Bringing together professionals from across the sector and province, the 5th annual Women’s Connected was a huge success.  The sold out event, which took place yesterday at One King West Hotel, was themed “Empowering Progress” and focused on diversity and equality in the workplace.

Speakers covered an array of topics, including: a panel discussion on inclusivity in the workplace, Mindfulness training techniques, adapting to a multi-generational workforce, establishing your leadership skills in the private and public sector and solutions to women’s advancement.   Attendees were treated to thought-provoking and interactive discussions, networking opportunities and a reception sponsored by Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc.  In addition, the Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of the Status of Women, sent a congratulatory note on the success and importance of events like this to promote diversity.

The EDA would like to thank everyone for attending as well as our partners for the event Women in Renewable Energy, Women in Electricity and Women in Energy Canada.  Stay tuned for photos and highlights from Women Connected 2017 and look out for announcements regarding next year’s event!

2017 Women Connected Presenters

We are thankful to our 2017 Women Connected presenters, who shared their valuable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities around diversity in the workplace.

Marni Dicker
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Infrastructure Ontario
Jennifer Brighton
Clinical Director, Cameron Helps Co-Founder, Glen Abbey Therapy Clinician at The Mindfulness Clinic
Christine Laperierre
Executive Director, Advancement Centre, Women of Influence
Michelle Schurter
CEO & Founder, Millennial Strategist
Rebecca Black
Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Joanna Osawe
Co-Founder & Co-Chair, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Linda Beairsto
Chief General Counsel & Corporate Counsel, Algonquin Power & Utilities
Lindsay Karpetz
Director, Light Rapid Transit Project Director Hurontario LRT & Hamilton LRT, Infrastructure Ontario
Jennifer Manning
General Counsel, NRStor
Lynn Parsons
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault's Financial Services Group
Danna Donald
Partner, Commercial, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


2017 Women Connected Presentations

  1. Minister Note: Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris – Minister of the Status of Women
  2. The New Norm: Navigating the Challenges and Benefits of Multi-Generational Workforce – Michelle Schurter, Founder & CEO, Millennial Strategist
  3. Creating  a Space for Your Passion in Your Profession – Rebecca Black and Joanna Osawe, Co-Founders & Co-Chairs, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
  4. Solutions to Women’s Advancement (The Result of an Extensive North American Survey) – Christine Laparierre, Executive Director, The Women of Influence Advancement Centre