On March 21, B+H Architects, in collaboration with the Canada-ASEAN Business Council’s (CABC) 4th Annual Business Forum in Singapore, chaired a new event to bridge a network of influential women in Canada and the ASEAN Nations.
The Women’s Leadership Forum, presented Women Transforming Business, providing an important environment for women to network, inspire and propel each other towards solving today’s complex problems through innovation that will create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.
“As we were conceptualizing this event, my first thought was to avoid creating another event about ‘how women can get a seat at the table,” says Karen Cvornyek, CABC Women’s Leadership Forum chair and President Asia, B+H Architects. “It’s very clear to me from my years as a professional architect in Canada, Shanghai and Singapore that, while women may not always be at the table, they are very much present, and shaping our future in ways that we are just beginning to understand.”
The first half of the forum featured thought-provoking keynotes from five women from diverse business backgrounds and geographies who have each found their own unique path to extraordinary success. They shared their stories, lessons learned and challenged ahead as we move into this exciting time of growth and new opportunities, both in South East Asia and Canada. Speakers included: Humera Malik, Founder & CEO, Cavass Analytics; Jan De Silva, President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade; Le Hoang Lan, Chairwoman at Indochina Investment Group Singapore; Mairead Lavery, Senior Vice President Business Development, Export Development Canada; and Marie-Claude Dumas, President Clean Power at SNC-Lavalin, among others.
“Women all over the world are Transforming Business by providing new forms of leadership, innovation and perspectives,” notes Wayne Farmer, President, Canada-ASEAN Business Council. “Great empowerment of women professionals in our businesses and workplaces benefits us all, and we were extremely pleased to introduce the Women’s Leadership track at the CABC Business Forum this year.”