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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan

Did you know that one in every eight women employed in Saskatchewan runs her own business? In 2019, women entrepreneurs created 191,836 jobs in the province and contributed $23.1 billion to our economy.

The Government of Saskatchewan's Status of Women Office is shining a spotlight on women-led businesses and their contributions that impact not only our economy but the people of Saskatchewan.

There are more than 34,000 women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. Here are three stories that highlight what being a women entrepreneur in our province means.

Jessica McNaughton

Image of Jessica McNaughton

Jessica is the CEO and Founder of memoryKPR Technology Inc., a digital storytelling platform that enables users to save, store, design and protect their stories. memoryKPR (pronounced memory keeper) creates a safe place to tell meaningful stories for all the big moments and everyday memories. It is currently being used to capture the lives of newborns to seniors, for events, memorials, celebrations and tributes; 8 to 88-year-olds are enjoying it equally.

Jessica McNaughton with her children

Dr. Courtney Kennedy

Courtney Kennedy in front of glasses display

Dr. Kennedy is an optometrist and owner of Kennedy Eye Clinic. Her clinic offers a range of innovative solutions to improve eye health, including being the first optometry clinic in Saskatchewan to offer in-house aesthetics and cosmetic optometry. Courtney is expanding her business with plans to open a second location in Saskatoon this year.

Photo of Kennedy Eye Clinic

Laura Gustafson

Laura Gustafson with package of Plant Protein 2.0

Laura is the co-founder, along with her sister, of ulivit (you-live-it), a champion for sharing the many benefits of locally grown, protein-packed pulses. She sources Saskatchewan pulse crops, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, from local farmers. One of her products that was first to market, Plant Protein 2.0, is sold by retailers across Western Canada.

Laura Gustafson in a field

Thank you to Jessica, Courtney and Laura for sharing what it is like to be a woman entrepreneur in Saskatchewan, and to Leah Mertz, another female entrepreneur for putting this video together.

During this week, we would like to acknowledge all women entrepreneurs in our province who are important contributors to the growth of our communities and economy.

Women Entrepreneur Week was proclaimed by Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK). WESK provides business advising; start-up, purchase and expansion lending; and networking and learning opportunities to women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. To learn more about what they offer, visit the Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan website.

Learn more about the Status of Women Office.

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