• Includes Access to ALL 10 days and 20+ sessions with International and Innovative speakers; GroYourBiz Award Winners; Keynote Speakers; Special Message from Honourable Janet Austin Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Women increasingly play a powerful role in driving global changes. By providing powerful and meaningful messages of “Women Championing Women”, we know a difference can be made for women, girls, and the next generation of leaders. This section of the 2021 Summit Series will showcase a panel of inspirational women leaders and trailblazers who have had impact on communities, society and the world. Sharing their sage advice and brilliant perspectives on their ups and downs, their failures and wins, their strategies and tactics for their success, they are all passionate leaders who will encourage, inspire, and motivate you to become the successful woman you want to be!
  • For business owners who want to learn more about the tremendous opportunities to open doors and to access more business with “Big Brands” through supplier diversity. The focus is on learning how to cultivate, build and grow relationships and business opportunities between certified diverse suppliers, corporations, and public organizations. Learn more about those championing inclusive procurement and supplier diversity. Our panelists are prominent corporate and government leaders who will share their views reflecting on how they are making strides in assisting WBOs benefit from certification. What is certification? What is the process? What are the Qualifications to become a women certified business owner? What organizations do certification and what are the differences? This session will cover issues we most care about while serving clients and social goals as it relates to the four major conference themes: leadership, global competitiveness, business growth and megatrends.
  • Global consumer buying habits continually are changing, especially among women and youth who are speaking out more. They crave authenticity and purpose, and issues they most care about, which are key elements for a successful brand. So, what are corporations and public institutions doing to stand out and be different? In this session we showcase leaders whose innovative ideas are generating a new model of doing business.  Each panelist shares their own underlying culture addressing this new leadership incorporating socially, environmentally, and corporately responsible behaviours in their business practices, including sustainability, inclusiveness, diversity, and gender equality. This Plenary Session goal is to provide delegates with innovative, dynamic, and thoughtful ideas to inspire a leadership growth. Women increasingly play a powerful role in driving global changes. We believe that sharing “best practices” will drive unprecedented positive change for all businesses, no matter their size or sector. Our keynote panelists are prominent leaders who will share their views reflecting on how they are making strides in issues we most care about while serving clients and social goals as it relates to the four major conference themes: leadership, global competitiveness, business growth and megatrends.
  • This session will showcase prominent leaders who will share their views reflecting on the current trends and issues, the rise of dementia and other diseases, the increased burden on families, patients and caregivers, the need for more teamwork, collaborative communication, and professionals whose innovative ideas and approaches in a variety of health care fields can make breakthroughs. There is no “one solution”; however, after years of “just talking” is it time to come up with National Standards and provide the investment healthcare deserves to support the most vulnerable in our society? The panelists are all making strides in healthcare issues and the social goals we most care about as it relates to EXCELerates’ four major themes: leadership, global competitiveness, business growth and megatrends. What are the current trends and issues? Provide baseline information. How can we deliver better health outcomes for less money spent? Can we transform healthcare through communications technology? Coming out of COVID, what do we hang on to and what do we let go? What needs to change in Care Facilities? We will have a “tsunami of elders” in the next 30 years. Who will care for them and at what cost?
  • Learn how you can increase your company’s profitability, productivity, and innovation through exporting. As a key sponsor for EXCELerate 2021, Export Development Canada is proud to present this session highlighting the benefits for your company of exporting. The session will explore strategies and tips on how to overcome common barriers such as finding new customers, accessing market intelligence, and getting the working capital you need to finance your export business. You will also hear first-hand from highly successful entrepreneurs who will share their inspiring stories, lessons learned, and practical tips for success.
  • This Plenary session will cover a range of topics including: • Is it time to Ring the Alarm on Harmful Tech? • What about small new startups that depend on Social Media? • What should we focus our attention on in making policy changes? • What about Australia’s “bargain code” as a policy? • What should the next generation of “net” look like? • What is the role of Social Media? Should there be accountability for the spread of misinformation? • Should interests come before values? Should governments step in and start regulating? • Is attention the currency of the 21st century? • What is responsible Social Media and how to use it for the benefit of all? How should it shift? • Should Social Media be publicly owned? • How can Social Media abide by rules and become safer? Is this possible? • How can we support entrepreneurship and new competition? Etc.
  • The impact of our global problems will require enterprises and individuals to act in new ways. This session highlights how some leaders are making a difference -- whether it's taking action to save our planet from pollution, world floods, or fostering mental health in a way that impacts generations positively. Please join us for a discussion on global concerns and solutions to protect our world’s most climate-vulnerable communities. Our panel will share their passions and progress in a way that will inspire you to think differently about your business plan and corporate responsibility. We all want to grow...we all want to help...let's put our heads and hearts together and see how we can grow into being part of the solution. We also believe that it will be women and youth, who will become the majority “change makers” pushing for the solutions required to get changes adopted and supported sooner by our policy makers and governments.
  • The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is the first-of-its-kind global competition for social entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to act to create the world we want by 2030. The WE Empower Challenge honors innovative women leaders from around the world who are pushing the SDGs forward through sustainable business practices and inspiring others to follow suit. The opportunity recognizes their innovative work and provides Awardees with capacity-building training sessions and opportunities to connect with an unparalleled global network to advance their enterprises. This program elevates and showcases the valuable contribution women entrepreneurs and business leaders can make toward the SDGs and solving the world’s greatest challenges. GroYourBiz is proud to be a lead partner in this initiative. If you are a WBO whose business is advancing any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, then you should attend and consider applying. Each year Five Finalists are selected from around the world to participate in a series of tailored trainings, high-level events, and networking opportunities surrounding the 76th UN General Assembly (in-person in September 2021 or a virtual program from August through October 2021). BMO Bank of Montreal will also share their involvement with WBOs and SDGs with their upcoming Grant Program for 2021.
  • Your business isn't as unique as you think. Research shows that buyers don't see you as different compared to your competitors. This comes out loud and clear when you're price-shopped, lose the sale to a competitor or worse yet-can't even get the meeting with the decision makers in the first place! Time-starved buyers don't have the desire to meet with just one more vendor who does the same thing as their current vendor. There's a reason why calling more leads or hiring more sales staff isn't helping grow your business faster. The answer is simple, it's scientific and it requires very little investment other than a few changes to what you’re already doing to reach out to prospects.
  • Researchers have discovered the formula for living a good life, so why is depression still the world’s leading disability and anxiety the most common mental health disorder in North America? Most people don’t know what will truly make them happy, and far too few make proven wellness practices a part of their lives. To cope with all the stresses we encounter, we need to actively care for ourselves, which includes heeding our ancient programming that demands that we move our bodies, connect face-to-face and get enough sleep. These important factors build our resilience. In this entertaining and interactive keynote address, Addie Greco-Sanchez will demonstrate how investing as little as five minutes of self-care goes a long way in building resilience and decreasing absences related to stress and mental health challenges. Based on the book she co-authored, The 5-Minute Recharge, 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day, Addie will provide useful strategies for thriving at work and in life.
  • This interactive session will introduce tips for sharing your stories to increase your visibility, encourage collaboration and connect you with your community. How? By connecting your story to your success and teaching you how to use both to grow your capacity to success and amplify your results. Trish will create a “safe zone” to learn, share and receive peer feedback and recognition.

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