October 21, 2020

Women Business Owners and Multinational Buyers Build Connections at 2020 ‘Power the Economy’ Conference

TORONTO, October 21, 2020 – Women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials and partner organizations today kicked off a WEConnect International virtual conference to grow women’s entrepreneurship across Canada.

“WEConnect International in Canada is excited to host the 2020 Power the Economy conference this week,” said Stephanie Fontaine, Country Director for Canada. “Women business owners who are rebuilding and adapting because of the global pandemic. Business connections are more important than ever, with large buyers but also with other women. We are leveraging technology to build relationships in a virtual environment, and I’m confident that good connections will be made leading to contracts.”

After a successful conference last year, the annual Power the Economy conference returns with an array of sessions that are very pertinent to the current climate. The virtual event will take place from October 21-23.

Success stories are always a popular attraction at ‘Power the Economy’ and again this year, numerous certified women businesses will be featured including: Michele Bailey (My Big Idea), Lola Adeyemi (It’s Souper), Mo-D (LA Metal Stamping), Lise Labrie (Resource Laser), Dionne Laslo-Baker (DeeBee’s Organics) and Marie Brossard (Lulubelle & Co).

WEConnect International in grateful for the support of Bronze sponsors BDC, Walmart, Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and Moody’s as well as Supporter level sponsors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Global Affairs Canada and TD Bank Group. Additional corporations will also be in attendance to connect with women business owners.
Learn more about the 2020 Power the Economy conference here.

About WEConnect International

A corporate-led, global non-profit, WEConnect International works with an alliance of over 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 | awalker@weconnectinternational.org

To become a corporate member or certified women-owned business in Canada contact: Stephanie Fontaine | Country Director | sfontaine@weconnectinternational.org