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WBE Forum

March 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

WBE Canada is excited to announce the 2022 WBE Forum – a half-day of discussions, celebrating, and networking for our Canadian Certified WBE Community.

Join us to learn how you can SUCCEED as a Certified WBE and to provide INPUT to WBE Canada.

As we celebrate 2022 International Women’s Day, it is time to…

  • reflect on accomplishments,
  • learn from successes,
  • remove the obstacles
  • and join forces to build up women-owned businesses stronger than ever.


1:00 – 1:05pm ET Opening Remarks
Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, WBE Canada

1:00 – 1:45pm ET Workshop: Supplier Diversity Update
Jamie Crump, Lead Consultant, WBE Canada and President, The Richwell Group

1:45 – 2:15pm ET WBE Showcase
Success stories from WBE Canada Community

  • Aneela Zaib, CEO, EmergiTel
  • Maddi Dixon, Manager of Strategic Partner Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, Heico
  • Tanya Walker, Lawyer, Walker Law Professional Corp.

2:15 – 2:45pm ET Q&A

2:45 – 3:00pm ET Break

3:00 – 4:00pm ET WBE Roundtables
Facilitated conversation with SAC and WBE Canada regarding challenges and opportunities for Canadian WBEs in supply chains. Discussion topics will be sent to all who register.


Let’s kick off this year’s Women’s Month with intention –

  • Let’s make WBE voices heard
  • Let’s support each other
  • Let’s challenge the status quo
  • Let’s #BreaktheBias and influence #TheFutureofGlobalization


Registration is FREE for all Certified WBEs


(Valid WBE certification is required)

Meet the speakers


Jamie CrumpJamie Crump

Jamie Crump has focused her career in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity across a variety of industries including: banking, catastrophic insurance, heavy equipment rental, IT, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and welding and medical supply. A frequent speaker at sourcing, supplier diversity and leadership events across the U.S. and Canada, Jamie has also been responsible for strategic sourcing, business services and operations, software development, capacity provisioning, and supplier diversity over the course of her career. Crump is the author of Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain Back on the Business of Supplier Diversity, that takes a look at how supplier diversity interacts with other areas of business or cast members. Termed the missing business strategy, she shows how a supplier diversity business strategy makes a company more competitive and profitable.


Aneela Zaib

Aneela Zaib is a 12-year veteran in the recruitment industry with a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is currently the CEO at emergiTEL, an ace recruitment agency, recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies. emergiTEL has continuously served the telecommunications and the IT industries with hard-to-find skilled talent. Her exemplary prowess as an inclusive leader demonstrating courage to help advance women and create inclusive workspace cultures in Canada titled her the 2018 Catalyst Canada Honours Champion. Under her leadership, emergiTEL also ranked twice in PROFIT 500 as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies and named her as among the Top 100 female entrepreneurs, from 2014 to 2016. She also got recognized in 2015 with the prestigious Ernst & Young “EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM” award.


Madi Dixon

Madi Dixon is part of The Heico Companies’ Strategy team as Manager of Strategic Partner Development & Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role, she is on the ground floor for designing and integrating a company-wide corporate responsibility and inclusion strategy that aligns with the core vision, mission, and values of the company. She acts as the initial focal point for Corporate Social Responsibility or ESG initiatives across the enterprise, builds relationships with community partners and key external and internal stakeholders, and has a focus in ESG supplier development and responsible sourcing. Madi has been with The Heico Companies since May of 2018, where she has held various positions that led her to her current role. Madi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics from Wheaton College and is currently working on her Certified Supply Chain Professional Certification through the Association for Supply Chain Management.


Tanya Walker

Tanya received her law license in 2005 from Osgoode Hall law school. Tanya practiced at two Bay Street firms before opening, Walker Law Professional Corporation (“Walker Law”), which will celebrate its12th anniversary this year. Located originally on Bay Street, Walker Law employs eight full-time employees in the area of commercial litigation. Walker Law prides itself on focusing on resolutions to assist clients with resolving their legal disputes instead of focusing on billable hours. Walker Law has been a certified WBE since 2016. Two years ago, Walker Law was nominated and a top-three finalist for Top WBE Supplier, which recognizes certified women-owned businesses that demonstrate excellence and support for other women-owned businesses.


Silvia Pencak HeadshotSilvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak is the President 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. Her diverse international background spearheading successful initiatives gives her a wealth of experience to lead supplier diversity to its next level to ensure continued growth and success of Canadian Women Business Enterprises. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee to the PSPC Minister and advisor to other Ministers and leaders across Canada and various industries, tirelessly advocating more opportunities and better support for Canadian women-owned businesses in Canada and globally.


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