Halton Region Celebrates International Women’s Day with the Second Annual #HerHalton International Women’s Day Breakfast  

Left to right: Claire Green, Manager of Marketing and Attraction at BEDC; Nicole Mortimer, Founder of ZippyJamz; Shann McGrail, Executive Director of Haltech; Amarpreet Kaur of Creative Destruction Lab; and Caitlin MacGregor, Co-Founder & CEO of Plum. 

Burlington, ON, March 6, 2019 – Halton Region Celebrates International Women’s Day with the Second Annual #HerHalton International Women’s Day Breakfast  

On March 5, 2019, over 200 professional women and men joined TechPlaceHaltech and Angel One for their Second Annual #HerHalton International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Burlington Golf and Country Club. The event featured a panel of four exceptional women in leadership including: Caitlin MacGregor, Co-Founder & CEO of PlumNicole Mortimer, Founder of ZippyJamzShann McGrail, Executive Director of Haltech; and Amarpreet Kaur of Creative Destruction Lab. Claire Green, who will be returning to BEDC as the Manager of Marketing and Attraction this summer following her maternity leave, moderated the panel discussion leading an engaging conversation around this year’s International Women’s Day theme #Balanceforbetter 

Event organizers were thrilled to welcome several elected officials including Pam Damoff, MP Oakville North- Burlington; the Honourable Karina Gould, MP Burlington; Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington; Shawna Stolte, Burlington Ward 4 Councillor; and Lisa Kearns, Burlington Ward 2 Councillor. During closing remarks, Karen Grant, Executive Director of Angel One, welcomed Monique Belair, Town of Oakville Deputy Fire Chief, who shared more about Camp MollyHerHalton is thrilled about this new initiative and has shown their support with a charitable contribution to Campy Molly, in lieu of speaker gifts.  

TechPlaceHaltech and Angel One would like to thank the #HerHalton community and this year’s event sponsors for their continued participation, support and advocacy. Anyone interested in getting involved with #HerHalton are encouraged to sign up here to become a member and stay in the loop regarding upcoming news and events.  


Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director, Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) 

“BEDC is proud to champion the #HerHalton community through their leadership of TechPlace. As a partner on this event, TechPlace has encouraged unique networking and learning opportunities for members, supporting female leaders and entrepreneurs alike on International Women’s Day and throughout the year.”  

Karen Grant, Executive Director, Angel One Investor Network 

“The women speaking today represent a broad range of female entrepreneurship.  Each is driven to excel in her chosen path and represent the diverse types of success women are realizing.  What success looks like must be defined by us.  It is the only way we will realize Better the balance, better the world.”  

Shann McGrail, Executive Director, Haltech 

“We’ve been thrilled with the community response to HerHalton and the partnership to make this year’s International Women’s Day Celebration a success in the region. From the studies and stats, it’s clear that while women face different challenges in advancing their careers and starting technologybased businesses, there is a huge opportunity to be captured. Success shows up when everyone works together, shares information and networks, and pushes for progress.”   

Top row left to right: Anita Cassidy, Acting Executive Director, BEDC; Claire Green, Manager of Marketing and Attraction, BEDC; the Honourable Karina Gould, MP Burlington; Lisa Kearns, Burlington Ward 2 Councillor; Shawna Stolte, Burlington Ward 4 Councillor; Pam Damoff, MP Oakville North- Burlington. 

Bottom row left to right: Nicole Mortimer, Founder, ZippyJamz; Shann McGrail, Executive Director, Haltech; Caitlin MacGregor, Co-Founder & CEO, Plum; Amarpreet Kaur, Creative Destruction Lab; and Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington. 

Thank you to our event sponsors! Top row left to right: Cogeco, Bergs Law, AmandaSteen Cosmetics, Able One Systems. Bottom row: CCV Insurance, Enable Education, Devreve , BDO. Not photographed SkyHawk Telematics, Javelin Technologies, WBE Canada. 

About #HerHalton 

HerHalton is a peer-to-peer community for women who live and/or work in Halton Region. Members support and empower one another through respectful and honest discussions, collaboration and networking opportunities.  Become a member here. 

About TechPlace 

TechPlace is a one-stop destination for new and growing technology companies. With the support of partners from across the public and private sectors, it is dedicated to connecting, developing, and advancing entrepreneurs at all stages. This means providing access to space, programming, mentorship, networking, and resources that are fundamental to growing a business in today’s technology-driven marketplace.  

Led by the Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), TechPlace exists to help technology, talent and ideas come together under one roof to create and promote opportunities for economic growth.  

About Haltech 

Haltech is part of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. We support technology entrepreneurs and companies to group and scale their business with a wide range of free services that include: Business Advising & Innovation Support, Entrepreneur Skill Development and Corporate Innovation Partnerships

 About Angel One Investor Network 

Angel One is a member-based, not-for-profit group of investors who form syndicates to invest in early stage and growth privately-held companies in Ontario.  Its members have made 125 investments of over $28.5 million into 74 companies.  Investors are always welcome to attend any of the 10+ investment meetings that take place annually.  To find out if Angel One is for you and for an invitation, contact our Executive Director, Karen Grant at karen.grant@angelonentwork.ca. 

Photos by Ellie Voutsinas