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A Force to Reckon With


Risk: (noun)
The likelihood of possible losses and returns under conditions of uncertainty.

Partnered with BMO and the Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership at Carleton University, I am proud to finally share the results of this crucial study examining how women entrepreneurs view risk. Click here to read the report. 

wxn hall of fame

November 23, 2016

After being named Canada's Most Powerful Women by WXN for 2013, 2014 and 2015 - Janice was inducted in the WXN Hall of Fame 2016. Click here to read more about this incredible honour. 

Renowned entrepreneur to speak at luncheon

Kingston Whig-Standard

November 8, 2016

"Renowned entrepreneur to speak at luncheon", the title of Kingston Whig-Standard's newspaper reads. Always happy to return to Kingston and Queens, where she recently worked with students involved in the Queen’s-Cornell Americas Executive MBA program. Janice was asked to speak about the different challenges that face women entrepreneurs. The annual luncheon is attended by many local women entrepreneurs, professionals and experts in their field from the Kingston area. Read more about Janice's inspiring speech here. 

What you may not have known about female entrepreneurs

the globe and mail

June 4, 2016

Janice McDonald discusses keys findings from her report 'A Force to Reckon With' with co-author, Clare Beckton. Since releasing the report, they have been travelling across the country, their mission was to speak to as many female entrepreneurs as possible about entrepreneurship and risk-taking.

Why Do Women Entrepreneurs Struggle to Get Funding? It Could Have to Do With Risk

Tech vibes

June 3, 2016

Journalist, Richa Syal, sat down with Clare Beckton, co-author of 'A Force to Reckon With' to discuss women, entrepreneurship and risk. Beckton explained the importance of shifting the notion of risk-taking as being central to success, to one that is risk “rational”.

Women hit roadblocks at the bank

The Western Producer 

May 26, 2016

Based off of The Beacon Agency's study, The Western Producer discusses how lending institutions must pay attention to how women approach risk differently than men. Women focus on relationships with both customers and financial institutions as they develop their business. Without a connection, they often feel frustrated when they attempt to access needed capital.

‘We have to keep asking the hard questions’: Women in business roundtable

ottawa business journal

May 6, 2016

David Sali recently moderated a discussion about major issues facing female CEOs, executives and founders with a panel of some of the city’s most distinguished businesswomen. Janice McDonald was asked to share her insights along with Sue Abu-Hakima, founder of wireless communications firm Amika Mobile, who contributed via e-mail; Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada; and Debbie and Melissa Pinard, co-founders of real-time communications technology provider InitLive.

During a lively hour-long conversation, the local business leaders exchanged their thoughts on topics ranging from the role of mentors in shaping the careers of women entrepreneurs to ways of boosting funding to female-owned startups. 

'Risk-averse' stereotype holding female-owned SMEs back, new study says

ottawa business journal

May 3, 2016

Many female-owned businesses in Canada fail to reach their potential because lending institutions wrongly believe women aren’t as willing to take risks as men and consequently will be less likely to succeed, The Beacon Agency's (partnered BMO and Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership) new study says.

Women entrepreneurs embrace risk differently: Report

The toronto Star

May 3, 2016

They take "rational" risks, partnered with BMO and Carleton - the Beacon Agency's study shows, but are less likely than men to seek or get bank financing. Read A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship and Risk here. 

Mentoring is an important part of the entrepreneurial journey

Financial Post

May 2, 2016

Becoming an entrepreneur can be like an odyssey — full of twists and turns, adventure, risk, and ideally an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you succeed. “There’s a real spotlight on mentorship and we know it works. If you’re matched well, it can be such a remarkable and wonderful experience for both sides involved,” Janice McDonald says.

Still lots of work to do

ottawa business journal

April 27, 2016

Janice won the Chair’s of Distinction award at the Women in Communications and Technology annual awards gala for leading the organization’s rebranding efforts and also worked to strengthen its financial sustainability and member engagement.

Honoured to receive the award, she called it recognition for a lot of hard work. “The thing is, when you are mission-driven, when you believe in the cause, it’s easy to do. Doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do, but it’s easy to do because you know that it’s valuable, you know it’s important,” she said.

Clare Beckton and Janice McDonald @Cole Burston

Clare Beckton and Janice McDonald

@Cole Burston

Study puts spotlight on female-owned SMEs

Ottawa business journal

April 9, 2016

Janice understands full well the key role female entrepreneurs play in fuelling the Canadian economy – she’s one of them. “If everybody who wants to get involved in entrepreneurship does so and has the tools and the capital that they need, it’s not just those small communities, but frankly our whole country does better,” she says. 

Janice with Harvard psychologist and author of 'Presence',  Amy Cuddy

Janice with Harvard psychologist and author of 'Presence',  Amy Cuddy

Harvard Business School

IWF leadership foundation fellows program

February 28, 2016 - March 4, 2016

Janice returns to the Harvard Business School as a Leadership Foundation Board Observer. The week will be spent on campus, attending lectures by celebrated HBS professors and scholars - including TED star and author of 'Presence', Amy Cuddy. Janice was asked to speak at the week's closing reception to share her perspective on the inspiring fellowship program and it's impact on building today's leaders. 

janice on daytime ottawa

Daytime Ottawa

Rogers TV

February 26, 2016

Janice joined Julie Findlay and Shelley McLean on the Ottawa Daytime couches to chat about The Beacon Agency, upcoming events and her work with DIFD - Do It For Daren. 

Chairs award of distinctions, Janice Mcdonald

Women in communications and technology (WCT)

February 17, 2016

Janice was honoured to accept WCT's Chairs Award of Distinction. With Janice’s vision, WCT reached new levels of sustainability and member engagement, launching exciting, innovative programs and attracting new corporate sponsor and partners. Register for the Gala here. 

Janice wins wxn's top 100 for third year in a row

Women's executive network (WXN)

February, 2016

Janice is distinguished as one of Canada’s most iconic women leaders upon being named an Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner for the third year in a row. She is keeping good company with such illustrious past award winners as Margaret Atwood, Dr. Roberta Bondar and Michaëlle Jean.

Taking care of business with janice mcdonald

the ottawa business journal

January, 2016

“Go for it." Janice said when Samantha Lapierre asked if she had advice for women looking to become entrepreneurs in recent interview with Ottawa Life Magazine. "Ask for help, you don’t need to do things alone. There are so many people who are truly willing to give you help, but you have to ask for it.” 

SheEO has a bold vision to get venture capital to female entrepreneurs

Globe and mail

August 29, 2015

Janice supported SheEO, instead of splurging on an all-inclusive resort. SheEO is better than sunshine: it's a bold vision to alter the funding landscape for female entrepreneurs.

WXN wisdom top 100 mentor

April 15, 2015

The WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program matches high-performing female leaders with influential mentors like Janice McDonald, who can help them make their ambitions a reality. Click here to find out more about this year's mentorship opportunities. 

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Calling all female execs: The WCT Protege Project wants to help make you CEO

Global news

November, 2013

Janice speaks to Global News why the time is right to advance women into leadership roles in media and technology across Canada.