Gender Lens Investing 101

How to Maximize Returns by Investing in Women-led Businesses

Type: Canada-wide (VIRTUAL), Eastern Ontario (VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON)

For: Accredited Investors (Individuals, Families, Foundations, Faith-based Organizations, Staff of Investment Funds or Institutional Investors)

Course Description

Get started on your Gender Lens Investing (GLI) journey with our free self-paced introductory virtual course, Gender Lens Investing 101, designed for all Canadian accredited investors who are eager to begin or advance their understanding of GLI principles.

Learn what gender lens investing is, how you can embed GLI into your investment process, how to measure GLI impact, what  frameworks are being used by gender lens investors, and more – all from the comfort of your own home.

For Eastern Ontario Investors

Discover our additional free exclusive course designed for individuals, families, foundations, and faith-based organizations based in Eastern Ontario – Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario Investors.

Sign up to receive access to the Gender Lens Investing 101 self-serve virtual curriculum, plus, in-person opportunities in Eastern Ontario to attend live pitch sessions, engaging networking sessions and local storytelling.

Enhance your understanding of gender lens investing while actively engaging in person industry professionals and peers.

*Eastern Ontario includes the cities of Ottawa, Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston and Pembroke, the towns of Gananoque, Prescott and Smiths Falls, and the counties of Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Lanark, Renfrew, Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington.

Key Features of Gender Lens Investing 101 and Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario Investors


Flexibility: Self-paced learning allows participants to progress at their own pace, accommodating busy schedules and commitments – all from the comfort of your own space.


Engaging Content: Benefit from expertly crafted modules and workshops, live office hours, engaging guest lectures, interactive peer-to-peer connections, and thought-provoking discussions that enrich your understanding of GLI.


Multilingual Access: Our course is available not only in English, but also in French.


In Person Opportunities (EASTERN ONTARIO ONLY): Participate in live pitch sessions, engaging networking sessions, and storytelling showcasing local case studies from the region. 

How the Course Works

The course will include the following:

Learning Modules

These modules are available to all registrants:

Module 1 – Introduction to Gender Lens Investing. Learn what GLI is, the challenges GLI addresses, how GLI shows up across the spectrum of capital, and why you should invest with a gender lens.

Module 2 – Evaluating your IPS. Understand bias in the investment process and how you can embed gender lenses into your investment process.

Module 3 – Opportunities for investing in women-led and -serving businesses. What is the scale and scope of women-led and -serving businesses in Canada and beyond? 

Module 4 – Measuring Impact. How do you measure GLI impact? What are frameworks being used by gender lens investors?

Module 5 – Live Reverse Pitch. Opportunity to connect with investors.


Guest Lectures



Live Office Hours



Live pitch sessions, in-person networking, storytelling sessions (EASTERN ONTARIO ONLY)



And best of all, free

This program is free of charge for participants.


Key Learning Outcomes


    Acquire a comprehensive understanding of Gender Lens Investing principles.


    Develop the skills to integrate GLI into diverse investment themes and strategies. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    “The enrollment form is the same for ‘Gender Lens Investing 101’ and ‘Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario Investors’. Is this a mistake?”

    No, this is not a mistake.

    If you are from Eastern Ontario and wish to be enrolled into the ‘Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario’ course, please indicate in the enrollment form that you are from Eastern Ontario (see question 2 of the form).

    If you are not from Eastern Ontario, indicate your location on question 2 of the form, and you will be enrolled into the basic ‘Gender Lens Investing 101’ course.

    “What is the difference between ‘Gender Lens Investing 101’ and ‘Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario Investors?'”

    Our standard ‘Gender Lens Investing 101’ course is available to all Canadian accredited investors.

    ‘Gender Lens Investing 101: For Eastern Ontario Investors’ is tailored to Eastern Ontario accredited investors.

    See chart below for course feature differences in both courses.



    This course widened my understanding of the GLI framework beyond just ‘investing in women founders’ to also include access to capital, workplace equity, and products & services. The framing of “women as catalyst for societal change and new opportunities” was inspiring! I found the course content empowers investors to embrace a more inclusive and sustainable approach to their overall business decisions. As an educator myself, I can attest that the curriculum design and comprehensive content provided a foundational knowledge of the principles, practices and opportunities associated with gender lens investing. The flexible learning options also allowed for accommodating diverse learning preferences and schedules. The engaging content, dynamic multimedia resources, and real-world relevance through examples, made the course both engaging and insightful! -Jaswinder Kaur, Professor, School of Business – Algonquin College

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