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2013/02/21 - Effective Networking Workshop - Thursday, February 21, 2013

posted Feb 10, 2013, 3:26 PM by Anton Dubov   [ updated Feb 22, 2013, 10:22 AM ]
ASME Ontario Section is excited to invite you and your colleagues to an Effective Networking Workshop.

Why you should come?

Statistics show that networking is the key to success! Everyone needs to know how to network, and this event is a way to meet, mix and mingle with people who will share resources and contacts. Donna is the ultimate business Matchmaker - find out who she knows that might need to know you!

Quotes from participants on Donna Messer

Donna’s stories and presentation skills are extraordinary... when she walks to the front of the stage, you’re not sure what to expect. She looks and acts like the rest of us. She inspires and informs. Her presentations are interactive, giving everyone the opportunity to expand their networking skills. You quickly learn that ethical, effective networking is about reciprocity and results. 

Integrity, Inspiration, Influence and Information – that’s what Donna Messer is all about! 

It was a dream come true having Donna Messer speak to our organization. Donna embodies the art of networking, and she has an unmatchable talent in teaching these skills. While many of us are aware of the principle of “care” in relationship building, few have natural talent to live by it. By attending a session with Donna, one is immersed in a captivating demonstration of how to bring life to networking efforts. This learning in not segmented into specific

portions of her presentation; instead, it starts the minute she enters the room 

and continues long after the event through follow up emails.”

Date:Thursday, Feb 21, 2013  
Location:Mechanical Engineering Building room MC331, 
5 King's College Road, M5S 3G8
Registration fee:$5 for ASME-Members
$10  for Non-members
For more information or questions, please contact Anton Dubov by email,

Speaker: Donna Messer

Queen of Networking, Published Author, Coach and Trainer, Successful Entrepreneur, President of ConnectUsCanada.


About Donna Messer:

"Speaker", "journalist", "author", "coach", "trainer", "advisor", "facilitator", "mentor" and "leader" are all words that describe Donna Messer to a tee.  Look closer, however, and you’ll see that a common theme runs through them all – a love of people. For more than two decades, Donna has been a renowned expert on and promoter of the often overlooked, true currency of business – personal relationships – how to forge, nurture and leverage them to enable those who properly cultivate these relationships to put them to mutual benefit. 


As President of ConnectUs Canada, Donna’s contact network extends well into the tens of thousands – a network that she routinely and freely shares with her clients, associates and acquaintances via the extensive speaking engagements and workshops she holds around the world.

A dynamic, highly sought-after speaker, Donna has spoken throughout North America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Iceland on a host of topics dealing with the art of networking and the ties that bind.  She has spoken before Federal, Provincial, Municipal and State governments, even serving as an advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on issues relating to women in business. 

Among Donna Messer’s several hundred clients are top tier financial institutions, boards of trade, major accounting and law firms, and leading universities and colleges across Canada.  Donna is also a frequent featured speaker at HAPPEN, Canada’s largest executive networking organization.   

A sampling of her name clients include:   Bell Canada, Honeywell, Certified Management Accountants, Canadian General Accountants, RBC, TD Canada Trust, BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank, Schulich School of Business, Rotman School of Business, Ernst & Young, Industry Canada, HP (Hewlett Packard), IVY School of Business,. Canadian Plastics Association, Women in Food Industry Management, Cushman and Wakefield, Hospice Association of Canada, Laurier University, Markel Insurance, Trade Ortho Bio Tech, Women’s Leadership Foundation – Calgary, CIRI Alberta, Manitoulin Workforce Partnership, Rogers Communications Inc., Big Brothers and Big Sisters Association, Junior Achievement World Conference, Petro Canada and Sun Life Assurance.

A noted author and journalist, Donna’s more than 4,000 articles have graced the pages of newspapers and magazines including Enterprise Magazine, Small Business Canada Magazine, Career Options Magazine, Canadian Opportunities Magazine, Life and Fashion Magazine, Pets and Animals, Women with Vision Magazine, Company of Women Magazine, Timeless Woman Donna has interviewed various "movers and shakers" including Senator Pamela Wallin, former Liberal Cabinet Minister, Sheila Copps, as well as an exclusive interview with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.  Among her five books as a published author is Effective Networking Strategies, a Canadian bestseller written in 1993 well before "networking" became the de rigueur buzzword of the outplacement and executive search industries, selling over 50,000 copies over the past 15 years.  

Donna has directed and advised on numerous boards and committees and has won various awards including Woman of the Year - Women in Pursuit of Excellence WFIM, International Leader’s Award – Women and Diversity, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement – CACEE.  She was also Ernst and Young’s nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year.