News Archive 2019

December 16, 2019: Wishing Donna Casey a happy retirement

Time after time, our monthly networking breakfasts are praised as a member favourite. The Centre for Women in Business is fortunate to have a dedicated sponsor in TD bank to continue making this event a reality. Over the past five years, we have had a pleasure of having Donna Casey, a small business advisor, as our TD liaison. Donna has participated in countless breakfasts and supported countless members. 

"Donna has been such a wonderful support for our women business owners. She gets right in there at the table discussions and shares her knowledge of small business management. We will miss her positivity and humour, and wish her all the best in her retirement," says CWB business advisor, Nora Perry. 

While it is bittersweet, after 30 years at her branch Donna is well deserving of retirement. However, we are hoping that this won't be the last we see of her! As a thank you for her commitment to our organization and to supporting women in business, Donna has been gifted a CWB lifetime membership. 

Thank you, Donna!


December 8: vLife app now live

vLife, by CWB member Melanie Little, is now live. vLife is an online marketplace, featuring small independent goods and service providers exclusivelyThe marketplace currently focuses on HRM, with plans to roll out into other Nova Scotia communities in the future. Congratulations on your launch, Melanie! We are #CWBproud of you. 

Visit vLife now. 

December 3: CWB team welcomes new membership coordinator

The Centre for Women in Business is pleased to announce that Colleen Ritchie has joined our team as Membership and Events Coordinator. Colleen joins us with nearing a decade of experience supporting entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial experience herself. Read more about Colleen

Colleen can be reached at 902.457.6271 or


December 2019: Katie Lunn profiled in Parkview News

A great profile on Katie and Coffee Pro Bedford - we are #CWBproud to work with you, Katie! 

People of the Community: Katie Lunn, Entrepreneur in Bedford (page 6) 

November 26: 30 Under 30 highlights member duo

Atlantic Business Magazine recently named their 30 Under 30, a list recognizing innovators innovators in Atlantic Canada who are helping to solve world-sized problems from right here at home. Included in this list are members Gurneet Dhami, volunteer mentor and Freya Poirier, business coach. You can find this duo at our monthly networking breakfasts. Gurneet is also a member of our RBC Alliance of Young Women Entrepreneur program at MSVU. Congratulations, Gurneet and Freya! We are #CWBProud of you. 

Read Atlantic Business Magazine's 30 Under 30: Nova Scotia


November 12, 2019: Comparative analysis results show status of women business owners in Atlantic Canada

In order to advance the status of women business owners in our economy, we must first understand the environment that they are in. To do this, three researchers from Mount Saint Vincent University completed a comparative analysis of women business owners in Atlantic Canada, updating key information from 2012 to 2019. Continue reading


November 4, 2019: CWB team welcomes new business advisor

The Centre for Women in Business is pleased to announce that Natalie Frederick-Wilson has joined our team as Business Advisor, Student Engagement and Technology. Natalie will be covering Nasil Nam's maternity leave from November 2019 until October 2020. Please join us in welcoming Natalie and wishing Nasil and her family a safe and healthy year. 

Natalie can be reached at 902.457.5527 or 


November 3, 2019: shiftEd Academy shortlisted for Learner Impact Award

CWB member Tisha Parker Kemp with shiftEd Academy is among eight finalists shortlisted by the Institute for Performance and Learning for a national Learning Impact Award. Congratulations, Tisha and good luck! Read more. 


October 31, 2019: Congratulations to CWB member finalists for Halifax Business Awards 2020

The CWB team would like to congratulate its members who are finalists for the Halifax Business Awards. Award recipients will be announced in January 2020 - best of luck! 

October 22, 2019: Ernst & Young recognize Laurie MacKeigan as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Three powerful women were recognized for their expertise at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards this month. One of these winners was President of Backman Vidcom and CWB member Laurie MacKeigan. She was recognized as Emerging Entrepreneur. Congratulations Laurie, we are #CWBproud to work with you! 

