Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

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About WEKH

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) shares research and resources on women entrepreneurs in Canada.

Made up of 10 regional hubs, WEKH operates in both official languages and includes a network of over 250 organizations, reaching more than 100,000 women entrepreneurs.

WEKH is a part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financing, talent, networks and expertise. Using a methodology developed by the Boston Consulting Group and the Cherie Blair Foundation (2019), it is estimated that closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship in Canada could add $41-$81 billion to Canada’s GDP.

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WEKH Alberta Hub

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Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business is proud to be the regional Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub for Alberta. Driven by the national WEKH mandate, our regional hub works to support Alberta's women entrepreneurs through information, resources and connection. We challenge gender stereotypes, bring awareness to female entrepreneurial success and opportunity and connect women entrepreneurs to the organizations that serve them.

By working with key partners throughout Alberta and across Canada, we are mapping the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to build a community of practice that is more inclusive and supportive to women entrepreneurs.


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Our Goals

Knowledge development and dissemination


As a regional hub, we aim to elevate and contribute to the research and knowledge on success factors and best practices for women entrepreneurs in Alberta and beyond. Our activities to achieve this goal include:

  • Providing access to research papers, case studies and data
  • Engaging with a network of academics in the area of women’s entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Providing community-driven research support
  • Conducting and publishing research with an Alberta focus



Teaching, learning and student engagement


Operating within MRU, we have a strong focus on integrating our mission in the post-secondary setting. Our objective is to increase WEKH’s profile and impact on campus, inspire students, and showcase the entrepreneurial talent within the MRU community through the following:

  • Contributing to curriculum development
  • Connecting classroom learning to real world experiences
  • Highlighting entrepreneurial success within MRU
  • Student internships
  • Collaboration with other institutions



Building a community of practice


We work with a range of organizations within Alberta and nationally to expand our reach and further benefit women entrepreneurs. Our activities that act to build a strong community of practice include:

  • Growing our database of support organizations and resources
  • Connecting entrepreneurs with the organizations that serve them
  • Bringing women entrepreneurs together with their peers
  • Hosting and promoting relevant events
  • Encouraging and supporting service providers in applying a gender lens
  • Expanding partnerships and sponsorships by continually seeking out avenues for collaboration



Research and Resources







MRU Spotlights

Student, alumni and faculty entrepreneurs

We highlight emerging and established entrepreneurs who are students, faculty or alumni of Mount Royal University who self-identify as women. You can find more information about these entrepreneurs and past Spotlights by clicking here.

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Natasha B. Russell, Alumni

Natasha B. Russell, BCMM, PCC (NBR) is the Founder and CEO of NBR Strategic Solutions. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Canada, loves to spend time with her family, travel and volunteer with non-for profit organizations that support youth development.

Her business offers coaching, speaking and consulting services to support purpose-driven entrepreneurs, corporations and non-profit organizations with achieving their business goals.

Kylie Woods, Alumni

Kylie is passionate about improving gender diversity in technology. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit that curates people, content and companies to build an inclusive community where tech-enabled women advance their careers.

Proud mom of identical twins, Lily and Mae, Kylie brings the lessons learned through her journey as a social entrepreneur into her role as a parent.

Dr. Christy Lane, Faculty

Dr. Christy Lane is an entrepreneur, former CEO and award-winning exercise scientist with expertise in big data, wearable devices and lifestyle medicine.

Currently, Dr. Lane is a Professor and the Chair of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University and is a founding member of the Stanford Wearable Health Lab. She is the Founder of Vivametrica, a health tech company that uses data from wearable devices to predict health risks, as well as to engage individuals in wellness. 



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