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  • Monday, June 05, 2017 8:00 AM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    “All Canadians and Chileans will undoubtedly welcome the modernization of this agreement, particularly the dedicated chapter on trade and gender, which reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing gender equality and to creating real opportunity for the middle class, especially women and the girls who will be the next generation of entrepreneurs, board members and CEOs. This is how we advance our progressive trade agenda in the world and how we make trade real for Canadian workers and their families.” 

    -  François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade


    Canada took another step toward gender equality today as the Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, announced the addition of a chapter on trade and gender to modernize the 20-year-old Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement—the first of its kind for any G20 country. Read more 


  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:37 AM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    OWIT International Spring Newsletter 2017

    1. Coming to Washington? OWIT's Spring Board Meeting

    2. Congratulations to 2016 OWIT Award Winners

    3. Faces of Trade Campaign for International Women's Day

    4. Calling All Small Businesses: New Sponsorship Opportunities

    5. Welcoming New Alliances with WEGG, EXIM Bank and Vital Voices 

    6. Resources for Chapters: Professional Support & Videoconferencing

    7. New Recordings and Upcoming Webinars

    8. OWIT Around the Globe


    Download your copy here.

  • Monday, April 17, 2017 11:41 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)



    In an effort to bolster international business between the countries, OWIT’s Toronto and Monterrey chapters signed a letter of intent pledging to collaborate on seminars and trade missions. This comes at a pivotal time for international trade relations, as global protectionist sentiment is on the rise and U.S.-promised revisions to NAFTA are inevitable.  


    At the March 17 signing ceremony in Monterrey, the OWIT chapters pledged to: 

    • Undertake dialogue to identify industry sectors with good potential for mutual international business;
    • Explore promotional activities; and 
    • Exchange information among members to boost relationship-building and networking

    The joint declaration of collaboration was signed by Alma Farias, OWIT-Toronto director and board member, and Carolina Leal Montemayor, OWIT-Monterrey chapter president. Following the ceremony, OWIT-Monterrey, CAINTRA (a Mexican association in the commercial, manufacturing and service sectors), and the Government of the State of Nuevo Representatives indicated they would play a role in organizing an OWIT Trade Mission to Monterrey. 


    “Nuevo Leon is the most industrial, commercial and prosperous state in Mexico after Mexico City,” Farias said.The three organizations agreed to provide “on-the-ground support and business-to-business contacts to Canadian delegates looking for distributors, JV partners or suppliers,” Farias said. She added the Canadian Consulate in Monterrey also offered the facilities at the consulate for video conferences with OWIT members on market-entry best practices.


    Canadian Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, and Consul General of Canada in Monterrey, Bez Babakhani, also attended the event last month. While on a tour in Mexico, Minister Champagne chaired a roundtable organized by Global Affairs Canada on behalf of OWIT and women entrepreneurs.


    The roundtable was an “excellent forum” for local business-owners to share their stories and ideas encouraging women’s participation and inclusion in business, Farias noted. She highlighted the importance of the service sector in which women have a strong presence, and noted the growth of this sector in Canada and further opportunities for collaboration.  

  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 1:25 AM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 11, 2016) – A delegation of global trade experts representing policy professionals and women-owned businesses convened in Geneva, Switzerland to engage global officials as well as participate in a high-level panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum to urge the acceleration of women-owned businesses in global trade.  Leadership from the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) represented members from across the globe and chapters in Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States during the week-long trade mission.


    For more details, click here.

  • Friday, September 16, 2016 11:00 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2016) – The Organization of Women in International Trade (“OWIT”) will be participating in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) largest annual outreach event which provides a platform for  participants  to  discuss  the  latest  developments  in  world  trade  and  to  propose  ways  of enhancing the multilateral trading system.  Taking place in Geneva September 27-29 and marking the 15th anniversary of this flagship event, the 2016 WTO Public Forum (www.wto.org)  will examine how the WTO can foster SMEs' participation into the global market.  It will also discuss how women can participate more fully in international trade and how they can overcome the constraints preventing them from reaping the benefits of trade.


