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Women Entrepreneur Breakfast with Dr. Kellie Leitch in Okotoks

 

Dr. Kellie Leitch, MP for Simcoe-Grey, to be guest speaker at breakfast with Macleod MP John Barlow to discuss economic and leadership opportunities for women and the importance of mentorship

OKOTOKS, AB – According to RBC a 10% per cent increase in the number of majority-owned women’s businesses would bring a $198 billion influx into the Canadian economy over the next 10 years.

In addition, almost half of the small and medium sized businesses in Canada are either partially or wholly owned by women.

Businesses owned by women is among the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian economy and these statistics show the profound impact women are having on the Canadian economy and the potential for further growth.

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey, has been a champion for mentorship and economic leadership among women and she will be the keynote speaker at a breakfast in Okotoks on Tuesday, July 14.

Macleod MP John Barlow said he is ecstatic Ms. Leitch will be visiting southern Alberta and will be speaking about the importance of women to Canada’s economy and the critical role mentors – men and women – can play in the success of a small business.

“Businesses owned by women are helping create jobs and growth in the rural communities across southern Alberta. When these entrepreneurs succeed our communities succeed, and as a result, Canada’s economy succeeds.” – John Barlow, MP, Macleod, member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

A study on women entrepreneurs stated 88% of entrepreneurs succeed if they have a mentor whereas there is a 50% failure rate for those who do not have a mentor, which shows the importance of promoting mentorship.

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