This event gives a unique opportunity to all women entrepreneurs interested in reaching out across the Atlantic to learn more about the networking entry points.
Our speakers will share the most useful tools for transatlantic networking for women interested in building transatlantic bridges in business.
All willing participants will be invited to the Canada-EU Women Twinning Scheme, a transatlantic peer-to-peer support instrument meant to support women considering new business opportunities. It is free of charge!
Post-event breakout session starts at 11h EDT/17h CET!
Emi Furuya is the Director for European Bilateral Relations, Advocacy and EU Trade with Global Affairs Canada – as position she has taken in fall 2020.
Ms. Furuya has over 20 years experience in foreign policy and international relations with the Government of Canada, covering a broad range of issues from security, trade and investment, consular and international development.
In Ottawa, Ms. Furuya has served as Executive Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister of International Development, and prior as Director of the Office of the Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. She has also served as Deputy Director in various portfolios, including for the G7 and G20 summits, the International Assistance Envelope and International Financial Institutions, and international peace support operations and security sector policy.
Ms. Furuya has served abroad in Paris (2006-10), Tokyo (2000-2003) and New York (1999), and most recently served as Ambassador of Canada to the Kingdom of Denmark (2016-2020).
Stephanie Dei Stephanie is the Director of Research Partnerships at Ryerson
University where she focuses on women’s entrepreneurship and diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada..
Until 2021, she was the National Coordinator in Canada for the WE EMPOWER programme of the European Union, UN Women and the International Labour Organization which aimed at encouraging deeper action in the private and public sector to advance women’s economic empowerment in Canada.
Stephanie is an Advisor to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and the Non-Executive Director at global frontier markets risk firm DaMina Advisors. Stephanie volunteers as Vice President, Finance for the Board of Organization of Women in International Trade - Toronto Chapter.
Stephanie holds a BA Honors in Political Science and Law from Carleton University, Canada, and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.
Jennifer Cooke is the Corporate Lead for EDC’s Women in Trade Strategy, joining EDC in 2010. She is focused specifically on helping more women entrepreneurs export to grow their business and with Canadian companies to help them succeed in international markets.Working directly, as well as through key partners, EDC offers specialized trade knowledge, facilitating trade with financing and insurance, and providing connections to enable companies to go, grow and succeed globally.
A graduate of University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, Jennifer has enjoyed a variety of experiences working both in large multinational corporations, and as part of an entrepreneurial start-up as well as international work experiences in the US, the UK and Mexico.
In her new role as national lead for Export Development Canada’s Women in Trade strategy, Jennifer Cooke hopes to inspire women entrepreneurs to dream big, be daring and take on the world.
Jennifer originally joined Canada’s export credit agency eight can you please change this to ten years ago and has worked as a senior account manager and then a district manager on the frontlines with small and medium-sized businesses to help them succeed in international markets.
Gabriela Kostovska-Bogoeska is the co-founder & executive director at Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, executive director at Youth Entrepreneurial Service Foundation
Gabriela has more than 15 years of experience in business and innovation support activities towards increased competitiveness of the business sector and overall sustainable development. She has an extensive background in mechanical engineering, with specialty in modelling and simulation for optimization of the material flow in production systems, managing and IT business incubator and acting as president of the Macedonian council for women entrepreneurship.
Gabriela holds the Vice-Chair position of the Women Entrepreneurship Group. In addition, she is also a member of the Circular Economy thematic group within Enterprise Europe Network and a WEgate community coordinator.
Her focus area is the economic empowerment of women, promoting gender equality at the labour market and in the business sector. As the president of the National Council for Women Entrepreneurship, she is focused on implementing the National strategy on women entrepreneurship, including a recovery plan for the crisis, having gender empowerment as its heart.
In her role of Vice-Chair of Women Entrepreneurship Group within the Enterprise Europe Network, she is devoted to improving the rate of the female clients of this largest business support network, whereas as community coordinator within WEgate platform, she is dedicated to promoting peer-learning and coordination of the support to women entrepreneurs across Europe and beyond.
Yulia Stark is the Founder and President of the European Women Association, a European organization whose mission is to empower women professionally through the Social Capital networking Platform, EWA-ecosystem.
Yulia is a leading global expert in women empowerment and community building. She is a keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur and advocate of female leadership innovation and emotional intelligence. Yulia regularly speaks passionately at numerous conferences and events around the world: New Delhi India, United States, UK and Europe.
She is the Founder of FAB academy, a business academy for women, an online program supporting women to go from an idea to business from a wholistic approach.
She is passionate about neuroscience, mindfulness and travel. Yulia runs transformational well-being retreats for entrepreneurs in Europe and paradise Bali, where the wholistic approach is the basis for sustainable growth.
In addition, since March 2020 she is more actively involved in helping organizations outsourcing high profile IT, developers, mainly in fin-tech industry.
All her initiatives are led by integrity, social impact and ecosystem approach.
Sâadia Lakehal brings Montreal and Quebec’s industrial sector to the international spotlight. Thanks to her solid experience in industrial networking and to her knowledge on the field, she improves the competitive positioning and the level of competitiveness of the Canadian manufacturers that she accompanies.
Committed to the community, she actively contributes to the development of tomorrow’s businesses and to companies that rely on interconnectivity, the environment and to the human culture. A hard-working, Canadian, and national visionary, dedicated to her motivational projects, she acts as a facilitator and promotes networking for the development of business opportunities between international manufacturing companies and the pioneers of the industry.
A microbiologist by training, from a family of entrepreneurs in the industrial sector, Sâadia Lakehal is moving naturally towards this industry that has always fascinated her. Recognized for her leadership in the manufacturing sector in Montreal and Quebec, she is a 2017 finalist at the Quebec Maghreb Congress Gala, in the Women’s Leader category.
After spending ten years at the head of several different industry associations and chaired the industrial policy committee of the, “l’Association Interindustrielle de Montréal (AIIM),” Sâadia Lakehal is forging a solid reputation in her field.
Today, she wants to build on her 25 years of experience and expertise by helping to create a more ethical future.
As the founder of Kisserup International Trade Roots Canada Inc., Kisserup Europe and Kisserup Arctic, Pernille has over 25 years of international business experience. She provides advisory services, project management, trade training and consulting services to public and private sector organizations worldwide. She facilitates public/private partnership development, consulting and export development services and has established successful joint ventures across the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, Latin, South and North America.
With comprehensive experience conducting global projects she has worked on contracts funded by the European Development Fund (EDF), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Caribbean Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program.
Several of her projects have been showcased as Best Practices on SME Development in ACP by European Union funded Donors. She has worked on projects in over 90 countries, on 6 continents and in 25 sectors. She is frequently retained as a keynote speaker on international trade, investment and entrepreneurship in both private and public sectors and she is an internationally recognised Subject Matter Expert on SME development.
Pernille currently serves on the Halifax International Airport Authority Board of Directors, on the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals Board of Directors and as a Founding Board Member of CEWB-CEFA. She authored a book “Tales of an Immigrant Entrepreneur and she volunteers her services as a volunteer Mentor to The Immigrant Settlement Services of Nova Scotia Canada, the Centre for Women in Business and she never misses a Roskilde Festival and volunteers there every year.