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Accelerating Equitable Entrepreneurship Education & Training Wealthier

Hosted in partnership with Invest Ottawa

Date & Time

May 18, 2022



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Calling all entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders, including program managers, educators, trainers, advisors, and mentors of start-up and accelerate programs.

In partnership with Invest Ottawa, this one-day online conference, partially hosted by Dean Stéphane Brutus, will help you to create more inclusive programs to engage diverse founders and students, as per Professors Barbara Orser and Catherine Elliott work on the Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship Education & Training Plus (GEET+) report.

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About this event

Inclusive and equitable entrepreneurship education and training is needed to empower all entrepreneurs (McKinsey & Company, 2020). Eliminating biases in entrepreneurial ecosystems, including programs and courses will engage a broader community of founders and students and create healthier learning environments. International research, including studies conducted at Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, report that leaders would like to create more inclusive ecosystems, programs, and courses, but are unsure how to do so. 

The online event will enable you to :

  • Learn how industry leaders operationalize inclusion across entrepreneurship ecosystems to engage diverse entrepreneurs and students, with a focus on courses and programs.
  • Mobilize knowledge through the application of the Gender-smart Entrepreneurship Education and Training Plus (GEET+), an evidence-based framework and assessment tool to inform program design, content, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about the drivers and challenges of inclusion, and networking to accelerate inclusive entrepreneurship courses and programming. 

Invest Ottawa and Telfer School of Management are pleased to host this one-day conference targeted at those who manage, develop, and deliver entrepreneurship and small business programs, education and training, and advisory services. 


Panel 1: Strengthening equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Panel 1 will showcase practices, strategies, and tips to accelerate inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems. / Les panélistes présenteront des pratiques, des stratégies et des conseils à appliquer pour accélérer l’inclusivité des écosystèmes entrepreneuriaux.


  • Jill Earthy, CEO, InBC Investment Corporation 
  • Karen Greve Young, CEO, Futurpreneur 
  • Carol Anne Hilton, Founder, Indigenomics Institute
  • Fay Horwitt, CEO & President, Forward Cities 
  • Darrell Schuurman, Co-founder, CEO, Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)


Panel 2: Practices that bolster inclusive entrepreneurship education and training

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Panel 2 will focus on evidence-based practices to create inclusive entrepreneurship courses and programs.


  • Janey Buzugbe, Head, Black Innovation Programs and Partnerships, DMZ, Ryerson University
  • Karen Dalkie, Vice President, Canadian Bureau for International Education
  • Nataly DeMonte, Director, The Fifth Wave, Canadian Film Centre
  • Jennifer Francis, SheBoot, Invest Ottawa
  • Ondine Hogeboom, Partner, Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN)
  • Moderator Dr. Stéphane Brutus, Dean, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa


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