Country Director, Canada
WEConnect International has been active in Canada since the beginning of 2008 working with strategic partners, government agencies, corporate members and outstanding women business owners across the country.
WEConnect International is proud to be the exclusive global partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in the U.S. WEConnect International leverages this strong long-term partnership to provide opportunity to the organizations WEConnect International partners with in all target countries, including Canada. Together, WEConnect International and WBENC are responsible for ensuring universal women's business enterprise certification standards and processes are maintained by our respective affiliates and local partner organizations.
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Are you an Ontario based business and interested in learning more about exporting? Attend a workshop on October 18, 2017, produced with our partner the Ontario Ministry of International Trade! Learn how to develop your global mindset, assess your export readiness, and what resources are available to you. Participants will explore their internal capabilities to succeed in an export market, and receive an overview of key export support resources that can help SMEs become export ready.
The workshop will take place on October 18, 2017 from 9 am - 12 pm. It will be located at teh Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, at 250 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, 35th floor.
To register, please visit this website.
WEConnect International in Canada will host its annual “Power the Economy” signature event 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 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, business experts, successful women business owners, 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.
(September 13, 2017) WEConnect International congratulates Elizabeth Auceda, Sodexo Canada’s supplier diversity manager, on her recent recognition as one of Canada’s most influential women in human resources and diversity by DiversityCan Magazine. Sodexo was the only food services business to be awarded this honor.
In its recent press release, Sodexo CEO Barry Telford said, "Elizabeth's leadership in diversifying our supplier base reflects our global commitment to build communities and support women-owned enterprises. We are proud of her recognition as one of the top five influencers by DiversityCan Magazine.”
One example of Elizabeth’s commitment to inclusion and diversity in sourcing is working with WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise, Trillium Staffing Inc. The owner, Poonam Kathuria, has worked with Elizabeth to source front line staff for Sodexo service facilities for two years in what continues to be a successful business partnership.
Congratulations to Elizabeth and the entire Sodexo Canada team!