CIF Women Entrepreneurs' Conference & Workshop

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Pearson Convention Center

2638 Steeles Avenue East

Brampton, ON L6T 4L7


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Canada India Foundation’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Workshop

Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion will inaugurate Canada India Foundation’s first annual Women Entrepreneurs’ Conference and Workshop on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at Brampton’s Pearson Convention Centre.

Mayor of Brampton His Worship Patrick Brown is expected to deliver introductory remarks at the conference.

City of Brampton's Community Grant Program, Business Development Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) are the sponsors.

The conference is supported by Shirin Mandani, CEO of GrantX Inc, which provides services for resource and organization development to many charities and not-for-profit across North America, and by Artists and Artisans Development and Network (AADN).


CIF Women Entrepreneurs’ Conference will create a friendly, non-judgmental platform for women entrepreneurs, both established and starting, to understand the ecosystem of women enterprise and avail of the opportunities available through official agencies and through the shared experiences. The purpose of the conference is to provide guidance to businesses owned and operated by visible minority women to benefit from the path-breaking policy announcements of the federal government to promote enterprise by women.


  • Mary Ng, Canada's Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

  • Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton

  • Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee

  • Ami Shah, Peekapak

  • Balbir Sohi, Smiles on Wheels

  • Emel Iscan Demir, BDC

  • Gerry Fung, Northbridge Consulting

  • Hema Bhatt, Natu'Oil Services

  • Jennifer Cooke, EDC

  • Kanta Arora, Arconic International Languages

  • Kim Thiara, AceTronic Industrial Controls INC

  • Kiran Hirpara, Unique Broadband Systems

  • Latha Sukumar, MCIS Language Solutions

  • Lisa Sohanpal, Nom Noms World Food.

  • Maya Roy, YWCA

  • Reetu Gupta, Eastons Group of Hotels Inc.

  • Shirin Mandani, GrantX

  • Sunita Vyas, Academy of Learning

  • Vandana Kumar, Government of India


Wednesday 22 May 2019

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Avenue East. Brampton, ON L6T 4L7

Thursday 23 May 2019

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

CIF Offices - 2939 Portland Drive 2nd Floor Oakville ON L6H 5S4


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Pearson Convention Center

2638 Steeles Avenue East

Brampton, ON L6T 4L7


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