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The Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum 2018

Want to get beyond diversity and inclusion rhetoric? Enraged by Kavanaugh decision because it tells us how much more work we have to do from all angles? Looking to connect with people working to create a future centered on gender and social justice.

Join us Sunday, December 2-Monday, December 3, 2018 to explore feminist approaches to enterprise design, product and service innovation, operating practices, strategic planning, and more with over 200 participants. Workshops are both "think and do" oriented. Our foundational talks will provoke, inform, and inspire you to think about current issues, futures, and ideas about how to advance the UN's sustainable development goals via a feminist lens. Visit for full agenda and list of speakers.

This unique event showcases and celebrates the voices of feminist business practitioners of all genders and identities. Topics include feminist theory/thought leadership, feminist business design, governance practices, urban feminist ecosystems, how to market like a feminist, the state of women's entrepreneurship, how to start a cannabis enterprise, how to find funding for your feminist enterprise, an update on women in business policy initiatives, business, politics, and activism, and much more. 

A full event pass is $299 plus HST for two days. If you are at that point in your life when a helping hand would be appreciated, please send us an email to and we will add you to the bursary fund list. You can also choose to volunteer at the event in exchange for a pass. 

Preliminary Event Schedule (Watch for emerging speaker announcements):

(DAY 1: 10 am – 7:00 pm)

10:00 AM-7:00 PM: Registration & Community Fair, Journaling 

  • The Community Fair. Co-curated by the EFF production team and volunteers from the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the fair will feature a collective merch table and 10-15 community groups, associations, media enterprises, or projects focused on elevating or supporting the entrepreneurial feminist community. 

  • Journaling: Enjoy a quiet, meditative space with chairs, tables, pillows, markers, art supplies etc. where you can go to dream up new ideas or digest your experiences. 

10:00 AM-11:00 PM: Movement Workshop 

  • Most learning situations lead with the head. We lead with the whole body. Try to be open, curious, and nimble. Nourish your body before moving into intellectual learning spaces! Movement facilitator: Savoy Howe. 

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Welcome & Foundational Talk #1

  • Welcome by Petra Kassun-Mutch and Lex Schroeder

  • Foundational Talk #1: Speaker Carol Ann Hilton. Indigenomics: A Global Power Shift. 

    Foundational Talks focus on the future of feminist business practice and alternative economic models. These feminist thought leaders will elevate issues and insights to get us all thinking about what’s next in entrepreneurship, what just business practice actually looks like, and how we can create the future together.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM: Lunch, networking, community fair and writing workshop

  • Take some time to yourself, think, set intentions, prepare, or just empty your mind to be ready to receive.

  • Writing Workshop: Grab your lunch and join this 40-minute session! Take the time to write and enjoy being challenged by feminist writing prompts we embark on the EFF experience. Participants will have the option to share—or not!

1:00PM-4:00 PM: Deep Dive Workshops 
These 3-hour workshops are designed to kickstart your projects. Move one of your mountains in these sessions! 

  • Build Your Feminist Business with the Feminist Business Model Canvas, Dr. CV Harquail and Petra Kassun-Mutch

  • Why We Need Feminist Marketing and New Social Media Models and How to Start Building Both, Today, Kelly Diels

  • Activism for Feminist Entrepreneurs, Rivera Sun

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Break, networking

4:30 – 7:00 Harvest Wall, Poster “Inspirations” Walk, Community Fair

  • Harvest Wall - Share what you are learning and are curious about!

  • Ask & Offer Posters & Poster Walk - Make visible your new venture, project, or idea. Peruse and learn about other ventures. Presenters may stand by their poster to answer questions and get feedback.

4:30 PM-7:00 PM: Reception, Radical Generosity Practice, Entertainment

  • Light nourishment (including free non-alcoholic drinks). Wine and beer for sale.

  • Radical Generosity Practice facilitated by Vicki Saunders, Founder of SheEO.

*Note: To keep costs down, we will offer coffee, tea, and healthy snacks throughout the day. Bring your own lunch or purchase food from the cafe on site. 

(Day 2: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm)

8:00 AM-2:30 PM: Registration & Community Fair, Journaling

8:00 AM-9:00 AM: Embodied Resilience workshop with Jane Clapp

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome and Foundational Talk #2

  • Welcome by Golnaz Golnaraghi and Lex Schroeder

  • Foundational Talk #2. Dr. CV Harquail: What Makes a Business Feminist? 

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break, Harvest Wall, Community Fair, Networking

10:45 AM – 12:15 pm: Workshop Series A

  1. Mapping Your Enterprise Ecosystem; Mapping the Larger Feminist Ecosystem of Toronto, Dr. Barbara Orser & Petra Kassun-Mutch

  2. Entrepreneurial Feminism: How Incorporating a Personal Governance Framework Can Drive Accountability and Results for a Sustainable Future, Teri Yuan

  3. Put Your Feminist Values into Policy and Practice in Your Business, Chris Mitchell and Christina Zeidler, Gladstone Hotel

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch, Networking, Harvest Wall, Community Fair, Journaling

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Lightning Talks
3 Rooms, 3 Themes, 3-5 speakers (6 min each) Plus 15 min Q & A.

  • Theme 1: Starting and Running a Business on Your Own Terms

    • Vicki Saunders, Founder, SheEO (Moderator)

    • Pauleanna Reid, Co-founder, New Girl on the Block

    • Cher Jones, Founder, Socially Active

    • BE (barbara) Alink, CEO, Founder and Inventor, The Alinker

  • Theme 2: A Feminist Look at the Cannabis Industry

    • Lisa Campbell, Founder, Lifford Cannabis Solutions (Moderator)

    • Reena Rampersad, Owner/operator, The Limin Coconut & High Society Supper Club

    • Madi Fuller, Manager, ncTakeOff

    • More speakers

  • Theme 3: Why We Gather: How to Create Community Through Feminist Content, Practices and Values

    • Chanèle McFarlane, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Do Well Dress Well (Moderator)

    • Amanda Laird, Feminist nutritionist and host of Heavy Flow Podcast

    • Rachel Kelly, Founder, Make Lemonade

    • Karlyn Percil-Mercieca, CEO, KDPM Consulting Group & Founder, SisterTalk Group

    • Bianca Sprague, CEO, bebomia & Baby & Me Fitness

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Workshop Series B

  1. This is What a Feminist Business Looks Like: Insights and Actions from the Front Lines: Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw, Lunapads

  2. Whiteness without White Supremacy: generating new models of whiteness: Dr. Dori Tunstall

  3. To be announced

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Break, Harvest Wall, Community Fair, Networking

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: Foundational Talk #3 with Dr. Dori Tunstall. Diversity and unclusion is not enough: decolonized feminism and design.

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM: Closing Talk, Ritual, Share Harvest Highlights

*Note: To keep costs down, we will offer coffee, tea, and healthy snacks throughout the day. Bring your own lunch or purchase food from the cafe on site