Women’s Day is Back

#HerHalton Women's Day Social is back for the 4th year! To accommodate the realities of today's world we moved our in person breakfast to a virtual venue and instead, we will offer over 2 hours of cyber-celebration: inspiring talks, networking, raffles and more.

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Meet this year's guest speakers

Lisa Merchant, HerHalton Keynote Speaker

Lisa Merchant

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Merchant is a Professor for the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts - Comedy: Writing and Performance at Humber College, focussing on Improvisation. She is also a Senior Faculty member with The Second City Training Centre and The Second City Works division. She created, produced and performed in her week long comedy festival.

She is a multiple nominee and winner of 4 Canadian Comedy Awards, 3 for Best Female Improvisor. Some credits include: Murdoch Mysteries, American Gods, Degrassi XV, Train 48, Go Girl!...

In addition to performing numerous improv shows around Toronto and across Canada, she performs monthly in Monkey Toast, the live improvised talk show, now in its 19th year. She also delivered workshops to some of the Canadian Olympic Team hopefuls for the London 2012 Summer Games as well as Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

Dr. Meghani, HerHalton Speaker

Dr. Hamidah Meghani

Power Talks Speaker

Dr. Meghani is the Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region. She is a Public and Preventive Medicine physician and a Fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Meghani has a Masters of Public Health in Family and Reproductive Health and a Masters in Management (Health Leadership). She joined Halton Region from the City of Hamilton in 2014. Dr. Meghani is passionate about public health, prevention of illness and increasing health equity. As Halton’s Medical Officer of Health, she is deeply committed to keeping all residents safe and working with partners to create an environment that fosters good health.
Gail Mercer MacKay, HerHalton Speaker

Gail Mercer-MacKay

Power Talks Speaker

Gail Mercer-MacKay is the proud founder and Chief Storyteller at Mercer-MacKay Digital Storytelling, an organization focused on creating amazing content and closed loop marketing campaigns for technology firms. With double-digit growth year-over-year, the Mercer-MacKay client list includes many of the world’s leading technology organizations. Recent selected by Forrester as one of the top marketing firms for the channel, MMS has also been named as one of the best companies to work for in Canada.

Gail’s company is currently building a SaaS marketing platform to help technology companies’ market more effectively.

Gail enjoys kayaking, walking her dogs and playing three-chord campfire songs on her Gibson guitar.

Evangeline Chima, HerHalton Speaker

Evangeline Chima

Power Talks Speaker

Evangeline Chima is the founder of Black Mentorship Inc. BMI – an organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and personal expansion of Black professionals.

BMI was born out of her personal experiences as a Black professional woman in Canada. Despite having a master’s degree in Information Technology Services, diplomas in Computer Network, Project Management, and Business Analysis – along with numerous professional certifications, she was unable to be heard in business.

She experienced bias, being overlooked for promotions, and the frustration of being unable to achieve her true potential– regardless of her work commitment or qualifications. Importantly, she realized that she wasn’t alone...that all around herwere powerful, dynamic, talented Black professionals and entrepreneurs – also experiencing the same career challenges.

Being a woman of action, she created BMI to inspire, support, and mentor Black professionals to fulfill their potential, to build community, and to promote change. As part of her work, Evangeline helps organizations to create exceptional atmospheres where everyone thrives.
Evangeline has been named one of Black women to watch and she is nominated for Women of Inspiration award. She is a proven community leader with a “tall” ambition of diversifying the leadership landscape.

Her dream is to see every Black professional shine and reach their full potential. She’s also a devoted wife & mother of four boys!

Virtual Event

With the help from Connect Event Hub, we will be hosting this event virtually.

We will be using an online platform, Remo, that mirrors an in-person event and allows for simple virtual networking. Haven’t used Remo before? Check out the short video below to learn more about using Remo as an attendee.

Make sure you create your profile with necessary information like your LinkedIn account if you have one, this will allow for more seamless networking with fellow guests.

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