International Women’s Day 2018 Events in Canada



Across Canada, women’s networks, corporations, charities, educational institutions, government bodies, political parties, the media and beyond are celebrating International Women’s Day 2018. Join the movement to #PressforProgress at one of these events, or plan your own celebration! 



The Dinner Party featuring Arlene Dickinson (Burlington, ON, March 7 @ 5:30pm EST)  

The Dinner Party is a major fundraiser to raise awareness and support for three important charities: Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services Halton (SAVIS), Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan-Halton and Zonta International. All profits raised through ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw are solely dedicated to supporting these three groups. Since inception, The Dinner Party has raised approximately $320,500.


Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce 2018 International Women’s Day (Coquitlam, BC, March 8 @ 11:00am PST)

Presented by TD Canada Trust, the afternoon event will connect, inspire, and empower all professionals in the room. Featuring guest speaker Fiona Forbes, host of Vancouver’s hit TV talk show, “THE RUSH.”


SHEfights II: #PressForProgress (Toronto, ON, March 10 @ 5:00pm EST)

SHEspars and Back Forward Kick present this Muaythai Ontario sanctioned all female amateur muaythai event in support of International Women’s Day.


International Women’s Day: keynote from Microsoft’s Vaz Rosario (Winnipeg, MB, March 8 @ 11:00am CST)

Part of ICTAM’s (Information and Communications Technologies Association of Manitoba) Women in Technology Series.


#TimesUp: A Dialogue on Women’s Equity in the Workplace, Politics & Society (Montreal, QC, March 8 @ 7:00am EST)

The Montreal Global Shapers hub, Forusgirls and JCCAC – Jeune chambre de commerce algérienne du Canada unite their forces to introduce a unite for a poignant discussion on women’s equity and the #TimesUp movement.


Leading with a Purpose: An International Women’s Day Lunch (Toronto, March 8 @ 12:00pm EST)

Attendees will be given the chance to network with extraordinary purpose-driven women from surrounding communities in support of this year’s IWD theme, #PressforProgress, a global advocacy and support movement for gender parity.


Women with Tech Taking Over the World by Volta Labs (Halifax, NS, March 8 @ 5:30pm AST)

The event will kickoff with a brief keynote given by Sreejata Chatterjee, co-founder of Leadsift, on the importance of having a co-founder. Sreejata will discuss how having a co-founder has assisted LeadSift in its growth, how to find the right co-founder, and her experience as a female founder. Following the address, we will open the floor to anyone who is interested in sharing their experiences and what they’re looking for in a co-founder.


“Flow and Goals” Yoga and Goal Setting by Lululemon (Toronto, ON, March 8 @ 7:00pm EST)

An evening of yoga, goal setting, female empowerment, and treats. The vinyasa flow yoga class (for all levels) will begin at 7:30pm, followed by a vision and goals workshop.


“Women Changing Lives” hosted by Family of Women Inc and Making Changes Association (Calgary, AB, March 8 @ 6:00pm MST)

In support of Family of Women Inc and Making Changes Association, the evening will include a guest speaker, a fashion show, and two musical performances.


International Women’s Day 2018 Concert (Red Deer, AB, March 8 @ 7:00pm MST)

Featuring Randi Boulton, Kimblery MacGregor, Amelie Patterson, Billi Zizi, Vissia, and Justine Vandergrift.


International Women’s Day: Pink Attitude 18 featuring Manjit Minhas (Brampton, ON, March 10 @ 6:30pm EST)

Pink Attitude Evolution celebrates women that shatter through barriers, while inspiring and empowering others to be prominent leaders regardless of age, gender, orientation, race, religion, or abilities. The event will feature Manjit Minhas, Co-founder & CEO, Minhas Breweries and Distilleries and Dragon on Dragons Den. 



Find more information and events on the International Women’s Day website.

Winners Announced for the 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards!

RBC CWEA Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our 24th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards!

The CWEA awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy. This year’s judging panel was comprised of twelve of Canada’s top business leaders, including: Ian Portsmouth, Publisher & Editor of PROFIT Magazine; Tracie Crook, COO of McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Rajini McRae, Senior Director, Pricing and Treasury Relations, RBC Royal Bank and; Raymonde Lavoie, Co-Founder and Partner, DesArts Communication.

Our judges selected six ventures and the eight incredible entrepreneurs behind them as the recipients of the prestigious awards, which span across six distinct categories. The winners include two business partnerships comprised of sisters; the founder of Canada’s leading wellness brand; and the CEO of one of the country’s leading mortgage firms with over $20 billion dollars in assets.



This year’s winners are:


ADP Micro Business Award

Isabelle Primeau & Marie-Helene Primeau, Premier Continuum Inc., Montreal, QC



Deloitte Start-Up Award

Angela Marotta & Melissa Paolicelli, Two Sisters Vineyard, Niagara Region, ON



RBC Momentum Award

Kate Ross Leblanc, Saje Wellness, Vancouver, BC



Social Change Award

Jennifer Flanagan, Actua, Toronto, ON



TELUS Trailblazer Award

Eva Sun, The Rice People, Richmond, BC



PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship

Kathy Gregory, Paradigm Quest Inc., Toronto, ON


“RBC is honoured to recognize women entrepreneurs and their immense contributions in the Canadian and global economies,” says Neil McLaughlin, Executive Vice President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “Through their passion and dedication, these dynamic women are leaving their mark on the marketplace and their communities. They are an inspiration for other Canadian business owners.”

