20th Anniversary Gala for OWIT-Toronto, September 2019 (date TBC), Toronto Regional Board of Trade

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, June 23, 2019
    • Thursday, June 27, 2019
    • Baltimore, Maryland

    Start your preparations for WBENC 2019!

    The May 23rd deadline to register for BWIT's upcoming trade mission is

    approaching fast and this is one trade mission you do not want to miss. The upcoming trade mission is June 23 to 27 in Baltimore, Maryland, and is centered on the Women s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and business fair.

    Delegates at WBENC benefit from Canadian programming and a dynamic ecosystem of entrepreneurs and professionals, all dedicated to increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses.

    To register for the trade mission, visit the BWIT trade mission web page or contact Business Women in International Trade at

    • Monday, June 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM

    The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the Ontario Trade and Investment Office-New Delhi, are organizing a free webinar on Monday, June 24 outlining water-sector opportunities in India.

    The session, which is scheduled for 9:00 AM EST (6:30 PM IST), is applicable to companies wishing to further understand the Indian market as a place to do business, or which operate in the Indian market already. 

    Vinod Fotedar, director and co-founder of Dustara Solutions Private Limited, will be the presenter. Please see the attached speaker profile and backgrounder on the water sector.  

    Who should participate?

    • Ontario companies from the water technology and services sectors interested in business opportunities in India.

    You will learn about: 
    • Current trends and developments in India’s water industry and how to find success in the Indian market.

    • How the Indian Water Market Penetration Program operates and how to access the program. 
    • Effectively choosing partners and projects.
    • New government reforms and initiatives related to the water sector.
    • The role the Ontario trade office in India may play in assisting SMEs to explore water-related opportunities in India.

    Water sector backgrounder:

    • The per-capita availability of water in India has declined from 1,816 cubic metres in 2001 to 1,545 cubic metres in 2011. According to the United Nations, any region with annual water availability below 1,700 cubic metres is a water-stressed region.

    • Approximately 302 river stretches on 275 rivers, across the country, have been polluted due to discharge of both municipal and industrial wastewater over the years.

    • Ground water in India is over-exploited.

    • The irrigation system in the country is underdeveloped. Groundwater accounts for over 60 percent of the total area irrigated in the country, according to the Central Ground Water Board. The lack of infrastructure, such as storage facilities and a water management framework, has become problematic in India.

    • Technologies like desalination, SCADA, monitoring, sensors, flow control, large pipeline projects, and monitoring stations represent huge potential in the country. The demand for technology may be divided into water treatment, water distribution and water resources.

    For further information, contact Ms. Fawzia Sheik, Senior International Market Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, at

    Please register for this webinar at the following link:

    • Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • University Club, 380 University Avenue, Toronto

    Women's Post named her Woman of the Week. Notable Life singled her out as one of their Notable Women in Tech. Women of Influence called her "the leading lady of one of Canada’s largest fintech companies". Join us on Tuesday, June 25th for CAWEE's Women's Empowerment Summer Gala to meet Eva Wong, Co-Founder and COO of Borrowell, ranked among the Women in FinTech Powerlist in 2017 and 2018 and named one of 20 Tech Start-Up Founders to Follow by Twitter Canada. Over cocktail reception and three course dinner at the University Club of Toronto, learn how Ms. Wong balanced extensive nonprofit work and a rich family life to start one of the fastest growing marketplace lending platforms in Canada. This is an event you won't want to miss!



     Organization of Women in International Trade University Club of Toronto


    VIA Rail Canada

    • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, October 25, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 6 1333 McKay Street Tampa, FL 33602


    Learn • Inspire • Connect with thought leaders from around the world

    This daylong conference will feature a robust program of interesting and informational speakers followed by a late afternoon harbor tour of Port Tampa Bay concluding with a delightful evening at TBOWIT’s Annual Awards Dinner.

    Topics to include global business practices, leadership, and empowerment.


    Wednesday, October 23

    • Orlando Business Tour Day (No Host Lunch/Dinner) 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
    • Bus transportation will be provided from Orlando to Tampa.

    Thursday, October 24

    • #OWITConTampaBay - Year of the Woman! 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Port Tour (*Subject to Weather) 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    • Awards Dinner 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Friday, October 25

    • OWIT Board Meeting. All are welcomed to attend! 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • No Host Dinner at Brio, 6:30 PM (RSVP to


    • This year the hotel of choice is the lovely LE MERIDIEN of TAMPA.
    • 601 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, Florida 33602 USA
    • October 23-26, 2019. Check-in Oct. 23 and Check-out Oct. 26.
    • $189 a night. Reservations MUST be made before September 26, 2019.
    • Book Your Reservation Here
    • If you have any trouble booking reservations, contact Le Meridien 855-811-0049 and reference “OWITConTampaBay”.
    • To request the same rate up to 3 days prior and after the event Contact Le Meridien 813-221-9555 and reference "OWITConTampaBay".


    When does the Early Bird Sale end?

    Early Bird Sale ends September 6th at midnight

    Will I need to rent a car to get back and forth from the hotel?

    Only if you want to. A shuttle will be provided between the hotel and the Conference.

    What are the hotels amenities, parking, location, and business services?

    See a listing here.

    Want to discuss Sponsorship Options?

