TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – On October 26, 2018, WEConnect International in Canada will host its annual Power the Economy conference in Toronto, Canada for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada.
The Honorable Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, will be one of the keynote speakers, following her recent announcement of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund as a centerpiece to the 2018 Budget. The event will also feature a keynote from Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO and Founder of the ActOne Group, and will honour WEConnect International’s newest corporate member and Power the Economy’s presenting sponsor, BDC.
“BDC is delighted to be back as presenting sponsor of this annual conference. We firmly believe that women entrepreneurs have enormous untapped potential. As such, we are relentless in our efforts to help them grow, scale and be successful, here and abroad, and trust that by collaborating with a global organization like WEConnect International, we create greater impact,” says Laura Didyk, Vice President, Alberta South and National Sponsor of BDC’s Women Strategy.
“Across the globe, women continue to earn, on average, less than one percent of the money spent on suppliers by large corporations and governments,” says WEConnect International CEO and Co-Founder Elizabeth A. Vazquez. “Our coalition of global partners, government allies, corporate members, and women business owners is integral to bridging that gap. We are thrilled to have BDC as presenting sponsor and grateful to them for their support.”
Walmart, EDC, EY, ICON Consultants, Merck, TD Bank and Global Affairs Canada are also sponsoring the event, and additional corporations will be in attendance to participate in matchmaking with women-owned businesses. Arc and Crown is providing media support throughout the event.
About WEConnect International
WEConnect International is a global non-profit committed to connecting women-owned businesses, in 100+ countries, to market-access opportunities. Our 80 multinational corporations represent a combined $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and are committed to sourcing more from women’s business enterprises globally.
BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 123 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.
SOURCE WEConnect International