PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things
The NOWEDC conference attracted more than 250 delegates from Northern Ontario and across Canada. Its goal was to support sustainable community economic development in the region by showcasing and encouraging women entrepreneurs. The conference focused on business development, community growth, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods.
Workshops, panel discussions, keynotes, and other activities helped women think about their own potential and about business opportunities. Participants were enthusiastic about the possibilities for northern-based solutions and eagerly absorbed practical how-to advice based on the real experiences of successful female business people and development experts. Delegates shared their knowledge and experience and came away focused on finding innovative solutions to the unique economic challenges in the North.
“I want to thank all of those women at the conference who put hope in my mind and heart. I will never forget the lessons I learned.” – Madison Saunders, research assistant, CESD Program, Algoma University College
For more information about this project and to see the final report: Women and Community Economic Development in Northern Ontario
Images courtesy Jean Paul, contracted by PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise