Networking with Donna Messer Event – A Huge Success!

It was one of the sunny days of October 2013. And it was the day of October when we had the evening networking event with Donna Messer aka “Queen of Networking”.

As mentioned on her web site ( Speaker”, “journalist”, “author”, “coach”, “trainer”, “advisor”, “facilitator”, “mentor” and “leader” are all words that describe Donna Messer to a tee.

The event started with great nibble food from Toronto International Centre, just to mention some: Mini Mason Jars filled with British-Style Sheppard’s Pie, Smoked Salmon Mousse and Traditional Chicken Pot Pie.

With 70 people in attendance, a Poker networking game helped us meet new people along with networking with our old friends and colleagues.

Donna Messer was introduced by our new great MC: Jane Mangat.

Once Donna came in from of the audience we had the chance to learn that it’s all in the Power of Leverage.  We went through the idea of pushing ourselves from the comfort zone, to how to make connections and improve our networking skills and how to measure our actions.  We learned great tips to follow if you would like to become more visible: go out and meet new people, be active in the groups you belong to, write a book /article, blog and mentor.  It was a full continuous improvement cycle: plan, do, check and act.

The best tip of the day? It is not about you, it is about what you can do to help others. So, the saying “what comes around goes around” proves right one more time.

Donna is also WFIM’s Chair of the Mentoring program.  If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee this year, please contact her at

Looking forward for the next event: Academy Breakfast on November 05 2013.

Best Regards,

Mariana Macovei, WFIM Chair Events

A Letter from a Wonderful Sponsor!

October 1, 2013

Dear Women in Food Industry Management Board Members,

Advertising or supporting funds are difficult to obtain in these tight economic times. I made the decision many years ago that Flavorcan International Inc. would support Women in Food Industry Management.

Why? First it is a worthy endeavour as it brings together the best women at the table to encourage and mentor other women as they wander through the minefield of business and break through the glass ceiling. Flavorcan International Inc. is proud to be part of this. Second it is a unique opportunity to develop close relationships with a dynamic group of influencers and decision makers. Last but not least, investing in support for Women in Food Industry Management, which is a well-run organization, is a safe investment as the relationship only brings kudos.

The clincher for me was to attend one of their meetings. It was warm and friendly, with tremendous energy and a genuine desire to offer guidance, assistance and advise on the part of all.

I strongly encourage you to select Women in Food Industry Management as a place to advertise and an organization to support. It will make you feel good to be part of the organization.


Frank J. Ansell

Vice President


Hello and welcome to the Women in Food Industry Management blog!  We’re delighted to launch this new platform for discussing hot topics relating to the Canadian food industry and being a Canadian woman in business.

For more information about the WFIM organization, please check out our website:  At WFIM, we’re dedicated to supporting professionals in becoming “The Best Women at the Table” by encouraging advancement through networking and executive development.

We’re excited about all that this new blog will offer our wonderful community and look forward to dialoguing with you!