Strait-Highlands Women in Business Conference
Friday, February 13, 2015


First Regional Women in Business Conference



The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our luncheon guest speaker Deborah Gillis for the Strait-Highlands Regional Women in Business Conference. Deborah is the President & CEO of Catalyst. Originally from Port Hood, Deborah will share her inspiring story of her path to becoming the first non-American CEO of a global organization that works with some of the world’s most powerful business leaders. Catalyst is best known for its in-depth research reports about women in leadership positions, but has increasingly evolved to also provide member companies with advice and strategies to improve diversity in senior ranks. 

This event is the first of its kind for our region and Executive Director, Damian MacInnis encourages all businesses in our region to attend, whether you are female or male. “We are really looking forward to have Debbie come back to her roots in Cape Breton and deliver a positive and motivating message to businesses from across the Strait-Highlands Region.” This event will be emceed by Amanda Mombourquette of CEED, and will have group discussions on, work-life balance; tools, tactics and tips for conquering marketing; Networking 101; Looking after YOU; Show me the Money; and Securing your business future. From his experience with businesses in the area, MacInnis knows there are women in the area that can, and already are making a huge difference in the region. “As a Chamber, we see the importance of Women becoming and continuing to be strong leaders in order to build our economy and communities. It is essential not only for women to attend, but also men, to give them a better understanding of the issues women face in the workplace.” Marketing and Events Coordinator, Katelyn MacDonald has been working diligently along with our Membership Coordinator, Linda Ouellette to ensure that a positive and clear message is sent. MacDonald wants women in the area to take advantage of this great opportunity, “This conference gives us an opportunity to listen to Mrs. Gillis, who has travelled a long road to become an International face of women in business. Her story will encourage women from our area to believe in themselves; and if you really want to move forward with your career, there’s nothing that can stand in your way.”

The event begins Friday, February 13th at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Center, Bearhead Room. Registration begins at 8am. Conference will run from 9am-3:30pm. Cost of the event is $100 which includes two nutrition breaks, lunch, five group sessions and keynote address. You can register online at .

For more information, please contact the Chamber Office at (902) 625-1588 or For media inquiries, contact Katelyn MacDonald at



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