Women’s Business Missions

APF Canada is proud to continue and expand on the Women-only Business Mission Series, with Air Canada as our presenting airline and support from the Government of Canada. Founded in 2019, APF Canada will continue to deliver business missions for women and gender-diverse individuals through the second phase of funding from the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund. The missions provide Canadian women-led or -owned companies with the opportunity and support they need to access key markets in the Asia Pacific, including pre-mission training, B2B connections, in-market promotion, and public conferences with high-level speakers. 

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This project supports the Government of Canada's dual efforts to promote international trade diversification and to advance women's economic empowerment by encouraging Canadian business women to expand into the dynamic economies of the Asia Pacific. 

Building on the trade mission series, APF Canada has also launched CanWIN, the Canadian Women’s International Network, to connect women thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and gender equality organizations to advance economic equality and empower Canadian women entrepreneurs through engagement with international growth markets in Asia.

To learn more about the missions, CanWIN, and future events in support of Canadian business women, subscribe to our mailing list. For general inquiries or inquiries about opportunities for collaboration, please contact Dr. A.W. Lee, Director of Inclusive International Trade.

The Women only Business Mission series and CanWIN are supported by contributions from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.  

APF Canada will lead the Canadian Women-only Business Mission to Taiwan and Vietnam in the Fall of 2024. Subscribe for announcements to learn about the launch of applications.

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Taiwan and Vietnam Fall 2024

Mission Theme: Partnering for Sustainability
Application Status: Open
Priority Sectors: Technology and Innovation

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South Korea and Thailand Fall 2023

Mission Theme: Smarter Living
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Cleantech, health tech, and information and computer technology (ICT)


Japan (In-person) December 5-9, 2022

Mission Theme: Living Cleaner, Living Longer
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Health care and clean technologies.

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India (Virtual) March 7-8, 2022

Mission Theme: Growing Smarter (annual mission theme 2021-22)
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Technology innovations in education, sustainability, agri-tech, bioscience, biotechnology, and digital health.

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Australia & New Zealand (Virtual) December 1-2, 2021

Mission Theme: Growing Smarter (annual mission theme 2021-22)
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Technology innovations in smart cities, infrastructure, sustainable solutions, clean tech, and health technology.

Taipei Skyline

Taiwan (Virtual/In-person Hybrid) March 1-2, 2021

Mission Theme: Healthy Living, Healthy Planet
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Biotechnology, clean technology, agricultural technology, advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and digital health technology.

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South Korea (Virtual) November 3-4, 2020

Mission Theme: The Care Economy
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Health tech, digital education technologies, agri-food technologies.

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Japan April 1-3, 2019

Mission Theme: Aging & Eldercare
Application status: Closed
Priority sectors: Health care, medical technology, robotics, AI, fin-tech, lifestyle products for the elderly.

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Women's Business Mission Series (2019-2023)