It’s Not Only about the US Anymore: Women Traders and Canada’s Free Trade Agreement with the EU (CETA)

Date:  Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time:  10:30 – 11:30 am

Location:  On-Line

You are invited to a webinar hosted by OWIT-Toronto on opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the EU.

Spots are limited, so register asap.

This webinar features:

  • Stephane Lambert, Senior Trade Commissioner, Mission of Canada to the EU
  • Susan Baka, VP International, OWIT-Toronto
  • Shamira Jaffer, Signifi Solutions Inc.
  • Manon Pilon, Derme & Co

You will hear some tips and insights on getting access to the EU market through CETA, all with a focus on women entrepreneurs.

Hope to see you there !


Publisher Looking for a Partner in Canada

An overseas publisher of ESL books, for adult learners, is looking for a partner in Ontario and BC.  This partner would distribute these books, including e-books, in the North American market.  Contact Helen to express interest and obtain more details.

How to Thrive in the Age of the Coronavirus Pandemic

We are currently living through a pivotal moment in history. We have gone from monitoring the situation on the other side of the world to living within the four walls of our homes to avoid infection ourselves. What is giving you hope and how are you maintaining your perspective during these uncertain and challenging times?

Join us on this pivotal call to discuss the challenges and brainstorm individual strategies for thriving in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

Shieh-Chi Chen CPCC, MSc will moderate the session.

Founder of 2Sisters Consulting Inc. and the Prosperity Cafe, is a seasoned coach and facilitator. Shieh-Chi is passionate about creating environments that are inclusive and leaders are aligned with company objectives. Having worked in the United States and Canada, Shieh-Chi helped large organizations implement complex changes by delivering thought-provoking and results-oriented programs.

She has designed and facilitated the 2019-2020 workshops for the Council of Inclusive Work Environments at the Conference Board of Canada. Her clients have included professionals, managers and senior leaders from organizations that include Loblaws, Ryerson University, University of Western Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada, Direct Energy, IESO, City of Toronto, Ernst & Young, Mt. Sinai, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Shieh-Chi received her Masters of Science (Organizational Change Management) from New School University, New York City. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute and trained in Certified in Thomas Personal Profile Analysis (PPA) through Thomas International.

Zoom call-in details will be provided with the registration confirmation.

There will be no charge for this event. 

Register at OWIT-Toronto Events


Blockchain: The Next Big Disruptor is Here – OWIT Webinar on April 7, 2020

Blockchain: The Next Big Disruptor is Here

by Speaker Amanda Wilkie

Tuesday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m. EST

What is blockchain and why is it disruptive? It’s a clear upgrade from the internet we know today. We have smart items that are sensing, responding, sharing data and the internet of everything needs a ledger of everything. When two parties make a trade transaction, for example, both sides can be sure of what took place and the record will be stored in perpetuity. Blockchain is now mainstream and we need to uncover the mystery and eliminate misinformation.

OWIT International is pleased to have a computer science expert, Amanda Wilkie, outline blockchain and its transformation of transactions. Amanda Wilkie is a Consultant at Boomer Consulting, Inc. and she’s not your average geek. With two decades of technology experience, Amanda has spent 15 years driving change and process improvement through innovative technology solutions in accounting firms of all sizes. She has held strategic leadership positions in firms ranging from Top 50 to Top 10, including her most recent role as CIO of a Top 30 firm.

Amanda is recognized as a technology expert in the accounting profession and regularly speaks and writes on blockchain, cryptocurrency and their impact on the profession. She is both a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA).

Register here

OWIT Toronto – Holiday Reception & AGM – December 10, 2019

OWIT-Toronto will mark the end of 2019 with a festive networking and holiday event, generously hosted and sponsored by Bennett Jones and featuring an informal chat with two successful women exporters, following our Annual General Meeting (from 4:00 to 5:15 pm at the same location).

Contact Helen Hemmingsen for more details.  See you there!

You can also register on the events page at OWIT-Toronto.

Get your early bird tickets for OWIT-Toronto’s 20th Anniversary Gala and Export Awards, September 17, 2019, Toronto Board of Trade

Join The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Toronto) to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Gala and Awards ceremony. The evening dinner, to be held at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, will feature an accomplished panel of OWIT-Toronto’s original Board members and our founder. They’ll share why they joined OWIT, their journeys from 20 years ago to now, and their take on topical trade issues of the day…along with insights on the best opportunities for women.

This is sure to be a lively moderated discussion that will showcase the different career paths of dynamic and successful women. You’ll walk away inspired not only by their stories and tips but also by the recipients of our annual awards honouring the achievements of outstanding women in trade. Plus you’ll enjoy the kind of high-calibre networking with like-minded women that OWIT is known for.

Register at OWIT-Toronto



Know any outstanding women in international trade? Nominate them for OWIT-Toronto’s Export Awards on September 17, 2019, Toronto Board of Trade

OWIT-Toronto is welcoming nominations for outstanding women in international trade in three categories:

  • Women Exporter of the Year
  • JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade
  • Student of International Trade Award

Nomination forms and criteria are available at OWIT-Toronto 2019 Awards Forms

2018 Winners

Peng Sang Cau, Transformix – Women Exporter of the Year
KC Goundiam, Red Dot Digital – Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade
Era Saraci – Student of International Trade