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International Women’s Day Conference

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) will host an International Women’s Day Conference at Ashburnham Reception Centre. Considered the first of its kind in the region, this event will be a unique opportunity to share and advance knowledge and empower participants to strengthen outcomes for women, their families, their communities and the economy.

“The International Women’s Day global theme is “Be Bold for Change,” and one of the objectives of the WBN in hosting this event is to advance its mission, which is to strengthen our community by supporting, empowering and inspiring women in business, beyond the boundaries of our regular monthly meetings,” says Louise Racine, WBN program director and International Women’s Day conference committee chair.

This year’s conference theme will be “Inspire. Empower. Act!” The focus is to inspire attendees by showcasing the experiences and stories of the speakers and facilitators; to bring together members of the community to learn more about the people and opportunities around them, to share their talents and perspectives; and to candidly explore ways to overcome some of the existing obstacles that continue to affect the lives of girls and women every day.

“The goal of this event is to bring women together for an entire day to be inspired, be empowered, and leave with some ideas on how they might take action to reach their personal and professional goals. The interactive workshop and panel topics have been selected to address a wide range of women’s issues, including, but not exclusively, business-related,” adds Racine.

Speaker lineup features Candy Palmater, CBC radio host, recovered lawyer and feminist comic; Sarah Vermunt, professional coach, career expert, former business professor, and author; and Linda Kash, veteran actress and improv performer.


Attendees will also get to participate in two 90-minute workshops from six available sessions in between speaker presentations to inspire action and create momentum for a more equitable and just society.

  • Volunteerism, & Conscious Consumerism
  • Lead”HER”ship – Discovering your “True North”
  • Moving Through Adversity
  • Song & Drum Circle
  • Financial Literacy
  • Imposter Syndrome

International Women's Day was originally conceived to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. At this event, the WBN hopes to celebrate what local women have achieved, and encourage tomorrow's female leaders to aim even higher and make greater change.


Event Details


International Women’s Day Conference, hosted by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough


Ashburnham Reception Centre, 840 Armour Road, Peterborough


March 8, 2017, 7:30 a.m.  ̶   5 p.m.

View the full conference agenda here.


This event is open to the public (not just WBN members).Individual tickets are $145. Includes attendance, breakfast and lunch during the conference.


Event numbers are strictly limited, so please register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.


Complete conference details, including tickets, session descriptions and a schedule are available online at Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and announcements.

About the WBN

The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough is a networking channel for women who wish to enhance and expand their business contacts and grow their businesses. Formed in 1961 as the Peterborough Chapter of the Canadian Advertising and Sales Association, the network has evolved into a dynamic and growing membership of women with diverse backgrounds and careers who meet to share their knowledge and experience and promote their businesses. From September to June, a diverse program of learning, sharing, and socializing is provided for members. Guest speakers, trade shows, special events, and gala socials make the WBN the premier network for women in the Kawarthas and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit or connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

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