Upcoming events

    • Monday, November 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Gowling WLG. 100 King Street W #1600 Toronto, ON M5X 1G5

    Join OWIT and the The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCCTC) for an informative and exciting panel discussion with outstanding experts addressing important questions surrounding opportunities and challenges present in the UK market.


    • Key points for companies starting to export 
    • Considerations for companies looking to expand from exporting to investing in a physical presence in the market 
    • Support that is available for Canadian companies 
    • The impact of global political developments on investment and exporting patterns



      Rita helps Ontario-based companies in the aerospace, defense and security and clean tech sectors grow their export sales in Europe. Her previous roles include working with the Ministry to help Ontario companies in the clean tech sector export to the United States, President of Global Strategies Consulting Services, providing strategic direction, market readiness assessments and export business planning to businesses expanding into foreign markets.

      In addition to her time as an entrepreneur, she was Chair of the Toronto Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada and spent six years as Senior Trade Advisor with the trade promotion arm of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and 16 years as Trade Consultant with the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto.


      KC is the founder and Managing Director of Red Dot Digital, launched in 2014, to bring greater diversity and her signature dynamic approach to the world of digital and social media. Her previous roles include managing digital and social media for Deloitte Canada and its global team and directing social media for Ford. Since 2016, KC has been a lecturer at the Grenoble School of Management in Paris for the Master's program in Digital Strategy.

      She recently joined the WMBA Advisory Board at Imperial College in London, UK, and was the keynote speaker for the new class induction in April 2018. As a member of the Women Executive Network (WXN) since 2016, KC has written articles pertaining to women’s entrepreneurship, such as “200 Million Female Entrepreneurs Can’t Be Wrong!” Most recently, she won OWIT-Toronto's JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award in September 2018.


      Kelly White is an Investment Associate with the UK Department for International Trade. Based in Toronto, Kelly supports Canadian businesses that are interested in establishing a physical presence in the UK. Kelly works with companies from a broad range of sectors to ensure that their entry into the UK market is seamless and that they are aware of the plethora of support available.

      Previously, Kelly was a policy advisor to the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, advising on a number of files including the resettlement of refugees, business migration, foreign credential recognition, and the integration of newcomers in Canada. Through her role as Manager of Engagement for Women in Foreign Policy, Kelly is passionate about supporting greater female participation in foreign fora – including international trade.


      November 19th 


      6 pm – 8 pm 


      Gowling WLG 

      100 King Street W #1600 

      Toronto, ON M5X 1G5 


      OWIT/BCCTC Members: CA $20 + HST 

      Non-Members: CA $25 + HST 

      We thank Gowling WLG for their support in providing the venue and refreshments for this event. Registration fees collected will be directed to OWIT-Toronto and the BCCTC, both of which are not-for-profit organizations.

        • Monday, February 04, 2019
        • Friday, February 08, 2019
        • Monterrey, Mexico

        Organization of Women in International Trade


        Seize the opportunity to leverage the new US Mexico Canada Agreement 

        Join this Businesswomen’s Trade Mission to Monterrey, Mexico

         February 4th - 8th, 2019

        Automotive • Aerospace • Manufacturing Technology/Tools 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.


        After the successful conclusion of the NAFTA negotiation process and now that a United States-MexicoCanada

        Agreement (USMCA) has been reached, we have re- scheduled our trade mission for the week of Feb 4th, 2019.

        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

        It includes:

        • Individual Matchmaking B2B Agenda

        • Expo Manufactura Show Visit

        • Seat at the Plenary Roundtable Sessions

        • Transportation to Site Clusters Tours

        • Networking breakfast and Lunch

        • Cocktail Evening Reception

        • 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


        Mon, Feb 4th

        Arrival in Monterrey

        Briefing session

        Tues, Feb 5th

        Official Opening-
        Networking Breakfast
        Plenary Roundtable Sessions by Sector
        Expo Manufactura Show Visit

        Wed, Feb 6th

        Site visit Clusters tours
        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

        Thurs, Feb 7th

        B2B Appointments with prospective clients and
        Business Partners
        Individual Matchmaking Agenda
        Debriefing Session End of Trade mission

        Fri, Feb 8th

        Return to Canada


        Mexican companies realized the importance of Canadian suppliers as strategic trade partners,” says Arturo Garduno, EDC’s Chief Representative to Mexico. “The signing of this agreement not only benefits the vibrant supply chain, which already exists, but also helps to build on additional opportunities to come.” 

        • Mexico ranks among the world’s major markets for machine tools 

        • 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 Export Market Access - 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 administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

        We gratefully acknowledge our Canadian supporters


        Thank you to our Mexican supporters



      Past events

      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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