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Women’s Entrepreneurship – Going Global

November 17
12:00PM - 2:00PM


On August 11, 2020, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) released The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada: 2020, their first annual report. It states that “women are majority owners of about 15.6 percent of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with one or more employees—about 114,000 companies (2017). But women account for over 37 percent of self-employed Canadians or 1,050,000 (2019).” This report highlights some of the barriers facing women entrepreneurs, but it also shows that women are making great strides in business ownership and are ready to take on the world!

In this session, you’ll learn about resources and programs available to support women entrepreneurs in their quest to go global, and you’ll meet changemakers, Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam Founder B2BeeMatch and Red Dot Digital and Melissa Malcolm Founder Malcolm HR Consulting.

About the guests:

KC is the founder and CEO of, a borderless business matchmaking platform where small and medium enterprises connect in order to outsource, scale, and find clients. The platform soft-launched in early 2020, and it’s now fully launched—just when the business world needs new ways to network.

KC is also the founder and CEO of Red Dot Digital, which she launched in 2014 to bring her forward-thinking, data-driven approach to the world of digital strategy and management consulting. Red Dot Digital helps clients evolve their businesses, achieve their objectives, and manage change in today’s digital world.

KC brings 20 years of international integrated campaign and project management experience to her businesses. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she managed digital and social media for Deloitte Canada and directed social media for Ford.

Melissa Malcolm
Melissa is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Malcolm HR Consulting Inc., an HR consulting business that aims to help start-ups and small & medium sized businesses within Durham Region and the GTA. With over 20 years of diverse human resources management and leadership experience she has been responsible for partnering with and providing solutions-oriented advice to business owners, managers, and executives. She has extensive hands on experience leading HR initiatives, including organizational design, recruitment and on boarding, employee relations, and talent management.

Melissa started Malcolm HR Consulting Inc. out of her passion for HR and to help business owners recognize the value of implementing HR practices early in their business. Recognizing that HR beyond hiring employees is not often viewed as important, she is driven to change the narrative about HR and its value in supporting the achievement of business success. Her goal is to be your PARTNER in HR!

Bring your questions. Bring your curiosity. Leave motivated.

This event is held during ‘Do It In Durham Week’.

Now in its 8th year, ‘Do It In Durham’ is a major part of the Durham Region business calendar. It is our collaborative series of events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). It is brought to you by local businesses and organizations who are already ‘Doing it in Durham!” Global Entrepreneurship Week is where we celebrate the job creators, innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses GLOBALLY in over 170 countries.


November 17, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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