On March 8, 2023, TechAlliance of Southwestern OntarioLondon Chamber of CommerceLondon Economic Development Corporation and Women in Communications and Technology come together for Smashing Barriers — Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset, an experience that promotes and celebrates International Women’s Day. An in-person event, featuring keynote, Erin Bury, one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, startup fanatic, CEO and Co-Founder of Willful, will inspire us through lived experience as an innovator, empowering women and girls everywhere. In alignment with International Women’s Day 2023 theme, #EmbraceEquity, she will speak about an inclusive mindset, the power of empathy and saluting women’s achievements everywhere.  

The community is invited to gather to collectively imagine a world that embraces equity, inclusion, and diversity, to forge humanity and unity, to drive success for all. Join us to hear Erin speak about the topic of #EmbraceEquity while focusing on a vibrant tech sector and innovation economy throughout all aspects of work, community, and life.   

This year’s International Women’s Day theme aims to drive change through collective activism. From grassroots-level actions to wide-scale momentum, we can all embrace equity and create a space to ensure the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women. This “fighting the good fight” isn’t limited to women solely, but rests in the power of the community coming together and uniting to build an inclusive world.

Smashing Barriers — Fostering the Entrepreneurial Mindset 

March 8, 2023, 4:00PM  
Tickets $25  
Museum London
421 Ridout Street North, London 

To purchase tickets and learn more, go to https://smashing_barriers_2023.eventbrite.ca

Words from Partners

Christina Fox

“International Women’s Day is more than an opportunity to celebrate women. We celebrate equality and take steps toward a brighter future for our community – a future that inspires frontrunners, go-getters, and leaders across all generations. In welcoming Erin Bury, we inspire innovation and bring collective activism to the forefront to create impact in the work and life of women. We welcome bold ideas and game-changing action to our community and bring attention to the importance of embracing equity, making lasting change, and having truly sustainable outcomes in Southwestern Ontario’s innovation ecosystem.” 

Christina Fox
Chief Executive Officer, TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario
 Alycia McComb

“Women in Communications and Technology has remained dedicated to the advancement of women in the communications, digital, and creative ecosystems in Canada for more than three decades.  WCT London Chapter is honoured to partner with TechAlliance for our third Smashing Barriers. This International Women’s Day, we are thrilled to present alongside the London Economic Development Corporation and The London Chamber of Commerce for what will be a highly-impactful event as we work together to #EmbraceEquity. Co-founder and CEO of Willful Erin Bury will join us as our keynote speaker, and we are very excited to hear her valuable insights. Smashing Barriers is an excellent opportunity to show our collective commitment to addressing inequities, strengthening diversity and intersectionality, and enabling change for women in Southwestern Ontario.”

Alycia McComb
Director of Events, Women in Communications and Technology London Board of Directors
 Graham Henderson

“The London Chamber of Commerce actively embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion. And that is why we are so proud to partner with other businesses in support of International Women’s Day. Women make up nearly 68% of the workforce in Ontario, and are a crucial part of our business community, but they still face enormous challenges. 

When we commit to women and men sharing power and opportunity, we are committing to a more equitable world. Smashing Barriers is critical to raising awareness and empowering women to reach their business goals.”

Graham Henderson
Chief Executive Officer, London Chamber of Commerce
Kapil Lakhotia
President & CEO, London Economic Development Corporation

“Supporting and celebrating women’s equality and accomplishments is a year-round responsibility.  I’m proud to be partnering with community organizations to celebrate the tremendous efforts made by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.”  

Kapil Lakhotia
President & CEO, London Economic Development Corporation

Smashing Barriers is made possible through a cast of sponsors – Lerners Lawyers, Better Business Bureau, Ontario SEO and SWON Public Affairs. 

All of these distinguished organizations are led by inspiring women who are creating true impact and leading change in the Southwestern Ontario region.