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.

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.   

Newcomer Bootcamp

The Newcomer Business Bootcamp will provide a comprehensive, two-week orientation available to international newcomer women who have been in Canada no longer then 5 years that are interested in starting a business in Kingston and surrounding region. The purpose of the program is to support women newcomers in starting their own business, strengthening their entrepreneurial skill set, and supporting them in the launch of their business. Bootcamps will be delivered twice a year by Chela Breckon, With Chela Inc. in partnership with Kingston Economic Development. 

First Intake: August 2020

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

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 Wanda Williams, Judith Pineault and Kingston Economic Development.

Ongoing Meetings/Events

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