City MOGULS features Toronto's top influencers and entrepreneurs in an unforgettable fashion show. The MOGULS share their stories about how they got their start, what they define as success and what drives their passion.
The MOGULS featured in each event come from all different industries and backgrounds including tech, business, art, fashion, marketing, television, health, and much more.
Each year our MOGULS are selected by our trusted Advisory Board, Producers, and committee. You can nominate a MOGUL for our fall 2017 event by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org explaining who you would like to nominate and why they deserve to be featured in the show.
The 2016 MOGULS
Bree Wasylenko is a well-known dancer, choreographer and actress. She was in the Top 20 of “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” Season 3, and has performed in various hit television shows and movies. She has choreographed for artists such as Sam Smith, Carly Rae Jepsen, and major brands including Calvin Klein, Telus, CIBC and Pepperidge Farms. Bree is also the Co-Director of Collective Elite Entertainment. As an actress, her breakout role is that of “Kate” in the hit Family Channel TV show “The Next Step”. She has also appeared in CW’s “Reign”, CBC’s “Murdoch Mysteries” and MuchMusic’s film “Alive”.
Passion and perseverance have always been at the heart of every step Caroline has taken in her professional dance career. She has performed on international stages and is sought out as a choreographer by some of the most prestigious dance organizations worldwide. Caroline is the co-director of Collective Elite Entertainment, choreographing films, commercials, music videos and live events. Choreography and creative direction credits include So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam Season 3, Heroes Reborn Season 1, The Canadian Country Music Awards 2015 and many more. Her performance credits include playing the role of “Teena” on the CW Network’s ‘Hellcats’ starring Ashley Tisdale. As a result of her breadth of experience Caroline teamed up with Collective Elite partner Bree Wasylenko and choreographer/casting director Addy Chan to create Booked - the audition experience and business of dance.
DR. MEGHAN WALKER
Dr. Meghan Walker is a naturopathic doctor, writer, speaker, entrepreneur and mother of 3!! Meghan has previously founded and sold two companies and is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Bright Almond, an online navigator that connects consumers to regulated complementary health practitioners. Through the lens of health prevention and entrepreneurship, Meghan has spoken and consulted internationally, is a regular media contributor and has launched a line of preventative supplements under own brand. Meghan maintains a boutique practice in Toronto’s downtown core where she caters to entrepreneurs, innovators and inspired individuals looking to maximize the health of their body and brain. Meghan’s driving belief is that when people are well, they can change the world. She is a strong supporter of Free the Children and humbled to be participating in City MOGULS alongside such an awesome cohort of influencers.
Since the ninth grade, Garrett has been experimenting with powerful technologies (some less legal than others). During one of his co-op work terms at the University of Waterloo, he developed a workout-generating algorithm to spice up his routine. Fast forward a couple of years, and PumpUp was born. Garrett leads the vision, design, and development of PumpUp. PumpUp is a positive mobile community for health and fitness of over 4 million people. From workouts, to activity tracking, to photo sharing, PumpUp gives you tools and support to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the company has secured millions of dollars in financing from top-tier VCs in Silicon Valley. I'm excited to be a part of City MOGULS and to contribute to a great cause... and to show my girlfriend that I can be fashionable.
Josh Singer is President and founding partner of Kognitive Marketing, an agency that helps companies increase their sales through in-field, face-to-face marketing initiatives. Since its inception in 2006, the company has grown to over 800 full and part-time staff located in every major city across Canada. The company was recently listed in the Profit 500 Awards as Canada’s fastest growing marketing company and the 6th fastest overall growing company in Canada. Due to the company’s successes, Singer was named Marketing Magazine’s 30 under 30. He is excited to be a part of City MOGULS to raise money for a good cause and have fun in the process!
With more than 5.5 million YouTube subscribers and more than 580 million views, Youtube star Matthew Santoro is known for delivering informative videos with trademark humour and personality. Best known for his top ten lists and “50 Amazing Facts” videos, Santoro is changing the way his audience accesses learning and education. In addition to his main channel, he also operates a personal vlog with 720,000 subscribers and a newly launched video gaming channel. Winner of the “Breakout Creator” award at the 2015 Streamy Awards, Santoro currently lives and creates in Toronto.
