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The Women in Niagara Council is an advisory council made up of volunteers that help with programming and advocacy for women in business in Niagara.

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Get Involved — WIN Programming

  1. Attend events and network
  2. Join in learning opportunities WIN/WIN and WINpowerment
  3. Join a subcommittee
  4. Nominate women for WIBAs — promoting women in leadership roles

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WIN Presents: The Hackathon

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women’s employment and women’s business across the country – including here in Niagara. Many policy experts and researchers have focused on this problem and it is encouraging that businesses, governments and communities are thinking about a feminist economic recovery – that will benefit everyone.

In June 2021, WIN Council hosted a hackathon to focus on solutions and get women back to work, school, and leadership here in Niagara. We started with a look at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce She-Covery strategy which critical findings include recommendations for leadership and accountability, safe and affordable child care, workforce development, flexible work and entrepreneurship.

This brief lays out a path to Ontario’s “she-covery” in Niagara by examining data on the gendered labour market impacts of the pandemic and offering policy solutions to confront both immediate and longer-term challenges. Throughout this, an intersectional lens is essential to ensure no women are left behind.

Read the full Hackathon Report

Women in Niagary Bursary

The Women in Niagara bursary is for a woman in business who lives and works in Niagara. This woman can be self-employed, work for a small business, a non-profit or for an employer that would otherwise not pay for leadership development training. Women in Niagara is looking for an enthusiastic, self-starter who envisions themselves giving back to and being a leader for Niagara.

The bursary is used for participation in the Accelerate Civic Leadership+ program, which encourages civic leadership and positive change within the Niagara Region by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the community. Applicants should be aspiring mid-career professionals or entrepreneurs looking to grow in their chosen career. They should also possess a clear capacity for leadership, a commitment to volunteerism, and have the capacity to fully commit to the program.

Find out more.

View Previous Recipients

International Women’s Day Award Recipients

Since 2012, an outstanding woman has been selected as the International Women’s Day Award Winner. Presented during IWD festivities, the award recognizes the outstanding contribution of this woman to Niagara.

View IWD Award Recipients

Women in Business Awards Nominees

Since 2000, the Women in Business Awards have recognized the outstanding contributions of women in business throughout Niagara.

2021 WIBA Nominations   View Past Recipients

Council Members

Grace Eldajani

White Oaks

Chair

Jaime Giles

TD Commercial Banking

Vice Chair

Ruth Unrau

Unrau Focus Coach

Co-Founder

Corrina Massicotte

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Staff Liaison

Lesley Calvin

Lesley Calvin Coaching

Isabella Camillo

Goodman School of Business

Sheryl L. Johnson

Sullivan Mahoney LLP

N’ora Kalb

Innovate Niagara

Sheryl Matthews

Canadian Tire Corporation

Sarah Pritula

Community Crew

Melanie Sodka

Capacity Creator Corp.

Marcia Young

St. John Ambulance

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