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    • Monday, October 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Friday, October 30, 2020
    • (EDT)

    OWIT Mexico is organizing first E-Business Matchmaking event specialized on women owned businesses, to be held from October 26th to the 30th!

    For the first time, the Mexican Government, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Culture, the National Institute of Women as well as the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ConnectAmericas and OWIT joined efforts to create a combined and high level business event along with a specialized training program to boost the opportunities in the North American market, promoting advantages for buyers and suppliers in the context of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

    This is a multisector event however the Mexican companies already registered are mainly from the following sectors: Agrobusiness, Fashion, Textiles, Jewelry and Manufacturing. All of them have been carefully selected as the most competitive women owned businesses in Mexico.



    Ingrid Orozco

    President OWIT Mexico

    • Monday, November 02, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)

    About this Webinar

    Our Free Trade Agreement with 10 Pacific Countries (Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is Canada’s newest major agreement. It provides Canadian exporters with a great opportunity to diversify their markets and lessen our dependence on the US.

    This seminar will explain the content of this major Trade Agreement and what it means for Canadian businesses, how to benefit from it, focusing on the trade of goods. This session will be of interest to companies and individuals involved or wanting to get involved in international trade and diversify beyond the US or European markets, in particular importers and exporters of tangible goods.

    About the Speaker: Christian Sivière

    Following a + 30-year international logistics career, Christian Sivière started a Montréal-based import-export consultancy in 2010, Solimpex, active in two areas: consulting to help SMEs grow internationally; and training on the regulatory, customs and logistics aspects of Importing and Exporting, Free Trade Agreements and Supply Chain Optimization. Christian lectures for CIFFA, teaches at the Champlain College Montréal, gives seminars and webinars for various trade organizations like the Montréal Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development or the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada; and personalized training for importers and exporters. He publishes articles in Inside Logistics and Supply Professional.


    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Wednesday, November 04, 2020
    • (EST)

    The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is pleased to announce that it will lead Canada's First Women-only Virtual Business Mission to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) on November 3-4, 2020. Following the success of the first women-only business mission to Japan in April 2019, APF Canada will continue helping women entrepreneurs in Canada to diversify and expand trade opportunities into other Asian markets.

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 on international travel, the mission is pivoting to a technology-enabled virtual format. While the virtual model cannot fully replace the value of an in-market mission (which was originally scheduled for February 2020), it will feature the same components, including a two-day conference with high-level speakers from Canada and South Korea, personalized business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking for the twenty official delegates, and networking opportunities for attendees.

    Additionally, the virtual format of the event enables participation by an unlimited number of women entrepreneurs across Canada as non-delegate participants to both the pre-mission training sessions and the mission’s two-day conference agenda. This online format allows us to reach and connect a broader range of women entrepreneurs who are interested in exporting to Asian markets, regardless of where they are in Canada or their stage of export readiness.

    The pre-mission training sessions – scheduled for late September and October ahead of the mission - will feature a series of webinars on curated topics, such as: market entry strategies, current market conditions, available government supports for exporters, international trade law and the legal framework in South Korea, an overview of Korean business culture, and more. These sessions will be open to the public, but official delegates will be given priority during Q&A.

    Schedule of Pre-Mission Training Sessions:

    Sept. 29: South Korea in 2020

    Oct. 6: Federal & Provincial Government Supports for SMEs

    Oct. 13: Trade Law & Regulations

    Oct. 20: Technical Expertise (official delegates only)

    The two-day conference will feature prominent leaders from business, government, and technology, as well as company pitch sessions by delegates to showcase women-led Canadian innovation.

    There are a limited of spaces available for eligible women-identifying applicants. The mission theme focuses on promoting women entrepreneurs in STEM sectors that provide care services, products, and solutions to support the care and lifestyles of children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Export opportunities in the care sector can be broadly defined to include, but are not limited to, innovations in health care, education, leisure, and other personal care products and services that promote healthy living solutions such as food, cosmetics, and entertainment.

    To participate in these pre-mission training sessions or the mission’s conference agenda as a non-delegate, please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified when registration becomes available.

    To apply to become a delegate, review the application information below.


    Gender equality is a priority of South Korean President Moon Jae-In, a self-described 'Feminist President.' The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2015, is Canada's first and only bilateral free trade agreement in the Asia Pacific region. As of January 1, 2019, 95% of Canada's exports benefit from duty-free access into South Korea – and this will grow to 99.75% of Canadian exports by 2032. South Korea is Canada's 7th largest merchandise trading partner and our 3rd largest in Asia, after China and Japan. There are 61 cities and 498 million consumers located within 2,000 km from South Korea, making it a key gateway to the Asia Pacific region with strategic access to regional and global value chains. Given these dynamics, South Korea presents excellent growth opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Canada.


