Barb Stegemann returning to Timmins for Social Enterprise Roundtable

Media Release
Monday, December 10, 2018
For immediate release

Barb Stegemann, a “Top Game Changer” on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, CEO and founder of The 7 Virtues, and a Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada will deliver a keynote address in Timmins.

Stegemann is the keynote speaker at the Timmins Social Enterprise Roundtable February 27th, 2019, hosted by the Business Enterprise Centre and NORDIK Institute, as part of ONE Social Enterprise Partnership, Northern Region (SEE). Barb will share how she launched her social enterprise out of her garage and went on to become the first Canadian brand available in the new “Clean at Sephora” space across Canada and the USA in Sephora.

Barb Stegemann launched her social enterprise after her best friend, a solider, was severely wounded in Afghanistan. She created The 7 Virtues, a perfume company that ethically sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil, and supports these communities with proceeds of the business.

Barb’s compelling story is sure to ignite more social entrepreneurs at the conference by showing them what social enterprise can accomplish,” said Maggie Matear, Director of Community Economic Development at the Timmins Economic Development Corporation “We’re excited to hear her insights on building a successful social business,” she added.

“The event will give entrepreneurs a chance to hear from experts in social entrepreneurship, and some tools to develop a social enterprise of their own,” said Natasha Chalwell, Social Entrepreneurship Events Coordinator at the Business Enterprise Centre.

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For more information, please contact Kelsey Luxton, communications coordinator at or (705) 360-2600 x 7083.

 About the Business Enterprise Centre

The Business Enterprise Centre helps entrepreneurs start or expand a business. We are a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and funded by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. We are hosted by the Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

About the NORDIK Institute 

Algoma University’s community based research organization whose goal is to build Northern Ontario’s capacity to conduct research that contributes to social, economic and environmental justice in rural, Indigenous and northern communities and provides evidence for informed policy and decision making.

About SEE

Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (SEE) is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Social Enterprise Partnership. Other partners include the Northwest Regional Innovation Centre in Thunder Bay, the Business Enterprise Centre in Timmins, YouLaunch in Sault Ste. Marie and the PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise in Thunder Bay. The partnership helps enterprises develop the fundamentals to start and grow by providing training and mentorship. It is funded in part by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.