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Enabling and Advancing Your Business Goals

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Free

In partnership with Barrhaven BIA, Invest Ottawa, OCOBIA, with special support and facilitation by MPP Lisa MacLeod, get ready for frank discussions impacting women-led small businesses in the Barrhaven community today.

From growing and scaling to navigating everyday entrepreneurial challenges such as burnout, financing, and pivoting to meet the demands of today’s business climate, this event is for all business owners, entrepreneurs, and community members (of all backgrounds) to converse and connect.

Register for “Financing Your Growth: Enabling and Advancing Your Business Goals” and hear from four Barrhaven-based women-led small business owners, moderated by MPP Lisa MacLeod, of Nepean, as they share their experiences for advancing and building their businesses in Barrhaven and beyond.

If you are an aspiring or current business owner, entrepreneur, or community member, this is the place to be on June 13th, 2023. Join us at Stonebridge Golf Club, in the heart of Barrhaven, for conversations with the community. All are welcome and it’s free!

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The Agenda:

5:00 PM: Registration, Networking and Refreshments

Join your fellow business community at Stonebridge Golf Club for networking and light bites.

5:30 PM: Beautiful Land Acknowledgement Ceremony by Elder Vince Kicknosway & Welcome Remarks from:

  • Michelle Groulx, Executive Director, Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas
  • Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa
  • Andrea Steenbakker, Executive Director, Barrhaven BIA

5:40 PM: Panel Discussion: “Financing Your Growth: Enabling and Advancing Your Business Goals”

  • Moderator: Lisa MacLeod, MPP-Nepean
  • Leanne Duval, Branch Manager, Barrhaven West, Bank of Montreal
  • Stephanie Howarth, Co-Founder, Head of People and Brand, Mad Radish
  • Yilong Ma, Real Estate Broker and President, Canada Sichuan Cultural Exchange Centre
  • Julia Reid, Co-Founder, Athletic Therapist, Clinic Director, Play On Pediatric Therapy

6:10 PM: Audience Q&A

6:20 PM: Concluding Remarks and Closing Land Acknowledgement Ceremony by Elder Vince Kicknosway

6:25 PM until 7:00 PM: Networking and Refreshments

About the Speakers:

Moderator: Lisa MacLeod, MPP-Nepean

Lisa MacLeod is a 6 time Ottawa MPP, the longest serving MPP in the nation’s capital.

Having served as Ontario’s Minister of Children Community and Social Services, Minister of Women’s Issues, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport as well as Minister Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa has also served as the Vice Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Ontario’s steering committee member on the Canadian Parliamentary Women’s Association and Vice Chair of the Government Agencies Committee and Legislative Assembly Committees.

Lisa has either led or contributed to parliamentary or trade delegations to Taiwan, Israel, Madagascar, China and India. She has addressed the United Nations in New York City on sex trafficking and elevated Ontario’s $26 Billion Culture Industries during a mission to Los Angeles. Lisa’s many legislative successes include Rowan’s Law, Canada’s first concussion legislation, Lebanese Heritage Month and Trans Remembrance Month. As well, Lisa has been successful in receiving all party support for making Queen’s Park Family Friendly, defending Ontario’s horseracing industry and a compassionate and catastrophic care Motion.

For her work Lisa has been awarded the Friendship Medal by the Royal Canadian Legion, a commendation by the St. John’s Ambulance and is the 2018 EVE Award Recipient from Equal Voice- for her work with Daughters of the Vote and liveable legislatures. Lisa was also named Top 50 and Top 25 in the Capital and in 2017 was named Faces Magazine’s Favourite Ottawa MPP.

Presently Lisa continues to advocate for concussion safety as a board advisor to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, Canada and is a board advisory member for the Dare to Be Vulnerable Project focusing on mental health advocacy.

Leanne Duval, Branch Manager, Barrhaven West, Bank of Montreal

With over 17 years of Retail Banking experience at BMO, Leanne has committed herself to strengthening the relationships between the Bank and its communities. Over her years at BMO, Leanne has been a bank leader in multiple branches across Ontario with a longstanding record of community involvement and active volunteer engagement. Leanne is currently the Branch Manager of the brand-new Barrhaven West branch (located at 4265 Strandherd Dr.).

Stephanie Howarth, Co-Founder, Head of People and Brand, Mad Radish

The first employee of DAVIDsTEA, Stephanie helped build a $250M business from $0 and presided over an award-winning brand as Creative Director and eventually VP of Marketing.

Soon after taking the company public in 2015, Stephanie left to co-found Mad Radish, an Ottawa-based healthy QSR with an inclusive, flexitarian menu. Having worked for over a decade as an Admin in male dominated companies, she is passionate about mentoring under-represented groups and helping them reach their potential.

Yilong Ma, Real Estate Broker and President, Canada Sichuan Cultural Exchange Centre

Yilong is a broker at Coldwell Bankers Sarazen Realty and the president of a not-for-profit organization called the Canada Sichuan Cultural Exchange Centre. A successful businesswoman, Yilong has more than 12 years of international entrepreneurial experience.

She brings a unique set of skills and knowledge to the table. A seasoned veteran in world-class event planning, Yilong has organized dozens of major events, with numbers of attendees exceeding 100,000.

She is also an established member of the food industry. Yilong was a successful restaurateur, and she operated multiple restaurants in both Canada and overseas. She is currently providing cuisine consulting to businesses looking to invest in the Canadian market.

Yilong is passionate about connecting people by exchanging food, culture, and ideas. She has won multiple awards for her contribution to her community.

Julia Reid, Co-Founder, Athletic Therapist, Clinic Director, Play On Pediatric Therapy

Julia Reid became a Certified Athletic Therapist over 15 years ago, after graduating from York University with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Certificate in Athletic Therapy. She first worked as an Athletic Therapist and Clinic Director at a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic in a small town north of Toronto, Ontario. She covered many different sports and games of various levels – from high school competitions, varsity competitions at the national levels, and World level competitions. She worked with a variety of athletes (soccer, hockey, gymnastics, basketball, dodgeball, lacrosse, swimming, competitive gaming, and even ‘industrial athletes’). One of her many favourite experiences was being the dedicated athletic therapist to help a 14 year old swimmer through her training and then successful crossing of Lake Ontario. What a cool experience that was!

Julia moved to Ottawa, and completed a Masters in Health Administration, at the Telfer School of Management at UOttawa. Following this, she worked as a Project Manager and Business Manager in hospital and corporate settings. Julia continued to maintain her athletic therapy certification and to take courses such as Athlete Brain Concussion Course, Sport First Responder certification, Kangoo Jump Fitness Instructor, Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coaching, and Rhythmic Movement Therapy Level 1 & 2. Julia always knew that one day she would return to her clinical roots, and would own a clinic. From her experience as a mom of 4, she has seen the need for more specific and specialized clinics to treat kids specifically, for various reasons (from sports injuries, to support with many other conditions). She is excited to get back to doing what she loves…treating young athletes and various clients, and encouraging them to live healthy active lifestyles – for life!

Important Event Details to Ensure a Great Experience for You:

We are delighted to share the following information on transportation to Stonebridge Gold Club and support available upon your arrival.

Cycling: Accessible via trails through the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Stonebridge Golf Club offers a dedicated bike rack for your bicycle.

Transit: Stonebridge Golf Club is accessible via the 175 Bus from Marketplace & Longfields Bus Stops.

Driving and Parking: Complimentary parking is available onsite.

Inclusive & Accessible: Should you have any specific mobility requirements, please contact Audrey Willsey at awillsey@investottawa.ca. Our team will be pleased to work with you to make all the arrangements required for a great experience.

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Stonebridge Golf Club is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory and come together as a community.

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