Startup Comox Valley co-lead, Nazaneen Dizai was proud to represent Comox Valley entrepreneurs in Ottawa in October, at Startup Canada Day on the Hill where she met with Members of Parliament, Ministers and Parliamentary Committees to promote the role of entrepreneurs in Canada and help to create the conditions for their success. Startup Canada Day on the Hill is the largest annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, anchor companies, investors, industry leaders, media and government decision-makers to raise the bar in building Canada as an innovative, entrepreneurial nation.

Nazaneen Dizai joined a national delegation of 50 leading entrepreneurs to give a voice to the 2.3 million entrepreneurs in Canada. They provided direct input to the Government of Canada on issues of tax, procurement, trade, technology, inclusivity and culture. Nazaneen met with Courtenay-Port Alberni MP Gord Johns to highlight the broader issues facing Comox Valley entrepreneurs and make recommendations to achieve better outcomes and improve the entrepreneurial climate for the region. This included the issue of a fragmented and often siloed approach to supporting local entrepreneurs. Mr. Johns supports Startup Comox Valley’s proposed solution to this gap for local entrepreneurs, which includes working to build meaningful and collaborative relationships with all local entrepreneur-focused organizations.

“Providing entrepreneurs with a platform to voice their opinion to government is essential if Canada wants to remain competitive in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Victoria Lennox, Co-Founder and CEO of Startup Canada. “We are thrilled that Nazaneen was a voice and champion for entrepreneurs in the Comox Valley and across Canada.” “Startup Canada Day on the Hill allowed our small community to have valuable face-to-face time with the decision makers of our country,” states Nazaneen Dizai, Co-Lead of Startup Comox Valley. “It was a week of meaningful engagement that allowed Startup Comox Valley to clearly communicate to the rest of Canada that the Comox Valley is a thriving hub for entrepreneurs who are making an impact and accelerating change in our economy.”

Startup Canada is the national rallying brand, platform and voice for Canada’s entrepreneurship community. The Startup Canada Communities network is its flagship program that connects local entrepreneurs to each other and to a national network of opportunities, initiatives and a voice to government.

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About Startup Comox Valley

Startup Comox Valley is part of a national network aiming to ensure that entrepreneurs of today and the generations to follow will have the necessary tools to succeed! The Startup Canada communities program empowers and equips entrepreneurs and those driving local entrepreneurial and economic development activities with the framework, tools, resources, promotional support and network to build and accelerate the growth of grassroots entrepreneurial communities. Startup Comox Valley’s mission is to partner with local organizations to build capacity for resource sharing and collaboration in an effort to improve the local entrepreneur experience and attract startups to the region.

About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit


Nazaneen Dizai

Co-Lead, Startup Comox Valley