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Evelyne Nyairo

2019 Fellow

Founder, Ellie Bianca

Calgary, Canada

About Evelyne

Evelyne is the Founder of Ellie Bianca, a Canadian-Kenyan, all-natural, environmentally sustainable skin care line that recognizes beauty in all forms. Their fundamental ingredient, Shea, is personally sourced by Evelyne from women-run co-ops in Africa, which they use to produce body and facial oils, facial serums, bath salts and lip scrubs. Her business is built on three pillars: being kind to your skin, kind to the Earth, and kind to women. At Ellie Bianca, they believe that beauty is more than aesthetic, and that’s why each of their products are carefully formulated using all-natural ingredients that have been specifically chosen for their quality and effectiveness. They actively work to source their raw ingredients directly from producers, which allows them to have more control over ingredient quality, greatly reduces their carbon footprint and ensures that they are applying fair trade practices. Furthermore, they are passionately committed to bettering the lives of women around the world by empowerment through business, including profit sharing, fair trade programs and education. Evelyne’s vision for her business is to expand into local and international markets, increase their online sales and grow a global network of empowered women. She holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the King’s University College and a Master’s in the Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. She also serves as a member of the Alberta Society for Professional Biologists, the Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta and her business is a member of the REAP – BeLocal association.


What Evelyne hopes to gain from the VV GROW Fellowship:

Evelyne hopes to gain skills in strategy and business development, marketing, financial planning and human resources and client management. She is hoping that the fellowship will provide an opportunity for mentorship as well as a lasting global network of like-minded women in business.


What Evelyne can offer other fellows:

Evelyne can share her 15 years of experience in the industry and her profession as a chemist and business owner, along with her commitment to sustainable development. Additionally, she can link other fellows to her network in Canada.


Connect with Evelyne on Social Media:



Facebook Page (business):

Facebook Page (personal):

Twitter (business): @EllieBiancaint

Twitter (personal): @evelyne_nyairo

Instagram (business): @elliebiancabeauty