"If you hire phenomenal people, that’s it. You’re winning.”

Janice joined #StartupPodcast to discuss the foundations of good customer service, with employees who have a full understanding of the brand’s strategies to maintain shopper loyalty. 

Don't miss this episode of Startup Canada Podcast, where host Rivers Corbett interviewed Janice about the importance of strong team members, leadership roles in startups, and how to build a dependable base of customers. 

November 22, 2016

Tech4Good Ottawa is very excited to have local superhero, Janice McDonald, headline upcoming event 'Women In Tech Conquering Risk'. Members of Tech4Good's charity and technology communities are looking forward to learning from Janice's journey in the tech and entrepreneurial world and findings from her recently published study 'A Force to Reckon With: Women, Entrepreneurship, and Risk'. Don't miss out on this insightful and fun evening!


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Past Events

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. 

November 15, 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. 

October 20, 2016

speed date your mentor

Janice was asked to join a prestigious group of mentors for an empowering networking event. At this event, they hosted an "un-panel" discussion, where guests had the opportunity to network with a diverse group of prominent female leaders in a round-robin format.  

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October 3-4, 2016

advancing women conference - east 

Advancing Women is created for every woman who wants to achieve success. Whether you are a crop, fruit, vegetable, dairy or livestock producer, own your own small or large ag business or in a career path with an ag organization or association - this conference is for you. Gain or hone the skills that will bring you success in your career, family life and community. Janice was asked to provide advice on building life skills, financial independence and relationships in and outside the workplace. 

May 30-31, 2016


Connect and celebrate Futurpreneur 20th year of supporting young entrepreneurs. Janice was asked to join the engaging speakers, thought-provoking workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities with entrepreneurs and partners from across Canada.

April 27, 2016



The WCT Annual Awards Gala is an industry tradition attended by a who’s who of the Canadian communications and technology sectors. Register here to join along with over 450 high-profile government and business leaders from across the country as we honour the industry’s very best with Annual Awards - including Janice, recipient of Chair's Award of Distinction

April 11-12, 2016

Interzone Conference

Janice was invited to join as a speaker at Politik’s seventh major technology event in downtown Vancouver. Interzone will explore the end of enterprise technology and how the only surviving companies will be those that embrace innovation as a way of not just generating profits, but also as a way of adding value to human and social interactions. 

April 1, 2016


Janice is participating in an important Roundtable discussion, through the Ottawa Business Journal, about pertinent topics including: the role of mentorship for women entrepreneurs and women on corporate boards. The roundtable includes David Sali from the Ottawa Business Journal, Suhayya Abu-Hakima from Amika Mobile, Victoria Lennox from Startup Canada, as well as members from the InitLive team. Stay tuned for more details!

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March 30, 2016


Janice joined expert panelists for a discussion on the current political landscape, and opportunities available to women in the capital. Find out more about WCT's Mentorship Circle here. 

Optimum Talent Janice event

March 9, 2016


Janice will help you and your organization focus on 'purpose' and the three P's - People, Profit and Planet. 

University of Ottawa: Alumni Speaker Series


Janice was invited to speak to a roomful of students, teachers and faculty. She gave a dream-inspiring speech on the theme "The Future Is Built on Great Ideas" - emphasizing that having a great idea is one thing, but being able to share them with the world is another. "Ideas are the fuel, but the ignition is being able to communicate those ideas", says Janice. Leading by example, she urged the audience to their great ideas, put them out there, create momentum, build a strong network, and just go for it.

May 1, 2015

Ottawa Insights: Business Summit 2015

See Janice McDonald speak at a new series of events meant to bring together the top business minds in the area and beyond, while providing tangible motivation and the intuitions of many sectors of the economy. Janice will be joined by online advocate Brent Mondoux, Parliament Hill insider Tim Powers and Cirque du Soleil sports psychologist JF Ménard. Don't miss this fabulous networking and motivating opportunity. 


April 8, 2015

Geek to chic: chat with Janice McDonald and Sangita Patel

Learn from Janice McDonald, one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and Sangita Patel, co-host of ET Canada, as they discuss how the rules of the game in today's job market have changed. Join WCT at this up close and personal event, where Janice will be interviewing Sangita to understand what it took for Sangira to transition from being an engineer to an entertainment journlaist.

March 26, 2015


Janice was invited to lead the charge in an evening of inspiration, innovation and 'ideas worth spreading'. 

@janicemcd’s 2015 #TEDxKanata talk on everyone’s superhero powers is the perfect pick-me-up! #BreakingBarriers
— @TEDxKanata

November 26, 2014

Janice McDonald ICD.D of This Space Works is named a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner for the Second Year in a Row. 

Janice is recognized as one of Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels. “I am honoured to be a recognized again this year. It is rewarding to be with great female leaders who are committed to be catalysts for change,” Janice said. 

