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Who are we?

The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national and non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Founded in 2009, the mandate of the Taskforce is to grow women’s enterprises through the creation of public policy, advocacy, applied research, collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Taskforce Founding Members

Chair: Barbara Orser
Deloitte Professor
Telfer School of Management
University of Ottawa

Sandra Altner Chief Executive Officer
Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

Mary Anderson Executive Director
WEConnect Canada

Clare Beckton Executive Director
Centre for Women in Politics & Public Leadership
Carleton University

Penny Collenette Adjunct Professor
University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Anne Day Founder
Company of Women

Laurel Douglas Chief Executive Officer
B.C. Women’s Enterprise Centre

Dr. Sandi Findlay Assistant Professor
Business Administration & Tourism
Mount St. Vincent University

Laraine Kaminsky Global Diversity Strategist
Global LK

Isabelle Le Breton-Miller Associate Professor
HEC Montréal Department of Management

Stephanie MacKendrick President
Canadian Women in Communications

Sonia Menendez
Executive Director
Centre for Women in Business,
Mount St. Vincent University

Barbara Mowat President
Impact Communications Limited

Tracey Scarlett Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Women Entrepreneur

M. Brenda Robertson Founding Partner
Odgers Berndtson Ottawa

Paula Sheppard Executive Director
Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women
Entrepreneurs

Laura Small Chief Executive Officer
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc.

Joanne Stanley Co-Founder and President
Canadian Women in Technology

Ruth Vachon President
Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec

Marnie Walker President
401 Bay Centre

Maxime Westaway Executive Director
The International Alliance for Women

Betty Wood Governance and Operations
Global Banking Alliance