Gain the Power to Lead


The 2018 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 intend to create an atmosphere promoting 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 to prepare them in assuming 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 to 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.

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New Format

In response to our attendees, we condensed the day’s content to fit into a 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. schedule to allow more working women to commute to and from the event. Sessions featured high-ranking women who share their leadership journeys and lessons learned via keynote presentations and panel discussions. Explore the 2017 agenda.

Raising Awareness

One of the reoccurring topics of discussion at the 2017 Women & Automotive Forum was the industry’s need to reach out to young women in high-school and college and share with them to the many career opportunities available across the automotive industry. With that in mind, our goal is to have more students present at next year’s event.

Networking & Mentorship

Throughout the day and in between sessions, the women and men who attended the event were busy making new connections, discussion leadership advancement opportunities, and some even took it a step further by establishing a mentorship relationship. Our hope is to make mentorship a growing part of the annual forum.

2017 Facts & Stats

152 women and men from across Canada and United States participated in this year’s event

64% of registered participants are in management positions. 40% are VP and C-level.

14 sponsors and industry association partners supported and contributed to #AutoWomenLead

6 keynotes and panel discussion sessions were presented by 20 industry leaders



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.