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Montreal Coffee Queen

Bringing in the Taste of Italy in Montreal’s Corporate World

 

Free-spirited and possessing an exceptional sense of authenticity, Quebec’s own Tiana Chalifoux has become one of the best models for female entrepreneurship in the past decade.

A curious mind and determined soul, Taina left her family and moved to Montreal to pursue her studies in business administration after graduating from high school in early 2000. With passion for languages and fascination with the innerworkings of the world around her, she decided to study trilingual Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Marketing and International Business at HEC Montreal and graduated at the top of her class.

Tiana Chalifoux

Loving to travel and experiencing the world, Taina set out to explore Europe soon after graduation. This later became a catalyst for her entrepreneurial journey as travelling across Europe sparked a passion for good food and fun lifestyle in her.

The idea for her business came to Taina when a European friend visiting Montreal expressed his distaste for the quality of coffee offered at coffeeshops and restaurants in the city. Intrigued by his perspective and discovering the need in the marketplace, she set out to solve the problem.

 

Set on a mission to deliver Italian gourmet coffee to Quebecers and with the help of her savings during college, Taina set up the preliminary model of her business Di Napoli Coffee by importing the European coffee machines and biodegradable coffee capsules in 2014 and helping companies and organizations offer superior quality coffee to their employees.  She has since been working with her European supplier and closely involved in R&D of the product. Di Napoli has since grown into serving more than 200 businesses in the metropolitan.

Encountering great reception and determined to develop and sustain a growth mindset, Taina’s preliminary business model has been evolving and improving in the past 5 years. Open-mined and possessing an exceptional versality in her approach in business, Taina has been able not only to survive but prosper in the Canadian business landscape.


Her secret to success?

“You must be able to disconnect periodically and willing to re-discover yourself.”, she explains. “I tend to want to learn and explore different hobbies occasionally. I find it helpful to begin the learning process from the beginning. The worst thing that can happen to an entrepreneur is coming to a false realization that (s)he knows everything about her/his business and industry. It will prove detrimental when you reach that point.”

“Another important factor is success is resourcefulness.”, she elaborates. “It is very important that as an entrepreneur, you stay informed about the latest developments in technology and use the right tools to set up, sustain and grow your business.”

Tiana Chalifoux

Her objectives and projections for the next 5 years include growing Di Napoli across Canada and building a business team to support the ever-increasing clients.  A true supporter of Montreal’s entrepreneur community and actively contributing to different organizations and student associations, Taina enjoys expanding her network and provide mentorship by sharing her expertise, story and lessons she has learnt in her entrepreneurial endeavours.

You can meet and hear Taina’s story later this January at hotel Le Saint James in Old Montreal where Taina will be the keynote speaker at Aspire2Inspire Series: Chapter II event.  She will be sharing her story with a focus on the process of conception to ideation of a business idea. The series aims to celebrate female leadership and entrepreneurship in Montreal and helps to bring the female professional community closer by hosting networking events exploring and discussing relevant topics in business development and personal growth.


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SARA OSTAD

Author | Entrepreneur | Connector | Educator

With a wide array of solid experience and expertise in domains of education, business development and organizational change management, Sara is interested in the intersectionality of education and commerce.

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corrie

Someone Died – Now What?

If the title of this post caught you off guard, you should know that it’s actually the title of a profoundly helpful book written by Grief, Loss and Bereavement Specialist, Corrie Sirota.

Someone Died – Now What?: A Personal and Professional Perspective on Coping with Grief and Loss is described as “a GPS for grieving”, and that’s exactly what it is.

Though death can happen in an instant, the impact for those left behind can be enduring. Even in cases of expected and planned for loss – following illness or at the end of a long life – there can be a sense among family and loved ones of… Now what?

  • How do you move forward?
  • How do you experience the present?
  • How do you support those around you who are grieving?
  • What do you need to do in the moment?
  • What do you do with overwhelming sadness, anger, guilt or even numbness?
  • What can you expect in the immediate and distant future?
  • How do you create a new normal for yourself and your family?

 

One thing Corrie knows for sure, is that people experiencing loss often want (and need) direct answers to questions like this. They need guidance from someone with both personal and professional experience and knowledge to help them navigate what can be an overwhelming experience.

 

Corrie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Loss and Bereavement. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, facilitates a number of support groups, and has been supporting people in an official capacity since 1994.

Someone Died Now what book cover

But that’s just the official part. On a personal level, Corrie seems uniquely suited to help people through this process. Her unending optimism, deep sense of compassion, and enduring hope mesh perfectly with her professionalism and practicality, giving readers the reassurance that they are in capable hands.

