International Women’s Day!

This month we celebrate International Women’s Day!

March 8th is the official International Women’s Day. In celebration of IWD, we have put together a list of events happening in the community and across Canada to mark in your calendars!

Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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Community Events:


March 4th
Time to Talk: Excelling Your Business From Within
We’re just going to say it: the work of achieving gender diversity in the workplace is never done and it’s not about checking a box. Gender diversity is a massive priority and it benefits your bottom line. There is more to accomplish and you can either play a role or increase your impact. Presented by BDO Canada​, Sandbox Centre invites you to join an intimate and interactive session that will explore the unknown advantages of women empowerment in the workplace and the importance of being an internal champion for growth.

Register here! 

March 8th
IWD Women’s Empowerment Virtual Luncheon
Honour and celebrate the woman you are or show a woman in your workplace, family or circle of friends that you care. Proceeds from this event will directly support our agency and women and children in your community experiencing violence and help support their journey of healing and rebuilding.

Register here! 

March 10th, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Women’s House International Women’s Day Celebration
Join Business to Bruce and Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey on March 10th from 6 to 7:30 pm. for a celebration of International Women’s Day with a focus on women’s equality, #BreakTheBias #IWD2022.

The topic for this year’s celebration is Career Development: The Golden Thread and will be led by Sarain Fox, dancer, choreographer, stylist, activist, brand ambassador, television host, and content producer.

Women’s House will be raising funds at an online auction prior to the event, with winning bids announced during the event. Additionally, Women’s House will present the Woman of Distinction and the Young Woman of Distinction awards will to two deserving recipients from the community.


March 11th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
IWD: Mentor Mash
Join us for an morning of speed mentoring! If you identify as a woman entrepreneur, we invite you to our Mentor Mash in celebration of International Women’s Day! You will meet with a variety mentors in a 9 minute time frame to rapidly learn from industry specialists! When you are not with a mentor, you will have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs as well as business resource centres and event sponsors! We are excited to present Michèle Newton as our keynote speaker.

Register here!

Virtual Events in Canada:

March 3rd
It starts with a decision – Decide you will grow in 2022. Decide to StrikeUP together to advance women’s economic empowerment and grow the number of women-owned Canadian businesses. Decide to StrikeUP together to build capacity within the entrepreneurship ecosystem and close gaps in service and support for women entrepreneurs. Decide to Register FREE Now for the StrikeUP 2022 virtual conference to invest in yourself and grow your business in 2022, gaining access to growth partners, mentorship and finance.

March 8th, 12 pm – 1 pm
Diversity at work in Canada: Breaking the Bias with Sandrine Devillard (McKinsey), Rania Llewellyn (Laurentian Bank) & Dr. Homer Tien (Ornge), with Cheesan Chew (RBC Ventures)

March 8th, 9 am – 11 am
Network of Executive Women Toronto is celebrating Leaders & Allies virtually this International Women’s Day!

Dig deeper into the importance of leadership and allies during this special panel event, featuring leaders across multiple industries. NEW Toronto invites you to join us on International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 9:00-11:00 AM ET. Hear from keynote speaker: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Leadership & Diversity Expert

On March 8, 2022,  7 pm to 8:30 pm
Councillor Kavanagh will again host a virtual meeting to mark International Women’s Day. Councillor Theresa Kavanagh is the appointed Women and Gender Equity Liaison for Ottawa City Council. Sign up for this event and read more about our Emcee and Panelists at

March 10th, 3 pm – 6 pm
IWD2022 #BreakTheBias

Join us for candid discussion with trailblazing Women leaders.  Women in industries where they face racism and obstacles.

Shannon Ferguson, Co-Founder & CEO of FanSaves
Jennifer Sanasie, Co-founder and CMO at Streambed Media, Co-Host at CoinDesk’s The Hash
Jennifer Vivian, Manager Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, Volunteer Ski Instructor with Brown Girl Outdoor World
Councillor Charmaine Williams – City of Brampton, Wards 7 & 8

March 10th, 9 am
Toronto Centre salutes International Women’s Day (IWD) not only as a celebration of women’s achievements, but also to raise awareness about women’s equality. The panel will discuss what financial authorities can do to combat bias, break the barriers to gender equality, and increase access to finance for women.

Featuring panelists:
– Elsie Addo Awadzi, Second Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana
– Irene Espinosa Cantellano, Deputy Governor, Bank of Mexico

Moderated by Jennifer Long, Program Leader, Toronto Centre