December 2019
Committed to the growth of women’s entrepreneurship, the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada works with women’s enterprise support organizations to champion innovation, broaden expertise and enhance collaboration.

WEOC’s members support women entrepreneurs by providing an array of services, including business skills development, access to financing, networking and export opportunities.
WORKING TOGETHER
A few days ago, I sent congratulatory letters to five newly-appointed and returning federal ministers. The support of women's enterprise in Canada is an important part of many of their official mandates, which were handed down last week by the Prime Minister.

WEOC will continue working with government leaders to keep raising issues that are important to women entrepreneurs, including the importance of equal representation in international trade. As I said in my letter last week: We know that the full and equal participation of women in the Canadian economy will have a major impact on its long-term growth.
 
Have a wonderful holiday season.
 
Until next time,


Alison Kirkland, CEO


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INSIGHT INTO CA-EU TRADE
WEOC was happy to be involved with the Empower Women webinar: Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Women's Economic Development, which took place Dec. 12. The informative discussion included insights from experts from both Canada and the European Union.

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ENCOURAGING REPORT
"More than a third (39%) of all entrepreneurs that started businesses in 2018 were women." - New BDC study on Canadian entrepreneurs shows promising stats on the growth of women entrepreneurs.



THOUGHTS ON LEADING
"There is no one right way to lead." - Alison Kirkland, CEO, Women's Enterprise Organizations of Canada. Read more from Alison about leadership in business, and how she's been inspired by women entrepreneurs, in the Winter 2019 issue of Prairie Manufacturer Magazine.

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