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BLG’s Driven by Women in business program expands

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 @ 3:13 PM | By John Chunn

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) Driven By Women program has now expanded across all of its five Canadian offices. Building on its grassroots success in Vancouver as a resource for women-led startups, Driven By Women now offers a national platform, with greater opportunities for women in business and law to connect, share ideas and support each other.

According to BLG’s press release, Driven By Women was founded in 2016 in BLG’s Vancouver office by Julie Bogle, a then second-year associate who noted a lack of resources for women in business. “I canvassed the entrepreneurial ecosystem and saw that women lacked support,” said Bogle. “With the help of a mentor, I was able to launch Driven By Women to connect other women in business with the networks, resources and opportunities necessary for success.”

“Driven By Women supports women in business by enriching cross-industry leadership and collaboration,” said Jennifer Archer, partner in BLG’s corporate commercial group and Vancouver-based Driven By Women representative. “We are excited to share the program with women leaders across the country.”

The first Driven By Women event under the program’s new national scope and mandate took place in Vancouver on March 3, featuring guest speaker CEO and entrepreneur Manjit Minhas, who shared her experience and explored issues faced by women in business. Minhas will also be speaking to Driven By Women participants in BLG’s Toronto office on March 5.