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[Virtual Event will be hosted in French w/ English Subtitles]

As we transition full-speed into a newly digitized era, it has become essential for business owners across all industries to rethink and reinvent outdated models. On May 12th, Women of Influence, in partnership with Cisco for small business, is offering access to the expert insights of three French-Canadian entrepreneurs who have done exactly that by leveraging technology to successfully transform their operations and offerings.

Please note: The event will be hosted primarily in French with English subtitles.

Meet the Panel of Award-Winning Entrepreneurs:

  • Thao Nguyen is the Founder and President of Bonbon Collections, an award-winning food manufacturer specialized in vegan and top 10 allergen-free bakery products. In a trade that is often considered old-fashioned in its operations, Thao has spent the last year successfully digitizing her organization and will share the insider story of how she made it happen.

  • Nadine Chalati is the Owner of the Montreal boutique law firm Chalati Lawyer, specializing in corporate and commercial law. Differentiating herself within the industry, Nadine embraced a new approach to lawyering by leveraging the digital space to cultivate a virtual resource library to guide small-to-medium sized businesses through the legal aspects of their businesses.

  • Sarah Jenna obtained her Ph.D. in cell and structural biology from the University Aix-Marseille in France in 1998 and a Junior Canadian research Chair in Integrative Genomics and Cell signaling at UQÀM in 2006 (The IGCS Lab). As the co-founder and CEO of MIMs Inc., she translates this expertise to provide MIMs with state-of-the-art integrative genomics abilities and attention to specific needs of biologist users.
If you are the owner/founder of an SME, or working to digitize your brand, this is a unique opportunity to learn from industry-leading entrepreneurs who will share how to get on the inside track with:

  • E-commerce & Online User Experience
  • Marketing & Social Media
  • Data Management
  • Cybersecurity & Cloud Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • And more!

Are you ready to take the next step with your tech strategy and get ahead of the competition? All registered attendees will receive access to a free 30-minute consultation with a Cisco for small business representative to help get you started. Click here to be first in line.


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May 12, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Cisco Webex
Virtual, Livestream


60 Minute Live Event

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Fireside Conversation

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Notable guests

Our Keynote Speakers

Meet Thao Nguyen <br> Founder of Bonbon Collections

Meet Thao Nguyen
Founder of Bonbon Collections

Thao Nguyen is the founder and president of Bonbon Collections, a food manufacturer specialized in vegan and top 10 allergen-free bakery products. Inspired by the food restrictions of her daughters and her beliefs in a plant-based diet, Bonbon Collections was created with a mission to offer desserts that would allow people to indulge and feel included in any celebrations that would involve food. Shaking and disrupting a trade that is centuries old, Thao is bringing pastry making in the 21st century by being at its core vegan, gluten-free, 100% natural, clean label while combining traditional trade with numerization and digitalization.

Meet Nadine Chalati <br> Founder and Lawyer at Chalati Lawyer

Meet Nadine Chalati
Founder and Lawyer at Chalati Lawyer

Nadine is a lawyer and the owner of the boutique law firm Chalati Lawyer. Nadine completed her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the Université de Montréal. Her Master of Laws discussed the responsibility attached to unmanned drones and artificially intelligence machines in the event of an aerial accident. After completing her legal studies at 23 years old, Nadine opened her law firm specializing in corporate and commercial law. Nadine regularly acts as an outside general counsel for small-to-medium sized businesses and assists not-for-profits and charities. Accentuating her practice on improving accessibility to justice and providing value to the community, Nadine also films daily legal segments on corporate and commercial law on Instagram. Finally, Nadine also co-founded the Do You Deliver Podcast, a self-growth podcast on how individuals can deliver more in life, business, health, and their relationships.

Meet Sarah Jenna <br> Co-founder and CEO of My Intelligent Machines (MIMs)

Meet Sarah Jenna
Co-founder and CEO of My Intelligent Machines (MIMs)

Sarah Jenna is the co-founder and CEO of My Intelligent Machines (MIMs) and was also an associate professor specialized in genomics and genetics at the department of biochemistry at UQÀM.

Sarah received her Ph.D. in Cell and Structural Biology, from Aix-Marseille University in France. She completed her postdoctoral training in cell signalling at McGill University and was also platform manager of the Montréal Proteomic Network. In 2006, her dual expertise in cellular and genomic signalling led her to be awarded a NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Junior Canada Research Chair in Integrative Genomics and Cell Signaling at UQÀM (Jennasarah.wixsite.com/jennaslab), where she also co-founded and was the director of Pharmaqam (pharmaqam.uqam.ca), a university research center focusing on drug development.

As a principal investigator at UQÀM, Sarah directed a research laboratory developing new integrative genomics strategies to better understand the functional interactions between genes in model organisms and in breast cancer in humans. As co-founder and CEO of MIMs, she translates her 20 years of experience and expertise to provide MIMs’ clients with cutting edge integrative genomics strategies & systems biology while paying particular attention to the specific needs of life scientists working in BioPharma, Agritech and research institutes.

Sarah is a board member of both CQDM and BioQuebec.

Our Event Moderator

Meet Christine Beaudoin <br> Media Professional

Meet Christine Beaudoin
Media Professional

As a media professional, Christine has more than ten years of experience in radio and television hosting in Montreal. Passionate about communications, sometimes host, sometimes narrator, she loves live events and original projects! She is the founder of SPEAK agency, and also acts as a public relations specialist for the mortgage startup nesto.

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