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THURSDAY November 14, 2019 - ANNUAL CONFERENCE & GALA

TIME SESSION ROOM
8:00 amRegistration Opens
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The Toronto Congress Centre Oscar Peterson Lobby
8:00 - 9:45 am Power Breakfast & NetworkingLeonard Cohen
Welcome from the Board Chair
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Catherine Grosz, Board Chair, WBE Canada (Women Business Enterprises Canada Council)

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Message from the President
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Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada (Women Business Enterprises Canada Council)

Silvia Pencak reviews first 10 years of supplier diversity initiatives supporting Canadian Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) and inspires you to dream and act big in the second decade.

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PANEL: Status of Women Entrepreneurship in Canada
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Moderator: Marte Belisle, President, SommEvents (Certified WBE)

Barbara Orser, Full Professor & Deloitte Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Kim Thiara, President and CEO, AceTronic Industrial Controls Inc. (Certified WBE)
Madeleine Baker, Director, Technology Strategy, Procurement & Supply Chain, TELUS
Tanya Walker, Lawyer, Walker Law (Certified WBE)

Hear as female founders and their supporters share their challenges and victories, gaps and opportunities in the marketplace. Women business owners will be inspired by the progress being made in women's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Corporate and government representatives will discover how they can support women entrepreneurial community.

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9:50 - 10:40 am Breakout SessionsBreakout Rooms
Protecting Your Business through Commercial Agreements
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Ashlee Froese, Founder, Froese Law (Certified WBE)

Commercial agreements are an essential part of business. This seminar will look at the importance of properly negotiating commercial agreements.

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Gordon Pinset 1-2
Your Biggest Asset - Your Audience. Learn How To Deepen Your Connection
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Lisa Bragg, Founder & CEO, MediaFace (Certified WBE)

Forget the marketing funnel: the audience journey loop is the way to build a connected, engaged, and lasting audience for your brand. MediaFace CEO, Lisa Bragg, a consulting and content company, will walk attendees through the audience journey loop. teaching them to recognize opportunities for engagement and leverage existing and new content – at the right times – to deepen relationships with clients and consumers.

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Gordon Pinset 3-4
Key Thinking Strategies of Phenomenal Leaders
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Kim Ades, President & Founder, Frame of Mind CoachingTM (Certified WBE)

As a leader, your thinking has a greater impact on your team and your business results than any other factor. In this workshop, you will literally see how your thinking is affecting your outcomes and how to challenge your self-imposed limitations to reflect the thinking and practices of today’s most accomplished leaders. Come prepared to be challenged! You are guaranteed to see the world through a new lens – the lens of a phenomenal leader.

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Pierre Berton 1-2
Financing Options for Canadian WBEs
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Moderator: Marty Britton, President & CEO, Britton Management Profile Inc. (Certified WBE)

Amy Ng, Senior Commercial Account Manager, RBC: Business Financing with a Technology Focus
Christofer Zolumoff, Business Banking Relationship Manager, BMO: Funds for Women Entrepreneurs
Justine Nault, Director Business Banking, GTA East, CIBC: Smartbanking and Business Integrations
Lesley Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting - Ontario, BDC: Term Lending
Sylvia Fazzolari, Vice President, TD Business Banking: Business Succession and Financial Solutions
William Truffen, District Manager, EDC: Working Capital and Insurance: A Path to New Markets

No matter what stage your business is at, financing continues to be one of the major challenges for many women entrepreneurs. Join us at this rapid fire info session designed to help you find the right funding sources at the level your business is at today.

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Pierre Berton 3-4
10:40 - 11:00 am Networking BreakCourtyard
11:00 - 11:50 am Breakout SessionsBreakout Rooms
BUYER: Making an Impact: Championing Supplier Diversity Across Large Corporations
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Ann Gomez, Founding President, Clear Concept Inc. (Certified WBE)
Charles J. Hendrix, Senior Manager, Purchasing Supplier Diversity, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

As a corporate supplier diversity professional, you have a vast and challenging role. You have a responsibility to champion supplier diversity across your organization but only so much time. As well, your audience is inundated with other initiatives, making it hard for your messages to stand out. This session is designed to help you thrive despite these challenges. Learn practical strategies to build champions, strengthen crucial supplier diversity policies and prioritize your time.

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Gordon Pinset 1-2
BUYER/SUPPLIER: Canadian WBEs in Public Supply Chains
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Moderator: Lisa Siragusa, President, NRG TeleResources (Certified WBE)

Alexandra Mutinelli-Djukic, Social Procurement Coordinator, City of Toronto
Kelly Stobbe, Principal, Infrastructure Interior Design (Certified WBE)
Lorenzo Ieraci, Director General, Acquisitions Program, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Government of Canada

Do you want to do business with public organizations? Are you a representative of public organization looking for inspiration for your procurement program? This session will bring to you the latest information from initiatives happening at the federal and municipal level.

