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May Newsletter

MAY 25TH, 2024

Welcome to the May edition of  our newsletter. In this issue, we will share some wonderful student accomplishments, including scholarships, notable acceptances, and various competition and contest wins!

Think Like a Genius: Season 2, Episode 2:...

MAY 19TH, 2024

Join us for our second episode of Season 2 of our Think Like a Genius Podcast for a thought-provoking reflection on how being perceived as “smart” can affect gifted kids for better and worse.

April Newsletter

MAY 10TH, 2024

Welcome to the April edition of Our Innovators & Explorers newsletter. In this issue, we will share some wonderful student accomplishments, including a Gold Medal in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition!

Think Like a Genius: Season 2, Episode 1:...

APRIL 29TH, 2024

Join us for the first episode of Season 2 of our Think Like a Genius Podcast to discuss the often-overlooked special needs of gifted kids.

March Newsletter

MARCH 26TH, 2024

Welcome to the March edition of Our Innovators & Explorers. In this issue, we will share some wonderful student experiences, including working with professional actors, meeting a published author, and getting their own stories published!

Vanessa Nominated for Women Entrepreneurs Award!

MARCH 25TH, 2024

Brain Power’s CEO, Vanessa Iarocci, has been nominated for the 32nd annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards!  These prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs and leaders of non-profit organizations. CONGRATULATIONS, VANESSA!

Order of Vaughan


On December 21, 2021,  Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, Founder and Director of Brain Power, received the Order of Vaughan, which “recognizes individuals who have been influential in shaping our city and contributed to the greater good of the community.” At the ceremony, Karine accepted her award from Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, and several Brain Power alumni presented heartfelt speeches about their journeys through the years with Brain Power. See the video below!

CSPN Leadership Awards 2019


Congratulations to Dr. Karine Rashkovsky for winning the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year at the CSPN Leadership Awards Gala! She shared the stage with impressive winners in other categories – leaders from Microsoft Canada, FedEX, Hyundai Canada, Ontario Public Services, Apotex and more. She was recognized for the customer-centric culture fostered at Brain Power and the incredible line-up of enrichment programming we provide to bright and talented youth from across the GTA (and even out of province!). CONGRATULATIONS, KARINE!

City MOGULS 2019


On November 7, Brain Power founder and director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, attended the City MOGULS charity event. The event raised over $150,000! Proceeds from the event went to support youth at Covenant House Toronto, which works to improve youth’s access to primary health care services in addition to mental health and addiction counselling. Karine was selected by City MOGULS as a leader and entrepreneur on a mission to make an impact and change the ways in which we do business. She is providing solutions to our city’s problems...

Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards 2019


Brain Power was deemed a top business in Vaughan for 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Awards. Our founder and director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured), attended the ceremony. Brain Power is thrilled to have made it to Top 3 in the City of Vaughan two years in a row now! We feel privileged to be part of this community!

Speaker’s Idol 2019

MARCH 29TH, 2019

On March 28, two Brain Power Language Arts and Public Speaking students, Andy Gong and Lauren Koek, competed in Speaker’s Idol 2019!  Andy and Lauren were in the Top 5 in all of Ontario for the Grades 9-12 category! What an achievement! Andy Gong placed 3rd in all of Ontario that evening with his amazing speech! Many Brain Power students and staff attended the event to cheer on Andy and Lauren!’ CONGRATULATIONS, ANDY AND LAUREN! Andy and Karine Lauren and Karine

Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards 2018

OCTOBER 31ST, 2018

Brain Power’s Founder & Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left and below), was honoured by the City of Vaughan at the Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards. She was selected (by a panel of judges) as one of the city’s three Top Entrepreneurs Under 40 for 2018! A delegation of Brain Power staff (pictured below) attended the gala to celebrate this achievement! Pictured below (left to right): Jason Boulet, Dara Greaves, Rosanna Tsang, Fania and Reuven Rashkovsky, Karine Rashkovsky, Hannah Merchant, Katherine Griffin,...

