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Top Business Executives Release Research Report Aiming to Increase Women's Access to Capital

May 16, 2018

The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (the Council) has announced recommendations for the fourth pillar of the Council's bilateral initiative, titled, "Increasing Women's Access to Capital." Investissement Québec Board Chair Monique F. Leroux and Schnitzer Steel Industries President and CEO Tamara L. Lundgren are leading this effort, which lays out concrete recommendations for capital providers, the U.S. and Canadian governments, and female entrepreneurs to improve women entrepreneurs' access to capital.

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Canada-U.S. Council calls for high-profile campaign to encourage women entrepreneurs

March 26, 2018

The U.S. and Canada should launch a high-profile You Are Ready campaign to encourage women-led entrepreneurship, says the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders.

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Top Executives Release Second Research Report Aiming to Increase the Number of Women in STEM

March 8, 2018

The Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (the Council) has announced recommendations for the second pillar of their groundbreaking bilateral initiative. Linamar Corporation CEO Linda Hasenfratz and General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra are leading this effort, which aims to expand the number of women and girls studying and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM.

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Top Executives Kick Off Joint Initiative to Grow Women-Owned Businesses

January 17, 2018

The Canada-US Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (the Council) has announced recommendations for the first pillar of their groundbreaking bilateral initiative, “Advancing Women in Business.” GE Canada President & CEO, GE Vice President Elyse Allan and NRStor Inc. Chair & CEO Annette Verschuren are leading this pillar, which specifically aims to help growth-minded women entrepreneurs scale up their businesses.

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Businesses controlled by women should get lower tax rate, group says

May 16, 2018

The federal government should introduce a lower business tax rate for companies controlled by women to spur more female entrepreneurship, a cross-border women’s business group has recommended.

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Canada needs national council aimed at helping more women run bigger companies, report finds

March 26, 2018

Canada needs a national women’s business council with a mandate to help develop more female entrepreneurs running larger companies, according to a new report from a cross-border women’s business group.

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10 prominent business women want Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau to do more for female entrepreneurs

January 18, 2018

The United States and Canada want more women to succeed at work. The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, formed after President Donald Trump met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year, has released its first report. The Council consists of 10 top female business leaders from both countries, including Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet, GM head Mary Barra and Linda Hasenfratz of Linamar, a major Canadian autoparts maker. It is tasked with providing recommendations on five “pillars,” including increasing the number of women in STEM and supporting women-owned businesses.

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Canada-US women's group created by Trudeau, Trump issues first proposals

January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — A Canada-U.S. women-in-business group created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump released its first set of recommendations Wednesday, proposing more affordable child care and a new binational procurement initiative.

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Canadian government urged to support small businesses owned by women

January 17, 2018

A cross-border women's business group launched from a meeting last year between Justin Trudeau and Ivanka Trump is urging the Canadian government to create a procurement policy with a target of allocating 5 per cent of federal contracts to small businesses owned by women.

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Trump-Trudeau Council Seeks Support for Women Entrepreneurs

January 17, 2018

Women entrepreneurs in Canada and the U.S. face persistent barriers to expand their business and policymakers should take steps to “level the playing field,” according to a new report from a council launched by Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau.

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Child-care benefits need to be updated, says Canada-U.S. council on women in business

January 17, 2018

Child-care benefits and other family policies need to be updated to help support women entrepreneurs grow their business, recommends the first report from the Canada-U.S. council on women in business.

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau in Roundtable with Women Entrepreneurs

February 13, 2017

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I'm honored to be here with Prime Minister Trudeau, whose father I knew and respected greatly. And he gave me a picture of myself and your father, and what a great picture. I will keep that in a very special place -- at the Waldorf Astoria, together.

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Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

February 13, 2017

No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries.

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Council Affiliates in the News

Accenture CEO: We seek total gender equality by 2025

Haley Draznin • April 23, 2018

As CEO of Accenture North America, Julie Sweet wants to accomplish what most other executives at major companies have not: Making sure men and women are represented equally in the company's ranks.

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Ascend Canada congratulates five leaders at 5th Annual Leadership Awards Gala

April 9, 2018

T&T Supermarket CEO Tina Lee named Executive of the Year. Tina Lee, the Chief Executive Officer of T&T Supermarket, was among five individuals recognized for their personal dedication, career achievement, and contributions to the community at the 5th Annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards.

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Minister Chagger concludes visit to Washington

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada • April 4, 2018

Drawing on recommendations by the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, Canada's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, which was announced in Budget 2018, will address barriers facing female entrepreneurs and will empower women to take an equal place on the global entrepreneurship stage. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, has wrapped up a successful visit to Washington, D.C., focused on enhancing Canada-U.S. cooperation on women's economic empowerment.

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CEO of T & T Supermarket Earns A New Position

MODOU SARR • January 19, 2018

Growing up to seeing her mom turn one Asian supermarket in Richmond mall into Canada’s giant Asian food retailer, it does not come as a surprise that Tina Lee who later on took over her mother’s business was named the Canada-US Council for the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders this week.

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Council Member Dawn Farrell speaks about the glass ceiling at UCalgary

Jennifer Allford • September 26, 2017

“What I would say to women is start negotiating for your salaries,” says Dawn Farrell, BComm’83, MA’85, president and chief executive officer of TransAlta Corporation and a member of the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. TransAlta has processes to ensure women are hired and advanced. Farrell also reviews her employees’ salaries every two years for parity and will boost women’s salaries to be more in lines with men’s. “Quit being sorry for the fact that you should make more money,” she says. “The guys will not accept the money that you’ll accept. The reality is you have to negotiate for yourself.”

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Co-Chair Julie Sweet's interview with Fortune

Susie Gharib • February 17, 2017

Accenture is hiring. This should make President Trump happy. He’s been pressuring business leaders to add more jobs to their payrolls. The giant global consulting firm just announced it is adding 15,000 jobs in the U.S. and opening 10 new innovation hubs over the next four years.

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Annette Verschuren discusses how promoting women entrepreneurs could boost Canadian GDP

February 15, 2017

Annette Verschuren, chair and CEO of NRStor, joins BNN to discuss her invitation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join a women's roundtable with U.S. President Trump and why both the Canada and U.S. administrations recognize the importance of providing capital to women entrepreneurs.

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GE aims to bridge the STEM Gender Gap by 2020

GE Reports Staff • February 8, 2017

GE today announced goals of having 20,000 women to fill STEM roles at GE by 2020 and obtaining 50:50 representation for all our technical entry-level programs. The program will significantly increase the representation of women in its engineering, manufacturing, IT and product management roles ­- a strategy necessary to inject urgency into addressing ongoing gender imbalance in technical fields and fully transform into a digital industrial company.

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