Kingston Economic Development is pleased to launch four new programs to support women entrepreneurs in Kingston and the surrounding region. The programs are part of the Queen’s University WE-CAN women entrepreneurship strategy funded through FedDev Ontario.

The programs are focused on supporting new business, business growth and creating a community that will encourage ongoing skill development.

At this time, all programs will be offered through virtual platforms.   

Hire Yourself

The goal of the Hire Yourself program is to bring like-minded women together who have diverse international skills and want to learn how to open a business in Canada. This program will provide a personalized and fun, two-week orientation available to women new to Canada less than 10 years who are interested in starting a business in Kingston and the surrounding  area. The purpose of the program is to support women new to Canada in starting their own business, learning to become an entrepreneur, and supporting each other in the launch of their business. The two-week in-person program will be delivered twice a year by Chéla Breckon, founder of With Chéla Inc. in partnership with Kingston Economic Development. 

First Intake: August 2020

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Please send applications to [email protected]

Rural Mentorship

The Rural Mentorship program will provide dedicated mentorship tailored to support the individual business challenges of the participating rural, women entrepreneurs. The suite of mentors will include regional business leaders and service providers selected for their specific expertise and experience. This program will break down the geographic barriers and develop a long-lasting mentorship and mastermind outreach series to support business growth. There will be two intakes per year delivered by Claire Bouvier, FEiST in partnership with Kingston Economic Development.

Intake 1: Closed

Intake 2: Fall 2020

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Fast Track Exporting

The Fast Track Exporting program will provide dedicated business coaching with Peng-Sang Cau for women entrepreneurs who are seeking opportunities to scale their business through export opportunities. The business consultation will be complimented with workshops and events hosted by Kingston Economic Development focused on export, accessing new markets and international growth.    

Ongoing Intake


The LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) program will engage C-Suite Women executives, and women in senior leadership positions within the Kingston Region. The LEAD program is designed to encourage business growth and development through expertise and shared experience. The goal is to create a network of creative, professional women focused on improving opportunities for women in business through networking, new connections, educational workshops, but most importantly setting the agenda to raise the bar. This program will be facilitated by Judith Pineault and Kingston Economic Development.

First Intake: August 2020

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Please send applications to [email protected]

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Workshops + EventsView All

Aug 19

Join other women entrepreneurs to learn how to unlock the power of business emotional intelligence with Angela Hoyt of Evolution Group.

Aug 20

The pandemic is changing the business landscape as we know it.

Aug 20

An in-depth look at funding resources from grants to micro-loans, through to venture capital.

Aug 25

If you’re thinking about starting a business, conducting market research is a great place to start.

Aug 26

Join women entrepreneurs from across the Kingston region to discuss how to build and maintain a thriving network during COVID-19.

Sep 17

An in-depth look at funding resources from grants to micro-loans, through to venture capital.