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Advancing Indigenous women entrepreneurs: Convening Alberta’s Indigenous women entrepreneurs and the ecosystem that supports them.

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Ross Glen Hall 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest Calgary, AB T3E 7N5 Canada

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Indigenous women are, and always have been at the very heart of our communities, and today are reclaiming their place and power in the economy. As we journey towards truth and reconciliation, moments of learning help us address current issues and create a better future for Indigenous women and girls, together.

On November 9, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) invites you to join us at Mount Royal University for a special in-person event to celebrate Indigenous women entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous women entrepreneurs, innovators, and sector leaders will leave this inspiring afternoon with new connections and new perspectives on how economic reconciliation is an integral part of the future of an inclusive innovation ecosystem.

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  • Be inspired by Indigenous women entrepreneurs and the stories behind their businesses. Hear from Bobbie Racette of Virtual Gurus, Melrene EagleSpeaker of Native Diva Creations, Heather Black of Creative Spirit Solutions and Buffalo Stone Woman and Coby Royal of SKS
  • Hear from leaders and trailblazers in the Indigenous business ecosystem, including Ashley Richard of the Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, Magnolia Perron of NACCA, and Marcela Mandeville of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
  • Be lifted through the cultural expression of our Indigenous artists, including spoken word poetry, dance and drumming
  • Celebrate the future generation: meet the first recipient of The MRU Gifting Circle Bursary for Indigenous women entrepreneurs
  • Build meaningful connections with Indigenous women entrepreneurs, business, nonprofit and government leaders
  • Learn more about the supports and services available for Indigenous women entrepreneurs in our unique networking hour - hot hors d'oeuvres will be served!

Learn more about our Emcee, Moderators, Performers and Panelists here.


12:30 pm - Doors Open

1:00 pm - Welcome and Elder blessing

1:15 pm - Performance by Sandra Lamouche

1:30 pm - Entrepreneur Panel: Entrepreneurship through the lens of Indigenous women

2:15 pm - Networking break

2:30 pm - Performance by Alanna Bluebird

2:45 pm - Ecosystem Panel: Advancing Indigenous women’s entrepreneurship

3:30 pm - Bursary award winner announcement

3:30 pm - Connections hour - Join us for drinks and hot hors d'oeuvres as you make new connections in our unique “meet the ecosystem” networking hour

5:00 - Event ends


*Early bird rates are valid until September 30, 2022

Student - Early Bird: $15.00

General - Early Bird: $25.00

Regular pricing in effect after September 30, 2022

Student: $20.00

General: $30.00

Note: Your ticket price includes admission to the event, networking hour, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, and parking

Proceeds from the event will support the Gifting Circle Bursary Fund for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs at Mount Royal University. Learn more here. Can’t attend but want to show your support? Donate here.

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The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a national network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and leading strategies. With ten regional hubs and a network of more than 250 organizations, WEKH is designed to address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors. Toronto Metropolitan University’s Diversity Institute and the Ted Rogers School of Management is leading a team of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders to create a more inclusive and supportive environment to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

Mikwam Makwa Ikwe is working towards building an inclusive innovation ecosystem for Indigenous women entrepreneurs nationally. Mikwam Makwa Ikwe is housed at one of WEKH’s Regional Hubs, the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, which is located on Treaty 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the Homeland of the Métis Nation.

$15 – $30