WBE Canada Helps Private & Public Companies Implement Supplier Diversity Programs

Thursday March 5th WBE Canada hosted the first  “Lunch and Learn” event specifically designed for Corporate and Government organizations. “Lunch and Learn: How to Start your Supplier Diversity Program hosted corporations interested in learning more about developing and growing a supplier diversity program within their organization.

Led by WBE Canada Business Development Committee, represented by Kiruba Sankar, RBC and Michelle Albanese, TD Bank, this event welcomed corporate leaders, corporate buyers, procurement leaders and government buyers who learned about the benefits of supplier diversity, the key components of building a business case, and the steps to getting their supplier diversity program off the ground. 

In addition to learning, participants had the opportunity to engage in conversations with representatives of public and private organizations currently spearheading supplier diversity and social procurement programs. They discovered best practices and practical advice as WBE Canada Corporate Members provided real life examples and recommendations to support those in attendance. Thank you to BMO, City of Toronto, Cotton Candy, Rogers, RBC, Staples Promotional Products, Sun Life Financial, TD Bank and TELUS for sharing your experiences and lessons learned. 

Next WBE Canada Lunch & Learn event will be a closed-door event for Corporate Members of WBE Canada and it is scheduled for May 14th.

About WBE Canada

WBE Canada is a Canadian non-profit organization that is opening doors for women-owned businesses to supply chains across North America. It certifies Canadian firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and introduces them to opportunities with corporations. To learn more about how we support women-owned businesses, click here. If you are a mid-size or large company looking to support women-owned businesses through procurement opportunities, we want to hear from you. Click here to learn more how you can get involved.