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About WEConnect International in Canada

WEConnect International has been active in Canada since the beginning of 2008 working with strategic partners, government agencies, corporate members and outstanding women business owners across the country.

WEConnect International is proud to be the exclusive global partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the U.S. WEConnect International leverages this strong long-term partnership to provide opportunity to the organizations WEConnect International partners with in all target countries, including Canada. Together, WEConnect International and WBENC are responsible for ensuring universal women's business enterprise certification standards and processes are maintained by our respective affiliates and local partner organizations. 

 Get certified today to connect with more than 70 multinational corporations! 

News and Events

Calendar

* June 20, Orlando, Florida, WEConnect International Day Conference  

* November 7- 8, Toronto, WEConnect International in Canada national conference, “Power the Economy: Growing Women Owned Businesses in Canada” 


VIVOSmall Business Productivity Training Program

WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise VIVO team offers online testing, training and tracking with its web-based team productivity packages, so that companies can increase their ability to perform and grow. As well, as teams become more functional and productive, employees gain insights and confidence on how to become a member of a highly functioning team. This program has been designed for small businesses and the solopreneur who is looking for development but may not have a team to train with.

This course is available to 1 to 4 employees: Micro-enterprise (M-E) and 5 to 100: Small business.

Learn more.


Event: "Corporations and Women Entrepreneurs: Changing the World Together through Diversity"

Date: May 25, 2016

Time: 8:00 - 10:00am EST

Location: Baker & McKenzie, Brookfield Place, Suite 2100, 181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

Register: http://globalcompact.ca/events/corporations-women-entrepreneurs-changing-the-world-together-through-diversity 

Helle Bank Jorgenson President,The Global Compact Canada Network, and Astrid Pregel Executive Director, WEConnect International in Canada invite you to converse, network, and share best practices at “Corporations & Women Entrepreneurs: Changing the World together through Diversity.”

The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with over 13,000 CEO-backed participants in 170 countries. Its Canadian chapter, the Global Compact Canada Network engages with more than 100 corporations from the private and public sector.

WEConnect International connects women’s enterprise to market opportunities and is a global leader in supplier diversity for women. WEConnect International is sponsored by over 55 corporations with a supply chain valued in excess of a trillion dollars annually.

The Program:

 8:00 - 8:30 am  Networking & Coffee
 8:30 - 8:40 am  Introductory Remarks by Kevin Coon, Managing Partner & Human Rights Lawyer, Baker & McKenzie LLP
 8:40 - 9:10 am  Panel Supplier Diversity: The Positive Economics of Diverse Supply Chains
 9:10 - 9:40 am  Panel Compliance & Diversity Issues in the Supply Chain
 9:40 - 10:00 am  Questions & Networking

Check back soon for RSVP information.


Event: Certified Women’s Business Enterprises are Invited to TD's Supplier Diversity Workshop

TD BanksmDate: Monday, May 9, 2016

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: TD Creekside - Building 1, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka, 4720 Tahoe Boulevard, Mississauga, ON L4W 5P2

Join the sixth and final in this series of TD hosted workshops when Procurement Manager Grant Van Rensburg shares more insights on procurement in a large corporation. Topic is eSourcing, including eRFPs and Dynamic Sourcing, aka eAuctions. Grant will share background on how the use of this sourcing tool is expanding and will provide some tips on how to be prepared if invited to participate when bidding on business. A networking session will be hosted after the workshop by representatives from TD.

This workshop will be presented in one location only. As space is limited, attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

RSVP: By April 27, 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Limit 1 person per company. Include details on your certification with your RSVP.

Hosted by The Supplier Diversity Team at TD Bank Group


 

WEConnect International and Sodexo Canada Invite You to “Connecting with Corporations”

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Join us for an exclusive event to network with WEConnect International in Canada corporate members who are committed to doing business with women-owned businesses through supplier diversity and inclusion programs. We will have roundtables, conversation and presentations topped off by coffee, and light refreshments.

Meet corporate representatives from Sodexo Canada, as well as, Business Development Bank of Canada, EY, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International, TD Bank, and UPS!

