Professor Orser is a Full Professor and the Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises. Her research, teaching and advocacy focus on entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment. Advisory roles include a Women20 (W20) Acting Head of Delegation Canada, UNWomen WE Empower Advisory Group Canada, board member of Women’s Economic Imperative, editorial board of the International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, and Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy Research Group.
She is the former Chair of the Taskforce for Women's Enterprise Growth (2009 to 2011), a Canadian non-partisan consortium of prominent women business owners, service agencies, academics and industry associations. Prior to joining Telfer School of Management in 2005, she was an Associate Professor at Carleton and Ryerson University, and Program Manager of the Conference Board of Canada Centre of Excellence for Women's Advancement.
Dr. Barbara Orser conducts research about entrepreneurial feminism, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth, and public policy. She is the co-author of bestseller Feminine Capital. Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs (Stanford University Press, 2015), co-author of two books on small business finance, and has led numerous large-scale studies about women’s enterprise growth.
Her work has been published in over 125 academic and trade journals, including Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. The quality of her research has been recognized through numerous awards from organizations, such Emerald Publishing, Canadian Journal of the Administrative Sciences, Administrative Science Association of Canada, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the International Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. See Telfer Women Entrepreneurship Research Exchange.
Barbara Orser teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship.
|2018-2020||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Financial literacy and Canadian business owners||R||C||Co-I||$ 24,900|
|2018-2019||Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship||Inclusive Innovation (I2) Action Strategy in collaboration with Ryerson Diversity Institute||C||G||PI||$ 224,900|
|2018-2019||SSHRC Insight Grant||Overconfidence in financial decisions among self-employed Canadian||R||C||Co-I||$ 34,000|
|2018-2019||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Federal SME Procurement, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada||R||C||PI||$ 24,900|
|2017-2020||Status of Women Canada||Empowering Women Leaders in Health: Health Care, Health Sciences & Indigenous Health||S||O||Co-I||$ 400,000|
|2017-2018||SSHRC Partnership Grant||Partnership Engage Grant, Financial literacy and Canadian Business Owners in collaboration with The Business Development Bank of Canada||R||C||Co-I||$ 24,900|
|2016-2017||CREWW (Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work)||The Impact of Female-focused SME Interventions in Advanced Technology Sectors (Renewed)||R||O||PI||$ 5,000|
|2016-2017||US Embassy & Consulates||Perspectives about Women’s Enterprise||E||G||PI||$ 18,000|
|2014-2018||SSHRC Insight Grant||Financing and the Growth of SMEs||R||C||Co-I||$ 82,070|
|2014||CREWW (Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work)||The Impact of Female-focused SME Interventions in Advanced Technology Sectors||R||O||PI||$ 5,000|
|2011-2014||SSHRC||The Performance of Immigrant-Owned SMEs (PI: Allan Riding, uOttawa)||R||G||Co-I||$ 46,975|
|2011-2013||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF)||Women's Enterprise Growth, Innovation and Small Business Policy||R||I||PI||$ 2,500|
|2008-2015||SSHRC||The Internationalization of SMEs - Entrepreneurship Strategic Knowledge Cluster (PI: Rob McNaughton, University of Waterloo)||R||C||Co-I||$ 1,950,000|
*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown
**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown
Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator