2020 Annual Conference


  • Event attendees: 498
  • Corporate & Government Representatives: 220+
  • Certified WBEs in Attendance: 150+
  • Speakers: 40
  • Sponsors & Partners: 47

Award Winners

2020 President's Award: Accenture and Redwood Classics Apparel

2020 WBE Canada Champion: BDC

2020 Top Corporation in Supplier Diversity: RBC

2020 Top WBE Supplier: Wonderkind

2020 Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program: TD Bank

2020 WBE Leaders: Andrea Robinson | Marte Belisle | Maryse Benhoff | Michele Bailey

2020 Supplier Diversity Leader: Mike Pacholok, City of Toronto

2020 Rising Star: Staff Shop

Meet 2020 winners here

2020 Annual Conference Highlights

  • WBE Canada hosted its 11th Conference in a virtual format - we were pleased to welcome Canadian WBEs, other certified diverse suppliers, women-owned businesses, corporate and government representatives, partner organizations, media representatives and others at our largest event yet.
  • First Virtual Trade Show: In spite of virtual environment we successfully hosted our second tradeshow ever as we connected buyers, suppliers and champions
  • First Virtual Awards Gala: WBE Canada celebrated its 11th Anniversary in a circle of friends, stakeholders and champions as we recognized top accomplishments in our community.
  • 3-months long conference: Thanks to virtual format we we able to stretch Conference over the period of 3 months with a variety of pre and post conference events and workshops
  • Attendees had an opportunity to participate in 9 focused breakout sessions led by industry experts on topics including sustainability, supplier diversity, productivity, leadership, communication, and other.
  • To encourage engagement in virtual environment WBE Canada hosted Virtual Networking Party with 16 networking rooms on a variety of topics
  • Entire Conference was recorded and recordings were available to the attendees for 2 months following the event.