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Eventbrite - Power the Economy Conference 2016

BDC 2016logoThe WEConnect International in Canada National Conference presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is the leading meeting in Canada for women-owned businesses, Canadian and American corporations, senior government officials, academic and economic policy officials, and service delivery organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. The “Power the Economy” conference offers targeted education 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 agenda includes world leaders in supplier diversity and inclusion, inspirational keynote speakers, successful women business owners, valuable networking opportunities, concrete business leads, and the high-powered energy and enthusiasm of hundreds of impassioned advocates for powering up women’s contributions to economic growth. There are multiple opportunities for corporations, women-owned businesses, governments, and non-profits that support women’s entrepreneurship to become involved.

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Presenting Sponsor: Business Development Bank of Canada

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Sponsorship Opportunities:

WEConnect International in Canada is seeking sponsors who share a passion for growing women’s business and leadership. WEConnect International certified women business owners are savvy business leaders, high-level decision makers, knowledgeable consumers, and are loyal to brands and trusted service providers. The “Power the Economy” conference provides an exceptional opportunity in Canada to connect, understand and make a favorable impression on this important sector.

For more information please contact:

Astrid Pregel
Executive Director and Global Advisor
WEConnect International in Canada
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Tel: +1-613-883-1633

Gabrielle Bishop
Manager or Programs, Partnerships and Communications
WEConnect International in Canada
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Mobile: +1-647-770-0963


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the conference fee include hotel accommodations?

It does not – please click here to book your accommodations via the Toronto Airport Marriott. A special group rate of $144 CAD per night will be available until October 24th.

Do you offer sponsorship opportunities for the conference?

We have special sponsorship opportunities for corporations, service providers and for women-owned businesses if you are WEConnect International certified. If you would be interested in sponsorship or in hearing more about how we can work together to support women entrepreneurs please get in touch with Astrid Pregel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Gabrielle Bishop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

I run a women-owned business and would love to offer a workshop! How can we work together? Sponsorship is not the only way to get involved. Would you like to run your own workshop at the conference? Do you have wisdom and expertise to share with other women-owned firms? Are you WEConnect International certified?

We have nine one-hour workshops we are offering on a complimentary basis to WBEs who want to share their knowledge and expertise with other women owned businesses. We will select the top 9 applications. Apply now! Deadline to apply: October 15, 2016 (applicants will be notified of their status one week after deadline).

I run a woman-owned business but am not yet WEConnect-certified. How can I do this?

We are delighted that you are interested in getting certified! As we quote up to 90 days to process certification, we recommend you begin the certification process ASAP and apply today! You can apply by clicking on our "eNetwork” button at the top right-hand corner of our website. After your application is completed, we will be in touch to schedule a site visit to your place of business.

How can I nominate someone for the WEConnect International in Canada awards?

WEConnect International in Canada is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Supplier Diversity Awards. We honour corporations, certified women owned businesses, partners, and individuals who have demonstrated success and excellence in their commitment to supplier diversity over the past year. You may nominate others or yourself. Honorees will be introduced and presented with their awards during the Power the Economy conference. Nominations are due by October 14, 2016. Click here to access the application / nomination form!

How can we engage on social media? Want to connect with other attendees before the conference?

Join our Facebook event and be sure to use our hashtag, #WEConnectCA, on Twitter! You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.