    The mission theme focuses on promoting women entrepreneurs in STEM sectors, which provide services, products, and solutions for the care economy supporting the care and lifestyles of children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Bilateral opportunities in care can be broadly defined to include, but are not limited to, innovations in health care, education, leisure, and other personal care products and services that promote healthy living solutions such as food, cosmetics, and entertainment – all of which contribute to nurturing and supporting present and future populations.

    The key objectives of the mission are:

    1. To mutually showcase innovations in South Korean and Canadian care technologies, such as information and communications technologies (ICT), robotics, artificial intelligence (A.I.), biotechnology, supply chain solutions, and other products for homecare and improving the quality of life for caregivers and care recipients.

    2. To provide bilateral networking opportunities for Canadian women in business with counterparts in South Korea.

    3. To provide an opportunity to share insights and best practices on addressing the growing needs of advanced economies facing demographic challenges through tech innovations, market solutions, and public policy.

    With one of the lowest birth rates in the world, a rapidly aging population, and a society that values higher education, South Korea has and continues to make investments in the care economy a national priority, presenting Canadian women-owned and women-led SMEs (small and medium enterprises) involved in this sector with tremendous growth opportunities.


    Our delegates are women entrepreneurs (owners, founders, CEOs, or those leading Canadian SMEs) looking to grow their businesses in South Korea. Companies in science, technology, engineering, and other sectors that are traditionally under-represented by women will be prioritized for the mission.

    Please submit your application here.

    Delegate applications will be accepted until Sept. 21st.

    Successful applicants (or a corporate representative) must be available to attend the pre-mission training sessions on Sept. 29, Oct. 6., Oct. 13, and Oct. 20 (timing TBC).


    Businesses must be export-ready and have demonstrated potential to succeed in Asian markets. Companies will have:

    A woman* founder, owner, CEO, or executive leader;

    A commercialized product or service or one close to being commercialized;

    Conducted research on foreign markets and opportunities, especially preparatory work concerning the destination market;

    Allocated resources (human, material, time and financial) towards internationalization; and,

    A defined business model and financial forecasts (1-2 years) for discussions with potential third-party investors.

    *Inclusive of all who identify as women.

    Priority will be given to entrepreneurs who:

    Have generated revenues (sales, capital investment, etc.) exceeding C$100,000 for the past three years;

    Have made efforts to localize their product or service for an international market (not necessarily in Asia);

    Have developed proprietary technology with the potential for long-term competitiveness; and,

    Are defining their primary product/market fit and establishing reasonable pricing models with a sales strategy/pipeline.

    For inquiries, please contact:

    A.W. Lee, PhD

    Program Manager

    Diversity and Inclusive Growth Strategy for

    Women Entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific

    Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Toronto

    205-375 University Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2J5

    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Friday, November 13, 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EST)


    The business mission includes online market briefings and scheduled business meetings with pre-qualified potential customers, partners, agents, distributors and other key contacts, over the course of two weeks, with a participation cost of $250.

    •  Access to market webinars: Understand the Mexican market structure and dynamics
    • Individual evaluation of opportunities and business matchmaking: Advice and support from Mexico-based business specialists to identify prospective clients & business partners
    • Personalized B2B agenda: Virtual meetings’ agenda according to your company profile
    • Technical and translation support: Assistance from bilingual interpreters will help you succeed during meetings, virtual platform set up.

    Registration ends on October 16. Please note that limited spaces are available for eligible women-led business applicants.

    The Trade Mission focuses on innovation and technology-led companies in the sector of Life Sciences as well as in the wide understanding of the ICT sector, including subsectors such as EdTech, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, among others.

    Sector-specific opportunities will be shared with participants after eligibility approval. We encourage applications from the following companies:

    • Export-ready (with demonstrated capacity for and commitment to internationalization in Latin America)*

    • Self-identifying women-led** business

    For logistical questions and registration, please contact:

