December 2017

Message from the Chair 
It’s been a great year for WEOC and our members. We’ve begun an interesting dialogue with BDC, have met with government leaders, made international connections, attended trade shows, promoted awards, and met at conferences. We’ve sent a representative to the W20, attended an international conference in Washington, worked with clients at a trade show in Las Vegas, held our AGM in Toronto and stayed in touch with our supporting members with these monthly communications. Ultimately, we know that the hard work we are doing to build our consortium is benefitting our members and through them, their clients and constituents.
Doesn’t our headlong fling into 2018 feel a bit like the Enterprise in hyper drive? Our work flies past like streaming stars as we head toward the light; projects, proposals, curriculum, budgets, reports, conferences, all jump onto and off our desks and through our digital media. Teleconferences, interviews, symposia; our brains are picked, we pick other brains, we engage in knowledge transfer, learning documentation and dissemination of learning, additional learning (and forgetting what we learned!). We grow, we reach, we try and succeed and try and fail and learn from our failures and our successes.

And as 2017 passes into our memories, our file drawers and our databases, we prepare to start over again.
I wish us all the serenity of the season, to slow down and thoughtfully consider our purpose and direction, take stock of our resources and relationships, and continue to aim toward the light. 
May your holidays be safe, merry and bright.
In This Issue: 
  • Power the Economy 2017
  • Gender Equality for the Next Generation
  • Prix Entreprise à propriété féminine certifiée / Certified Women Business Enterprise Award
  • BWIT Trade Missions: Go for the Greens and WBENC
  • More Data, More Vulnerabilities: How Small Businesses Stay Protected
  • Build Your Business: Saskatchewan & Beyond
  • Global Affairs Canada: Call for Preliminary Proposals Instructions
WEOC Member Organizations
Power the Economy 2017
The WEConnect Canada conference “Power the Economy” was held in Toronto at the end of November and boasted such notable speakers as Minister Bardish Chagger, Minister for Small Business and Tourism and Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC. Some of the WEOC board members had the opportunity to sit on panels that presented participants with information and resources for their business success. Corporate procurement officers from some of Canada’s major companies met with certified business owners to discuss how they might do business together and the networking and conversations ran through the whole day. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new contacts. The WEOC AGM was held in conjunction with the conference. Board members reviewed the activities of 2017 and planned the year ahead.
Gender Equality for the Next Generation
Based on the current pace, it will take over 200 years to achieve gender equality. But, working together, we can speed up progress!

Women's Enterprise Centre BC is proud to partner with Minerva on the WE FOR SHE NextGen Leaders Program for BC high schools.

There are over 81,000 girls in high school in BC and we want to help them understand their career options and potential, expand their confidence in what they can achieve and connect them with successful role models.

The WE FOR SHE NextGen Leaders Program provides resources for high schools to implement mentoring programs and host leadership events for both young women and young men in grades 10-12. Thanks to support from the Province of BC, the resources are offered at no cost to schools in each of BC's eight regions.

