May 8, 2023

WEConnect International Announces New Learning Series with TD to Support Women Entrepreneurs on the Latest AI Developments

TORONTO, May 8, 2023 – WEConnect International announced a collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD) to bring a two-part series, titled “AI-Powered Entrepreneurship: Maintaining Business Success in a Rapidly Evolving Technical Age”, to Canadian women-owned businesses in the manufacturing and IT sectors.

The series, which shares timely information about advances in artificial intelligence and how they are impacting businesses now and in the future, is led by Jeff Chan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Innovation at TD. The first session includes a broad overview of AI as well as its applications in business, workplaces and the anticipated disruptions these technologies will bring in the near future. The second session highlights AI implications and practical steps business owners can take to adapt.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with TD once again, and this time to bring such timely information to our vast network of Canadian women business owners,” said Stephanie Fontaine, Regional Director for WEConnect International in Canada and the US. “Every day we hear about AI, and it is difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. Having access to TD’s expertise is so timely and beneficial for our business owners and I’m confident this series will be in high demand.”

WEConnect International helps drive money into the hands of women business owners by enabling them to compete in the global marketplace. In addition to connecting women-owned business with qualified buyers, WEConnect International is committed to build the capacity of these suppliers by offering quality and relevant educational and training opportunities. The AI entrepreneurship series will strengthen and expand the knowledge entrepreneurs require to stay at the cutting edge of technology.

The series, and the Bank’s ongoing support of WEConnect International, is part of TD’s commitment to help support the success and growth of women entrepreneurs through its Women in Enterprise initiative. Dedicated to helping guide women on their entrepreneurial journey and connecting them with the right resources along the way, the Women in Enterprise initiative has 243 dedicated WEBankers working across Canada.

“TD is proud to support organizations like WEConnect International and the women-owned businesses that they help empower. Bringing together expertise and research from across our Innovation team at the Bank, we are excited to share insights on AI and ways that these businesses can adapt to these emerging technologies.” Krystal Van Westerop, National Manager, Women in Enterprise at TD.

Women-owned business owners are encouraged to register to attend the series, taking place virtually on May 18, 2023, from 11am to 12pm ET and May 25, 2023, from 1pm to 2pm ET. Register HERE.


About WEConnect International:

WEConnect International is a member-led, global non-profit that brings motivated, large corporate, multilateral, and government buyers together with qualified women-owned suppliers around the world. It works with over 180 multinational buying organizations, with over $3 trillion in annual purchasing power combined, that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in over 140 countries. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International provides Women Business Enterprise certification in over 55 countries that represent 70% of the world’s population. https://weconnectinternational.org/

For more information contact: Stephanie Fontaine sfontaine@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 fifth largest bank in North America by assets and serves over 27 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; 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; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 15 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on January 31, 2023. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.