November 4, 2014


Janice was invited to present at the 33rd meeting of the Status of Women Committee in the 41st Parliament to discuss economic leadership and prosperity of Canadian women. Janice draws upon her years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and mentor to prove that "we all win when women are empowered". Click the button below to read Janice's full opening statement.

October 17, 2014

Double Major

Two speakers, two topics, one conversation: Janice brings the business of doing good and winning the 2015 federal election together in a stimulating discussion. Join and see how Janice can bridge the gap between disparate ideas. 

May 31st, 2014

2014 MDPW Convocation

Janice was requested to be keynote speaker at Centre for Research an Education on Women and Work (CREWW)’s 22nd and final convocation for the 2014 Management Development Program for Women (MDPW). The convocation will take place at Carleton University.

May 7, 2014

University of Ottawa: Young Alumni Entrepreneurship Seminar

A University of Ottawa alumnus, Janice, was asked to return to campus as keynote speaker for a bilingual seminar for young alumni and budding entrepreneurs. Janice offered an insider’s view of successfully staring and growing businesses in an inspiring interactive discussion. 

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Great advice for young entrepreneurs from @janicemcd at #uOawsd
— Steven Drover

May 1, 2014

WXN Breakfast: What Would You Do if You Knew You Couldn't Fail?

Janice joined Clare Beckton (2008, 2012 Top WXN Award Winner) on the podium to discuss the topic of overcoming the fear of failure in order to pursue one’s dreams. Janice and Clare shared their lessons learned and challenges they’ve faced along the way at a Women’s Executive Network breakfast.

April 21, 2014

Passion, Mentoring and More with Sangita Patel of ET Canada and Top 100 Winner, Janice McDonald

WXN asked Janice and ET Canada’s Sangita Patel to join in an exchange about passion versus practicality. They discussed the importance of challenging yourself to follow your dream, even if it does not fall into a conventional career path.


March 26 – 28, 2014

TIAW Global Forum & World of Difference Awards: "Empowering Women: Advancing Economic Growth"

Janice traveled to Washington, DC, to join the ‘It Takes a Village’ panel for The International Alliance for Women conference. The discussion centered on the many factors that come into play for a woman business owner – not only the inner drive and confidence but peer support, enabling organizations, laws and policies that are supportive.  

March 22, 2014

Legacy Conference

Legacy Ottawa requested Janice’s expertise on the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel, sharing personal stories in roundtable discussions. The mission of the Legacy Conference is to have people walk away having discovered possibilities they did not know existed, knowing exactly how to get started and being completely motivated to create solutions while leaving their mark on the world.

March 5, 2014

University of Ottawa Alumni Series 2014: The Future is Built on Great Ideas 

Each year, the University of Ottawa invites Communication graduates, who have distinguished themselves in their profession, to share their stories and talk about their career paths. This year, the University of Ottawa asked Janice to share her journey and personal philosophies with generations of fellow alumni.

January 22, 2014

WXN Top 100 Breakfast

WXN asked Janice to join Lieutenant-Colonel Krista Dawn Brodie and Major-General Christine Whitecross in a discourse centered on the theme ‘What Glass Ceiling?’. The women recognized and shared their accomplishments of cracking the glass ceiling while encouraging the next generation to reach higher – so that one day there will be no ceiling, just possibility.

December 9, 2013

Ladies Who Lunch: Holiday Edition

The National Arts Centre hosted Ladies Who Lunch, a sophisticated and glamorous gathering celebrating  sparkles, bites, sips and networking excitement. This year’s special holiday edition featured Janice as a guest speaker. The luncheon hosted local media personalities, women of industry, mavens of style and some of Ottawa’s best businesswomen.

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November 6th, 2013

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada: Diversity to Inclusion Series

Janice was asked to represent female philanthropists in the community at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ ‘The Women and Philanthropy Conference’. She joined a group of panelists to reveal their motivations for giving and provide insights into their relationships with charitable organizations. This education, training and networking conference was open for Ontario-based nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, volunteers and donors. 

March 8, 2013

Carleton University: International Women's Day 

Carleton dedicated International Women’s Day to explore voices in mainstream media and the under-representation of women. Janice, adviser for the Centre for Research and Education on Women and work in the Sprott School of Business at Carleton, was asked to present ‘Women in Business’, applauding the progress women have made while inspiring the audience to move forward. 

November 15, 2012

Women Entrepreneurs' Night

Janice was invited to be a keynote speaker of ‘Women Entrepreneurs’ Night’ for Carleton Entrepreneurship Association and Carlton University Students Association Women’s Centre. The event was aimed to celebrate the successes of women entrepreneurs and inspire students to take entrepreneurial action!