Franchise Canada Chats PodcastSeason 7

Season 7 Episode 13 | Mr. Appliance & Glass Doctor: Women in Franchising with Ellena Francey and Katharine Leaman

Today we’re joined by Ellena Francey, of Mr. Appliance of Newmarket and Barrie and Katharine Leaman of Glass Doctor of Durham Region.  

Ellena made the jump from a career in print media into her Mr. Appliance franchise, while a recession raged on.  Katharine embarked on her entrepreneurial journey in the spring of 2021 after a varied career with stints as a nurse and as a ballerina. 

Tune in to hear more about their journeys into franchising and their strategies and advice for other women in franchising. 

The Canadian Franchise Association also has special services to empower female entrepreneurs. The elevate and empower series has sessions to equip aspiring female franchisees with the necessary tools, insights, and inspirations to overcome obstacles and achieve success. For more information or to register for an Elevate and Empower session, head to

On this episode of Franchise Canada Chats, we discuss:

  • The benefits of working with a franchise broker in the due diligence process;
  • Removing the barrier toward women in leadership in franchising;
  • Strategies for women entrepreneurs considering franchising as a career path;
  • and so much more!
Gary Prenevost, president, FranNet of Southern Ontario and Eastern Canada; Ellena Francey of Mr. Appliance of Newmarket and Barrie; Katharine Leaman of Glass Doctor of Durham region