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According to Statistics Canada, women-owned businesses account for 17.5 per cent of private-sector businesses in Canada.

While the number of businesses owned by women is on the rise, women entrepreneurs commonly face increased challenges surrounding access to capital, mentors, and a support network.

On Thursday, November 30, 2023 The Globe and Mail hosted a panel of accomplished entrepreneurs, who shared how they have navigated these challenges.


  • Sasha Krstic, President, Mastercard Canada
  • Joanna Griffiths, Founder & CEO, Knixwear
  • Althea Johnson, Founder & Kbeauty Expert at Proprlifestyle
  • Sarabeth Holden, Co-owner, Red Tape Brewery
  • Chris Hannay, Independent Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail (moderator)

The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from Mastercard. To learn about upcoming Globe and Mail events visit

Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

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