a compilation of them in a blog post published later in March.

 

You can also visit our Facebook and Instagram channels throughout the day to help us amplify women’s voices by liking, commenting and sharing the achievements the community is sharing!

 

Without further due, here are 13 women who embody the spirit of the connected, creative and innovative community that is Liberty Village.   

Tammy Yiu Coyne, Partial & Squab

Find her on LinkedIn and Instagram @partial.gallery
She is a multi-faceted and multi-talented, accomplished entrepreneur who contributes greatly to the arts community in Toronto, though both her business as well as her work with the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.”

         Eric Rochon, Brood Studio


Anne Flamant,
Dare & DefyFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @anne.flamant & @dndstrategy
In the short time that Anne has been sharing 8Space with us, she’s amazed me every week with her dedication to not only building her business, but also in volunteering her time with the various community groups and boards that she is a part of, while also showing genuine care and support for her fellow studio mates. She is woman who inspires me to continue to overcome challenges both big and small on the daily.”

         Tammy Yiu-Coyne, Partial


Libby Garg, Freshii LV &
WorkSoluteFind her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @libby.garg
“In addition to being a beautiful human being through and through, Libby is running, not 1 but 2 companies. She operates the Freshii in Liberty Village, and she has founded a start-up called WorkSolute that helps hundreds of business owners simplify the process of hiring and paying staff in the restaurant and retail industries. Libby also makes time to give back to the community and is always making herself available for people in her network. Thank you Libby for being awesome!”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Wendy Hallam Martin,
Take 5 ProductionsFind her on LinkedIn  
“Wendy is an Emmy Award winning Editor for her work editing The Handmaid’s Tale. She is a fantastic example of females leading the way, and works right here at Take 5 in Liberty Village!

    Rachel McKim, Take 5 Productions Inc


Julie Kaye,
Telecom By DesignFind her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @telecombydesigninc
Julie is a pioneer woman in tech having founded Telecom By Design in Jan 2008 and she has been a pillar in the Liberty Village community since that time. In addition to her strong professional accomplishments, she is a local Liberty Village advocate.  She founded Allies in Tech which aims to amplify women in the technology community within Liberty Village. Julie was also recently elected as the first female Chair of the LV Business Improvement Area, and is a board member for WBE Canada.

         Libby Garg, WorkSolute


Jurenda Landry,
Kase InsuranceFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @jurenda_j
“Jurenda is the director of KASE client services. She has been named as one of the top 10 insurance brokers in Canada last year. Most importantly she has helped KASE insurance to grow in double digits in 2018 and be name as one of the 2018 top insurance brokerages in Canada. KASE insurance would not be as successful without her leadership.”

         Stanislav Kojokin, Kase Insurance

Isabelle LeBlanc, Telecom By Design

Find her on LinkedIn under her name
Isabelle has been a member of the tech community for 20 years, she always steps in and show up to a variety of initiatives. Most recently moving our back-end operations to the AWS platform, and working with our team on a beta test solution on AWS. Isabelle has worked at TBD Telecom By Design for 9 years and continues to expand our business service offerings.

         Julie Kaye, Telecom By Design


Rosa Muscillo,
CaffinoFind her on LinkedIn and Instagram @caffinotoronto
Rosa’s first love is architecture, she went on the work on projects like The Plaza Hotel & the St Regis in NYC, as well as the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. She created Caffino 23 years ago, back at the very beginning of the transformation of Liberty Village. She watched businesses come and go in the area, as her own grew steadily, until becoming a hidden gem cherished by locals.”

         Antoinetta Fabiano, Caffino

Krista Sayer, Telecom By Design

Find her on LinkedIn under her name
“Krista works at TBD Telecom By Design and continues to play an integral part in keeping us all connected. Krista was asked to create a new website and since then go on to build out (2) more websites! As well, Krista has stepped into and contributed to a local group called Allies in Tech. Krista continues to be proactive and responsive and we thank her for her contributions!”

         Julie Kaye, Telecom By Design

 


Natalia Schiopu,
JobstartFind her on LinkedIn
“Natalia is a champion for other women, new Canadians and people with disabilities through the Mentorship program at Jobstart. A genuinely caring person, Natalia’s passion and dedication to understanding the needs of people shines through.”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Helen Tansey,
Sundari WomenFind her on Instagram @helentanseyphotography & @sundariwomen
“Helen is a highly skilled photographer who operates out of Liberty Village on Jefferson. She is an absolute delight of a human, a phenomenal photographer but most importantly has created a beautiful project called Sundari Women which recognizes the beauty (both inner and outer) of women especially those over 50.”

Sandy Weir, Smooth Wax Bar


Suzanne Tyson,
Higher Ed PointsFind her on LinkedIn
“Suzanne is the Founder of Higher Ed Points, a start-up that helps students pay tuition by letting them and their loved ones convert loyalty points into cash. Her company was selected by a network of thousands of activators to be a SheEO Venture, and receive funding through the Radical Generosity campaign. In addition to running her business, she also consults for Edge IP in Liberty Village. Thanks Suzanne for making higher education more accessible!”

         Anne Flamant, Dare & Defy


Amelia Zhang,
AthlonFind her on LinkedIn under her name
As a UX/UI designer, Amelia is a champion for the voice-of-the-customer. This may sound simple, but she is currently part of a team that is tackling one of the most disruptive and revolutionary technologies in 2019: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Amelia has been involved with building user-centric design solutions that streamline complex problems and bring accessibility to emerging technologies.”

