Silken's Blog

Feminine and Free

Congratulations Huffington Post on launching HuffPost Women. I read Arianna's comments with interest. Women struggle with who they are on a continual basis. Plastic surgery has increased nearly 30 per cent over the last decade in children and teens. Up to 50 per cent of women are on... more

I Had It All

My girlfriend, who is a top executive in a Canadian bank, has two children, runs triathlons and manages to make time for her friends, said to a group of us a few years ago.  I have it all, and I want to get rid of some of it!  She ran her life like a military mission, and she was truly... more

Health Care for All Canadians

My dog Balto tore his anterior crucia ligament last week.  My healthy seven year old golden retriever and is now limping on three legs.  Fortunately, because he is an animal, he won’t have to wait long for surgery, in fact he could have it immediately.  Us humans are not so lucky, two of... more

Right to Play Rwanda

There is something remarkable happening in Rwanda today. In a country that has been torn apart of civil war and genocide, there are children playing. Tutsi and Hutu children, brought together by a ball and a soccer field; girls holding a red ball in their small hands for the very first... more

Just Start Dancing

My partner and I have four kids between us; two of his, two of mine. These last weeks of school have been a pure hell of driving, rushing to dance recitals, helping kids study for exams, counselling kids through exam meltdowns, dropping kids off for end-of-year sport parties and packing... more

Stanley Cup - Getting There

I am in the taxi trying to get to the Sky Train to bring us to the game - Game Seven of the Stanley Cup.  Last night my partner, who owns GoodLife Fitness, was given two tickets to today's game.  We are guests of the NHL as we are in conversation with them about battling childhood obesity... more

The Heart and Truth Fashion Show

Posted May 31, 2011 and although the event happened over a year ago, the sentiment is still relevant. Yesterday, I participated in the Heart and Truth Fashion Show. Twenty strong and remarkable women wore spectacular red dresses to build awareness of women and heart disease. Heart disease... more


I have been thinking of my morning with Tony Hsieh on and off for the last two weeks.  Tony is the architect and CEO of the runaway success Zappos, which is the single largest online retailer of shoes in the world.  Last year they grossed over $1billion in merchandise sales. Tony’s book... more

Simple Bribery

I am so astounded that simple bribery works.  I just bribed my child, pure and simple.  All year we have been working to get him to remember to write his homework in his agenda.  Each night as I check his empty agenda I hear the excuses.  There is no homework, the teacher was sick today,... more

Keynote with Accenture

Silken spent the day enjoying the company of 150 successful business women at Accenture. She gave the the keynote on Living our Best LIfe, exploring important themes such as owning our success and challenging limiting beliefs . The crowd gave her a roaring standing ovation. Thank you... more