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A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Risk in Canada and Asia

January 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Risk in Canada and Asia


The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion led by Janice McDonald, President of global business consulting firm, The Beacon Agency. Janice will be discussing the findings from her latest report (supported by BMO and the Centre for Women in Politics and Pubic Leadership at Carleton University) that examines common myths, barriers, and opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Canada.


Janice will be in conversation with APF Canada’s President & CEO Stewart Beck, and VP Research & Programs Eva Busza, who will share findings from APF Canada’s national “Women to Women Roundtable” series. VP Operations Vilupti Lok Barrineau (who has 25 years of global experience in the field of women’s financial inclusion and gender equality), and Project Specialist Amar Nijhawan (who recently conducted research looking at the role of women entrepreneurs in start-up ecosystems in South and Southeast Asia) will be responding to Janice’s work with anecdotes and lessons learned from the Asia Pacific.



Date/Time: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Location: APF Canada’s Vancouver Office, 900 – 675 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC


*Please RSVP at events@asiapacific.ca no later than January 26th, 2018

For any questions, contact Mandy Ng at mandy.ng@asiapacific.ca


About Janice McDonald

Janice McDonald is an award-winning entrepreneur, trusted advisor, strategist, and inspiring speaker with expertise in the music industry, apparel/accessories sector, and with start-ups. She has leadership training from Harvard & INSEAD and was appointed to the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. Her many career achievements include driving the financial turnaround and re-branding of Women in Communications & Technology as Board Chair (2013-2015). She is the Chair of International Women’s Forum Canada Ottawa Chapter, Board Director of Futurpreneur, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and Ashbury College, and Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurs for Startup Canada. A sought after speaker on leadership and entrepreneurship, Janice’s TEDx talk has been viewed over 14,000 times and counting.



APF Canada Speakers

Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of APF Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. He was Consul General in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was Consul General in San Francisco.


Dr. Eva Busza is Vice-President, Research and Programs, at APF Canada. Prior to joining the foundation, she was Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Previous appointments include Team Leader for Asia Pacific in the UN’s Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and Senior Advisor at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Her experience covers a wide range of issues tied to trade, investment, innovation, sustainable development, and international security.


Vilupti Lok Barrineau is Vice-President, Operations, at APF Canada. Vilupti has championed the causes of equality, malaria mitigation, and micro-credit access for the UN and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She was Managing Director of the ‘Financial Access Initiative’ for Harvard, Yale, and New York universities, and established and managed the ‘Global Network for Banking Innovation in Microfinance’ for Women’s World Banking.

Vilupti has worked globally with finance ministries, central banks, and heads of state, and pioneered new thinking on financial inclusion. Most recently, she was a Senior Director with APF Canada, responsible for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership, a $4.74-million project funded by the Government of Canada.


Amar Nijhawan is the Project Specialist for the APEC-Canada Growing Business Partnership, an APF Canada and Global Affairs Canada initiative that works with MSMEs in developing economies in the APEC region, with a focus on Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Peru. Prior to this, Amar conducted research as a Post-Graduate Research Fellow exploring the stories of women entrepreneurs in the growing startup ecosystems in South and Southeast Asia. Before joining APF Canada, Amar worked in advocacy and research in the non-profit world in India, specifically with homeless communities and women survivors of state violence in New Delhi.



January 30, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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APF Canada
900 – 675 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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