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On October 24-25th, 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 female 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 together large buyers practicing supplier diversity and inclusion and potential suppliers that are 51% or more women-owned.

Join us for 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 or CAMSC certified women's business enterprises with up-to-date certification will be qualified for the corporate matchmaking session.

Register before September 25th for the Early-bird rate of $259-$299 USD!

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Power the Economy 2019 Preliminary Agenda
St. Regis Hotel, Toronto

Thursday, October 24

  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm    Welcome Reception


Friday, October 25

  8:00 am – 9:00 am    Registration and Networking Breakfast
  9:00 am – 9:15 am    Welcome Remarks
  9:15 am – 9:30 am      Opening Remarks from Presenting Sponsor, BDC
  9:30 am – 10:10 am    Panel Discussion
  10:10 am – 10:55 am    Corporate Lightning Talks
  10:55 am – 11:40 am    Fireside Chat with Keynote Speaker
  11:40 am – 12:00 pm    Lightning Talk presented by EDC
  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Awards Lunch: Four Awardees in Canada will be Recognized
  1:30 pm – 3:30 pm    Concurrent Workshop Tracks: One for WBEs and One for Corporates
  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm    Concurrent Sessions:
      • Corporate and Certified WBE roundtable matchmaking session 
        (exclusive for Women’s Business Enterprises certified by 
         WEConnect International) 
      • Networking Session for non-certified businesses and partners
  5:00 pm    Program Close