It’s a new decade. It’s a fresh slate. But, likely many of the same challenges — and opportunities — that existed in 2019 still remain as we kick off the next 10 years. But, with a new year also comes new chances to explore, make discoveries and facilitate breakthroughs to tackle those challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

That’s what this year’s Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum aims to do, as we continue our mission of advancing women into leadership roles in the Canadian automotive industry.

 Women & Automotive, Sept. 14, 2020, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.

This has been our goal since we first launched the event in 2016, with the help of Canadian auto industry veterans like the former CEO of Canadian Black Book, Kathy Ward, who lost a courageous battle with cancer in 2017; as well as auto industry consultant Cheryl Munce; Jean Boutzis, director of sales and business development, Performance Publications Media Group; Christie Groom, Director, Business Development, Sym-Tech Financial Services; and Wendy Ladd, Account Executive, Jim Pattison Leasing.

Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum March 21, 2019, at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.

This provided the springboard from which has come years of collaboration, connections made, strategies implemented and mentor relationships created — all focused on leadership.

Let’s continue the discussion for year 4 of Women & Automotive with topics that inspire and spark ideas, like alternatives methods of mentorship, developing leaders for the future of auto, technology for the happier + healthier workplace, and the characteristics of a women-friendly and diverse workplace.

Have a topic you would like to bring to the Women & Automotive audience? We want to hear from you. The call for speakers for Women & Automotive 2020 opens today and will run through Monday, March 16. 

In 2019, we hosted speakers like: 

  • The CEO and owner of the Economic Club of Canada, Rhiannon Rosalind. Rosalind has hosted individuals including former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, human rights advocate Amal Clooney and more.
  • Chief People and Culture Officer TRADER Corp. Beth Worthington, who led a keynote and roundtable discussion on the different employee engagement strategies for recruitment and retention. (full 2019 agenda can be found here.)

Women & Automotive Call for Speakers Open through March 16!

In 2019, the event drew upwards of 230 attendees. In fact, ever since the event’s launch in 2016,  it has brought together over 200 change makers in the Canadian auto industry each year.

And registration for the summer event is already open! For those who like to plan head,  save $100 off on-site registration for the forum, now in its fourth year.

Women & Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum March 21, 2019, at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.

Women & Automotive conveniently preceeds the Auto Remarketing Canada conference directly, held September 15-16 by Cherokee Media Group at the Westin Harbour Castle, as well. This event focuses on retail, remarketing and recovery in the Canadian auto industry. To learn more about this event, including 2020 Dealer Training Day, see here. 

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