WBE CANADA EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Recognizing the accomplishments of Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBES)
Celebrating the impact of corporate and government Supplier Diversity Initiatives
Recognizing Champions, Change Makers and Leaders in Supplier Diversity in Canada
2018 SUPPLIER DIVERSITY LEADER
Catherine has had an extensive and exciting career with BMO Financial Group. Since joining BMO Financial Group she has held a number of progressive roles in the Branch Environment, Corporate Head Office, the Chairman’s Office, Strategic Sourcing, and now in her current role as Manager of BMO Financial Group’s Supplier Diversity Program. In 1997, Catherine joined Strategic Sourcing to manage and negotiate with suppliers on behalf of BMO Financial Group – a key function given the Bank’s focus on improving their competitive position and improving their productivity. Catherine was awarded as one of Canada’s 2015 Top 10 Influential Women in HR & Diversity by DiversityCan Magazine as well as 2019 Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity by Diversity Plus Magazine - she was the only Canadian on the list.
2018 CORPORATION OF THE YEAR
City of Toronto
Recognizing the importance and value of supplier diversity can be a big change for a corporation, especially one the scale of Canada’s largest municipality. Successfully developing and implementing their program was an incredibly complex and multi-layered initiative, and Toronto is leading a way in social procurement.
2018 WBE SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Bowen Group (Shannon Bowen-Smed)
Shannon Bowen-Smed is the President & CEO of BOWEN Group, the leading independent Canadian recruitment and contractor management firm headquartered in Calgary, AB. Throughout its 45-year history, BOWEN has transformed the human capital space and placed more than 120,000 candidates across the country. With a commitment to championing inclusive cultures, harnessing diverse talent and enriching safe working environments, it is BOWEN’s mission to make people matter.
2018 SUPPLIER DIVERSITY CHAMPION
ABC Technologies continues to be a champion of Canadian WBEs (Women Business Enterprises) creating opportunities for them to participate in automotive supply chains and buying products and services. ABC Technologies is former Certified WBE company and supporting Canadian WBEs is in their DNA.
2018 TOP SUPPLIER IN AUTOMOTIVE
Buckland (Shirley Smith)
Buckland is a logistics & trade services partner offering customs brokerage services, international trade compliance & consulting, freight forwarding, transportation, trade technologies, and warehousing & distribution services. Buckland predominantly serves clients in Canada, the United States, Mexico as well as clients overseas. They continue to be a supplier of choice for many companies in automotive industry.