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Going Global: Accessing Financing for Your Stage of Growth

June 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Export Development Canada (EDC) in collaboration with WBE Canada, is hosting a webinar for women entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized enterprises who want to learn how to access the right financing to help grow their business globally.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 29 from 12 to 1:00 pm EST.

Every business on the cusp of expanding—or in the thick of it— needs access to capital. There are plenty of options, depending on what you need, the size of your business, the industry you’re in and where you are in your growth and export journey. Join us, together with TD Women in Enterprise, to learn how women entrepreneurs can access capital to grow their business internationally and discover the export impact.

Participants will hear from experts on:

  • Tips and considerations for accessing capital to grow your company
  • What to expect when you approach a bank about financing and what goes into the credit decision
  • What capital providers are looking for and how to strengthen your relationship with your lender/investors
  • When to seek debt financing for your company’s growth vs. equity financing
  • What is trade finance & how EDC can help support you to grow globally
  • Tips from an entrepreneur like yourself who has secured capital & grown global

Unable to attend the live event? Register now and a recording will be shared to watch on demand after the live event.

About EDC – Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip Canadian companies with the tools they need – the trade knowledge, financing solutions, equity, insurance, and connections – to grow their business with confidence. Underlying all our support is a commitment to sustainable and responsible business. www.edc.ca




Moderator: Catherine Beach, National Lead, Women in Trade, EDC


  • Jennifer Monaco, Regional Manager, Women in Enterprise, Central Canada, TD Business Banking
  • Jaqueline Ovens, Managing Partner, Investments, EDC
  • Catherine Choi, Founder, SoYoung Inc.


Catherine Beach, National Lead, Women in Trade, EDC
Catherine Beach is the national lead for Women in Trade on the Inclusive Trade team at Export Development Canada (EDC). As the lead for EDC’s Women in Trade strategy, Catherine focuses specifically on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business. Working directly, as well as through key partners, EDC offers specialized trade knowledge, facilitates trade with financing and insurance solutions, and provides connections to enable companies to grow their business with confidence. With more than 15 years’ experience in international business, marketing and partnership development, Catherine has worked with fast-growing startups, international development agencies, social enterprises and government organizations in Europe, Asia and North America. Catherine has a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, with a bachelor of international business (BIB) and a post-graduate in non-profit marketing from Carleton University in Ottawa. She’s also a certified scrum alliance product owner and is completing her designation to become a coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).


Catherine Choi, Founder, SoYoung Inc. 

Over 20 years ago, SoYoung Inc. founder Catherine Choi got clean from a drug addiction which started her on a spiritual quest of personal healing that continues to this day. This quest is what propelled her to start her business, SoYoung. She had lived a good portion of her life believing in my own lack, with an overwhelming sense of unworthiness. The only way she found to counter this belief was to have the courage to think bigger, believe in her own potential and pursue a greater vision. SoYoung has become the vehicle through which she taps into my inner resilience and continually pushes past the boundaries of what she thinks she’s capable of. It has become the instrument of her healing. Beyond creating thoughtfully-made lifestyle goods with the mission to make personal wellness sustainable and self-empowering. SoYoung exists as a testament of taking action despite fear.


Jacqueline Ovens, Managing Partner, Investments, EDC

Jacqueline is a Managing Partner in Export Development Canada’s Investments group, responsible for the Inclusive Trade Investments Program (“ITIP”), a $200 million program which provides equity growth capital to companies founded or led by diverse Canadians, and to venture capital funds demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity on both sides of the investment table. In addition to running ITIP, she oversees equity investments into the Sustainable Food & Ag Tech sector and is responsible for the portfolio management and operations of the group’s $3bn of committed capital in direct and fund equity investments. Prior to EDC, Jacqueline worked in M&A advisory roles with investment banks in London (Avington Financial), Montreal and Toronto (Merrill Lynch). She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained her MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.


Jennifer Monaco, Regional Manager, Women in Enterprise, Central Canada, TD

Jennifer is currently the Regional Manager, Women in Enterprise, Central Canada at TD. She started at the bank as a teller after graduating McMaster University and has worked in progressively more senior roles in Retail Banking and Business Banking including Small Business Advisor, Commercial Banking Account Manager & Relationship Manager. As a Regional Manager, Women in Enterprise, her primary role is to facilitate the success and growth of women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses. She collaborates with external partners that can provide education, mentoring and community support to women entrepreneurs. She also works with Business Bankers in the field and provides them tools and resources needed to better identify and engage with female business owners successfully. She has a passion for helping business owners and giving back to the community. She volunteers with Quest Community Health Centre, Heritage Green Community Trust, Helpaws Animal Rescue. She currently lives in Stoney Creek with her two teenagers and two dogs and loves to spend her free time traveling, exploring wineries in Niagara and doing hot yoga.