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EDC proudly joins the Women’s Empowerment Principles community to further our commitment to fostering best business practices that empower and guide women in the workplace, marketplace and community.  Learn more.

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President and CEO, Mairead Lavery, leading and celebrating this moment with EDC Women in Trade champions. 

 

 

$50M

EDC’s invests in the Women in Trade Program to support Canadian women entrepreneurs expand beyond our borders with confidence. 

$250M

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

16% Canadian SMEs majority-owned by women

Canadian small- and medium- sized enterprises  (SMEs) majority-owned by women

12, 700 Number of Canadian women majority-owned exporters

Number of Canadian women exporters who own the majority of their business

 

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% 

 

 

Success stories

Discover how Canadian women-owned businesses of all sizes and industries have found international success with the help from EDC. 


 

Sampler’s mission to help CPGs distribute their samples in more targeted ways.

Sampler

The idea for Sampler came to founder and CEO Marie Chevrier when she was working as a brand ambassador, handing out free product samples in college. 



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. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

   

 


 

Accessing EDC Porfolio Credit Insurance and Export Guaranty program gave Marianne Bertrand the ability to grow and go global.

Muttluks

It was a cash-flow crunch with her home renovation business that pushed Marianne Bertrand to the dogs—or at least to start a completely new business for the dogs.


 

pehr designs

Pehr Designs

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

 

 

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A word from Jennifer Cooke, EDC’s Corporate Lead for Women in Trade

Jennifer is focused on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business abroad. 

 

A word from Jennifer Cooke,
EDC’s Corporate Lead for Women in Trade

Jennifer is focused on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business abroad. 

Jenn Cooke

 

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