Connecting and supporting ambitious entrepreneurs.
A platform that connects, educates and supports ambitious entrepreneurs.
City MOGULS is the community every ambitious entrepreneur wants and needs to be a part of. Through highly curated mentorship and mastermind programs, award winning events and experiences, this community gives you everything you need to grow and succeed.
We exist to help ambitious entrepreneurs get the support we didn’t have when we started out as entrepreneurs - a community that’s got your back, through all of the ups and downs, and the advice and resources you didn’t know you needed.
Why We Started City MOGULS
We all know that entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we learned along the way that surrounding yourself with like-minded, successful people led to:
- An endless source of inspiration and motivation to keep going
- Accelerated personal and business growth
- Mentorship, valuable business advice and strategies
- Opportunities to expand your connections and network
That’s why we built this community. Out of a need to connect, educate, and support ambitious entrepreneurs and help you reach your full potential.
Our Core Values
What does it mean to be a MOGUL Member?
A MOGUL is on a mission to create their own version of success and continue to show up as their best self.
- Understands the importance of work-life balance
- Doesn’t take their sh*t too seriously
- Brings their whole person to every relationship
- Understands that they are on a never-ending growth journey and that learning never stops
- Knows that business is more than a transaction – it’s how we make the world a better place
- Understands that their purpose is to serve others
- Knows that community is key
- Collaboration over Competition. Period.
Supporting and connecting purpose-driven entrepreneurs through value-driven experiences.
Victoria and Dani here! Here’s a little more about us and our story, and why we started City MOGULS.
In 2010, we met on the dance team at the University of Toronto. The minute we locked eyes we knew we were going to do great things together.
We soon became Co-Captains of the dance team and brought the team to new heights. We were both passionate about bringing people together behind a cause and began organizing fundraising events while finishing up our undergraduate degrees at U of T.
What started as small, community-based art events while in University, evolved with them as they dove headfirst into their professional careers.
We started our first company together in 2015 - an event planning and production company in Toronto. We soon learned how overwhelming and challenging the entrepreneurship journey was, and found there was a lack of resources, advice and support for young entrepreneurs, and that it was challenging to meet like-minded entrepreneurs.
Frustrated with the lack of support and quality events for entrepreneurs, City MOGULS was born.
In 2016, we put on the first-ever MOGUL Awards (formerly the City MOGULS Runway Show), celebrating Canada’s top entrepreneurs in a runway show for Canadian Charities. Our goal was to revolutionize business events into a fashion-forward, entertaining, impactful experience, and give back while doing it. To date, City MOGULS raised over $250,000 in support of Canadian Charities.
Today, with a network of over 6000 entrepreneurs and growing, what started as one event has now blossomed into a thriving, supportive, and empowered community of entrepreneurs and leaders on a mission to grow their businesses and make a difference.
Through year-round programming, mentorship, events, and membership, we are fulfilling our mission of supporting and connecting purpose-driven entrepreneurs through value-driven experiences.
10 years later, we’re still the same girls, passionate about bringing people together and making a difference in the world.
We can’t wait to connect with you and support you along your journey!
P.S. Check out our newest business together Mave & Chez - a slipper revolution. Join the Pre-Sale List!
Vicky Milner is a distinguished entrepreneur with extensive experience in an array of industries including fashion retail, music, entertainment, and nonprofit management. An avid philanthropist with over 10 years experience in the event business; Vicky has founded and executed many large-scale events for notable brands, including Universal Music Group and the Herbie Fund. Vicky’s strong business acumen, passionate outlook on the fashion industry, and belief in celebrating Canada and its amazing talent makes her an exceptional leader for CAFA.
Ashlee Froese is a Toronto-based branding and fashion lawyer and trademark agent, who founded Froese Law, a boutique branding law firm. Ashlee is recognized as a Certified Specialist in Trademarks Law by the Law Society of Ontario and has been ranked as one of the top 1000 trademarks lawyers globally. Ashlee’s scope of practice includes trademarks, copyright, licensing, domain name, social media, marketing, advertising, packaging and labelling laws and negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements.
With an Associate in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of British Colombia, Shae Invidiata joined the Invidiata Team in 2009 and has had the privilege to work alongside her father, Christopher Invidiata who has been servicing the Oakville, Burlington, and Mississauga community since 1984. As a resident of Oakville for 20 years and Toronto for 8 years, Shae knows these markets well along with the community of people that Oakville and Toronto pride themselves on.
Shae believes that the true value of working in real estate is the people she meets and the relationships that are built.
Steven Tulman is a serial entrepreneur specializing in financial services and online marketing sectors.
He is the President and Founder of Clover Mortgage Inc., a full service residential and commercial mortgage brokerage, and CEO of Zenvest Capital Corp., a private mortgage investment fund.
Steven has over 15 years of experience building and scaling companies, investing in real estate, and has worked on online marketing strategies for top brands such as Amazon, Samsung, Ford, Visa, Aflac, Canadian Tire, and many more.
Sylvia has been involved with Mantella Corporation since 2008. In 2010 Sylvia took her position as Chief Marketing Officer. Through selective and strategic branding decisions she has successfully navigated through changing markets while maintaining the integrity and impeccable reputation of one of the Canadas largest privately-owned land development companies, established more than 70 years ago. Mantella Corporation is a significant contributor to their community, local charities, and charities on a global level.
Sylvia Mantella serves on the Board of Directors for CANFAR Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. In 2016 Sylvia received the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian HIV and AIDS research.
Over his decorated career, Vijay Kanwar has served on a number of high profile boards and operated as a successful entrepreneur. A dedicated philanthropist and active member of the community, he sits on the board of directors of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Foundation.
Vijay Kanwar joined the BDC Board of Directors in June 2017, and currently serves as a governor for York University. He is also the Founder of KMH Cardiology and Diagnostic Centres, the largest provider of nuclear cardiology services in North America. This is complemented by his role as Founder of EHLinq Inc., which develops enterprise-level software for medical businesses.
Cliff Ritter is the Co-Founder of LowestRates.ca and a search engine optimization (SEO) expert. He cut his teeth in industries with high levels of SEO competition, such as gaming and health. The companies he lent his expertise to have generated over $100 million through SEO efforts.
As founder of consultancy La Closette, she is a force in Toronto style and fashion for her 20 years of commitment to the industry, but even more so for the singular gusto with which she embraces life and the legion of friends and fans around her.
As her multitude of happy clients from all walks of life attests, MT profoundly believes that fashion is a powerful confidence-builder and therefore must be accessible to all, regardless of body type and budget.
In addition to one-on-one styling engagements, notably through La Closette’s position as official stylist of Yorkdale Mall. MT and her team deliver employee style initiatives at corporations including OMERS, and at hospitality leaders.
Jian Magen is among the pillars in the event production scene in Toronto. “Out of the box”, charity galas, wrestling matches. You name it – Jian has done it. His reputation for following through on his promises is unprecedented and his professionalisms are epic. Jian Magen is your event production specialist.
Andrea’s passion for ideas led her to TEDxToronto where she volunteered initially as a Speaker Coach, progressing to Director of Programming and eventually the Conference Co-Chair role. These voluntary roles were instrumental in the creation of Talk Boutique, a speaker development, curation, and representation company. Andrea is a sought after and recognized expert in storytelling and speaker development. The Talk Boutique Talk Canvas is a powerful tool used by speakers worldwide in the creation of effective and engaging talks.
In addition to her roles at Talk Boutique, Andrea is the Head of Faculty at SingularityU Canada a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all.