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The second annual Women and Automotive Canadian Leadership Forum took place at the Westin Habour Castle in Toronto, Ontario recently. The forum brought together automotive industry professionals to speak about the different challenges that women face in the industry.

“The Women and Automotive – Canadian Leadership Forum was an amazing day of inspirational personal and professional stories that has set this event apart from any other," said Bill Zadeits, Conference Chair, Auto Remarketing Canada. "The opportunity to spend time with such amazing leaders in the automotive industry in Canada was so valuable and enriching. We’re very excited about the future of the event and know that those who’ve helped provide a strong foundation in the first two years are the reasons it’s been so successful thus far. The forum will be held again next April, and we’re very optimistic that the event will continue to be a ‘must attend’ for automotive executives and rising stars within the Canadian automotive industry.”

Panel discussions on Battling Bias, Empowerment through Mentorship, and Profile in Leadership took place, as well as keynote presentations by Ruth McBride, Scotiabank, on Leadership; and Laura Zanchin, Zanchin Automotive Group.

"The Women and Automotive Conference is an excellent venue to provide encouragement to women and give them confidence that they too can thrive in the automotive world," said Wendy Ladd, Account Executive, Jim Pattison Lease. "The auto industry is not only for men anymore which is very exciting. There is a market for Women and they can succeed and become whatever they choose to be."

Awards were also given out to the 2017 Profiles in Leadership honourees in the inaugural year.

(From left) Liliane Dubous, Equifax Canada, Jill Hadfield, TRADER Corp, Christine Mitchell, The Car Lady, and Katie Naughton, 401 Dixie Kia, during the Batting Bias panel.

Opening Keynote was presented by Rush McBride, Scotiabank.

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