Women in Business Summit
June 14, 2023 (9:30 AM - 3:15 PM) (PDT)
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's annual Women in Business Summit brings together some of the most influential thought leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Canada. Attendees will gain valuable insights from key presenters with a deep understanding of the challanges women in business face and learn more about how to over them.
Ensuring women are not losing out on access and opportunity is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity and we all have a key role to play in acting and making meaningful progress towards gender parity.
Together, as Canada’s most activated business network, we are working to create the conditions for our collective success. This is not a women’s issue; it is an economic issue.
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(All times are ET and subject to change)
|9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.||Opening Remarks by The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce|
|9:35 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||Morning Fireside Chat with Diana van Maasdijk, Co-founder & CEO, Equileap and Stephen Tapp, Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce|
Tina Ackermans, Vice President Strategy & Corporate Development, Suncor
|10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||1-on-1 Discussion and Health Break|
|10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.||Panel 1 – High-Growth Sectors and the Corporate Pipeline|
Recent research has shown a dramatic decline in the representation of women in the pipeline to senior management roles. We are bringing together business leaders from high-growth sectors where women have been traditionally and significantly underrepresented. Speakers will highlight key actions that need to be taken to ensure women have full access and opportunity to thrive in these sectors.
Molara Awosedo, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos Construction
Kimberly Doran, Vice President, Practice Lead, Geotechnical Engineering Services, SNC-Lavalin
Rachel Moore, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services, Ovintiv
|11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||1-on-1 Discussion and Health Break|
|11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.||Panel 2 – Leadership and the Gender Gap|
This panel will bring together diverse perspectives on the progress made to increasing women’s representation across leadership levels in the financial services and retail industries. Panelists will share their personal experiences and their organization’s progress on advancing gender parity.
Stacey Bai, Vice President, Commercial Pricing, Aviva Canada
Dilys D’Cruz, Senior Vice President, Wealth & Financial Planning, Meridian Credit Union
Julie Dickson Olmstead, Managing Director, Public Affairs & Corporate Social Responsibility, Pattison Food Group
Rejean Roberge, Vice President, Optimum Mortgage, Canadian Western Bank
|12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Lunch Keynote/Fireside Chat with Saadia Muzaffar, Founder & President, TechGirls Canada (TGC)|
|1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.||1-on-1 Discussion and Health Break|
|1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Panel 3 – Pushing Boundaries and Disrupting the Status Quo|
Women entrepreneurs continue to face a variety of barriers to the growth and success of their businesses. This panel will feature women who are pushing boundaries, owning their narrative and making waves in what some would consider “male dominated sectors.”
Jodi Huettner, Founder, Helga Wear Inc.
Lara Murphy, Co-founder, Ryan Murphy Construction
Rory Richards, Chief Executive Officer, NUQO Elevated Modular
Emma Todd, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MMH Technology Group
|2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.||Closing Keynote/Fireside Chat|