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Three Rotman MBA graduates named as Canada’s top female entrepreneurs

October 9, 2014

TORONTO, ON — Three graduates of MBA programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named to the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs.

“We’re extremely proud of our graduates and their success in their careers as entrepreneurs and business leaders,” says Rod Lohin, Executive Director, Rotman Alumni Network. “And we will continue to develop future female leaders through our programs as well as the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business.”

Placing 26th in the ranking was Gina Rizhanovsky, President & CEO of PCMusic, an on-demand music, video and AV provider for businesses. She graduated from the Rotman Full Time MBA program in 2006.

Ann Kaplan, President & CEO of iFinance Canada, which provides small ticket consumer loans, was 41st in the ranking. She graduated from the Rotman Executive MBA program in 2005.

Kim Shannon, President & Chief Investment Officer of Sionna Investment Managers, a value investing firm, placed 58th. She graduated from the Rotman Evening MBA program in 1993.

The annual ranking was published in the October 2014 issues of Canadian Business and Chatelaine magazines. It ranks female business leaders in Canada according to a formula that combines the sales, three-year revenue growth rate and the profitability of their businesses. To qualify, candidates must be owners or significant stakeholders who at least share decision-making capabilities. Further information is online at

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