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Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

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Did you know that Canadian women are some of the most active entrepreneurs in the world? Our hard-working women start more businesses than women in any other country! 

Yet these entrepreneurs continue to face unique barriers in Canada.

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is building a national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and leading strategies. With regional hubs and a network of more than 75 partners, WEKH is designed to address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors.

WEKH’s advanced technology platform, powered by Magnet, will enhance the capacity of women entrepreneurs and the organizations who serve them by linking them to resources and best practices from across the country. 

With the support of the Government of Canada, WEKH will spread its expertise from coast to coast, enabling service providers, academics, government, and industry to enhance their supports for women entrepreneurs.  

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Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, in collaboration with Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management, will lead a team of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders to create a more inclusive and supportive environment to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

As part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, external link, the network will:

  • Engage women business support organizations across the country 
  • Strengthen cross-sector collaboration to support the success of diverse women entrepreneurs
  • Support the implementation of more inclusive policies, programs, and practices across the innovation ecosystem
  • Provide a platform to better connect women entrepreneurs across Canada to resources
  • Challenge stereotypes and build awareness of women’s entrepreneurial success

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is funded by the Government of Canada.

WEKH is setting up regional hubs across the country, with a vast network of partners led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, in collaboration with Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Our partnerships are crucial to meet the needs of diverse women across Canadian sectors, with the capacity to reach more than 250 organizations and 100,000 women entrepreneurs at all different stages of development. 

National in scope, WEKH will be made up of nine regional hubs, which will work together to coordinate activities in different regions:

Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Manitoba), external link  

Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta) , external link

BMO Chair for Diversity and Governance, Université de Montréal (Montréal, Quebec) , external link

Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), external link 

Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), external link

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise (Thunder Bay, Ontario), external link 

OCAD University (Toronto, Ontario)

VentureLabs® and Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia)  

Yukon College (Whitehorse, Yukon) 

 

Please join WEKH’s growing network of experts, partners and supporting organizations. 

A growing network of experts on women, diversity and entrepreneurship:  

  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Founder and Academic Director, Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute
  • Dr. Tania Saba, BMO Chair in Diversity and Governance, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Marie-Thérèse Chicha, Chair in Ethnic Relations, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Suzanne Gagnon, Great-West Life Chair in Leadership Education and Director, Institute for Leadership Development, University of Manitoba  
  • Dr. Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University
  • Clare Beckton, Executive in Residence, Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work-Advancing Women in Leadership 
  • Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point, and Founding Executive Director, Ryerson University DMZ
  • Dr. Jaigris Hodson, Associate Professor and Program Head, Offfice of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
  • Dr. Peter Josty, Executive Director, THECIS (home of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor)
  • Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director, University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy
  • Dr. Mary Kilfoil, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Janice McDonald, Founder, The Beacon Agency
  • Dr. Charlene Nicholls-Nixon, Director, Entrepreneurship Research Institute (ERI), Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Ryerson University
  • Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO
  • Dr. Malinda Smith, Full Professor, Arts and Political Science, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Kevin Stolarick, Visiting Researcher, OCAD, Senior Research Analyst, Ryerson University
  • Dr. Susan Trenholm, Lecturer in Management & Strategy, Kings College London

Join our growing list of Partners and Supporting Organizations, including:

Women’s networks:

Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, external link

Canadian Women’s Foundation, external link

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, external link

Organization for Women in International Trade - Toronto (OWIT-Toronto), external link

Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ), external link

SheEO, external link

WE EMPOWER, UN Women, external link

Women in Capital Markets , external link

Women of Influence, external link

Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba , external link

YWCA Canada, external link

 

Financing and consultants:

Bank of Montreal, external link

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), external link

Ernst & Young LLP, external link

Femmessor, external link

Vancity Credit Union, external link

 

Organizations supporting women entrepreneurs in specific sectors: 

Ashoka Canada, external link

Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba , external link

Information Technology Association of Canada , external link

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, external link

Y.E.S. (Montreal), external link

 

Organizations focused on specific populations of women entrepreneurs:

ACCES Employment, external link

Afghan Women’s Organization, external link

Canada‐Pakistan Business Council, external link

CPAC (Formerly Chinese Professionals Association of Canada), external link

Enactus Canada, external link

Futurpreneur Canada, external link

NexusBC, external link

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, external link

Red River College, external link

Sackville Commons Co-op, external link

Scadding Court Community Centre , external link

● Innovation and the Indigenous District (Toronto)

Skills for Change, external link

S.U.C.C.E.S.S., external link

Youth Employment Services (Toronto and Montreal), external link

 

Leading business incubators and support services

Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL), Centennial College, external link

Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, external link

Canadian Society for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, external link

City of Toronto - Entrepreneurship Services, external link

Communitech, external link

Conference Board of Canada, external link

Enterprise Saint John, external link

● FastApps

Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, University of Calgary, external link

Incubate, Innovate, Network of Canada (I‐INC) network of 11 universities and 16 incubators, external link

LeaderBoom, external link

Momentum Canada, external link

Offset Market Exchange (OMX), external link

Ontario Chamber of Commerce, external link

ReMAP (Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process) , external link

Spark Niagara, external link

University of New Brunswick, external link

Venture Labs and Beedie School, Simon Fraser University, external link

On an interim basis, please direct all queries related to the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub to diversityinstitute@ryerson.ca