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Supplier Diversity Day Saskatoon, SK

October 18, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm CST

WBE Canada invites you to Supplier Diversity Day Saskatoon, SK!

Join us for a day of learning, networking and inspiration as we bring together women-owned businesses, corporate and government buyers in a professional and fun environment.

Who should join us:

  • Corporate and government professionals interested in learning more about supplier diversity and connecting with diverse suppliers
  • Certified and non-certified women-owned businesses
  • Supporters and Champions of women-owned businesses, supplier diversity and partner organizations

Why attend:

  • Latest updates from supplier diversity in Canada
  • Panel discussions focusing on challenges and opportunities for Canadian women-owned businesses in corporate and government supply chains
  • Roundtable business networking – women-owned businesses will be able to pitch their products/services to the buyers present at the event.
  • And much more


(All times are in CT)

Open session

  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm – Registration & Networking
  • 11:45 – 12:30 pm – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 12:50 pm – Welcome & Sponsor Remarks
    • Welcome remarks by Silvia Pencak, WBE Canada
    • Sponsor remarks by Terri Parent, BDC
    • Partner remarks by Miriam Johnson, WESK 
  • 12:50 – 1:45 pm – Supplier Diversity Panel discussion
    • Donnalyn Thorsteinson, Supply Chain Canada
    • BobbyLynn Stewart, Breck Construction
    • Rhea Brown, SaskPower
    • Silvia Pencak, WBE Canada
  • 1:45 – 2:00 pm – Break & Networking
  • 2:00 – 3:45 pm – Sourcing Roundtables – Confirmed table hosts: BDC, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskTel, Supply Chain Canada, more to be confirmed
  • 3:45 – 4:00 pm – Closing Remarks – Next Steps. Where Do We Go From Here?
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm – WBE Social (Open to all attendees)


(No walk-in spots available)


Alison O’Reilly

Specialist Supplier Relationship Management and Program Lead for Supplier Diversity, SaskPower

Alison O’Reilly has more than 15 years’ experience in both private and public sector procurement. A big part of her role in supplier relations is engaging and developing suppliers.  In 2021 Alison became a certified inclusion professional, with a designation from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion. She is energized and challenged in leading the supplier diversity program at SaskPower and considers it an amazing opportunity to build corporate programming and strategy that is new in Saskatchewan.



BoobyLynn StewartBobbyLynn Stewart

CEO, Breck Construction 

As an owner in a male-dominated industry, Bobbylynn is passionate about advancing women in construction and fostering gender diversity and inclusion at Breck Construction. She  contributes to the industry as a board member for the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) and holds the role of Carpenter’s Trade Division Chairperson, representing the Construction Labour Relations Association.




David KimDavid Kim

Regional Manager – Client Diversity, BDC

Since joining the Business Development Bank of Canada in 2010, David Kim has been a growth engineer for entrepreneurs. He held a variety of positions including Senior Account Manager, Regional Coach, and Senior Advisor Learning. In his current role as Regional Manager – Client Diversity for the B.C. & North Region and Prairies Region, David is part of a national team working closely with BDC colleagues in the field and partner organizations where he connects business owners with people and programs to grow and scale their business.



DonnaLynDonnaLyn Thorsteinson

CEO and Executive Director, Supply Chain Canada, Saskatchewan Institute

DonnaLyn joined Supply Chain Canada, Saskatchewan Institute as the CEO and Executive Director in November 2022. She has 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including management roles with the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, Square One, and the Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce. In 2019, she achieved her CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation. Prior to this, DonnaLyn spent 10 years in the agriculture sector after obtaining her Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. In her spare time, DonnaLyn is taxi and head cheerleader for her 2 teenage daughters who are active in curling, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and flag football.

Miriam Johnson

Miriam Johnson


As the Chief Executive Officer of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK), Miram has a strong passion and commitment to enabling Saskatchewan to flourish. Equipped with a growth-focused mindset and diverse experience across multiple sectors, she is well-positioned to lead WESK’s team towards achieving their mission of closing the gender entrepreneurship gap.



Rhea BrownRhea Brown

Executive Vice President Customer Experience and Procurement, SaskPower

Rhea Brown is the Executive Vice-President of Customer Experience and Procurement at SaskPower.  Her background is in customer service and supply chain with a focus on building relationships and partnerships. At SaskPower, Rhea has a background in Key Accounts and Procurement.  Before relocating to Regina and joining SaskPower in 2008, she had a decade-long career in a sales and marketing company working in Vancouver and Toronto.



Silvia HeadshotSilvia Pencak

President & CEO, WBE Canada

Silvia Pencak is the President and CEO of Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada), a Canadian non-profit organization that is opening doors for Canadian women-owned businesses to corporate and government supply chains. Silvia has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and business environment, leading transformational projects and teams. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the PSPC Minister and advisor to other leaders across Canada, tirelessly advocating more opportunities and better support for Canadian women-owned businesses in Canada and globally. She is a co-author of The State of WBE Certification in Canada and The State of Supplier Diversity Programs in Canada research studies.

Terri ParentTerri Parent

Senior Account Manager Acquisitions, BDC

Based in Saskatoon, Terri is a client-focused,  passionate financing consultant at BDC dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Since 1992, she has worked with entrepreneurs in all stages of business.  Terri works closely with entrepreneurs assisting them with their business financial goals and aspirations. She has an excellent knowledge of entrepreneurial business including financing, business planning, and strong communication skills.


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About WBE Canada

WBE Canada is a certifying council for Canadian women-owned businesses and an advocate for supplier diversity. We certify Canadian businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by women, introduce them to opportunities with our government and corporate members, and provide best practices resources and training on how to do business with large organizations.

Are you a Canadian Women-Owned Business?

WBE Canada certifies Canadian businesses that are 51% or more owned, managed, and controlled by women, giving you access to:

  • Opportunities with our large corporate and public sector members looking to work with more women-owned businesses like yours
  • Information about marketing to and working with larger organizations
  • Events, networking, and best practices resources


October 18, 2023
11:30 am - 5:30 pm CST
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