Ann Kaplan

Ann Kaplan is the CEO and President of iFinance Canada Inc., the parent company to Medicard, Petcard and Dentalcard - a North American consumer finance company. An award-winning businesswoman, popular speaker, and media personality, Ms. Kaplan has also hosted television shows including Global's NYtv, a national television show featuring cosmetic medical procedures and makeovers and is currently hosting CosmedicTv.

She has been featured in hundreds of publications to date, including two University textbook case studies on entrepreneurship. Ms Kaplan is the recipient of numerous awards including a the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year Award, 2000; a finalist for the E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013; the Peak Award of Excellence in Finance, 2001; as well as nine times (2005-2013) on the Canada's Profit Top 100 Companies; seven times placement on the Canadian W100 list (Top 100 Companies); she was also recognized as one of Canada's most inspirational women in 2007 and more recently as one of Canada's top three Female Business Leaders and three times as Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and inducted in to the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014. Canada's Mompreneur of The Year 2009; as well as receiving the top honor internationally for a Stevie Awards for Best Entrepreneur/Women in Business 2009 and is also winner of both the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, and 2014. In 2015, Ann was awarded the prestigious WIMA (Women in Management Award) at the Rotman School of Business – one of ten women to achieve this recognition.

Ms. Kaplan has a MBA, a MSc (Business), a Corporate Governance Designation (ICD.d) and is completing her PhD Thesis (her academic focus is on Spirituality and Business Culture) in Business and (DBA) Doctor of Business Administration (An Empirical Study Exploring a Neural Network Decision Tree Model for Consumer Loan Adjudication) at Henley Business School, University of Reading. She has written four books: Fashion Cares, The InterNet, If You Don't Laugh, You'll Cry and Best Practices. Ann Kaplan resides in Toronto.