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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small business support organizations and educational institutions across the globe to re-think how they deliver entrepreneurship education and training. The unprecedented transition to online delivery methods presents an opportunity to create more inclusive entrepreneurship courses, programs and small business support services. Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa’s ‘Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship Education & Training Plus’ (GEET+)… Read More


The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2020, by Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) synthesizes government, academic, and expert research to highlight some of the structural barriers facing diverse women entrepreneurs in Canada.  The report also gives key insights into signs of progress that are being made with regards to women entrepreneurs in Canada and offers key areas with new opportunities… Read More

Ontario i2 Strategy

Orser, B., Elliott, C., Cukier, W., 2019. The Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy is a collaboration between the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership at the University of Ottawa, and the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. This 2019 report profiles capabilities and innovation of Ontario based women owned businesses. This report highlights the lessons learned from a comprehensive genderbased assessment of Ontario small business, innovation and… Read More

Riding, A., Orser, B., Liao D., 2018 Conducted in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada This report provides evidence-based benchmarks to assist the Government of Canada in designing inclusive procurement policies and programs. Thefindings are expected to inform the mandate of Public Services Procurement Canada to modernize procurement practices, develop initiatives to increase the diversity of bidders on government… Read More


‘Supplier Diversity in Canada – Research and analysis of the next step in diversity and inclusion for forward-looking organizations’ is a 2016 landmark report measuring supplier diversity in Canada. The report was produced by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management. This report highlights… Read More

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