Trade & Export Support for Women Business Owners

Did you know only 5% of Canadian women business owners export? We want to change that by giving you the tools and confidence to access new markets and take advantage of international growth opportunities.

If you’re a business owner who wants to trade internationally but doesn’t know where to start, we can help you become import or export ready!

We work closely with partners, such as Business Women in International Trade (BWIT) to support women business owners become trade-ready and attend trade missions throughout North America.

If you have any questions about how we can help you with exporting and/or importing, send us an email or call us at 1.800.643.7014 ext. 112.

We can help you…

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Alpana Sharma
FITT Professional

Understand Importing & Exporting Regulations

Many business owners recognize the growth opportunities of importing and exporting, but they’re overwhelmed by the prospect of learning about the rules, regulations, permissions and approvals required.

We can help you understand and comply with importing/exporting regulations and requirements for your specific product, and provide you with a plan so you can import/export legally and confidently.

Contact Alpana Sharma, FITT professional, for help with your questions.

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Kath Britton
Director, Business Development

Make Connections

If you are a woman entrepreneur exploring your exporting options, now you can access unprecedented support to make connections with Fortune 500 companies in trade missions to the US and we can help you access these opportunities!

We can connect you with other women business owners who are attending trade missions and keep you informed about preparation webinars, prior to conferences.

Kath Britton is our Director, Business Development and your contact for trade missions and export support. She can help you certify as a diverse supplier, access markets and prepare for trade missions. She can help you:

  • Access procurement opportunities
  • Create your pitch and capability statement so you can approach large corporations at supplier diversity or trade events

Contact Kath Britton for information and support with trade missions.

Access Other Trade Support

Check out these other resources from us and our partners to help you get import or export ready!

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting
    The Trade Commissioner Service has updated their exporting guide! Whether you are a novice or seasoned exporter, this improved guide will help your business get export-ready and positioned for commercial success abroad. Take a look >>
  • Business Women in International Trade
    The BWIT Program, which is part of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), is the only national program that provides targeted products and services to help women entrepreneurs internationalize. BWIT’s mandate is to link Canadian women entrepreneurs with international business opportunities to help spur their company’s growth. Learn more >>
  • CanExport Grant
    The CanExport program is a five-year, $50-million Government of Canada program that provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada that are seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets. You may be eligible to receive funding for a portion of your travel expenses with the CanExport Grant>>
  • View More Business Growth Resources in our free Online Resource Library

Upcoming Trade Missions and Events

Below are upcoming events for women business owners who are looking to make valuable connections to grow their business. Also check out the Business Women in International Trade calendar for events and trade missions.

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September 2017

INNOVATE & IGNITE 2017, The WBE Canada Conference & Matchmaker

September 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This our community's big once a year national event, so you don't want to miss it. Attended by 200+ certified diverse suppliers, corporations and government procurement professionals and those championing supplier diversity. Certified WBEs, Corporate Members, and others have a variety of ticket options to meet their needs, and for 2017 we've added new ways for our community to get INVOLVED in this exciting fast paced one-day event.

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October 2017

Women in Business North America Summit

October 3, 2017 - October 4, 2017
Atlanta Atlanta, GA United States + Google Map

Join the Canadian delegation on the BWIT-led trade mission Last year's event saw over 550 participants! This year's goal is to educate and support women owned businesses and women entrepreneurs and develop a robust network and export capacity that extends across North America. Connect with multi-national and tech companies from the US, Mexico and Canada.

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November 2017

WEConnect International in Canada National Conference

November 30, 2017 - December 1, 2017

WEConnect International in Canada will host its annual “Power the Economy” signature event for women-owned businesses, multinational corporations, senior government officials, and partner organizations supporting the growth of women’s entrepreneurship across Canada. This conference offers targeted education for business owners seeking to grow their businesses as well as a rich environment for corporations interested in creating or improving their inclusive sourcing programs.

