Pamela Palmater is currently the Chair in Indegenous Governance whose family origins lie in the Eel River Bard First Nation in New Brunswick. She is a Mi’kmaq lawyer, a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Palmater has spent over ten years working for the federal government on issues relating to Aboriginals.
Has launched numerous startups, but in 2011 she started Ladies Learning Code. It is now a national non-profit serving Canadians in over 22 cities throughout the country. In addition, she has recently launched HackerYou, which is a based in Toronto. 70% of the students in the program are women. A boot camp that serves over 650 students a year. Her goal is to expose women and girls to programming and technology.
The CEO of her own company called Venture Communications and numerous partnerships with Canadian entrepreneurs during her time on Dragons’ Den. She is able to teach them the power of technology, e-commerce to grow their businesses and adapt to meet the market needs. She is always encouraging entrepreneurs to innovate by thinking of how they can meet the changing needs of consumers.
An entrepreneur that started from writing a blog during her time at Ryerson University about DIYs and crafting. From there she transitioned her focus to social media accounts, which included YouTube. From then on she has created a platform on YouTube and over the years grown with over 8.4 million subscribers. In addition, has grown by collaborating with Ardene on a clothing line. From starting as a blogger, Lauren has turned her passion into her business as a fellow women entrepreneur.