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

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Gowling WLG 1 First Canadian Place 100 King Street West, Suite 1600 Toronto, ON M5X 1G5

    Business is better when it’s done together. You don’t have to navigate the UK alone!

    Despite the ongoing turmoil surrounding the lack of certainty with Brexit, Britain doesn’t seem to be putting off foreign investors. Britain is the top investment destination in the world for the first time in EY’s report’s 10-year history—overtaking the United States, which has held the top spot since 2014.

    Join us for a conversation on how you can tap into the UK and its connected markets in these times and deal with the key areas that affect you—anything from workforce and local establishment to cross-border trade and taxation.


    • 7:30 AM Networking and breakfast
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Panel moderated by Phillip Crawley, CEO & Publisher, The Globe and Mail


    1. Karima-Catherine (KC) Goundiam, CEO, Red Dot Digital
    2. Darren Jordan, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP
    3. Thomas Goldsmith, Policy and Public Affairs Consultant - Brexit and Trade
    4. Fourth panelist to be announced


    • OWIT members: $20.00 CAD
    • Non-Members: $25.00 CAD

    • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online


    Lean Methodology and the Business Model Canvas

    by Speaker Vanessa Zabala

    Thursday, May 23 at noon EST

    The Lean Methodology has helped companies, teams, and individuals discover how to efficiently and effectively start new businesses and allocate internal resources. Now, Vanessa Zabala is teaching our webinar attendees how to use the Lean Methodology in their own businesses around the world to help them efficiently and effectively start their business and grow in international trade. Additionally, by emphasizing small business tactics, the same Lean methodology can be used by main street businesses with similar results. This interactive webinar will help you define problems to be addressed, define initial customers, define jobs relevant to the idea or solution, and provide you with clear and concise presentation methods detailing your action and results.

    Vanessa Zabala serves as the Director of Impact Development for the Orlando Economic Partnership, leading the organization's internal intrapreneurship initiatives and deploying innovation capacity programs to external stakeholders.

    Previously, Vanessa focused on strategic alliances with national and international actors to compliment the works of Florida Angel Nexus, which facilitates access to capital from angel investors to Florida companies. Having worked in the commercialization of intellectual property through the University of Central Florida's I-Corps program, Vanessa is a nationally certified Lean LaunchPad® Educator. She has also served as the Partner Development Manager for GrowFL, helping second-stage companies to scale, and working on a mentor network for the University of Central Florida (UCF) Venture Accelerator.

    Her imperative is to develop systems to help support and diversify local economies enabling growth and re-invest in throughout the region. Vanessa has worked with business and micro-financing in Ghana, economic development in Chile, and private equity investment in D.C., among other projects. Vanessa obtained a Bachelor of the Arts in International & Global Studies and Economics from UCF and a Master of Science in International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Vanessa continues her involvement in the academic community as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida teaching social entrepreneurship. She is trilingual, speaking Spanish, English, and conversational French.

    • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Location TBC

    The recently signed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) has been hailed as a progressive example for other free trade agreements and will open up new opportunities for Canadian companies.

    Be sure to join the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Toronto) at this timely event to find out why and how you can benefit…and gain practical insights on doing business in Europe. Plus you’ll experience the high-quality networking with like-minded trade professionals that OWIT is known for.

    • Monday, June 03, 2019
    • Wednesday, June 05, 2019
    • The InterContinental Toronto Centre. 225 Front Street West. Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3

    OWIT is proud to support The 2019 Journal of Commerce (JOC) Canada Trade Conference, featuring keynote speaker Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. This conference will provide information and insights that Canadian cargo owners and forwarders can use to plan and execute shipments of containerized cargo. Why attend?

    • Be Informed: Hear the latest market forecasts, analysis, expert opinion and more concerning container Canadian shipping, freight rates, labor issues and more.
    • Stay on top of the Market: Hear shippers and transportation providers showcase how business problems were solved or cost savings achieved.
    • Do Business: Join attendees to find new customers, nurture existing relationships and more.

    Register Now and use promo code CanadaTradeOWIT to receive a $150 discount on your registration.


    June 3-5, 2019


    The InterContinental Toronto Centre

    225 Front Street West

    Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3

    Accommodations: JOC has secured a limited number of rooms at the InterContinental Toronto Centre at a discounted rate of $309 CAD*. Click here to take advantage of this special rate. *Rate valid through May 13.

    • 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

    • 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

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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