Nicole Servinis was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario and always has been a lover of the arts. She grew up with a passion for figure skating and dance— winning National titles across America. Nicole fell in love with journalism when she did a co-op at Rogers TV and worked on numerous shows, including hosting York Region Spotlight. Graduating high school with honours, Nicole received a full dance scholarship to attend Hawaii Pacific University to study journalism. That year, Nicole was a part of a two-time national championship team, and was awarded Rookie of the Year. Returning home, Nicole attended Ryerson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism. She is currently an Associate Producer and digital host for Canada’s entertainment powerhouse, Entertainment Tonight Canada. Nicole is extremely honoured and excited to be a part of City MOGULS, not only to help raise money for a good cause and give back, but to be a part of such an innovative, creative and talented group of influencers in Toronto.
Alexander Jamall is a self-taught photographer and retoucher whose work has been featured in esteemed publications from Fashion Magazine, Elle US & Mexico, LOVE, to Dazed & Confused. After about 2 years of dabbling behind the lens, Alexander quickly learned that his eye for fashion extended far beyond producing editorials for campaigns and publications. In November 2015, Alexander went on to develop what is now known as VULKAN Magazine; one of the world's leading independent fashion magazines. The magazine was born with the sole purpose of bridging the gap between the elite and the novice, and has been praised tremendously for doing so. Having featured many of the world's most recognized models and celebrities, VULKAN Magazine shows no future signs of slowing down. Once Alexander partnered up with artist Maxwell Burnstein, VULKAN Magazine went on to produce print issues that can be found on newsstands worldwide. “There is nothing more humbling than standing beside peers who have overcome the same trials and tribulations. City MOGULS is an honour that I will hold with me forever.”
NICOLE POLLOCK & JORIE BROWN
Nicole Pollock and Jorie Brown grew up dancing professionally for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts sports teams as well as working for the top entertainment/production companies in the country. Cotton Candy Event Staffing Inc. provides the perfect fit for each event from brand ambassadors, promotional models, dancers, bartenders and specialty/hospitality staff. This vast roster of promotional staff branches across Canada in major and remote regions, including both male and female staff. Since their 2014 launch, Cotton Candy has provided staff for marketing campaigns for Canada Goose, Absolut Vodka, Poker Star, Molson Coors, Hudson's Bay Company and seasonal nationwide print campaigns for SoftMoc shoes. They have also provided street team ambassadors for major movie releases and performers for live performances for recording artists like Ludacris, Omi and Karl Wolf. In just two short year's Cotton Candy have represented over 30 brands at over 500 events. Nicole and Jorie are proud to be recognized as Toronto’s up and coming entrepreneurs and influencers. They are truly honoured to be regarded as City MOGULS, support and raise awareness for these remarkable charities and inspire and empower young professionals.
Syed Sohail best known as the leading Canadian menswear blogger The Prep Guy started his blog in 2014. What started off as a private journal made public soon became an acclaimed men's fashion & lifestyle blog. Syed has worked with almost 100 leading brands on the national, international and global scale. The multi-award nominated blog has become a staple in the Canadian fashion media and has been recognized as one of the top 100 websites for men. Syed also is the co-host of the popular twitter trend #Gentschat, in partnership with Perry Ellis and 9 other top male influencers from across the globe. Syed is absolutely honoured to be selected and participating in City Moguls, alongside the amazing "Moguls" and to raise awareness for amazing charities.
Candice Kaye is a photographer, videographer, former NBA Raptors dancer who discovered her love for textile design somewhere between attending the Interior Design program at the Art Institute of Technology and stumbling upon a textile warehouse while traveling through the French countryside. Now founder and creative director of Candice Kaye Design, she has four wallpaper collections, and collaborations with well respected clients within the hospitality and commercial industry. Kaye's well defined style and creativity within her custom services has pushed the boundaries by changing the way the client connects with their interior textile design. Wallpaper becomes a personal experience which has revolutionized the way people look at and feel about textile design. Standout accolades for Candice Kaye Design include Vogue, Loony Magazine, and The New York Times for recognizing the importance of custom coffee cup branding and cohesive design at Maman Cafe,Harper's Bazzar for recent custom wallpaper mural residential work, Roots Canada for custom set design, and Huffpost for forward thinking design and upcoming trends within wallpaper design 2016. Possibilities of growth for Candice Kaye Design are endless. Kaye plans on branching out for beyond wallpaper to all textiles surfaces within the home.
