L’équipe PARO

Fondatrice et directrice générale

Rosalind Lockyer

Together with twenty years of working as a teacher, entrepreneur, and community developer, Rosalind became blatantly aware of the many systemic issues that kept women from achieving their life goals.  In 1995, she founded PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, channelling this experience, her passion, and her determination to continue to work for positive change locally, provincially, nationally[RL1] and internationally.  Today, PARO is recognized as the “largest peer lending network in North America’ supporting its unique form of women-centred Community Economic Development with 150+ PARO Circles located across Ontario. In 2005, Northern Ontario Business awarded her the prestigious Influential Women of Northern Ontario Award-Public Sector recognizing her leadership in building PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise into the dynamic organization that it is today, serving women entrepreneurs living in rural, urban and remote communities of Ontario.

Rosalind Lockyer has dedicated her lifetime toward supporting gender equality and building sustainable livelihoods for thousands of women “who need it the most”. Important to her role as Founder and CEO of PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise and co-founder of the national group, the Women’s Economic Council (WEC) is supporting women who are disadvantaged by the intersectionality of poverty, race, sexism, ageism, and disability.

Rosalind Lockyer is Treasurer for the International e-Rotary for Social Innovators, and the board director for Ontario on the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada board (WEOC), and a member of the Gender Equity Network of Canada. Through her work and community activity, she shares her experience and influence to mentor individuals and organizations to develop effective solutions and sustainable strategies. As a social entrepreneur, she has assisted the management of enterprises, whether non-profit, private business or professional sector organizations with fund development, strategic planning, organization management, and policy development, human resources, leadership, social enterprise, business development and public relations.

Reconnue pour ses efforts remarquables dans la création de PARO Centre pour l’entreprise des femmes, pour son travail avec diverses populations, surtout celles qui ont le plus de défis, comme les peuples autochtones, les personnes handicapées, les personnes âgées et les jeunes à risque, avec un focus particulier sur les femmes, Rosalind a été identifiée comme "l'un des entrepreneurs sociaux les plus remarquables au monde" par l'Office de l’entreprise sociale, MEDEI, le Gouvernement de l'Ontario, et a reçu le prix international “Women of the Decade in Community Leadership”, du Forum économique des femmes 2018 à New Delhi, Inde.

In 2021, Lakehead University awarded their highest honour – an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters to Rosalind for her work in the community, gender equity spaces and women-entered economic development.

Courriel : rlockyer@paro.ca

LES FEMMES DE LA FAMILLE PARO

Famille

Équipe de direction

Brenda McDougall est l’adjointe à la direction et aux ressources humaines, elle appuie tous les membres de l’équipe PARO Centre pour les femmes d'entreprise.
Laura Lynch est un membre important de l’équipe de direction PARO, exerçant le rôle de directrice des finances et agente de prêts. Elle a une passion pour l’amélioration de la sécurité financière des femmes, et est fière de pouvoir contribuer à cette cause par l’intermédiaire de son travail à PARO.
Avec une passion prononcée pour le progrès des femmes sur le plan économique, Maria est un membre à part entière de l’équipe de direction PARO, exerçant le rôle de développeuse de programme.
Karen Lynn Evans est coordonnatrice de projet et conseillère principale aux entreprises à PARO Centre pour l’entreprise des femmes. Elle dirige le projet du Centre des femmes entrepreneures du Nord de l’Ontario (WECNO).
Melissa Cook est la directrice de programme à PARO Centre pour l’entreprise des femmes. Avec une expérience en matière des droits de l’homme, de développement économique, de diversité, inclusion et entreprise sociale, Melissa est experte dans les diverses pratiques de développement communautaire.

L’ÉQUIPE DU SIÈGE SOCIAL

Lori Morin

Conseillère aux entreprises
Lori Morin est conseillère aux entreprises avec PARO, appuyant les clientes intéressées par la création, la croissance et le développement d’une entreprise. Lori est une personne sensible aux besoins des femmes et aux barrières qu’elles rencontrent dans leurs entreprises.

Linda Farmer

Coordinatrice de Construire des ponts
Linda est conseillère en développement d’entreprise pour PARO dans le cadre du programme Rompre les barrières - Construire des ponts. Ce programme est destiné aux personnes handicapées, hommes ou femmes, qui souhaitent atteindre leurs buts de réussite à travers le travail autonome et l’entreprise individuelle.

Nefry Falla

Coordinatrice de Cercles et conseillère aux entreprises
Nefry a rejoint l’équipe en mai 2017, en tant qu’agente des communications et du marketing et exerce aujourd’hui le rôle de coordinatrice des Cercles PARO et conseillère aux entreprises.
Kylee is our current intern and recently graduated from the Interactive Media Development program at Confederation College.
She has a background in graphic design, social media management and front-end web development.
Kezia Royer is the Capacity Development Project Coordinator at PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise. With a background in communications, public relations, social services, equity and inclusivity, Kezia has a broad perspective of the mosaic that makes up Canadian women.

