Welcome to the 14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit and to beautiful Toronto, Canada!

PINAY POWER 2017 is finally here.  FWN envisioned the Pinay Power campaign - a dream with a meaningful purpose—to double the number of Filipina women leaders by 2020. The Filipina Leadership Global Summit is exclusively designed for the Global FWN100™ Awardees—Filipina women leaders creating change in the world of Filipinas in diaspora.


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Here are some quick links to important information about #FWNSummit2017. If you need more detailed information, visit the complete Summit website at www.FilipinaSummit.org.



  • Weather:  October in Toronto can be cool with average daily highs around 65°F and lows around 39°F.

  • Currency: Canadian dollar. Credit cards and travelers checks are accepted widely, and many 24-hour ATMs are available in the area. Visit XE’s Currency Converter for details on current exchange rates.

  • Cell Phone Usage: If you have a phone from the U.S., it should be compatible with Canadian networks. From other countries, you must have a tri-band or quad-band GSM phone or 3G phone supporting 1900Mhz to be compatible. A pay-as-you-go SIM card is approximately $10 from most major networks. If you have an iPhone, you can obtain a SIM card from an Apple Store in Canada. If your phone is compatible, it must be unlocked in order to use a local SIM card. Explore plans from all Canadian service providers.

  • Taxes: The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is a 13% tax that is applied to most purchases of taxable supplies of goods and services in the Province of Ontario. The HST consists of a 5% federal portion and an 8% retail sales tax portion.

  • Medical Needs: Be sure to check with your health insurance provider about policy coverage away from home, particularly if you are insured by an HMO and/or Medicare/Medicaid. If you are entering Canada with prescription drugs and/or syringes:
  1. keep the medication in its original, labeled container
  2. bring a medical certificate with syringes showing they are for medical use and have them declared to Canadian Customs officials
  3. bring an extra prescription in case your medication is lost and/or to attest to your need to take such prescriptions
  4. carry the generic name of prescription medicines