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Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements @ Webinar
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Letters of Intent and Confidentiality Agreements @ Webinar

No matter its size, structure or industry, every business conducts commercial transactions with other parties—whether its licensing its technology or services, distributing its products or acquiring assets or shares.

But what commercial and legal tools are available to businesses in the initial stages of these transactions?

This webinar will outline the key aspects of confidentiality agreements and letters of intent, two important tools available to businesses when first entering into commercial agreements. It will help you understand the context, timing and scope of each tool to ensure the best outcome for your business.

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre


Fireside Chat with Andrew Reid @ Brainstation
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tech Collective is thrilled to host entrepreneur Andrew Reid, founder of two venture backed companies – Vision Critical and Rival Technologies, in conversation with Hayley Woodin of Business in Vancouver!

Networking 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Fireside Chat 6:30pm -7:30pm

Andrew will be talking about building startups, raising capital, and the journey of entrepreneurship.

The event series is a not-for-profit community initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and bringing together Vancouver’s tech community.

Personal Advocacy: The tools you need on your leadership journey @ RBC
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Being on the journey to leadership requires an understanding of who you are, how to advocate for yourself, and how to stand out for the next promotion.

How do you move up? What tools do you need? Moving up means standing in your own self-worth. It means asking for what you want and deserve as a salary. You need to understand how to be the best manager AND the best leader – which are two different things. You also need to establish a strong personal brand, so that people think of you when opportunities arise.

On September 26th, Veza Community is hosting a morning talk to equip you with the tools you need to advocate for yourself as you move up. 

The topics covered include:

  • Understanding managing vs leading
  • Creating a strong personal brand
  • Negotiating your salary

We welcome you to join us. 

Date: September 26th, 2019

Time: 8:00-10:00am

Location: 1055 West Georgia St – 36th floor

Ticket Price: $10

Light refreshments will be provided.


This event is geared towards:

  • Mid-career to executive level professionals looking to strengthen their personal brand so they can be ready for their next opportunity
  • Women returning to work after a leave or looking for new opportunities


Veza Community is focused on the leadership journey of women of culturally diverse backgrounds, providing training, tools and resources to manage cultural and family bias. Veza is primarily a strategic transformation firm with lens of diversity and inclusion. 


Manpreet Dhillon, Founder/CEO

Veza Community

Manpreet has over 15 years of leadership, coaching, human resources and community development expertise and through Veza has worked with notable organizations including: UN affiliate: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, City of Vancouver, University of British Columbia, Blenz Coffee, 7-Eleven, as well as a host of tech and biotech companies, and non-profit organizations. Manpreet has designed and led workshops and training both in-person and online in the areas of diversity, women in leadership, human resources, coaching, general leadership and management.  Manpreet has held positions as a Board Member of the British Columbia Institute of Technology Alumni Board of Directors, past Board Member of Royal Roads University, and has served on various arts and health boards. Manpreet is a contributing author to Forbes, twice contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul and a contributing author to the best selling Amazon book—365 Days to the Soul. Manpreet received her Masters in Organizational Management and resides in Vancouver.


Hurriya Burney, VP Healthcare BC

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Hurriya leads a dynamic team of 11 specialized Commercial Account Managers, providing customized solutions and business and financial advice to primary and secondary healthcare industries, including dental and other medical practices, clinics, and other healthcare service providers. She has over 12 years of experience in the Banking & Finance field in regions including Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia. Hurriya holds an MBA Finance from UBC Sauder School of Business. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Economics & Business and English from Lafayette College, where she was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, International Honors Society, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Honors Society. Hurriya is passionate about mentoring and coaching others through UBC Sauder as well as Ascend Canada, an organization focused on the development and promotion of Pan-Asian professionals.

Grace Lanuza, CEO

Brand Apiary

Grace brings over 18 years of experience in business specializing in brand strategy, shopper marketing, employment branding, and large-scale events. Her parent company, Grace Lanuza Brand Strategy + Consulting Group, houses three subsidiaries; Brand Apiary (branding and digital marketing), Clickruit (employment branding & training) and Pelota (influencer and sports sponsorship brokerage). The companies have offices in Vancouver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and London, UK. 

Grace’s expert advice can be found when she guest blogs for Talent Formula, specializing in employment branding to GenZ and Millennials. Some of her notable work includes Procter & Gamble Beauty’s Olay For You digital space and Atlantic Canada House at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In addition to the brands mentioned above, her past client mix includes Daimler-Chrysler, Rogers, Microsoft Xbox, Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Adams, National Football League (NFL) / SuperBowl, and AB InBev/Labatt. 

Grace serves as a Mentor for Young Women In Business – both SFU and UBC Chapters, for the Vancouver Board Of Trade’s Leaders Of Tomorrow program and for the Beedie School of Business at SFU. She’s also an active volunteer at Junior Achievement Canada where she helps bring entrepreneurship and business workshops into Lower Mainland classrooms. As being Canadian is important to her, she helps welcome refugees and immigrants to Canada by being a Board Member at Neighbour Next Door, a local initiative to help people make Canada home. Most recently she has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization in collaboration with the United Nations.

Candace Cho, Shareholder

Onyx Law

As the founder of Onyx Law Office, which is the predecessor of Onyx Law Group, Candace sought to build a law firm grounded in integrity and excellence but to also act as a human face to the legal system for everyday people. Her litigation philosophy is to encourage settlement whenever possible to minimize cost and stress for her clients, but she will not hesitate to take matters to trial if she deems it necessary and in the best interests of her clients. Candace has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of estate litigation.