    Contact our VP-Sponsorships Thamar Harrigan (, or OWIT International President Jennifer Diaz (


Past events

Friday, June 14, 2019 Breakfast Event on Doing Business in Japan
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Volunteering with OWIT International - Webinar
Monday, June 03, 2019 2019 Journal of Commerce Canada Trade Conference
Friday, May 31, 2019 Webinar: Why Trade Matters
Thursday, May 23, 2019 Webinar: Start small. Think big. Test then Scale. Lean Methodology and the Business Model Canvas
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Doing Business in the UK: Today and Tomorrow
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 Cross the border faster – and get NEXUS faster! Expedited NEXUS enrollment with U.S. CBP
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mongolia-Canada Business Forum, April 30, 2019 - CHANGE OF VENUE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mongolia-Canada Business Forum: April 30, 2019
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 SIAL Toronto, April 30-May 2, 2019 - Visit TFO Pavillion!
Thursday, April 25, 2019 Doing Business in the US - What you Need to Know - Virtual Discussion
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 EVENT POSTPONED: OWIT Members Only: Women & International Trade: A reception to welcome a delegation from the Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Monday, April 15, 2019 Harnessing Data to Advance Women and the Canadian Economy - A Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Join the Conversation - Multi-Chapter Event - Free for All Members
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Leverage your Competitive Edge as a Diverse Business - Webinar hosted by Magnet Export Portal
Thursday, February 21, 2019 Canadian Mining Companies in Peru - Political and Social Risks
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Webinar: Learning from Failure
Monday, February 04, 2019 Businesswomen's Trade Mission
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Webinar - Meet your OWIT International Partners: FITT
Thursday, January 24, 2019 BCBC's Fine Wine & Food Tasting - Welcome to 2019
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 For the Love of Wine…a Holiday Event with International Flavour!
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 OWIT Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Monday, November 19, 2018 From Export to Investment: A Discussion on Entering the UK Market
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Bridging the Gap - Empowering Businesses to go Global
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Register open: BRIDGING THE GAP - Empowering Businesses To Go Global
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Reserve now! 14th OWIT-Toronto Annual Gala Celebrating Women’s Economic Empowerment
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 June 19th 2018 - Join our second Virtual Panel
Friday, May 25, 2018 E-Estonia, Inbound Trade Mission, Estonian Delegation
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Discover Opportunities in Pacific Alliance
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Webinar: Global Opportunities for women-owned businesses
Friday, May 18, 2018 Business with Belgium – It’s all About CETA
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Webinar: A Global Perspective on Where We are and How to Get to Equality
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 OWIT-Ottawa hosts Chief Trade Commissioner, Ailish Campbell
Monday, April 09, 2018 Women in International Trade
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 OWIT Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 BCBC's 3rd Annual Saint Nicolas Fundraiser
Thursday, November 30, 2017 OWIT-Toronto @ Marché Mövenpick
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Economic Empowerment: Strengthening the Bi-National Region through Diversity and International Trade
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Webinar: Pirates of the Trade
Monday, October 30, 2017 11th Toronto Global Forum
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Power MeetUp with Amazing Filipina and Canadian Women
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 2017 Fall International Trade Summit
Monday, October 02, 2017 FITT: Your Future in Global Markets
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Webinar: Doing Business in the United States
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Webinar: Supply Chain Trends of 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Are You Interested in Learning More About Exporting?
Friday, July 07, 2017 Webinar: BREXIT: Status and Implications for UK Trade Partners
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Canada at 150: Women Beacons of Hope in Global Trade & Business - Reserve Today
Friday, June 02, 2017 Women and Leadership Speaker Series @ Rotman
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Webinar: Why Trade Matters
Monday, May 29, 2017 Business with Belgium – CETA Insider Edition
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 The Payments Canada Summit
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Canadian Corporate Innovation Summit
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Women In Business
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 CETA: New Horizons and Market Access for Canadian Companies
Monday, February 27, 2017 Webinar: Trade, Tax & Beyond: Navigating the 2017 U.S. Agenda
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Webinar: Doing Business in Africa: Discovering a Region Rich in Opportunity
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 A Taste of Geneva: Cheese, Chocolate & the Power of Women
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Webinar: How To Do Successful Business with Brazil
Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Webinar: International Credit & Risk Mitigation 2.0: How to Create a Risk Mitigation Strategy for Your Global Growth & Success
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Need Money to Get Money?
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Webinar: Negotiating Southeast Asia: The Cultural Considerations for Successful Business in Southeast Asia
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Webinar: International Trade Compliance: The ABC’S of Customs Seizures - PLUS Top 10 Tips to Ensure Import Compliance
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Webinar: The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation Initiative
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Webinar: Negotiating Latin America: Tips & Strategies For Successful Cross-Cultural Business In Latin America
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Webinar: Finding and Connecting with the Decision Makers in International Markets
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Webinar: International Payments & Receivables: Getting Paid with a Global Export Credit Management Strategy
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 BWIT Trade Missions
Thursday, June 09, 2016 OWIT-Toronto Annual Awards Gala
Friday, June 03, 2016 Canada-India Partnership Summit
Friday, June 03, 2016 HKCBA National Conference
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Pisco Sour & Networking Night
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Ethiopia-Canada Trade & Investment Forum
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Webinar: Women & Minority Owned Businesses: How to Finance Your International Exports
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Webinar: International Business India: What You Need to Know for Success in Asia's 2nd Fastest Growing Market
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Webinar: Effective Networking Strategies
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Save the date: OWIT Gala featuring co-creator of COLD-FX®
Monday, June 08, 2015 Think ASIA, Think HONG KONG
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Global Summit of Women
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Webinar: How Morocco is Building a Business Platform for Africa
Friday, March 27, 2015 Big event
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10th Annual OWIT-Toronto Gala Dinner & Awards

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