A lot has changed in the last twenty years, and we are proud of what we have accomplished in these past two decades. However, one thing remains the same: NLOWE is here to support, encourage, and connect the women business owners of Newfoundland and Labrador so that they can start, grow, and advance their businesses.
NLOWE’s annual provincial conference, now in its 20th year, has become the premiere professional development event for women business owners in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the growth of women-owned businesses in our province and the development of world-class expertise right here at home. This year, we are pleased to be showcasing this homegrown talent with a full roster of local women business owners.
NLOWE’s Drivers of Growth forums resulted in an Action Plan, to be released in May, that will outline practical recommendations to shape policy and create change. It will focus on the two themes that were discussed at the economic forums: increasing the number of women in senior leadership positions, and growing the number of female-owned businesses and scaling existing companies owned by women.
Nalcor recently launched a Women’s Leadership Network, focused on supporting career development and advancement for women at the company. For Nalcor, diversity and inclusion is a priority. Jim Keating, Chair of Nalcor Energy’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, says that as the company continues to evolve, diversity is increasingly being recognized as a business imperative.
While the number of women-owned businesses supplying the public sector is not being tracked, based on our marketplace knowledge, it is safe to say there is room for growth. However, as in the natural resources sector, institutional procurement practices could be adjusted so women-owned businesses are better positioned to compete.
Just over a year ago, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinet and was asked why gender balance was so important to him, he answered with the now-famous words, “Because it’s 2015.” After one day in office, Trudeau managed to catapult Canada from twentieth to third place in the global rankings of gender equality…
Contributed by Caron Hawco, Caron Hawco Group NLOWE has been making great progress in promoting supplier diversity in this province. We have focused on raising awareness and opening doors to women-owned businesses in both the oil and gas and the mining industries—the two industries that generate some of the largest business opportunities and income…