Join us online on March 6 for our “Changing the Narrative: Unleashing the Full Potential of Women-Owned Enterprises” kick-off event! Immerse yourself in an inspiring day featuring engaging conversations, the launch of the Ontario cohort, and a dynamic panel discussion on empowering women entrepreneurs. Participate in thought-provoking discussions as we identify and address the systemic barriers hindering women-owned businesses from securing necessary investments. 

Don't miss the chance to hear successful women entrepreneurs share their journeys and insights, answering the crucial question: What needs to change for women-led businesses to secure the investments they need for long-term growth? The "Empowering Women Entrepreneurs - A Journey from Insight to Action" panel will explore key solutions, including increasing gender diversity in venture capitalist decision-making roles, expanding women networks in VC, and providing resources to address biases.
What to Expect:

  • An Insightful panel discussion featuring experts, thought leaders, and experienced women entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge and discussing key topics related to women-owned enterprises
  • A presentation of the initial findings of ICTC’s catalyst report on the systemic barriers hindering the establishment and growth of women-owned enterprises
  • Interactive presentations and workshops
  • Networking with other women entrepreneurs


  • 9:30 – 9:45 Welcoming Remarks
  • 9:45 – 10:00 Presentation of the initial findings of ICTC’s catalyst report on the systemic barriers hindering the establishment and growth of women-owned enterprises
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Presentation about ICTC’s “Changing the Narrative” initiative & Online Hub
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 11:45 Panel Discussion: “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs – A Journey from Insight to Action”
  • 11:45 – 12:00 Q&A
  • 12:00 – 12:15 Break
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Partner Presentation


Chantal Gray

Chantal Gray is a Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and mental health educator, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work. Serving as the Co-founder of Winrose Oasis Counselling Services and the Healing Sisters Circle, Chantal actively demonstrates her dedication to establishing nurturing environments for individuals and families across all age groups. Her commitment extends beyond therapeutic sessions as she engages in public speaking, provides mentorship, and collaborates with various organizations.

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui is the Founder & CEO of Scale Without Borders, a startup helping newcomers and immigrants find success in tech; and employers hire immigrant tech talent. An immigrant herself from Morocco, Nouhaila came to Canada as an international student at 17 on her own. Following an exciting career in tech including working at a startup and spending several years at the DMZ helping women founders scale, Nouhaila decided to walk the talk by going all in as a founder. When she's not working, she can be found in some corner of the world on some adventure, or just enjoying long walks or runs in nature. Nouhaila lived in 4 countries and also speaks 3.5 languages.

Cheryl Sutherland

Cheryl Sutherland is a Mindfulness Speaker and Founder of PleaseNotes, a for-purpose company of affirmation-filled products.

Creator Cheryl felt restless and underwhelmed at her 9 to 5. After spending over 10,000 hours learning and facilitating personal development, coaching, and reigniting her inner creativity, Cheryl created a company that inspires women to step into their own power by building confidence, clarity, and creativity through journaling and affirmations.

Cheryl has been able to work with different companies to spread the message of mindset growth and human potential. Some include Wonder Women Tech, WeWork, Quicken Loans, Freshbooks, CPA Canada, the Durham District School Board, and more.

As a women's empowerment expert, author, and entrepreneur, Cheryl Sutherland and PleaseNotes have been featured in InStyle, Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, American Express OPEN Forum, Thrive Global, Brit + CO, Travel Noire, Good Morning LA, BlogTO and on podcasts such as The Creative Empire, I Love Success, No Philter with Phil Pallen, and more.