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As a Community Leader with Startup Canada, I’m invited to attend events with Government officials where we cover different issues/topics/concerns regarding entrepreneurship. It is where we can voice our opinions and requests. Below the Small Business Week section of this page, you will see past events that I’ve been invited to since becoming a Community Leader. Please let me know if you have anything you would like me to address if the opportunity arises. You can email me at


Small Business Week 2021 runs from October 18 to 22. Startup Canada has arranged a number of events for you to attend which are listed below. Register in advance to ensure there is room.


Regional Events

October 19th at 1:00 PM EST | Stronger, Together: Connecting with Communities & Local Ecosystems | Register Now
October 20th at 1:00 PM EST | Through a Women’s Lens: Hurdles in Entrepreneurship | Register Now
October 22nd at 1:00 PM EST | ON Route to Disruption: Ontario’s Role in the National Innovation Ecosystem | Register Now

Startup Canada Global Event

October 20 or 21st (check times)

A Global Snapshot: The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs Moderator

An international perspectives panel will be held focusing on the findings from the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs. Representatives from the top 5 countries featured in the report will be highlighted, including Israel, the United States, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Poland. The event will be aired twice to accommodate the different time zones. When registering, select the time that is most convenient for you.

October 20th at 8:00 PM EST or October 21st at 9:00 AM EST | A Global Snapshot: The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs | Register Now

Past Events

All Party Entrepreneur Caucus

On July 27th, Startup Canada hosted an intimate roundtable featuring the Co-Chairs of the All-Party Entrepreneur Caucus, Startup Canada Community Leaders, and key Startup Canada ecosystem support partners. This roundtable provided a vehicle for Parliamentarians to hear directly from entrepreneurs so stronger partnerships can blossom at the grassroots.

During the event, I spoke on the topic of entrepreneurs over the age of 50. All three Co-Chairs, MP Dean Allison, MP Gord John and MP Ruby Sahota were surprised that so many people are starting a business later in life. MP Sahota and I spoke after the event to discuss further. However, to date, it hasn’t gone far as the Prime Minister called an election.

The recording of the event is available on Youtube

Ontario Roundtable with Hon. Nina Tangri, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Member

Topic: How to provide a supportive and positive community from which entrepreneurs can learn, communicate and collaborate especially as we navigate through the effects of the pandemic and look towards economic recovery.

This was a closed session for Startup Canada Community Leaders. However, I was able to speak about older entrepreneurs. Minister Tangri indicated she is aware and supports older entrepreneurs.

Demystifying the Budget

Prior to the 43rd Parliament being dissolved, Startup Canada held a discussion amongst Startup Community Leaders and MP Rachel Bendayan (Outremont, QC) and MP Ali Ehassi (Willowdale, ON) to break down explain what programs within Budget 2021 are meant for entrepreneurs across Canada.

Specifically, the discussion provided entrepreneurs with a better understanding of what is in federal Budget 2021 and how they could benefit from specific programs. This was also an opportunity to help connect key government officials to entrepreneurs to create an engaged and informed entrepreneurial ecosystem in direct response to feedback from the community.

Watch highlights from the discussion:
MP Rachel Bendayan (Outremont, QC)
MP Ali Ehassi (Willowdale, ON)