         Eilbron Meghdies, Athlon

 

Liberty Village Heritage Toronto Tours

Dates:

  • July 29 @ 1:30 PM
  • September 30 @ 1:30pm

Explore the west end’s Liberty Village, one of the fastest-growing condominium and creative districts in the city. The community’s rich heritage can be seen in the adaptive reuse of its industrial buildings, the remains of the Central Prison Chapel, and its many artists’ studios – but how does it all fit together?

Start Point: Massey Harris Park (945 King Street West)
End Point: Lamport Stadium (1151 King Street West)
Cost: $10 donation suggested

Sponsored by the Liberty Village BIA.

Make a reservation: https://bit.ly/2JRfgiB

Achievers Networking Tech Event

Achievers Networking Tech Event

Come by Achievers’ HQ in Toronto and meet the A-team.

 

Learn more about:

  • Current job openings
  • Exciting new technology

DATE AND TIME

Thu, 22 February 2018

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

LOCATION

Achievers Headquarters

190 Liberty Street

Toronto, ON M6K 3E9

Register now: http://ow.ly/hJI830ipfNj

Liberty Talks Speakers’ Series presents Terry O’Reilly, “Don’t Outspend Them, Outsmart Them”

The Liberty Village BIA will be presenting its Liberty Talks Speakers’ Series featuring Terry O’Reilly.

In a world where most advertisers don’t have huge budgets to trounce the competition, where small advertisers are up against deeper pockets, and where not–for–profit communicators struggle to make an impact, there is a way to gain remarkable returns.

Our Liberty Talks Speakers’ Series, “Don’t Outspend them; Outsmart Them” was an amazing success! On Thursday, March 8 at 4:30 to 7:30 pm at The Avenue at the Bakery (York Heritage Properties), 2 Fraser Street in Liberty Village, we welcomed over 200 guests to enjoy an inspiring marketing presentation by Terry O’Reilly.

About Terry O’Reilly

Terry is a Canadian broadcast producer and personality, best known as host of the CBC Radio One series, “O’Reilly on Advertising”, “The Age of Persuasion”, and most recently “Under the Influence”.

The Event, “Don’t Outspend them; Outsmart Them”

The event began with a networking session from 4:30-5:30pm. 

Our event sponsor, Beanfield Metroconnect, provided the drinks 

Catering by Maizal provided plenty of food from a Charcuterie Board, to Potato Tacos, Pork Sopecitos and Jam Cookies.

Terry presented from 5:30 – 6:45 pm, with a Q&A session that would follow.

Terry O’Reilly’s 10 Words of Wisdom

  • “Don’t default to conventional messages and clichés”
  • “When someone tells you that’s the way we do it around here, that’s called The Death of Marketing
  • “Always zig when everyone else zags”
  • “The solution is always hiding inside the obstacle”
  • “Break the rules creatively”
  • “Think outside the confines of your category – think like a marketer”
  • “Creativity loves constraint, but solutions are born from hunches.”
  • “Find meaning behind the facts and use creativity to fuel the idea”
  • “Make people feel your messages, not just understand them”
  • “Don’t spend money, spend creativity”

 

Also, thank you to York Heritage Properties for donating the space for the evening.

Stay tuned for our next Liberty Talks Speakers’ Series and more networking events!

Street Art in Liberty Village

Creativity lives and breathes all over Liberty Village from the designers creating digital masterpieces to the amazing technologies being built to the streets. Lunch time walks and random strolls in the community have more life and interest with the various artistic pieces seen on the ground on on building exterior walls. We got the chance to chat with a couple of the artists who produced the artwork we see an marvel at everyday.

Sidewalk Art by What is Victor Up To

Picture of the sidewalk art by What is Victor Up To.
Pops of color bring the ground to life by What is Victor Up To.

This piece is a little hidden and resides at the historic Toronto Carpet Factory.  Nestled in between some of the buildings, this artistic pop of color is welcomed. The sidewalk art was created and design by local artist What is Victor Up To.  Management form the Toronto Carpet Factory reached out to him  and he was more than happy to complete the piece. It was actually Victor’s second time doing a sidewalk installation here.

With the property being a former carpet factory, it only made sense to pay homage to the history and recreate a carpet image. He wanted the piece to have a lot of punch. The most recent design was inspired by Mexican textiles that Victor had seen among his travels.

Girl and Cat Mural

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This two storey mural was kindly gifted by a loyal Liberty Street Cyclery customer.

This mural is a very special piece of art. For one, it is a two story piece and catches the attention of people coming and going down Liberty Street and heading to and from the Go Trains. Secondly, the way this project came to be is very unique. A very loyal customer of Liberty Street Cyclery, Rob, initiated the project with the help of his friends.

Utilizing the  StreetARToronto program with the City of Toronto, they had obtained all necessary permission and had the wall transformed. Internationally renowned artist Emmanuel Jarus was the designer and creator of the image. Jarus states about the girl and cat image, “It is based off of a photo I took of my best friend’s ex-girlfriend and their cat together. The cat is something that can’t be split as they separate.”

Showing Neighborhood Pride 

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Take a photo in front of this wall and be sure to tag it with #LoveLibertyTO.

Take a walk through the Liberty Market Galleria and two pieces of street art will standout. Commissioned artist, Ben Johnston, added these two pieces of art to the walls of the Liberty Market Building back in the summer of 2016. One piece can be seen behind Brazenhead with the word “Hustle” painted in white. Further down the Galleria, the proud words, “Love Liberty” can be spotted on a two story piece. This particular wall has become very Instagram famous as everyone loves to to show their appreciation for Liberty Village.

We love the creativity seen thus far in the streets. What murals or works of art will we see in the future?