Date: April 27, 2016 9:30-12:00

Location: Toronto Star Press Centre, One Century Place, Woodbridge, L4L 8R2

RSVP by sending your name, company and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 9:30 - 10:00 am   Registration & Coffee   
 10:00 - 10:05 am                                                                      Introductions  Michael Tobolski, Director of Corporate  Relations, WEConnect International 
 10:05 - 10:45 am            Panel Discussion: Why Do Corporations Seek to Purchase from  Diverse Suppliers? How can diverse suppliers can sell to  corporations  through supplier diversity and inclusion programs?  Moderator Michael Tobolski; Shiva Manishankar  Sodexo Canada Ltd.; Marcia Seymour, TD Bank;  Sharon Mark, UPS; Lori Benson, EY
 10:45 - 11:45 am  Networking Corporate hosted Roundtables - 4 rotations  Table Hosts: Sodexo, TD Bank, UPS, Marriott,  Johnson & Johnson,  BDC, EY 
 11:45 am - 12:00 pm          Gender Balance - Leadership   Marie-Helene Sicard, Senior Vice President  Corporate Services,  Sodexo Canada Ltd. 
 12:00 -  12:30 pm  Coffee and Networking   

WEConnect International in Canada joins the Business Women North American Summit

(March 14, 2016) The 2016 Summit is sponsored by Global Affairs Canada. It will be held in Atlanta from June 15 to 17 and in Orlando from June 20-23. The second part of the Summit of the Summit coincides with WEConnect International Day and the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair. Canadians who work as part of women-owned businesses are invited to register their interest in participating in one or both components of this trade mission.

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11 mai - “Cap vers la réussite” 

La conférence, Cap vers la réussite « Innover pour se démarquer », est une initiative du Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ). Seront présentes à cette conférence plus de 150 personnes : des entreprises dirigées par des femmes francophones de partout au Canada, des dirigeants d'entreprises multinationales et leurs acheteurs, de hauts fonctionnaires ainsi que plusieurs autres fournisseurs de services d'affaires importants. Le

programme de la conférence comprendra des conférenciers de renom, des panels de discussion, des rencontres de maillage pour les entreprises féminines certifiées, des tables rondes, une exposition avec kiosques, des activités de réseautage et plus. 

http://www.rfaq.ca/ 


 

2016 Acadian Entrepreneurs Gala Honors Laure Solange Pchamdja

On March 13, Laure Solange Pchamdja, founder of self-registered women-owned business Aldanel Authentic Products, received the “2016 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award” at the Acadian Entrepreneurs Gala on Prince Edward Island.

“Originally from the African country of Togo, Laure Solange Pchamdja immigrated to Canada 17 years ago and moved to Charlottetown in 2012. The following year, she established Aldanel Authentic Products Inc. She developed five different tomato sauces and gave them catchy names: Chili Tango, Carrot Symphony, Tomato Celebration, Rouge Poivron et Spinach Carnival. For the time being, she rents the cooking and bottling facilities at the Bio Tech Food Centre in Charlottetown to prepare and package her sauces. She provides work for 11 people. Aldanel sells its products all over the Maritime and Quebec.”

Read the Press Release. 


 

WEConnect Academy Live: All About Meetings

"Bottom Line: most meetings are a waste of time." - Renée Safrata

(March 1, 2016) Organizing an effective and productive meeting is a skill that must be learned. Nothing wastes more time and money than having 10 people sitting around a boardroom for an hour without a plan. 

After this informative session led by  Canadian woman business owner Renée Safrata,  CEO, VIVO Team, participants will:

o Learn about the different types of meetings and how they differ

o Learn about effective meeting processes 

o Commit to setting and achieving meeting goals 

You will gain an understanding of the importance of structures around meetings and the basic tools to get started.

 

Register Now.


 

Save the Date: WEConnect International in Canada National Conference

The 2016 WEConnect International in Canada National Conference will be held on November 7-8, 2016 at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. 

Learn more about the 2015 conference.


 

International Trade Minister Encourages Canadian Women-Owned Businesses 

Minister Cropped(November 17, 2015) The International Trade Minister and WEConnect International in Canada shone the spotlight on growth-oriented women entrepreneurs from across the country at the “Power the Economy” Conference and Trade show.

