March 8, 2024 is International Women's Rights Day. This day, highlighting the struggle for women's rights and for the reduction of inequalities in relation to men since 1911, is also an occasion to honor the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.
Are there any women in your team?
Use this day to celebrate, honour and thank them.
And since it's their day, why not give them a voice?
At Formax, we offer you the services of more than 13 inspiring speakers.
Strong women who have blossomed professionally, women who have made their place in a man's world, women determined to pursue their dreams no matter what challenges they have faced, women who have dared to disrupt.
Find out more about them.
After working for 17 years in the newsroom and covering several major sporting events, the journalist Nancy Audet decided in 2019 to reveal her past as a child of the DPJ. Driven by a new mission, she decided to write a book about her own life path to raise awareness about the reality of children in the DPJ. A story about resilience, resistance and forgiveness. Buoyed by this new mission, Nancy is now offering conferences to tell her story and to prove that an extended hand can change a life. Her story is one of hope and can only serve as an inspiration to anyone who hears it!
Journalist, hostand entrepreneur, Esther Bégin Since the fall of 2018, Esther Bégin has been the French-language anchor of CPAC (the Cable Public Affairs Channel), where she hosts a daily political news program during the House of Commons proceedings and a series of interviews with Canadian political figures. With authenticity and simplicity, she shares with you, through her conferences, her expertise in journalism and animation and she tells the story of the challenges she has faced throughout her career. The challenges of self-confidence, of leaving one's comfort zone and of being open to change.
First woman journalist to cover the news in Montreal, Jocelyne Cazin has made her mark in the journalistic world. After eight years at the helm of the program J.E., including six years with her colleague Gaétan Girouard, Jocelyne Cazin has been able to see the world from many angles. The words passion and determination sum up her personality perfectly. Ms. Cazin is able to address several topics during a conference, including retirement, volunteerism, empowerment and suicide prevention, all of which touch her deeply.
Founder and president of Cardio Plein Air, Danielle Danault is one of the 5% of women franchisees in Quebec. She has been working in the field of physical activity for nearly 40 years and is a true leader in this field. With her innovative and avant-garde concept of outdoor physical activity, she is said to be the pioneer of outdoor training in Quebec! In addition to being an experienced speaker, she is the author of two best sellers. Danielle is a guest dragon on Radio-Canada's popular Dans l'œil du Dragon show in 2020, and gives talks on the importance of physical activity and her career as a businesswoman.
Nancie Ferron made a 180-degree turn in her life when she went from journalism to entrepreneurship. Co-founder of Maison Lavande with her husband and partner Daniel Joannette, it took her a while to feel comfortable and to give herself the right to be a businesswoman. Winner of the 2014 Quebec Businesswoman Award in the Small Business category, vice-president of the Board of Directors of Tourisme Basses-Laurentides and mentor at Academos, today she has the opportunity to manage a family business in which her two daughters are also shareholders. Alone or in duo with one of her daughters, Nancie offers two testimonial conferences in which she discusses the place of women in the business world, how to assert oneself, how to reconcile family life and work, and how to overcome challenges and fear.
Isabelle Huot is without a doubt THE best known nutritionist in Quebec. Initially a nutrition columnist, she has been popularizing her knowledge for more than 20 years through radio, television and the written media. Recognized for her doctoral studies, she turned to entrepreneurship in 2009 and it is here that she faces her greatest challenges. Founder and CEO of Isabelle Huot, a doctor of nutrition, she now has 10 clinics, a line of ready-to-eat foods as well as snacks and cooking tools available in more than 1,000 outlets in Quebec. She has also launched 16 books. With her conferences, she hopes to raise awareness among the population to make the best food choices for their health! What's more, March is nutrition month!
Marie-Claude Lavallée is well known to the public at Radio-Canada, where she has appeared on a wide variety of programs for over 30 years, Marie-Claude Lavallée is now a freelancer. She can be found at the microphone of 98.5 where she replaces Patrick Lagacé in Québec Maintenant. She also hosts numerous conferences and events and gives training to those who want to improve their public performance. Based on her own life experience, she shares the various lessons she has learned through her conferences. Her biggest lesson? No matter what happens, move on!
A leading figure in Quebec's cultural diversity, Régine Laurent has climbed the ladder of society one by one with courage and integrity. Arriving in Montreal in the 1960s, she worked as a nurse for several years before becoming, from 2009 to 2017, president of the FIQ. In 2019, Premier Legault asked her to chair the special commission on children's rights and youth protection. The Laurent Commission delivered a voluminous report in 2020. Today, Ms. Laurent sits on boards of directors, is a columnist for LCN and QUB, and speaks at corporate conferences on the challenges of integration and leadership for women.
Two-time Olympic medallist, 5-time World Cup snowboard cross champion, 2011 World Championship bronze medallist and 2013 World Championship runner-up, Dominique Maltais is one of the best snowboarders in the world. Professionally, she was a female firefighter for the Montreal Fire Department from 2002 to 2005 and is now a prevention technician and officer for the Baie-Saint-Paul Fire Department. speakersought after, her personality, determination and athletic background allow her to share her experience with passion and enthusiasm.
Kim Thúy left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. With degrees in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. Since her early childhood, her life has been one of constant twists and turns, and her failures always end up as successes. Her trick? Her ability to let go. Kim has a fabulous knack for not worrying about life and turning every situation to her advantage. Without all these challenges, she would not be the great novelist she is today! In her lecture "The success of my failures", she shares her story with enthusiasm and humour.
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