WBE Panel: Leading Through Innovation

DATE: November 10, 2020

TIME: 12:20 - 1:05 pm ET | 9:20 - 10:05 am PT

20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

Join us to hear from inspiring women-owned businesses who refused to give up in the midst of the 2020 crisis and instead chose to come up with creative ideas and innovative approaches to pivot their businesses and continue growing.

Sponsored by: BMO

Jennifer Menard

Jennifer Menard

After growing up in Northern Ontario with a heart for Hospitality and landing a role with MLSE, Jennifer met her Yoda, Geoff Bagg and made her mark in Staffing by joining his firm in 2008 - one of Toronto's most respected staffing agencies since 1971. In 2013, she created Bagg @ Your Service - The Bagg Group's first Hospitality & Event division. In late 2018, she purchased her creation and Staff Shop Inc. was born. Jennifer cares deeply about meaningful relationships and giving back. "My team and I are dedicated to “Elevating People, Business & Experiences!” for employees and clients across North America and the Caribbean via the resources Staff Shop provides - with a strong focus on honouring human values."

As an Aboriginal-French-Canadian woman and entrepreneur, Jennifer dreamed of leading a purpose driven organization, from anywhere in the world, that employs top talent who are hungry for growth - while providing clients with efficient, effective solutions built with integrity and purpose. Staff Shop now provides the platform to keep that dream alive. "There is no limit to the positive impact my team and I can have on humanity. And that is what brings me the joy and energy required to do what I do best, and inspire others to do the same."


Pauline Caballero

Pauline Caballero

As Buckland’s Chief Revenue Officer, Pauline is responsible for leading sales and revenue growth strategies and initiatives to achieve the company’s short and long-term goals. Pauline began her career at Buckland in 2017 and has extensive experience working with privately held organizations in a variety of industries to establish a strong culture and operating principles that drive results. With over a decade of experience in customs and logistics, she has a dynamic portfolio to support Buckland’s growth. In addition to this, Pauline also has created a successful franchise in the health and wellness industry which continues to flourish. Pauline holds a BA from the University of Toronto as well as an MBA from York University.

Pauline is author of PIVOT: Five Practices to Strategize and Support You Through Change, a book that guides the reader through concepts and hands on strategies for training the mind to develop habits that will support us to thrive in our forever changing environments. PIVOT is an Amazon Top Release and finalist in business / self-help category with Canadian Bookclub Association.


Shawna Pereira

Shawna Pereira

Shawna is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Wonderkind Inc. She graduated from Ryerson Image Art - Photography and has over 10 years of experience in the printing industry with Canadian printer Friesens Corp. Shawna is also the first female to win Friesens National Sales Award. In 2019 she co-founded Wonderkind, a Canadian gifting service that highlights "Canadian Made"products, supporting female entrepreneurs. Wonderkind works with over 130 female founded businesses across Canada.

She is highly involved in community and fundraising and is the Co-chair of the Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival - An annual children's event free for all to attend reaching out to both Regent Park and St.Jamestown communities. Shawna is also the Vice President of Hanan Boat Club - Member Experience portfolio, is a long distance rower and two-time competitor in the Canadian Sculling Marathon. Without intention, successfully sunk a rowing scull in the Venice canal.


Tanya Walker

Tanya Walker

Tanya received her law license in 2006 from Osgoode Hall law school. Tanya practiced at two Bay Street firms before opening, Walker Law Professional Corporation (“Walker Law”), which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Located originally on Bay Street, Walker Law employs eight full time employees in the area of commercial litigation. Walker Law prides itself on focusing on resolutions to assist clients with resolving their legal disputes instead of focusing on billable hours. Walker Law has been a certified WBE since 2016. This year, Walker Law was nominated and a top three finalist for Top WBE Supplier, which recognizes certified women-owned businesses that demonstrate excellence and support for other women-owned businesses.

Tanya has won numerous awards and appears regularly on national television stations such as CityTV, CBC and CTV as a legal analyst.


Carol Attak
Moderated by...

Carol Attak

Carol is the Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability at BMO. In her role, Carol is responsible for envisioning, implementing, and leading the global Supplier Diversity program for BMO, steering the strategy, communication, performance management, and all enablers for BMO to be recognized as a leader in supplier diversity.

Carol has been an active leader in advancing Supplier Diversity goals and initiatives through her 13 years managing Accenture’s program. She currently serves as the Board Chair of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).