Margaret Magner, Ph.D, M.A., M.P.W.
Margaret Magner is Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association. She has taught in Canadian and U.S. universities and held a number of positions, including Director of Development for the William J. Clinton Foundation; Presidential Speechwriter, Development Communications Senior Writer, and Corporate Relations Director at the University of Southern California; and Director of Bioscience Development at UPEI, where she continues to teach for the Faculty of Business and Department of English. Her company Magner Ink specializes in communication services. She is a Governor of the National Theatre School of Canada.
PEI Project Coordinator, Atlantic Canada Women's Growth Partnership
Rose FitzPatrick has a strong background in project and events management, with more than twenty years’ experience in research, writing, communications, marketing, business development, and community and government relations.
She’s held various positions within private sector, government, and not-for-profit organizations working within the IT, media, film and television, tourism, and biotechnology industries. She’s led several pan-Atlantic business building missions throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. From 2007 – 2019, she was manager of marketing and communications for the Prince Edward Island BioAlliance.
Director, Rural Women's Business Centre
Shelley Jessop is the Director of the Rural Women’s Business Centre in Central Bedeque. She is a Certified Resume’ Strategist with 10 years of experience working in career and employment services, creating curriculum and implementing targeted programming to support women with achieving their career goals. Shelley has roots as a Chemical Technologist and then in management of a technical department for a multi-national company within the energy industry. As a leader, she has formed and led diverse teams on complex projects. A lifelong entrepreneur, she has hands-on experience starting and operating multiple businesses from the ground up, including the agriculture and arts sectors. Passionate about serving underrepresented groups, Shelley believes in the power of building strong communities of support to achieve business success.
Business Development and Membership Officer
Jane MacIsaac is the Business Development and Membership Officer of the PEI Business Women’s Association. Jane has extensive logistics, data analytics and trade experience internationally both in public and private sectors. This includes experience promoting exporting for Island business entrepreneurs. She holds an eMBA and is educated in STEM and healthcare disciplines, which provides for a wide perspective and demonstrates her passion for lifelong learning. Jane was born and raised in PEI and is thrilled to be a part of supporting Island companies to inspire and succeed. Elle est aussi Acadienne et bilingue!
Andrea is the part-time Office Administrator of the PEI Business Women's Association, continuing her career in client relations services. Previously, she served as Administrative Assistant to Michele Dorsey at both Michele Dorsey Law and McInnes Cooper, and in a temporary capacity when Ms. Dorsey was Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Environment, Labour & Justice. For eight years, Andrea has been Office Manager for Parker Developments and Parker Built Homes where she has solely managed all the office functions and bookkeeping duties of both businesses. Andrea was also the owner/operator of Allure Esthetics in Charlottetown.