We need more women driving agri-food innovation

A new report shows women are much more adept at driving change and managing results in startups, yet they struggle to find funding

We need more women driving agri-food innovationA recent report on agri-tech startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention. And when it comes to what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves attention. More and more venture capital is being invested in the sector, which is great news. But these funds apparently aren’t serving all demographics equally. Some…

Gender wage gap narrowing in Canada

Gender wage gap narrowing in CanadaThe gender wage gap in Canada has narrowed in recent years but it continues to be significant, according to a report released on Monday by Statistics Canada. In 2018, female employees aged 25 to 54 earned $4.13 (or 13.3 per cent) less per hour, on average, than their male counterparts. In other words, these women…

Opening doors for women to succeed in business

Milena Radakovic talks about WEDO, and why it’s important to build an ecosystem for women to access information, capital and a network of other women entrepreneurs

Opening doors for women to succeed in businessCalgary business leader and established entrepreneur Milena Radakovic, president and owner of Nexus Exhibits Ltd., has been appointed Canadian Ambassador of  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO), the world’s largest grassroots movement dedicated to celebrating, supporting and empowering women worldwide. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is celebrated at the United Nations and in 144 countries and 65 universities…

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplace

Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst talks about how gender diverse teams drive better business results and how we can bring about workplace equality

Unearthing the roots of gender inequality in the workplaceTanya van Biesen is executive director, Canada, of Catalyst. What is Catalyst Canada and what does it do? Tanya: Catalyst is the leading non-profit focused on building workplaces that work for women through inclusion. Since 2000, Catalyst has worked in Canada to address the unique experiences of Canadian working women, through research, education and engagement.…

Serving the needs of female entrepreneurs

Shannon Pestun of ATB Financial talks about creating an innovative, gender-intelligent banking model

Serving the needs of female entrepreneursShannon Pestun is the director of women’s entrepreneurship and part of the Indigenous Relations Advisory Circle at ATB Financial. Tell me about women's entrepreneurship at ATB, what it does and its goal and mission? Pestun: At ATB, we have always known that entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of Alberta’s economy. And we know the…

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and community

The Sobeys Inc. vice-president talks about the dynamic trends in her industry, from e-commerce to buying local

Jana Sobey’s devotion to family, food and communityJana Sobey is vice-president of merchandising, community format, Thrifty Foods and Field for Sobeys Inc. She recently received a 2019 Star Women in Grocery Award. How did you feel about winning the award and what did it mean to you? Sobey: It felt really good. I was actually quite surprised, to be quite honest. So being…

Breaking the tech glass ceiling in the workplace

Massimo Canonico talks about the findings of a Docebo report that shows key disparities in skills training

Breaking the tech glass ceiling in the workplaceMassimo Canonico is director of solutions engineering at Docebo. He spoke about a poll commissioned by Docebo, a provider of AI-based learning platforms, titled 2019 Tech Skills Report. What are the key findings from the poll? Canonico: The first thing we noticed when we reviewed the data from our survey was that the approach to…

Manpower helping to empower women in the trades

Heidi Brandley from Manpower talks about the success of the free government-funded pre-apprenticeship training program for women

Manpower helping to empower women in the tradesHeidi Brandley is director of workforce development at Manpower. What is emPOWER and what does it do? Brandley: Manpower’s emPOWER – Women In Trades is a free government-funded pre-apprenticeship training program for women who want to get into the trades. Manpower has partnered with SAIT for delivery of training in this program. In this 15-week…

Last call for nominees for Women of Inspiration Awards

‘We know that raising the profiles of role models is critical. When you elevate one woman, you elevate all women’

Last call for nominees for Women of Inspiration AwardsThe Women of Inspiration Awards will recognize for the fifth year Canadian role models and heroes who make an impact in the community and the world. The event is being put on by the Canadian Business Chicks. Nominations are open in 23 categories of business and life until midnight June 15. “Recognizing the female role…

Featuring more female sources should increase audience engagement

From entertainment to business to news media, the evidence is clear: audiences want gender diversity

Featuring more female sources should increase audience engagementWhat would happen if news media struggling to survive applied the productivity mantra “What gets measured gets done” to the sources they quote? Business research, Hollywood sales data and anecdotal evidence from the news industry all suggest it’s worth a try. In many western democracies – the U.S., the U.K. and Canada included – most…