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Laura Didyk

Vice President and National Lead Women Entrepreneurs, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Since joining The Business Development Bank of Canada — better known as BDC, Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs — in 1994, Laura Didyk has had the opportunity to work with all types of business owners, at all stages and industries, helping them access the advice and capital needed to grow and succeed. An ally and advocate for women business owners and leaders throughout her career, for nearly two years it has been her official job; as Vice President and National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs, Laura drives BDC’s mandate to support women entrepreneurs across the country, ensuring the strategy is integrated across the entire bank.

She’s using her Perspectives platform to continue championing women entrepreneurs, by sharing engaging discussions about their journey, their business, and their plan for the future. 

Don’t miss these candid Q&As — or her first article, sharing why these stories are important, and how her role has changed amidst a global pandemic. 

from her perspective

I had my first taste of entrepreneurship while I was in my first year of university. My neighbours down the street, a couple with young kids, asked me if I could manage their ice cream shop over the summer. The work was hard, the hours were long — but over those three months, I came to love it. My experience in that little ice cream shop made me appreciate how entrepreneurs can become so absorbed with their business.

Laura Didyk

I had my first taste of entrepreneurship while I was in my first year of university. My neighbours down the street, a couple with young kids, asked me if I could manage their ice cream shop over the summer. The work was hard, the hours were long — but over those three months, I came to love it. My experience in that little ice cream shop made me appreciate how entrepreneurs can become so absorbed with their business.

Laura Didyk
more about laura

Laura Didyk is Vice President and National Lead Women Entrepreneurs at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).  In this role, she leads the bank’s national strategy to support Canadian women entrepreneurs and ensures that strategy is integrated across the entire bank.

Laura has always been passionate about entrepreneurship. Since 1994, she has held progressively senior roles at BDC across many divisions of the bank. From consulting and finance, to branch support and subordinate financing, Laura has worked with all types of entrepreneurs, at all stages of their business, helping them access the advice and capital needed to grow and succeed. Through this experience, she consistently saw one gap: a lack of women.

Since 2015, Laura has been an ally and advocate for female business owners and leaders. She began as the regional Women Entrepreneurs Lead in the prairies helping drive the bank’s strategy and securing local champions. Today, she drives the bank’s mandate to support women entrepreneurs across Canada. She is a sought after speaker and presenter on the topic of women entrepreneurship and leadership and regularly mentors and coaches female entrepreneurs.

Having lived and worked in Calgary for over 20 years, Laura spends as much time as she can in the mountains skiing and hiking with her husband and two daughters. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), she holds a Business degree and a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Manitoba. Laura also serves on Women Business Enterprises Canada’s (WBE Canada) Board of Directors, and on WEConnect International’s Expert Advisory Council on How to Connect Access to Markets to Access to Finance for Women Business Owners.