Janice McDonald BA, MA, ICD.D, MFA is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, trusted advisor, strategist and inspiring speaker with expertise in the music industry, apparel/accessories and start-ups. WIT- LA awarded her Global Trade Ambassador for Canada in 2017, the first Canadian to receive it. Janice represented Canada at the APEC Workshops in Vietnam in 2017 and presented on entrepreneurship and was a speaker at the Milken Global Conference 2018. She has Leadership training from Harvard and INSEAD and was appointed to Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. Janice is the Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurs for Startup Canada and released her podcast for Women’s Entrepreneurs called #THRIVE in 2018. She is a columnist with Ottawa Business Journal and frequent commentator on radio and TV.
WXN inducted Janice into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2016 as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women after winning four years in a row. She was awarded a World of Difference 100 Award in Washington from TIAW and a National Leadership Award from CWC. She also received WCT’s Chairs Award of Distinction in 2016. Janice has a BA Communications, Masters in Canadian Studies, certification from The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, ICD.D designation from Institute of Corporate Directors and Masters in Fine Arts from King’s College. She is featured in Canada 150 Women, a book released in 2017 on conversations with leaders, champions, and luminaries. She was also featured in ‘Your Turn: Powerful Thoughts from Today’s Women to the Next.’
She is founder of The Beacon Agency. It is a global advisory firm that focuses on entrepreneurship, leadership and research. Janice co-authored a national study on Women Entrepreneurs and Their Approach to Risk with BMO and Carleton University – released in 2016.