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Supplier Diversity Myths

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on myths surrounding Supplier Diversity. Today’s post looks at  an additional two myths, this time with a focus on supplier diversity programs. Let’s start with the facts: corporations and governments develop these programs to drive change internally, track their spend with diverse suppliers and measure its impact on their organizations. Most supplier diversity… Read More

Supplier Diversity Myths

Last week we started to look at the most common myths surrounding the topic of supplier diversity. If you missed part 1, you can access it here. This week we will attempt to bust another two myths, both related to vendors. Myth #3: Small & mid size suppliers can’t handle our volume Many supplier diversity professionals face this myth in… Read More

Supplier Diversity Myths

Supplier diversity is still in its infancy in Canada and as the President of WBE Canada I regularly come across some misconceptions around this topic. I decided to address some of the most common myths head on in an attempt to move the conversation to the next level. And who better to ask for insights than our community of supplier… Read More

Sarah White - Fairware

Sarah White is the COO and co-founder of Fairware,a small size company (10-99 employees) working in the promotional products industry. The company was founded in 2005 when Sarah joined forces with her business partner Denise Taschereau. They became WBE certified in 2010. WBE Canada: Why did you go into this business? Sarah: My business partner Denise Taschereau saw a gap… Read More

BMO’s Supplier Diversity team has the tools you need to start doing business with them – and is on the lookout for the diverse businesses. Register with the BMO Supplier Diversity Portal today, and read up on what BMO is doing to support Women Entrepreneurs! Visit our Supplier Diversity Portal The BMO Supplier Diversity team has launched a new Supplier… Read More

WBE Canada supplier database

[January 23, 2019] Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) announced the launch of its new Database. After extensive research to find the optimum solution for our WBE and Corporate communities we are pleased to announce that B2Gnow, the system used by WBENC in the US, was the ultimate choice. Certification is the cornerstone of WBE Canada’s platform and as… Read More

Shannon Bowen-Smed Bowen Group

Shannon Bowen-Smed is the President & CEO of BOWEN Group, the leading independent Canadian recruitment and contractor management firm headquartered in Calgary, AB. Shannon was recently awarded 2018 WBE of the Year award and WBE Canada team was so impressed with her accomplishments and impact on the community that we decided to ask Shannon couple questions to inspire other women entrepreneurs. WBE… Read More

Monday November 26, 2018, WBE Canada announced its 2019 Board of Directors. With the announcement comes the election of Julie Kaye, Chair of the Supplier Advisory Council to the Board. For the first time since its inception in 2009, Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) are now represented at the Board level as well as the Supplier Advisory Committee. Julie Kaye is… Read More

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On Monday November 26, 2018, WBE Canada announced its 2019 Board of Directors. WBE Canada Board Members are instrumental in charting the strategic direction of WBE Canada. With the announcement comes the election of Julie Kaye, Chair of the Supplier Advisory Council to the Board. Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) are now represented at the Board level as well as the… Read More

Following is the excerpt of the interview with Silvia Pencak, President of WBE Canada for Canadian SME Business Magazine. How it started WBE Canada was founded in 2009. Our certification was built on the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) US model and adjusted to Canadian regulations. Since then WBE Canada has evolved into the largest certifying council for Canadian… Read More

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