Startup Canada CEO, Kayla Isabelle, wins Report on Business magazine’s 2023 Changemakers award from The Globe and Mail

OTTAWA, ON – February 24, 2023 | Startup Canada is pleased to announce that CEO, Kayla Isabelle, has been named a 2023 Report on Business magazine Changemaker.

Changemakers is an editorial award program produced by Report on Business magazine at The Globe and Mail. This program celebrates emerging business leaders who are making a difference in their industry with their ideas, accomplishments, and impact.

As CEO of Startup Canada, Kayla has dedicated her career to supporting entrepreneurs and is passionate about leveraging the power of storytelling in the business community, particularly for women entrepreneurs, as the host of the Startup Women Podcast. Kayla is also the Founding Executive Director of the Innovators and Entrepreneurs Foundation, Board Member at the Ottawa Board of Trade, Past-President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Ottawa Chapter, and Board Member at StartUP Sault Ste. Marie. 

“I am honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Changemakers award and to be amongst such great company with my fellow recipients,” says Kayla Isabelle. “Every day, I get to work with and hear from the incredible people that make up Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and be a part of the many changes being made to make Canada the best place to start a business.”

The Globe and Mail solicited nominations for the Changemakers award in the fall of 2022. Winners were selected by The Globe and Mail’s award-winning editorial team for their bold notions and leadership, as determined by their nominations, subsequent interviews, and reference checks. Kayla is one of 50 winners of the Changemakers award.

“As the world grapples with new challenges from greening the economy to adjusting to the new geopolitical reality, the Canadian business community needs new ideas and bold leaders,” says Dawn Calleja, editor of Report on Business magazine. “The Changemakers program aims to highlight 50 people who are taking on pressing issues and turning ideas into impact.”

Editorial coverage of the 2023 Changemakers is in the March 2023 issue of Report on Business magazine, distributed with The Globe and Mail on Saturday, February 25th, 2023 and online at


About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 300,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Canada serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population. Learn more at 

About The Globe and Mail 

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 6.1 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.5 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.