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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Stronger Together – 2020 in Review

The pandemic experiences of women entrepreneurs are especially acute because of structural inequalities¹. 2020 – The year of COVID-19, was a difficult one. The impacts were severe on certain groups and communities, including Canadian women entrepreneurs. About 61 percent of women-owned businesses were challenged with the loss of contracts, customers, or clients and 45.7% of…

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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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Make an Appearance in Our Conference Video!

WBE Canada’s 2020 Conference is a month away! As part of our preparation for the conference on November 9-10, we plan on preparing a video compilation of messages from our corporate members and Certified WBEs. If you are a corporate member: Please send us a short video message describing in a few words what WBE…

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2020 SAC Applications Are Open!

For immediate release Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is opening applications for its Supplier Advisory Committee (SAC). WBE Canada Certified WBEs are eligible for this post if their business has been WBE certified for more than 1 year. SAC currently has 4 members, all of them will continue working on the committee in…

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WBE Canada Launches WBE Canada Toolbox To Help Canadian Women Owned Businesses Land More Corporate and Government Contracts

WBE Canada Toolbox

For immediate release Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) today announced the launch of its new WBE Canada Toolbox designed to help Canadian Women Owned Businesses land more corporate and government contracts. Statistics from developed countries and underdeveloped countries are aligned when it comes to percentage of spend with women-owned businesses within large corporate…

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SPOTLIGHT: Janet Stewart Is Transforming Corporate Training

WeLoveLearning Canada, led by Founder and CEO Janet Stewart, along with her team of experts, designs, builds and deploys really awesome digital learning solutions to close the gaps in employee performance issues that cost companies money and opportunities. As Instructional Designers they take an organization’s content and bring it to life in innovative ways that…

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Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) Get Connected To Automotive Industry Supply Chains

On March 26th  WBE Canada held its first virtual Automotive Industry event  connecting certified Canadian women-owned businesses with select OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers. Due to the on-going COVID-19 situation, WBE Canada transformed its traditional Breakfast with BrandsTM: Automotive Industry event, originally planned to be hosted in Windsor, ON, to an on-line event. Twenty-eight…

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