In March 2019, the federal government announced the appointment of seven women entrepreneurs to an Expert Panel that will advise on the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) led by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Virginia McGowan PhD is the member from the Atlantic Region.

The Expert Panel met with the ISED WES Secretariat by teleconference three times and will meet together in Ottawa, Ontario, in May 2019.

The work of the Expert Panel will be concluded by December 2019.