 

Neither Corrie, nor her book, offer “quick fixes”. Instead, Corrie takes a strength-based approach, helping people work through their experience, building their own strength and recognizing or rediscovering their own abilities and balance in life.

 

Most of all, she knows that everyone’s experience of loss and bereavement is unique. She knows that you have it within you to work through your experience, and she will be your guide to do so.

 

Corrie’s insightful, inspiring, helpful and hopeful book is an incredible gift to yourself or someone you love who is experiencing loss or bereavement.

 

Corrie also has a wonderful Facebook page that shares helpful resources and powerful messages to help you see loss and grief through a new perspective.

 

 


Melissa DawnMELISSA DAWN : Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be | Corporate and Leadership Coach | Best-Selling Author | Speaker

I am Founder of CEO of Your Life, an organization helping individuals and businesses get clear on where they are, where they want to be and what they need to do to get there. Read more on Melissa

 

Montreal Jewelry maker

Clusterflux Jewelry by Dominique Nicholson

Woman of the Month Feature

Originally from Quebec City, Dominique Nicholson now lives and creates in Montreal. What does she create? Tiny pieces of stunning artwork.

Nicholson is a talented jewelry designer and creator, as well as the founder of Clusterflux Jewelry.

Gold necklase

The road to craftsmanship

Nicholson originally set out to study physiotherapy. “Oh boy! What I disaster! I am not made for school,” she says. With traditional learning environments not fitting her personal learning style and needs, she decided to try something new and enrolled in the Jewelry School of Montreal. There, she discovered the classes were 100% tactile and 0% theoretical. Ideal for someone of Nicholson’s particular brand of talent and drive.

In this unique learning environment, she excelled and absolutely loved working with her hands, creating gorgeous and positively charming pieces. She studied there for three years, with an additional year of study in 3D design, while working as a designer for renowned Canadian jeweller, Ecksand.Dominique Nicholson

 

 

Creating with Clusterflux

Today, Nicholson makes fine jewelry that is a balance between traditional craftsmanship and 3D design. She specializes in custom pieces that have a personal touch, as well as stunning earrings, rings, necklaces, high end body jewelry and more for her in-house collections.

Taking inspiration from the latest trends, Nicholson adds her own flair through the details. Her pieces are typically minimalist, but often with a hint of detail, only visible when looking closely. “Almost like a little secret only you know about,” she says. The result is charming, for sure, but also eye-catching and beautiful, blending touches of industrialism with a delicacy that is truly unique.

 

 

Pieces that last

All of her pieces are made with top-quality materials and using thoroughly studied and practiced techniques to create jewelry that is meant to be worn and loved for years to come.

Working mainly with gold and genuine stones, her emphasis is on quality, but also affordability. Looking ahead, her goal is to continue to create beautiful, eye-catching pieces that are affordable and accessible.

In a field where design possibilities are endless, technology is now catching up with the imagination, making more and more possible. Nicholson is on the forefront of these developments, continually pushing her own limits to create beautiful and original jewelry.

Dominique Nicholson

Where to get it

You can purchase Nicholson’s work through the Clusterflux Jewelry website, and much of her high-end body jewelry at select local tattoo parlours including Adrenaline, Slick Styled Steel and South Beach, St. Jerome. You can also contact Nicholson at info@clusterfluxjewelry.com, if you’re interested in a custom project.

 

Creating with purpose

As of 2019, Clusterflux Jewelry will be donating 2% of its profits to the Fraser Recovery Program in Quebec City. This rehabilitation centre is dedicated to helping youth recover from substance abuse. The donations from Clusterflux will specifically be going towards helping the centre’s clients complete or continue their education. Financial trouble is too often a huge struggle for anyone getting sober, especially youth. The efforts of the Fraser Recovery Program, with the support of organizations like Clusterflux Jewelry, help give them a second chance at bettering their lives.


Tarek Riman

Founder | Marketer | Speaker | Best Selling Author | University Instructor

As Founder of Cap.TaiM, a full-service digital marketing agency, I have worked with 100+ agencies, SMBs and Fortune 500s. I hold 30+ certifications in digital marketing including AdWords, Analytics, Bing, Hubspot, Woorank, Facebook & Hootsuite.

With a passion for exploration and sharing new discoveries, I also founded Montrealtips.com, with proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency, Montreal Children’s Hospital and other causes. I am also involved with NGOs & charities in Canada & worldwide.

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