MRU Spotlights - Student, Alumni, and Faculty Entrepreneurs

MRU Spotlights

This is a growing list of emerging and established entrepreneurs who are students, faculty or alumni of Mount Royal University who self-identify as women. By highlighting women entrepreneurs in our community and their successes, we hope to inspire new and future entrepreneurs to achieve their goals. 

Do you know an outstanding entrepreneur? Nominate them by clicking the button below:



Dr. Christy Lane, Faculty

Dr. Christy Lane is an entrepreneur, former CEO and award-winning exercise scientist with expertise in big data, wearable devices, and lifestyle medicine.

Currently, Dr. Lane is a Professor and Chair of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University, and is founding member of the Stanford Wearable Health Lab. She is the Founder of Vivametrica, a health tech company that uses data from wearable devices to predict health risks, as well as to engage individuals in wellness.  

She was recently recognized as Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary, 2018 Female Founders of Insurtech Winner and Top 20 Women in Tech.



Kylie Woods, Alumni

Kylie is a passionate social entrepreneur who believes in leading through listening and vulnerability. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a non-profit committed to building gender diversity in technology. Through its Career Pathing initiative, Chic Geek helps intermediate women in technology achieve greater career visibility and invest in their strategic professional networks.

Kylie was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of "Calgary Heroes." She has also been recognized as a "Need to Know" in Alberta Venture and profiled by the Mount Royal University Summit Magazine in their feature on Women in STEM. Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage.

Proud mom of identical twins, Lily and Mae, Kylie brings the lessons learned through her journey as a social entrepreneur into her role as a parent.



Natasha B. Russell, Alumni

Natasha B. Russell, BCMM, PCC (NBR) is the Founder and CEO of NBR Strategic Solutions. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Canada, loves to spend time with her family, travel and volunteer with non-for profit organizations that support youth development. Her business offers coaching, speaking and consulting services to support purpose-driven entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profit organizations with achieving their business goals. 

She is a Confidence Communications and Public Relations Expert, International Certified Health and Life Coach and Certified Motivational Speaker, who is passionate about supporting individuals and organizations in achieving greater success, using effective coaching strategies. NBR obtained a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations with honours from Mount Royal University and has additional certifications in life coaching, health coaching, motivational speaking, crisis and risk communications and online reputation management. 

With more than 17 years of professional communications and public relations experience working within the legal, agency and energy sector, Natasha continues to pave the way with optimism, knowledge and charisma. She has done several TV, print and radio interviews on behalf of large corporations to get their brand and key initiatives in the public eye, and recently launched her own online talk show in May, 2020, Business & Life with NBR! via Instagram Live, to support business owners with getting their brand in the public eye. 

As a Transformation Coach, Natasha specializes in mindset, confidence communications, healthy habits, clarity and strategic planning coaching. Additionally, she enjoys hosting events to empower women and men to achieve greater success in life and business. To learn more about NBR, please visit,

Natasha is passionate about mentoring our youth, volunteering and creating partnerships with like-minded organizations who provide personal and professional development growth opportunities and support for youth in need. She is on a mission to make this world a more loving, safe and accepting place by transforming as many lives and businesses for the better, from the inside out.



Aislinn Grant, Alumni

Aislinn is the Founder of Grant–a design studio that creates meaningful brand identities for businesses and entrepreneurs through Canada. She's worked with everyone from amazing solopreneurs to organizations like TD and Westjet, and has been an entrepreneur from the age of 16. Aislinn enjoys spending her free time mentoring university students at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and co-running PB&J (a community of female entrepreneurs dedicated to Playing Big).

She’s passionate about helping women overcome the way we’ve been socialized (to be overly accommodating, to avoid disrupting, to not take up space) to ensure this doesn’t get in the way of starting that business, getting that promotion, asking for a raise, getting on the big stage to speak, charging top dollar, or whatever ‘playing big’ means to you.

Aislinn is an AWE Awards Nominee, a nominee of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Changemakers award, and a recipient of the MRU Launchpad Alumni Achievement Award.



Emily Robitaille, Student

Emily is passionate about evoking social change, particularly in the fashion industry. She is the Founder of Swim by Em, a swimwear label that aims to create confidence in a space that most females dread. By combining her struggles with finding properly fitting swimwear and her love for fashion design, she has created a company that aims to eliminate the negative feelings associated with the bikini shopping experience. By focusing on a unique fit, emphasizing the celebration of ethnic body types, and combating unsustainable production practices, she has served women across North America with her products!

As a recipient of $25,000 from the 2021 JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition, Emily is working to grow the likes of her company to include apparel, as well as continuing to work towards manufacturing reform within the fashion community to create a line where fashionability isn't sacrificed by ethics.