RBC Presents: C-Suite Panel

DATE: November 9, 2021

TIME: 1:15 - 2:00 pm ET | 10:15 - 11:00 am PT


Moving Forward Together

Sponsored by: RBC

With Theresa Beenken, CEO, National Speakers Bureau - Moderator
David Boone, Chief Executive Officer, Staples Canada ULC
Kim Mason, Senior Vice President & Head, Private Banking Canada, RBC Wealth Management
Suzanne Trusdale, Vice President, TELUS Small Business Solutions
Introduction by Teresa Perri, Regional Vice President - Personal & Commercial Banking Vancouver, RBC

The C-Suite panel features leaders from some of Canada’s top corporations with a focus on C-suite commitment to supplier diversity, the importance of ethical procurement and the emerging need to include it in DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) initiatives. The panel will aim at inspiring other leaders to include more women-owned businesses in their supply chain and reaffirm the fact that supplier diversity should be just the way you do business.

Most WBE Canada Corporate Member organizations are steadfast in their commitment to supplier diversity, continuing to share their procurement opportunities with women-owned businesses and other diverse suppliers. We have seen commitments being increased, initiatives expanded and new suppliers invited to some of the largest supply chains in Canada and the US.

Join us for a panel conversation with C-Suite leaders of the organizations committed to diversity in their supply chains. Why would they continue their commitment in the midst of disruption? Is supplier diversity truly good for business? And what should women-owned businesses expect from large organizations? Join us to get inspired by action and accomplishments in some of Canada’s top organizations with successful supplier diversity initiatives.


David Boone

David Boone

David Boone was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Staples Canada ULC in January 2018. He is responsible for over 10,000 associates and the company’s retail and online operations, overseeing more than 300 stores and Staples.ca, which carries over 250,000 products.

Boone is an experienced leader with a wealth of knowledge across multiple functional areas that include merchandising, marketing, data analytics and operations, and has had Profit and Loss responsibility for several multi-billion-dollar corporate divisions.

Prior to his appointment at Staples Canada, Boone served in a number of leadership roles at TD Bank Financial Group for over 10 years. Before joining TD Bank Financial Group, Boone worked with Loblaw Companies for 15 years and prior to his departure served as Senior Vice President and Business Unit Director.


Kim Mason

Kim Mason

Kim Mason is Senior Vice President and Head of RBC Private Banking Canada. She is responsible for shaping the business strategy, driving growth, and leading a highly-enabled team to deliver trusted advice, tailored solutions and personalized service.

Mason has been recognized as a Top 50 Atlantic CEO, and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine. She has also been recognized as one of WXN Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Mason is currently on the board of the University Health Network Foundation, the Toronto Finance International, and Canada’s Walk of Fame.


Suzanne Trusdale

Suzanne Trusdale

Suzanne supports high performance and highly engaged teams nationally and internationally that support customers for small business solutions as well as leading marketing functions including small business products, pricing, customer marketing and business intelligence.

She has an ongoing commitment to give back to the communities she is connected to, serving as a board member on the TELUS Toronto Community Board for the past six years, is actively involved in the Princess Margaret OneWalk and is passionate about the education of children and young women around the world.

Suzanne continues her support and commitment to diversity within the TELUS organization and is the Global co-chair of Connections, a women's network focused on the career growth and progression of women at TELUS. She is also the executive sponsor for Spectrum, TELUS’ resource group for the LGBTQ+ community and allied team members.


Theresa Beenken

Theresa Beenken

In her role as CEO of National Speakers Bureau, WBE certified in 2021,Theresa Beenken is one of the most experienced and passionate leaders in the public speaking industry.. NSB’s mission is to be a catalyst for new ideas by connecting audiences with speakers who inspire, inform and engage. Her bureau represents news makers, thought leaders and icons as speakers at corporate and association conferences and events.

Theresa thrives at the intersection of foundational skills, pop culture & lifelong learning. She is an active member, former board member & global president of the International Association of Speakers Bureaus (IASB); former Learning Chair for Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) in Toronto; and has been a board member with the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).