Released on May 22, 2018
The week of May 20-26 has been proclaimed as Women Entrepreneurs Week in Saskatchewan. The week recognizes the success of women entrepreneurs across the province and celebrates their contributions to our communities and the economy.
“I would like to thank Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan for their tireless work supporting women entrepreneurs across the province,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “Not only do women make a significant contribution to our economy through entrepreneurship, they’re also bringing new ideas and innovations to the marketplace. Through it all, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan is there to guide and support them every step of the way.”
“Women Entrepreneurs Week is held each year to recognize the innovative, hard-working and talented Saskatchewan women who have started their own businesses, developed their own careers, and created their own futures,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “I wish all of Saskatchewan’s women entrepreneurs continued success and thank them for their advocacy for women, support of their peers and contributions to our province’s economy.”
There are 34,600 women in Saskatchewan that are self-employed, reflecting a 16.5 per cent growth over the last ten years – the third highest growth rate in Canada. Saskatchewan’s women entrepreneurs contribute to the economy in many sectors such as construction, manufacturing, health services, finance and technology.
In conjunction with Women Entrepreneurs Week, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (WESK) is holding its two-day annual business conference in Regina. The 2018 conference is focused around the theme “Resilience: Tragedy to Triumph, Failure to Success” and features speakers Jess Tetu (owner, Just For You Day Spas and Founder and CEO, Lia Reese Canada), Candyce Fiessel (Owner, The Style Academy and Shear Escape Salon and Spa) and Eric Dillon (CEO, Conexus Credit Union).
“We are grateful to the Government of Saskatchewan for dedicating this week to acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of women entrepreneurs in our province,” WESK CEO Prabha Mitchell said. “As we make strides in closing the gender and entrepreneurship gap, the impact of female entrepreneurs on the economy of Saskatchewan will multiply enormously.”
WESK is a non-profit organization that works with Saskatchewan women to assist them with starting, buying or expanding a business and to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.
For more information, contact:
Status of Women Office