Noteworthy events

StrikeUP will provide you with an opportunity to learn from globally-renowned Canadian women leaders who share a passion for uniting and strengthening women entrepreneurs and women-led networks. From successful business founders to leading experts across the areas of mental health and marketing, to mentor meet-ups and networking, StrikeUP allows for an invaluable learning experience and forum to build the skills of women entrepreneurs to help them lead Canada’s economic recovery and put women entrepreneurs at the forefront.

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Cost: FREE!

Register here. 

On March 8-9, 2021, SheEO is hosting its 2021 Virtual Summit, a gathering for women working on The World’s To-Do List. Learn from the women who are redefining business to create the change that we need in the world, now more than ever.
March 8-9, 2021
Cost: Free

Register here

The Global Black History Online course (based on the best selling book, How to Unlock Your Genious Using Black History, is an eight week course for adults based on the best-selling book, How to Unlock Your Genius Using Black History.  This unique live course, uses narration, stunning graphics, video, multiple choice questions, group discussion and virtual tours.

Saturday, February 13 from 10:00-11:30 EST (and every Sat after that for 8 weeks)
First class is free; approx $10.00 per class after that.
Register here.

Journey together through the streets of London—and possibly further afield—to learn how African American activists travelled to the British Isles during the 19th century to educate audiences about the brutalities of slavery, to write and publish their narratives, raise money to legally purchase themselves or family members, or to settle and work here. In their radical and politicised journeys of freedom, they travelled thousands of miles to give lectures in large cities like London and Edinburgh, to small villages like Bakewell, Keswick and Pembroke.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 
12:30 PM EST 

Cost: on a donation-basis 
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We all love a bit of a laugh, but how can you use comedy and comedic techniques in your day-today science communication, outreach and teaching? This panel will talk about how comedy works and how you can use comedy techniques to elevate your communications work.

Monday, March 8, 2021 
2:00 PM EST
Cost: FREE!
Register here

This panel talk will focus on SDG 5: Gender Equality and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated challenges for working womxn (all those who identify as female). This event will also commemorate the UN’s International Women’s Day on March 8: a day dedicated to the celebration and advancement of females around the world.

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
11:30 AM -1:00 PM EST
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In this lecture, feminist scholar Sara Ahmed will explore how complaints can be feminist pedagogy: we learn about institutions from making complaints within them. We learn how power works by making it hard to challenge how power works. She will consider how some people become complainers without making complaints because of what they need to do their work or the kind of work they do. To become a complainer is to become a complaint magnet, to attract as well as receive complaints. The lecture concludes with a discussion of the work of complaint collectives and complaint activism, exploring how complaints can be used to press against institutions and to press for institutional change.

Monday, March 8, 2021
9:00 AM EST 
Cost: FREE!

Register here. 

Join this free participatory online workshop, hosted by the Women’s Environmental Network to ensure women, people of colour and marginalised voices are included in UK climate policy and Covid-19 green recovery plans.
During the workshop, you will: learn about the Feminist Green New Deal, share your thoughts, ideas and concerns, help create the Feminist Green New Deal Manifesto and MORE!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10:00 AM EST 
Cost: FREE!

Register here. 

The women entrepreneurship ecosystem has changed tremendously since Canada first committed to supporting women entrepreneurs as part of their bold vision for the country’s economic growth and inclusion. In this session we’ll review the goals of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, celebrate the achievements of the ecosystem, discuss challenges and ask the critical question: where do we go from here?

Tuesday, March 17, 2021
11:30 AM -1:00 PM EDT

Register here. 

Join Lana Pesch in conversation with Shaena Lambert about her latest novel, Petra. The book brings to life a nearly but important German, feminist and environmental revolutionary, Petra Kelly and the circle of activists who transformed environmental and global politics.

In our conversation with the author, we will explore how social change making happens today and what can be learned by Petra Kelly’s story.

Date: Wednesday, March 3rd, 4:00-5:30 EST

Cost: PWYC (Free for FEC Members)

Learn More/Register here


Feminist entrepreneurs aim to build flourishing, sustainable enterprises which do not perpetuate patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism AND which demonstrate viable alternative ways to resource, finance and grow healthy enterprises.

Is that even possible? Is my project or venture idea able provide living wages (or better!) or fair compensation plus sustain me, my family and the community? How big do I really want my enterprise to be? What is autonomous resourcing? What are the implications?

In this intimate workshop, you will discover a whole systems way to look at resourcing your enterprise plus how to assess feasibility by learning how to create a three year cash/resource flow model that like a magic crystal ball, will give you clear insight into whether or not your enterprise idea, as conceived, is truly sustainable and capable of helping you generate the impact plus life you intended to create with this idea.

Traditional cash flow forecast exercises attend only to cash. However, we also take a look at the value of social and community capital plus assess opportunities for bartering and trading as a way of autonomously resourcing both your venture and the community you engage in the course of building out an idea.

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2020 3:30-5:00 PM EST

Cost: $69.00 plus PWYC options

Learn More/Register here.

“How to we turn our collective full-bodied attention toward collaboration, if that is the way we will survive?”—adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategy

In this doing-not-telling workshop, you will have the opportunity to map out your own project or enterprise ecosystems, apply intersectional feminist principles to ecosystem management, identify critical gaps, plus identify new opportunities and “triple plays” that can help your project or enterprise breakthrough.

Welcome to the world of mutual aid systems and pod crafting on an enterprise level.


The term “ecosystem” was originally used in environmental fields to describe an entire system of living organisms plus abiotic factors such as air, water, minerals that occupy a particular space and interrelate in that ensures its ability to flourish despite barriers and forces outside of its control. Today, we use the word ecosystem to name and describe a system of relationships related to the advancement or sustainability of an idea, project, enterprise or entire movements.

In COVID-19 informed times, we have been reminded of the fact that flourishing in precarious, indeterminant times and systems means we have to come to appreciate precariousness as a gift. It pushes us to learn to work together in new ways.

This all starts by mapping and re-imagining your enterprise ecosystem’s scope, purpose and how it can work to strengthen and resource sustainability of all its nodes or members. Ecosystem management will also help you identify non-obvious collaborations, generate exciting new partnership concepts and leverage emerging opportunities.

The Skinny: 5 things you will do in this session

  • Learn how to map your enterprise ecosystem—and then map it with the benefit of insights and ideas from others.
  • Find out how to create a triple play—a powerful way to add value to your ecosystem
  • Understand and skillfully navigate power dynamics between nodes and players
  • Integrate intersectional feminist leadership and operating practices into your ecosystem engagement strategies

Dates:  Wednesday, April 14 and Wednesday April 21, 2021, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Cost: $79.00 with limited PWYC option. 

Learn More/Register here. 

The Covid-19 pandemic and accelerating climate change have laid bare the horrifying nature of global capitalism. We have no choice but to imagine different socio-political-technical configurations—a massively complex endeavor. 

This course—a theory-driven seminar-studio hybrid—asks what a post-capitalist, post-scarcity society might look like, and how design is done in such a society. It will critically engage with ideas about automation and ask what design means when basic human needs are met, economic growth is no longer an imperative, and necessary labor is shared and not relegated to certain classes of society.

Date: Sunday, April 11 to Thursday, Apri 15, 2021

Cost: Approx $150 Cdn