November 17, 2020

Potential Meets Possibility, a New Virtual Series for Women Business Owners


TORONTO, Ontario, November 17, 2020 – Building on their successful collaboration in 2020, WEConnect International and TD Bank Group are working together to bring a new virtual series to women business owners who are looking for a combination of inspirational and tangible tools for growth. “Potential Meets Possibility” is a virtual event featuring women leaders, procurement and supplier diversity experts as well as certified women-owned businesses.

Occurring monthly from December 2020 to April 2021, virtual attendees from across Canada can expect to hear success stories including the paths women have taken to navigate business challenges. Women business owners will also leave the event with knowledge about growth strategies and how to access and engage with member buyers.

“We are pleased to work with WEConnect International on this exciting opportunity during particularly trying times for business owners.,” says Chantal Pitre, National Manager Women Entrepreneurs, TD Bank Group. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made challenging ventures, like going into business for one’s self, even more difficult so we are happy to be part of an event that provides resources and a sense of community to women business owners.

Globally, women’s business enterprises continue to earn less than 1% of the money spent on vendors by large global buyers. With the impact of the global pandemic this year, it is a critical time to invest in women-owned businesses. TD’s collaboration with WEConnect on the well-timed “Potential Meets Possibility” series is part of TD’s commitment to facilitate the success and growth of women entrepreneurs.

“Women business owners can greatly benefit from aligning with strategic networks and key business advisors, such as bankers, and I’ve seen first-hand this year the way that TD Bank has supported women businesses with advice, connections and skills enhancement in financial matters,” said Stephanie Fontaine, Country Director, for Canada. “I’m excited about ‘Potential Meets Possibility’ because it is designed to bring a lot of value in 90 minutes, and I’m confident that women business owners will find a good return on the time spent with us.”

“Potential Meets Possibility” kicks off on December 8, 2020, at 10:00 AM EST. For this first event, WEConnect International is collaborating with Innovation Guelph to reach more women entrepreneurs in Ontario and the Atlantic Region and is welcoming special guest Shelby Taylor, Founder and CEO of Chickapea

Register here.

About WEConnect International

A corporate-led, global non-profit, WEConnect International works with an alliance of more than 105 multinational buyers that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 120 countries. Member buyers collectively represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women, and connects them with large buyers. For more information, see www.weconnectinternational.org

For media inquiries please contact:

Angela Walker | VP of Marketing and Communications | WEConnect International | awalker@weconnectinternational.org

About TD Bank Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves over 26 million customers in three key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Retail, including TD Canada Trust, TD Auto Finance Canada, TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 14 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$1.7 trillion in assets on July 31, 2020. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.

For questions about TD BANK, please contact:

Jillian Tanouye | TD Bank Group