JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade Award
This award recognizes an outstanding woman in Ontario who, through her business and personal networks, acts as a trade advocate and mentor for women, fostering opportunities that actively support women entrepreneurs or professionals to achieve success in international business. Please note that OWIT Board Members are not eligible for this award.
2020 Award: Christine Nakamura
CHRISTINE NAKAMURA, ASIA PACIFIC FOUNDATION OF CANADA
Christine is currently Vice President at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Toronto office. Her responsibilities include facilitating trade, political, academic, and cultural engagements with Asia. Throughout her career, she was employed in various capacities by the Canadian government, most recently with the then Department of Foreign Affairs, with postings in Japan and Korea. From 2017 to 2018, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Foundation, she led a cross-Canada dialogue series on “Women2Women in the Asia Pacific”, which led to a women-only business mission to Japan in April 2019, with 17 participants. The planned business mission to Korea in February 2020 pivoted to a virtual business mission in early November. This virtual trade mission was the first one for Canada dedicated to women entrepreneurs and secured additional funding form the Canadian government, with 26 delegates from across Canada. In the lead-up to the virtual mission, Christine and her team organized a series of four training sessions for their delegation. Parts of the virtual mission were open to non-delegates, allowing for increased access and connections for a broader range of women entrepreneurs. Positive outcomes are highly anticipated. A virtual mission to Taiwan is being planned for early 2021. Christine Nakamura is currently on a mission to pave the way for new markets for Canadian women entrepreneurs.
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Past Award Winners
2020: Christine Nakamura
2019: Isabella Bertani
2018: KC Goundiam2017: Ruth Snowden
2016: Josie Mousseau
2015: Joy Nott
2014: Alma Farias
2012: Ruth Fothergill
2011: Nancy Ward
2010: Candice Rice
2009: Kathleen Holland
2008: Mary Anderson
2007: Betty Wood
2006: The Hon. Sarmite D. Bulte
2005: Susan Langdon
2004: Maxine Westaway