I call the meeting to order.
Today we have three witnesses.
One is from the home riding of our member from St. John's. Welcome, Madam Sheppard.
We also have with us Mary Anderson and Stephanie Fontaine, from Women Business Enterprises Canada Council, WBE Canada. Welcome. Thank you for being here.
Madam Sheppard, I believe you have an opening statement. We'll start with you, and then we'll go to our in-house witnesses. We'll follow that with our normal round of seven-minute questions. Please proceed.