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Kim Pickett and Linda Ford

Grads listed as top female entrepreneurs

July 15, 2015

Two Sheridan alumnae have been named to the 2015 W100 list of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs. Linda Ford (pictured far right, Business Administration – Marketing, 1982), is ranked 36, up from her 2014 ranking of 49. The Owner of Access Career Solutions, Linda is also former Chair of the Brampton Board of Trade.

Kim Pickett (pictured left) owns digital agency KIMBO Design Inc. based in Vancouver. The 2001 Bachelor of Design (Honours) grad is ranked 86 on the list which is published by PROFIT and Chatelaine magazines.

Linda Ford
“Access Career Solutions Inc. is honoured to be on the W100 ranking list for the second year in a row,” says Ford. “Helping people every day find a job or a career is extremely rewarding and being recognized for our efforts is an absolute bonus."

In 2015, Linda received the Brampton Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards inaugural Leadership Award. Brampton Board of Trade’s 2012 Business Person of the Year, she was inducted into the Sheridan Business Hall of Fame in 2008. Linda recently finished her term as an appointed member on the federal government’s Advisory Committee for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Kim Pickett

Kim Pickett started her business directly upon graduation 14 years ago, travelling to Vancouver from Ontario with only $3,000. Through tenacity and planning, she built KIMBO’s reputation as a full-service branding and design agency.

Political branding and advertising has become a growth area for Kimbo Design, having delivered identity work for both the B.C. Liberals and Vision Vancouver campaigns. “I didn’t know it was an area of growth when I started,” says Pickett, but “I liked it because it was competitive. I’m a kind of amateur athlete, so competing and winning appealed to me.”

Kim has received other recognition including nominations for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40 award. She was a finalist in the National Graphex 2013 competition and was selected as a judge for the 2014 JUNO Awards.