Minister Guergis congratulates local entrepreneur on business certification

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms. Barbara Mowat of Impact Communications
Ltd., Ms. Marla Kott of Imprint Plus (Illen Products Inc.), Ms. Lise Alain of
L.A. Translations Limited, Ms. Margaret Ramsdale of Omega Frontline Apparel
Ltd., Ms. Leslie Meingast of The Personnel Department (Galt Western Personnel
Limited) and Ms. Emily Psimoulis of Thinkbox National Marketing Inc., all from
Vancouver, have returned from the first International WEConnect Canada Mission
in San Francisco after participating in the Women's Business Enterprise
National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair, June 9 to 11,
2009. All of them received certification from WEConnect just prior to this
event, announced the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of
    Ms. Barbara Mowat is the President of Impact Communications Ltd., a
multi-faceted consulting company that specializes in management
training/consulting; the writing of business guides and materials; and
international product developing and marketing.
    Ms. Marla Kott if from Imprint Plus (Illen Products Inc.), that
specializes in the designing and manufacturing of name badges and related
accessories that are customized for each client and environmentally conscious.
    Ms. Lise Alain is the President of L.A. Translations Limited, a
translation and graphic design service for corporate sector clients; Providing
translations for a variety of businesses in multiple languages.
    Ms. Margaret Ramsdale is the President of Omega Frontline Apparel Ltd., a
company that designs, manufactures and sources uniforms for a variety of
businesses. Using their online ordering system, clients are able to ensure
their needs are met for their unique needs.
    Ms. Leslie Meingast is the President and CEO of The Personnel Department
(Galt Western Personnel Limited), a human resource solutions company that
provides its services across North America to a variety of sectors including
commerce industry and government.
    Ms. Emily Psimoulis is the President of Thinkbox National Marketing Inc.,
a marketing firm that provides services ranging from creative
conceptualization of campaigns, to event and project management to promotional
staffing services.
    Founded in 1997, the WBENC is the United States' leading advocate of
women-owned businesses as suppliers to U.S. multinational corporations,
working to foster diversity in the world of commerce and eliminate marketplace
barriers to women business owners. The WBENC is the founder of WEConnect
International, which promotes the international certification standard for
women-owned businesses and develops new national certification organizations.
    The recently launched WEConnect Canada, a member of WEConnect
International, is a non-profit organization that certifies firms that are at
least 51 per cent women-owned and connects them with the growing corporate and
public sector demand for diverse suppliers.
    "I am delighted that 19 women-owned Canadian companies have completed the
qualification process and received certification from WEConnect Canada," said
Minister Guergis.
    "I have been working diligently to bring to light the significant
contributions of these business women to our country and it is paying off
through support of this vital organization. I am immensely proud to be part of
a Government that recognizes the important and dynamic role Canada's
independent business women play in contributing to Canada's economy," added
Minister Guergis. "By supporting WEConnect Canada's efforts to certify
women-owned businesses, and by supporting these women as they secure market
access, we help them to establish economic security and prosperity for the
future. In turn, these talented women will inspire future generations of
independent business women through their tenacity, innovation and dedication."
    The Government of Canada, through the Women's Program of Status of Women
Canada, is providing WEConnect Canada with funding over three years to launch
its Opening Doors to Corporate Markets: An Education, Training, Coaching and
Mentoring Program. The program will prepare women entrepreneurs to access
supplier diversity markets made up of small businesses owned by minority
groups and women; this in turn will give them access to large contract
opportunities with corporations and governments.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications, 
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; For news releases and information on Status of
Women Canada, go to

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