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15 December 2020

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Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Wendy Cukier, Director, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
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Suzanne Gagnon, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
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Margaret Dalziel, Conrad School of Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Waterloo
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Dr. Gina Grandy, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
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Tania Saba, Université de Montréal
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Advancing Knowledge: Women Entrepreneurship in Canada

Advancing Knowledge: Women Entrepreneurship in Canada

Increasingly, governments worldwide are implementing entrepreneurship policies to foster economic growth (Roundy, 2017), address social challenges (Irani and Elliman, 2008; Haugh and Talwar, 2016), and to adjust to structural changes to the global economy (Brown, Ashton and Lauder, 2010). Canada is ranked third globally in the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystem (Acz, Szerb and Lloyd, 2018) and it is consistently ranked highly in terms of its ability to identify business opportunities, create a supportive institutional environment for entrepreneurs, and ensure the availability of capital for entrepreneurs (Acz, Szerb, Autio and Lloyd, 2017; Acs et al., 2018).

However, these opportunities in Canada are not available across the board. Despite decades of well‐intentioned efforts to advance women in entrepreneurship, systemic barriers and biases remain within the innovation ecosystem (Beckton, 2018; Cukier et al., 2018), with women‐led firms still showing lower rates of growth and exporting, and with investment focus being maintained within technology and other male-dominated fields (Ezzedeen and Zikic, 2012). Canadian women entrepreneurs are more inclined to run early-stage firms that are more likely to be in the retail, tourism and professional services industries (Jung, 2010) and are more concentrated in consumer services as well as arts and social enterprises (Hughes, 2017). Additionally, Canadian women have a lower total entrepreneurship activity (TEA) rate compared to men, meaning they are less likely to start a business than men (Robichaud, LeBrasseur and Nagarajan, 2010).

Even as women’s entrepreneurial activity increases across Canada and globally (Hughes, 2017), processes and stereotypes which disadvantage diverse women in this space persist. For example, traditional definitions of entrepreneurship can affect the analysis of data on women and other diverse groups. Women-owned businesses as defined by the Government of Canada (those where at least 51% of shares are owned by women) account for only 16% of all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (Industry Canada, 2015; Jung, 2010). However, when the definition of entrepreneurship is expanded to include self-employment, women account for 37.7% of self-employed Canadians (Statistics Canada, 2019a). Other factors such as investor biases, incubator culture, support, capital (including cultural capital) and education shape women’s intentions and opportunities in entrepreneurship (Balachandra et al., 2019; Valliere, 2017; Thoelen & Zanoni, 2011). Given these complex factors, and potential barriers caused by intersecting identities, a gender and diversity lens can offer insights into critical issues for diverse women entrepreneurs (Brush et al., 2009).

This special issue aims to advance women’s entrepreneurship in Canada, and to examine how best to support women entrepreneurs by drawing on existing knowledge and identifying  where research  gaps exist.

Topics of interest in this edition include the following topics, among others:

  • Context of women entrepreneurship in Canada – ecosystem, infrastructure, culture, policies, and programs
  • Shape of women’s entrepreneurship in Canada – examining trends over time, sectors, dimensions of geography, sector, stages of development, diversity of founders, and other areas
  • Barriers to diverse women entrepreneurs – intentions and motivations, challenges related to incubation, financing, exporting, and growth
  • Enablers of women entrepreneurship in Canada - especially case studies on effective policies, programs and organizations geared towards supporting diverse women entrepreneurs
  • Shaping intentions – discussion of education and promotion efforts for increasing the representation of diverse women among entrepreneurs
  • Impact of COVID-19 on diverse women entrepreneurs
  • Other topics related to the main theme of the edition

Special issue editors:

Dr. Wendy Cukier
Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy,
Director, Diversity Institute
Ted Rogers School of Management
[email protected]

Dr. Suzanne Gagnon
Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education
Asper School of Business
University of Manitoba

Dr. Kenneth Grant
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Dr. André Laplume
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Ted Rogers School of Management
Ryerson University

Dr. Margaret Dalziel
Associate Professor
Conrad School of Business and Entrepreneurship
University of Waterloo

Dr. Gina Grandy
Professor, Strategy and Leadership, Faculty of Business Administration
University of Regina

Dr. Tania Saba
BMO Chair in Diversity and Governance
Université de Montréal

Dr. Banu Ozkazanc-Pan
Professor of Practice
School of Engineering, and Academic Director of the IE Brown EMBA Program
Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship
Brown University

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