Share Your Voice! Virtual Roundtables for Women Entrepreneurs

Share Your Voice!

Virtual Roundtables for Women Entrepreneurs

In Partnership with The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH)

Tuesday, May 19 @1:30-3:00 PM

About this Event

Being an entrepreneur is challenging at the best of times. Together with the uncertainties of a global pandemic and the challenges of working in a physically-distanced world, for many women entrepreneurs, the past few months have dramatically changed the game. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) has been working to support women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic (this report highlights their findings from engaging with 500+ women in the past weeks).

As the Eastern Ontario Hub of the WEKH national network, Impact Hub Ottawa  co-hosted a series of virtual discussions for Women entrepreneurs and organizations who support them:

  • May 12 – Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs & their supporters
  • May 19 – Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs & their supporters

At these Zoom roundtables, women entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them came together in the spirit of collaboration to share stories, experiences, challenges, and resources so that we could better understand the barriers and gaps experienced by women entrepreneurs in Eastern Ontario.


Katie LeClair, Invest Ottawa
Melissa Cook, PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
Nalisha Jagroop, Alterna Savings
Sharon Nyangweso, QuakeLab
Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University – Diversity Institute

These entrepreneurial leaders and ecosystem supporters joined the conversation to share what they’ve heard from the women in their networks, and speak to the services they offered and how they had been adapted in response to COVID-19.

Who should come?

Whether you were an entrepreneur, solopreneur, self-employed or just looking to take a leap into entrepreneurship, you were welcome to join.

This event was welcoming of all women, including BIPOC, transgender women, and non-binary individuals.

The event was focused on Eastern Ontario, though all were welcome to participate.

Indigenous woman entrepreneur were welcome to attend this event, as well as the May 12 event focusing specifically on Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs and supports available to them, with the participation of NACCA, NWAC, and others.



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 19, 2020 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm


Impact Hub Ottawa


Updated on 16 June 2020