Catherine Beach

Catherine Beach

National lead, Inclusive Trade, Women in Trade
Export Development Canada

As the lead for EDC’s Women in Trade strategy, Catherine focuses specifically on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business.

With more than 15 years’ experience in international business, marketing and partnership development, Catherine has worked with fast-growing startups, international development agencies, social enterprises and government organizations in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Catherine has a master’s degree in business administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, with a Bachelor of International Business and a post-graduate in non-profit marketing from Carleton University in Ottawa. She’s also a certified scrum alliance product owner and is completing her designation to become a coach with the International Coaching Federation.

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Opening Remarks

Join Emcee Victoria Pichler as she kicks off StrikeUP 2024, joined by opening speaker Algonquin Elder and Knowledge Keeper Claudette Commanda, Minister of Small Business Rechie Valdez, and StrikeUP Co-Founder and StrikeUP Team Lead, Heather Cannings.

As part of the opening ceremonies, you will:

  • Learn about the goals and partners involved in StrikeUP 2024.
  • Acknowledge Canada's Indigenous land and the promise women entrepreneurs hold for economic recovery and a more sustainable and equitable future.
  • Gain an overview of the day, how to navigate the digital conference environment and how to optimize StrikeUP 2024 to grow your business.
  • Welcome from our co-presenting sponsors.