MNP, NCFDC Join Forces to Boost Women Entrepreneurship in Canada

May 3, 2023
The Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (NCFDC) and MNP, a leading professional services firm, have announced a new strategic partnership designed to accelerate the growth of women-owned ventures across Canada. Through this collaboration, MNP will provide mentorship to selected women entrepreneurs who have secured microloans through the DELIA Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. This initiative is made possible with the support of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.

MNP has been a strong supporter and partner of NCFDC’s StrikeUP Canada, an annual digital conference event for women entrepreneurs. The third successful edition of StrikeUP recently concluded, featuring speakers such as Michele Romanow (CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Clearco), Bobbie Racette (The Virtual Gurus), Amber Mac, and more.

Thanks to the partnership with MNP, scalable women-owned and women-led business-to-business (B2B) organizations that demonstrate strong job creation potential will have the chance to develop direct relationships with advisors from MNP offices in their regions. MNP offers expert guidance across accounting, consulting, tax, and digital services, and its support will prove invaluable in helping business owners achieve their growth objectives.

Participating entrepreneurs in the program will receive assistance from MNP mentors in various aspects of growing and scaling their businesses, including expanding their partnerships and networks, widening industry connectivity, and identifying new business opportunities and resources.

The DELIA-MNP collaboration supports the success of women entrepreneurs across the country, whether they are located in urban, rural, or remote regions. Since the launch of the second DELIA fund, NCFDC has continued to discover the diversity, talent, ambition, and drive of up-and-coming Canadian women in business from all communities and backgrounds through the DELIA micro-loan fund and StrikeUP Canada. Leaders of exceptional, scalable companies will benefit from a mentorship relationship forged with MNP.

Diana Render, MNP’s Executive Vice President of Atlantic Canada & Ontario (outside of the GTA), and National DE&I Champion, expressed that empowering women entrepreneurs is not only about creating opportunities for growth but also about investing in a brighter future for all businesses in Canada. By mentoring and empowering women in business, MNP plays its part in creating an ecosystem where everyone’s contributions are valued, and given the opportunity to flourish. MNP’s partnership with DELIA allows the firm to provide necessary resources while supporting the ideas, efforts, and achievements of women entrepreneurs across the country.

Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of NCFDC, acknowledged the importance of the Government of Canada’s foresight in laying the groundwork for ecosystem response and coordination through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy and related initiatives. She expressed gratitude to MNP for their leadership at this critical juncture and for their national focus on working one-on-one with some of the most talented and high-potential business owners in the DELIA portfolio.

Among the entrepreneurs benefiting from the mentorship relationship with MNP are Kulbinder Saran Caldwell, founder of REALLIFE Pictures Inc., a Toronto-based production company and literary agency on a mission to put diverse experiences on screen and amplify authentic stories from Black