We’ve been involved in many projects since our founding in 2002, worked with women all across the country, and been instrumental in changing things at a policy level.
We continue to find new and innovative ways of helping the women-centred CED organizations we partner with achieve great things. Because, when it comes down to it, we’re all in this together. Our goals are the same: we want a better life for women in this country.
We believe in momentum. As we’ve developed our practices, honed our knowledge, and improved our network and resources, our momentum has grown.
We can harness our networks to help develop grassroots change. We can use our knowledge and expertise to challenge policy where it needs challenging.
How do we know that our momentum is moving us in the right direction?
We always ensure that we “build forward” by carefully planning and considering each project. We focus on the projects that we feel will have the most impact. Here’s how:
Research and Development
Every new project we consider follows a specific process:
Research: We use our resources to determine where we can improve things.
Strategy: We determine the ways in which we would implement change.
Consultation: We talk to experts to determine if our approach makes sense.
Growth: We expand to meet the needs of the new project. This may include bringing on experts as consultants or creating new business models customized to our particular, women-centred needs.
Implementation: This is the on-the-ground part of the the process. Here we put our plan into action, watching carefully all the while.
Learning: By reporting and analyzing, we determine whether the project achieved what we set out to do. The goal here is to learn what we can and continue to improve.
Our method relies heavily on numerous eyes (and of course, numerous hands). As an organization with limited resources, we need to ensure that they are being directed toward things that actually make a difference.
Below is a list, along with a short description, of the projects we have spearheaded. Please click on the link to read more.
This is a participatory research project that began in 2018 and was funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Women’s Economic Council connected with a group of racialized immigrant women — either entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs — to better understand their needs and how they can best be supported. Read more …
The Cluster Project has been our most ambitious to date, featuring the participation of seven organizations across the country for three years, from 2012-2015. The goal of this project was to increase sharing and networking between these organizations, allow them to learn from us and each other, and help them grow. Read more.