• 12 Mar 2019 10:51 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association Spring Symposium is the premier event for business women in Prince Edward Island. The 2019 Symposium will be held on May 23, 2019, at Holland College in Charlottetown, PE.

    This one-day, annual event attracts the full spectrum of business women from across the Island — start-up entrepreneurs, established business owners, mid-career business professionals, dynamic rural entrepreneurs, newcomers launching their businesses, and students.

    We are currently seeking proposals for Symposium speakers and session leaders.


    Speakers will deliver a keynote speech with a running total of 30 minutes. The selection will be based on a number of criteria, including:

    • Expertise and experience in the topic of choice;
    • Ability to inspire attendees;
    • Currency and uniqueness.

    Your proposal should include:

    • Title and description of presentation;
    • Biography of speaker;
    • Fee and costs, if any.

    Session Leaders

    Sessions will run either 60 minutes or 120 minutes in length, with a short break halfway through the latter. Criteria for the selection of sessions will include:

    • Session leader’s expertise and experience in the topic of choice;
    • Inclusion of engaging and interactive elements;
    • Associated learning outcomes;
    • Appropriateness of topic to the Symposium audience and fit with overall event.

    Your proposal should include:

    • Title and description of the session, including:
      • Length of session;
      • Learning outcomes;
      • Delivery approach;
    • Biography of session leader;
    • Fee and costs, if any.


    • The Symposium will involve multiple sessions running concurrently. Your session does not need to appeal to the full spectrum of participants, but can appeal to a specific segment of participants. If this is the case, please indicate your target audience for the session.
    • Sessions can also be applicable to varying group sizes. Would your session be best suited to a maximum of 30 participants? Could it accommodate 100 participants? Please indicate as such in your description.

    Please submit your proposal electronically to by March 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Any questions should be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 pm.

    A downloadable PDF version of the Call for Speakers is also available here

  • 11 Mar 2019 3:52 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a recipient of a $10,000 Interministerial Women's Secretariat (IWS) Grant for the Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative.

    "We are pleased to be partnering again with the Women's Interministerial Secretariat," says PEIBWA President Miriam Vializ Briggs. "Since 2014, PEIBWA has successfully delivered innovative initiatives for Island women with significant funding from IWS. With this year's announcement, we will be able to build our capacity to serve rural PEI."

    The Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative will provide professional skills in leadership to women in rural PEI to further support their professional growth as leaders and entrepreneurs. To be offered in both Prince and Kings County, the initiative will include a series of workshops covering a wide range of topics, including: authentic leadership, leadership communications, developing self-awareness, successful negotiation and strategic time management.

    "Business skills fostered through this initiative have the potential to strengthen PEI's rural economy by advancing women entrepreneurs and their ability to grow their businesses within and outside the region,” says Margaret Magner, PEIBWA Executive Director. "It will also support the development and recognition of rural PEI as a thriving environment for women in business."

    More details on the Effective Business Leadership Advancement for Women in Rural PEI initiative will be released in the coming months.

    About PEIBWA

    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is a member-based not-for-profit organization with a mandate to educate, empower and inspire PEI women to succeed in their business endeavours. Incorporated in 1993, it is the only women’s business association with an Island-wide mandate in the province and has a membership of some 450 women entrepreneurs and business professionals. PEIBWA provides advisory services, training, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.


    Media contact:
    Sparrow McGowan
    Events & Communications Officer

  • 06 Mar 2019 11:09 AM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Miriam Vializ Briggs, Catherine Callbeck and Cathy Rose.

    “We are delighted to see these talented and successful women join PEIBWA’s Board,” says Margaret Magner, the organization’s executive director. “Their expertise, combined with the experience of PEIBWA’s returning Board members, will position our organization well for further growth in the upcoming year. Their geographic diversity will help us reflect PEIBWA’s Island-wide mandate to support the development of business women across the province.”

    Miriam Vializ Briggs (Kings County)
    Miriam Vializ Briggs from Monticello, PEI, has held senior global executive positions at IBM and American Express in marketing, financial services, and strategic growth. In 2006, she was recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the Elite 20 Hispanic women in business. She has delivered her presentation “Growing Your Personal Brand” to 10,000+ women around the world. She teaches at the UPEI School of Business and is a small business owner. She has served on the Board of Directors of Island East Tourism and the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT. She chaired IBM’s Multicultural Women’s group globally. Miriam is a long-time PEIBWA member. She was a Camp Dynamo speaker in 2018 and is developing a new PEIBWA workshop on marketing. She actively mentors newcomers and business women in PEI.

