Kelsey Ramsden

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Kelsey Ramsden
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Born (1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 45)
EducationUniversity of Victoria, University of Western Ontario
OccupationFounder of SparkPlay
Spouse(s)Andrew Ramsden

Kelsey Ramsden (born July 12, 1976) is a Canadian entrepreneur.[1] Ramsden was dubbed Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur and is recognized for building multiple, multimillion-dollar businesses both offline and online. She has founded and run different businesses ranging from construction to children’s toys, such as SparkPlay.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Ramsden was born in 1976 in Kelowna, British Columbia.[citation needed] She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria. She went on to do her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2002.[4][5] Upon graduation, she received the MBAA Outstanding Contribution Award, an award for which she was nominated by her classmates.[citation needed]

Business career[edit]

In 2005, Ramsden founded Tallus Ridge Development, a residential project management company in Kelowna, British Columbia.[6]

In 2012, she founded SparkPlay, a children’s monthly subscription service based in London, Ontario.[7] As of 2017, the website is inactive.[8] In 2005, Ramsden became the President of Belvedere Place Development, a civil construction firm based in Kelowna, British Columbia.[6]

As of 2013, Ramsden was a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council at the Richard Ivey School of Business.[9] She wrote contributions for Huffington Post between 2013 and 2015.[10] Ramsden sits on the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a Mentor.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2010, Ramsden was ranked among Top 25 under 35 by Canadian Business Magazine.[citation needed]

Ramsden has been ranked 1st in PROFIT Magazine’s W100 ranking of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs in 2012 & 2013.[11][12] She was featured in Profit's W100 November 2013 issue with an article: "The Time-Management Secrets of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneur."[13]

In November 2013, Ramsden was recognized as one of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women.[13] She was one of two Canadian entrepreneurs recognized for this award.

Ramsden became a part of Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network in March 2014. She is ranked among the top 200 women entrepreneur's globally.[14]


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  2. ^ "Kelsey Ramsden | Entrepreneur & Business Powerhouse". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  3. ^ Wagner, Eric T. "$50M Woman: How She Overcomes Fear And Failure". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  4. ^ "Advisory Council - Ivey Institute for Entrepreneurship". Ivey Business School. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Winning ways". The Londoner. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
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  7. ^ Staff, Lioness (2015-04-30). "What $50 Million Mom Entrepreneur Kelsey Ramsden Can Teach You". Lioness Magazine. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  8. ^ "SparkPlay - Kelsey Ramsden". SparkPlay. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Advisory Council - Ivey Institute for Entrepreneurship". Ivey School of Business. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Kelsey Ramsden". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs for 2013". Profit Magazine. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  12. ^ Beaton, Eleanor. "Different Dirt (W100 profile)". Profit Magazine. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  13. ^ a b Aarts, Deborah. "The Time-Management Secrets of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneur". Profit Magazine. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  14. ^ "Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network". Dell. Retrieved 16 April 2014.