‘‘With great power comes great responsibility.” The first time I encountered this phrase I was seven years old with my nose buried deep in a Spider Man comic. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what it meant, just that it sounded pretty cool. Indeed, power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely – guess that’s where the responsibility comes in. There are many men tempted and corrupted by the seductive allure of financial conquest and the power it brings. Entrepreneur and television star Brett Wilson once walked this dangerous path, but unlike his ferocious fellow constituents, Wilson has evolved as an individual and become a beloved and big-hearted philanthropist known for his generous exploits and business prowess.
Today, Brett Wilson is a highly successful Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and all-around good guy. He’s the Read more
Inventors and entrepreneurs joined in on the excitement and celebrated the launch of IBC on May 19, 2010. Introduced by Canadian entrepreneurs Steven Page and Kevin Harrington, Inventors Business Centre Canada will give businesspeople the tools they need to turn their ideas and inventions into successful new Read more
Great Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, once wrote: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” City Life magazine introduces booming entrepreneurs in the GTA who have carved their own successful existences. These great achievers give us a good reason to never give up. All admirable and ambitious, with impressive businesses, these inspiring community icons are showing our readers what it takes to lead successful lives and achieve their goals. Read more
We’ve scoured the city, chatted with prominent people and examined the evidence, all in our attempt to unearth the source of Vaughan’s allure. This is what we found.
With numerous green initiatives in place such as the Greening Vaughan program and an impressive 740 hectares of parks and acres of land ensured by the Woodlot Protection Strategy, Vaughan is committed to painting the city green. “The woodlots that you see that are speckled through our subdivisions are going to be there through perpetuity. Vaughan is one of the first municipalities in the province of Ontario to do this,” says Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson. Read more
For a man who has successfully conquered the competitive industry of transportation, Vahe “Cy” Tokmakjian emanates bashful charm. He’s dressed in a light-coloured suit and dress shirt of a royal blue. Sipping on his morning coffee, Cy’s face is never without smile or nostalgic expression, as he delves into the storied past of his domestic and international conglomeration, Tokmakjian Group, a prodigy in the transportation business.
Headquartered in Ontario’s industrial community of Concord, Tokmakjian Group was conceived from childhood dreams and born via skilled experience. During a time when deals were sealed with a handshake, Cy set out solo at 29, unbeknown to what the future had in store for him. “I remember shaking hands with Tony DeGasperis, when we were both small businessmen beginning our journeys,” Cy, 69, reflects. Read more
Julie Toskan-Casale looks as though she would be comfortable working behind the M.A.C counter at the local department store. Dressed in all black with chunky accessories and perfectly applied makeup, she still has the M.A.C look that has become their staple. But Toskan-Casale was never just a girl behind the counter. She was the girl behind the whole company. One might think that the woman who co-founded M.A.C would be rather hard-edged considering the line’s bold attitude and product names like Smut, Bitter, and Vex, but Toskan-Casale is anything but. With a friendly demeanor and a warm smile, it is not hard to tell why she went from the high-glamour world of fashion and makeup to starting a charitable organization that teaches high school students how to become philanthropists and give back to their communities. With the work that she does, Toskan-Casale proves that it’s possible to take success and turn it into something even better. Read more