    Christian Paz

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 Business Diversity Economic Expo and Open Networking
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Save the date for IWCA Summit
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Women and Trade: The role of trade in promoting gender equality
Thursday, October 08, 2020 Save the Date! Growing Global: Unlocking Women Entrepreneurs Export Potential for Economic Recovery
Monday, October 05, 2020 NAFTA 2.0 (CUSMA): how does it work and what’s new?
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 South Korea Pre-Mission Training Webinar Series
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 The She-Covery Project: Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 EDC PRESENTS TURKEY WEBINAR SERIES
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Covid-19: A Call for Digital Transformation
Thursday, September 10, 2020 The European Advantage - How to make the most of CETA
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 The Pacific Trade e-Conference + EXPO 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 NAFTA 2.0: How SMEs can do Business in Mexico and Canada
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Financing Your Growing Business
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Complimentary Fireside Chat with OWIT's 2019 Award Winners
Friday, August 14, 2020 OWIT Webinar: The New Normal: Women and Trade Post COVID-19
Thursday, August 13, 2020 The new NAFTA: How to leverage CUSMA to enter new markets
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Enabling broad-based Canada-Africa Trade and Investment
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Take full advantage of our Free Trade Agreements CUSMA (USMCA), CETA and the TPP
Thursday, August 06, 2020 CUSMA, our New Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 2020 Immigration & Border Challenges Webinar
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Business Women: Connect to USMCA Opportunities, Partners, Mentors + Networks
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Language and Culture: Gateway and Tips to Hispanic Export Markets
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 ExportON!: Post COVID-19 Logistics in North America Under CUSMA
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Publisher of ESL Books Looking for Distributors/Resellers across Canada
Thursday, July 09, 2020 GroYourBiz Webinar: Women & International Trade
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 It’s Not Only about the US Anymore : Women Traders and Canada’s Free Trade Agreement with Europe (CETA)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Why We Should All Wear Pink Hard Hats - Lessons From Fearless Women Who Lead
Thursday, June 11, 2020 Join us for a virtual wine tasting with Caroline Granger!
Thursday, June 11, 2020 ExportON!: Industrial Recovery - Opportunities in Mexico’s Advanced Manufacturing Sectors
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Thursday, June 04, 2020 Webinar: Export Resources Available to Ontario SMEs Interested in the Latin American Market
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 Making the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) Work for Canadian Exporters: Perspectives from Canadian Trade Commissioners on-the-ground "Registration is Now Closed"
Thursday, May 28, 2020 Franchising Webinar
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 BMO Economic Update
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 OWIT International Conference 2020 - postponed until Spring 2021
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Share Your Voice! Virtual Roundtable for Women Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 BMO for Women: Managing Your Business Finances Through COVID-19
Thursday, May 14, 2020 Webinar: Accessing Investors and Capital during COVID-19
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Trade Recovery Series: A New World – My Trade Team is Your Team
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 COVID-19 Marketing Strategies
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Thursday, April 16, 2020 How to Thrive in the Age of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Blockchain: The Next Big Disruptor is Here
Thursday, March 26, 2020 Young Professionals in International Business: March Social 2020 - cancelled
Thursday, March 12, 2020 OWIT Chapter Leadership Webinar
Thursday, March 05, 2020 Women in Business & Leadership Forum - A Celebration of International Women's Day!
Thursday, February 27, 2020 Mixer for Trade Professionals
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 The Collective Wisdom of High-Performing Women: Leadership Lessons from The Judy Project
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Kicking Off a New Era of North American Trade: Canada & the US East Coast and Great Lakes Regions
Monday, January 27, 2020 BWIT Trade Mission to Paris and Brussels - Register Now!
Thursday, January 23, 2020 Young Professionals in International Business: January Social 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020 Trade Accelerator Program: Women-Only Cohort
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Webinar - Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 OWIT-Toronto AGM & Holiday Reception: Year-End Reflections
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 RBC - Schulich Enterprise Forum V - Complimentary Registrations
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Webinar - Leadership: Strength, Service and Strategies - For Your Success
Thursday, November 07, 2019 Virtual Discussion Event - OWIT Member Highlight
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Year of the Woman!
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 Gender Inclusiveness in Trade in Services
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 WEBINAR: BLOCKCHAIN 101: THE BASICS
Thursday, August 29, 2019 #OWITCONTAMPABAY WEBINAR
Monday, August 12, 2019 OWIT International - Webinar on Trump Administration's Use of Section 232 National Security Tariffs
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 WEEmpower Webinar: Achieving Gender Equality through Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 CAWEE Women’s Empowerment Summer Gala
Monday, June 24, 2019 Water Sector Opportunities in India - Webinar Hosted by Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Sunday, June 23, 2019 BWIT Trade Mission to WBENC National Conference
Friday, June 14, 2019 Breakfast Event on Doing Business in Japan
Thursday, June 06, 2019 Volunteering with OWIT International - Webinar
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
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mongolia-Canada Business Forum, April 30, 2019 - CHANGE OF VENUE
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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
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Leverage your Competitive Edge as a Diverse Business - Webinar hosted by Magnet Export Portal
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