Town Hall

DATE: November 10, 2021

TIME: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm ET | 8:30 - 9:00 am PT

Advancing Supplier Diversity in Canada

WBE Canada

With Nedra Dickson, Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion & Diversity and Sustainability Programs, Accenture
Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, WBE Canada
Heather Taylor, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, City of Toronto

Join this power session to get the latest information regarding supplier diversity trends shared by Nedra Dickson, Accenture; latest updates and upcoming opportunities from Silvia Pencak, WBE Canada and discover how public organizations can drive impact through policies with Heather Taylor, City of Toronto.. This session is designed to help you prepare for meetings with your internal stakeholders to help you move your supplier diversity program forward and make a meaningful impact through your efforts in the upcoming year.


Nedra Dickson

Nedra Dickson

Nedra Dickson is the Managing Director of Accenture’s Global Supplier Inclusion & Diversity and Sustainability Programs.

A seasoned and awarded executive, Nedra possesses over 20 years of Technology Consulting, Operations Management, Procurement Sourcing and Category Management experience with Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. Nedra’s leadership has led to global “Best in Class” recognition for Accenture’s Supplier Diversity Program. Nedra has been the recipient of numerous awards such as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Diversity and Inclusion Officers of Atlanta, Global Supplier Diversity Champion by NGLCC, Georgia Top 25 Women in their Female Success Factor Series and more.


Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak is the President & CEO of WBE Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization certifying women-owned businesses and opening the doors to corporate & government supply chains under supplier diversity programs across North America. Silvia has over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and business environment, leading transformational projects and teams. She is regularly called a Juggernaut- accelerating the speed of change. Her diverse international background spearheading successful initiatives gives her a wealth of experience to lead supplier diversity to its next level to support Canadian women-owned businesses. Silvia believes in the power of partnerships and is always open to building alliances that benefit all involved. She is passionate about making positive impact in her communities.


Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Heather is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the City of Toronto where she oversees an annual $13 billion operating budget, a $40 billion capital budget, and sets their strategic and financial direction.

Under Heather's leadership, Toronto has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable finance as the first Canadian government to incorporate climate-related disclosures in their financial reports and as the first Canadian city to issue an Environmental, Social and Governance Report. Heather has also led the development and implementation of a sustainability framework within Toronto’s debt and borrowing program, being the first Canadian municipality to do so, which includes the issuance of green and social bonds.

Heather also co-launched Toronto’s inaugural edition of C40's Women4Climate Mentorship Programme which encourages women to become global agents of change.