Monday, May 9, 2011
Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the second week of May in Saskatchewan, we celebrate Women Entrepreneurs Week. In 2010 over 33,000 women were self-employed in this province. This has a significant and an increasing impact on Saskatchewan’s employment and economic activity.
One woman entrepreneur in particular has had an incredibly successful year. When she started her business, Rachel Mielke wanted to create an investment-worthy jewellery line that is fashionable, beautiful, and functional. The designer and owner of Hillberg & Berk, an attainable luxury jewellery line, has succeeded tremendously on all these counts.
Rachel launched her jewellery business in 2007 and since then has achieved much renown. She has appeared everywhere from CBC’s [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] Dragon’s Den, where she convinced Brett Wilson to invest in her company, to the Oscar red carpet where she was invited to attend the pre-Oscar luxury gifting lounge in 2008. Today, celebrities including Sarah McLachlan, Michelle Obama, Carrie Underwood, and Celine Dion wear her luxury pieces. Recently, Rachel was named the Business Development Bank of Canada’s 2011 Young Entrepreneur Award winner for Saskatchewan.
Small business is the backbone of our province and woman are leading
the way. Rachel is a wonderful role model for women entrepreneurs,
for all entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. She has turned her passion
for fashion in jewellery into a business success. Mr. Speaker, I
ask all members to join me in celebrating Rachel’s achievements,
as well as all women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. Thank you.