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On October 24-25th, WEConnect International in Canada will host its signature annual event, Power the Economy, 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 and valuable corporate connections for female 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 event brings together large buyers practicing supplier diversity and inclusion and potential suppliers that are 51% or more women-owned.

Join us for 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.

*Note: Only WEConnect International, CGLCC or CAMSC certified women's business enterprises with up-to-date certification will be qualified for the corporate matchmaking session.

Register before September 25th for the Early-bird rate
of $259-$299 USD!

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Power the Economy 2019 Preliminary Agenda
St. Regis Hotel, Toronto

Thursday, October 24

  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm    Welcome Reception


Friday, October 25

  8:00 am – 9:00 am    Registration, Networking, and Light Breakfast
  9:00 am – 9:15 am    Welcome Remarks by WEConnect International
        Elizabeth A. Vazquez and Stephanie Fontaine
  9:15 am – 9:30 am      Opening Remarks from Presenting Sponsor, BDC
  9:30 am – 10:15 am    Panel Discussion hosted by BDC
  10:15 am – 10:20 am    Announcement by Moody's
Arlene Isaacs-Lowe
  10:20 am – 10:35 am    Break
  10:35 am – 11:15 am    Fireside Chat with Johanne Boivin, The Bogatti Group
        Interviewed by Elizabeth A. Vazquez
  11:15 am – 11:55 am    Panel Discussion on Growing a Global Business, presented by EDC
      • Pina Romolo, Piccola Cucina
      • Dionne Laslo-Baker, DeeBee's Organics
      • Suhayya Abu-Hakima, Amika Mobile   
      • Jennifer Cooke, Moderator
  11:55 am – 12:00 pm    Announcement by Walmart
Shelley Kiroff
  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm    Awards Luncheon
      • 2019 Canadian Corporate of the Year
      • 2019 Canadian Partner of the Year
      • 2019 Canadian Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year
      • 2019 Canadian WBE of the Year
  1:30 pm - 2:15 pm    Afternoon Workshops #1
WBE Track: Raising Capital Through The Glass Ceiling: The Joys and
         Challenges Raising Capital as a Female Entrepreneur, facilitated by
         Dionne Laslo-Baker of DeeBee's Organics 
      •  WBE Track: How to do More Business, Create New Opportunities,
         Enhance your Reputation and Drive Social Change, facilitated by
         Cynthia Benedek and Bonnie Lester of HigherGround Agency
      •  Corporate Track: Best Practices for Supplier Diversity Leaders
         How to Build and Grow your Tier 2 Program (Elizabeth Auceda, Sodexo)
         and How to Create a Supplier Forum (Richard Pinnock, Walmart)
  2:15 pm – 3:20 pm   Afternoon Workshops #2
      •  Corporate Track: How to Leverage your Existing Network and Resources
         to Take your Supplier Diversity to the Next Level, facilitated by
         Lori Benson, EY and Kim Hutchings, ExxonMobil
      •  WBE Track: Expanding to the US Market, hosted by EDC
      •  WBE Track: Develop your Company Philosophy to Guide your Strategic
         Decisions, facilitated by Sapana Petal, Kinamark
  3:20 - 3:30 pm    Break
  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm    Concurrent Activities
      •  Facilitated Roundtable Activity for Certified Suppliers and Corporate
         Buyers (Sodexo, P&G, ExxonMobil, EY, The Estée Lauder Companies, 
         and many more) 
      •  Networking Activity for Non-Certified Suppliers and Other
         Conference Attendees
  5:00 pm    Closing Remarks