Sharing, Hearing and Empowering: Canadian Women in Leadership Roles

News Release

Minister Chagger participates in SHEday 2016

January 15, 2016 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Hundreds of entrepreneurial, pre-executive and executive women attending the second annual SHEday conference heard the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, speak about the impact that women-owned business have on the Canadian economy. Minister Chagger highlighted the importance of prominent inspirational female leadership among Canadian entrepreneurs. She also encouraged entrepreneurs to learn more about the Government of Canada's programs aimed at helping businesses innovate, export and grow.

SHEday, presented by Economic Development Winnipeg and the Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba, is a compelling experience for women to share, be heard and be empowered. Throughout the conference, attendees heard from 10 different women on the importance of teamwork, financial wellness and building personal presence.

Quick facts

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises are key drivers of economic growth, and their success is crucial to Canada's long-term prosperity.
  • It is estimated that more than 1.5 million Canadians are employed by women-owned businesses.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to helping small businesses grow through trade, innovation and skills training, and by reducing the federal small business tax rate.


"Today, I was inspired by these women entrepreneurs who have created businesses with amazing economic impact. Their leadership, as well as what they have been able to create, is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs, men and women. Events like SHEday are an important way to showcase what is possible and provide inspiration and mentorship to women entrepreneurs across the country. I am happy to have been able to participate."

– Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism

"Women entrepreneurs are a dynamic and growing segment of the global ecosystem and have dramatic impacts on their national economies. Not only do they create jobs but they also contribute human and financial resources that support and improve local communities. SHEday not only highlights the leadership qualities demonstrated by women business owners but also inspires other women by showing them that leaders come in many forms."

– Sandra Altner, CEO, Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

"As the lead economic development agency for Winnipeg, Economic Development Winnipeg is committed to identifying and leading community and social development opportunities that promote a diverse economy and a higher quality of life for our citizens. SHEday provides women with the opportunity to share stories and information, to hear about the challenges they faced when pursuing their ambitions, and to empower one another, and it provides the confidence and skills they need to play a greater role in the workplace and to increase their valuable participation in the economy."

– Marina R. James, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.

Follow the Minister on Twitter: @MinofSBT


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