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With more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, Ruth Vachon is passionate about contributing to the growth of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen. In 2019, she is creating the Quebec Businesswomen's Network, in collaboration with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a digital platform whose objective is to accelerate the growth of businesswomen by enabling women-owned companies to offer their products and services to large national and international companies. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Advisory Group of the WE Empower initiative of the UN Women organization and of the Knowledge Portal for Women in Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University. From 2014 to 2016, WEConnect International awarded her five honours, including Most Engaged Woman in the Women's Inclusion of Large Corporate Supply Chains initiative. In 2018, she was also named to the Women's Executive Network's TOP 100 most influential women in Canada and was nominated for the Mercuriades of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec in the category of Outstanding Woman Leadership. In 2019, she was named as the 2019 Personality of Diversity by the Médiamosaïque news agency.
Indira Moudi is an industrial engineer, a global leader and a results-oriented person with 20 years of experience in the international energy sector for multinational companies and 10 years of experience in the local food sector. Having worked on four continents, diversity is her daily life. Owner and CEO of Viandes Lafrance, a 3rd generation food manufacturer in Mauricie that she bought with her family in 2012, Indira describes herself as a human leader, a dynamic entrepreneur with business talent. Proud Quebecer since 1929, Viandes Lafrance offers slaughtering services for sheep, lambs, calves and beef from 100% Quebec farms, taking into account animal welfare. Certified to the HACCP food standard, Finalist in Sustainable Development Manufacturing Mauricie Centre du Québec 2022 and Laureate of the Réseau des Femmes d'Affaires du Québec in 2021 for having distinguished itself through concrete actions in sustainable development, the quality of Viandes Lafrance is a guarantee leading to customer satisfaction and a heritage of our heritage. Viandes Lafrance is also a COVID-19 finalist for the Réseau des Femmes d'Affaires du Québec in 2020, an essential service that remained open throughout the pandemic. Passionate about her business, Ms. Moudi says we need to understand how to produce meat more efficiently in the same way we produce energy today in a more responsible and sustainable way involving decarbonation and best practices. Meat is a controversial food product and that's why we need to listen to the younger generation, climate change, vegetarians and animal protection. Viandes Lafrance products are an example of sustainable and ethical production.
A key figure in Quebec entrepreneurship, Danièle Henkel has boundless determination and perseverance. After studying international relations at the University of Oran Es-Sénia in Algeria, she served as political and economic advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Algeria for 10 years. She then emigrated to Canada. Daniele Henkel Enterprises™, today recognized as the Canadian leader in the medical-aesthetic field, was born in 1996 from a simple exfoliation product: the Renaissance™ Glove. An initiative that, for the most part, was doomed to failure. Today, it is the best-selling product in its category in Canada and around the world. Daniele Henkel's Academy™ is dedicated to upgrading the skills of thousands of medical-aesthetic professionals to enable them to better contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2015, she conceived a partnership that is unique in the world! Franchises of high-calibre care concepts with the Uniprix chain of pharmacies. In 18 months, 80 franchises are installed. From 2015 to 2018, one of her proudest achievements was her presidency of the Parc Jean-Drapeau Board of Directors. In 2018, she was named a champion by the Government of Canada for the #WeFi initiative, a World Bank program to promote the financial independence of women entrepreneurs in developing countries. In 2019, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade and Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, appointed her to co-chair a committee of national experts to develop ideas to increase the number of women entrepreneurs in Canada. In addition, since 2018 Danièle Henkel is also a member of the Advisory Board of Investissement Québec.
A born entrepreneur, Annie Lebeau always knew that she would one day create her own business. After starting her career in accounting for the multinational Cascades, she went back to school to complete a Bachelor's degree in human resources management. After completing her studies, she joined a call centre company. As Director, she implemented the human resources department on a national scale and participated in the growth of the company, which went from 200 to 800 employees across Canada in three years. Once this achievement was completed, she decided to continue her career in the world of management consulting. In 2009, she founded Capital GRH, a human resources firm that innovates through its virtual consulting services and its targeted approach for SMEs. She has been a trainer for SAJE, now known as the École des Entrepreneurs du Québec, and has coached entrepreneurs from all sectors of activity. She is a member of the Ordre des CRHA, an accredited mediator by the IMAQ and is completing a Master's degree in Law at the University of Sherbrooke this year. A teaching assistant at the Université de Montréal, she is known for her outspokenness, her dynamism and her sense of humour.