Mentorship

Here at ShopNK, we are dedicated to moving the needle forward. For us, that means inspiring our community to lean in, level up and give back. As an extension of our mission, we are offering 30 minute mentorship opportunities with top industry leaders where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to a ShopNK charity of your choice.

Janet Zuccarini

As the owner and visionary behind Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, Janet stands out as an entrepreneur in the restaurant industry. In 1996, she opened Trattoria Nervosa in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood, and since then has launched a host of lauded restaurants, including Gusto 101, PAI, Kiin, Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, and Los Angeles-based Felix, which was commended as Esquire’s “#1 Best New Restaurant in America”, and shortlisted as a finalist for the James Beard “Best New Restaurant 2018” Award. Janet was chosen among thousands of candidates across the country by the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards as the recipient of the “TEC Canada Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.” Janet’s empire is also noted for its contributions to community-building programs that actively support women in leadership as well as educating children to eat in healthy and sustainable ways through Gusto 54’s charitable branch, Gusto Gives Back.

Rajen Ruparell

Rajen is a serial entrepreneur, investor, board director and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and chairman of Endy, Canada’s leading online mattress brand which was recently acquired by Sleep Country in one of the largest e-commerce transactions ever in Canada. Prior to co-founding Endy, Rajen was the co-founder of Groupon International via acquisition of his European-based company Citydeal, which, at the time, was called the “Fastest Growing Company in the World” by Forbes. Through the Priya and Rajen Ruparell Foundation, his philanthropic organization, he contributes to education, the arts, women empowerment initiatives and the needs of low-income children.

Carrie Kirkman

With over 25 years of both retail and wholesale experience, Carrie has established herself as a leader in the fashion industry in Canada. Her previous top leadership roles include president and chief merchant at Sears Canada, president of The Jones Group Canada as well as interim President of Nine West Canada. Earlier, she spent almost a decade as a senior executive overseeing a diverse portfolio at Hudson’s Bay. She is currently the president of Kirkman Consulting where she specializes in leadership development, culture, company scaling and strategy. Passionate about empowering women, Carrie is also chair of the board of directors for G(irls)20, a non-profit that focuses on developing the next generation of young female leaders in order to advance gender equity in Canada and abroad.

Natasha Koifman

Public relations authority. Venture capitalist. Humanitarian. This is the impact that Natasha Koifman has had on the global community. Dividing her time between Toronto, New York and Los Angeles, Natasha has earned an indelible reputation by rooting all that she does in social responsibility and charitable cause. Through NKPR, her highly respected, award-winning agency that’s amassed world-class clients, she’s able to shine a spotlight on stories of substance while supporting causes that are making a difference around the world. Natasha’s pay-it-forward philosophy permeates the entirety of her work-life integration: She acts as the Chair of the Board for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, sits on the board for G(irls)20 and has championed countless charity initiatives. Her Ted Talk, on the importance of being present and showing up for others, debuted last year to much acclaim. Natasha’s commitment to mentorship—namely propelling entrepreneurs to positions of power and change through her angel investment company AN8—is helping to ensure that the next generation prioritizes a philanthropic mentality.