This exclusive panel will highlight three local Toronto Shopify merchants: Peace Collective, Smoke + Ash, and Anice Jewellery, who bring their hustle on a daily basis to build and brand their own empires. These entrepreneurs will share their insights, ah-ha moments and experiences, as well as the ups and downs of running their own business. The panel will be lead by Jane Lee, Shopify’s Entrepreneur in Residence and fellow Shopify store owner.
MEET THE PANEL
Jane Lee (Moderator)
Jane Lee graduated from Schulich School of Business at York University with a focus on brand management.After graduating, she worked as a brand manager at General Mills on the Yoplait acquisition team, where she led product innovation. She later, joined Exact Media based in NYC (At the time a 5 person start up) and worked on growing the business in the US. After gaining experience at a start-up she quit to start her own business- silly b intimates. silly b intimates is a bold, light-hearted and cheeky lingerie brand that specializes in creating the most reliable underwear for the modern woman. She is now the entrepreneur in residence building the Shopify store.
Jaya Kahlon – Smoke + Ash
Jaya Kahlon is the owner of Smoke + Ash. With over 13 years of experience in fashion retail, Jaya has worked for companies both big and small, for brick-and-mortar and online retailers, and in cities such as New York, Montreal and Toronto. She started her career as a retail sales associate and went on to hold positions in store management, store operations support and buying. In the Spring of 2012 Jaya opened her own retail store, Sauvage, located on Toronto’s West Queen West shopping strip. The shop was revamped and rebranded as Smoke + Ash in 2015 and caters to women who appreciate a unique and engaging lifestyle shopping experience.
Yanal Dhailieh – Peace Collective
Biomedical student turned entrepreneur, Yanal Dhailieh, founded the Peace Collective in 2014 with the goal of making a difference in the community. Having lived in Toronto all his life, Yanal was a die-hard sports fan. Yanal created the very first t-shirt to wear to the Raptors playoff game but little did he know that it was the start of a movement.The 25-year old entrepreneur is passionate about building sustainable business that incorporates the philanthropic aspect of giving back as well as helping other entrepreneurs discover their story and telling it to the world.
Brittany Hopkins – Anice Jewellery
Brittany’s grandmother (Anice) always wore over-the-top jewellery to make a statement, and stand out, while always encouraging Brittany to “dare to express herself.” For Brittany, jewellery became an obsession and her passion grew stronger when she worked at a bead store in Edmonton. She became certified with a diploma in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and would later receive a diploma in Goldsmithing & Jewellery Arts in Toronto.
Anice Jewellery combines vintage jewellery parts with new materials and metal-smithing, juxta-positioning the old with the new to create pieces that are totally unique and never duplicated. Brittany specializes in custom jewellery and collaborates with clients to create timeless pieces. This collaboration also takes place for repairing or re-working old pieces, giving them new love.
“Entrepreneurship is the most rewarding, challenging and exciting thing you will ever do! Make sure your passion is strong, your idea and business plan are foolproof and that you know yourself well enough to bring your dream to life.” Explained Brittany