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Accenture believes that inclusive procurement practices create long term value for its clients and communities while helping them to remain agile, disruptive and ahead of the market. At the same time these same practices help suppliers grow their representation and influence in their own markets. As a founding member of WBE Canada, Accenture’s goal is to create more sustainable supply… Read More

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Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is thrilled to announce that CDW, a leading technology solutions provider has joined us as our newest Corporate Member. Bringing technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare, CDW Canada helps customers by delivering integrated technology and services that include security, cloud, data centre, networking, collaboration and digital transformation. Established in 2003, CDW… Read More

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Supplier diversity and inclusive business practices are core to RBC’s business strategy and central to their commitment to helping communities prosper. As a founding member of WBE Canada, RBC has been championing diverse suppliers and ensuring that they receive fair representation in RBC’s sourcing processes. By ensuring that diverse suppliers have access to procurement opportunities, RBC is able to provide… Read More

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Major corporations and government institutions play an integral part in the supplier diversity framework and economic well-being of Canada. As the COVID Pandemic slammed into our daily lives, years of gains and progress made by women-owned businesses were stripped away in a matter of weeks. Female entrepreneurs across the country were forced to handle disruptions in their businesses as well… Read More

Impact of supplier diversity

Financial confidence is a huge contributing factor to success and growth of women-owned businesses. In Canada, when we think about financial confidence in women, we think BMO for Women. BMO for Women recognizes the importance of women in the Canadian economy and ensures that women entrepreneurs are well equipped with the tools and resources they need to be financially secure… Read More

Mike Pacholok. Andrea Robinson

The City of Toronto continues leading the way in supply chain diversification proving that change is possible in spite of restrictions in public procurement structures. Their Social Procurement Program was approved by the City Council in 2016 as a tool to reduce the poverty and improve wellbeing of diverse communities throughout the City. The City of Toronto became a WBE… Read More

There’s no doubt – COVID 19 hit the business community with tornado strength. Since mid-March, businesses have had to re-organize, shift priorities, pivot how they do business, re-tool to answer the call for necessary equipment, sadly lay off staff, make wage cuts and for many, multi-task as they spend their days at home with children, managing at-home learning while managing… Read More

Kiruba Sankar

Kiruba Sankar is a highly regarded leader in the Canadian supplier diversity space. As a Global Leader, CSR on RBC’s Global Procurement team, he oversees the development of strategy and execution for RBC’s Global Supplier Diversity program, which is responsible for procurement practices and community involvement activities in their supply chain. Working with his global team of procurement professionals, Kiruba… Read More

City of Toronto Social Procurement

WBE Canada’s annual awards celebrate and recognize the significant achievements of Canadian women owned businesses, corporate and government leaders. These awards ultimately increase awareness and visibility of the impact supplier diversity initiatives create to inspire further achievement. 2019 Award nominations are currently open, and as we are collecting applications, we wanted to share with you accomplishments of the winner of… Read More

Supplier Diversity Champion Catherine Grosz

As part of 2019 International Women’s Day celebrations, WBE Canada will feature four women who are strong supporters of Canadian women-owned businesses. Each of these four women made impact on the supplier diversity in Canadian landscape and significantly contributed to success of Canadian women-owned businesses. Meet our first Supplier Diversity Champion – Catherine Grosz Catherine Grosz is a recipient of… Read More

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