A special IWD message from Reetu Gupta

Small Business Canada

I have grown up in the world of real estate, and being a South Asian female, I have been faced with biases over factors that I can’t control – factors that I was born with and factors that also make me proud of who I am. I have always been underestimated, judged with a framework that is not equitable to others in the same room, and treated differently. Choose to look at these aspects as a challenge, an opportunity to make yourself stronger, better, faster. Choose to make it an advantage! And I choose to ensure all women around me feel empowered – whether that means giving them an extra boost of confidence in times of doubt, or holding their hand through a challenge, I want women to feel unstoppable and strong in their convictions.


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Reetu Gupta

 Ambassadress & Principal at The Gupta Group

As an accomplished entrepreneur and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women (according to WXN), Reetu challenges the status quo, leading one of the largest private hotel and development firms as a woman of colour in a male-dominated industry. At only 39, she oversees The Gupta Group’s diversified business portfolio of 25+ hotels in addition to the 5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial properties under development across Canada.

Further to her role with The Gupta Group, Reetu is also Chief Strategy Officer at Rogue Insight Capital, where Reetu focuses on investing in Canadian start-ups with female and minority-run businesses. Reetu also co-founded the not-for-profit Gupta Family Foundation. 

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