A special IWD message from Tiffany Callender

Small Business Canada

International women’s day is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in the business sector and in realizing equality of opportunity. This is especially important for black women entrepreneurs who, because of their gender and skin colour, face additional obstacles.

If I had one message to give women entrepreneurs, it would be the following: If a good society includes all women entrepreneurs, an equal society is one where women entrepreneurs lead in the struggle to break biases, stereotypes, and discrimination. Women entrepreneurs can advance the cause of women’s rights, and they should not hesitate to seize that opportunity.

They should not wait for society or institutions to break those barriers for them, but they should seize every possibility to break these barriers themselves. After all, this is what women have always done to ensure that we live in a more just and equal world.” 


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Tiffany Callender

CEO, FACE (The Federation of African Canadian Economics)

Community developer and social entrepreneur, Tiffany Callender has spent her 16 year career developing and implementing programs to support Montreal’s Black community. In addition to being the youngest female Executive Director of one of the oldest Black organizations in Quebec, she was recognized by MIPAD as one of the 100 most influential person of African-descent under 40 in 2020,

In 2021 Tiffany was named the inaugural CEO of the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE). FACE is a coalition of Canadian Black business support organizations that worked with the federal government to co-develop and administer the $291.3 million Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund.

Tiffany has presented recommendations for policy change to public institutions, notably as a signatory for Montreal’s consultation on racism and systemic discrimination as well as Quebec’s Laurent commission on the overrepresentation of Black children in the Youth Protection. She also regularly presents sensitivity and equity training to private institutions. Her career is inspired by her personal life as she is a proud mother of three.

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