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On October 26th, WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada.

Power the Economy offers targeted education and valuable corporate connections 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 event brings world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion, business experts, and successful women business owners together to partake in valuable networking opportunities, concrete business leads, and the high-powered energy and enthusiasm of impassioned advocates ready to power up women’s contributions to economic growth.

Note: Only WEConnect International, CGLCC and CAMSC certified women's business enterprises with up-to-date certification will be qualified for the corporate matchmaking session.


For more information about the conference or speaking/sponsorship opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


BOOK BEFORE October 12 for Power the Economy conference hotel rates.  For this year's Power the Economy Conference, WEConnect International is proud to partner with Hotel X Toronto to provide high-class, affordable lodging only minutes away from the conference!

Discounted rates for Power the Economy attendees are available based on availability. Booking dates include October 24th, 25th, and 26th.


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   8:00 am    Registration opens and light breakfast
   9:00 am    Welcome: Chelsea Prescod, Country Director, Canada, WEConnect International  
   Remarks: Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO & Co-founder, WEConnect International 
   9:10 am    Presenting Sponsor Remarks
   Pierre Dubreuil, Executive Vice President, Business Development Bank (BDC) of Canada
   9:20 am     Economic Outlook – The Threats and Opportunities to Diversify Your Business
   Pierre Cléroux, Chief Economist, BDC
   9:30 am    Panel: Accelerating Business Growth: Have You Considered Trade?
   Learn from experts on how to assess your readiness to go global, where to start and who can help.
   Hosted by Magnet Export Business Portal
   10:25 am    Break
   10:35 am    CEO Fireside Chat with Special Guest
   11:15 am    Panel: What Success Looks Like, Perspectives from Certified WBEs  
   Learn from other successful WEConnect International certified Women’s Business Enterprises on
   how they secured their pivotal break, what they wish they had known earlier, and how to optimize
   corporate relationships and the WEConnect network
   12:00 pm    Lunch
   Fireside Chat with Keynote
   1:15 pm    Concurrent Tracks
   I.  Corporate Matchmaking for Corporate Buyers and WEConnect International certified WBEs
   II. Networking Alley, Exhibitor Space, and Session on Benefits of WEConnect International certification
       for Self-Registered Women-Owned Businesses, Partners, and Government Attendees
   2:45 pm    Break
   3:00 pm    Concurrent Tracks
   I.   Best Practices in Supplier Diversity and Inclusion for Corporate Members
        (Open Program Discussion – Q & A)
        Participate in a spirited discussion and learn from seasoned professionals on SD program best
        practices and how other corporations have overcome hurdles and made significant progress.
        Facilitator: Michael Tobolski, Director of Corporate Relations, WEConnect International
   II. Three Workshop Options for all non-corporate attendees
   4:00 pm    Concurrent Tracks
   I.   Building a Strong Business Case to Obtain Senior Leadership Support and Resources Senior
        Leadership Buy-in is key to successfully grow global supplier diversity and inclusion efforts, obtaining
        support across global operations and securing the necessary resources to effectively implement
        processes across corporate divisions. Gain core tips on where to start, best practices in building
        internal and external teams and support, the impact of internal and external research, setting targets,
        and linking it to your ROI to secure broader leadership support.
        Facilitator: Lee Lewis, Global Supplier Diversity Manager, Enterprise Holdings
   II.  Three Workshop Options for all non-corporate attendees
   5:00 pm    Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony
   7:30 pm    Event Concludes

 *The program will be updated as more information becomes available, so please continue to check back periodically for updates.