Country Director, 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.
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Ottawa-based, WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise (WBE) wintranslation was among those awarded "WBE of the Year" at the WEConnect International in Canada "Power the Economy" conference in late 2016. In a recent press release, the company reflected on the importance of receiving the award. Said president and founder Huiping Zhang:
"Women business owners often face different obstacles than men. WEConnect International is a great outlet and community for women business owners; it offers guidance and new business opportunities. People don't often imagine a woman running a company providing business support for large corporations and government. This award is a recognition of wintranslation’s accomplishments, but also a recognition of what women can achieve as entrepreneurs."
WEConnect International is excited to announce Chelsea Prescod as the new Country Director of WEConnect International in Canada. Chelsea brings an eclectic professional and entrepreneurial career that inspires and motivates others into action. As an entrepreneur, she has focused her energies to create messages and stories capable of moving any audience on a wide scale. Her varied experiences have given her a people-centric mission, able to effectively manage the needs of diverse stakeholders and leaders across multiple sectors, public, private and not-for-profit.
We are extremely grateful for the roles Astrid Pregel and Gabrielle Bishop have played in strengthening our presence in Canada, and look forward to working with Chelsea to expand our network even more.
Congratulations to WEConnect International certified women's business enterprises Localize and Olen Cosmetics -- listed among SheEO's Top 25 Canadian Ventures of 2016!
Alberta-based Localize brings food provenance to your local grocery store through transparent product labelling, sourcing tools for grocers, and verification of sustainability claims across millions of products. Earlier this year, WEConnect International in Canada partner organization AWE featured Localize founder Meghan Dear as part of their online Spotlight series.
Manitoba-based Olen Cosmetics manufactures natural hair and skin care products that keep children and babies safe from chemicals and harmful ingredients. Their products are made "Safe for you, Safe for your children." Founder Majda Ficko was named WBE of the Year at the 2015 Power the Economy Conference and has been featured as a WEConnect International success story. Earlier this year, she launched her new sunscreen.