Gain the Power to Lead

The Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum is a one-day forum for revolutionary leaders, risk takers and agents of change to share and discuss practical approaches for advancing women into leadership roles in the Canadian automotive industry. We promote an atmosphere for the dissemination of knowledge from women leaders, employers and programs supporting these leaders and women who aspire to lead the industry themselves.

Women & Automotive aims to provide women entering the automotive industry with the education, networking and career opportunities preparing them for top-tier leadership roles. Also, beyond just networking, we hope that Women & Automotive leads to connections between mentors and mentees, forging key relationships leading to successful careers.

Since we compact the forum into a single day at the beautiful Westin Harbour Castle in downtown Toronto, Women & Automotive grants working women (and men!) a prime opportunity to quickly commute, saturate themselves with knowledge and return to their home, brimming with contacts and confidence.

Top Reasons to Attend

Inspiring speakers

Hear from some of the leading women in the Canadian automotive industry — their stories, their challenges, their triumphs and how they accomplished it all.

Network with leaders

After listening to our inspiring speakers, make an entrée with them and those around you. Most of our attendees are some of Canada’s top decision-makers.

Cultivating inclusivity

From C-level executives to HR personnel and other positions, Women & Automotive offers fresh perspectives and actionable solutions to diversify the automotive industry.


  • Lisa Scott, President, PAR North America

    It was inspiring to see so many colleagues dedicated to paving the way for the future of female leadership in the automotive industry. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

  • Wendy Ladd, Account Executive, Jim Pattison Lease

    The Women and Automotive Conference is an excellent venue to provide encouragement to women and give them confidence that they too can thrive in the automotive world.

  • Petrina Gentile, Freelance Automotive Journalist

    By day’s end, audience members walked away with new friends and mentors as well as tools to become greater leaders, better mentors, and stronger advocates to spur positive change in the automotive industry.

  • Diana Ricketts, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, LGM

    Though all of the content was valuable, for me a key highlight of the day was hearing stories of the obstacles female leaders have had to overcome to reach their professional aspirations.


The Westin Harbour Castle

Vibrant Lakefront Views, Meet Urban Downtown Core

The Westin Harbour Castle is located along Lake Ontario’s waterfront, steps away from the Downtown Core and a short walk from Union Station via PATH, Toronto’s underground, covered walkway. If you fancy a bit of exploration before or after the forum, you’ll be in close proximity to check out iconic landmarks.


The Westin Harbour Castle welcomes its guests with multiple downtown Toronto parking options available at the hotel and throughout the local area. The hotel offers both valet parking and self-parking options. Click here for more information about parking availability at The Westin Harbour Castle.


Coming from out of town? The Westin Harbour Castle is a short walk from Union Station, GO Transit, the TTC and VIA Rail — all accessible via the PATH, Toronto’s underground, covered walkway. For more information, view this comprehensive guide.


Arriving by plane? We recommend you fly into Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and catch the Union Pearson Express — a fast, reliable service between Union Station (a short walk from Westin Harbour Castle) and Pearson International Airport in just 25 minutes with trains departing every 15 minutes. For more information, visit the UP Express site.

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