Schedule At A Glance

Welcome to WBE Canada’s 2020 Annual Conference: Supply Chain Innovation Decoded!

2020 has been an on-going test for many businesses. As the challenges keep coming, forcing change that keeps evolving, businesses have been forced to forego plans long anticipated, pivot and transform their organization. Supply chains have been disrupted, supplier diversity programs have been altered or put on hold while industries adapt overnight. New threats have left many fighting to survive, but new opportunities have also given many businesses a new way to thrive and succeed.

We designed our Conference to meet our stakeholders' needs...

  • Events are spread across 3 months to allow our community to keep their work-life balance while still enjoying the full benefits of business conference (we understand that it's much harder to attend from home)
  • Our program includes information, insights, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities to provide necessary support for our community
  • Session timelines are designed to accommodate our audiences across all time zones in Canada (without having to set up your alarm clock for 4am)
  • One-of-a-kind interactive digital broadcast event designed to educate, entertain and propel you and your business/organization

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

DATEEVENTATTENDEE TYPE
September 9, 2020
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET

WBE 2 WBE MATCHMAKER

One-on-one meetings between WBE buyers and WBE suppliers. Valid Conference ticket required.

Certified WBEs

Event concluded!

September 23, 2020
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET

CORPORATE MEMBERS FORUM

Closed-door event for WBE Canada's Corporate Members. Registration closes at noon Sept.18, 2020.

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Corporate Members

Event concluded!

October 14-15, 2020
12:00 - 4:00 pm ET

B2B MATCHMAKER

One-on-one meetings between WBE suppliers and Corporate Members (Corporate & Government Buyers). Valid Conference ticket required.

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Certified WBEs
Corporate Members

Event concluded!

October 28, 2020
12:00 - 4:30 pm ET

WBE FORUM

Closed-door event for Certified WBEs. Valid Conference ticket required.

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Certified WBEs

Event concluded!

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - MONDAY November 9, 2020

TIMESESSIONATTENDEE TYPE
1:00 - 1:45 pm ET

TOWN HALL: ADVANCING BUSINESS WOMEN IN CANADA

Critical conversations to provide valuable insights, inspire action and accelerate progress
Sponsored by Accenture

ALL
1:45 - 1:50 pm ET

HOT SEAT #1

Supplier diversity success stories. Get inspired by the story of City of Toronto and Robinson Global Management Inc.

ALL
1:50 - 2:40 pm ET

WOMEN IN BUSINESS: A C-SUITE PERSPECTIVE

Panel conversations with C-Suite executives designed to recognize the impact of Canadian women-owned businesses and inspire intentional action resulting in the growth of Canadian economy. Join us to learn what Canadian organizations are doing to support and celebrate Canadian WBEs.
Sponsored by RBC

ALL
2:40 - 2:45 pm ET

HOT SEAT #2

Supplier diversity success stories. Get inspired by the story of BMO and MediaFace.

ALL
2:45 - 2:50 pm ET

LOGISTICS

Learn how to participate in the Knowledge Pods, Networking and Tradeshow

ALL
2:50 - 3:00 pm ET

BREAK

Refresh and refuel to join us for the Knowledge Pods

ALL
3:00 - 3:35 pm ET

KNOWLEDGE PODS 1

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

Knowledge Pod #1:
Customer Centric Innovation - Creating Innovation Superheroes in Your Organization
with Shelli Baltman & Fiona Stevenson | Sponsored by Toyota

Knowledge Pod #2:
How Women Entrepreneurs Lead and Grow with Attitude, Capabilities and Competencies
with Lisa Haydon | Sponsored by Sun Life Financial

Knowledge Pod #3:
Corporate Social Responsibility: Where Sustainability and Supplier Diversity Make an Impact
with Michelle Albanese, Andrea Knight, Colin Robinson and Sarah Riley | Sponsored by TD Bank

ALL
3:35 - 4:10 pm ET

KNOWLEDGE PODS 2

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

Knowledge Pod #4:
What Stops Women From Exporting Across The Border?
with Kim Ades & Jennifer Cooke | Sponsored by EDC

Knowledge Pod #5:
The Superpower Of Employee Engagement: Why 21st Century Leaders Cannot Accelerate Innovation, Adaptability and Growth Without It
with Jacqueline Throop-Robinson | Sponsored by ABC Technologies

Knowledge Pod #6:
Working Remotely: High Performance During High Stress
with Dr. Shawne Duperon - Sponsored by GM

ALL
4:10 - 4:45 pm ET

KNOWLEDGE PODS 3

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

Knowledge Pod #7:
Rewiring for Resilience with Corey Atkinson | Sponsored by DCM

Knowledge Pod #8:
Building a Culture of Accountability
with Glain Roberts-McCabe | Sponsored by Magna

Knowledge Pod #9:
The Future of Supplier Diversity in Canada
with Silvia Pencak and Justin Talbot-Stern | Sponsored by WBE Canada

ALL
4:45 - 5:00 pm ET

BREAK

Refresh and refuel to join us at the Virtual Networking Party

ALL
5:00 - 6:30 pm ET

VIRTUAL NETWORKING PARTY

(Bring your own snack and refreshments)

ALL

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TUESDAY November 10, 2020

TIMESESSIONATTENDEE TYPE
10:00 - 11:45 am ET

TRADESHOW

Meet our Sponsors and Partners, engage in conversations, discover tools and resources for your business and organization.

ALL
11:45 am - 12:00 pm ET

BREAK

Refresh and refuel

ALL
12:00 - 12:10 pm ET

OPENING REMARKS

Important announcements.

ALL
12:10 - 12:15 pm ET

HOT SEAT #3

Supplier diversity success stories. Get inspired by the story of Accenture and Redwood Classics.

ALL
12:15 - 1:00 pm ET

WBE PANEL: Leading Through Innovation

Lunch & Learn: Raw conversations with Canada's most innovative minds among women owned businesses.
Sponsored by BMO

ALL
1:00 - 1:05 pm ET

HOT SEAT #4

Supplier diversity success stories. Get inspired by the story of RBC and EnviroServe Chemicals Inc.

ALL
1:05 - 1:40 pm ET

SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION WORKSHOP

Designed to facilitate provocative/innovative thinking, accelerate learning and charge the implementation.
Sponsored by BDC

ALL
1:40 - 2:00 pm ET

BREAK

Refresh and refuel

ALL
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

2020 WBE CANADA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Celebration of top achievements among Women Business Enterprises and Supplier Diversity Leaders.

ALL

POST-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

DATEEVENTATTENDEE TYPE
November 25, 2020

WORKSHOP: How To Start Your Supplier Diversity Program

Invitation-only workshop for corporations and governments interested in implementing supplier diversity program.

Corporations/Governments
December 14, 2020

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

Annual meeting for WBE Canada's Corporate Member organizations. Call-in information was sent to all representatives.
Corporate Member
(1 representative per organization)

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