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Category: President’s Message

Silvia Pencak

“When a father puts in long hours at work, he’s praised for being dedicated and ambitious. But when a mother stays late at the office, she’s sometimes accused of being selfish, neglecting her kids.” ~ Michelle Obama It pains me to write that even today, in 2019, there is a double standard when it comes to entrepreneurship. Story after story of women showcasing dedication… Read More

Silvia Pencak

It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through 2019. The past couple of months have been busy with events and it’s been so great to see and meet everyone who joined us – in person or virtually. This May WBE Canada hosted its first ever WBE 2 WBE Matchmaker in partnership with TD Bank to encourage purchasing among… Read More


By Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada I am fascinated by statistics on women-owned businesses. Did you know that(1) … There were 950,000 self-employed women in Canada in 2012, accounting for 35.6% of all self-employed persons. 47% of Canadian SMEs were entirely or partly owned by women.   Approximately 51% of Aboriginal businesses were owned by women.  Among established businesses (non-start-ups), the… Read More

Silvia Pencak

WBE Canada is in celebration mode this year. We have  reached our first decade and we are counting down to our largest conference yet as we celebrate the achievements of our WBEs, Corporate Members, Partner organizations and more. When McKinsey issued their report in 2015, we were all shocked by the high cost of not having women participating equally to men… Read More

Successful leadership

Did you know that… 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February? Only 9% of people actually achieve their wishes? I have always been fascinated by the difference between winners and those who come up short – never reaching their goal. What sets winners apart from dreamers who end up with regrets? How do winners win… Read More

Silvia Pencak

We are officially in the last month of 2018. If you are like me, you are still working hard trying to finish as much as possible before we bid this year farewell. It’s also a time to reflect on the achievements, successes and lessons learned, to ensure that your 2019 is even better and more enjoyable. I want to take… Read More

Silvia Pencak

It hardly seems possible that it’s already the first full week of November – things have definitely not slowed down since our annual conference a mere five weeks ago! I’m sending you this message from Montreal, QC where I have the privilege of attending Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women International Summit.  Among the luminaries gathered are Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,… Read More

During 2018 WBE Canada Annual Conference: Building To the Future, Silvia Pencak, President of WBE Canada challenged attendees to support women-owned businesses and their success. If you missed this transformational event, here is a part of her speech from the conference. “WELCOME to WBE Canada’s 2018 Annual Conference “Building to the Future”. This is so exciting and not just because… Read More

Minister Champagne and Canadian Women business owners

This year’s historic trade mission to the USA was a major success. It not only was the largest trade mission ever, but after 20 years, a Canadian Minister joined the delegation and personally supported Canadian businesses and connections with US corporations. Following is our open letter to the Honourable Minister Champagne to thank him for his support of Canadian women… Read More

Silvia Pencak

It’s my honor to join WBE Canada as its new President. As an immigrant to this wonderful country, I appreciate the trust and support of the Board of Directors as I look forward to making supplier diversity in Canada work like it never has before. We live in exciting times as the Canadian government has decided to bridge the gap… Read More

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