Summary: Hill Career Accelerator Conference
for Business Students!
Speaker, Panellist & Moderator Bios
Session 1: Entrepreneurship Starting a Small Business
Rachel Mielke Speaker
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hillberg & Berk, Canada's
premier designer jewellery line, Rachel Mielke espouses a twofold vision
for her rapidly growing company: to provide timeless, investment
worthy jewellery and to use her success as a platform to improve
communities and empower women the world over. At just 31, she has
made notable achievements on both fronts.
With a degree in Business Administration and a homegrown
entrepreneurial spirit, Mielke founded Urban Pearl Accessories in 2004.
After an encouraging appearance at a local trade show she turned her
hobby into a lucrative solo business. In 2007, she re-branded and
expanded her company, now affectionately named after her great-
grandmother, Hilda Bergman, and her dog Berkeley.
Another turning point came in 2008 when Rachel was invited to create
pieces for celebrities at both the Gemini Awards and an Oscar gifting
lounge. An appearance on Season 3 of CBC's Dragons' Den won her