Margaret Magner, Ph.D, M.A., M.P.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Margaret Magner is Chief Executive Officer 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, PEIBWA's second site located in Central Bedeque, PEI. Program development, implementation, and co-ordination are her areas of expertise. As a leader has formed and led teams on multi-faceted projects. Shelley has roots as a Chemical Technologist and managed a technical department for a multi-national company within the energy sector. She has been delivering career and employment services for the past 10 years guiding individuals with achieving their career goals - including the path to self-employment. A lifelong entrepreneur, Shelley has hands-on experience starting and operating multiple businesses in sectors which include the trades, agriculture, the arts, real estate, and as a consultant. Passionate about diversity and inclusion and advocating for underrepresented groups, Shelley believes in the power of peer-to-peer mentoring and building strong communities of support as being fundamental to achieving business success.