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Business grad Connie Lo and chemical engineer Laura Burget were only 23 years old when their shared passion for clean and affordable skincare led them on their entrepreneurial path. Frustrated with how high-quality natural skincare cost so much, and brands use greenwashing when advertising their products, they set out on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women.

In 2017, with a combined $4,000 saved, no business connections, and a lot of perseverance, they launched Three Ships, a skincare company with 100% natural, certified cruelty-free and vegan products that are forever under $45 CAD.

Facing the challenge of building a business hands-on, quite literally, packaging their products in their homes and bootstrapping to survive, it was their unwavering vision and values that built them a solid reputation and following. A contemporary brand strategy and customer-driven development process are just some of the reasons they have turned the brand into a million-dollar business, attracting and retaining giant retails clients such as Whole Foods, Holt Renfrew, Urban Outfitters and Target.

So what does it really take to rise to the top? How do you turn an idea into a profitable business and attract a mass audience, all while maintaining your integral brand values?

Join us on May 26th, with presenting partner Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, when Connie and Laura will sit down with CTV News Anchor Marcia MacMillan for a compelling discussion on:

  • The trade secrets of turning a compelling idea into a brilliant brand that resonates
  • How to stand out in an industry that is highly competitive, and the secrets to scaling for success
  • Accessing key financing and fundraising resources
  • Leveraging technology to handle global supply-chain management, expand e-commerce opportunities and launch into a new, international market
  • Driving innovation in beauty and personal care towards a cleaner, more transparent industry
Whether you’re an emerging entrepreneur looking to break through and scale your business, or currently have a side hustle you want to turn into a full-time gig, this is an opportunity to take the next step!

TICKETING TIERS

All Access Ticket - $45.00
> Early Access to the Connecting Salon to create your professional profile and meet & greet with the WOI Community
> Live Q&A with Connie & Laura, following their in-studio panel conversation with CTV's Marcia MacMillan
> Invitation to join curated break-out rooms moderated by Women of Influence
> Access to a Digital Swag Bag with offers and products from Canada's top women entrepreneurs and leading organizations
> Unlimited 30 day post-event access to the event recording and digital swag bag

Livestream Ticket - $9.99
> Live Q&A with Connie & Laura, following their in-studio panel conversation with CTV's Marcia MacMillan
> Unlimited 30 day post-event access to the event recording

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Details

Date:
May 26, 2021
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $22.50

Agenda

6:00 – 6:30 pm - Registration & Virtual Reception

6:30 – 7:30 pm - Fireside Conversation and Live Audience Q&A

7:30 – 8:00 pm - Breakout Connecting Sessions

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Notable guests

Our Keynote Speakers

Laura Burget <br>Co-Founder of Three Ships

Laura Burget
Co-Founder of Three Ships

Laura Burget is the co-founder of Three Ships, an all natural, vegan skincare brand on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women by providing 100% plant-derived, certified cruelty-free skincare products all under $40. At Three Ships, Laura spearheads product innovation and formulations, operations, back-end production, and financials.

Laura is a life-long supporter of businesses with high ethical standards. Her journey into entrepreneurship began at the ripe age of 9 when she sold handmade crafts and jewelry at her elementary school to raise money for endangered animals. While in school at the University of Toronto for Chemical Engineering, she even ran two businesses on the side. It was through these experiences that she fell in love with entrepreneurship and became fascinated with creating something from nothing.

She began using coconut oil to remove makeup naturally but was frustrated by the mess it created. After looking for a natural, yet effective and more convenient alternative, Laura was unable to find anything on the market. In 2016, a mutual friend introduced Laura to Connie Lo. Both frustrated about the lack of affordable, clean skincare on the market, the two took their $4,000 CAD and began creating their own formulations in their apartment kitchens with the goal to one day create the most transparent natural beauty brand in the world. In 2017, Three Ships was officially born.

When Laura is not focusing on Three Ships, she enjoys hikes outside of the city, going to the gym, exploring new restaurants with friends, and participating in any form of competition (especially board games).

Meet Connie Lo <br> Co-Founder of Three Ships

Meet Connie Lo
Co-Founder of Three Ships

Connie Lo is the co-founder of Three Ships, an all natural, vegan skincare brand on a mission to make clean beauty accessible for all women by providing 100% plant-derived, certified cruelty-free skincare products all under $40. At Three Ships, Connie spearheads strategic partnerships, vendor + retailer management, brand strategy, sales, and marketing.

Connie’s interest in natural skincare began at a young age when she would whip up DIY face masks and concoctions for her skin after coming home from school. She grew up believing in the importance of eating well and taking care of your skin, rather than covering skin blemishes up with makeup.

Along with her love of natural beauty, Connie also grew up with a strong passion for entrepreneurship. Throughout high school, Connie ran her own businesses and was selected to ring the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange due to her natural entrepreneurial spirit. Her thirst for business continued throughout her time at Queen’s University, where she joined and co-chaired an international entrepreneurs’ competition. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, Connie wanted to combine her passion for wellness with female empowerment. In 2016, a mutual friend introduced Connie to Laura Burget. Both frustrated about the lack of affordable, clean skincare on the market, the two took their $4,000 CAD and began creating their own formulations in their apartment kitchens with the goal to one day create the most transparent natural beauty brand in the world. In 2017, Three Ships was officially born.

When Connie is not focusing on Three Ships, you can find Connie traveling the world, hitting up the hottest restaurants and bars, practicing healthy living, and spending time with her fiancé, Jason.

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Our Women of Influence Spotlight Series is designed to motivate and inspire the next generation of emerging leaders and provide a platform for them to meet their peers and role models who have had early success and high-profile careers. Keynote speakers share tactical advice on negotiation, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication and personal branding and a structured “Connecting Activity” enables our guests to make career-defining connections. 

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