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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

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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  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

@GNCC_WIN Women In Niagara

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.

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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

Julie Rorison

Brock University


Grace Eldajani

White Oaks

Vice-Chair/Chair of Events

Nicole Regehr

Gillian's Place

Past Chair

Ruth Unrau

Unrau Focus Coach


Corrina Massicotte

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Staff Liaison

Lesley Calvin

Lesley Calvin Coaching

Isabella Camillo

Goodman School of Business

Josie Faccini

Niagara Workforce Planning Board

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.

Jaime Turner

FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage

Cheryl Vanditelli

Queen Bean Cafe

Marcia Young

St. John Ambulance

WIN Community Partners

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Women in Niagara (WIN) Council News:

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Hackathon Report: Women in Niagara Council

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WIN Presentation to Niagara Regional Council, April 22, 2021

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Daily Update: April 22nd, 2021

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International Women’s Day 2021

An interactive event for women and men to celebrate the achievements of women, to learn and to connect. Co-Presented by… more »

International Women’s Day ‘has a whole new feel this year’

International Women’s Day will be more than a celebration of the achievements of women in Niagara and around the world…. more »

Daily Update: March 4th, 2021

Ontario government introduces Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 The Ontario government is introducing the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure… more »

2020 Women in Business Awards

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to… more »

WINspirational Women: Dr. Kate Bezanson

Dr. Kate Bezanson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at Brock University…. more »

Espresso Live 18: Gender Representation and Governance in Niagara

  Join GNCC CEO, Mishka Balsom and guests Councillor Diana Huson, Regional Councillor for Pelham, Dr. Carol Phillips, Research Coordinator,… more »

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