According to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS):

  • The number of women-run businesses continues to grow in Canada as women are starting companies at double the national average rate
    • In Canada, 4 out of 5 businesses are started by women

    • Women business owners generate almost 40% of their sales in foreign markets and provide jobs for 1.7 million Canadians

  • About 950,000 Canadian women were self-employed in 2011, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey
    • Between 2001 and 2011, the number of self-employed women climbed by 23 per cent, while the number of men grew by 14 per cent

  • Forty-seven per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises were entirely or partially owned by women in 2012, according to TD Economics
    • The report also found that women tended to stay in business longer than men and are more likely to plan to expand their companies

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help female entrepreneurs not only by assisting with international market challenges, but also to develop a solid network of local contacts:

Also, for Canadian businesswomen from across Canada, there is the 2013 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Conference (WBENC) and Business Fair, June 24-27, 2013, which will be held in Minneapolis, U.S.A. Midwest.

Thanks to International Women’s Day, you are invited to the following celebratory event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Enterprise Toronto, Company of Women, MaRS Discovery District, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and the Ministry of Research and Innovation

Present

Gaining Momentum: Women and Technology

Monday, March 11, 2013

8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT) (Remarks at 8:30 a.m.)

MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street

Please click here to register and/or to be added to waitlist.

  • Celebrates the accomplishments of local women entrepreneurs while addressing key business challenges faced by this segment of the business community
  • Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by the Honourable Laurel Broten, the Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
  • Hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District and their panel of business women:
    • Leila Boujnane, Idee Inc
    • Marty Britton, Britton Management Profiles
    • Pearl Chen, Karma Laboratory
    • Heather Payne, Ladies Learning Code
  • Breakfast and presentations

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Enjoy!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

March 8, 2013

Gaining Momentum: Women and Technology event

Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by the Honourable Laurel Broten, the Ontario Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, at a City of Toronto business event inspired by International Women’s Day.

Date: Monday, March 11
Time: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (remarks at 8:30 a.m.)
Location: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St.

This event celebrates the accomplishments of local women entrepreneurs while addressing key business challenges faced by this segment of the business community.

A keynote speech by MaRS Discovery District CEO Dr. Ilse Treurnicht will be followed by a panel discussion led by Enterprise Toronto. The panel of entrepreneurs includes Leila Boujnane (Idee Inc.), Marty Britton (Britton Management Profiles), Pearl Chen (Karma Laboratory) and Heather Payne (Ladies Learning Code).

This event is hosted by the City of Toronto’s Enterprise Toronto and MaRS Discovery District with support from the Company of Women, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, and the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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