NEW!

EDC announces a $50M Women in Trade Investments Program to help Canadian women entrepreneurs expand beyond our borders. With our support, you can scale and grow your business through export. Learn more.

Jennifer Cooke,
Corporate Lead Women in Trade

Recently announced as the new Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade Strategy, Jennifer is focused on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business.  


Jennifer Cooke,
Corporate Lead Women in Trade

Announced as the Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade Strategy, Jennifer is focused on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business.

Jenn Cooke

 

$250M

EDC’s contribution to the federal government’s three-year plan to help women-owned and led companies grow and scale their business

16% Canadian SMEs majority-owned by women

Canadian SMEs majority-owned by women

12, 700 Number of Canadian women majority-owned exporters

Number of Canadian women majority-owned exporters

 

What is the industry telling us?

What is the industry telling us?

There are vast opportunities for Canadian women to lead more high-growth businesses with national and global ambitions. With EDC as your trusted partner, we can help you in every facet of your export journey. 

What is the industry telling us?

There are vast opportunities for Canadian women to lead more high-growth businesses with national and global ambitions. With EDC as your trusted partner, we can help you in every facet of your export journey. 

What is the industry telling us?

 

 

11% Canadian women majority-owned SMEs currently exporting

Canadian women majority-owned SMEs currently exporting

8% Canadian SMEs with 100+ employees that are women majority-owned

Canadian SMEs with 100+ employees that are women majority-owned

198B Rise in Canada's GDP if women-owned businesses increased by just 10%

Canadian women’s economic contribution over the next decade if women-owned businesses increased by just 10% 

Looking to grow your business? EDC can help.

We provide trade knowledge, financing solutions, insurance and global connections to give you the opportunity to succeed internationally.

 

 

Success Stories

piccola cucina

Piccola Cucina

Piccola Cucina is a family-owned business run by Pina Romolo and her mother, Anita. The business started out small, with Anita selling homemade biscotti, and grew from there. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

 

smart sweets

Smart Sweets

As a teenager, Tara Bosch learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. But these culinary lessons weren’t the only thing the two shared — both had a sweet tooth, with gummy bears at the top.

smart sweets

Smart Sweets

As a teenager, Tara Bosch learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. But these culinary lessons weren’t the only thing the two shared — both had a sweet tooth, with gummy bears at the top.

 

 

pehr designs

Pehr Designs

When best friends Jen Kelly and Becca Perren decided to start a business during their maternity leaves, success came quickly.
 

 

 

DeeBee's Organics

DeeBee's Organics Inc.

Mother and PhD Medical Scientist Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker was in the kitchen with her two children when the idea for DeeBee’s Organics was born. 

 

 

Accessing EDC Select Credit Insurance provided peace of mind for Joy Yap when her natural beauty company started exporting to the U.S.

Wyld Skincare

Accessing EDC Select Credit Insurance provided peace of mind for Joy Yap when her natural beauty company started exporting to the U.S.

 

 

Recommended articles and webinars


Group of female designers having meeting in modern office

Coming together: How women entrepreneurs can excel through business collaboration

Blog July 04, 2019 The best way for women-owned or women-led businesses to grow internationally and increase revenues is by working together.

Joy Yap walks between green bushes.

Facing the future headfirst with Joy Yap

Blog June 04, 2019 Eco-beauty entrepreneur on the rewards, challenges of owning your own business

Why women need to export

The deeper dive: If you’re a canadian woman, here’s why you need to export

Article April 22, 2019 Women are rocking at starting new businesses, but they’re wary of growing outside of Canada. Here’s why that matters to all of us.

Women in business

Unleashing the power of women entrepreneurs

Blog April 16, 2019 Today, almost half of all small and medium-sized businesses in Canada are either partially or entirely owned by women.

women-in-business-webinar

Women take business beyond borders

Webinar The Canadian government has numerous programs to help women-led businesses expand into global markets, and a new webinar shows you how.

Q&A with Jennifer Cooke

Women going global: Q&A with Jennifer Cooke

Article March 20, 2019 Few Canadian women entrepreneurs are expanding their businesses into international markets.

Jennifer Cooke embraces her mother and two young daughters in a lovely garden.

Dream big, be daring

Blog March 08, 2019 EDC’s Jennifer Cooke embraces new role to help women-led businesses overcome barriers to go global.

Women in Trade: Jennifer Cooke

Export challenges: Women lack connections, confidence and capital to go global

Blog March 04, 2019 Jennifer Cooke, EDC’s new Corporate Lead for Women in Trade shares three challenges women entrepreneurs face when exporting.

3 ingredients to going global

Confidence, courage and calculated risk: Key ingredients to going global

Blog January 14, 2019 Dragon’s Den’s Arlene Dickinson says entrepreneurs need to take risks to be successful.

Canadian Cosmetics Exports

Bold and the beautiful: Putting on a brave face is paramount to exporting

Blog January 14, 2019 Canadian beauty maven Daniele Henkel shares four lessons she learned on her successful export journey.

 

Talk to a trade advisor today

Learn how we can help you grow your business and expand into new markets. 

1-888-220-0047

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