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Statement by American, Canadian business leaders on agenda for advancing women in business
Guelph, Ontario and Washington, DC; July 8, 2017 — Since first announced in February by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump, the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders has been hard at work.
As leaders of the business communities on both sides of the border, our role is to develop advice to help boost women’s economic engagement and share the many inspiring stories of progress and successful women to motivate others to follow their lead. Our mandate is to: develop recommendations that can reduce barriers that limit women’s participation in business, support their professional advancement and assist them in starting and scaling their businesses. This will ultimately contribute to the increased economic growth, integration and competitiveness of the United States-Canada economy.
We have structured our initiative under five pillars:
Over the coming months, we will release the Council’s recommendations, which will be developed with the support of experts and not-for-profit groups.
We recognize the many efforts underway, both in our countries and around the globe, to support women in business and foster entrepreneurship. We applaud the leadership of Canada and the United States in their commitment to the World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, and we look forward to help building a world which ensures equal opportunities for women in the workforce.
Media contact for Julie Sweet, United States Chair of the Council
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