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Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Theme: Women Entrepreneurship in Canada – Unique Challenges, Resilience and Optimism

About this event

Join us online for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on June 20, 2022.

The morning portion of the forum will focus on Policy Issues and Systemic Barriers faced by Women Entrepreneurs.

During the afternoon portion, you’ll hear directly from Women Entrepreneurs who have received support from small business development programs and you will also hear from entrepreneurs who are excelling in non-traditional sectors including Transportation, Logistics and Construction!.

10:00 am – Remarks from our Featured Presenters

  • Susana Vaz, Manager Business Growth Services, Economic Development and Culture Division
  • Cheryl Blackman, General Manager (A), Economic Development and Culture Division
  • Dr. Wendy Cukier Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and Founder of the Diversity Institute, Toronto Metropolitan University

10:30 am – Our First Panel Discussion will focus on the State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada with Cheryl Blackman moderating.

Featured Panelists:

  • Andrea Robinson, President/CEO Robinson Global Management
  • Nadine Spencer, President/CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)
  • Shannon Pestun, Senior Adviser, Business and Finance, Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH)

1:00 pm – The first afternoon Panel will feature success Stories from Women Founded Companies who have accessed Enterprise Toronto’s grant programs. This panel will be moderated by Felicity Scherk – Small Business Advisor, City of Toronto

Featured Panelists:

  • Panelist: Julia Haist Founder, Ernie’s Icebox
  • Panelist: Emefa Kuadey, Founder, Israella Kobla Ltd.
  • Panelist: Kari Zalik, Founder, Bad Parade

2:00 pm – Our Second Panel discussion will feature will feature Women in non-traditional sectors with our moderator Silvia Pencak, President and CEO of WBE Canada.

Featured Panelists:

  • Natasha Ferguson, Founder, Ethelfox and A Women’s Work
  • Kim Thiara, President and CEO of AceTronic
  • Rachel Arseneau, Managing Partner, GX Transportation Solutions Inc.
  • Sabina Heilman, Dealer Principal, Studio Cycle Group

If you require accommodation, please notify us by email at least 2 weeks before the event date at [email protected] To cancel the accommodation, we require 5 business days’ notice before the event date.

Thank you to our funders:

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June 20
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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