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Panel is part of the seminar promoted by Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) on October 4th

TORONTO, October 3rd, 2018 – Gender equality has a real economic value and is a part of the Canadian progressive agenda towards a Canada-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a trading bloc that has Brazil as it broader economy. Enhancing the global trade through women’s economic empowerment is one of the panels in the 12th edition of Doing Business in Brazil Seminar, this Thursday, October 4th. The traditional event in Toronto is promoted by the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC).

The event will have the presence of several guest speakers, such as the Honorable Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr and Ms. Almas Jiwani, President of Emeritus UN Canada National Committee and CEO of Almas Jiwani Foundation. Ms Jiwani is a fiercely vocal champion for gender equality. She is internationally renowned for her efforts to encourage women’s social, economic, and political empowerment, and spearheads initiatives where corporate growth intersects with humanitarian development.

“We are truly honoured to have Almas Jiwani as a keynote speaker, along with Minister Jim Carr at our most influential event of the year – The Doing Business in Brazil 12th edition. Her passion for gender equality and making the world a better place for women and girls is very inspiring. The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce has recently launched a new Committee for Diversity and Gender Equality – and we can’t wait to hear her opinion on women’s empowerment and the impact on business”, says Paola Saad, President of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

After Mr. Jiwani keynote speech, the BCCC will present the panel Are we inclusive of women in business? –  moderated by Jamile Cruz, founder and Executive Director at I&D 101, with panelists Nathalie Dust, board member at BPW-Montreal, Paola Saad, president of the BCCC, and Peter Hawkins, vice-president of BCCC.

In 2019, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will report progress towards implementation of a joint declaration made by its members and observers on December 2017, in Argentina, acknowledging the importance of incorporating a gender perspective into the promotion of inclusive economic growth. Different statistics point the economic benefits of women’s participation in the labor market. A 2017’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) research, for example, indicates that the world GDP could rise 5% by enhancing women’s participation in the labor market.

Besides the women’s economic empowerment and the Canada-Mercosur FTA, the Doing Business in Brazil 2018 will discuss the aftermath Brazilian elections, the Canadian Perspective on trade and investments in Brazil, and strategies & practical steps to enter the Brazilian market.

When: October 4th, 2018 | 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Goodmans LLP – 333 Bay Street, suite 3400 | Toronto, Ontario

About BCCC

Established in 1973, Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) is a not-for-profit and independent business association held by the private sector with a primary objective of fostering stronger commercial relations between Brazil and Canada.

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, President and Vice-President, comprised of renowned industry leaders and experts in conducting business between Brazil and Canada, BCCC plays a vital role in linking players from Brazilian and Canadian private and government sectors facilitating dialogue between both parties and assisting members in identifying key opportunities to expand their activities and further their business interests.

For more information, please contact:
Carolina Albernaz
Director, Business Development & Operations
(416) 646 6770 | (416) 722 1243 | |



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