Joelle Foster

Director of Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and NWT at Futurpreneur Canada

Joelle is best known as a spirited activist for entrepreneurship in Canada.  She currently oversees Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and NWT.  Under her leadership, in Manitoba alone, 298 businesses have opened their doors since 2011.* She has achieved a 91% success rate; 96% success with her 48 restaurants and food manufacturers.  She has affectionately earned the title of “Start-Up Mom”.

Joelle supports a wide range of Manitoba’s entrepreneurial initiatives. She sits on Balmoral Hall Board of Governors, the Board for North Forge Technology Exchange and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.  She also co-chairs the Small Business Council with Ibrahim (Obby) Khan.  In recognition of her work, Joelle won the Board of Directors Excellence Award – Business Community Partner from the Manitoba Filipino Business Council in November 2016.  She was a nominee for the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Business in 2015, a finalist for the Spirit of Winnipeg awards in 2015 and was the Runner Up for the Start-up Canada Award for Ecosystem Builder of the Year in 2014.