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Women in Leadership Foundation Announces New Funding from Government of Canada


Kelowna, BC– We are thrilled to announce new funding from the federal government’s Department of Wage and Gender Equality under its Capacity-building Fundto help the Women in Leadership Foundation grow its capacity to seek and retain quality volunteers and partners, who will in turn help the organization deliver leadership programs and opportunities for women.

Forty-seven percent of the work force are females, 60% have degrees, yet only 3% are Chief Executive Officers and only 16% hold board seats. It has been proven that a gender-balanced team outperforms a male dominated or female dominated team. In addition, there is a significant labour shortage.

“With these new funds from the Government of Canada, we’ll now be able to reach more women and empower them to become leaders throughout Canada. We are grateful for this support and look forward to continuing our work to advance gender equality.”

- Maya Kanigan, Founder & President, Women in Leadership Foundation

Locally, WIL is one of five women’s and Indigenous organizations serving the Greater Okanagan and Columbia Shuswap to receive the funding and is among the more than 250 serving women across the country to receive the capacity-building funding. This investment stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years to support a viable and sustainable women’s movement across the country.

Founded in 2001, WIL delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills and create positive change in the future of women’s leadership. WIL is present in key cities including: Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa.

Each of us has the power to make a difference. WIL is about working together to get there.

Contact Information:

WIL President & Founder

Maya Kanigan, BCom.

Kelowna WIL Chapter Chair

Denise Young, MAct  

For more information:

Department for Women and Gender Equality:



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