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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, 2018, we invite you to the Hanlon Convention Centre for an evening of celebration featuring a presentation by our esteemed guest speaker: Juno award-winning artist Susan Aglukark.

March 8th, 2018 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm | at the Hanlon Convention Centre

Keynote Speaker

Susan Aglukark

Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter & Founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation

Susan AglukarkSinger / songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.

Susan has held command performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice), Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney and the President of France, Jacques Chirac. She has performed for Nelson Mandela and Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson as well as several other dignitaries.

Susan was invited into the Order of Canada and was presented her Officer of the Order of Canada award in September of 2005 for her contribution both musically and as a workshop facilitator and mentor in the aboriginal community and was awarded the Governor Generals Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in June of 2016.

Awards include: 3 Juno Awards presented by the Canadian Association of Recording Arts & Sciences; the first-ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in Arts & Entertainment, and the Canadian Country Music Association’s Vista Rising Star Award, along with several other CCMA nominations, Susan has honorary doctorates of Law from the University of Alberta where she also worked for three years as Distinguished Scholar in residence, Susan also received an honorary law degree from Calgary University, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Lethbridge University, a Doctor of Letters from the Laurentian University.

Susan is founder and chair of the Arctic Rose Foundation and is an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project.

From previous attendees of Ignite.Empower.Innovate.

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.”


4:00pm Doors open & Vendor Marketplace open

6:00pm Dinner & Announcements

7:30pm Keynote Speaker

8:45pm Closing Remarks & Vendor Marketplace

Enjoy shopping from over 30 local female entrepreneurs in the Vendor Marketplace!

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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 Lawyers
University of Guelph
Collins Barrow
GWIN - Guelph Women in Networking
Intrigue Media
YMCA Guelph
TD Canada Trust

Event Partners

Meridian Credit Union
Company of Women
Business Centre Guelph Wellington
Guelph Chamber of Commerce
PIN - The People and Information Network
YMCA - YWCA of Guelph
The Rhyze Project
Innovation Guelph
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Business Centre Guelph Wellington


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