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Janice McDonald

President, The Beacon Agency



    Janice McDonald is a trusted advisor, speaker and strategist. An award-winning serial entrepreneur, she has expertise in the music industry, apparel/accessories and start-ups. She has Leadership training from Harvard & INSEAD and was appointed to Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. She has many career achievements including driving the financial turnaround and re-branding of Women in Communications and Technology as it’s Board chair from 2013 to 2015 She is Chair International Women’s Forum Canada Ottawa Chapter.

    WXN recognized Janice as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013 and 2014. She was awarded a World of Difference 100 Award in Washington from The International Alliance for Women and National Leadership Award from Canadian Women in Communications.

    Janice is a connector and a storyteller who sees the path ahead and engages others to come in the new direction. A sought after speaker on Leadership and Entrepreneurship, she had a successful radio show for many years.

    Janice has a B.A. Communications, M.A. Canadian Studies, certification from The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. She received her ICD.D designation from The Institute of Corporate Directors and will receive an MFA (expected) 2016.

    She is President of The Beacon Agency. It offers customized breakthrough insights in social entrepreneurship, business strategy, leadership training. Is currently conducting a national study on women entrepreneurs & their approach to risk in partnership with BMO and Carleton University.

    Janice is an Advisor for Cornell Queens EMBA program & works with international executives on New Venture/Management Consulting Projects. She is a formal/ informal mentor in communications & business & serves on numerous boards. She is an Advisor for Sprott School of Business Carleton University, board member of & Ashbury College. She is a Co-founder in – her latest start-up.