Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Women in Manufacturing
May 13, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

Women have comprised 29 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing workforce for the past 40 years – but representation is gradually increasing as key industry players lead the change on gender equity. Inspired by their ongoing efforts to dismantle the barriers that prevent or discourage women from entering the industry, and to facilitate conversations about advancing women into leadership positions, Annex Business Media’s Manufacturing Group is teaming up to host a new virtual summit called Women in Manufacturing, as well as launch an accompanying website:

Featuring some of the biggest influencers in the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers, the Women in Manufacturing Virtual Summit offers a live panel discussion, presentations and on-demand sessions where speakers will explore the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, share career advice and real-life experiences, recommend actions companies can take to recruit women and advance them to leadership positions, and much more.

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

We are working on finalizing speakers for this event, but if you have a proposal for a speaker, please email Kristina Urquhart, editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION, at

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1:00pm- 1:10pm
Opening Remarks

1:10pm- 1:40pm

1:40pm- 2:00pm

2:00pm- 2:40pm
Attracting women to manufacturing: Recruitment strategies that work

Speaker: Brendan Sweeney, Managing Director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Women account for nearly half of the Canadian workforce, but for the past 40 years have comprised only 29 per cent of the manufacturing industry. In the skilled trades, only four per cent of jobs are occupied by women.

2:40pm- 2:55pm

2:55pm- 3:30pm
Retaining women in manufacturing – How to build a more inclusive environment

Speaker: France Daviault, Executive Director, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

3:30pm- 4:30pm
Advancing women in manufacturing: New approaches to leadership

Irene Sterian, President & CEO, REMAP Network, and Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica
Diane Reko, Chief Executive Officer, Reko International
Peng-Sang Cau, Vice-President Life Sciences, Emerging Markets & Symphoni, ATS Automation
Moderator: Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President, Build a Dream
In this panel discussion, industry leaders discuss how traditional approaches to cultivating leadership in manufacturing must evolve to accommodate the strengths women bring to the decision-making table.

Closing Remarks

Agenda and Speakers subject to change.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Manufacturing

When & Where?

Women in Manufacturing will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on May 13, 2021 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 May 13, 2021.

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 Tara Jacobs.