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Women in Manufacturing 2023
March 2, 2023 at 1:00pm ET

It is critical to continue chipping away at all the barriers preventing or discouraging women from entering Canada’s manufacturing industry. Annex Business Media’s Manufacturing Group is back with Advance: Women in Manufacturing to facilitate conversations about breaking barriers, advancing women into positions of their choice and embracing equity.

Scheduled for March 2, the half-day virtual summit will explore strategies to help women power their journey in Canada’s manufacturing industry.

The event will feature experts working to create diverse and inclusive workspaces. Influencers in the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers will share solutions to overcome every day challenges women face in the industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and thought leaders whose shared goal is to promote gender equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian manufacturing.

For any questions or suggestions regarding the event and the agenda please reach out to:

For sponsorship information, please contact Paul Grossinger at


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1:00 pm - 1:05 pm
Welcome greeting by Parliamentary Secretary Jenna Sudds

1:05 pm – 1:30 pm
Opening keynote: How mentorship and sponsorship can move the dial in your early career

Speaker: Jo Ann Dizy, Co-founder and CEO of Grow Together

Mentors are strong allies that help women advance in careers and positions of their choice within the manufacturing sector. The opening keynote will highlight the benefits of having mentors and sponsors in your professional networks to achieve career goals. Dizy will offer strategies to help participants obtain and maintain both relationships. Dizy will also touch upon the limitations to mentorship, and why your ultimate networking goal must be to develop sponsorship relationships.

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm
Panel discussion – Embrace equity to drive success

  • Erica Lee Garcia, Owner and CEO, Erica Lee Consulting & Professional Services
  • Alexandra Witt, National Service Manager at Endress+Hauser Canada
  • Eva Kwan, PhD Candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Western University
  • Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President and Founder, Build a Dream
Creating an equitable workplace can go a long way in driving the success of a company. Panellists will discuss strategies to embrace equity and the role of allies in creating an equitable work environment.

2:10 pm – 2:25 pm

2:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Workshop – Own your career: Strategic career navigation and mapping to propel your success

Speaker: Kristina Cleary, Founder and Chief Leadership Officer, ACCELLE

Taking ownership of career planning will help you make more strategic decisions and propel the success you desire no matter what stage of career you are in.

Why wait for the traditional performance review for your career discussion? YOU are in the driver’s seat of your career – NOW is the perfect time to clarify where you are going and how you are going to get there.

Join this workshop to learn from Kristina Cleary, Founder and Chief Leadership Officer of ACCELLE about how career planning can help accelerate your success by:
  • Clarifying where you want to go and HOW you are going to get there
  • Identifying specific actions you can take to help you reach your career goals FASTER
  • Ensuring buy-in and alignment with your leader

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm
Fireside chat with industry leaders

  • Linda Trbizan, Senior Vice President, Assembly Operations - Stellantis North America
  • Mary Larson, Partner, MNP

3:15 pm – 3:55 pm
Panel discussion – Ask the experts

Moderator: Karen Bozynski Wilson, Director of Partnerships, ventureLAB
  • Leslee Wills, Vice President, People & Corporate Affairs, Bimbo Canada
  • Janet Wardle, President & CEO, MHI Canada Aerospace
  • Stephanie Holko, Director of Project Development, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)
Our panel of industry experts and leaders in the manufacturing industry are here to offer solutions to real-life challenges women face in the workplace. Submit your questions on how to tackle difficult situations at your workplace when registering for the event or during the live session. Our panellists will offer their advice during this interactive discussion.

3:55 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing remarks

Transform your Manufacturing Data Analytics with Actionable Insights

Featured Speakers:
  • Achyut Jajoo, SVP & GM of Manufacturing & Automotive, Salesforce
  • Andrew Caietti, CRM Analytics Solution Engineer, Salesforce
  • Stephanie Smith, Strategic Lead Solution Engineer, Salesforce

Pam Lilley on Women in Manufacturing

Featured Speaker: Pam Lilley, Partner, Assurance, MNP

Alexandra Witt on Women in Manufacturing

Featured Speaker: Alexandra Witt, Endress+Hauser Canada

Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing report: How women have fared

Featured Speaker: Brendan Sweeney, Trillium Network

Brendan Sweeney from Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing discusses how women have fared in the manufacturing industry and the gap that still exists in the workforce.

Interview with Jessa Jennings, Salesforce

Featured Speaker:
Jessa Jennings, Regional VP MidMarket Canada, Manufacturing Vertical, Salesforce

Sonia Poirier on Women in Manufacturing

Featured Speaker:
Sonia Poirier, IPEX Group of Companies

Product Demos

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Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Manufacturing 2023

When & Where?

Women in Manufacturing 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on March 2, 2023 at 1:00pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 2, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Azeemah Abowath.