Delegation of woman business owners to attend Business Development Conference and Business Fair in Nevada

News Release

June 16, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is committed to advancing a progressive trade agenda that addresses issues such as gender equality to ensure that all segments of society can take advantage of the opportunities that flow from trade and investment.

In keeping with this commitment, Global Affairs Canada’s Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) program is leading a delegation of more than 50 woman business owners to attend the annual Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 18 to 22, 2017.

The business development conference and business fair is the largest event of its kind for woman business owners. It is an important venue for businesswomen who want to access supplier diversity opportunities with Fortune 500 companies, and offers invaluable opportunities to network with potential partners from around the world and with other Canadian businesswomen.


“Empowering women through entrepreneurship and leadership is at the core of Canada’s progressive trade agenda. Trade missions offer important opportunities to help advance the success of businesswomen, which, in turn, contributes to our overall economic growth and competitiveness.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts

  • According to BMO, businesses that are majority woman-owned contribute almost $150 billion to the Canadian economy annually and employ more than 1.5 million people.

  • BWIT is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. The BWIT program has helped hundreds of Canadian women achieve their international business goals by providing services and tools to help woman entrepreneurs access new market opportunities overseas.

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