Janice McDonald


The Beacon Agency

Janice McDonald M.A. ICD.D M.F.A.

Janice McDonald is a sought-after speaker, advisor and leadership expert. An award-winning serial entrepreneur, she has expertise in the music industry, ( CD Warehouse) apparel/accessories and start-ups. She has Leadership training from Harvard and INSEAD and she was appointed to Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. She has many career achievements including driving the financial turnaround and re-branding of Women in Communications and Technology as Board chair 2013 to 2015. She is of Chair of International Women’s Forum Canada Ottawa Chapter and Board director with Futurpreneur, Ashbury College and Ottawa Senators Foundation.  She is the co-author of the ground-breaking national study released in 2016 called “A Force to Reckon With: Women Entrepreneurs and Their Approach to Risk.”

WXN recognized Janice as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and she was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame. She was awarded the World of Difference 100 Award in Washington from The International Alliance for Women, a National Leadership Award from Canadian Women in Communications and  WCT’s Chairs Award of Distinction in 2016. She has a B.A. in Communications, M.A., ICD.D designation, certification in conflict resolution from CICR and an MFA. Her latest start up is: www.thisspaceworks.com. She is President and founder of The Beacon Agency, a boutique advisory firm working with innovative brands to make the good they go count. It offers customized breakthrough insights in entrepreneurship, business strategy and leadership training. She also is an Advisor for Cornell Queens EMBA program and works with international executives on New Venture/Management Consulting Projects and she is an advisor for Sprott School of Business Carleton University.