International Women’s Day 2018


Networking events, across Canada bring together women in the hospitality industry, taking inspiration from this year’s International Women’s Day global theme

CANADA (February 27, 2018) — The who’s who of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal’s hospitality scenes will gather for scheduled events on March 8, 2018 to mark International Women’s Day.

Women have a long, rich history in the hospitality industry, bringing both a playful and maternal instinct to bars, restaurants, cafés and associated manufacturers and steering an ever-growing industry towards higher levels of distinction. Today, some of the highest and most important positions in the hospitality industry are held by women — those who started in the trenches, inspired by those around them, and the women they, in turn, have served to inspire. As Olympic Gold Medalist, Wilma Rudolph said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

As women continue to prove themselves a powerful part of the social, economic and cultural fabric, a Canadian group, called Minibar Canada (with the help of passion partner, Bittered Sling) – comprised of passionate female bartenders and ambassadors – have developed the “Press for Progress” gatherings across the country. Minibar Canada – in cities Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – will host simultaneous networking events for women in the hospitality profession on March 8, intended to motivate and encourage the next generation of women to aspire to even greater heights in the industry.

“We’re not only celebrating International Women’s Day at this event but championing those who inspire us,” says Minibar Canada founder Lauren Mote, co-founder of Bittered Sling and Diageo Reserve’s Global Cocktailian. “It’s time to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and be inspired to achieve your own idea of greatness. It dovetails perfectly with the theme of International Women’s Day in 2018, which is ‘Press for Progress’”.

Toronto’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s Ontario Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Chantelle Gabino says, “This year’s event brings inspired discussions and community building together under one roof. I am thrilled to spearhead the Toronto event, alongside some amazing women across the country. In Montreal and Vancouver, my sisters are preparing their city’s Minibar Canada events simultaneously – what a community! I am so thrilled to fill the room with some of Toronto’s most inspiring, influential and strong women to share their stories.”

Toronto Event, “Cultured Community” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street W, Toronto
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd., The Drake Hotel, Minibar Canada, OBC (Ontario’s Bartending Community), Seedlip
The featured speakers for Cultured Community will include: Sarah Parniac, Writer & Canadian Ambassador | NOW Magazine, Seedlip – the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit; Evelyn Chick, Bar Manager | Pretty Ugly Bar; Christina Veira, Bartender | Drake 150 & Apt. 200; Phoebe Salvador, Artist Manager | Self-Emplyed; Jessica Blaine Smith, Photographer & Co-Founder | Jessica Blaine Photography & Bartender Atlas; Emily Anne Blake, Co-Founder & Communications Director | Mahjong Bar; Viktoria Belle, Activist & Founder | The Dandelion Initiative; Charlotte Langley, Chef & Culinary Curator | Restaraurants Canada; Maria Rosales, Consultant, Marketing & Branding | Self-Emplyed; Chantelle Gabino, Bartender & Events Manager | The Drake Hotel & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Chantelle Gabino, Christina Veira, Evelyn Chick, Lauren Mote
Emcee: Chantelle Gabino
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “The Dandelion Initiative” and “Nellie’s Women’s Shelter” will be graciously accepted. Learn more about the charitable partners:
Tickets to event, and link to donate:

Vancouver’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s British Columbia Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Katie Ingram says, “Vancouver’s close-knit community breaks bread together, shares knowledge and takes care of one another. We hope this year’s International Women’s Day event in Vancouver inspires a vast group of women to stand up, fight and follow their dreams.”

Vancouver Event, “Empowering the Future” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Café Medina, 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, BC Bartender (British Columbia Bartenders’ Association), Bulleit Whiskey, Campari Canada, Dickie’s Ginger Beer, Ketel One Vodka, Johnathan Evans Photography, Johnnie Walker, Minibar Canada, Pacific Wines & Spirits, Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, World Class Canada
The featured speakers for “Empowering the Future” will include: Lisa Haley, Restaurant Director | L’Abattoir; Anna Farrant, Co-Founder | All City Athletics; Shelome Bouvette, Chef & Owner | Chicha; Heidi Noble, Winemaker & Founder | JoieFarm Winery; Leila Kwok, Photographer | Self-Employed; Michelle Sproule, Managing Editor | Scout Magazine; Kaitlyn Stewart, Bar Manager & Global Champion | Royal Dinette & World Class; Katie Ingram, Bar Manager & Vancouver Events Manager | L’Abattoir & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Katie Ingram, Amber Bruce, Kaitlyn Stewart, Reece Sims, Lauren Mote, Sabrine Dhaliwal
Emcee: Kaitlyn Stewart
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “Women’s Health Collective” will be graciously accepted.
Learn more about the charitable partners:
Tickets to event, and link to donate:

Montreal’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s Quebec Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Lea Messier says, “Montreal’s bartending scene is rich with professionalism, creative and inspiring women across many backgrounds. This event is our opportunity to share our strengths as we continue to grow together. Through open and positive discussions, we will bring to the spotlight the challenges we face every day, and how to better tackles these challenges together.”

Montreal Event, “Women & Whiskey” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 rue St-Paul, Montreal
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, Brown-Forman Canada, La Ligue des Coqueteliens du Québec (Québec Bartenders’ Association), Minibar Canada, Vieux-Port Steakhouse
The featured speakers for “Women & Whiskey” will include: Asilex Rodriguez, Bartender & Whiskey Enthusiast | Bar le LAB & Better Living in Hospitality; Maureen David, Co-Founder & President | 1769 Distillery; Alexis Green, Territory Manager | Brown-Forman Canada; Lea Messier F., Bartender, Consultant & Events Manager | Cocktail Jedi, Kocktail Kombat & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Lea Messier, Alexis Green, Kate Boushel, Lauren Mote
Emcee: Lea Messier
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “La Maison Grise de Montreal” will be graciously accepted.
Learn more about the charitable partner: 2018 marks the 3rd year for the Women & Whiskey event, sponsored by Brown-Forman, and the first year for Minibar Canada’s partnership on this event.
Tickets to event, and link to donate:

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Every year on March 8, thousands of events are held across the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women while also championing advocacy for women’s rights and equality. 2017 marked an incredible demonstration by women around the world in the first annual “Women’s March on Washington”.

Attendance is limited for each event based on capacity for each venue; please register on the links for your city to receive a complimentary ticket through Eventbrite, where you can make a donation right to the charitable partners for each event.
*TICKETS REQUIRED* – click link in your city to book a ticket:





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