    Catherine Callbeck (Prince County)
    Catherine Callbeck from Central Bedeque, PEI, has had a long and active role in business, politics, and charitable and public service groups, and has received many honours for her contributions. She is currently the Chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island. She was Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1993-1996 (the first woman in Canada elected as premier of a province). She served in the Senate of Canada representing PEI. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of PEI. She was a partner in her family’s business, Callbeck’s Limited and Callbeck’s Furniture. Catherine played an instrumental role in the creation of PEIBWA and has been a strong and proactive supporter ever since. Catherine was the chair of PEIBWA’s 25th Anniversary Gala planning committee in 2018, has frequently lobbied in support of PEIBWA initiatives, and has secured funding for the organization. She regularly attends PEIBWA events.

    Cathy Rose (Kings/Queens County)
    Cathy Rose was the first President of PEIBWA’s Board of Directors and was instrumental in creating a strong foundation for the organization, recruiting 170 members in the first three years. She was honoured by the PEI government for her volunteerism related to women and hosted the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs. Cathy was a 2018 PEIBWA Symposium speaker and served on the PEIBWA’s 25th Anniversary Gala committee. She is a certified HR professional and an entrepreneur. She owned Creative Esthetics Dental Laboratory for 23 years and recently launched a new consulting business. She was an employment services manager for the PEI Council of People with Disabilities and Coordinator of Accessibility Services at UPEI. Cathy has an EMBA from UPEI.

    The new Board members join returning members Nancy Beth Guptill, Heather MacEwen, Cynthia MacLeod, Diane Sankar and Reasha Walsh. The Board Executive will consist of Miriam Vializ Briggs as President, Cathy Rose as Vice-President, Heather McEwen as Treasurer and Cynthia MacLeod as Secretary.

    All Board member biographies can be found on the PEIBWA website at

    About PEIBWA
    The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is a member-based not-for-profit organization with a mandate to educate, empower and inspire PEI women to succeed in their business endeavours. Incorporated in 1993, it is the only women’s business association with an Island-wide mandate in the province and has a membership of some 450 women entrepreneurs and business professionals. PEIBWA provides advisory services, training, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.


    Media contact:
    Sparrow McGowan
    Events & Communications Officer

  • 22 Jan 2019 12:00 PM | Sparrow McGowan (Administrator)

    The PEI Business Women’s Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the University of Prince Edward Island in Room 243, Don and Marion McDougall Hall. The AGM is open to everyone; however, voting privileges are limited to current PEIBWA members in good standing only.

    UPEI Executive Master of Business Administration Program will be hosting a Get Connected Business Mixer immediately following the AGM McDougall Hall's Schurman Market Square. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. The mixer will follow the AGM at 4:30 pm.

    Please RSVP for the AGM by Friday, February 22, at 4:00 pm at

    How to Nominate/Be Nominated

    Any Active Member in good standing may be nominated for election to the Board of Directors. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the PEIBWA Board of Directors to support PEI business women and grow the Island’s business community, please contact Executive Director Margaret Magner at for more information.

    Nominations must be submitted in writing by February 20th, seconded by at least five active members in good standing, along with the consent of the nominee.

  • 30 Jul 2018 2:30 PM | Anne Putnam (Administrator)

    At a summer reception on July 25, 2018, hosted by Her Honour Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the P.E.I. Business Women’s Association (P.E.I.B.W.A.) announced the winners of P.E.I.B.W.A.’s 2018 micro-grant awards. The grants are designed to enable women entrepreneurs to fund promotional tools, web development, and many other expenses related to launching or expanding their Island businesses.

    There are four recipients of P.E.I.B.W.A.’s 2018 micro-grants: Jackie Herbert (Hop Sip Swirl Tasting Tours) has started a niche tour company focusing on local wineries, breweries and distilleries in P.E.I.; Suzanne Scott (Potter's Parlour) has opened an ice cream parlour and café in the rolling hills of New London ; Amber Jadis (Bricks 4 Kidz) is developing advanced programming utilizing LEGO EV3 robotics to engage Island students; and Krista MacLeod (Nit Ridders Mobile Lice Service) has created a company offering support and education related to head lice.

    Click here to see the full press release in The Guardian newspaper!

  • 01 May 2018 9:00 AM | Shannon Pratt

    PEI Business Women’s Association is excited to welcome Margaret Magner as the new Executive Director of the association. The Executive Director of PEIBWA is integral to the continued development and management of the member-based not-for-profit organization that empowers and inspires Island women to succeed in their business endeavours by providing advisory services, opportunities for development, and connections with other women in business.

