Tue March 05 9:00am - 12:00pm

Inspire Inclusion in Tech: International Women’s Day Event

How will you inspire inclusion? Join us as we elevate voices, embrace diversity, and celebrate International Women’s Day on this joyous occasion.

Get ready for a morning of thought-provoking conversations and networking, a dynamic fire-side panel discussion, an exciting small business showcase, and of course, a delicious continental breakfast!

Our panel is a powerful convergence of women, from startup founders to C-Suite executives, each sharing unique experiences to enrich and broaden our horizons.

The small business showcase will feature an exciting virtual reality museum highlighting emerging Mississauga artists as well as a live painter who will capture the exciting energy of the morning.

From varied journeys, we hope to share a narrative that embraces the beauty of diversity at this annual celebration of International Women’s Day 2024!


9:00-10:00: Registration, Continental Breakfast & Small Business Showcase

10:00-10:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ringing in the celebrations, we welcome Acting Mayor to start our celebrations of women’s contributions to Mississauga and the world beyond! In conversation with the esteemed panel, we welcome City Manager and CAO, Shari Lichterman to guide the engaging and thoughtful discussions surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech sector.

10:15-11:00: Fireside Discussion with Guest Speakers

Featuring dynamic speakers in meaningful conversations, we welcome our panel of founders to C-Suite leaders sharing insights on cultivating an inclusive world. Joining us are:

Lauren DeSouza, co-Founder & CEO, ACE Inc.

ACE Inc’s interview preparation platform builds confidence and inspiration in talented individuals around the globe!

The immersive gamified exercises and AI-driven mock interview feedback empower job seekers, boosting confidence and preparedness for interviews. Learn all about Lauren’s experiences in the world of tech as we explore avenues for creativity and innovation in the tech sector!

Nissreen Chams, Assistant Vice President of Business Development, Stratejm

Nissreen plays a vital role in the company’s position as a Canadian leader in next-generation cybersecurity solutions. Her relentless drive to forge an inclusive work culture is a testament to her profound dedication to the mentorship and growth of future female leaders in the tech space.

Janet Wardle, P.Eng. MBA, President & CEO , Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA)

Janet Wardle holds the distinction of being the first female President & CEO among all MHI Group Companies. Janet’s commitment to advancing the next generation in the aerospace industry is evident in her dedicated efforts, particularly in advocating for opportunities for women.

Moderated by Shari Lichterman, CPA, CMA, City Manager and CAO, City of Mississauga

11:00-12:00: Networking and Small Business Showcase

IC Contemporary

Celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of women worldwide, IC Contemporary delivers a thrilling virtual-reality art experience highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Martini provides a one-of-a-kind celebration of artistic expression, amplifying the diversity of women and celebrating the voices of women everywhere.

Event Details

Registration is now closed for this event.

Thank you to those who registered and we look forward to seeing you there!

This event is hosted and presented by:

IDEA Mississauga, Economic Development, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Division, City of Mississauga, is your central source for small business information, resources and guidance.

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