Media Release: The State of Supplier Diversity Programs in Canada

For Immediate Release WBE Canada, University of Manitoba and University of Calgary are happy to announce the release of the new report “The State of Supplier Diversity Programs in Canada: The Buyer’s Perspective”. In Fall 2020, WBE Canada and experts from the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary conducted a national survey on the status of…

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The State of WBE Certification in Canada

WBE Certification 2021

Paul D. Larson, Ph.D., CN Professor of SCM, University of Manitoba Jack D. Kulchitsky, Ph.D., Senior Instructor in Marketing, University of Calgary Silvia Pencak, M.A., President, WBE Canada WBE Canada and experts from the Universities of Manitoba and Calgary conducted a national survey on the status of supplier diversity in Canada. This survey, conducted in…

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Canada Needs a Feminist Small Business Procurement Strategy

Dr. Barbara Orser¹ Full Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa The imperative of securing such goods as vaccines and PPE has placed Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in the media spotlight. Canada’s central purchasing agency has been mandated to increase procurement from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by members of designated…

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WBE Canada and University of Manitoba Kick Start National Supplier Diversity Research

For Immediate Release WBE Canada and University of Manitoba are conducting a national survey on the status of supplier diversity in Canada. This survey is designed to provide the data necessary to continue inclusion of underrepresented Canadian businesses, specifically women-owned businesses in large supply chains and to move supplier diversity forward in Canada. The results…

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Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship Education & Training Plus Report

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced small business support organizations and educational institutions across the globe to re-think how they deliver entrepreneurship education and training. The unprecedented transition to online delivery methods presents an opportunity to create more inclusive entrepreneurship courses, programs and small business support services. Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa’s ‘Gender-Smart Entrepreneurship…

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The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2020

The State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2020, by Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) synthesizes government, academic, and expert research to highlight some of the structural barriers facing diverse women entrepreneurs in Canada.  The report also gives key insights into signs of progress that are being made with regards to women entrepreneurs in Canada and offers…

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Ontario i2 Strategy

Orser, B., Elliott, C., Cukier, W., 2019. The Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy is a collaboration between the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership at the University of Ottawa, and the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. This 2019 report profiles capabilities and innovation of Ontario based women owned businesses. This report highlights the lessons learned from a comprehensive genderbased assessment of…

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Supplier Diversity Champion: Barbara Orser

Barbara Orser

Last week we introduced you to Catherine Grosz, WBE Canada’s 2018 Supplier Diversity Leader of the Year. This week we want to introduce another champion of supplier diversity in Canada, a long-term friend of WBE Canada, Barbara Orser. Barbara J. Orser, M.B.A., Ph.D. is a Full Professor and Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth…

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Benchmarking SMEs as Suppliers to the Government of Canada

Riding, A., Orser, B., Liao D., 2018 Conducted in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada This report provides evidence-based benchmarks to assist the Government of Canada in designing inclusive procurement policies and programs. Thefindings are expected to inform the mandate of Public Services Procurement Canada to modernize procurement practices, develop initiatives to increase the…

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Supplier Diversity in Canada

Supplier Diversity in Canada – Research and analysis of the next step in diversity and inclusion for forward-looking organizations is a 2016 landmark report measuring supplier diversity. The report was produced by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with the University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management.…

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