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 opportunities to the organizations WEConnect International partners within 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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(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!
(June 27, 2017) WEConnect International recently held its first ever photo contest for women-owned businesses. We received nearly 100 entries from 11 countries and named 5 finalists who are now in the running for a grand prize. Though M2C2 Communications’ entry was not chosen for the final round, we wanted to share their photo and a little more about the company.
M2C2 Communications created the mobile application MedOClock to remind people to take their medication and manage their health record. It has been specially developed to make life easier for caregivers. It is easy to use and secure. It will monitor a patient in real time and give the caregivers peace of mind by providing them with all the information.
In the photo, CEO Julie Magnan gives a presentation of her business and product.
(June 20, 2017) On June 19 in Las Vegas, WEConnect International hosted more than 200 corporate representatives, women business owners, partners and other champions of women’s economic empowerment. During the evening reception, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, announced the top five winners of the first ever WEConnect International photo contest for women business owners.
Among the five finalists was Cynthia Spraggs, CEO of certified women's business enterprise Sales Beacon, based in Nova Scotia. Sales Beacon's focus is on global complex enterprise sales and project management, where they provide cost effective solutions driving sales team efficiency. They have virtual teams in North America and Europe covering all time zones, increasing bottom-line profitability and driving incremental revenue growth.
Cynthia's photo - Working at 17,600 feet! Cynthia Spraggs, CEO of Sales Beacon at Everest Base Camp - was a favorite among the WEConnect International team because it demonstrates that value of work life balance and that our women business owners can surmount and conquer any challenge ahead of them.
Country Director, Canada