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International Women’s Day – Advancing Girls & Women Celebration


JOIN US for a special evening of inspiring discussion, learning and networking celebrating the advancement of girls and women in honour of International Women’s Day. Hear the engaging voices of diverse thought and business leaders on how we can drive meaningful change, together. Build connections with investors, entrepreneurs, peers and other inspiring industry leaders.

Event Program:

Masters of Ceremony:

Natasha Walji, Sector Lead, Technology, Telecom, Entertainment & Local, Google

Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director, Strategic Investments and Women in Tech, BDC

Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Aliza Lakhani, CEO and Regional Dean, Toronto Campus, Northeastern University


  • Linda Hassenfratz, CEO, Linamar
  • Jessica Yamoah, Founder, Innovate Inclusion
  • Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO of NRStor
  • Victor G. Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC

Additional Remarks By:

  • Whitney Rockley, Co-founder and Managing Partner of McRock Capital
  • Salim Teja, President, Venture Services, MaRS
  • Jodi Kovitz, CEO & Founder, #movethedial
  • Caroline Riseboro, President & CEO, Plan International Canada


Date: Thursday March 8th

Registration: 6:00 pm

Program: 6:30pm

Networking: 7:30pm

Location: The Auditorium at MaRS – 101 College Street, Toronto

This event is co-hosted by the Canada-US Council the Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders, the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), MaRS#movethedial and Plan International Canada,

Big thank you to our generous sponsors BDC and CIBC for making this event possible, and to MaRS for providing the venue.

RSVP required as space is limited.

Earlier Event: October 24
#movethedial Stories, Toronto
Later Event: April 12
#movethedial Stories Toronto