About Mary

Mary Doyle describes herself as a crystal ball engineer- equal parts futurist and problem solver. She is a writer, program developer, and consultant with over 28 years of experience working in all three sectors (private, nonprofit and government).

In 2017, Mary founded Rural on Purpose, a social enterprise business with a global mission to change the course of rural communities. Rural on Purpose aids to introduce a new era of rural leadership, confidence and prosperity to rural communities. Mary leads a Rural on Purpose membership group and heads an innovative community incubator program- The Rural on Purpose Beta Lab. The Beta Lab builds and pilots community development projects.

Mary has been recognized in all areas of her professional development. Startup Canada named her the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Icon of 2020. She was also named Business Person of the Year and was the recipient of a top teaching award for the most outstanding qualities of Scholarship, Teaching Ability and Character. She was also recognized by the Prime Minister for her commitment to advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

While entrepreneurship remains at the heart of her work, Mary uses her experiences in the field to bring about change to any area. Her presentations are the perfect combination of seriousness and levity as she works to redefine and reposition rural for the future.

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