New CEO of BDC Isabelle Hudon and special guests kick off a week of events to provide insight
and practical advice for entrepreneurs adapting to a new business landscape

MONTREAL, October 18, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – This year’s edition of BDC Small Business WeekMT (SBW) is an opportunity for Canadian entrepreneurs to learn how to build a (better) way forward in a landscape that has changed the way we do business at an unprecedented rate in the past 18 months. SBW is all about navigating a new business environment, where over 80% of entrepreneurs say it is their responsibility to take action to protect the environment, 55% of employees say they prefer to continue working remotely and 8 in 10 Canadians who bought online during the pandemic say they will continue to do so moving forward.

From growing labor shortages and climatic events to the increase in remote working and the expansion of e-commerce, companies will need to focus on innovation, inclusion and sustainability to sustain growth. .

“Over the past 18 months, entrepreneurs have clearly shown their agility and resilience, stepping up efforts to cope with disruption,” says Isabelle Hudon, the first woman to be President and CEO of BDC. “BDC Small Business Week is an important time to take a break, celebrate progress and reflect. I am convinced that entrepreneurs, with the positive lessons learned from the pandemic, their great capacity for innovation and their strength, will continue to reinvent themselves and review their activities in order to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy, notes Hudon.

BDC Small Business WeekMT becomes completely virtual for the second year. Events include:

  • At October 18 To 12 p.m. EDT, a one hour conversation with the following participants:
    • Hosted by Isabelle Racicot by Rouge FM, Virgin Radio
    • President of BDC Isabelle Hudon discuss his vision for BDC and why from Canada recovery must be done with inclusiveness, innovation and sustainability.
    • Pierre Cléroux, Vice-President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC, will discuss the main challenges facing entrepreneurs.
    • Tareq Hadhad, CEO and Founder of Peace by Chocolate, and Lauren Rathmell, co-founder of Lufa Farms, will both participate in a round table to talk about inclusiveness, innovation and sustainability, three important pillars of the future of our country.
  • At 20 october To 11:30 a.m. EDT, join Pierre Cléroux for a live event where he will provide an overview of the Canadian economy and key indicators to watch. You will also learn about the megatrends reshaping our new business environment and the tangible implications for business owners.
  • At 21st of October To 12 p.m. EDT, Diversity and Inclusion 101 – Join Devika Pandey Manager, Learning and Knowledge Solutions at the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), and Steve yan, Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, BDC, for practical D&I strategies and initiatives for your business.

BDC is working alongside many knowledgeable organizations such as Futurpreneur and WEConnect International to deliver valuable content during this unique week. Entrepreneurs can benefit from their expertise by joining these special events. For more information on SBW events, visit:

About BDC Small Business WeekMT

BDC Small Business WeekMT, October 17-23, is an annual event that celebrates Canadian entrepreneurship and is now in its 42nd edition. Each year, nearly 10,000 business owners annually take advantage of this event to learn, network and celebrate entrepreneurship.

About BDC

BDC is the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs. It provides access to financing as well as consulting services to help Canadian businesses grow and succeed. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers a wide range of venture capital solutions. For more than 75 years, BDC’s sole objective has been to support entrepreneurs in all sectors and at all stages of growth. For more information and to view more than 1,000 free tools, articles and testimonials from entrepreneurs, visit

SOURCE Business Development Bank of Canada

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