“There is enormous potential for Canadian women-owned businesses to thrive and succeed in international markets, especially with certification bodies such as WEConnect International in Canada,” says International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.

“We are delighted Minister of International Trade Freeland joined us to celebrate women-owned businesses. Her participation confirms the significance women business leaders play in the economy,” says Astrid Pregel, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Canada and President of Feminomics. “The unique networking and mentoring opportunities,   resulting from the supplier diversity programs of our corporate members, help women business owners  land concrete business leads and deals.”

WEConnect International in Canada’s 2015 “Power the Economy: Growing Women Owned Businesses in Canada” conference presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada offered a rich environment for corporations interested in diversifying their supply chains and growth oriented women-owned businesses.  To wrap up the event, the organization took time to recognize its exemplary women’s business enterprises, partners and corporate members: Lise Déziel, Majda Ficko, Jo-Ann Hayes, NLOWE, RFAQ and TD Bank Group.

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Success Story: Lise Déziel, Cordé Électrique

LISEFPLise Déziel was named a WEConnect International in Canada WBE of the Year on Nov. 13, 2015!

(November 17, 2015) Mme Déziel had been in the field of electrical wiring for 20 years before creating her own enterprise in 2010. Cordé Électrique has grown from 4 employees in 2010, to 45 employees in 2014.

In June 2015, Mme Déziel was invited by the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec and WEConnect International in Canada to attend the largest American  supplier diversity conference for women business owners in Austin, Texas. She hesitated but decided to join in at the last minute.  In just a few days at the conference, through the introductions made by WEConnect International,  a non-profit that connects women entrepreneurs to market opportunities in global chains. Ms. Déziel met with GM, FCA, Toyota, and others. These multinational corporations encouraged her to seek the certification from WEConnect International in Canada which certifies and trains women owned businesses to do business with large corporations which have supplier diversity and inclusion programs. 

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Success Story: Olen Cosmetics, Baby Butz

Majda Ficko was named a WEConnect International in Canada WBE of the Year on Nov. 13, 2015!

Ficko 500px(September 21, 2015) Did you know diaper rash is actually a chemical burn that can lead to infection? Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb chemicals from your personal care products? Did you know that some of the shampoos and creams for babies on the market today contain chemicals like formaldehyde?

WEConnect International certified woman business owner, award-winning entrepreneur, and mother Majda Ficko knows all to well and has created an all-natural diaper cream that works – Baby Butz. 

Majda gave birth to her son, Demitri, nearly 18 years ago. He was born prematurely and was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Cornelia de Lange. Against all odds, he is alive today. However, he must use a feeding tube for nourishment and forever be in diapers. 

Demitri has been prone to diaper rash his entire life. For several years, Majda tried numerous over-the-counter creams, but none seemed to work. She decided to work with a chemist to create exactly what she needed. She started doing research, approaching doctors, “Tell me what I need.” In the end, Majda and the chemist created an all-natural, safe, alcohol-free, and perfume-free product that really works.

“I didn’t make the product to sell,” says Majda. “I made it for Demitri. I remember how relieved I was, knowing he could sleep through the night, rash and pain free.”

In fact Majda had no plans to manufacture and sell her diaper cream, but Demitri’s doctors kept encouraging her to share the formulation so it could help other babies and children. Majda was convinced, and Baby Butz was born. 

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Make Your Nomination for the WEConnect International in Canada Awards

WEConnect International in Canada is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Supplier Diversity Awards, which honor corporations, WBEs, partners, and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to supplier diversity over the past year. Honorees will be announced during the Power the Economy conference. Nominations are due by October 14, 2015.

Download the nomination form.


CAMSC Interview with Lori Benson of EY

EY Logo(September 15, 2015) In this video, Ms. Benson talks about how EY promotes Supplier Diversity. EY is committed to maintaining a diverse supplier base and building relationships with suppliers who reflect the market, clients and communities they serve. They seek to actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers as an integral component of their strategic sourcing and procurement activity.

EY is among the many corporate members that will be represented at the Power the Economy conference this November 12-13 in Toronto Canada.

CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non profit membership organization governed by a board of Directors; comprised of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. The organization aims to boost economic development efforts and employment. Its mission is to champion business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginals and Minority suppliers. CAMSC will bring a small delegation to the annual conference, as well.

Watch the video.


WE-APEC Publishes Summary on Women's Economic Empowerment in Canada

(September 15, 2015) Canada has long supported women’s economic empowerment through its domestic and international policies. Canada has a number of government departments, financial institutions, NGOs, business associations, and women-owned enterprises aimed at advancing the economic contributions of women, within Canada and beyond. 

Read more.


Profiles in Success: Using the Women Owned Logo with Teach My & Imprint Plus

(July 23, 2015) Following up on the July 8 webinar on How to use the Women Owned Logo, WEConnect International invited two WBEs Christy Cook, CEO and Founder Teach My and Kristin MacMillan, President Imprint Plus to answer your questions about the Women-Owned logo based on their experience 

Hear how the CEOs of Canadian companies Teach My & Imprint Plus are using the women-owned logo to reach more customers and boost sales!


VIDEO: NLOWE - Redefining the supply chain 

(June 4, 2015) Female entrepreneurs in this province want to get more involved in the supply chain. Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs launched their new program aimed at getting bigger organizations to look at these women for contracts.

 


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In Conjunction with the WBENC National Conference, WEConnect International Presents International Day 2015 

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Location: Austin, TX

If your company is interested in the U.S. Market, seeks international business relationships, or wants to grow and expand, please join us for WEConnect International Day!

You will leave the conference with:

  • New contacts from potential business clients and partners
  • Stronger relationships with women business owners and corporate members in the WEConnect International network
  • Advanced knowledge, tools, and resources for leveraging the contacts and your network for future business success

Please NoteThis event is a by invitation only event. Anyone who registers is subject to verification and only a written confirmation from WEConnect International will be accepted at the door. Guests whom are not invited by WEConnect International will be put on a wait list to be confirmed a week prior to the event based on space availability. 


 

Herald Business: "Small business, big partners"

(March 27, 2015) The idea of a small business in Nova Scotia partnering with a blue-chip company like Walmart, 3M, or General Motors used to seem impossible. But thanks to three words – supplier diversity requirements – some of the biggest corporations in North America are extending a hand to the little guys…WEConnect International can help business owners identify major corporations that are seeking diverse suppliers…Companies like [WEConnect International Corporate Member] TD Bank have mentorship programs…"

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Make Your Women-Owned Business More Accessible for the FIFA Women's World Cup

(March 2015) The FIFA Women’s World Cup is Coming to Canada in 2015.  2015 will also see the Pan Am Games, World Master’s Games and the Women’s World Basketball Championships hosted right here.

Canada’s multicultural communities and extensive on-the ground expertise in 2015’s host cities ensure a rich pool of suppliers to support visiting soccer federations, sponsors and broadcasters. Cities include: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

Check out Supplier Diversity Canada to see how you can make your company more accessible when major events come your way.


Corporate Member TD Bank to Hold Supplier Diversity Workshop

Invitation

(February 2015) TD's Senior Manager, Vendor Management Centre of Excellence will provide an overview of vendor and performance management and what suppliers should be prepared for when dealing with large corporations. A networking session will be hosted after the workshop by representatives from TD.

.As space is limited, attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:30am – 11:00am

Where: TD Creekside – Building 1, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka, 4720 Tahoe Boulevard, Mississauga, ON L4W 5P2

RSVP: March 2, 2015 to Celina Paulino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Limit 1 person per company. Include a copy of your certification with your RSVP. Please include that you will attend the Ontario session when responding.

Hosted by: The Supplier Diversity Team at TD Bank Group

**By attending this session you agree to have your company information distributed and shared with all participants at the event.


Call for Applications: 2015 Cartier Women's Initiative Awards

The Cartier Awards are a business plan competition for start-ups led by women organized by Cartier in partnership with McKinsey, INSEAD business school and the Women’s Forum. It aims at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led start-ups, in all countries and industries.

The winners will receive a year of coaching, US$20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities as well as media exposure. 

