BridgingTheGap to Her


To get ahead and respond to the changes in society, it’s crucial to evaluate how the internet of things and globalization are transforming the workplace.

The BridgingTheGap™ to Her Forum brings this next generation perspective to the global gender dialogues–exploring the challenges and opportunities–for emerging women leaders under the age of 35 to build successful careers and lead innovation. Our inaugural event was at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener-Waterloo, on Oct 10, 2018.

BridgingTheGap Forums are designed to connect emerging young talent with influential executive mentors and impact investors. All BTG to Her attendees are given an opportunity to apply for one-on-one business meetings and participate in our live pitch challenge. Finalists will be invited to pitch live for investment at the forum to an executive leadership panel.

Sample Agenda

Executive Forum

Morning Keynotes and Panels

Hear from accomplished women CEOs and young female founders on the challenges and opportunities they faced in building their career with candid advice from their experience on how attendees can get started.


Exploring frontier technologies like AI, Blockchain, VR/AR–and how women can scale up their impact to become leaders in innovation.

Building a Successful Brand Without Burning Out

The challenges young women face establishing their careers in the age of social media and the “always on” economy.

Candid Career Conversations with Women in Leadership

Insights with live Q&A from women in decision–making roles on how to rise to the top and lead transformation.

Sale Up

Afternoon Pitch Challenge

Celebrate the talent of young women entrepreneurs and see how they are turning their passion into purpose during our live pitch presentations.

Unlike standard pitch challenges, BridgingTheGap pitches offer everyone a chance to win! While the top pitch will receive a cash prize, every female founder that participates still has opportunity to receive serious consideration for investment based on the merit of their venture.

Past Prizes Included

  • Winning Pitch – $3,500 cash investment
  • Wildcard Audience Pick – $1,000 cash investment
  • One–on–one business meetings – everyone can apply!

Past Speakers

Top Industry Leaders

Headshot of Beverly Altberg

Beverly Altberg

National President to
the Board

Lean In Canada

headshot of Mille Marshell

Millie Marshall

President of Toyota Mortor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc


headshot of Bardish Chagger smiling

Bardish Chagger

Government House Leader

Member of Parliament

headshot of Brenda Halloran

Brenda Halloran

Board Chair & Former Mayor of Waterloo

Startup Canada

Headshot of Stephania Varailli

Stephania Varalli

Co-CEO & Head of Media

Women of Influence Inc.

Headshot of Feridun Hamdullahpur at the University of Waterloo

Feridun Hamdullahpur

President & Vice-Chancellor

University of Waterloo

Headshot of Julie Smithson

Julie Smithson



Headshot of Carolyn Van

Carolyn Van

Director, Program Design

Canada Learning Code

Headshot of Nancy Vonk looking straight into the camera with a power look

Nancy Vonk

Marketing Hall of Legends winner & Co-Founder


Official photo of Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor
of Ontario

Representative of
Queen Elizabeth II

headshot of Deborah Maclatchy

Deborah MacLatchy

President & Vice-Chancellor

Wilfrid Laurier University

Headshot of Kelly Lovell

Kelly Lovell

Founder of BridgingTheGap Forums & Queen's Young Leader

Lovell Corporation

Headshot of Brandi Veil smiling

Brandi Veil

Founder & CEO

Being Investments Company

Headshot of Bonnie Schmidt

Bonnie Schmidt

President & Founder

Let's Talk Science

Alexandra Beth

Lifestyle vlogger, Alexandra's Girly Talk


Nominate a Leader to Attend

Do you know a passionate woman entrepreneur or young professional looking to build their career? One hundred emerging leaders under the age of 35 will be selected to attend this exclusive event. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Become a Partner

The BTG Alliance provides a platform for partners to form new multi-sector collaborations and strengthen their network with like-minded organizations that have a vested interest in supporting young talent, inclusive innovation and sustainable development.

We're Proud to Present

Organizing Partners

Bring a Forum to Your Region

Outside building of THEMUSEUM