ClimateWise Passion into Practice Award – 2018

OCTOBER 31ST, 2018

Brain Power is honoured to have been selected as the winner of the ClimateWise Passion into Practice Award for 2018! The ClimateWise Passion into Practice award is presented to a business that has demonstrated a holistic, integrated approach to embedding sustainability principles throughout their own operations, as well as the products or services they provide to customers and/or partners. Brain Power received the award on May 31st at the 2018 ClimateWise Evening of Recognition at which our very own Dr. Karine Rashkovsky acted as an MC! We...

RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award

JUNE 6TH, 2018

Brain Power’s Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left), considers her two most significant achievements to be the role she has played as a young female entrepreneur and the role she has played in inspiring other businesses and young business-leaders to be values-driven. She has been nominated several times by the Royal Bank of Canada’s Women Entrepreneur Awards (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) the premier national awards program celebrating the achievements of the most successful female entrepreneurs across the country. In 2014 she received...

Speakers Idol 2018

MARCH 30TH, 2018

Two of Brain Power’s Public Speaking students won top places in the 2018 Speakers Idol competition (in Ontario)! This year’s contestants were asked to reflect on Simon Wiesenthal’s statement that “Freedom of speech is not freedom to propagate hatred.” Our very own Sam Gorman and Cora Usurelu (pictured below) placed FIRST and SECOND in the competition (respectively)! Another of our students, Diviya Leonard, placed in the top five! Congratulations, Sam, Cora, and Diviya! To see them speak, CLICK HERE (and scroll down the page)...

Speakers Idol

APRIL 12TH, 2017

In 2017, Brain Power Public Speaking students attended the Speakers Idol (provincial) finals at the Toronto Centre for the Arts … and one of them won second place! Congratulations to our public speaking student, Caroline Cui (pictured left), for placing second in the 2017 Speaker’s Idol (provincial) competition! Three other Brain Power students made it to the semi-finals: Alexandra Garber, Lev Raizman, and Alicia Kogan. We are proud of all the Brain Power students who participated!

Order of Vaughan


In 2016, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left), Founder and Director of Brain Power, was nominated for the Order of Vaughan. Karine’s nomination was supported by letters of reference from Bill Fisch, former CEO and Chair of York Region and Dr. Sandra Schecter, full professor (and former graduate studies director) at York University’s Faculty of Education. What an honour! Congratulations, Karine! At Brain Powers opening gala, in the foreground: Bill Fisch (far left), Karine (second from left), and Sandra Schecter (far right).

Notable Social Entrepreneur Award (Ontario)


In 2016, Brain Power’s Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky (pictured left), was nominated (and received the highest number of votes) for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Ontario (Notable), which recognized her creation of innovative solutions to the problems of both status-quo-proliferating education and accessibility to top-caliber programs for high-achieving students. `Congratulations, Karine!

Canada Green Building Council – Envirosculpt Competition 2014


In 2014, Brain Power won an honours award in the Canada Green Building Council Envirosculpt Competition for our “Re-Think” Upcycle Brain Sculpture! Brain Power’s HQ original construction consisted entirely of recycled, non-toxic, local materials (including pressed-juice box walls instead of drywall and reclaimed cotton jeans instead of typical fiberglass insulation). Our leftover construction materials were up-cycled by the students into a giant 8’x 8’ brain sculpture titled “Re-Think,” which used to grace the entranceway of Brain Power. ...

Stevie Awards


In 2013, Brain Power’s Founder and Director, Dr. Karine Rashkovsky, was awarded the Stevie Award for Canadian Female Entrepreneur of the Year and International Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Consumer Services. The Stevie Awards recognize the accomplishments of women in business. Karine was selected from a pool of over 1,200 entries from individuals and organizations in 16 nations. We’re so proud of you, Karine!

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