Congratulations to our winners! We are proud to honour your achievements and continue to be inspired by your success.



A Look Back At 20 Years of Women’s Advancement For Women Of Influence, Canada And The World

For 20 years, Women of Influence has celebrated female entrepreneurs, senior executives and innovative leaders. In honour of this milestone year, we’re looking back at two decades of events and women who kicked cracks in the glass ceiling.

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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Women of Influence on March 6, 2014

Women of Influence

Topics include significance of new look and Women & Health Panel in lead up to International Women’s Day

TORONTO, March 3rd, 2014— For 20 years Women of Influence has been dedicated to the advancement of professional women across North America. Since opening its doors, business has changed.  Generations have grown up. Women are more vibrant than ever. And as a result, Women of Influence has continued to evolve its offerings each year, by listening, researching and analyzing trends on what drives women’s success and also – what blocks it.

Women of Influence has met with countless women at the Senior Executive level to learn and share their stories – the highs and lows on the way to the top. President and CEO, Carolyn Lawrence has had the opportunity to personally interview the leaders and experts who hire and market to women so that we can all better understand and fix the ‘disconnect’.  So Women of Influence can be the experts on closing the gap.

What Women of Influence has learned:

  • Corporations want and need women at the top, but often don’t have the right solutions in place to advance them. This has resulted in the continued pattern of women opting out, and overall fatigue for the diversity movement.
  • Women and men can work incredibly well together when they understand how each other think and the unique strengths they each bring to the table. Getting this right is truly ground-breaking and companies that do get it right, are thriving.
  • Women still want and need inspirational role models, connections, advancement and opportunities to build their leadership potential among their peers.

These beliefs have led Women of Influence to grow from an event company that inspires, to a company that can, and will, change the game for women from both sides of the glass ceiling; women and corporate culture.  We have the solutions to women’s advancement. Through print, events, social media, digital assets, executive leadership training for women, gender diversity programs for corporations and multiple awards – Women of Influence is launching its 20th year in business as an integrated, multi-platform, powerhouse.

Celebrate the start of the event season with us: March 6th, 2014
Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series – Women & Health Panel

This event is the answer to Arianna Huffington’s powerful call to action, during a Women of Influence event last fall.  Huffington challenged women in business to consider their health as the “Third Metric” for success.  Health is critical to success because if you don’t have it, you could, quite literally, fall over, as she famously did, and broke her cheek bone.  Women of Influence agrees that high achieving women are not putting their health first, and have called on a panel of experts to discuss the ramifications of stress on our brains and aging.

Welcome remarks from Carolyn Lawrence (president & CEO of Women of Influence), and Host, Marcia Macmillan, CTV News Anchor.

The panelist’s will cover topics relating to professional women’s health, including:

  • How women should prioritize themselves moving forward in their lives and careers
  • Why dementia and Alzheimer’s – not cancer – are the prominent illnesses in women’s health
  • Critical insights into the evils of stress

Moderator: Dr. Marla Shapiro, Canada AM’s Health and Medical Expert

  • Dr. Vivien Brown M.D., family physician and Vice President, Medical Affairs, Medisys Health Group
  • Lynn Posluns, Founder & President of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative, a global foundation raising money for research and education to combat women’s aging brain disorders.  She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her vision and leadership.
  • Leslie Beck, R.D. is one of Canada’s leading nutritionists, a best-selling author of 12 books, part of the Medisys Health Group team and columnist with The Globe and Mail.

What: Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series
When: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Where: Sheraton Toronto – 123 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2M9

Registration: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Panel Discussion: 12:25pm – 1:00pm
Q&A: 1:30pm – 1:50pm

Women of Influence will also host the Women & Health Panel in the following cities:
Calgary: May 19, 2014
Ottawa: March 27, 2014
Vancouver: April 9, 2014
Montreal: May 29, 2014

Registration: To attend this event, please contact Elizabeth Heggie at Women of Influence directly at 416-923-1688 or

Women of Influence is North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. Celebrating its flagship 20th year in 2014, Women of Influence continues to offer a menu of solutions through corporate consulting on Gender Intelligence, professional coaching, events, and content — both online and through a quarterly magazine. Renowned events include the Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Women of Influence has a community and reach of over 120,000 in nine cities across North America including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, New York City and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Heggie
Women of Influence
Mobile: 416-803-7811

Catharine Fennell, CEO and founder of VideoBIO

Do you dream of charting your own professional course? Do you think you have the passion and determination to make it on your own, or do you have a big idea? As the CEO and founder of VideoBIO, Catharine Fennell will tell you it takes guts, grit and determination to succeed as an entrepreneur in 2010. Come to hear her inspiring story about creating new brands and tools to market yourself smarter and see how she is breaking ground as an entrepreneur, while being an undoubting advocate for women.

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  • It’s a race! If you want to win you have to compete and move fast.
  • Pursue excellence and never settle.
  • Find early adaptors to your brand, thank them and stay with them along the way.
  • Just because you are alone does not mean your wrong.
  • You need to see the world from the other side of the room. Stand back and observe from all angles.
  • Execution is everything. You need to know how to do a bit of everything.
  • Never give up when the going gets tough because it’s going to be tough all the time.
  • Keep your eyes wide open. Know what’s going on and your position.
  • Have great cheerleaders in your personal advisory system
  • Love what you do and tell everyone. Be confident and proud of your idea.