by Victoria Lennox
Originally published: March 29, 2016
The empowered woman is a force to be reckoned with. She is bold and focused, with big goals and even bigger dreams. She is not afraid to learn from failure. She is the key to greater equality in society and the future of women entrepreneurs in Canada.
This International Women’s Day, Startup Canada, Microsoft Canada and Moxie Trades, a Canadian company founded by Marissa McTasney, teamed up to inspire, connect and support the mentorship of women entrepreneurs.
In a breakfast and panel discussion with women leaders who play crucial roles in Canada’s growing entrepreneurial network, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism noted that an estimated 1.5 million Canadians are currently employed at women-owned businesses. “The total contribution of majority-owned women businesses in our economy is upwards of 148 billion dollars a year and each year, more and more women are choosing self-employment,” she said.