A York University alumni, Lesley Smith is CEO of three businesses located in Peterborough, Ontario: Imprinted Apparel Store; Embroidery Plus; and, Peterborough Curling Shop. Lesley has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, undertaking her first start up business venture in the early 2000’s and has enjoyed over 25 years of diverse experience, consulting with small to medium businesses in both the private and public sectors.

12:30 PM ET         PANEL

Women at the Forefront: Women Entrepreneurship Fund + Economic Recovery

Showcasing successful women entrepreneurship fund recipients.

Women entrepreneurs face unique barriers when running their own business. In Canada, only 16% of our small and medium-sized businesses are owned by women. The Government of Canada is investing nearly $5-billion that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Join our panel discussion to learn how women business owners have leveraged dollars from the Women Entrepreneurship Fund to overcome challenges and grow their business.