The Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum has proven itself as one of the up-and-coming events in the Canadian used-car industry, gathering some of the most influential and important names in the business for a day to discuss how to foster a more diverse, inclusive atmosphere for the growth and betterment of the industry. If you’ve attended in the past, you know the special qualities of this meeting of the minds. If you haven’t yet had the chance, there’s no better time than the present to plan on coming to Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle on March 29.
For greenhorns and sourdoughs alike, we’d love to shine a light on some of the impressive facts and figures from Women & Automotive 2017.
Coming from across North America, 152 women and men attended the 2017 W&A Forum. Senior executives, directors, managers, owners and dealers composed the majority of those attendees — 64% combined, with 40% of attendees at C-level or VP positions. If these statistics show anything about Women & Automotive, they demonstrate how valuable and effective of a networking opportunity the event can be. So many great minds of the automotive industry collect within a beautiful venue for a single day for possibly the most convenient and fruitful day trip you can imagine in your professional career.
The Women & Automotive Forum’s design concentrates a lot of content in a convenient single-day format. In 2017, six keynotes and panel discussions covered hugely important topics, such as the importance of mentorship and how to battle sexist bias.
Some of the high-profile speakers included Susan Gubasta of Mississauga Toyota, Kijiji’s Leanne Kripp, and TRADER’s Jill Hadfield — all of whom were also recognized as AR Canada Profiles in Leadership honourees.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
Last year, 14 sponsors and industry partners helped us make Women & Automotive happen. They included ADESA Canada, CarProof, CDK Global, Cox Automotive Canada, D+H, the Digital Finance Institute, Equifax Canada, Kijiji Canada, the New Car Dealers Association of British Columbia, Roy Speed Ross, Scotiabank and SiriusXM Canada. Their involvement not only assisted us in putting on the event, but also showed their commitment to Women & Automotive’s very mission to make the automotive industry a business that embraces and advances all people.
All these figures combine to show the potential of not just the Women & Automotive Forum, but also the promise of a brighter future for the automotive industry. If the success of last year’s event proves anything, then 2018 Women & Automotive should be the best one yet and mark a trend of further, boundless improvement.