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January 2018

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) Workshop

January 15 - January 16
Pan pacific Hotel Vancouver, 300-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C3B5 Canada
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New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased…

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Tools for Growth Series – Procurement & Technology

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is FREE but you must register. Registered participants are invited to submit questions in advance. Join WBE Canada as we kick off our 2018 'Tools for Growth' Webinar Series. Our first installment features special guest Hayley Clift, Senior Account Executive at OMX as we highlight Procurement, Technology and examine some of the Federal Programs and Initiatives currently underway. The Canadian government, at all levels, is developing policies and programming with a focus to increase support for women entrepreneurs. Recently, they have examined how their…

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February 2018

Go for the Greens 2018 Motivation + Momentum = Magic Conference

February 15 - February 17
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort Orlando, FL United States + Google Map

Get the competitive edge with connections, information, and resources to position your business for increased growth! Go for the Greens is a business development conference for women entrepreneurs. This boutique event offers exclusive access to companies, government agencies, nonprofits and professional associations that can help women-owned businesses secure their largest, most profitable contracts ever … in a fun, creative setting at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Orlando, Florida. NOTE: We're calling this Go for the Greens 10.5 because it replaces our 10th…

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Trade Accelerator Program Kamloops

February 15 @ 8:00 am - February 16 @ 5:00 pm
Hotel 540 Kamloops, Canada + Google Map

Presented by World Trade Centre Vancouver The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services. World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015. Participating organizations experienced…

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Tools for Growth – Get B2B ready with Kellogg Webinar

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Debra Quade, Supplier Diversity Manager at the Kellogg Company and WBE Canada Board Member to learn how to prepare for the opportunity to meet with both Kellogg buyers and Tier One suppliers. This webinar recommended for those headed to Kellogg's B2B and is also ideal for those looking to learn how to do business with major corporations like the Kellogg Company. This is a FREE webinar, but you must register to get the access link.

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Developing an Effective Export Plan

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

A key element in planning to sell outside of B.C. is an export plan. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the financial viability of expanding your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective Export Plan, and answer all the questions associated with planning to export. This seminar will help you: Develop a strategy to find buyers or partners in new markets Understand the key components…

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Tools for Growth – Innovation Canada (AGS) Webinar

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join WBE Canada and Lori Kibbee, Senior Director, Growth Initiative at Innovation Canada to learn more about the Accelerated Growth Services. This new service launched by the Government of Canada designed to accelerate your business’ growth, by coordinating the delivery of government programs and, where possible, tailoring their offerings, based on your specific growth needs. This webinar is free, but you must register to receive access link.

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March 2018

Thinking of Exporting to Europe? Expand Your Business Horizons: CETA

March 5 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street
Prince George, BC Canada
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Global Affairs Canada is pleased to host the European Union Export Business Forum featuring presentations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and market opportunities in the European Union. Join experts and business leaders who will provide you with: An in-depth summary of the opportunities available through CETA to help you become more competitive in the EU market. Information about specific market opportunities in key industries such as Manufacturing, Food, ICT, Professional Services and others. Market development…

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A Conversation with Mrs. Janice Charette, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

March 12 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
SFU Segal Centre, 500 Granville St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are pleased to invite you to the event, A conversation with Mrs. Janice Charette Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom “CETA (the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement): What It All Means for Canada & British Columbia” Views from Canada House on Trafalgar Square Dress Code: Business Coffee and continental breakfast will be served at the event. Space is limited to reserve your place now. RSVP to Registration will close…

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Tools for Growth – Building your brand through philanthropy

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

A company’s philanthropy is a window into its core values. A great brand will seek to use their marketing dollars to do things out in the world that make a difference to the people who are part of their brands, and their community. Join Stephanie Fontaine, VP Business Development of WBE Canada with three special guests who are passionate about their businesses and making a difference: Donna Sheehan, Founder and Executive Director, Breast Cancer Support Fund Ema Dantas, President, Language…

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