Minister Ng Announces Investment in Everest Clinical Research

Left to right: Silvia Pencak, President of WBE Canada, Hon. Minister Mary Ng, Irene Zhang, CEO & Founder of Everest Clinical Research

Congratulations to Irene Zhang, CEO & Founder of Everest Clinical Research and her team on their successful receipt of funding from Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund from Government of Canada! Thank you for sharing this important milestone with us.

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WBE Canada Team

News Release

For Immediate Release

Minister Ng announces investment in Everest Clinical Research

Government of Canada investing $100,000 to develop new technology

August 15, 2019 – Markham, ON – FedDev Ontario

The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. 

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced an investment of up to $100,000 in Everest Clinical Research, WBE Canada certified company, through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. This funding is administered through FedDev Ontario.

This investment will help Everest Clinical Research develop a new data analytics and visualization dashboard application. This will offer more cost and time-effective management of large data sets from clinical research trial sites. The project will allow Everest to expand its market share in the United States and create at least three data science jobs in the next year.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality. These efforts include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable child care and putting an end to gender-based violence.  


“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return.”   

– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

“The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy provides effective means to help women-owned businesses flourish and will continue to play a major part in advancing the role of women in Canada’s entrepreneurial landscape. By investing the funds into our clinical data analytics dashboard initiative, we will not only elevate the competitiveness of Everest Clinical Research in the industry and generate economic return, but will also help to tangibly improve the efficiency and quality of clinical trials that produce new therapies to treat illnesses and improve people’s lives. Everest is a proud WEF recipient and will continue to nurture the next generation of clinical research and data science leaders in Canada.”

– Jin Dai, Senior Director, Business Planning and Operations, Everest Clinical Research 

Quick facts

  • The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) will help women start and grow their businesses by improving access to financing, talent, networks and expertise through an investment of nearly $2 billion. 
  • The strategy will help our government achieve its goal of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025.
  • In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada allocated $20 million to the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Following the call for applications held in fall 2018, over 3,000 applications were received and over 200 projects were funded. The Government is pleased to be able to support approximately 100 more projects by investing an additional $10 million in the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. With this new investment, the Government is providing a total of $30 million to women-owned and -led businesses across Canada to grow their businesses and reach new markets.
  • In Budget 2018, the WES Ecosystem Fund was allocated $85 million to help non-profit, third-party organizations deliver support for women entrepreneurs and address gaps in the ecosystem.
  • WES programs complement our government’s broader initiatives to advance gender equality. These initiatives include measures on pay equity, more flexible parental leave and more affordable child care.
  • Advancing gender equality has the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP to the Canadian economy by 2026.
  • Just 16% of SMEs in Canada are majority women-owned. 
  • Only 11.2% of majority women-owned SMEs export, compared to 12.2% of majority male-owned SMEs.
  • The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Canada 2015/16 Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship indicated that in 2016 Canada had the highest percentage of women participating in early-stage activity (13.3%) and the fifth highest in terms of female ownership of established businesses among comparable innovation-based economies.
  • Final funding is subject to negotiation of contribution agreements. 

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Corinne Havard

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion 

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


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