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CEO of MaKami College Named Top Female Entrepreneur by Profit and Chatelaine

Marija Pavkovic smiles as she stands talking in between two other females in a business setting


June 19, 2014

In the world of post-secondary education, there are few institutions that fully embrace and promote entrepreneurship like Alberta’s MaKami College, a vocational institute for massage therapy. It’s why this past summer it was listed at #62 of Canada’s 500 fastest-growing companies by Profit Magazine. It comes as little surprise then, that its CEO Marija Pavkovic has just been honoured as one of the country’s top female entrepreneurs by Profit and Chatelaine.

Marija has been at the college’s helm since its inception in 2001 and her inclusion in the W100 list is an honour that is particularly poignant for her. “Our inclusion in Profit this year was such an achievement, but to be honoured by Profit and Chatelaine—Canada’s premiere women’s magazine—is a true honour. But it’s also an acknowledgement of the incredible team of people I’ve had surrounding me throughout my life.”

The fact that the list focuses on the contributions of women in business is particularly important to Pavkovic, “Promoting women’s education and growing their profile in the business world has been a driving force in my life for many years. This is a real recognition of those efforts.” In that vein, Marija also acts a director of the Queen Esther Education Foundation, a registered charity focused on providing educational opportunities to Newcomers to Canada through services such as ESL tutoring, educational training and career training.

Marija is also excited to be able to participate at the W100 Idea Exchange in November as a result of her inclusion in the list. The event, geared for women entrepreneurs, is one of the country’s most important networking and leadership events, and will also celebrate this year’s inductees into the W100.

Full coverage of the W100 will be included in the October issue of Canadian Business and the November issue of Chatelaine.

For more information contact:
Marija Pavkovic Tovissi
CEO MaKami College
Edmonton: 780-468-3454 Calgary: 403-474-0772

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