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About WBE Canada

MEET WBE CANADA

check markSupport for Women Business Enterprises (WBEs)

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Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization that is opening doors for Canadian women-owned businesses to supply chains across Canada, North America and globally.

Founded by corporations to provide certification services for their supplier diversity programs, WBE Canada certifies, supports and promotes Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) who provide products or services to corporations and government organizations.

We represent Canadian Women Enterprises (WBEs) that are changing supply chains around the globe.

Our WBEs represent some of the most successful suppliers and innovators Canada has to offer. Our mandate is to build connections between Canadian women-owned businesses and corporate/government buyers and ensure that existing barriers are removed and supply chains are more diverse and inclusive.

OUR VISION

Empowered women-owned businesses with equal access within corporate and public procurement.

 

OUR MISSION

To advance economic growth across Canada through certification, development and promotion of women-owned businesses.

OUR VALUES

Innovation

Integrity

Collaboration

Impact

OUR WORK

WBE Canada is the bridge between corporate and public procurement and Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). As a quality third-party certifier of businesses owned, managed, and controlled by women, we have been connecting them to corporate supply chains since 2009. We focus on building relationships, facilitating knowledge transfer and driving economic growth.

SUPPORTING BUYERS

  • Supplier Diversity Program Support - WBE Canada also provides training, programs, tools and resources to help its members develop and evolve supplier diversity initiatives.
  • WBE Database - WBE Canada maintains the database of Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and ensures that only eligible businesses are included in the database at any given time. Our WBE Database is the largest database of certified diverse businesses in Canada.
  • Connections with WBEs - WBE Canada enables connections between Canadian women-owned businesses and corporate/government buyers through its events, networking & matchmaking opportunities and more.

SUPPORTING WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

  • WBE Certification - WBE Canada certifies Canadian businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and introduces them to opportunities with both private and public organizations. WBE Canada has the largest database of Canadian women-owned businesses. Our WBEs span across a variety of industries, purchasing categories, sizes and geographic locations.
  • WBE Development - In addition to certification, WBE Canada delivers education, training, coaching and mentoring programs that ramp up the capacity of women business owners to bid successfully on large procurement opportunities. This support contributes to significant growth for women-owned businesses.
  • WBE Network - The organization also facilitates the building of strong networks for women by connecting them both with procurement officers of top corporations and government organizations and with other certified firms in order to enhance their bidding capacity.

CREATING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS

  • Associate Partners - WBE Canada unites Canada's Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), governments, corporate leaders, and communities to enable economic prosperity across Canada. We are proud to have strong partners across a variety of industries, geographical areas and interests. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who are passionate about empowering and supporting the success of Canadian WBEs.
  • Sponsors - WBE Canada works closely with its sponsors to ensure high value programming and events while providing great brand recognition for its sponsors and partners.
  • Media Partners - Our media partners play a significant role in promoting supplier diversity and Canadian women-owned businesses in Canada and abroad.

Meet Our Team

Silvia Pencak

SILVIA PENCAK
President & CEO

Michelle Bianchi

MICHELLE BIANCHI
VP Operations & Finance
WBE Community Lead
concierge@wbecanada.ca

Jennifer Popowycz

JENNIFER POPOWYCZ
Manager, Certification
certification@wbecanada.ca

Catherine Grosz

CATHERINE GROSZ
Manager, Corporate Membership
membership@wbecanada.ca

Sharon-Ferdinands

SHARON FERDINANDS
Manager, Marketing & Communications
marketing@wbecanada.ca

Judy Carswell

JUDY CARSWELL
Chief Editor

Jonathan Bradley

JONATHAN BRADLEY
Admin, Marketing

Kira Evonic

KIRA EVONIC
Graphic Designer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WBE Canada is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors representing Corporate Members and Certified WBE (Women Business Enterprises) community. Our Board of Directors is instrumental in charting the strategic direction of WBE Canada.

Dora Silva-Bolanos

DORA SILVA-BOLANOS
Board Chair
Senior Manager, Supplier Inclusion and Diversity
Accenture

Maddy Baker

MADELEINE BAKER
Board Vice-Chair
Chair, Nomination Committee

Director, Products and Services
TELUS

Andy Thompson

ANDY THOMPSON
Board Treasurer
VP, Network Infrastructure Transformation
Nokia

Mike Pacholok

MICHAEL PACHOLOK
Chair, Public Service Development Committee
Chief Purchasing Officer
City of Toronto

Belinda Chopping

BELINDA CHOPPING
Senior Director Global Procurement Solutions & Services
Royal Bank of Canada

Christine Canning

CHRISTINE CANNING
Managing Director, Supplier Relationship Management
BMO Financial Group

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DAELAN BURGESS
Assistant Director of Global Supplier Recovery
General Motors LLC

Janice Tee

JANICE TEE
Senior Manager, Global Human Resources and Talent Management
Magna

Jen McAvoy

JEN MCAVOY
Chair, Certification Committee
VP, Client Engagement
Cotton Candy

Jennifer Cooke

JENNIFER COOKE
Corporate Lead / Women in Trade
Export Development Canada (EDC)

Kim Ades

KIM ADES
President, Frame of Mind Coaching
WBE Representative

Laura Didyk

LAURA DIDYK
VP, Client Diversity
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Maryse Benhoff

MARYSE BENHOFF
Chair, SAC
President, BG Communications International Inc.
WBE Representative

Michael Bourne

MICHAEL BOURNE
Senior Manager, Procurement Business Operations, Policies, Controls, Supplier Diversity and Ombudsman
IBM Canada

Michelle Albanese

MICHELLE ALBANESE
Chair, Business Development Committee
Head of Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity
TD Bank Group

Pauline Macdonald

PAULINE MACDONALD
Head of Procurement and Supply Management
Babcock Canada

Board Committees

WBE Canada has following committees working closely with and reporting to the Board of Directors (login):