    Magner was Director of Bioscience Development at the University of Prince Edward Island and continues to teach for its Faculty of Business and Department of English. Her company Magner Ink specializes in communication services. 

    With a Ph.D. from York University, she has taught in colleges and universities in Canada and the U.S.  At the University of Southern California, she was a presidential speechwriter; Senior Writer in Development Communications during a $2.8 billion fundraising campaign; and Director of Corporate Relations for the Marshall School of Business. In New York, she served as Director of Development for the William J. Clinton Foundation, heading up its fundraising department.

    A produced playwright and a screenwriter, she is also a Governor of The National Theatre School of Canada.

    “On behalf of the Board of Directors we are very excited to have Margaret Magner joins us as the new Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association,” commented Board president, Sharon Keller. “We look forward to seeing what new initiatives Margaret and the PEIBWA team can spearhead in growing the organization and supporting our existing members. This will be a great year celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Association and we are sure Margaret will help it flourish.”

    Margaret Magner’s new role as Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association was announced at the recent 2018 Women in Business Symposium. “I’m thrilled to be working with PEIBWA’s Board of Directors, talented staff, and dynamic membership,” says Magner. “The organization was seminal to me when I launched my own business, and it continues to empower and inspire Island women to achieve their professional goals. I’m honoured to be part of that process.” 

    Margaret joins the PEI Business Women’s Association team at the start of May 2018.

  • 21 Feb 2018 6:00 PM | Shannon Pratt

    Bolstering supports for new entrepreneurs and professionals at all levels of business promotes an inclusive economy that creates more opportunity for job growth and innovation. That is why the Government of Canada supports organizations such as the Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA), enabling women in PEI’s workforce to continue to benefit from the organization’s education and advocacy services, leadership workshops, mentoring and other essential programming. 

    Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced program funding for PEIBWA. 

    Through its Business Development Program, ACOA is providing a non-repayable contribution of $304,086 over two years to PEIBWA to support women in PEI by providing business advisory services, access to resources and tools, professional and business skills development, networking opportunities and community outreach. 

    These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting strategic initiatives and organizations that help diversify and advance job opportunities within the business community. 

  • 27 Nov 2017 9:30 PM | Shannon Pratt

    Congratulations Hannah Bell

    Hannah Bell Wins Seat in District 11 By-Election

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of PEI Business Women’s Association, we congratulate Hannah Bell on winning the District 11 by-election. She ran a great campaign and demonstrated incredible leadership on the campaign trail. We are proud to see another woman in leadership within the PEI Government. We are confident Hannah will represent her constituents and be a strong voice in the legislature for her district as well as on women's issues.  

    She will be missed by the board, staff and membership of PEI Business Women's Association and we wish her much success in her new political career. 

    Under Hannah's direction, and with the support of the incredible PEIBWA staff, the organization has flourished in the past 5 years. We have seen strong growth, new programming and more diversity within the organization.  

    Hannah leaves behind a strong organization with committed, talented staff. Hannah will be working with the PEIBWA board and staff until the end of 2017 as she transitions out of her position and will remain available as a volunteer consultant in early 2018. The PEI Business Women's Association board have started the search process and the new Executive Director will be announced at the AGM.  Until then, it is business as usual at PEIBWA.

  • 06 Nov 2017 1:20 PM | Shannon Pratt

    Christmas Wish Program for Anderson House

    Did you know that Anderson House serves approximately 65 women and 35 children at the shelter each year and another 450+ families through their outreach offices?

    As a part of the Christmas Wish Program PEIBWA will be donating gift cards, in $25 increments, that will enable mothers to shop for their children's gifts and their holiday meals. PEIBWA members can donate cards to the office, or donate via the secure form and we will purchase cards on your behalf.

    Cards that are able to fulfill the most wishes are from: Walmart, Best Buy, Indigo, Owls Hollow, Sobeys/Superstore (to help with Christmas Dinner).

    The deadline to donate a gift card is Thursday, December 14th at 5pm. 

  • 06 Nov 2017 11:44 AM | Shannon Pratt

    A new pilot program from the PEI Business Women's Association, with support provided by the Interministerial Women's Secretariat, is looking to challenge participants to think beyond traditional and stereotypical views of leadership, while encouraging the development of modern leadership skills and competencies.

    Full details on the PEIBWA Women Leadership Pilot Program, including application information, can be found HERE. This pilot program closes for applications on November 10th at 12pm.

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