Heather Cannings

Heather Cannings

StrikeUP Team Lead
Northumberland Community Futures

Heather Cannings is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs and a strategic leader. As the Women Entrepreneurship Program and StrikeUP Lead at Northumberland Community Futures (NCFDC), she has curated the 2024 virtual conference, empowering and supporting women in business across Canada that serves as a crucial platform for growth, mentorship, and financing opportunities. Heather has a history of delivering exceptional results through effective collaboration and strategic execution. With expertise in partner relations, government engagement, project management, and the orchestration of digital and live events, she has played a pivotal role in driving success and achieving organizational goals.

With experience as a Risk Analyst and a subject matter expert in compliance, Heather brings a unique perspective to her role. Her dedication to fostering success and driving positive change makes her a dynamic force in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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.