L’ÉQUIPE RÉGIONALE

Andrea Zappe

CONSEILLÈRE EN CROISSANCE D’ENTREPRISE -
RÉGION DE KENORA
Andrea is a mindful and enthusiastic Business Entrepreneur with 20+ years of customer service-oriented territory management. With a BSc in Zoology from the University of Manitoba and a Business Administration Certificate in Environmental Entrepreneurship from the University of Victoria, she spent 5+ years as a biologist on commercial fishing vessels working the coastal waters of BC as well as the Bering Sea near Alaska.

Renée Gendron

COORDINATRICE DU PROJET PAROBIZ -
oNTARIO REGION

Renée Gendron holds a master’s degree in social sciences and is nearing the defence of her Ph. D in humanities and conflict resolution. She draws from a background in professional development and business development. She’s coached starts-ups, pitched billion-dollar companies, and all points in between.  She’s a trained mediator and has been a speaker on leadership, workplace conflict, and workplace bullying. She speaks French, English, and Dutch with a life-long dream of learning Spanish and Russian. She’s stepped foot on four continents. In her role at PARO, she is the ParoBiz Project Coordinator—Eastern Ontario.

Kayla Soomer

CONSEILLÈRE DU NORD-EST -
RÉGION DE SUDBURY
Kayla Soomer is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and advocate for women in business. She has over 17 years of marketing experience in graphic/web design and photography. An entrepreneur at heart Kayla travels throughout the province working in different areas including PARO Business Northeast Counsellor, photo booth owner, professional photographer, and marketer. Kayla’s work has been published all over the world including in Maclean’s, Canada’s premier current affairs magazine.

Susan Milne

Coordinatrice de projet - Nord de la région
de Sault Ste. Marie
Travaillant directement de son domicile situé à Sault Ste. Marie, Susan est la coordinatrice de projet - Nord pour PARO. Elle fournit des services de conseil aux entreprises pour les femmes de la région Est de Sault Ste. Marie jusqu’à Manitoulin Island et au Nord jusqu’à White River, et aide les femmes entrepreneurs non seulement à démarrer ou développer leur entreprise, mais aussi à former des Cercles PARO.

Chantal Gingras

Conseillère aux entreprises
marathon region
Chantal Gingras est conseillère aux entreprises à PARO Centre pour l’entreprise des femmes. En tant que conseillère municipale pour la ville de Marathon, Chantal a une farouche passion pour le développement économique de sa région.


ÉQUIPE DE CONSEILLÈRES EN CROISSANCE D’ENTREPRISE


Cindy Crowe

Lead Business Growth Advisor
RÉGION DE NEEBING
Cindy Crowe est membre de la bande de Lake Helen First Nation, région de Robinson-Superior Treaty, située à une heure à l’est de Thunder Bay. Son entreprise, Cindy Crowe Consulting (de 2004 à ce jour) représente une société de conseil autochtone primée, dont le siège social est situé à Neebing, Ontario. Cindy s’est spécialisée dans la liaison, l’engagement et le développement communautaires. Elle continue à travailler avec les agences gouvernementales fédérales, provinciales et municipales et les communautés autochtones à travers l’Ontario.

Penny Tremblay

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION DE NORTH BAY
Penny est une entrepreneure authentique. Créatrice du Tremblay Leadership Center offrant des formations en relations stratégiques et des conférences internationales depuis plus de 20 ans, des milliers de femmes ont su bénéficier de ses compétences et sa confiance pour être productives, JOUER GENTIMENT dans le bac à sable et gravir l’échelle de la réussite.

Tammy Laws

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION DE THUNDER BAY
Tammy apporte plus de 30 ans d’expérience en politique à PARO, dont 20 ans comme adjointe spéciale dans les bureaux de circonscription d’un député fédéral et MPP provincial et 10 ans en tant qu’assistante pour événements de sensibilisation dans le Nord.

Linda Cryderman

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION DE HUNTSVILLE
Avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience en vente d’annuaires téléphoniques, journaux, magazines et prestations de marketing, Linda travaille actuellement pour un partenaire certifié Premium de Google. Linda a appris la publicité et le marketing sur le tas et elle améliore constamment ses compétences pour s’adapter à l’espace digital en constante évolution. Linda fut à plusieurs occasions une conférencière dynamique, toujours enthousiaste de partager son expertise.

Kaouthar Faouzi

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION D’OTTAWA
En tant qu’experte en stratégie de marketing, j’aime partager mes 10 ans d’expérience professionnelle et mes connaissances (Baccalauréat en marketing et communication et maîtrise en gestion urbaine) avec les femmes qui cherchent à démarrer ou croître leur entreprise.

Elizabeth Verwey

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION DE TORONTO

Elizabeth is committed to supporting women in their business and personal growth. She joined PARO in 2020, after mentoring business owners for over 20 years in Toronto, Ontario. She has written two business books and created seven customized mentoring programs. Elizabeth is launching her first online course in 2022.

