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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astridWECI14From The Financial Post, December 14, 2014, quotes by Astrid Pregel, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Canada:

"Not only are we trying to figure out how to bring women into our leadership streams, but we need to get these women closer to those people who are trading our products and services."

ChristyCookJust months after being certified as a women's business enterprise through WEConnect International, CEO and Founder of Teach My Toddler Inc. Christy Cook can expect to see Walmart put her educational learning toys in 2,000 U.S. stores in spring 2015. The Toronto businesswoman's products will be among the very first to be sold with the new"Women Owned" logo developed by WEConnect International and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council with support from Walmart.

"For us, landing in Walmart U.S.A. is a huge accomplishment," said Cook, "and WEConnect International's certification process was critical to accessing this opportunity."

In partnership with Reséau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec

Nearly 200 attendees gathered in Montreal, Quebec, for WEConnect International in Canada's 2014 annual conference on September 30 - October 1. During the two-day conference women business owners learned why large multinational corporations are actively seeking to do business with women-owned companies in Canada and how they can successfully do business with large corporations.

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Chelsea Prescod

Country Director, Canada

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