International Women’s Day is here, and we’re delighted to champion the women in our worlds who inspire us, push us and motivate us to be our best. Auburn Lane is dedicated year round to highlighting women’s achievements, with our new feature Ladies First, which features women of many talents on Insta, to our interviews and profiles on women in business, tech and beauty. We’re committed to forging forward and creating a space of equality and a model for women to learn from one another.
In that lens, here a few Canadian women who have shaken up their industries, that have inspired us to be better, and have driven us to do more.

CAROL HARRISON- Registered Dietitian and owner of Yummy Lunch Club.
There’s a lot of noise out there when it comes to what to eat, and Carol Harrison has been cutting through the fads, trends and hokey advice on her popular website Yummy Lunch Club and her various speaking and television engagements. As her role as a registered dietitian, she champions the Half Your Plate mantra, calling on Canadians to dump the empty carbs and eat lean proteins and 5-10 veggies and fruits instead of just empty calories. Working with children to get them on the right path from an early age is a key focus. Her efforts have ensured generations of Canadians now have a better relationship with food, and her work with The Toronto Star on The Dish, where restaurant food is broken down into understandable calorie and portion sizes was ahead of its time.
Carol Harrison

CHEF SUZANNE BARR of True True Diner
Suzanne is laser focused on the future, and unselfishly, not solely on her own either. We’ve documented her story as our latest feature on Ladies First from her rise at MTV to Executive Producer, to following her heart to culinary, and then tirelessly caring for her mother who was dying of cancer, Suzanne doesn’t conform to the usual career curve, instead creating her own path based on love and empathy for others. She is generous and kind, and inspires the best in others, offering her kitchen at True True Diner up to other chefs of colour to explore their own culinary journey without the burden of having their own restaurant.
Suzanne Barr

SARAIN FOX: Actor, dancer, storyteller, and activist born in the Batchawana First Nation in Canada. Sarain is dedicated to amplifying the voices of her Indigenous community. Her involvement as a “People Ambassador” with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit travel organization with a mission to have a positive impact with people and communities, started because of her work around the preservation of culture and stories. Particularly noted is her work with Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot School located in Toronto. This school teaches the traditional art of mukluk and moccasin-making to help preserve traditions of the Indigenous artistry.  Her on-screen credits include Rise (Viceland), Cut-Off (Viceland) and APTN’s Future History.

 

ALANIS MORISSETTE: Hard to believe that this Canadian-turned-internationally recognized musician’s most iconic song “Jagged Little Pill” turns 25 this year! And guess what? She’s taken the youth anthem (well, for some of us) on the road this summer to commemorate this momentous occasion. Not only that, Morissette is releasing new music this spring in her ninth album “Such Pretty Forks in the Road”. Jagged Little Pill is also receiving a Broadway adaptation this year – as teased out on New Year’s Eve in Times Square!

 

TESSA VIRTUE
This figure-skating goddess really needs no introduction. She’s insanely talented, beautiful, kind and modest, and although she’s announced her retirement from the sport she full out dominated in for decades, we suspect even bigger things are on the horizon for this total-girl-next-door. Now an ambassador for Yves Veggies, Tessa is the embodiment of balance and beauty. Enrolling in Queens to begin her MBA supports this theory.

 

We’re constantly on the look out for Canadian women who inspire, know of anyone we should consider featuring? Leave us a comment or shoot over an email editors (at) auburnlane.com and we’ll share with our editorial team to check out!