WEConnect International in Canada National Conference

Thank you to all who ensured the success of the Power the Economy Conference

See you on November 7-8, 2016 in Toronto


The “Power the Economy” conference hosted by Feminomics and presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and women's business enterprise HCM Works offered targeted education for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs. The agenda included world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion, inspirational keynote speakers, successful women business owners, valuable networking opportunities, concrete business leads, and the high-powered energy and enthusiasm of impassioned advocates for powering up women’s contributions to economic growth.

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The Honourable Minister Chrystia Freeland addressed an audience of some 140 champions of supplier diversity and inclusion of women in the Candian economy on Friday, November 13, 2015. The Power the Economy conference was Minister Freeland's first public appearance in her new role.

Also on Friday, WEConnect International in Canada presented awards to Majda Ficko, Lise Déziel and Jo-ann Hayes for WBE of the Year. Deborah Youden accepted the award for Partner of the Year on behalf of NLOWE, and Marcia Seymour accepted the award for Corporation of the Year on behalf of TD Bank Group. Ruth Vachon won Supplier Diversity Champion of Year.

“BDC is solidifying our involvement with WEConnect International in Canada. We have put together a specialized team of bankers and consultants to support women entrepreneurs and members of the team will be participating in this year’s national conference. As Canada’s business development bank, we are committed to helping women business owners grow their companies and achieve their goals. We are doing so by increasing our lending and consulting solutions to women entrepreneurs. In addition, we are boosting our support for networking and mentoring opportunities across the country.”

Lesley Lawrence, Senior-Vice President, Financing and Consulting - British-Columbia and North, Business Development Bank of Canada

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The Programme:

Astrid Pregel, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Canada, put together a tremendous agenda to energize this year's attendees. A number of WEConnect International corporate members including sponsors Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dun & Bradstreet, EY, IBM, Merck, Marriott International, TransCanada, and Walmart as well as Dell, ExxonMobil, EY, Johnson Controls, Monsanto, Sodexo, TDBank and Walmart participated and met with certified women business owners from markets across Canada. Click on the purple maple leaves below for more information.

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Conference Programme

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 Workshop Descriptions

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 Workshop: It takes Two to Tango: How to Fix Broken Relationships

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 Workshop: Practicing Radical Generosity  

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 Workshop: Workplace Productivity Leadership

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 Workshop: Deadly Sins in Borrowing Money for Your Business

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 Workshop: How to Reach Consumer Titans Using Social Media  

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Workshop: Descriptive, Prescriptive and Predictive - Driving Team Performance

Thank You to Our Speakers:


Christina Adams         Lori Benson               Shereen Benzvy Miller         Christy Cook            Julia Fournier             Jenny Grieser               Heather Holland


         Marla Kott          Patricia Langan-Torell     Lesley Lawrence         Lee Lewis, Jr.             Shiva Manishankar     Janice McDonald          Leslie Meingast        


Josie Mousseau            Denise Naguib               Barbara Orser             Susan Power              Astrid Pregel           Michael Robinson           Renee Safrata


       Vicki Saunders           Marcia Seymour        Svetlana Sidenko    Natalie Stirling-Sanders    Terrez Thompson     Michael Tobolski       Elizabeth A. Vazquez      


                                 Jean Wilmot                                   

Thank You to Our Additional Sponsors and Partners:


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Partner Organizations