AOL Canada announced today the launch of the newest international initiative from MAKERS, the global storytelling platform and largest collection of women's stories assembled online. MAKERS Canada (makers.com/Canada) will highlight and celebrate trailblazing Canadian women and provide a diverse and unique voice in market as the first female-focused platform of its kind in the country.

"By launching MAKERS Canada we are broadening the MAKERS collection of women's stories and reaching new audiences. We are thrilled to take this opportunity to put a spotlight on the incredible, groundbreaking Canadian women whose stories will empower the next generation," said Maureen Sullivan, President of AOL.com and Lifestyle Brands.

Canadian MAKERS include:
  • Arlene Dickinson: the author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, television personality and CEO of Venture Communications
  • Dr. Lalita Malhotra: women's health advocate, obstetrician, gynecologist and family doctor
  • Yael Cohen Braun: Co-Founder of Fuck Cancer, a health organization working for early detection and prevention of cancer.

The Canadian MAKERS join the current collection of almost 3,000 diverse stories that live on MAKERS.com. The first global edition, MAKERS China ( makers.com/china), launched in partnership with Yang Lan, a broadcast journalist and founder of Sun Media Group, one of China's leading private media companies.

"Through the international expansion of MAKERS, AOL has said clearly that amplifying the voice and opportunity of women today is a priority," said Joe Strolz, General Manager AOL Canada. "Showcasing the stories of remarkable Canadian women through the launch of MAKERS Canada is an example of this priority in action."

"In alignment with our goal of sharing women's stories globally, MAKERS Canada, much like MAKERS China will not only have an impact at the local level, but will educate and inspire women worldwide," said Executive Producer Dyllan McGee.

Originally founded in 2012, MAKERS is the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories online. As a women-focused digital and video storytelling platform, MAKERS brings together well-known female figures, role models and trail-blazers that have made an impact in history and paved the way for generations to follow. Today, MAKERS.com features thousands of videos from more than 270 women.

About MAKERS

MAKERS is a groundbreaking digital platform featuring the largest video collection of women ever assembled. Founded by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dyllan McGee (HBO's  Gloria: In Her Own Words) in partnership with PBS and AOL, MAKERS brings together the stories of well-known figures such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Oprah Winfrey, with the lesser-known trailblazers such as Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, and Linda Alvarado, the first female founder of a construction company and a Major League Baseball co-owner. At MAKERS, we believe she has to see it to be it and we draw on the archival and narrative possibilities of a digital video experience to create a new way to explore these women's stories and highlight a new generation of women whose impact is just beginning to be felt and understood.

About AOL Canada

AOL (NYSE:AOL) is a media technology company with a mission to simplify the internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world's best builders of culture and code. As the 7th largest online property in Canada, with over 16.5 million monthly consumers of its premium brands, AOL is at the center of disruption of how content is being produced, distributed, consumed and monetized by connecting publishers with advertisers on its global, programmatic content and advertising platforms. AOL's opportunity lies in shaping the future of the digitally connected world for decades to come. Follow us on twitter  @aolca

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