The submission deadline this year is February 27, 2015.

Learn more and apply today!


WEConnect International in Canada Certfied Women-Owned Businesses Nominated for AWE Celebration of Achievement Award

(January 20, 2015) Six WEConnect International certified women's business enterprises have been nominated for Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' "AWE Celebration of Achievement Award." The AWE-Inspiring entrepreneurs include:

· Christina Forth-Matthews, AOG international

· Faith Grant, Rejuvination Health Services Inc.

· Michele Hecken, Alpha Translations Canada Inc.

· Tara Kelly, Splice Software

· Charlotee Larocque, Spirit Staffing

· Elvie Reinson, Ballast Environmental Consulting Ltd.

The recipient of the AWE Celebration of Achievement Award will be honored at the 2015 AWE Celebration of Achievement Award Gala on April 16, 2015. Reserve your seat online.

Learn more about WEConnect International's Seal of Certification and how WEConnect International in Canada can help you grow your business.


Corporate Member TD Bank to Hold Supplier Diversity Workshop

Invitation

(January 2015) TD's Head Procurement Risk & Performance Management will provide an overview of understanding how to do business in a highly regulated industry. Workshop facilitators will review key levers that influence the selection of supplier proposals based on a risk assessment. A networking session will be hosted after the workshop by representatives from TD.

As space is limited, attendees will be registered on a first come, first served basis.

When: Monday, February 9, 2015 8:30am – 11:00am

Where: TD Creekside – Building 1, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka, 4720 Tahoe Boulevard, Mississauga, ON L4W 5P2

RSVP: January 30, 2015 to Celina Paulino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Limit 1 person per company. Include a copy of your certification with your RSVP. Please include that you will attend the Ontario session when responding.

Hosted by: The Supplier Diversity Team at TD Bank Group

**By attending this session you agree to have your company information distributed and shared with all participants at the event.


 

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"How Women are Bridging the Gender Gap and Empowering Other Female Entrepreneurs"

From The Financial Post, December 14, 2014, quotes by Astrid Pregel, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Canada:

"Not only are we trying to figure out how to bring women into our leadership streams, but we need to get these women closer to those people who are trading our products and services."

"[At conferences] people can share stories: 'Ah it's not only me. Ah, this whole group has this issue.' That's going to lead to women doing business with each other."

Read the article.


ChristyCookSuccess Story: Teach My Toddler Inc. Connects with Walmart

(December 4, 2014) Just months after being certified as a women's business enterprise through WEConnect International, CEO and Founder of Teach My Toddler Inc. Christy Cook can expect to see Walmart put her educational learning toys in 2,000 U.S. stores in spring 2015. The Toronto businesswoman's products will be among the very first to be sold with the new "Women Owned" logo developed by WEConnect International and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council with support from Walmart.  

"For us, landing in Walmart U.S.A. is a huge accomplishment," said Cook, "and WEConnect International's certification process was critical to accessing this opportunity." 

Cook is a Toronto native who founded Teach My Toddler Inc. in 2007. Teach My provides parents, grandparents and caregivers with all-in-one learning kits and sets for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Requiring no screens, Teach My kits have everything necessary to teach little ones the basics. From ABC to 123 and everything in between, award-winning Teach My kits give children a head start, encourage one-on-one interaction and create a love for learning.  

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Renee Safrata Reflects on Winning WEConnect International's 2014 Women's Business Enterprise of the Year Award

(December 3, 2014) "It’s a fantastic thing to be recognized. Think about it, have you recognized one of your fellow coworkers in the past week? Or have you been recognized by either your leader or one of your peers in the past week? It makes you feel so good.

I’m sitting in reflection after coming home from WEConnect International’s conference and I was privileged and I’m honoured to say that I was recognized as Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year for 2014. I feel fantastic, I feel motivated. I feel like I’ve been recognized by Corporates, by Trade Commissioners, by Government bodies, by Regional Partners and most importantly, WEConnect International."

Watch the video.


