Kira Talent is an assessment platform that makes the admissions process more efficient, effective, and fair for both admissions teams and their applicants. Since its founding in 2012, Next 36 alumna Emilie Cushman has been named the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She has also grown Kira to become the leading assessment platform for higher education institutions, now serving 180+ clients in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

One could easily miss the Kira talent office if unaware of what exactly to look for. As a successful five-year-old company and prominent Toronto startup, one could easily see Kira in a brick and beam office on King West, or a high-tech, glass-walled, open-concept space in the downtown core. Instead, the Kira Talent office can be found in a large, cozy townhouse near Yorkville that has been converted into an office space that is the perfect blend of “office” and “home.”

Upon my arrival, Emilie took me downstairs to the basement, which consisted of an enormous, wall-to-wall couch, and several individual workstations. I was looking forward to asking her about the founding of her company, her core values and principles, the highs and lows of the past five years, and what she believes the future holds for Kira Talent.

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