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WBE Meetup: How To Navigate In-Person Events

April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

WBE Meetup: How To Navigate In-Person Events

Join us for an empowering session specifically designed for women-owned businesses at the upcoming WBE Meetup. This event is an invaluable opportunity to fine-tune your networking skills, learn how to navigate in-person events effectively and gain insights into growing your business within the WBE Canada network.

Why attend?

  • Learn how to succeed in conversations with corporations and government while attending in-person events
  • Join a supportive platform to test and refine your elevator pitch, allowing you to confidently introduce your business to potential buyers
  • Gain constructive feedback from peers across various industries, providing you with diverse perspectives and invaluable tips for improvement
  • A unique chance to network, collaborate, and build strategic alliances with other certified women-owned businesses
  • Practical tips and guidance on expanding your business within the supportive framework of the WBE community

Who Should Attend?

This event is a must-attend for women entrepreneurs looking to enhance their networking skills, receive feedback on their business approach, and connect with like-minded professionals within the WBE community. Prepare to step into the spotlight as each participant will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business through a concise 1-minute elevator pitch. This is your chance to make a memorable impact and build meaningful connections. We look forward to making new connections and sharing the best practices for leveraging the in-person events to the fullest!

(Valid WBE Certification is required)

Important Note: Registration is FREE for WBE Meetups, however, seats are limited to facilitate meaningful conversations. If you need to cancel, please provide notice at least 48 hours before the Meetup date so we can extend availability to those on the waiting list.

Meet the Presenters

Anne-Marie DeslauriersAnne-Marie Deslauriers

A graduate in Management from Concordia University, Anne-Marie has more than 25 years of experience in the field of IT and high technology recruitment. Recognized for her personality, her dynamism and her determination, she knew how to stand out and has grown her business over the years. Involved in the community, she actively participates in the activities of WBE Canada, WeConnect International, CCMM, RFAQ, AQT and Réseau Action TI. In addition, Anne-Marie Deslauriers was the recipient of the Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) President’s Award presented at the 2021  Excellence Awards.



Darlene MarinoDarlene Marino

Darlene Marino, is the President and owner of Procurement Management Services Inc. She is a Supply Chain Consultant with more than 25 years experience and a Certified Business Coach through the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF). Darlene has been providing procurement outsourcing services and supply chain solutions to public and private companies since 2017. A certified women’s business enterprise through WBE Canada since September 2021.




Michelle DeRuiter HeadshotMichelle Humann De Ruiter

Michelle Humann De Ruiter, Marketing Director, International Name Plate Supplies Limited (INPS)
Michelle is a dynamic professional who brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her role at INPS, a family business where she works closely across all departments to ensure projects are completed efficiently. With a background in healthcare as a physiotherapist spanning 15 years, Michelle transitioned her career into marketing, leveraging her outgoing personality and strong interpersonal skills to excel in her role. At INPS, Michelle’s primary focus lies in providing clarity regarding the company’s capabilities. She coordinates and attends numerous trade shows and in-person events, where she actively engages with attendees to showcase INPS’s services and establish valuable connections. Michelle’s go-to platform for professional networking is LinkedIn, where she cultivates relationships with business associates. Michelle’s approach to event planning is strategic, emphasizing pre-event activity planning to understand attendees’ needs and tailor INPS’s offerings accordingly. Her proactive approach ensures that INPS maximizes its presence at events and effectively communicates its value proposition to potential clients.


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