ST. JOHN’S, April 4, 2018 – Now in its 21st year, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs’ (NLOWE) annual provincial conference continues to be the leading professional development event for women business owners and aspiring women entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Just over a week remains to register for NLOWE’s 2018 Annual Conference, taking place April 18-19 at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John’s.
When planning the lineup of speakers and topics for our annual conference, we ensure that presentations will be relevant to the challenges facing women entrepreneurs, as well as to industry trends in our province. Microbreweries are popping up throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, with nearly 20 microbreweries set to open in the province by 2019. That is why we are so pleased to welcome Manjit Minhas, Dragon’s Den judge and co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Winery, as keynote speaker at NLOWE’s 2018 annual provincial conference.
“Women entrepreneurs have been breaking into male-dominated industries in greater numbers over the last several years and we are excited to see so many women embracing the microbrewery boom happening now in our province,” says Hilda Broomfield-Letemplier, President of NLOWE’s Board of Directors and owner of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Inc. in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. “Manjit Minhas, this year’s conference keynote speaker, has found success in this non-traditional industry and will be able to share many valuable lessons with our conference delegates who may be facing some of the same challenges that she has overcome.”
The Keynote speaker of this year’s conference, Manjit Minhas, started as a 19 year old with $10,000 and a dream. Today, her brewery is the 10th largest in the world and she is one of Canada’s Women Executive Network’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs. How did a young female entrepreneur break into the notoriously competitive and notoriously male-dominated beer and spirit industry? During her keynote, she will share the principles and entrepreneurial values that has led her company to rapid success—principles she calls “The Minhas School of Beer Business Success.”
Our Opening Plenary will feature Jill Curran. Jill is the president of Maxxim Vacations, one of Canada’s leading tour operators providing independent and escorted tours throughout Atlantic Canada, and owner and founder of Lighthouse Picnics, which has been featured in enRoute magazine’s “100 Favourite Things in the World” list. Jill will kick off the conference by discussing the lessons learned in her Nan’s kitchen, stories many can relate to—stories of our history, the struggles and triumphs.
Other sessions include: “Making Every Minute Count! Building habits that increase your personal productivity” with leadership, engagement, and change professional, Jess Chapman of ethree Consulting; “Up Your Game! Performance Coaching for Public Speaking, Media Relations, and Video Performance” with award winning Internationally Accredited Communications professional and co-owner of Nine Island Communications, Ronalda Walsh; and “Feel Energetic. Be At Ease.” with experienced yoga teacher, former IT professional, and creator of The Office Yogi, Susan Day.
“NLOWE does such important work across Newfoundland and Labrador to support women entrepreneurs as they share their valuable knowledge and experience, make new business connections, and take steps to grow their businesses” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “I am proud to work closely with Minister Bains and the team at ACOA to partner with important organizations, like NLOWE, that will be so important to achieving the vision laid out in our Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. We are making the necessary investments right across Canada to help support women as they scale up their businesses, remove barriers to success and provide greater access to financing, skills development and mentorship.”
The conference will also feature NLOWE’s Annual General Meeting and a morning of partnered sessions with the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries (Noia) and an afternoon of pre-conference sessions, which are free to conference registrants. NLOWE’s Annual Conference is made possible in part by its sponsors: Keynote Luncheon Sponsor, Business Development Bank of Canada; Opening Plenary & Delegate Bags Sponsor, Husky Energy West White Rose Project; Opening Reception Partner, Business Women in International Trade, Global Affairs Canada; Morning Workshop Sponsor, Suncor Energy; Afternoon Conference Sponsor, Nalcor Energy and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro; Morning Coffee Break Sponsor, Ernst & Young; and Afternoon Energy Break Sponsor, Grant Thornton. Registration and further details about the agenda, speakers and a full list of sponsors is available at www.nlowe.org/conference.
NLOWE is pleased to offer services to women in business in Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to the financial support of ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information, contact:
Julieanne Reddy, Director of Marketing & Communications, NLOWE