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
Beata Caranci, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group
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
Remarks 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.


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).


Beata Caranci

Beata Caranci

As the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for TD Bank Group, Beata leads two economic teams at TD, is the Chair of TD’s Expected Credit Loss Economic Scenario Committee and is the Chair of the Economic Council at the American Bankers Association.

Beata is a passionate supporter of TD’s diversity initiatives and has dedicated more than a decade to researching and driving awareness among policymakers on the labour market friction experienced by women, advocating amendments on disclosure of women on boards and disclosure of obstacles faced by women in STEM fields.

Beata’s distinguished evidenced-based research combined with the breadth of her role as Chief Economist for TD Bank earned her the Professional category award by WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women.


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 which provides high-net-worth individuals, families and family offices with comprehensive strategies and solutions for their wealth management needs. In her role, she is responsible for leading the business, driving growth in the market, and enabling the Private Banking team to deliver trusted advice, tailored solutions and personalized service.

Kim has been recognized as a Top 50 Atlantic CEO, was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine.recognized as one of WXN Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and awarded the Rotman Top 10 Women in Management Award Kim has held both director and chair roles on hospital and health care boards for more than 17 years.


Suzanne Trusdale

Suzanne Trusdale

With a career spanning more than 25 years at TELUS, Suzanne supports hundreds of team members across Canada, South America, and the Philippines, enabling small business owners with technology solutions to support their needs and future growth. Suzanne has an ongoing commitment to give back to the communities she is connected to, serving as a board member on the Greater Toronto Area Community Board for the past nine years.

As a strong advocate of diversity, Suzanne is the Global co-chair for Connections, a women's network focused on the progression of women at TELUS. She is also an executive sponsor for Spectrum, TELUS’ LGBTQA and allied team member resource group inclusion at TELUS.


Teresa Perri

Teresa Perri

As Regional Vice President for RBC Vancouver Downtown & West, Teresa Perri is responsible for leading more than 300 employees and 15 branches. Over the course of her 33+ year career with RBC ,Teresa has held a number of senior positions throughout Canada.

Teresa is a passionate advocate in supporting and inspiring a culture where every employee feels empowered to bring their whole self to work. She is the Diversity Leadership Champion for RBC in British Columbia and past Executive Champion with the RBC Pride Employee Resource Group. Teresa is also actively involved in the community, serving as a cabinet member during the 2017 United Way, 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction and 2020 RBC Global Citizen award recipient.