    OWIT will present a panel on Shaping the Rules to Facilitate Active Participation of SMEs and Women in Global Markets on September 27.  Member panelists will share real-world experiences and insights on barriers to participation by SMEs and women-owned small businesses as well as success stories.


    As part of the Forum, OWIT will also have a display to promote the benefits of its international network. 

    “Since the Forum attracts over 2,000 heads of state and leading global businesspeople, academics and non-governmental organizations to discuss some of the major trade and development issues of the day, it represents an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of 

    OWIT and promote our offerings,” says OWIT President Andrea Ewart.


    Among these offerings are valuable OWIT webinars that provide timely, relevant and practical information on a broad variety of topics from top expert speakers in international trade and business, including issues specific to women's role in these fields. Fall topics include: 

    • The Cultural Considerations for Successful Business in Southeast Asia (Oct. 5)
    • How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy for Your Global Growth & Success (Nov. 2)
    • Doing Business in Africa (Dec. 7)

     Full details and registration can be found at www.owit.org/programs/webinars .


    About OWIT

    Founded in 1989, The Organization of Women in International Trade International (www.owit.org) is a voluntary, non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing global trade opportunities for women through networking and educational programs. It is comprised of more than 2,000 members in local chapters operating in the Americas, Europe, and Africa as well as “virtual” chapter comprised of individuals who do not reside or work in localities with a local OWIT Chapter.

  • Friday, September 16, 2016 11:00 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    Look at what is going on with OWIT International!


    • Joining in Designing our Future
    • DC Extends Joint Programming Invitation
    • OWIT to Present at WTO Public Forum
    • New App Facilitates International Trade by Women
    • International Board Meeting to Future Panel on Inclusive Trade
    • OWIT and GroYourBiz Team Up to Support Women Entrepreneurs


    Download your copy here.
  • Monday, April 18, 2016 6:43 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    The federal budget included key provisions about Canada’s trade future, tying it to the growth of the middle class, an improved employment landscape, and the ability of companies to compete internationally.


    Among the highlights:

    • The government, which hasn’t made a final decision on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is still consulting with Canadians, noted that the deal would provide opportunities to bolster Canadian trade with the Asia-Pacific region, enhance North American production and improve job quality in Canada
    • Ottawa stated its intent on forging a stronger trade relationship with significant emerging markets like China and India
    • The budget addressed Canada’s manufacturers, a sector which has struggled for more than a decade from intense competition and a high dollar, and promised to remove some tariffs and provide $9 million in tariff savings over the next five years to Canadian manufacturers in the consumer goods and transportation sectors
    • The Liberal government plans to hold public consultations on scrapping tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients other than supply-managed products. The government’s rationale is that eliminating tariffs on imported ingredients will bolster investment and job creation by sharpening the competitiveness of Canadian agri-food processors at home and abroad
    • Ottawa also aims to strengthen its trade remedy system by consulting with stakeholders and address unfairly traded goods entering the Canadian market, including through legislative amendments

    For more information about 2016 budget. Click here 

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:39 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    Look at what is going on with OWIT International!


    • OWIT's Webinar "Celebrating 25 years of OWIT Past, Present, and Future" Highlights
    • OWIT International new website has been launched!
    • Introducing our OWIT International Executive Team for 2016-2017
    • Kudos to Miami Chapter for hosting our Fall Board Meeting!
    • Save the date: Geneva (Switzerland)
    Download your copy

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 2:03 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    In response to the Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs announced by the Minister of Status of Women in 2015, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is stepping up its efforts to help women‑owned businesses grow and reach their business goals through financing and consulting services.


    It has committed to increasing its term lending to majority women‑owned businesses to at least $700 million over the next three years. Details

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:24 PM | OWIT-Toronto (Administrator)

    A new program to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies, CanExport, was announced on January 5, 2016. It will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors. For more information, visit the CanExport website.

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