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

DATE EVENT ATTENDEE 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.

Corporate Members

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.

Certified WBE
Corporate Members

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

WBE FORUM

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

Certified WBE

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE - MONDAY November 9, 2020

TIME SESSION ATTENDEE TYPE
1:00 - 1:50 pm ETTOWN HALL: ADVANCING BUSINESS WOMEN IN CANADA
Critical conversations to provide valuable insights, inspire action and accelerate progress
ALL
1:50 - 2:00 pm ETHOT SEAT #1
Supplier diversity success stories
ALL
2:00 - 2:50 pm ETREINVENTING SUPPLY CHAINS
Panel conversations with top leaders designed to recognize advancements, inspire transformation and attract game changers to corporate and government supply chains.
ALL
2:50 - 3:00 pm ETHOT SEAT #2
Supplier diversity success stories
ALL
3:00 - 3:50 pm ETKNOWLEDGE PODS 1

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

  • Knowledge Pod #1: Customer Centric Innovation - Creating Innovation Superheroes in Your Organization
  • Knowledge Pod #2: How Women Entrepreneurs Lead and Grow with Attitude, Capabilities and Competencies
  • Knowledge Pod #3: To be announced
ALL
3:50 - 4:00 pm ETHOT SEAT #3
Supplier diversity success stories
ALL
4:00 - 4:45 pm ETKNOWLEDGE PODS 2

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

  • Knowledge Pod #4: What Stops Women From Exporting Across The Border?
  • Knowledge Pod #5: 21st Century Leadership: Building Organizations Around Individual Engagement & Accountability
  • Knowledge Pod #6: To be announced
ALL
4:45 - 5:00 pm ETBREAK
Refresh and refuel to join us at the Virtual Networking Party
ALL
5:00 - 6:30 pm ETVIRTUAL NETWORKING PARTY & TRADESHOW
(Bring your own snack and refreshments)
ALL

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TUESDAY November 10, 2020

TIME SESSION ATTENDEE TYPE
11:00 am - 11:10 am ETOPENING REMARKS
Important announcements.
ALL
11:10 am - 11:55 am ETKNOWLEDGE PODS 3

Interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning

  • Knowledge Pod #7: Rewiring for Resilience
  • Knowledge Pod #8: Building a Culture of Accountability
  • Knowledge Pod #9: To be announced
ALL
11:55 - 12:10 pm ETHOT SEAT #4
Supplier diversity success stories
ALL
12:10 pm - 12:45 pm ETSUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION WORKSHOP

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

ALL
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm ETBREAK
Refresh and refuel
ALL
1:00 - 2:00 pm ETWBE PANEL: Leading Through Innovation
Lunch & Learn: Raw conversations with Canada's most innovative minds among women owned businesses.
ALL
2:00 - 4:00 pm ET2020 WBE CANADA EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Celebration of top achievements among Women Business Enterprises and Supplier Diversity Leaders.
ALL

POST-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

DATE EVENT ATTENDEE 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.
Corporate Member
(1 representative per organization)

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Schedule subject to change.