Town Hall

DATE: November 10, 2021

TIME: 11:30 pm - 11:45 am ET | 8:30 - 8:45 am PT

Advancing Supplier Diversity in Canada

WBE Canada

With Mike Pacholok, Vice-Chair, WBE Canada Board of Directors | Chief Procurement Officer, City of Toronto
Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, WBE Canada

Join Mike Pacholok and Silvia Pencak as they kick-start day 2 of the conference. Learn about the latest developments, important announcements and updates for 2022!


Mike Pacholok

Mike Pacholok

Mike Pacholok is a Chief Procurement Officer of the City of Toronto’s Purchasing and Materials Management Division with past experience as a municipal law solicitor with an emphasis on procurement law. Under his leadership the City of Toronto implemented a Social Procurement policy. The City of Toronto is currently playing a leadership role for Canadian public institutions that are interested in channeling their procurement needs to help build more equitable communities, deploying a unique strategy that blends elements of the American and European approaches. Supplier diversity is important to the City of Toronto. The Social Procurement Program aims to achieve inclusive economic growth by improving access to the City of Toronto’s supply chain for diverse suppliers. In the first 2 years (2017-2018) of the City of Toronto Social Procurement Program, the City of Toronto awarded $1.3 million dollars in low value contracts to certified diverse suppliers. A more inclusive approach to procurement represents a deliberate City of Toronto strategy to support broader City social, economic and workforce development goals, while minimizing, through a carefully crafted policy framework, risks to the City and to the integrity of the City of Toronto’s procurement processes. The Program creates a foundation to shift the City of Toronto’s procurement culture long-term, showing how all City divisions can make a positive impact on the City’s poverty-reduction goals, which is important to the City of Toronto.


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.