Finding and owning your voice

09 Mar 2018 6:00 PM | Mayank Bhatt (Administrator)
Finding and owning your voice
ICCC's best International Women's Day celebration in six years 
 Panel discussion: Tracy Schmitt, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Jennifer Hubbard, and moderator Angie Seth

In one of the best programs organized to commemorate the International Women’s day, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s (ICCC) Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals (WEP) Committee conducted a panel discussion on the subject ‘Finding and owing your voice’ on March 9 at the Courtyard Marriott in Brampton. Members of the ICCC, its stakeholders and supporters gave a stupendous reception to the program by participating in large numbers. The panel discussion took the topic of the day further, with all the panelists narrating their own experiences in trying to find their own voice as a woman achiever.

Ajay Tandon, VP Events & Programs explained that in recognition of the new impetus women’s rights have gained globally, the ICCC organized this panel discussion focused on the new and emerging trends in women empowerment especially in the sphere of entrepreneurialism and professionalism. The panelists are sterling achievers who have made path-breaking contributions in the personal and professional spheres.

The dynamic Angie Seth moderated the discussion. The panelists included Tracy Schmitt, better known as Unstoppable Tracy. Unstoppable Tracy #1 International Speaker based out of Toronto. She has shared the stage with Jane Fonda, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Mark Whalberg and more! She was born a 4-way amputee. Her mind-blowing story always gets standing ovations pushing audiences out of their limitation zones.

Patricia Lovett-Reid, Chief Financial Commentator, CTV News. As CTV News’ Chief Financial Commentator, she coaches viewers on how to save money, stretch their income, and get the biggest bang for their hard-earned bucks.

Jennifer Hubbard is the Managing Director, Financial Planning and Advice for CIBC Wealth Management and Commercial Banking. Throughout her career in the financial services industry, she has enjoyed a range of experiences with many of her roles centered around serving and advising clients.

The panel discussion evoked tremendous interaction between the audience and the panelists. Each of the panelists were asked specific questions pertaining to their expertise, and all of them were also asked a general question about equality in pay at work; and all of them were also asked to give their own interpretation of finding and owning one’s voice.

Mr. Kanwar Dhanjal, President ICCC formally welcomed all the guests and addressed the gathering. He said that he is very proud to have the women leaders scaling new heights in all sphere of life. Eminent community personalities along with successful women entrepreneurs and professionals of ICCC participated in the program. 

 ICCC Board of Directors with Minister Chagger

Hon Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism in the federal government was the chief guest at the program. She is a minister in Canada’s first government that has an equal number of men and women ministers. Minister Chagger emphasized the role of women in the wholesome development of the society and encouraged women to break self-imposed shackles and seize the moment to express their identity. She proudly said that she was the first women house leader in the House of Commons and credited Prime Minister Right Hon. Justin Trudeau for engaging more women leaders in the government.

Darlene Carreau, the Director General of Business Services at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), delivered the keynote address of the evening. Since December 2015, Darlene Carreau has been serving as the Director General of Business Services at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). Ms. Carreau enlightened the participants in the program on how to trade mark one’s professional property such as logos.

 Keynote speaker: Darlene Carreau  Minister Chagger with CIBC's Venki Raman and guests

ICCC's WEP Committee members with ICCC President    Members of the audience at the program 
 Learning salsa steps   Minister Chagger with Shibani Sahney, Chair, WEP Committee
The doors opened with a Cha Cha Cha performance followed by Salsa lessons enjoyed and participated by the guests. The evening concluded by an amazing salsa performance, and a raffle draw for ladies with gifts ranging from Gift cards to Gold Coins and a Diamond. Each woman participant walked away with a Gift bag courtesy of our generous sponsors.

Shibani Sahney, Chair, WEP Committee, exclaimed, “This is unarguably the best WEP event we’ve organized since we formed the Committee six years ago. I congratulate the managing committee members Anu Kalra, Shilpaben Patel, Gursharan Kandra, Reema Sarin, Shalini Bhardwaj, Jameet Gill, Vijeta Tokdas, Sudha Shankar, Ruchi Sharma and Sunita Vyas for their strong support and involvement in making this program such a success.

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