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GLD Calgary
Presented by BDC, the Global Leaders Dinner Series is a prestigious private forum that connects outstanding notable women who are leveraging their influence to grow their impact and create change. In these rooms, powerful alliances are formed through candid conversation and shared thought leadership – the impact of which will extend far beyond the evening.

By invitation only, the Calgary dinner will host 60 extraordinary leaders, senior executives and award-winning entrepreneurs, who have demonstrated their investment to women’s advancement and play a critical role in advancing our competitiveness in the global economy.
If you have not received an invitation and would like to request a seat at the table, or are already a member of our Global Leaders Forum and would like to nominate a guest to join you, please email Alicia Skalin.
**Please note that invitations are non-transferable.


October 5, 2022
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Lake House
747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary, Alberta T2J 2M2 Canada
(403) 225-3939
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6:00 – 6:30 pm
Registration & Cocktail Reception

7:00 – 9:30 pm
Global Leaders Dinner

get to know GLD

About the Series

Recognized as an exclusive forum for notable change makers, the Global Leaders Dinner Series is where powerful minds connect to leverage their influence and grow their businesses through shared thought leadership and authentic conversation  the impact of which will extend far beyond the evening.

At the podium

Rather than a keynote, our Global Leaders Dinners feature short anecdotes from notable guests.

Laura Didyk is Vice President, Client Diversity at BDC since 2020. Laura leads the bank’s national approach to support Canada’s diverse entrepreneurs, including women, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ2, veterans, and newcomers: helping their businesses, and our economy, thrive. Laura is a long-term advocate for small businesses and inclusivity. In 2018, she was promoted to National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs and helped BDC reach its ambitious $1.4B financing target ahead of schedule to inspire more women to start or grow their businesses. Since joining the bank in 1994, she has held progressively senior roles across many divisions that always centre on helping entrepreneurs thrive. Having lived and worked in Calgary for over 20 years, Laura loves spending time in the mountains skiing and hiking with her husband and two daughters. She supports many like-minded organizations including sitting on WBE Canada’s Board of Directors, and national advisory committees for the Community Business Development Corporation, WEConnect International’s Expert Advisory Council, and the International Women’s Forum.

Read more about Laura Didyk here

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About BDC


BDC is the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs.  No other bank is doing what we do.

We’re helping Canada and its entrepreneurs create a more prosperous, inclusive and green economy through our mission of helping Canadian businesses thrive by providing financing, capital and advisory services.Thanks to the know-how of its 2,500+ employees, and collaboration with partners and stakeholders, BDC is able to support the growth of Canadian businesses across multiple sectors, and to assist in the creation of value beyond profits.

We offer:

– Financingsolutions to finance your projects and protect your cash flow

– Advisory Services—expert advice to run a more profitable and efficient business

– Capital—a wide range of risk capital solutions for the country’s most innovative firms

We understand that to succeed you need not only sound business sense, but a set of practical tools. That’s why we offer hundreds of free resources, including eBookswebinars and 35+ useful online courses and business templates—whether your business is just starting out or is already well established. For more information, please visit www.bdc.ca

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