On Wednesday, February 14th, Carleton University, BMO Financial Group, the Government of Canada and The Beacon Agency will share findings of a joint industry-first report that looks at the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Canada as they strive to innovate their businesses.


  • Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business & Tourism, Government of Canada
  • Clare Beckton, Executive in Residence-CREWW, Carleton University
  • Janice McDonald, President, The Beacon Agency
  • Andrew Irvine, Head of Business Banking Canada and BMO Partners, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Catherine Roche, Head of Marketing & Strategy, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Susan Brown, Senior Vice President, Alberta & NWT, BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Lisa Milburn, Chief Marketing Office of Wealth Management, BMO Bank of Montreal


Carleton University, BMO and The Beacon Agency to release findings of new report on women entrepreneurs & innovation


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 Remarks and presentation of findings 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ET


National Arts Centre Lantern Room 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

About Carleton University
Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 28,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study. As an innovative institution, Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $710 billion as of October 31, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Web:www.bmo.com Twitter: @BMOmedia

About The Beacon Agency
The Beacon Agency is a strategic consulting firm that advises clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. They have a special focus on working with innovative brands to make the good they do count. Headquartered in Ottawa, it is led by award-winning entrepreneur Janice McDonald, @janicemcd http://www.beaconagency.ca.

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