Candace has also had experience dealing with clients coming from all walks of life, whether they are disinherited children, spouses, or caretakers, executors, beneficiaries, or disabled persons. She has acted primarily as plaintiff’s counsel but has represented defendants in the past as well. In her free time, Candace enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing, singing, and yoga. She has a passion for social justice and microfinance to eradicate poverty. “Each client deserves my undivided attention and will be made to feel valued and heard. When clients place their trust in me as their advocate, they can be sure that I will represent them with vigilance, compassion and professionalism.” – Candace Cho.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar @ Webinar
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Nuts and Bolts of Free Trade Agreements Webinar @ Webinar

Want to stay competitive in the international marketplace? Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) can create a level playing field for Canadian companies- whether you are exporting goods or services.

On September 26, join us for an interactive webinar to get the inside scoop on:

  • What is a free trade agreement and how does it work?
  • When exporting goods or exporting services, how can free trade agreements facilitate your trade?
  • What government procurement opportunities are there in markets Canada has an FTA with?
  • How to look up tariff rates?
  • What support is available to you if your target market has a free trade agreement with Canada?

Join us for this FREE webinar to understand the nuts and bolts of FTAs.
Open to everyone!

Facilitator: Alpana Sharma, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Panelist: Chelsie Luciani, Senior Manager, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, BC

Connecting for Change: We for She Conference 2019 @ Vancouver Convention Centre - West
Oct 1 all-day


We are excited to announce that one of North America’s largest conferences on gender diversity will return to Vancouver this fall!

Now in its sixth year, We For She 2019 will focus on the theme of Connecting for Change. This interactive conference brings together influencers, business and community leaders, and hundreds of students from across British Columbia to forge meaningful and lasting connections.

Our end goal is to increase diversity in leadership roles and create a more equal and shared future.

Limited Time Offer: Early-bird pricing ends August 31!

Financial Management Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Financial Management Webinar @ Webinar

Financial management isn’t as dry as it sounds—by being in control of your finances, you can be proactive in pursuing your goals!

Your product or service may be exceptional, but effective management of your cash and finances is essential to your business’ survival. One of the keys to business success is being able to interpret financial statements.

This webinar will help you understand basic financial principles that you can apply to your business decision-making on a daily basis.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Better manage your cash flow
  • Understand the cost/profit/volume relationship
  • Use info from financial statements to make better business decisions
  • Calculate four key financial ratios for your business

Facilitator: Cheryl Farmer, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Unconscious Bias & Inclusive Leadership Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Unconscious Bias & Inclusive Leadership Webinar @ Webinar

What assumptions and conclusions do you jump to without thinking? Learn to overcome “unconscious bias” and embrace diversity to grow your business.

People are diverse in a number of ways, not just in ways we can see. We live in a world of diversity, and bias matters when people are excluded or treated unfairly based on things like the colour of their skin, gender, age, or wealth.

By the end of this session you will understand:

  • What unconscious bias is and how it shows up in our daily lives to influence our behaviour
  • The importance of resisting and overcoming unconscious bias to create an environment that is innovative and productive
  • How to commit to inclusive leader behaviours to create an action plan for change

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Negotiate Naturally: Tips for Women Entrepreneurs Webinar @ Webinar

Negotiation skills are so valuable because you use them in every aspect of your life. While some of us are natural born negotiators, most of us would like to feel more confident going in to important negotiation meetings.

When you re-frame negotiation as an opportunity for all sides to prosper, everyone wins! In this session, you’ll acquire the skills to negotiate effectively, preserve your integrity and learn how to be yourself to get what you really want.

This session will help you:

  • Recognize the importance of negotiating for women entrepreneurs
  • Avoid common negotiation mistakes that limit your business and financial rewards
  • Identify three opportunities where stronger negotiation will benefit you and your business

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Strategic Alliances: Business Growth Strategies Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Strategic Alliances: Business Growth Strategies Webinar @ Webinar

This energizing workshop will help you move their business to the next level with insights and advice about strategy, marketing, and a popular trend: strategic alliances.

By the end of the session, you’ll understand why and how you may want to form alliances and how you can develop a strategic edge.

This webinar covers:

  • Strategic alliances: Exploring new ways to partner up to expand the marketing and/or operational capacity in the business.
  • Strategic edge: When having the best “customer service” isn’t enough, how does a business become the supplier of choice for its customers?

Facilitator: Dawn McCooey, Business Advisor, Women’s Enterprise Centre

Focused Marketing Webinar @ Webinar
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Focused Marketing Webinar @ Webinar

When a business owner is asked about their marketing strategy, too many think about their website, ads or word of mouth.

All those things are a part of marketing, but they are not strategy. They are tactics. Tactics are only as effective as the strategy behind them—the WHY of marketing.

This practical webinar guides you through the process of building a sound marketing strategy for your business to reveal the tactics that make the most sense for your motivation, market and money.

Facilitator: Kerrilee Auger, Skills Development Manager, Women’s Enterprise Centre

SAVE THE DATE | Embracing Awards Event @ The Offices of Fasken Martineau
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming Embracing Awards Event, hosted by the WEB Alliance!

Details will be available soon.