We are so lucky to have these amazing people who are willing to share their passion and experience in order to make FRANQ GIRL amazing!
Diversity Expert and Advisor
Sedina Fiati is a performer, producer, creator, facilitator and activist for stage and screen. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and is also the Co Chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and Chair of the CAEA Diversity Committee. Sedina proudly identifies as femme and a woman of Ghanaian and Trinidadian descent and was chosen as one of the femmes in Honoured Dyke Group, Fierce Femme Organizers, for the World Pride Dyke March, 2014.
Brand Partnership and Marketing Advisor
Debora is a well-regarded sales and partnership-marketing expert, connecting brands with people for more than 15 years. Her experience encompasses the development and implementation of strategic marketing programs in the sports, entertainment and non-profit sectors, as well as experiential brand marketing leadership in the retail industry. Referred to as a “trail blazer”, Debora’s greatest strengths are her entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and in-the-trenches experience. She is committed in her desire to deliver the best and keep projects moving forward. Debora’s professional work has been acknowledged in Marketing Magazine, and she is a winner of the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) Maple Leaf Award for outstanding achievement in marketing in retail. Her team work has been recognized by four peer nominations for SMILE awards. She has served as an Act of Love board member and regularly volunteers in her community helping families that are dealing with addiction related challenges.
Women In Technology Advisor
Katy has over 10 years working in the field of biotech, holding positions in sales and management. Her primary interest is in launching new, disruptive technologies that are changing the field of research and medicine. As a sales leader early in her career, she played an integral role in growing early revenue at DNA Genotek (acquired by Orasure Technologies). She went on to successful sales roles at Sigma Aldrich and Roche Diagnostics, where Katy was the first representative for the Next Generation sequencing technology in Canada. Katy is currently Director, Sales at Spartan Bioscience, where she is responsible for development and execution of the sales strategy for Spartan’s disruptive technology. Katy graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honours degree in Biopharmaceutical Science.
In addition to her work at Spartan, Katy currently sits on the advisory board for Machine Telemetry, providing guidance on their sales strategy. She is also co-chair of Women Powering Technology Ottawa, a non-profit organization for women in tech. Katy received the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty under 40 award in 2014 for her business accomplishments.
Outside of her professional life, Katy loves enjoying the outdoors and being active. She winds down by playing guitar or doing yoga, and spends most of her free time with her husband and young boys.
Women in S.T.E.M Advisor
Imogen R. Coe, Ph.D., is the founding Dean of Science at Ryerson University. Dr. Coe is originally from the UK and came to Canada as an international graduate student. She completed graduate degrees at the University of Victoria and research fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Alberta. Dr. Coe continues to maintain a research program based on understanding fundamental aspects of cell biology and her group is located at St. Mike’s Hospital, where she is also an affiliate scientist. She is a strong supporter and advocate for the recruitment, promotion and retention of girls into STEM.
For this straight-talkin’ creative dynamo, running the show with equal parts determination and style (and sometimes while doing a handstand) comes naturally. When she founded Simply Elaborate back in 2009, her dream was to create a new kind of agency—one that pulled together a rainbow of creatively minded individuals with big ideas to boot. In no time flat, her passionate venture spiralled into a full-tilt agency that cultivated oodles of meaningful relationships and one-of-a-kind business partnerships.
A genuine triple threat with degrees in Communications, Business Management, and Website Design and Production—she’s freakishly good at connecting the dots and cultivating a collaborative energy around everything we do. When she’s not painting the bigger picture for our clients with her visionary superpowers, she’s splashing it on a canvas or lending her expertise to the charities that matter most to her. For one, she’s the Director of Marketing with Scribble Me Silly, a kid-centred organization that empowers victims of abuse through art. With what little time she has to spare, she likes to hang out in warrior pose at her local yoga studio, knit scarves. And play with kittens. That too.
Jane was a promising track athlete before a devastating car accident ended her athletic career at age 19. Jane turned this life lesson into helping Canadian athletes and started the Canadian Athletes Now Fund, a not-for-profit organization. As a former athlete herself, Jane saw a need. In order for Canada’s elite athletes to compete on the world stage, they must have money to pay for proper training, coaching, nutrition and living expenses.
Jane is also a very successful artist with “See Jane Paint”. Her paintings are sold across Canada and New York, and she has created a number of commission paintings for corporate Canada and charity.
Owner of the Jane Roos Gallery, which recently opened in downtown Toronto, Jane exhibits her paintings and other Canadian artists.
There is no straight line with Jane; all of her varied experiences have shaped her unique perspective as an entrepreneur, artist, speaker and human being. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.