May 16 to 22 is Women Entrepreneur’s week in Saskatchewan, recognizing the many female business owners for their contributions to the Saskatchewan economy and labour markets.
“Women entrepreneurs are important contributors to Saskatchewan communities and the province’s economic growth,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Office, Laura Ross said. “The Status of Women Office supports their important work through multiple partnerships and funding initiatives. This year, the Status of Women Office commissioned a video that showcases three extraordinary women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan.”
The women highlighted are:
- Jessica McNaughton, CEO and Founder of memoryKPR Technology Inc., a digital storytelling platform;
- Dr. Courtney Kennedy, owner and optometrist of Kennedy Eye Clinic in Saskatoon; and
- Laura Gustafson, Founder of ulivit, creator of sustainable, Canadian-made, plant-based foods.
“We are proud to recognize the many outstanding Saskatchewan women creating and operating businesses; they are driving our economic growth and supporting families and communities right across our province,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Our government remains committed to supporting women entrepreneurs and the business community as we emerge from the pandemic together and through the economic recovery in the months ahead.”
As part of the economic recovery plan, the province has implemented various business support programs to provide immediate and ongoing assistance to those businesses who have had to fully or partially close during the global pandemic. These programs include the Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy, the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency Payment and the Saskatchewan Tourism Sector Support Program.
For more information on the Status of Women Office, visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/boards-commissions-and-agencies/status-of-women-office.