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Pierre Berton 1-2
SUPPLIER: Canadian WBEs in Global Markets
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Moderator: Simmie Thiara, Leader of Change Management and Director of Sales, AceTronic Industrial Controls Inc. (Certified WBE)

Anka Wimbush, National Account Manager, Buckland (Certified WBE)
Genevieve Gougeon, Deputy Director, Global Affairs Canada
Jennifer Cooke, Corporate Lead, Women in Trade, EDC

How do you engage in exporting? What resources or shortcuts are available to you as a woman owned business? This session takes a deep dive into exporting opportunities, tips and resources.

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Pierre Berton 3-4
11:50 - 2:00 pm LunchLeonard Cohen
Keynote: Silence Your Saboteur... To Move Forward
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Lisa Foote, Founder, Lisa Foote Consulting (Certified WBE)

Do not let self-doubt stand in your way of moving forward. If you want to grow your business, or move forward with any aspect of your life, you need to understand what the Saboteur is, where and when it shows up, and most importantly how you can overcome it.

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PANEL: Status and Future of Supplier Diversity in Canada
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Moderator: Janet Stewart, CEO, We Love Learning (Certified WBE)

Jen McAvoy, Director of Client Engagement, Cotton Candy
Matthew Williams, Head of Strategy & Integration, BMO
Maude Pariseau, Director, Procurement, BDC
Tierney Culmer, Owner & President, Culmer Distributors Inc. (Certified WBE)

These organizations got it right - they are engaging Canadian WBEs in their supply chain, supporting their growth and expanding their networks. Discover what they are doing well, what obstacles they had to overcome and what is next for them as they continue improving and expanding their supplier diversity programs

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2:00 - 2:25 pm Networking BreakCourtyard
2:25 - 4:00 pm Meet the Buyer: Sourcing Round Tables
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  • 2:20pm - Buyer Orientation
  • 2:25pm - Supplier Entry
  • Introduction to the Roundtables
  • Sourcing Roundtables
  • Closing Remarks

Supplier Categories:

Coaching | Event Production | Healthcare | HR | IT | Legal | Logistics | Machinery | Manufacturing | Marketing | Staffing | Training | Video Production and many more

Confirmed Corporations

ABC Technologies | Accenture | Arcelor Mittal | BDC | Bell | BGIS | BMO | Chep | City of Brampton | City of Toronto | Cotton Candy | CTDI | DCM | EDC | FCA | Global Affairs Canada | Government of Canada (OSME) | Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd | IBM | JLL | Nokia | RBC | Rogers | Royal Envelope | SHI Canada | Staples Promotional Products | SunLife Financial | TD Bank Group | TELUS | Toyota

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Leonard Cohen
4:00 - 6:30 pm VIP Reception & Silent AuctionCourtyard
6:30 - 10:00 pm Awards GalaLeonard Cohen
Keynote: Empowering Women Achieving Success in Male Dominated Industries
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Manjit Minhas

Founder, Minhas Breweries, Co-Star, CBC’s Dragon’s Den

As the co-founder of a now-$155 million brewery, Manjit Minhas is living proof that women can—and should—achieve success in even the most male-dominated industries. With her family-owned Minhas Breweries and Distillery, she’s combined savvy financial sense with passion, patience, and thick skin. In this keynote, Minhas will share her stories of challenges in her personal and professional life: and how she overcame them, re-defined success, and thrived . She explores the tough questions many women in business face in today’s fast-paced world where work-life balance can seem like a luxury and true diversity can still seem like a dream. With candor, clarity, and unique insight, Minhas is the speaker sure to motivate and empower an entire generation of female innovators.

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Awards Ceremony
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2019 Rising Star

2019 WBE Canada Ambassador

2019 Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program

2019 WBE Stars

2019 Supplier Diversity Leader

2019 WBE of the Year

2019 Corporation of the Year

2019 President's Award

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FRIDAY November 15, 2019 - TRADE SHOW & MATCHMAKER

TIME SESSION ROOM
7:00 am Registration Opens (Trade Show Exhibitors only)
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Exhibitor spots are allocated to Certified WBEs with valid VIP ticket.

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The Toronto Congress Centre Oscar Peterson Lobby
8:00 - 9:30 am AGM (Closed Door)Pierre Berton 3-4
9:00 am Registration Opens (Trade Show Attendees)The Toronto Congress Centre Oscar Peterson Lobby
9:00 am - 2:00 pm 1st WBE Canada Trade Show
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Trade Show access is open to all Certified WBEs and buyers. WBE Canada Corporate Members enjoy unlimited free access (bring as many category buyers as you can), Non-members can enjoy access at symbolic fee. No breakfast will be provided. Refreshment will be provided during the whole duration of the event.

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Leonard Cohen
WBE Canada Portal Training
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Angela Booker, Account Director, B2G NOW

Angela Booker will be at the Trade Show to provide support to Certified WBEs and Corporate Members on how to maximize WBE Canada's database. Stop by her booth to discover hidden opportunities for your business or organization.

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10:30 am - 1:30 pm Matchmaker (Closed Door)
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One-on-one meetings between buyers and suppliers. Meetings are available to all Certified WBEs with valid VIP ticket. Meetings are arranged by buyers and assigned on a first come first served basis. All matches will be assigned through our mobile app.

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Pierre Berton 3-4
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