Business WOMEN’s Trade Mission to Atlanta and Orlando

ATLANTA June 15-17, 2016 and ORLANDO June 20-23, 2016 Jenny Keleher April 7, 2016

The Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) Program at Global Affairs Canada is leading a dual city trade mission to:

  • Women in Business – North America Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, June 15-17, 2016 (more info)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair, Orlando, Florida, June 20-23, 2016 (more info)

Through these two special events designed specifically for women-owned businesses, delegates will have exclusive access to connect to potential business opportunities with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in the United States. These events will feature high-calibre networking, business to business matchmaking, and inspiring speakers.

Interested in participating?

Canadian women-owned businesses are invited to register their interest in participating in one or both components of this trade mission. To do so, please email BWIT. We will work with you to assess the best opportunities for your business.

Check for updates on the Trade Commissioner’s website here.

Women in Business – North America Summit – Atlanta, Georgia – June 15-17, 2016

Draft Agenda

Innovation Technology Wish List

Women-owned businesses in innovative technologies across multiple sectors from Canada, the United States and Mexico will participate in this unique event organized in conjunction with the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta. Matchmaking opportunities for technology partnerships and global value chain expansion opportunities (pipeline/funding/export) will be made available for delegates with companies from the Southeast USA (Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi) and Mexico.

There is no cost to attend the summit and we will be able to offer a discounted rate of 169USD/night for rooms at the Georgia Tech Hotel.

Anchor companies and organizations confirmed for technology needs include: UPS, Lowes Hardware, Delta and the City of Atlanta. We are not able to guarantee B2B meetings given they are at the discretion of the organizations in question.

Target sectors*: Information & Communications Technology (wireless, software, hardware, apps, digital media, Fintech, e-education, cyber security, internet of things, 3D printing); Cleantech/sustainable technologies (Water Technology [reclamation, gray water, monitoring systems, membrane technology, energy], Solar); Automotive (aluminium technology/innovation/encryption technology for the connected vehicle); Defence (drones); Infrastructure/transportation; Life Sciences (health IT, medical devices); Agri-Food; Chemicals

Learn more here.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair – Orlando, Florida – June 20-23, 2016


Deadline for WEConnect International certified businesses to apply for matchmaker meetings through WBENC is April 1, 2016.

The Orlando portion of this trade mission is being organized in conjunction with the Consulate General of Canada in Miami, Florida. WBENC is the world’s largest conference targeted to women who want to access supplier diversity opportunities through U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

This dynamic conference features robust programming, lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions, matchmaker sessions and networking receptions. In 2015, there were more than 3500 participating corporate, government and women-owned business representatives, and more than 300 exhibitors at the business fair alone, all ready to discuss opportunities. For more information, please visit:

Additional programming will be organized for Canadian delegates, including a reception on June 21 from 5-7:30 pm.

On June 20, 2016, WEConnect International Day invites you to kick off the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair with international delegations of women business owners, corporate members, and government officials for an event dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs and educating all on the benefits of global supplier diversity and inclusion. Learn more and view the draft agenda.

Target sectors: Multi-sector

For more information and to register your interest, please email BWIT.



BWIT is a program of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) that supports Canadian women entrepreneurs as they pursue opportunities abroad. For more information on BWIT, please visit:



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