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Dreamer Day 2021

International Day of the Girl 2021

Thursday October 7, 2021
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

We’re back with a virtual event like no other! We’re doing what we do best at Build a Dream and bringing together a community of Champions who are committed, focused and ready for change. Women and men of all ages from high school to Executive Leadership are invited to hear productive conversations, be inspired by changemakers and be a part of a movement for workplace equality.

Build a Dream invites you to DREAMER DAY: Pivotal Moments – a virtual event in celebration of International Day of the Girl!

What moment of clarity changed your life? Good, bad, big, and small, these points in our personal and professional life transform us and move us to make a change (even if we don’t know it at the time!). This year, Dreamer Day brings you inspiring stories from incredible women who will share their PIVOTAL MOMENTS with you! From facing failures or triumphs, making bold moves or letting things organically fall into place, the voices on our main stage will leave you empowered and motivated to tackle the barriers you face at home, at work, and in the community around you.

Join us on Thursday, October 7 from 12:30 – 3:30 pm ET for an afternoon of making change, recognizing dreamers, and a special performance!







*All VEP and VEP Student Experience tickets must be purchased by Friday, September 17, 2021.

*While we will make every effort to have experience boxes arrive before event day, we cannot guarantee timely delivery on VEP tickets purchased AFTER Friday, September 17, 2021.

Do you know anyone striving for change
and working towards building a better tomorrow? 

CLICK HERE to nominate them for a Dreamer Award!

The nomination window closes on Tuesday, September 28 and all awards will be presented during Dreamer Day.

Check out our speakers for Dreamer Day

Take a sneak peek at the incredible women-owned businesses
featured in our VEP Experience Boxes! 

Bare Skin Bar is a collection of simple and effective self-care treats with products that are formulated through experimentation with raw materials, quality assurance testing, and then reviews by skincare lovers! Their vegan and cruelty-free products are designed to bring all the benefits of natural ingredients, so you can shine from the goods, not the glitter.

After years of struggling to find natural, affordable products for herself and her family, Stacey decided to try her hand at making her own. She studied aromatherapy for 6 months and LOVEFRESH was born. After many months of making natural cold processed soaps, it soon evolved into an entire line of bath and body products made from scratch. Starting this business 14 years ago alone, they now have a small team of fiercely driven women working together to deliver.

Serene Creates was a spur-of-the moment decision made with the hopes of add a little sparkle to people’s homes one piece at a time! Serene had stumbled into the wonderous world of resin, where she was inspired to create functional art that could be used for every day living. All of her creations are entirely handmade, and everything that leaves her studio is made with ultimate love and care.

Cardamom & Co. is a local Toronto business that is spreading joy and connection to people’s lives through personalized care packages, with a specialization in premium chais and teas. We want to make gift giving easy – visit our website to send a unique care package to someone you love to boost their day and show you care through a variety of chais and teas!

Charisse de Leon is the heart, the wits and wearer of all hats behind Pixel Paper Hearts – a paper goods (and other fun stuff) company which started in 2014. The hand lettered social stationery and lifestyle goods are inspired by the everyday. Created to cultivate connection and community – we hope our goods spark your creativity, make you chuckle and inspire you to celebrate life’s moments whether they be big or small.

Founded in Montreal in 2014 and proudly female owned, SQUISH is North America’s first artisanal candy store that specializes in over 75 flavours of awesomely delicious gourmet gummies. Come taste and discover the art of true candy craftsmanship that uses real fruits, spices and herbs to remind you to explore beyond the safety of raspberry and cherry and to explore something new!

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 by Jennifer Harper. Cheekbone Beauty is on mission to help every Indigenous youth feel their enormous value in the world while creating sustainable colour cosmetics. Cheekbone’s definition of success is what you give back to your community.

Sade Baron’s story began with rough skin, a passion for botanicals, and compassion for people. For more than 40 years, founders – mother Sade and daughter Rachel – knew the myriad healing abilities of plants. They shared these secrets, helping soothe skin conditions and awakening skin’s reformative power. Everything is created by Rachel and Sade, a mother-daughter duo. Their vision of glowing skin, achieved with clean and vegan ingredients, came to life.

Jenna noticed a gap in the silk goods market as a consumer, noticing the styles, colours and prints were outdated. Jenna began sewing silk scrunchies while using a stronger elastics so they wouldn’t slip out of your hair, in all the styles she wanted. The Silk Labs has taken these fundamentals along with feedback to expand its product offerings beyond silk to become a “one stop” hub for silk goods.

Lovebears is a small business that harnesses the feeling of love and connection through small meaningful personalized keychains and empowering affirmation cards. We hope that our charms are able to provide uplifting messages to all the special individuals in your life and make their day just a little brighter! 10% of our profits are donated to different charities each month to give back to the community!

For over 25 years, Saje has been creating 100% natural, plant-based, personal-care products for your home and overall well-being—including support for your stress, sleep, pain and symptoms of coughs and colds. They are passionate about connecting their Community Members to the healing power of plants and supporting them on their wellness journey, wherever they may be. We believe holistic wellness is the result of small, impactful choices made every day.

A consciously curated brand that brings you the best self-tanning and sunless beauty products. We focus on sustainably sourced, cruelty-free and clean ingredients that are suitable for all. Perfect for achieving a year-round healthy glow, it is more about how they make you feel confident. Sunless Canada is a diverse community that celebrates individuality, sharing that all skin tones are beautiful.


What is Dreamer Day?

Dreamer Day, in honour of International Day of the Girl, is Build a Dream’s annual fundraiser with proceeds used to support programming aimed at balancing the workforce and helping young women pursue male dominated careers.

I am interested in purchasing a group ticket package for my employees but don’t know who is able to attend yet. Do I need to provide names during registration?

Absolutely no worries! Once you complete your purchase, you will be provided with a custom code that you can share with your employees. They will need to sign up to claim their ticket at least 24 hours before the event.

I live in the west coast and would like to buy a VEP box. Am I able to?

Of course! We are able to ship the VEP boxes and VEP Student boxes to any address in Canada.

When can I expect to receive my VEP box?

All boxes will be shipped 2 weeks prior to the event. You should receive it before Thursday, October 7.

What kind of products can I expect to find in the VEP and VEP Student boxes?

This year, our boxes are filled with an assortment of goodies from Canadian women-led businesses – many of whom are BIPOC owned! Items include: silk scrunchies, moisturizing balms, handmade resin accessories, cosmetics and personal stationary.

Do I need to download software in order to participate?

No, the platform we will be using requires you to simply log in and enjoy the show. However, we do ask for you to use an updated browser and ensure your device has speaker capabilities.

I might need help accessing the platform on event day. Can someone help me?

Of course! The team at Build a Dream is happy to provide support. Please email info@webuildadream.com if you encounter any issues with accessing the event.


Want to be a sponsor of this event? Connect with us at info@webuildadream.com and we’ll send you a password to view our sponsorship opportunities. Use the password to download our sponsorship deck below!

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If you have additional questions regarding DREAMER DAY or are interested in becoming an event sponsor, email info@webuildadream.com!

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