WE-CAN: Peer Lending Circle Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs


Tuesday April 28, 2020
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop
Event Category

About this Event

Kingston and Quinte-area women entrepreneurs now have access to a new and exciting funding model known as peer lending circles.

Join the WE-CAN Project at Queen’s University for an interactive and engaging online workshop with PARO facilitator Cathy Ireland.

Together we’ll learn how peer lending circles work and which businesses and individuals are best-suited for this alternative business funding approach.

In this workshop, we will explore:

  • What PARO is all about
  • What a peer lending circle is and how it works
  • How to start a peer lending circle
  • The advantages and disadvantages of peer lending
  • Mini-case studies of peer lending

NOTE: Attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session on the day of the event.


Established in 1995, the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise provides service throughout Ontario.

The organization provides women-centric programming, designed to increase the success of women entrepreneurs through training and business coaching, strengthening their families and the community economic development (CED) where women, live, work and dream.

PARO translates as “I am ready” in Latin. Are you ready for greater business success? Then we hope you’ll join us for this engaging online session!


Cathy Ireland is a Business Growth Advisor for PARO. She is a seasoned business development professional with over 25 years of experience. Having worked at the Canadian Embassy, in Washington DC, where she supported Canada’s first Business Women’s Summit and later spearheaded a successful business growth initiative to take a Canadian technology company into the USA market, she provides a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Working now with PARO she enjoys helping women entrepreneurs within the Eastern region of Ontario, develop and grow their own businesses and form PARO circles of support and empowerment.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.