Building ideas from scratch into multi-million dollar enterprises is a momentous feat for anyone to achieve. And while men and women have similar initial business aspirations, they also appear to have different approaches, experiences, and challenges throughout their entrepreneurial journeys.

The Conference Board of Canada explored these gender differences through research conducted with men and women who are leading tech start-ups. On March 30, 2022, we will discuss the unique challenges both men and women entrepreneurs face in order to successfully scale up their businesses and share recommendations for both venture capitalists and other entrepreneurs.

Join this unique panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with Marie Chevrier Schwartz (CEO and Founder, Sampler), Matt Golden (Founder and Managing Partner, Golden Ventures), Kerry Liu (EVP, Kinaxis), and Emily Walsh (Lead Investor, Georgian).

The authors of the research, Susan Black, CEO of The Conference Board of Canada and Lauren Florko, Senior Research Associate at The Conference Board of Canada, will lead the discussion and Q&A session.

Practical Take-aways

Entrepreneur Challenges

Learn about the challenges men and women tech entrepreneurs face, from start-up to scale-up.

Steps Toward Progress

Hear recommendations for funders and entrepreneurs.

Exclusive Access

Listen to venture capitalists and entrepreneurs and ask questions about their findings and recommendations.

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Dr. Susan Black

Dr. Susan

Lauren Harris


Dr. Lauren Florko

Dr. Lauren

Michelle Scarborough



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11:00 a.m.
Dr. Susan Black

Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Lauren Harris

Managing Director, Northleaf Capital Partners

11:10 a.m.

The Conference Board of Canada hosted discussions with entrepreneurs who had received Series A funding. From these discussions, a number of gender differences were found throughout the process from business inception to scale-up.

Dr. Lauren Florko

Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada

11:30 a.m.

The panel will discuss their reactions to the research and recommendations.

Shawn Abbott

Partner, Inovia Capital

Marie Chevrier Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Sampler

Matt Golden

Founder and Managing Partner, Golden Ventures

Emily Walsh

Lead Investor, Georgian

12:10 p.m.

Researchers and panelists will take questions from the audience.

12:25 p.m.
Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Business Development Bank of Canada

12:30 p.m.


Learn about the unique challenges men and women tech entrepreneurs face.



Northleaf Capital Partners
Business Development Canada
Georgian Partners
Lumira Ventures
StandUp Ventures
Golden Ventures
Information Venture Partners
Inovia Capital
Teralys Capital
Relay Ventures

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