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Ignite. Empower. Innovate. 5 Years of Celebration

The Partners for International Women’s Day have been organizing annual sold-out “Ignite. Empower. Innovate.” events in honour of International Women’s Day since 2013.

On March 8th, 2017, we invite you to the Hanlon Convention Centre for an evening of celebration featuring dinner, vendors and a presentation by our esteemed guest speaker: award-winning humanitarian and bestselling author, Dr. Samantha Nutt.

From attendees of Ignite.Empower.Innovate. 2016

An overall great event, great location, great networking. Looking forward to next year already!”

“Love the warm welcoming, inclusive and positive atmosphere as we share knowledge and experience.”

“[The] guest speakers provided so much inspiration. The direction for future women leaders in our community is taken seriously and [I] look forward to continuing to be a part of the on-going process/seminars/mentoring.”


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Humanitarian, Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA, and Bestselling Author of Damned Nations

Samantha-Nutt14-small-194x300DR. SAMANTHA NUTT is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises—from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.

A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid, and foreign policy, Dr. Samantha Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited hundreds of thousands of war-affected children.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets. She is a regular panelist on Canada’s premier nightly news show, CBC’s The National with Peter Mansbridge, where she debates foreign policy and current affairs. Her written work has been published by Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and The Huffington Post, among many others. She has been profiled by Time Magazine, More Magazine, Marie Claire, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service, CBC, CTV, Global Television, WGN, and NPR, to name just a few.

Dr. Nutt’s critically acclaimed book, Damned Nations, was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Lewis Lapham declared it a “brave and necessary book,” while the Literary Review of Canada called it a “brilliant polemic.” Damned Nations is a bracing and uncompromising account of Dr. Nutt’s work in some of the most devastated regions of the world.

Dr. Nutt was named one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Time Magazine has featured her as one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists. In July 2011, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to i­mproving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones.

Dr. Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London, and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Nutt is the recipient of more than a dozen honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A. She is also a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.



Creative Contest

For 2017, we are inviting local youth to submit an inspiring creative work (written or visual) showcasing the importance of International Women’s Day. Entrants will have the opportunity to win a free ticket to Ignite. Empower. Innovate. 2017 and to have their work shared with more than 300 community members at the event!

Vendor Marketplace

Our vendor marketplace will be showcasing amazing local women entrepreneurs!

Event Sponsors

We invite you to consider aligning your organization with this exciting regional event through unique sponsorship opportunities.

If you are interested providing sponsorship or purchasing tickets for youth who could not otherwise attend please get in touch.

Title Sponsor

Miller Thomson
Blooms and Flora
The O'Halloran Group
The Making Box
MIchelle Peek

Event Partners

Ontario Trillium Foundation
The O'Halloran Group
Guelph Chamber of Commerce
Company of Women
Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Innovation Guelph
The Rhyze Project


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