No Pain, No Gain in Start-Ups: Advice from Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

Event Details:

Date: November 12, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON

Who should attend:

General public

Who might be interested in this event?

General public

Organized by:

The Immigrant Cafe

Starting a business is never easy but doing it in a  new country can be a real challenge! This session will feature a panel of immigrant women entrepreneurs who will share their experiences starting businesses in Canada.  

Discussion will include:

- Challenges they faced as immigrant & women entrepreneurs

- Overcoming cultural barriers

- Where to find regulatory information

- How to get help for your start-up

- How to find new customers 

- What they wish they knew before they started their businesses

The panel discussion will be moderated by Nafiz Imtiaz, banker and small business expert.


Coraline Allard was born in Dieppe, France. She studied Architecture in France and Portugal, and graduated in 2009. She joined the Bowlus Road Chief team in 2012 bringing with her, her knowledge and expertise working with aluminum sheet metal. She was in charge of the riveted aluminum fuselage of the Bowlus Road Chief, learning from scratch the aircraft techniques of buck riveting. Her nickname, “Rosie the riveter” came about as she slowly and meticulously tailored the aluminum exterior of the trailer with the thousands of rivets used to complete the project. In 2014, when Bowlus Road Chief moved its manufacturing plant to California, she co-founded Q&A Design with the same enthusiasm for crafting amazing projects. Since its inception, Q&A Design has been involved in a number of projects, both collaborative and individual. The company designs, develops and manufactures prototypes of various scales, using a variety of material such as aluminum, sheet metal, wood and plastic. Examples of Industrial Design can be found throughout the various innovative pieces made by Q&A Design. 

Aída Ulloa is Founder of ANIMA CREATIVE, a Toronto-based boutique agency that provides consulting and training services in: Digital Marketing, Public Relations, Websites Building, among other online strategies. With more than 10 years of combined working experience in journalism, corporate communications and management, she is passionate about helping small businesses grow with the aid of web based technologies. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences from ITESM, and a Master in Business Administration, from UNAM, two of the most prestigious universities from Mexico.

Umi Ali is a social entrepreneur with a passion for empowering women of colour in their journey to acquire the skills and resources necessary to build self-sufficient and prosperous lives. Umi is the founder of MogulMom, an organization that supports women of colour with their entrepreneurship goals and inspires them to give back to their community through mentorship and networking. In March of this year, Umi founded MogulMom's sister company, ZodiacScrubs. Umi is a recent fellow of The School for Social Entrepreneurs - Ontario (SSEO) and she is the Program Coordinator of SEW IT (Sewing Entrepreneurship for Women in Toronto) at Newcomer Women's Services Toronto. 

Join us for a stimulating discussion about immigrant entrepreneurship! 

This panel discussion is presented in collaboration with ACCES Employment's Entrepreneurship Connections program.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration Deadline:

November 12, 2015

Contact details for the event:

Please contact Gerard Keledjian at for questions.