On April 18th WBE Canada held its second “Breakfast with Brands” event of 2019 , bringing together certified women-owned businesses and buyers from WBE Canada Corporate Members and their Tier One Suppliers in the Automotive sector. Sponsored by GM, Toyota, Magna & ABC Technologies this event connected more than 70 certified suppliers with buyers from GM, Toyota, ABC Technologies, FCA, Magna, Dana, Flex n Gate and Government of Canada.
WBE Canada’s Breakfast with Brands events continue to be the most successful and meaningful way of bringing purchasing representatives and women business owners together in an intimate setting designed to foster doing business with those directly involved in procurement.
WBE Canada President Silvia Pencak opened the event thanking corporate representatives for leading the way in supplier diversity in automotive industry. She also outlined the latest accomplishments in supplier diversity in Canada, noting that 10 new Corporate Members joined WBE Canada in the past 12 months and 60 new WBEs (Women Business Enterprises) received their WBE Canada certification. WBE Canada is continually improving its services for both, buyers and vendors in its endeavor to ensure that women-owned businesses have access to opportunities within supply chains across North America and beyond.
Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Amanda Krogol, Supplier Diversity Manager for General Motors on the topic of Supplier Health and how GM analyzes the health of its own suppliers and how this health translates to success. Amanda spoke to the need for all suppliers to ensure their viability, scalability/capacity, place in the supply chain, and the “what’s next”. A Q&A session answered some pressing questions, including the place of supplier diversity in Canadian business landscape and the future of working with diverse suppliers. Canadian WBEs were happy to hear that nothing is changing in how their certification is accepted across the border with WBE Canada certification being recognized just like the one of US based women-owned businesses.
Thank you to all who attended Breakfast with Brands: Automotive and we look forward to seeing everyone at future WBE Canada events.
Thank you GM, ABC Technologies, Magna & Toyota for sponsoring this event.
To learn more about WBE Canada certification click here.