Friday, June 24, 2011
All the Opportunities to Succeed
Earlier this week we attended the Canadian Briefing. The day was full of information, networking and unbelievable energy! I noticed there was a significant increase in people from last year’s trip, but it was great to see the returning businesses too! We received a profile booklet with all the Canadian companies and delegates at the conference. Everything you needed to know was in the booklet!
The morning started with networking opportunities and speakers throughout the day who were all very informative and extremely supportive. One of the speakers was Josie Mousseau, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). DFAIT has many programs that are supportive of women in international trade. Another speaker, Mary Grossman, the Deputy Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, also offered her assistance to the participants. We had the chance to meet with over twenty new businesses at the set of roundtables that day, as well. Kenyatta Lewis, Director of Supplier Diversity at MGM Resorts International, discussed how to do business with MGM, and now two Canadian businesses have meetings with Kenyatta this week. What an opportunity!
I also had the opportunity to speak on the behalf of TD’s increased footprint in the United States and the importance of having a Foreign Exchange Risk Management Strategy. Overall, I was amazed at the collaboration that was going on with the women business owners. There was no competition, rather, everyone working together.
- Shelley LeBrun
TD Bank of Canada