DeAsia Gaffar is a Fashion Stylist and the Co-Founder of TRAVA. In 2016, she graduated with a Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. During her final semester, alongside her business partner, she won 2 pitch competitions that raised $10,000 in seed funding. As a result, they were selected for an intensive 4 month incubation program to launch TRAVA while working with professors and industry professionals from the university. Currently, DeAsia is styling at Mendocino, managing TRAVA, and working on an independent study project alongside her professor. She is studying the ethical fashion market in North America with plans to return to Sri Lanka for TRAVA's impact program in Winter 2016.
Harmonie Vachon is Co-Founder and Creative Director of TRAVA, an ethical clothing company that empowers women in the villages of Sri Lanka. Harmonie holds a Degree in Business Marketing and Management from the University of Guelph and is a self-taught Photographer, Videographer and Graphic Designer. Outside of academics, she credits majority of her education to extensive world travel, novel experiences and a diverse network of mentors. Harmonie conceptualised TRAVA with the intention of building a business that could strengthen the Global community and bridge gaps between consumers and those in the developing world. Currently, she is enrolled in a Digital Media program to further develop her technical skills, while freelancing and operating TRAVA.
Andy is a WSWC Certified Wakeboard Instructor who has been wake boarding for the past 12 years. He’s trained with pro coaches in Florida and Toronto and has learned everything from fundamentals to instructional methods to help reach students of all skill levels. He has competed for 8 years across North America at local provincial contests all the way through to National and Pro level contests and believes that patience, and using a building block method to teaching, including visual, vocal, and kinaesthetic instruction, is the key to helping students to succeed. Andy started Muskoka Wake with another industry pro in 2011 with the purpose of introducing a new face to the sport of wake boarding and pushing the level of riding in Ontario. With three locations in Ontario, Muskoka Wake is on it’s way to becoming a serious wakeboard school to be recognized.
Cato is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lending Loop, Canada’s first peer-to-peer lending platform. Lending Loop gives all Canadians access to simple and attractive returns by supporting the growth of local Canadian businesses. From the age of 10, Cato has been an aspiring entrepreneur and technology enthusiast, demonstrating this in a variety of ways from building custom computers to starting a business out of his elementary school locker. At the age of just 21, Cato served as the Executive Vice President of a medium sized software consulting business. Cato is very excited to be a part of City MOGULS to raise awareness and support for a good cause!
In 2009 Invidiata joined the Invidiata Team, a team that her father established and has successfully lead to achieve the #1 RE/MAX Team in Canada for thirteen years, and #1 RE/MAX Team Worldwide 2007 and 2012. In January 2010, [free-them] was founded, an initiative dedicated to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations and businesses to fight human trafficking – slavery today. [free-them] is a Stakeholder to three federal bills that have amended the Criminal Code of Canada and also to the Federal Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. [free-them] continues to lead as a Stakeholder to the City of Toronto to see a Slave Free Toronto. Invidiata has appeared on many national and local media sources, including The Globe and Mail, CBC, CBC Radio, CTV, The Toronto Star, GlobalTV, CityNews, CP24 News. Invidiata was a nominee for Canadian Women’s Fashion Magazine Chatelaine as a Top 20 Finalist for “Canada’s Women of the Year 2011″, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012, NaNonal Freedom Award in October 2012 and most recently, Invidiata was recognized as a “Woman of Honour” at the 2016 Honouring Heroes event presented by “The Joy Smith FoundaNon”.
Hired at the beginning of 2011, while The Food Dudes were still run out of a Toronto condo, Lindsay helped bring the business to the big time in running day-to-day operations. Lindsay created the framework for The Food Dudes’ administration system and perfected the event catering protocol that propelled the company to exponential achievement. Her enthusiastic energy and attentiveness to clients’ needs make her one of the most effective event planners in the city, and she has long been considered the third pillar of The Food Dudes triumvirate.
"We do the thinking, you do the drinking." That's the motto of the family-owned Revitasize company. Founded by brothers Daniel, Aaron, Gad & Nir Spivak, and inspired by their mother Rachel, Revitasize is more than just a juicing company to these young, savvy, athletic entrepreneurs. The brothers opened their first location in Thornhill and now have 3 more locations in the city. They're committed to separating themselves from all the other juice cleanses out there by offering juices, meals, unique personal coaching and local home and office delivery (included in all packages) in an attempt to make juicing and living a healthy lifestyle as EASY as possible for you.