Unique Networking Platform for Francophone Business Women in Canada

    MIRAMICHI, NB, March 27 /CNW/ - The Réseau des femmes d'affaires
francophones du Canada - the first and only Canadian networking platform for
Francophone women - will be launched on today, in Miramichi. This virtual
Francophone network will be announced at a training session for business women
organized by the New Brunswick Association of CBDCs. Over 100 participants
will attend the talk by Ms. Lise Cardinal, a networking specialist and author
of books on business strategies.
    "The creation of this network is proof of the existence of a strong and
dynamic entrepreneurship among Francophone business women in Canada," stated
Anne Hébert, member of the network's management committee and Executive
Director of the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick.
    The network's mission is to offer its members a platform to promote the
exchange of expertise and information among Francophone business women across
the country. It will facilitate the establishment of new networks of contacts,
business partnerships and the promotion and exchange of products and services
offered by its members across Canada - while promoting French as a working
    "This network fulfils a growing need among Francophone business women in
Canada. We hope it will lead to the sharing of information and winning
formulas and strategies," noted Agathe Gaulin, member of the network's
management committee and chair of the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie
in Vancouver.
    The network arises out of the recommendations made by participants in the
Forum des femmes d'affaires francophones du Canada, organized in March 2007 in
Moncton by the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick. One of the many
recommendations was that the network be inclusive and unifying.
    "We want to attract Francophone women from across the country who are
drawn to the business world - who strive to develop economic prosperity in the
private, social and community sectors - whether they be entrepreneurs, owners,
administrators, managers or professionals, and whether they work in the
public, private or paragovernmental sector," explained Ethel Côté, also on the
management committee, and the owner of L'Art du développement, an Ontario
    The Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick will administer the website
and lead the network, in the short term, in cooperation with the management
committee. The latter is made up of a dozen business women from across Canada
who have chosen to do business in French and who want to encourage other women
to do the same.
    "Our Government recognizes the important contribution that women
entrepreneurs make in their communities every day,"said the Honourable Peter
MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency. "Supporting the success and growth of these
entrepreneurs through activities such as the creation of the Réseau des femmes
d'affaires francophones du Canada is one way we are working to ensure a more
prosperous future for all Canadians."

    The Réseau des femmes francophones d'affaires du Canada was established
by the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick with the support of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Industry Canada.
    For more information or to sign on to the network, please visit:
www.femmesdaffaires.ca or dial 1-800-561-4446.

For further information:

For further information: Anne Hébert, Executive Director, Conseil
Economique du Nouveau-Brunswick, (506) 869-9921, 1-800-561-4446,

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