Women of Inspiration
Deborah Campbell of Quality & Compliance Services Inc
Profile: Deborah Campbell / President of Quality & Compliance Services Inc
By Josie Walsh
In the early 80's when Deborah Campbell, attended Queen's University, Chemical Engineering program, she aspired to graduating and pursuing a fulfilling career in the corporate world, instead her path became more of that of an accidental entrepreneur. She graduated in 1981, just in time for the then government's National Energy Program to crush the job market for chemical engineers. Along with a mid-80's recession and more job slowdowns, Deborah didn't plan on it but she founded Quality & Compliance Services Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, a consulting firm that today has 40 full-time employees and produces technical writing services on quality-manufacturing practices for food and drug products.
Maria Soklis of KIA Canada
The story of KIA Canada's Maria Soklis, a woman who made a bold decision to move from social work to the automotive industry and, in so doing, kicked her career into high gear.
By Kelly Reid
Kia Motors wasn't always the multinational automotive giant that it is today. Once, it was a simple bicycle parts manufacturer on the outskirts of Seoul. Over the last sixty years, though, it has shown near-unstoppable growth, with dealerships now in more than 170 countries and boasting some 40,000 employees. Kia Canada alone has 187 dealers from coast to coast, four regional offices, and nearly 200 employees. Sitting at the helm of it all, alongside President and CEO M.K. Kim, is Maria Soklis, Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer for the last six years.