Janice McDonald BA, MA, ICD.D, MFA is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, trusted advisor, and speaker. WIT-LA awarded her Global Trade Ambassador for Canada in 2017, the first Canadian to receive it. Janice represented Canada at the APEC Workshops in Vietnam in 2017 and presented on entrepreneurship. She has Leadership training from Harvard and INSEAD and was awarded the inaugural Inspiring Fifty award for women in tech in Canada. Janice is the Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurs for Startup Canada and a board director with Futurpreneur, The Ottawa Senators Foundation and International Women's Forum Leadership Foundation. She released her podcast for Women Entrepreneurs called #THRIVE in 2018. WXN inducted Janice into the WXN Hall of Fame in 2016 as Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women after winning four years in a row.
She is the founder of The Beacon Agency. The global advisory firm focuses on entrepreneurship, leadership and research. Janice co-authored a national study on Women Entrepreneurs and Their Approach to Risk with Carleton University in 2016 and another on Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation released in 2018.