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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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