Advancing women in business

Boosting women’s economic engagement. Offering helpful advice and support.

The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (the Council) was created in February 2017, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald J. Trump—recognizing women’s critical role and potential impact in business—joined together to support women in the workforce. Believing that female entrepreneurs and leaders are a key to driving their countries’ future economies, they are working to ensure that women have all they need to succeed in the workplace.

Toward that end, the Council is made up of ten powerful female business leaders from the US and Canada. Our role is to develop advice to help boost women’s economic engagement and share the many inspiring stories of progress and successful women to motivate others to follow their lead. The expectation is that acting on our recommendations will ultimately contribute to the increased economic growth, integration and competitiveness of the US and Canadian economies.

Our council members are focusing on five pillars:

Pillar one

Growing women-owned businesses

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Pillar two

Increasing women in stem roles

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Pillar three

Encouraging women entrepreneurs

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Pillar four

Enabling women's access to capital

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Pillar five

Advancing women to leaders

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View a summary of all pillars

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Our support team

Andrea van Vugt

Andrea van Vugt

VP, North America
Business Council of Canada

Valerie Walker

Valerie Walker

VP, Talent and Skills
Business Council of Canada

About the Business Council of Canada

The Business Council of Canada brings business leaders together to shape public policy in the interests of a stronger Canada and a better world. Founded in 1976, the Business Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives of Canada’s leading enterprises, representing companies from every region and sector of the economy.

Our 150 member companies employ 1.7 million Canadians, account for more than half the value of the Toronto Stock Exchange, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private-sector investments in research and development.

Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, business council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes across Canada.

Our Pro-Bono Partners

Thank you to the following partners for their pro-bono work. Accenture for the build, publishing, and operation of the website and for research that will support Pillar Five. McKinsey for the research, writing and overall support of Pillar One, Craft for media strategy, EY for the research and writing of Pillar Four, and T&T Supermarket and Loblaw Companies Limited for brand creation and the French translation of website content.

  • Accenture
  • McKinsey & Company
  • EY
  • T&T Supermarket
  • Loblaw Companies Limited