Symposium 2021


PLEASE NOTE: There are NEW links as of this morning for all of the 2021 PEIBWA Symposium virtual sessions. Please check your inbox!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Our signature event is back with the exciting roster of keynote speakers, presenters and networking opportunities you've come to expect and enjoy. 
Because of the generosity of our sponsors, this year's Symposium will be offered free of charge to you. 

Register Here! 


Introducing our Keynote Speaker, Jill Heinerth

presented by Skills PEI & Innovation PEI| 9:15-10:30 am

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth.

From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Heinerth’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life.

Jill Heinerth is an acclaimed Canadian underwater explorer, winner of the Wyland ICON Award for lifetime achievement (an honour she shares with Jacques Cousteau) and author of Into the Planet. 

In her visually stunning presentations, Heinerth encourages you to reach beyond your limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome your fears, while applying her practical experience to share lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.

We are beyond thrilled to have Jill Heinerth as the keynote speaker for the 2021 PEIBWA Symposium.


Throughout the day, we will also host concurrent sessions featuring inspiring and empowering speakers, including:

Concurrent Session One | 10:45-11:45 am 

Concurrent Session Two | 12:00 - 12:45 pm
  • Diversifying Our Skill Set During Times of Interruption (Chef Ilona Daniel
  • Unlocking Healthy Habits for You and Your Business (Megan Macdonald)

Featured Conversation presented by BDC | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Concurrent Session Three | 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

  • Leveraging the gig economy on the journey to entrepreneurship (Gail Kastning)
  • Diversity and inclusion as drivers of innovation and prosperity (panel discussion including the Diversity Institute).

Closing Café presented by ADL & Maritime Electric | 3:15 - 4:00 pm 

    Don't delay, register today! 








    The PEI Business Women’s Association Symposium is the premier event for women in business across the Island - and beyond.

    The one-day conference is filled with presentations, workshops, networking, and inspiration. The Symposium offers something for women in business from across the Island and region — start-up entrepreneurs, established business owners, mid-career business professionals, dynamic rural entrepreneurs, newcomers launching their businesses, students and more.

    Interested in partnering opportunities for the 2021 PEIBWA Symposium?

    The PEIBWA Symposium provides the opportunity to reach and engage women business owners and professionals on PEI and across the Atlantic region. Contact Project Coordinator Shelby McDonald at or 902-892-6040 to discuss available partnership opportunities.