Call for nominations for 2021-2022 Board of Directors

By | June 11th, 2021|Member Contributed|

The WBN is seeking nominations for a number of positions for its 2021-2022 Board of Directors Open positions (those without a returning incumbent) include: PresidentVice president of Strategic InitiativesVice president of OperationsTreasurerChair of the BYA Nominations committee If you are interested in getting involved please contact Victoria Stewart at victoria@obj.ca. The term for each position is [...]

Get involved in running this year’s Businesswoman of the Year awards!

By | May 18th, 2021|Member Contributed|

The WBN is seeking an incoming chair of the BYA Nominations Committee. This is a volunteer position and comprises of two main responsibilities: Nominations chair:Select and set up your committee for the 2021-22 term (typically 2-4 individuals)Managing the committee through the nominations and section process Solicit and promote nominations in each of professional, entrepreneur and corporate [...]

Staying in touch during lockdown: Five practical tips

By | May 10th, 2021|Member Contributed|

It’s been a long year of learning to live in a pandemic. The string of lockdowns has been extremely difficult on small businesses, and mentally tough on a LOT of people. I’m really thankful that I’ve been able to use this time to work on my business. But it’s also been a great opportunity to [...]

The Business Case for Women in Leadership

By | March 31st, 2021|Member Contributed|

Despite efforts to increase gender parity in the workplace, organizations still face barriers to achieving equity. In Canada, only 36.9% of management positions are held by female employees.Women make up just 19.5% of the board members for Canada’s top 500 companies. While diversity in the workplace is important, research has also shown that women in [...]

How to plan for retirement as a small business owner

By | March 4th, 2021|Member Contributed|

If you’re a business owner, you’re probably focused on the day-to-day tasks with your business.  You may not be thinking about retirement – even if it’s a few years away. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than three quarters of small business owners don’t have retirement plans for themselves or their employees.1Footnote 1 Some [...]

Black History Month – Raising the Bar

By | February 23rd, 2021|Member Contributed|

Eventually the fresh paint on Washington’s Black Lives Matter Boulevard begins to chip… In February, people around the world celebrate Black History Month to honour and celebrate Black contributions and achievements throughout history. History is important to celebrate and recognize. However, I believe that we should put an equal emphasis on looking forward and pushing [...]

What’s the difference between a TFSA vs. RRSP?

By | February 10th, 2021|Member Contributed|

When you decide to invest your money, the options can seem endless. Among the choices are usually RRSPs and TFSAs – but what’s the difference between the two? More importantly, what are the benefits of each? What’s an RRSP? An RRSP is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan where you can contribute until you’re 71. Here’s how you [...]

A letter from the WBN President

By | December 18th, 2020|President's View, WBN News|

Dear WBN members,  We’ve nearly made it to the end of 2020. One of the most challenging years I think we are likely to face in our lifetimes. This pandemic has disrupted our workplaces, lives and businesses in ways we could have never imagined. No one is experiencing business as usual. As the world started [...]

Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

By | November 13th, 2020|Member Contributed|

I don’t know about you, but I have been in a loop of anxiety lately. With so much going on that is beyond our control, it’s been really easy to get stuck thinking about all of the “what if’s”. BUT here’s the thing: When we feel like we’re spinning out of control, what do we [...]

Connect your investments to your real-life goals

By | November 13th, 2020|Member Contributed|

Have you heard about goals-based investing? With goals-based investing, you’re in control. You can focus on how your investments are helping you reach your goals. You’re probably thinking, “I already invest to help fund my goals and dreams.”  But, how’s this working for you? Can you connect your account balance with your real-life activities and [...]

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