As Canada begins to focus on post-pandemic economic recovery, supporting women entrepreneurs is more critical than ever before. The research shows clearly that structural barriers long-faced by women entrepreneurs have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic and health crisis that has affected women entrepreneurs more than men and has affected Indigenous, racialized and other diverse entrepreneurs most of all. In this session, we’ll discuss how the ecosystem is responding to support women entrepreneurs during this time.


  • The Honourable Mary Ng
    Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
  • Wendy Cukier
    Founder, Diversity Institute; Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
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  • Jill Earthy
    CEO, Women’s Enterprise Centre of BC
  • Michelle Eaton
    Vice President, Public Affairs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
  • Marcela Mandeville, CEO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
  • Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada
  • Nadine Spencer, President, Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)


February 23, 2021




English with with French translation