Business Development Bank of Canada

All for entrepreneurs

As Canada’s bank for Canadian entrepreneurs, our Client Diversity strategy ensures ALL entrepreneurs have access to financing, as well as advisory services to help them grow and succeed. In 2015, BDC took on a leadership role in advancing women entrepreneurship on all fronts: financing, partnerships, capital and mentorship – and made it a priority to support the growth and success of women entrepreneurs (WEs) at every step of their business journey.

“Women are creating strong, purpose-driven businesses, led by more diverse teams. Since 2015, BDC has provided more than $2.7 billion to female-owned businesses, and with more than 200 Client Diversity Champions in Canada, we are just getting started.”

Laura Didyk, Vice President, Client Diversity, BDC

We also believe that with strategic partners like Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation and our support of the StrikeUP Global Conference, BDC is uniquely positioned to help fill key market gaps and help underserved groups of business owners, including women, black, immigrant, Indigenous, LGBTQ2+ and military veteran entrepreneurs.

Through our supplier diversity program, we are also committed to building a diverse and inclusive supply chain to ensure that our suppliers are as diverse as our clients.

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