WBE Canada Announces 14th National Conference Keynote Speaker

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WBE Canada announces 14th National Conference “Women Impact: Leading Innovation and Growth” to be held November 8-9, 2023 at Toronto Congress Centre

Toronto, September 27, 2023 – WBE Canada is thrilled to announce its 14th National Conference “Women Impact: Leading Innovation and Growth” scheduled to take place on November 8-9, 2023 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

With the expectance of 400+ attendees, this two-day event is set to bring together a diverse and influential gathering of women entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and champions of supplier diversity from across Canada and beyond. Under the overarching theme of “Leading Innovation and Growth”, this year’s conference aims to celebrate the remarkable impact of Canadian women entrepreneurs and corporations while fostering a collaborative environment for learning, networking and empowerment.

Conference attendees can look forward to an impressive lineup of speakers including featured speakers:

  • Andrea Robinson, President & CEO, Robinson Global Management, 
  • Christina Cleveland, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at RBC,
  • Genevieve Sharkey, Chief Procurement Officer Purchasing and Materials Management Division, City of Toronto,
  • Jamie Crump, President, The Richwell Group and Lead Consultant, Supplier Diversity, WBE Canada,
  • Silvia Pencak, President and CEO, WBE Canada.

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This year’s closing keynote will be presented by Kamshuka, an Influencer, Author, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach and a war child survivor. The keynote’s topic – Collaborative Innovation: Fostering Public-Private Partnerships for a Better Future will explore cutting-edge strategies for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business world. Her visionary perspective, industry experience, and empowering message will inspire attendees to drive positive change within their organizations and communities.

“I am excited to be the keynote speaker and share this topic on collaborative innovation as it is extremely important for women-owned businesses to realize we can foster creativity and encourage knowledge sharing while expanding market reach & enhancing our resilience as a collaborative unit.” Coach Kamshuka. 

Attendees can expect an outstanding two-day program of engaging sessions and panel discussions, interactive workshops and industry roundtables. The conference will cover a wide range of topics including innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, diversity and inclusion, technology trends and the latest developments in supplier diversity happening nationally and globally. With a focus on sharing insights, best practices and success stories, participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and strategies to drive their businesses forward.

“The 14th National Conference is a pivotal platform for women entrepreneurs and leaders to connect, learn and inspire each other. As we continue to navigate a rapidly evolving business landscape, it is imperative that we harness the power of innovation and collaboration,” said Silvia Pencak, President and CEO of WBE Canada. “We are excited to welcome exceptional speakers and delegates who are at the forefront of driving positive change in their respective industries through diversity and inclusion in supply chains around the globe.”

In addition to the insightful sessions, attendees will have ample opportunity to network and build meaningful connections, forge new relationships and strategic alliances. The conference will also feature a Tradeshow with more than 40 exhibitors spotlighting products and services from women-owned businesses and offering a platform for attendees to explore potential partnerships. This year’s conference culminates with the 2023 Excellence Awards recognizing the accomplishments of women business enterprises (WBEs), corporate and government initiatives, change-makers and leaders in supplier diversity.

Conference Registration is now open including Tradeshow Exhibitor tickets. For more information about speakers, further details about the conference agenda and to purchase your tickets go to https://wbeconference.ca/.

About WBE Canada

Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) is a Canadian non-profit organization connecting Canadian women-owned businesses to corporate and government supply chains. With over 600 Certified WBEs in its database, WBE Canada is the largest certifying council in Canada committed to providing women-owned businesses with the resources and opportunities they need to compete and succeed in supply chains.

About WBE Canada National Conference

WBE Canada National Conference creates networking, training and promotional opportunities for Canadian women-owned businesses, buyers and leaders from large corporate and government organizations. Whether you are a current member, a certified women-owned business, a partner to WBE Canada or an organization seeking to demonstrate your diversity commitment or expand your reach in new markets, this event is for you! 2023 National Conference highlights Women Impact: Leading Innovation & Growth and showcases how supplier diversity programs create opportunities for women-owned businesses to transform the status quo and inspire forward action. 

For more information about WBE Canada: https://wbecanada.ca/
For more information about certification: https://wbecanada.ca/certification/

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