 

WEConnect International in Canada Annual Conference

In partnership with Reséau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec

Nearly 200 attendees gathered in Montreal, Quebec, for WEConnect International in Canada's 2014 annual conference on September 30 - October 1. During the two-day conference women business owners learned why large multinational corporations are actively seeking to do business with women-owned companies in Canada and how they can successfully do business with large corporations. There were also numerous opportunities for attendees to meet with decision-makers and representatives of major multinational corporations and the women business owners successfully doing business with WEConnect International certification. Overall, all attendees left with new connections, expertise, and knowledge from a global network of women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, and government officials.

See professional photos of the by Martine Larose and  photos from the attendess at the event.

Thank you to our many sponsors and a special thanks to our partner, Reséau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec.

 

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New Executive Director for Canada Announced

Washington, DC, June 22, 2014-- WEConnect International is delighted to announce the appointment of Astrid Pregel as the new Executive Director and Global Advisor for WEConnect International in Canada. 

Astrid is widely recognized in Canada as the “god mother” of supplier diversity and inclusion. In 2008, she co-founded and served as executive director of WEConnect International’s work in Canada to introduce women’s business enterprises to the global supply chains of large multi-national corporations.

Astrid has had a distinguished career as a senior executive in Canada’s foreign service, and for the past 20 years has been a global thought leader in the area of gender, leadership, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. She has also been widely recognized for her leadership in the area of women and international trade. She created the first Canadian International Trade Mission for women entrepreneurs and the first high-level Canada-U.S. Women’s Business Summit. Her consulting company, Feminomics, has worked with organizations around the globe on policy and programs to enhance women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and expanded leadership. 


WEConnect International Announces Partnership with Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC)

June 4, 2014 - WEConnect International and Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) signed an agreement today to continue to deliver certification site visits to women’s business enterprises based in Canada.

Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, stated that, “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with WEOC to help ensure certification site visits continue to be available to Canadian women’s business enterprises.  WEOC is a powerful network and we are very proud to work with them.”

Paula Sheppard, Board Member of WEOC, added, “We are all happy to continue to support WEConnect International and its mission to connect women business owners around the world with market opportunity.  Our goal is to help ensure that women-owned businesses based in Canada can continue to leverage the global platform offered by WEConnect International.”


 

WEConnect International Streamlines its Women Business Owner Registration Process in Canada

Washington, DC, February 25, 2014 -- WEConnect International, a global non-profit dedicated to helping women business owners succeed in global value chains, is excited to announce a new operating model in Canada designed to increase opportunities for women business owners in the country. The shift in the Canadian model will bring into alignment all of WEConnect International’s global operations including Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. WEConnect International is the exclusive global partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the USA.  

The re-launch of WEConnect International in Canada will make it easier for women business owners in Canada to connect with a global network of peers in over 70 countries as well as with a corporate membership representing over $700 billion in annual purchasing power. 

The model will allow certified companies in Canada that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women to join the WEConnect International eNetwork directly at www.WEConnectInternational.org.  Corporations use the WEConnect International eNetwork to find products and services offered by women suppliers.

Women business owners in Canada who register with WEConnect International will continue to receive the following benefits:

·  Access to global commercial opportunities through the WEConnect International eNetwork, a secure online community of corporate members

   and women-owned businesses

·  Invitations to attend the annual WBENC Conference and Trade Fair in the USA, including the annual WEConnect International Day and Business

   Networking Reception

·  Invitations to forums presented by corporate members, with overviews of their procurement processes and practical tips on sourcing events and

   how to respond to Requests for Proposals

·  Training workshops on how to leverage your certification and grow your company

·  Opportunities to connect with and learn from other certified companies on key success factors and growth strategies

WEConnect International’s global corporate members are industry leaders in supplier inclusion and development. Members include: Accenture, Access Bank, AIG, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, AT&T, Boeing Company, Cargill, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola Company, Cummins, D.W. Morgan, Dell, Dunn & Bradstreet, EY, ExxonMobil, Full Circle Exchange, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Hospira, HP, IBM, Intel, Interpublic, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, Manpower, Marriott International, MasterCard, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, PG&E, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sodexo, Verizon, Walmart, WellPoint, and Wyndham Worldwide.

For inquiries, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +1-202-810-6000

 Click here for the French language version of this press release. 

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Executive Director for Canada, WEConnect International
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