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The Catalyst for Growth project is proud to fund 19 initiatives that are making a real difference for women and the economy with the Catalyst for Growth Fund!

Women’s Enterprise Centre has distributed $50,000 in grants to community projects that advance women in the Okanagan, Lower Mainland, Northern BC, the Northwest and Vancouver Island.

These inspiring initiatives support the professional advancement of women by helping them develop valuable skills, confidence and connections. Take advantage of the initiatives in your area and share them with your network!

Funded projects


Diversity by Design: Make Possible Mentoring and Emerging Talent Toolkit

Collaborative workshops following upon the key topics and outcomes of  the CFG dialogues

Lower Mainland

Build Together: Women in the Building Trades

Support trades women finding employment

Dream it, Be it: Career Support for Girls

One day conference with a variety of topics to assist girls

Vancouver Island


18 pre-selected women speakers hone their presentation skills and then speak to a paid audience.  Grant will help support event in Victoria.

Women at Work Seminar Series

Host multiple events, each with a guest speaker addressing barriers common to women ie Lean In, Imposter Syndrome

Teaching Beginner Programming Skills to Women & Youth

Workshops for women and youth to learn beginner computer  programming skills

Men End Exploitation

Part of a larger project tracking sexual assaults on campus and engaging men in conversations around women’s rights and equality

Imagining Possibilities Conference

Interactive conference for youth showcasing professional and trades women

Make Room at the STEM Board Table

One day conference with panels and discussions to assist women in accessing Board positions

Non-Profit Leadership Peer Mentoring Groups

Peer mentoring group for women  leaders of  not for profits organizations

Southern Interior

Conversations that Connect: Inspiring Women in the Community

Locally led informal discussion groups  between April and November promoting and showcasing senior leadership women

Cleanline Gals and Gears

Introduce girls and women to the automotive trade

Connecting Women Entrepreneurs

Host multiple events,in  Invermere and other locations in the Columbia Valley. Each event will have a different topic  aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs.

Northern Interior

Be the Change Event

March 5 event with 5 themes valuing women in Prince George

Bridging the Cariboo-Chilcotin: A Networking Series for Women Entrepreneurs

Hold networking events in 3 cities with the aim or creating a localized Women in Business group

Coding for Girls

Computer coding class for girls


Entrepreneurial Satisfaction: Training and Mentorship for Success

Educational event providing guidance to and  profiling local women

Mountain Girls Thriving

Multi media project interviewing women to encourge women in the NW

Women & Leadership

Monthly dinner meetings with guest speakers with different topics at each session

About the Catalyst for Growth Fund

The Catalyst for Growth Fund (CFG Fund) provides seed funding to initiatives that tackle a gap, problem or challenge or take advantage of an opportunity to advance women. The amount of funding per project is limited to $5,000 to ensure that many activities get support throughout all regions of BC.

Fund recipients were selected by the Steering Committee based on the priorities that were identified at two BC Economic Forums and four regional dialogues around the province over the first two phases of the Catalyst for Growth project.

Applications for grants from the CFG Fund are now closed.

If you have any questions about the Catalyst for Growth Fund, please email