October 15, 2019: CWB Members team up to provide unique self-care wellness parties

CWB members Nadine Hubley of Tightlines Wellness Professionals and Angela Fralick of Pathway to Relaxation have teamed up to provide unique self-care wellness parties. Read more. 

September 30, 2019: Priority Management New Ownership

CWB member Tonya Lundrigan has acquired Priority Management Atlantic, operating out of Halifax and Moncton. Tonya has been successfully contributing to Priority's success since 2016 and is now positioned to continue the legacy and leadership of Priority Management for the Atlantic Canada region. Before Priority, Tonya provided workplace solutions in change management, organization effectiveness and process facilitation. For 30 years, Priority Management has helped over 50,000 Atlantic Canadians find a better way to work by providing development solutions in personal productivity, project planning, leadership, sales skill, and customer service.

Learn more about Priority Management Atlantic Canada.


September 27, 2019: Reiki Energy Gift Boxes Now Available for Holiday Orders

Created by CWB members Tara MacDonald and Kaitlyn BeaverReiki Energy Gift Box is a reiki infused gift box full of items from small businesses that promotes healing. Full of magic and positive energy, boxes may contain essential oils, oracle cards, crystals, small notepads, jewelry and other small items. Now available in limited quantities for holiday orders. 

Learn more about Reiki Energy Gift Boxes.


September 24, 2019: CWB celebrates Gordia Macdonald with dedicated leaf on the Riva Spatz Women's Wall of Honour

To properly thank Gordia Macdonald and her contributions and impact to the CWB community, she was presented with a dedicated leaf on the Riva Spatz Women's Wall of Honour surrounded by past coworkers, clients, friends and family. 

Read the full story. 

September 19, 2019: AtlanTick Repellant Products Inc. receives Women of Influence 2019 Ones to Watch Award

CWB Member Lisa Learning of AtlanTick Repellant Products Inc. received the 2019 Ones to Watch Award from Women of Influence. This award recognizes entrepreneurs who have launched businesses that have made an incredible impact in fewer than three years. Congratulations Lisa, we are #CWBproud to work with you! Read more about the awards. 


September 11, 2019: New Staples member discount code

The Centre for Women in Business is pleased to partner with Staples to provide members 20% off all copying and printing at any Staples location in Canada. As of September 11, the Centre has a new code for members. Email for more information. 


August 20, 2019: RBC and Centre for Women in Business offering program for young women entrepreneurs

Since 2017, RBC and the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University have been hosting the Alliance of Young Women Entrepreneurs (AYWE) program to increase the number of young women student entrepreneurs at MSVU. 

Read the full story and meet student entrepreneur Gurneet Dhami. 

July 29, 2019: Online mentorship launched for women in Nova Scotia's communications and technology sectors

Be a mentor. Find a mentor. Better yet, do both! Women in Communication and Technology Nova Scotia (WCT NS) has launched a new online mentorship program. If you are a female in Nova Scotia’s growing communications and technology industries, or planning to enter these growing sectors, you can now cast your net far and wide into an established professional network for guidance from someone who has experience travelling your path.

July 9, 2019: Minister Jordan announces Women Entrepreneurship Strategy investments in Atlantic Canada 

On July 9, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan (Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets), on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, (Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion), announced two non-repayable investments totaling $4,025,892 in WES funding to the Centre for Women in Business (CWB) and Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE).

Read the full news release. 

June 26, 2019: PEIBWA announces new Rural Women's Business Centre

The PEI Business Women's Association has received $500, 000 in funding from the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island for a new Rural Women's Business Centre. 

Read the announcement now. 


June 10, 2019: Minister Ng launches the Canada Business App 

Minister Ng was in Markham to announce the launch of the Canada Business App - the first-ever mobile app for Canadian business owners, which provides a one-stop-shop for all business matters – right at the touch of your fingertips.


This new app complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to make it easier for small businesses, and helps small business owners navigate government services, receive tailored recommendations and personalized notifications on funding applications or when to file taxes. You can now download the Canada Business App on the App Store here, and on Google Play here.

For more information please see the news release.


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