Find more information on the program here.
Lauréate 2017 - Prix Entreprise à propriété féminine certifiée – prix LOEM: Nathalie D’Aoust, présidente, V Courrier
Déterminée et créative, Nathalie D’Aoust a comme leitmotiv de vouloir faire des affaires autrement. Entrepreneure ambitieuse, innovante et décidée à rafraîchir l’image de l’industrie du courrier, elle embauche des femmes travaillant dans les camions comme dans les bureaux. Son audace l’amène à repousser ses propres limites lors de missions commerciales à l’international et à côtoyer les grandes entreprises. Les défis, toujours plus grands, passionnent et stimulent madame D’Aoust dans sa conquête du succès. V Courrier, créée en 2008, est une PME innovante et en pleine croissance. Comptant parmi les cinq plus grosses entreprises de courrier de Laval, elle est non seulement certifiée entreprise à propriété féminine WEConnect International depuis 2014, mais elle démontre avec constance la maîtrise de son service de messagerie, incluant le suivi en temps réel des colis, et de solides compétences en desservant des entreprises internationales telles UPS, Sodexo et CGI.
2017 - Entreprise à propriété féminine certifiée – prix LOEM 
Nathalie Martel, vice-présidente, Développement stratégique, LOEM
Lauréate: Nathalie D’Aoust, présidente,
V Courrier
Photo: Stéphanie Colvey photographe
Laureate 2017 - Certified Women Business Enterprise Award - LOEM Award: Nathalie D'Aoust, President, V Courrier
Determined and creative, Nathalie D’Aouts’s main leitmotifs is to do business differently. Ambitious, innovative as an entrepreneur, she has decided to refresh the image of the courier industry by hiring women driving trucks as well as working in the office. Her audacity leads her to push her own limits, especially during International business missions, where she introduces her enterprise to large corporations. The challenges, always greater, fascinate and stimulate Mrs. D'Aoust in her quest for success. V Courrier, created in 2008, is an innovative and growing SME. As one of the five largest courier companies in Laval, not only she was certified in 2014 by WEConnect International as a women business enterprise, but also she consistently demonstrates the quality service of her courier company by including real-time tracking of parcels and also by serving international companies such as UPS, Sodexo and CGI.
2017 - Certified Business Women Enterprise award – LOEM Award
Nathalie Martel, Vice-President, Strategic Development, LOEM 
Laureate: Nathalie D’Aoust, President,
V Courrier
Photo: Stépahnie Colevy, Photograph 
Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)
Go for the Greens: Orlando, FL from February 14-17, 2018
The Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) Program of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC) and the Consulate General of Canada in Miami, is leading a trade mission to the tenth annual Go for the Greens (GFTG) Business Development Conference for Women Entrepreneurs. The trade mission will take place from February 14-17, 2018, at the BoardWalk Resort, in Orlando, Florida. 

Go for the Greens is a high-level business development conference for women entrepreneurs seeking supplier diversity opportunities through exclusive access to companies, government agencies and non-profits. The boutique conference offers: 
  • Business Matchmakers: Opportunities for one-on-one business matchmaking meetings and informal networking between women-owned suppliers and corporate/government buyers
  • Educational Programming: Enhance your knowledge and learn about necessary tools to help you successfully grow your business through strategic and smart business topics
  • Valuable Networking: Unassigned seating, network with like-minded women from Canada and abroad who want to do business, collaborate and form strategic alliances Golf Networking Event: Players of all levels are welcome to participate in the golfing experience to meet, talk business and bond over hole-in-ones

For more information, visit the BWIT trade mission webpage.
WBENC: Detroit, MI from June 19-21, 2018
BWIT will also be leading a trade mission to WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Detroit, Michigan from June 19-21, 2018. WBENC registration opens January 23, 2018 and to participate in MatchMaker meetings (B2B meetings) you must register by April 2, 2018. Keep an eye out in January for more information on this trade mission. 
Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs
More Data, More Vulnerabilities: How Small Businesses Stay Protected
The number of organizations experiencing losses from cybercrime is going up, and nearly three quarters of data breaches happen to small businesses.

With information stored in many different places, and more of your employees working from anywhere on their personal devices, it’s no surprise that data security is keeping you up at night.

Join Microsoft as they talk to Jason Green, one of Canada’s leading cyber security, digital investigations and forensics consultants, about the realities of data security in Canada and what this means for small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Learn why data security has become more important today than ever before.
  • Understand the type of data that needs to be secured.
  • Get advice on the top 3 ways you can ensure your business is protected… and what to do if it’s not.

Global Affairs Canada: Call for Preliminary Proposals Instructions
When Global Affairs Canada wants to work with multiple partners to achieve specific results in international development, it launches a call for preliminary proposals. A call for preliminary proposal follows a comparative process. The projects that receive funding will be those that represent the best fit for the specific call.

Global Affairs Canada has provided step-by-step instructions on how to submit a preliminary proposal here.
Upcoming Events
SHEday 2018
January 26, 2018 
Winnipeg, MB | Learn more here
BWIT Trade Mission: Go for the Greens
February 14-17, 2018 
Orlando, FL |  Learn more here
Women's Forum for the Economy & Society
May 10-11, 2018 
Toronto, ON | Learn more here
BWIT Trade Mission: WBENC
June 19-21, 2018 
Detroit, MI | Learn more here
WEOC Board

Sandra Altner , Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba
Paula Sheppard , Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs
Laurel Douglas , Women's Enterprise Centre of British Columbia
Marcela Mandeville , Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
Ruth Vachon , Femmes, Affaires et Développement
Prabha Mitchell , Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan    

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