My research, teaching and advocacy focus on entrepreneurship, enterprise growth and women’s economic empowerment. I am a member of UNWomen WE Empower Advisory Group Canada, Women’s Enterprise Policy Group (29-country academic consortia), board member of Women’s Economic Imperative, and advisor to the Government of Canada.
Honours: 2018, Startup Canada Honourable Mention, Entrepreneur of the Year Award for ‘outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship’; 2017, Canada 150 Women for ‘professional contributions and as a ground-breaking role model and feminist leader;’ 2010, Women's Executive Network 100 Most Power Women in Canada (Champion Category) award; 2010, The International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Award. Also former Chair of the Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth (2009 to 2011), a Canadian non-partisan consortium of women business owners, service agencies, academics and industry associations.
Prior to joining Telfer School of Management in 2005, I was an Associate Professor at Carleton and Ryerson University, and Program Manager of the Conference Board of Canada Centre of Excellence for Women's Advancement.
Books/articles: Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs (Stanford University Press, 2015), two books on small business finance, and numerous large-scale studies about women’s enterprise growth. See recent trade reports at http://sites.telfer.uottawa.ca/were/