International Women's Day Gala - March 3, 2020

Date: Tue Mar 03, 2020
Time: 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Location: The Loft @Baro, 465 King Street West, Toronto
Dress Code: Business elegant

The theme for 2020 International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is - #EachforEqual.

CAWEE and The Company of Women will be hosting a panel of business women from diverse backgrounds to share their challenges and stories with us and show us how we can help fight bias and celebrate Canadian women’s achievements.

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Loft @Baro, 465 King Street West

Early Bird Price extended to February 19, 2020 due to Family Day holiday!!

Captioning will be available through Zoom. (A tablet is required)

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Panel includes:

Keka DasGupta - For 23 years, TEDx speaker, Keka DasGupta has dedicated her entire working life first as a multi-award-winning PR/marketing veteran, and now as an entrepreneur - to studying the emotional undercurrents that connect people to people and people to brands. She has worked with such globally-recognized brands as: IKEA, Nike, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Schwarzkopf and a host of other Fortune 500s.

Today, as the founder of a personal development brand called the Art of Life-ing, Keka helps women discover how to step into their power in order to positively impact themselves, their families and business colleagues - all through gratitude, empathy and quiet leadership. In her work, Keka also delivers positive mental health keynotes and workshops at schools and corporate companies across North America. Keka's message was recently featured on

Victoria Desroches is a criminal defence lawyer who practices in Vancouver, British Columbia. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, then attended the University of Toronto where she completed her Master of Social Work and her Juris Doctor. Following completion of her education, Victoria returned to Vancouver where she worked as an associate with Gibbons Ritchie before opening her own law firm, Desroches & Co in 2000. Leading up to the legalisation of cannabis, Victoria saw a unique opportunity and was a vanguard in representing craft cannabis growers in British Columbia by helping them transition into the new legislative regime. Now, with over 20 year’s legal experience, and having appeared at all levels of court, Victoria has added “educator” to her professional pursuits. In addition to legal counsel, she also travels throughout British Columbia on behalf of the Justice Education Society (JES), providing Indigenous legal education in alignment with the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. When not in a courtroom or a community, Victoria can be found on the water with her trusty dog, Metis either fishing or surfing. 

Lorin MacDonald, J. D. is the Founder and CEO of HearVue, a social enterprise dedicated to increasing communication inclusion at events across Canada via Live Event Captioning. For over two decades, she has demonstrated her leadership, passion, and commitment to accessibility and inclusion in her volunteer and professional activities, all informed by her lived experience as a human rights lawyer born with a profound hearing loss. Recognized as one of Canada's top voices in accessibility and disability issues, Lorin's approach is grounded in evidence-based research and a desire to challenge communities and organizations to be more inclusive and accessible. Through education and as an in-demand speaker, Lorin continually strives to ensure those who are misinformed or unconscious of cross-disability accessibility barriers are equipped with the tools necessary to create inclusive communities for all. The popular YouTube video "Day in the Life of Lorin" highlights how accessibility is good for everyone.

Our Moderator:

Lai-King Hum, Founder Hum Law Firm “Caring is the only daring” defines Lai’s approach to work and life".
After 15 years at national firms in Montreal and Toronto, Lai founded a boutique law firm in 2014, focused on workplace law, human rights, professional regulation, and litigation. Her team of four lawyers assists individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs based in Canada, and internationally, with their legal issues. Her clients include those in education, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and financial / banking services.
In addition to her advocacy work, Lai also conducts workplace investigations and mediations. She is one of the three Counsel in the Discrimination and Harassment Counsel Program - a service funded by the Law Society of Ontario. Lai is also a part-time Deputy Judge, at the Toronto Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice.
Integral to her work and life is Lai’s commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion. She has held roles as past-Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA); a coalition of legal associations committed to diversity initiatives,and is a past-President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. In 2018 Lai was shortlisted as one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was called to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade & Commerce to speak on Employment and Labour aspects of free trade agreements. She is also a sought after speaker to legal, professional and business associations.

As part of her belief that leadership is about service, Lai is a Director of Up with Women, a not-for-profit organization operating in Ontario and Quebec providing coaching to homeless women, and a Trustee with CPAC Foundation.
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Photographs taken at this public event will be used in CAWEE and partner organization print and online publications.