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The Power of Taking Action with Ariel Gough – October 1, 2020

Thrive Podcast - Startup Canada

Business

Realizing the power of taking action and building a values-based business can help you stand out from the entrepreneurial crowd – just ask Ariel Gough, Co-Founder of Bailly Cosmetics.

Ariel Gough is a social entrepreneur, policy advisor and TEDx speaker. She was a policy and regional advisor to the federal minister of Families, Children and Social Development where she worked on Canada’s first National Poverty Reduction Strategy and Early Learning and Childcare Framework. She is currently executive assistant to Nova Scotia’s minister of the Public Service Commission and African Nova Scotian Affairs.

Originally from Upper Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, Ariel credits her commitment to business and civic engagement to her African Nova Scotian roots. She is the co-founder of Bailly Cosmetics Inc., a Halifax-based fragrance company that supports girls’ education in Uganda and has been featured on Elle Canada, Flare, Refinery29 and Yahoo Style. She was awarded the CANIE Youth Impact Icon Award by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation in collaboration with Startup Canada. 

A recipient of the Premier of Nova Scotia’s Power of Positive Change Award, Ariel was selected to participate in a Junior Team Canada mission to the Arctic to engage Inuit youth on some of the North’s most pressing issues. She currently sits on the steering committee for the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice and delivered a TEDx talk at Mount Saint Vincent University on girls’ empowerment and implicit bias. Ariel was also a speaker on the ‘Entrepreneurs Going Global’ Atlantic regional panel at this year’s Canadian Export Challenge. 

“Anyone can build a product, but not everyone can be you. You have something unique and that’s your values. Start with your values when building a business and no one can touch you.”

On this week’s THRIVE Podcast, sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada and Scotiabank, Ariel discusses building a values-based business and the power of taking action.


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