Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • Nairobi, Kenya

    We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the OWIT 18thAnnual Conference:




    This year's event, in recognition of Nairobi's Kenya's vast potential to engage in global trade, will be hosted by the OWIT Nairobi Chapter at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi Kenya on October 24-25, 2018.


    OWIT members from our more than 20 chapters worldwide will converge with supporters and experts in their field to explore ways to empower the local community and women leaders in trade through inclusive and forward-looking policy.


    Day One will be comprised of a capacity building workshop for local women entrepeneurs seeking to take their business across borders. Day two is a conference where trade practitioners and policy makers from around the world will discuss best practices for shaping cross-border commerce, share insights for what’s next in the future of trade, and explore what role women should play in that future.




    ·     Explore how to enhance women’s capacity to engage in international trade.

    ·     Address the constraints in accessing new markets and to build women’s capacity to benefit from cross-border trade.

    ·     Initiate action-oriented conversations that result in greater women participation in trade globally.

    ·     Foster conversations about obtaining alternate, competitive sources of investment capital required for women entrepreneurs to scale up their businesses.

    ·     Provide a platform to connect women across traditional, emerging and developed markets.

    ·     Understand the capacity of domestic and international organizations to dismantle the trade challenges identified by stakeholders.

    ·     Refine and affirm the commitment and pledges from stakeholders for the key messages that emerge from the conference.


    For more information about the OWIT Conference and Capacity Building Workshop, please visit you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact


    We hope to see you in Nairobi!



    (Purchased by August 24 - Don't delay!)


    • Thursday, October 25, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • InterContinental Hotel Nairobi

    In response to global demand and burgeoning trends in trade modernization, OWIT International is bringing back its 18th Annual World Conference. 

    In recognition of Nairobi’s vast potential to engage in global trade, OWIT International has selected its OWIT Chapter in Nairobi, Kenya as the host for this year’s annual conference. 

    On October 24-25, 2018, OWIT members around the globe will converge with supporters and experts in their field to empower both the local community and business leaders throughout the world. 

    Day One will be comprised of a capacity-building workshop for local women entrepreneurs seeking to take their business across borders. 

    Day Two is a conference for trade practitioners and policy makers from around the world for discussing best practices, what’s next for the future of trade, and what women’s roles should be in that future.


    Click here for up to date information about #OWITConNairobi!

    • Monday, November 12, 2018
    • Friday, November 16, 2018
    • Monterrey, Mexico

    Organization of Women in

    International Trade


    Monterrey, Mexico November 12 – 16, 2018

    Automotive • Aerospace • Information and Communications Technology

    Monterrey: “The Industrial Capital of Mexico” located in Northern Mexico, one of the regions with the largest presence of automotive and aerospace manufacturing companies and home of notable Software and ICT companies in Latin America.


    This distinctive businesswomen’s trade mission will present an ideal platform to meet with representatives of clusters, industry executives and government officials who are instrumental in the business community.

    The aim of the mission is to exchange trade intelligence and knowledge, and connect with prospective clients and business partners through meetings tailored to each company’s individual needs.                                                 

    This is a women’s trade mission designed to assist early stage and growth- oriented manufacturing and service provider companies in getting an inside perspective on supply chain opportunities.


    OWIT Members:        C $600

    Non- members:         C $750


    • Seat at the Plenary Roundtable Sessions
    • Individual Matchmaking Agenda
    • Transportation to Clusters Tours
    • Networking Lunches
    • Cocktail Evening Reception
    • Optional Complimentary Group Tour
    • Preferential Hotel Rate

      Mission participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs and local ground transportation to and from tailored matchmaking meetings and networking events.

      Participation is limited to a select number of companies, associations and agencies. 

      To register, email Fawzia Sheikh at 

      Please send your cheque or money order to:


      P.O. Box 715

      31 Adelaide Street East

      Toronto, ON M5C 2J8

      For questions and inquiries please contact Alma Farias, Trade Partners at Tel. 416 458 6852

      Monday, Nov 12

      Arrival in Monterrey

      Briefing session

      Tuesday, Nov 13

      Official Opening

      Plenary Roundtable Sessions by Sector

      Networking Lunch

      B2B Appointments with prospective clients and Business Partners- Individual Matchmaking Agenda

      Wednesday, Nov 14

      Automotive Cluster tour

      Aerospace Cluster Tour

      Software and ICT Cluster Tour

      Networking lunch by groups

      B2B Appointments with prospective

      clients and Business Partners- Individual

      Matchmaking Agenda

      Cocktail evening reception hosted by Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Consulate General of Canada

      Thursday, Nov 15

      Optional Complimentary Group Tour to Grutas de García (Garcia Caves)- Beautiful rock formations inside a mountain

      Lunch included

      Friday, Nov 16

      Return to Toronto


      • Market Opportunities in Mexican Automotive Supply Chain for Tier 2 and 3 suppliers:  The best opportunities for Canadian companies may lie in the stamping, foundry, forging, die casting, tooling and automation equipment, and machining subsectors; in plastics; injection, extruded and blow molded parts; and in electronic assemblies and wiring.
      • Growth of 11% is expected in Mexico’s aerospace industry this year to bring the total value of annual exports to US $8 billion, also with opportunities for Tier 2 and 3 suppliers
      • Over the next decade, the country is planning to spend $600-billion in infrastructure investment
      • The ICT sector in Mexico is worth $46.6 billion and 42% corresponds to telecommunications services. The IT sector alone is worth close to $27 billion. Mexico is a gateway to Latin America, and can therefore provide a base for Canadian ICT firms that want to open up new markets in South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

      Funding Programs:

      CanExport- Global Affairs Canada Government Funding provides assistance to small and mid-sized businesses developing new markets.

      The Ontario government provides funds to help Ontario small and medium-sized enterprises export their Ontario-based goods or services to markets internationally.

      The Export Market Access Program is funded by the Government of Ontario and is administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.


      We gratefully acknowledge our Canadian supporters


      Thank you to our Mexican supporters



    Past events

    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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