Share Your Voice! Virtual Roundtables for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

Share Your Voice!

Virtual Roundtables for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

In Partnership with The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH)

Tuesday, May 12 @1:30-3:00 PM

About this Event

The challenges of living and doing business in a global pandemic have been amplified for Indigenous women. many of whom face additional barriers to starting, growing and sustaining their business due to structural inequalities that existed long before the COVID-19 crisis. What opportunities, services and supports were made available to support Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs amid COVID-19? What barriers and challenges did they face?

In partnership with The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), with a focus on the Eastern Ontario Region, Impact Hub Ottawa  co-hosted a virtual discussion with Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs and supporting organizations to explore these questions, build connections, and resources in the spirit of collaboration.


Ashley RichardWEKH‘s Indigenous Engagement and Outreach Lead
Hazel Harrison – Entrepreneur Navigator & Mentor, Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)
Jace MeyerShopify‘s Lead for Indigenous Entrepreneurs
Katie Miller – Managing Director, Impact Hub Ottawa
Magnolia Perron – Indigenous Women and Youth Program Officer, & Gerry Huebner, Chief Strategy Officer – National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA)
Melissa Cook – Program Manager, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Who was invited?

This event was open to Indigenous, woman-identified entrepreneurs and ecosystem supporters. This event was welcoming of all women, including BIPOC, transgender women and non-binary individuals. Please note that this event was focused on Eastern Ontario, though all were welcome to participate.

Individuals Looking to join the conversation for Indigenous & non-Indigenous women entrepreneurs were able to sign up for the May 19 Roundtabe.


Impact Hub Ottawa is proud to be one of ten Regional Hubs in the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). The WEKH has been working to support women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic – this report highlights their findings from engaging with 500+ women and 200 organizations. Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and the Ted Rogers School of Management with over 50 partner organizations, WEKH is a nation-wide network of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders aiming to reduce barriers and grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

Learn more about the WEKH here.

Dirigé par le Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship et la Ted Rogers School of Managemen (ces trois sites sont en anglais seulement) et en partenariat avec plus de 50 organisations, le Portail de connaissances pour les femmes en entrepreneuriat (PCFE) est un réseau national de chercheurs, d’organisations de soutien aux entreprises et d’intervenants clés dont le but est de réduire les barrières et de faire croître l’entrepreneuriat féminin au Canada.

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Event Organizers

Impact Hub Ottawa


Date & Time

May 12, 2020 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


Impact Hub Ottawa


Updated on 16 June 2020