Building a Brighter Tomorrow for Canadian WBEs – Q&A with WBE Canada’s Government Members

At its 11th Annual Conference in November 2020, Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) launched its pilot Government Membership Program designed to encourage Canada’s public institutions to formally adopt supplier diversity as a way forward to grow the Canadian economy. Canada’s public organizations have long recognized that diversity and inclusion drive growth and innovation…

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Beyond the Accolades: Advice from WBE Canada’s 2020 Award Winners

At WBE Canada’s 2020 Annual Conference, we had the privilege of showcasing and celebrating outstanding achievements in supplier diversity amongst our certified WBE community and our corporate and government member organizations. Each finalist and award recipient is truly a champion, driving impact and demonstrating excellence and above all moving the needle on awareness of the…

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The Real Impact of Supplier Diversity: How Accenture Continually Invests in the Development of Women-owned Businesses

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…

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CDW Joins WBE Canada as a Corporate Member

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…

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The Real Impact of Supplier Diversity: How RBC Continues Increasing Procurement Opportunities for Women Business Enterprises

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,…

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C-Level Executives Inspire Action to Advance Canadian Women-Owned Businesses

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…

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The Real Impact of Supplier Diversity: How The City of Toronto is Helping Canadian Women Business Enterprises Scale Up and Succeed

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…

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Supplier Diversity: The First 2 Months of COVID-19 In Supply Chains

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,…

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