The Women & Automotive Leadership Forum is coming up on its fifth year, and the team at W&A continues to be thrilled by the continuing progression in interest and industry support in this event designed to advance women into leadership positions across the auto industry.

As we continue down this path in 2020, in an effort to best serve our audience — and in the interest of the health and safety  of all involved — the team at W&A has decided to move the event from June 19th to September 14th, once again to be held  at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.

Women & Automotive Early Bird Registration extended through August 21!

The team at Women & Automotive has been following the latest developments, travel restrictions and risks associated with COVID-19, and responding to guidance from health experts and government leaders, have made the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of our speakers, attendees and team.

Marilu McQuilkin, senior director, events & marketing at Cherokee Media Group, and chair of Women & Automotive said, “We are excited  to continue the Women & Automotive discussion in September, and appreciate the flexibility and resilience of our team and the Canadian automotive industry as we chart a new path through this unprecedented time. The auto industry will need strong, resourceful leaders now more than ever.”

Even amid the COVID-19 crisis, we have continued to be impressed by the level of support for W&A, including the response to our 2020 Call for Speakers. Submissions are still being accepted for the 2020 event through June 15.

A sign of this continued momentum is our list of already confirmed speakers, representing OEMs and one of Canada’s leading dealer groups. Our 2020 lineup already includes:

  • Lydia Bowser, senior manager, human resources, Hyundai Auto Canada
  • Carol Deacon, chief operating officer, Pfaff Automotive.
  • Marni Steele, manager, customer loyalty and retention, Hyundai Canada
  • Jessica Todd, senior manager, incentives strategy, Hyundai Canada

All registrations, sponsorships and speakers for the Women & Automotive conference will transfer to the new event date of Sept. 14.  In the case of any scheduling conflicts, Women & Automotive will work with impacted individuals and companies to smooth challenges as much as possible.

All Women & Automotive hotel reservations made within the original W&A or Auto Remarketing Canada block will be automatically canceled. If you had a reservation, no need to call to cancel. We will be in touch shortly with a new link for reservations for the September dates.

Bill Zadeits, president of Cherokee Media Group, said, “We will all be busy this summer collectively looking toward the future and traversing new ground for the auto industry. We look forward to convening in Toronto to look toward the last quarter of 2020, and what’s in store for 2021 auto leadership, management and more.”

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