Shaye Belanger

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION D’OTTAWA

Shaye travaille depuis plus de 10 ans pour des organisations à but non lucratif avec un large éventail de clients. Elle a de l’expérience dans divers secteurs allant de l’établissement de nouveaux arrivants aux connexions communautaires, à la coordination d’ateliers pour bénévoles, à l’adéquation professionnelle, à l’engagement des employeurs et la gestion des employés. Shaye détient un Certificat de gestion pour femmes, elle est consultante certifiée en immigration canadienne, praticienne certifiée en développement de carrière et propriétaire d'une entreprise appelée Full Circle Immigration.

Victoria Watts

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
RÉGION D’OTTAWA

Victoria is an entrepreneur in the food manufacturing, wholesale and retail sector having experience with all aspects of building a brand and business from ideation to national distribution and everything in-between. She holds an L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa and practiced law in the areas of labour/employment, Human Rights and with Legal Aid Ontario.  She brings a broad range of experience to her role as BGA and is passionate about empowering females to become successful in all areas of their lives.

Barbara Baker

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -

Barbara has been an entrepreneur most of her life.  She is currently in a “soft retirement”, meaning that although she retired in 2013 she still runs a business; SUMthing, that provides a series of educational courses such as technology for seniors, estate planning, and budgeting.

Barbara created the Women of Manitoulin Entrepreneur Network (WOMEN), to support/educate/inform all current or soon-to-be women entrepreneurs on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario.  Barbara is also an elected official sitting as councillor for the North Eastern Manitoulin and the Island. The Island Sisters, of which Barbara is a member, was awarded the PARO Circle of the Year for 2021.

Cheryl Himburg

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Ottawa Region
Cheryl Himburg is the owner of Key Element Solutions, empowering women professionals, leaders and business owners to shatter THEIR glass ceiling and achieve ambitious results. Cheryl is an ambitious coach for your personal success and an accomplished catalyst for your career or business growth.

A certified mindset and leadership coach, Cheryl leverages her corporate experience and training as a certified Master NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) Practitioner to empower her clients to go beyond baseline goal setting, to remove barriers, and conquer limiting beliefs. Your next level requires the next level of you. You don’t have to get there alone.

Jenny Chandler

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Ottawa Region
Jenny owns and operates Simple Desk, a small business support company in Trenton, Ontario.
Passion, drive and success are all goals she strives to help her clients achieve. She takes great joy in helping others succeed and realize their dreams.

Chantal Fraser

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Through her company, Empowered Path Inc. Chantal Fraser acts as a Thought Partner, sharing success stories to help people learn how to help themselves, their communities and organizations thrive.

Chantal offers a variety of services including delivering accessible online career programs and delivering Indigenous Inclusion sessions to Canadian employers from Coast to Coast to Coast, with strategic partners Indigenous Link. Chantal has Métis ancestors and is a military veteran.

Melissa Maltais

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Timmins Region
From a young age, Melissa has chased her dreams of living her happiest and most purposeful life. She spent the early years of her career working within the recreation and hospitality industry; eventually leading to a rewarding career as a Wedding and Banquet Coordinator on Vancouver Island, BC. With her extensive expertise in event planning and project management, Melissa founded Blossom & Shine Collective in 2017 as a means to support small businesses within her community. This provided her with an opportunity to continue her role as a stay at home mother, while still pursuing her dreams of creating her own business.

With a passion for supporting women and their pursuit of happiness and entrepreneurship, her new role as a Business Growth Advisor & Business Development Trainer with PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise offers you authentic, professional and inspiring opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Kristina Medow

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Ottawa Region

Kristina loves helping others turn their ideas into reality. She has been a business consultant her entire career working with organizations of all sizes & industries – from Fortune 500 e-commerce companies to small & ambitious startup teams, in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia and Latin America. She also co-founded Impact Hub Ottawa, a community of creative and entrepreneurial changemakers and a part of a network of 100+ Impact Hubs around the world.

Kristina is deeply committed to supporting entrepreneurs of all walks of life and does so through her innovation consultancy where she works closely with her clients on ways to integrate innovation strategies, tools & methods into their businesses.

Marisol Fornoni

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Toronto Region

Marisol is a coach, facilitator and fundraiser that works with social enterprises to strengthen their business models and build their social impact. Marisol has worked with non-profits, social enterprises and incubators across Canada to test and develop their social enterprise ideas, diversify their revenue streams and fundraising since 2012.

She has coached more than 50 social enterprises and worked with organizations like the Centre for Social Innovation, Art Reach, George Brown College and Action Canada for Sexual Health & Right to promote social entrepreneurship.

Laurie Del Net

Conseillère en croissance d’entreprise -
Toronto Region
Laurie spent over 30 years in senior management for several large corporations, including national retailers, and two of the top four Telecommunications Companies in Canada. As a safety and security professional, Laurie spent the bulk of her career helping corporations protect their people, product, and property. Laurie was also responsible for developing strong operating procedures and health and safety best practices while building strong relationships with all levels of management, staff, vendors, and community partners. In addition, Laurie has served on several boards in the not-for-profit sector and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce.
Laurie owns and operates SafeTeaVis Inc., an organization focusing on helping small businesses, home and cottage owners, to identify and address areas of vulnerability and risk. Laurie is thrilled to be able to take the knowledge and experience gathered throughout her career and share it with entrepreneurs as they start or expand their businesses.
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