Summer 2022 Newsletter

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Tripartite event showcased trailblazing women 

OWIT-Toronto partnered with OWIT-Tampa Bay and OWIT-South Florida for the 2nd Annual Stories from the Trenches: Women who Lead in International Trade webinar in June, supported by the Canadian Consulate General in Miami and moderated by Susan Harper, the Consul General there. The virtual event featured three dynamic women selected by each chapter who shared their different experiences in trade.

Check out their stories and tips

CETA Business Forum marked 5th anniversary of landmark trade agreement 

OWIT-Toronto was a partner in a virtual CETA Business Forum  for Canada and Europe that took place in June to create synergies and networking between Canadian and European companies.  Our chapter was represented in the  Women in International Trade  session by VP International Susan Baka who presented  Opportunities for Canadian Women Entrepreneurs under CETA to leverage this free trade agreement and do business with the EU.

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SME Counsellors Network :  Inaugural  CUSMA SME Dialogue a success

OWIT-Toronto participated  on a panel during a CUSMA SME Women’s Entrepreneurship webinar on May 25 during the first-ever CUSMA SME Dialogue focused on women.  Presented by Global Affairs Canada, Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, the US Trade Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Economy of Mexico, this event brought together SMEs, stakeholders, and government officials to discuss resources and strategies for  strengthening trade under CUSMA, boosting cooperation and helping more SMEs reap the benefits of trade.


OWIT International Highlights 

New chapters to expand your global network…..

Virtual happy hours to connect with members around the world…

A celebration of OWIT small businesses….

This and more from OWIT International.

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Julie Bednarski

Welcome to a new OWIT Toronto Member - Julie Bednarski. At Healthy Crunch, we believe eating whole real food makes you feel good inside and out.

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Arsheen Kaur

She believes in the role of informed communication and engagement in advancing the conversation on inclusion and equality for all.

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The 3rd CUSMA SME Counselor Pilot Network Meeting was held on July 27, 2022

The agenda included “Best Practices Exchange on Mentorship and Training Programs for SBDC/SME Counselors aimed at Preparing and Consolidating SMEs from Underrepresented Communities including Women, Indigenous Peoples, and Minorities for Trade and Exporting”.

Attended by representatives of government and associations of the three countries, Canada, USA and Mexico

OWIT- Toronto Chapter joined the meeting, represented by board members Susan Baka and Alma Farias.

Shona Reilly, Manager of Trade, Calgary Economic Development was the spoke person for Canada at the presentation of  “ Highlights from Best Practices and Upcoming Opportunities” Shona mentioned the achievement of OWIT- Toronto through the signature of MOU with FITT   

OWIT-Toronto Partners with FITT to enhance women’s global business skills

OWIT-Toronto is partnering with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) to build and enhance women’s global business skills, expertise and knowledge. The partnership seeks to leverage existing resources, expertise and capabilities to empower women in global markets with key information, knowledge and up-to-date international issues on accessing global markets and advancing profitable competition.

Our partner BCBC is accredited by the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce 

Our partner the Belgian Canadian Business Chamber (BCBC) recently received the accreditation of The Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce - the umbrella organization of all accredited Chambers of Commerce in Belgium and Belgian Chambers abroad. Through the accreditation program, the Federation guarantees the quality of the services provided by the Chambers to their members, providing BCBC members with the highest level of assurance. The Federation aims to develop the Belgian Chambers of Commerce into a reference partner for companies doing sustainable and international business. BCBC also held their first Business Excellence Awards Gala in April 2022. A sold-out event that showcased Canadian and Belgian companies as well as individuals who have played a key role in driving bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Belgium and Canada. OWIT-Toronto members can access BCBC events at member rates, so keep on the lookout for upcoming events


Innovative approaches SMEs can take to achieve sustainability in global supply chains
29 SEPTEMBER 2022- 
12pm – 1pm 

Join OWIT-Toronto and the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) for an insightful session to discuss the underlying causes and trajectory of continued supply chain disruptions, as well as, identify the resources, interventions and innovations needed to ease crippling disruptions, logjams and price hikes. 

Register Here

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EDC - Export Development

EP - The Entrepreneurs

FITT - Forum for International Trade

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