Partnering to Build Capacity: Atlantic Canada Mentorship Program 2022-2023

Atlantic Canada Mentorship Program 2022

Calling all women-owned businesses!

The Centre for Women in Business (CWB) and Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) are recruiting Women Business Owners for their virtual mentorship program. Open to all 4 Atlantic Provinces, this mentorship and training program will pair eligible participants with a corporate mentor and a WBE Canada experienced WBE certified mentor, helping women business owners understand the process required to find, bid on, and win contracts, helping them gain a foothold in the supply chain of large corporations.

Who is eligible?

  • A company that is 51% owned, operated and managed by a woman/women – company must pass through WBE Canada certification prior to the start of the cohort
  • A women-owned business that is growth-oriented and seeking new markets
  • An Atlantic Canada women business owner who has established companies who can demonstrate the capacity to provide quality service and/or products on larger contracts 

Mentee Program Benefits:

  • Most large companies with a supplier diversity program require certification from diverse suppliers – certification provides the best opportunity for organizations/corporates to discover and hire your company
  • Learn from subject matter experts (corporate and WBE mentors) WBE Canada supply chain training will cover a variety of topics such as responding to an RFP, making a pitch, developing a capability statement – learn to meet the requirements of corporate or government buyers
  • Peer networking – other certified businesses are more likely to recommend your business for a product or service they don’t provide
  • WBE Certification provides opportunity to participate in networking, development, and educational events that other small businesses don’t have access to; certification means you can list your company in supplier databases.
  • Most supplier diversity programs will contact you only if you are certified so you could be missing out on opportunities
  • Buying locally is extremely important for corporations to support the city in which they are located
  • Mentors from corporations can mean you have access to the latest information directly from large supply chains
  • Experienced WBE mentors can guide you through building capacity in your company
  • Use your certification as a marketing/promotional tool
  • Build network and support of other Atlantic WBE’s in group training and mastermind sessions as sounding board and idea generation

Mentee Training Benefits:

  • Increase knowledge of working with larger organizations and supply chains
  • Develop capability statement
  • Develop and polish up your sales “pitch” for corporations
  • Identify areas to build capacity in your organization to fulfill a large contract
  • Identify potential topics for mentor sessions
  • Learn networking with large supply chains


  • Cohort 1 – September 2022 – February 2023 – Applications open July 18, 2022 and close August 15, 2022 or when cohort filled
  • Cohort 2 – February – July 2023
  • Cohort 3 – September 2023 – February 2024

Spots are limited to 10 mentees per cohort.


(Valid WBE Certification is required)