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Business Intelligence Webinar – How digital adoption can quickly transform your business and help you grow

June 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Studies show that Canadian businesses who use digital technologies enjoy higher sales growth and are better at handling economic shocks and exporting. Conversely, entrepreneurs who lack a digital strategy don’t perform as well and risk getting left behind. The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), by the Government of Canada, helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adopt digital technologies to increase their competitiveness.

Join BDC experts and benefit from our advice on how to apply for the CDAP program and accelerate your digital adoption. This new program was designed to help businesses with more than $500,000 of revenues invest in all types of technologies, from software, computers and online technology to larger ERP or CRM systems.

Here’s why you should join

  1. Better understand digital technologies and why they help companies perform better.
  2. Find out more about the CDAP Program and why it’s a can’t-miss-opportunity to go digital.
  3. How you could get a 0% interest loan of up to $100K.

Click here to register!

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Meet Our Speaker

Kelly Gardiner

Kelly is an enthusiastic Finance professional with a passion for helping Canadian entrepreneurs grow & succeed. She has worked for the Business Development Bank of Canada for over 7 and a half years, assisting hundreds of local business owners accomplish a wide range of growth projects. Through the BDC, Kelly offers a tailored, end-to-end approach to business financing and advisory services for businesses at every stage, ranging from start-ups to large & mature companies in Ottawa and the surrounding areas.

Kelly graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management in 2014 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 2015, she joined BDC as an Analyst for the Growth & Transition Capital division of the Bank, working on a wide range of complex transactions, offering customized financing options such a mezzanine, cash-flow, and quasi-equity loans. In 2018 she made the move to Kingston, Ontario to advance her business development skills as an Account Manager in the financing division of BDC. She has since managed a portfolio of 50-75 clients, helping local entrepreneurs achieve their business goals through financing & advisory services, while building a diverse network of professional contacts. In May 2023, she returned to Ottawa to work with the Ottawa West team as a Senior Account Manager in Financing. She has also been an active champion for BDC’s Women Entrepreneur initiative for the past 5 years, actively participating in WE events, promoting women in business locally, and most recently volunteering as a Client Diversity Ambassador for the area to support more entrepreneurs who consistently face common challenges, from unconscious bias, to lack of funds and networks they need to thrive.

Arinola Kayode-Fadare

Ari is a financial professional with experience spanning 2 decades and 3 continents. She recently joined BDC as an Account Manager with the Entrepreneurship Centre team. Prior to BDC, Ari was a self-employed financial consultant. She has worked in various capacities in financial institutions in Lagos, Dublin, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

After graduating with a BSc in Economics, Ari started her career as a corporate banking relationship manager with the oil and gas group of Fidelity Bank, Lagos. Then moved on to the beautiful city of Bath in England to complete an MSc. in International Development at the university of Bath. She then got married and moved to Dublin Ireland where she held several positions in retail banking from mortgages to Investment sales and branch management before her family finally decided to settle in Canada 10 years ago where she went on to work with some major Canadian financial institutions before joining BDC.

When she is not working, Ari is either writing, reading, hosting friends or ferrying her three teenagers between volleyball, basketball and soccer.

As an entrepreneur and a visible minority woman, Ari is personally and professionally committed to helping all entrepreneurs grow their business to full potential and specifically help break down barriers to access for minority groups.



June 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm