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Hi there everyone and Happy May! We are a little late with our letter this month. We held off in order to share some exciting news with you.
From former CEO Sally J M Douglas:
I am thrilled to announce that Jenn Juby has joined IEF as our new CEO! She is all kinds of fabulous and will take the charity into its new chapters allowing us to support and celebrate even more entrepreneurs & innovators. I know you will help me welcome her to the team! We thought it made sense to introduce you to her here so without further ado, here is Jenn – I will let her tell you a little about herself and take the rest of the letter from here 🙂
Message From Our New CEO Jenn:
CEO of Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation
Thank you to Sally and to the wonderful IEF community for the warm welcome! I am honoured to join this critical National charity, rooted in championing and advocating for Canada’s budding business trailblazers from underrepresented communities.
Still in its infancy, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation has already made a big mark across Canada thanks to Sally Douglas’ leadership, know-how, and passion for the people IEF serves. I have big shoes to fill, and am thrilled that Sally will be staying on as advisor and Senior Consultant for the foundation.
My passion and investment into Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation is rooted in our mission to advocate and celebrate underrepresented innovators and entrepreneurs Nation-wide. I am deeply committed to our purpose of helping to pave a smoother path for new ventures across Canada that add value to our communities, and National diversity and economy.
We at IEF will continue to expand upon our education, advocacy, and mentorship programs for Canadian marginalized innovators and entrepreneurs as we persevere to build out this important charity.
All my best,
Jenn Juby, CEO of Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation
The 2022 CANIE AWARDS – Phase 1 Applications/Nominations are OPEN until May 31st
Are you a business owner, or do you know a business owner from an under-represented group in Canada? If so, you need to know about the CANIE Awards, a great funding opportunity for your business.
Seniorpreneur Award for Leadership & Innovation (Presented by Arthur J E Child Foundation) – Awarded to a business owner who is 55+ and using their experience to succeed in their mission while contributing to their community
Global Impact Business Owner of the Year (Presented by UPS) – Awarded to organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and social impact while scaling international markets.
The 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year (Presented by Ownr) – For exceptional leadership and ongoing impact in Canadian entrepreneurship.
Climate Related Product Innovation Award (Presented by UPS) – Awarded for products creating innovative solutions to a real-world problem.
Information & News
Find out about Canadian Innovation Week, brought to you by The Rideau Hall Foundation. #CIW22
Canadian Innovation Week is a 5-day celebration recognizing and supporting ingenuity across all sectors. Organizations across the country share stories of inspiring Canadian innovators and innovations that are changing the world one idea at a time.
Check out their Canadian Innovation Space webpage for more information.
The Canadian Innovation Week #CIW22 Celebrations will take place May 16-20, 2022.
Information from Statistics Canada
Our friends at Statistics Canada shared some interesting information from the second quarter of 2021 as it relates to business owners in Canada.
Did you know, that 1/3 (32.9%) of businesses majority-owned by visible minorities expected demand for their products and services to decrease in the coming quarter compared to all private sector businesses, where only 1/5 (20.3%) anticipated decline. Furthermore, one in six (16.4%) of businesses majority-owned by visible minorities expected to decrease the prices of goods and services they offer, while 1/10 (10.6%) of all private sector businesses expect to do the same.
These contrasts are significant and fuel us to continue to develop on-demand programs and services to support underrepresented innovators and entrepreneurs.
Are you a business owner from a visible minority group that shared in the expected decreases in demand, prices, sales, and profitability? Please share your stories and experiences on our social media.
Thank you to our Partners & Sponsors
Have you checked out the UPS EXPRESS BOX yet?
Last month we shared a @UPS_Canada initiative supporting women-owned small businesses celebrating their unstoppable spirit. UPS has created a special edition UPS Express Box currently available to order by anyone who would like to use it for their UPS shipments. The box was designed by Canadian artist Marian Bantjes. You can get more details and order for free by following this page: ups.com/ca-proudlyunstoppable