New Year New You (NYNY) is a one-day entrepreneurial exploration conference for women who are ready to make a change in their life and want to explore how building a business can provide them with freedom, flexibility, and income.

New Year New You is powered by Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre , (co)space and SMRT POP UPS in partnership with Yukon Economic Development, Yukon Health and Social Services , Yukon Women’s Directorate and CCI at Yukon College.

Launching a business can offer many benefits from being in charge of your own schedule to living your strengths and passions and creating an income for your family. Women in business face unique challenges and this conference is designed to inspire you with real success stories from women in our community, support you in exploring your entrepreneurial style and sparking your idea, and showcase the supports that exist to make your dreams a reality.

Do you have a creative idea or a passion that you want to share with the world?

Whether you are ready to do something you feel passionate and energized about, or you want to bring positive change to your community, NYNY will give you inspiration, ideas, contacts, and an action plan to get you started.

Don’t have an idea yet, but are ready to explore whether entrepreneurship is for you?

If you’re looking to have control of your schedule, gain financial independence, or try something new, starting a business can be quite rewarding. NYNY can help you discover the right business for you and what steps to take next.

NYNY is an intensive one-day conference that will help you get started on your entrepreneurial journey. Through facilitated hands-on workshops and panels featuring local female entrepreneurs, get ready to uncover your strengths, connect with a community of support, and get inspired to take your idea and turn it into a reality.

Conference Features

Get inspired

Women come into entrepreneurship for all reasons and from all situations. With panels and keynotes, you will hear from local female entrepreneurs who have used their passion and determination to build a successful business. Get inspired by their diverse stories to follow  your own business dreams.

Discover and unleash your strengths

Each of us is exceptional and talented in unique ways. Identifying the strengths and skills that are your greatest assets is the first step to uncovering which business activities and ideas are a best fit for you. Through a hands-on workshop, you will uncover your top strengths that will help you succeed as an entrepreneur.

Turn your idea into a reality

Whether you already have an idea or you’re still trying to find the perfect one, it can be challenging to know how to get started. After the facilitated hands-on breakout sessions, you’ll walk away having figured out the perfect passion-fueled business idea and knowing exactly what steps to take next.

Connect and build a network of support

Meet other women exploring entrepreneurship and create your own community to support you throughout your journey.


Why are we focusing on women?


When starting a business, women have unique needs and challenges. Some are personal challenges – they are more likely to overextend themselves and more likely to have to assume the responsibilities and heavy lifting of childcare. Women are also more likely to fear failure and less likely to take risks, which can get in the way of jumping in and sticking it out as an entrepreneur.

Other challenges  are systemic – and we may feel little control to change them.  Professional women aren’t taken seriously, raising capital is more difficult for female-run businesses, and women earn less on the dollar, which can make it harder to build up a comfortable financial base to start from.

We can empower women and support them in succeeding in business through programs that address their challenges and needs. By focusing on women, we offer them opportunities to shine and to build support networks and communities to help them throughout their journeys.


Saturday January 27, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 4:30pm (conference) + 4:30 – 6pm (Networking Happy Hour)

Cost: $50 – sponsored tickets are available

Lunch, snacks and coffee provided

Childminding provided (more info soon…)




9:30am-10:00am Registration

10:00am – 10:10am  Welcome

10:10am – 11:00am  The New Me: Accepting My Past and Rocking My Future: Rebuilding My life with Entrepreneurship

with Betty Skoke Burns of Angelina’s Toy Boutique & Tara Larkin of Pursuit Coaching Services

11:00am – 11:05am Break

11:05am – 12:30pm  Leveraging Our Strengths for Success: Strengths Finder™ Session

12:30pm -1:00pm  Catered Lunch 

1:00pm – 2:00pm  Discovery Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions are designed to help you work out your next move  whether you are thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time or have been working an idea in your head for a while the. All participants will be assigned a session based on their registration form.

A) Discovering your Entrepreneur Personality

with Sofia Fortin – SMRT POP UPS

Not sure if entrepreneurship is right for you? Wondering what strengths you bring to your business? Wondering about how to overcome your fears? In this session we will explore your entrepreneur personality and work through your business questions to see how running your own business can be possible for your unique personality and lifestyle.

B) Narrowing Your Ideas: Merging Passion and Purpose

with Tara Larkin – Pursuit Coaching Services

Do you have a million business ideas, or are you sure you want to run a business of some kind but you are not sure what your big idea is? In this session Tara will walk you through where passion and purpose meet and help you develop a checklist to evaluate your business ideas for the best fit for success.

C) Business Planning & Feasibility: Next steps for my idea

with Patti Balsillie, BA, CAE, EQAT, ICD.D – Tourism, Strategy and Engagement Specialist Management Consulting

Have you been thinking about a specific business idea for a while now? Are you ready to dive in but you are not sure what your next steps are? In this session, Patti will walk you through the basics of testing your business idea, exploring its feasibility and putting together the building blocks of your business plan.

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Break

2:15pm – 3:15pm  Panel: Stories of Transition into Entrepreneurship

Facilitated by Selene Vakharia – SMRT POP UPS

We’ll hear from a range of business owners about how they started their business, what helped them make the leap, how they found the money and the tools they needed and much more.

3:15pm – 3:30pm  Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm  The Whitehorse Ecosystem: The Community That Has Your Back

Successful entrepreneurs don’t go it alone. Learn about the community of supports that are available to help you fund, operate and grow your business in the Yukon.

Presentations by:

  • (co)space – Yukon’s co-working space, the home of Startup Whitehorse and the Canada Business Network
  • Cold Climate Innovation  – dedicated to  the development, commercialization and export of sustainable cold climate technologies and related solutions for subarctic regions around the world.
  • SMRT WOMEN by SMRT POP UPS – a community of women entrepreneurs here to support and inspire you
  • YG – Department of Economic Development offering a variety of programs and funds for business, industry and communities to help develop and maintain a sustainable and competitive Yukon economy.

4:45pm – 6:00pm  Making Connections Reception
Cash bar, snacks and a chance to connect with speakers, panelists and your favourite folks from the day.





How do I register?



You can register online here: REGISTER NOW!

We’ll ask you a few quick questions about you so we can match you with the right workshop stream for the day and make sure you get the most out of your New Year New You experience.

If you need financial assistance, please contact Lauren at 867-333-5708 or [email protected]. Sponsored tickets are limited: on A First-come, First-served Basis!



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