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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.

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success 2016 vivo ca v3(August 26, 2016) VIVO Team was established in November 2012 as a market expansion of Renée Safrata's consulting business started in 1987. The company is a training and development company that builds teams and develops leaders, offering a web-based platform to companies who invest in their people. VIVO’s customers want to remove the complexity out of training and development while having the analytics to track success. The VIVO platform diagnoses, trains and analyzes project-team productivity then provides rich training content for improved team performance and business results.

In 2013, Renée secured VIVO’s WEConnect International certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and she starting finding opportunities almost immediately. Says Renée:

womenownedlogo fp(August 25, 2016) Business Women in International Trade (BWIT), a program of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) which supports Canadian women entrepreneurs as they pursue opportunities in international markets, recently contributed a blog post to the Canada Business Network website. The blog emphasizes that “certification enables women-owned businesses that are export ready to benefit from direct access to supplier diversity and procurement executives at hundreds of multi-national corporations.”

MeghanDear Localize(August 25, 2016) Partner organization Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) recently highlighted the work of Meghan Dear, CEO of the WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise Localize.

"Over the last year Meghan has been leading the Localize team in preparation for expansion into the United States. They’ve focused on two major events in order to make this happen, the first of which was attending the trade mission, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  

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Astrid Pregel

Executive Director for Canada, WEConnect International

apregel@WEConnectInternational.org