Media Releases May 12, 2021

Beyond buzzwords – the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launches Women in Business Summit to help make an inclusive economic recovery a reality


(OTTAWA) – Wednesday, May 12, 2021– The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Salesforce announced, today, the launch of the Women in Business Summit: Empowering an Inclusive Recovery. The one-day event on June 23, 2021 will focus on ensuring an inclusive economic recovery is a reality.

We are over a year into the pandemic, and women continue to be disproportionately affected by its effects as both employers and employees. From over-representation in some of the hardest-hit sectors, like travel, tourism, and food services and accommodation, to juggling childcare and work responsibilities, women are leaving the workforce or dropping in productivity.

“This isn’t a women’s issue; it’s an economic issue,” says Leah Nord, Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth at the Canadian Chamber. “Ensuring women have opportunities to fully participate in the recovery is essential for widespread job creation and sustained economic growth. That’s what this Summit is all about. It’s about the entire business community – not only women – taking the lead to share, inspire, and generate real solutions.”

By bringing together influencers, business and community leaders, the Women in Business Summit aims to mobilize the business community to take immediate action to keep women in the workforce and build their success as entrepreneurs through the pandemic’s recovery.

From stories of resilience to conversations about upskilling and reskilling, creating more opportunities for underrepresented groups and the importance of addressing mental health issues, the insights gleaned through this Summit will also help provide chambers of commerce, boards of trade, and businesses across the country with practical tools and strategies.

“While we want to celebrate the incredible achievements of women in our business community, the goal of this Summit is also rooted in real-world outcomes,” adds Nord. “This isn’t about buzzwords or trends — it’s about learning how we can help equip our network and businesses so they can make the necessary changes to support women and open up the full potential of the Canadian economy.”

To register and learn more, visit the Women in Business Summit: Empowering an Inclusive Recovery, here.  

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.

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For more information, please contact:

Emily Walsh
ewalsh@chamber.ca