Join us for a Global Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs!
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) was launched as an official day at the United Nations on November 19th 2014 with the goal to unite a network of business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, innovators and change-makers to initiate women led start-ups that drive economic expansion and advance communities worldwide.
WED is celebrated in 144 countries and in 110 universities/colleges reaching over 1.4 million people worldwide. WED’s global community of over 300 ambassadors create local WED events in cities across the world.
Join us for Toronto's Women's Entrepreneurship Day Celebration
Hear from experts and women founders in your city!
Look forward to
- Keynote presentations
- Panel Discussions
- Interactive Networking Sessions
Toronto Ambassador – Chioma Ifeanyi – Okoro (CEO, My African Corner)
April Dunford is an accomplished tech executive, entrepreneur, board member, angel investor and advisor. April’s expertise is built on her 25 years as an executive in a series of successful technology companies. She has launched 16 products into market, and grown revenue from zero to hundreds of millions. She has worked with fast-growing startups as well as Fortune 500 companies. She is a trusted resource at several large startup incubators and has led innovation organizations at large global companies.
Erin Bury (Managing Director at Eighty-Eight Agency) – PR for Scaling Startups
Erin is a marketer, former technology journalist, and startup enthusiast. She is Managing Director at creative communications agency Eighty-Eight, and writes a small business column for the Financial Post. She was named one of Marketing Magazine’s 30 Under 30, and her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice. Find her on Twitter at @erinbury.
Chakameh Shafii (Co-Founder, TranQool) Maintaining balance
Chakameh Co-founded TranQool, an online platform designed for Canadians living with mental distress.It was Chakameh’s personal struggles with anxiety that triggered the idea for TranQool. She was inspired to build a solution after hearing from others and experiencing first-hand the challenges of access to mental health resources.
Michelle Caers (Founder and CEO DesignedUX) Know your customer and win with design
Michelle is the founder and CEO of DesignedUX, a Strategy & Design firm in Toronto that partners with start-ups and organizations to create exceptional products and experiences. She has over 20 years experience in education and technology, where she has lead teams in 5 successful start-up companies at various stages of growth. Previously, Michelle was the Chief Customer Officer for Savvica, a higher education marketing company. As a founding team member of this venture capital-backed startup, Michelle brought the business to profitability by building a global customer base from the ground up to over 260 higher education customers. She helped grow the flagship product to be the #1 education site in the world’s largest student market with over 20 million visitors annually.
Eva Wong (Co-Founder, Borrowell)
Eva Wong is Co-founder and COO of Borrowell, a tech startup that’s transforming lending and helping Canadians pay off credit card debt. Previously, Eva worked with The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church, Maple Leaf Foods and Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting). She has studied and worked in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. Eva holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. She is also Co-founder of Toronto Homecoming and serves on the board of The Scott Mission.
Tamar Huggins (Founder, Tech Spark and Black Women Code)
Tamar Huggins is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and tech education trailblazer whose work is featured exclusively on Blavity, BET, Black Enterprise, and The Huffington Post.
After raising over a million dollars to help underrepresented entrepreneurs launch their tech startups in Canada, Tamar realized the importance for minorities to see positive reflections of themselves within the tech industry. In 2015, Tamar launched Tech Spark – a youth focused technology and design school committed to creating diversity in tech. As a result of her endeavors, Tamar was named the Harry Jerome Young Entrepreneur and honored as one of 100 Black Women to Watch in 2015.
Despite being told a black woman would never be successful in tech, Tamar raised 6-figure investments for Tech Spark, educated over 300 youth in under two years and is on track to educate 20,000 youth by the year 2020. In 2017, Tamar was honored as Canada’s top 150 black women creating impact across the nation. In the Spring of 2018, Tamar will launch Black Women Code as a continuum of her work in tech education with chapters across Canada and the US.
Dana Kandalaft (Founder, Tight-Knit Syria)
Dana Kandalaft is the founder of Tight-Knit Syria (TKS). Tight-Knit Syria is a non-progit organization dedicated to helping to rebuild the lives of Syrican Refugee Women displaced across the Middle East.
Tight-Knit Syria gives women in Syrian and Lebanese refugee camps the opportunity to earn additional income by creating an online platform where their beautiful hand-knitted and embroided products can be sold.
Danielle Graham (Program Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence)
Danielle is a Program Manager at the Ontario Centres of Excellence. In her previous role at Communitech, Danielle founded the Fierce Founder program, a project dedicated to supporting Women Founders with a tech based idea. Danielle leads the recently launched Move the Dial pitch.
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