The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) hosted an expert panel discussion and overview of the OCC’s latest policy brief, Capital is Key: Financing Entrepreneurship in Ontario After COVID-19. Ontario’s entrepreneurs are armed with grit and creativity, which proved instrumental as they adapted to public health restrictions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, managing cash flows and debt became a challenge as the crisis forced many businesses to suspend, adapt, or restructure their operations. Meanwhile, as the pandemic accelerated digital transformations across sectors, many innovation-oriented firms within the province flourished.

Looking ahead, entrepreneurship will be fundamental to Ontario’s economic recovery and it will require access to the right forms of capital. How can Ontario improve financing for small business owners in a post-pandemic economy?


  • The Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Assoc. Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction will be providing opening remarks
  • Hugh O’Reilly, Executive Director, Innovate Cities
  • Jason Rasevych, President, Anishnawbe Business Professional Association
  • Walied Soliman, Canadian Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Wade Stayzer, Senior Vice President, Business Banking, Meridian Credit Union
  • Jason Teal, Vice President Business Banking, Meridian Credit Union
  • Claudia Dessanti, Senior Manager Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Michelle Eaton, VP Public Affairs, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Watch it here