CFN – Fiona Gilligan is a true rarity in Canada. A self made woman who has juggled single parenting and creating a huge success story at a business level.
Her dad was a Canadian Forces Pilot and her mom taught Kindergarten; not the background of a powerhouse business person who can buy and sell businesses and give council to leaders.
But after selling her company; one of Canada’s largest ever Trauma services, she wondered what is the next chapter in her story and has focused on mentoring and coaching other entrepreneurs to become successful; something that she’s passionate about.
So much so that she’s quickly becoming an investor and mentor of choice in Canada for entrepreneurs.
She talked to CFN about how she got to where she is today and where she’s hoping to be tomorrow and about how truly important being an entrepreneur is from personal entrepreneurship to running multi-million dollar Canadian companies employing hundreds of people.
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Fiona talks a lot about breaking barriers which is a huge challenge for most entrepreneurs, male or female. It’s not all red carpet, glory and riches. In fact most attempts at self-employment fail without the proper preparation and networking; something Ms Gilligan talks about one on one with entrepreneurs or when she speaks in public which she has been doing more and more which is why she was nominated in 2011 and in 2012 for the RBC Top 100 Canadian Woman Entrepreneurs.
She’s also passionate about investing the profits from entrepreneurial success. Her passion at this level is real estate where she made a huge splash in Ottawa after saving a historic block of apartments that were ravaged by fire.
Part 2 of our Interview
Right now she’s hard at work with a few projects that she’s an investor in and belongs to a few Business Incubators in addition to her speaking appearances.
She’s also preparing a huge travelling project that will highlight Female Founders in Canada.