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DMZ Women In Tech: Scaling Women’s Entrepreneurship

June 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From underrepresentation to funding inequality, women entrepreneurs in Canada face many unique challenges on their path to success. The DMZ and PayPal Canada come together on June 12 to host a meaningful discussion on how to help women start, grow and scale their businesses.

Join us for a fireside chat with Canadian businesswoman, investor, author, and television personality Arlene Dickinson and Paul Parisi, President of PayPal Canada, as they discuss the most common barriers faced by women entrepreneurs – access to financing, income inequality, and underrepresentation.

Following the fireside chat, a prominent panel of leading founders, funders and successful entrepreneurs will discuss how they’ve grappled with these key issues and how you can apply their hard-learned lessons.

Featuring Arlene Dickinson

Founder of Venture Communications & Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

A passionate advocate for small businesses and women entrepreneurs, Arlene is best known for her role as a venture capitalist on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den on CBC, Canada’s national broadcast network.

Arlene is the CEO of three businesses: Venture Communications, a strategic agency dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses, District Ventures, an accelerator program focused on investing in the innovative food and beverage, health and wellness sectors and has helped over 3,000 Canadian businesses get access to capital, resources and support, and YouInc.com, a B2B news and resource platform dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs. A generous philanthropist, mother of four and grandmother of five, Dickinson is a role model for business owners and women across the country.


6:00 p.m.   Cocktails and conversation
6:30 p.m.   Welcome and introductions: Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director of DMZ
6:35 p.m.   Fireside chat: Paul Parisi, President, PayPal Canada and Arlene Dickinson
7:00 p.m.   Panel discussion: hosted by Megan Matthews, Senior Director and Global Head of Product, Customer Experience, Technology and Americans Communications, PayPal Inc.
7:45 p.m.   Q&A
8:00 p.m.   Networking


June 12, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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