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Gender Equity in Business: A Win-Win!

Conversation on opening new markets through supplier diversification. Events The activity will be held in French.

Registration deadline: February 14, 2020

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Most people would say that gender equity in business is making good progress.

But is that really the case?

While the number of women entrepreneurs is growing, only 16% 1 of businesses in Canada are majority owned by women.

Why is it that of all purchases made by large companies, less than 5% 2 of contracts are awarded to women-owned businesses?

For this event, Anne-Marie Hubert, EY’s Managing Partner for Eastern Canada, will moderate a high-calibre panel discussion. The guests, who are pioneers in this field, will discuss the economic benefits of diversifying their suppliers, in order to encourage participants to do business with more women, and the strategies used to achieve this.

Here are the guest panelists:

  • Claude Gagnon
    Claude Gagnon President
    BMO Financial Group, Quebec
    See biography
  • Hélène V. Gagnon
    Hélène V. Gagnon Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications
    See biography
  • Alexandre Synnett
    Alexandre Synnett Executive Vice President, Digital Technologies and Operations
    Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    See biography


  • Anne-Marie Hubert
    Anne-Marie Hubert, C.M., FCPA, FCA, LL. D Managing Partner for Eastern Canada
    See biography

Attend this discussion to:

  • Draw inspiration from companies that have launched initiatives to help grow women-led businesses and see how they are being implemented;
  • Learn more about supplier diversification programs that target women-led businesses;
  • Take part in an initiative of the Réseau des Femmes d'affaires du Québec (RFAQ) that promotes supplier companies run by women, and learn about their activities, products and services.

Who is this activity for?

For employers and:

  • Any member of an organization wishing to contribute to the growth of businesses owned by women and thus strengthen its social responsibility;
  • Executives and senior management interested in learning about supplier diversification programs;
  • Managers and members of the management team who aspire to implement diversification and inclusion initiatives within their business operations;
  • Logistics and procurement managers interested in learning more about business practices for supplier diversification;
  • Those responsible for inclusion and diversity within their organization who want to share their good business practices for supplier diversification with other professionals;
  • Business development managers looking for new business partners working in new local and national markets;
  • Any woman entrepreneur who wants to meet with professionals from large corporations to create new business opportunities.




Members Non members
Ticket(s) $95 * $135 *
Table(s) of 10
Table(s) of 10 $855 * $1350 *

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

No cancellations or refunds as of 48 business hours before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted until the event is held. Please send cancellation notices by email at


Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal

900 De La Gauchetière Street West
Montréal, QC
H5A 1E4


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