AccelerateAB VIP Reception Features UN Women National Committee UK Chair Emeritus

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Laura Haynes, the UK Chair Emeritus for UN Women, will  give the keynote to The A100, sponsors and the Roundtables startups on April 15

Calgary, Canada – AccelerateAB, Alberta’s flagship technology conference powered by The A100, today announced that Laura Haynes, Chair Emeritus, UN Women National Committee UK, will be the keynote speaker at AccelerateAB’s VIP Reception following the Women in Tech Summit and the Startup Advising Sessions on Monday, April 15, 2019, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

National Committees for UN Women are independent non-governmental organizations that support the mission of UN Women through their public awareness initiatives about global women’s issues and fundraising efforts to support UN Women programs worldwide.

“The programs operated and supported by UN Women are having a tremendous impact by enhancing awareness and understanding of the issues affecting women and girls worldwide” says Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director of The A100. “In addition to her work with UN Women, Laura has spent 25 years in private practice helping global organizations embrace change and enhance culture. We are honoured to have Laura Haynes join AccelerateAB to share a glimpse of her ongoing and inspiring work around the globe.”

Among its main priorities, the UN Women National Committee UK raises money and awareness for key UN Women programs through the fund for Economic Empowerment and Equality. The mandate for this fund is to invest in projects focused on micro-financing, training and education as well as on small business support for women. The organization is also actively involved in the HeforShe campaign, which engages men and boys — as well as women and girls — in gender equality.

On March 18, 2019, van Sundert and A100 member, Alice Reimer, were recognized as Alberta SHEInnovators by SHEInnovates, another UN Women strategy to develop the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate gender equality.

Tickets for the AccelerateAB Conference are on sale now. For details about AccelerateAB please visit


Cynthia van Sundert
Executive Director, The A100
cynthia at thea100 dot org
+1 403 690 9339

Meghan Somers
meghan at theagencyinc dot ca
+1 587 899 0615

About AccelerateAB:
AccelerateAB is the province’s flagship technology conference that celebrates the best of Alberta’s technology scene. It is an annual conference that brings together leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s technology ecosystem, with the goal of leveraging the success of the next generation of technology entrepreneurs across the province.

The event is backed by high-profile and successful leaders in the industry and is powered by The A100, a member-driven group of Alberta’s most noteworthy technology entrepreneurs.