MEDA Chapter - Winnipeg

Chapter Chair: Brent Kroeker
Tel: 204-943-6828 

Winnipeg Frances FortuneMEDA Winnipeg Lunch

Join us for lunch on February 7 to learn more about how MEDA is providing opportunities for women and youth in Nigeria by improving performance of 16,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Nigeria WAY project is funded by Global Affairs Canada and is located in Bauchi state. It has three objectives – two are about improving the business environment and women’s ability to do business in Bauchi state in agro processing activities of groundnuts, rice and soybean. The third objective is more social in nature and focuses on the issue of social risks to young women as they enter the market economy. Signed at the end of March 2017, the project is finalising recruitment of 18 staff members and setting up the required infrastructure including office, vehicles and planning the onboarding of staff.

Speaker: Frances Fortune is a senior project manager in MEDA's West Africa and Middle East, North Africa region (WAMENA) and manages the Youth Empowerment and Women’s Empowerment project in Northern Nigeria from the Waterloo office. Frances worked for 28 years in Africa mainly in the peace and conflict space with NGOs, and returned to Canada in 2011 to undertake a PhD in Global Governance at Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. With her family, Frances ran an agribusiness in Sierra Leone for over 15 years managing an oil palm plantation and associated agricultural activities including honey production.

Date: Wednesday, February 7
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Bergmann’s on Lombard, 620 – 167 Lombard Ave.
Cost: $25
RSVP: the sooner the better! But no later than January 31, please. Please contact Duane Penner at (204)947-7185 or

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