Women In Business: A C-Suite Perspective

DATE: November 9, 2020

TIME: 1:50 - 2:40 pm ET | 10:50 - 11:40 am PT

There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. ~ Winston Churchill

2020 has hit the business community with a bang and businesses of all sizes have been left in colossal turmoil, prolonged uncertainty, attempting to build resilience to survive and looking for smart, innovative leadership to upright the fallout.

Most WBE Canada Corporate Member organizations upheld their commitment to supplier diversity, continuing to share their procurement opportunities with women-owned businesses and other diverse suppliers. We have seen commitments being increased, initiatives expanded and new suppliers invited to some of the largest supply chains in Canada and the US.

Join us for panel conversations with C-Suite leaders of the organizations committed to diversity in their supply chains. Why would they continue their commitment in the midst of disruption? Is supplier diversity truly good for business? And what should women-owned businesses expect from large organizations? Join us to get inspired by action and accomplishments in some of Canada’s top organizations with successful supplier diversity initiatives.

Sponsored by: RBC

Christoph Knoess

Christoph Knoess

As RBC’s Chief Administrative Officer Christoph Knoess has responsibility for Brand, Marketing, Citizenship and Communications, Global Procurement, and Corporate Real Estate functions globally. Additionally, he provides leadership and oversight on strategic and transformational initiatives across RBC to modernize and scale important enterprise capabilities designed to position RBC for the future including data and analytics and productivity and efficiency. Along with other members of RBC’s Group Executive, Christoph is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Christoph is a seasoned executive with more than twenty years of experience advising leading financial institutions in the execution of digital strategies and transformations, operating model design, technology modernization, and enterprise-wide cost and operations improvement. Prior to joining RBC, Christoph was a Partner at McKinsey where he led the Core Tech Transformation and Agile Transformation teams and a Partner at Oliver Wyman where he led the Digital, Technology and Analytics practices globally. A dynamic leader, Christoph has also worked in interim executive roles in Digital, Software Development, Technology Transformation, and Operations for a number of financial institutions including RBC.

Christoph has been recognized for his work in innovation management and value-chain partnerships, and is a supporter of Parent Child+, a not-for-profit organization fostering early childhood literacy for families living in underserved communities.

Over the course of his career, Christoph has worked with organizations across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Australia. He holds a joint MBA / MS equivalent degree from the University of Darmstadt in Germany. Christoph is married with one child.


Stefano Lucarelli

Stefano Lucarelli

Stefano Lucarelli was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BDC in November 2017. In this role, he is responsible for BDC’s financial planning and reporting, finance operations, treasury, enterprise shared services and business quality review. He also leads the team that focuses on sourcing, procurement, and supply management for the organization and through its supplier diversity program implemented in 2018, he is committed to expanding the presence of diverse and innovative suppliers in our procurement process and ensuring an equal and fair access to secure a service contract.

Mr. Lucarelli has over 30 years of experience in financial planning, reporting and controls, as well as treasury and advisory services operations. He began his career as an auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. He joined BDC in 1989 and held a series of roles of increasing responsibility. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance in 2012 and became BDC’s Chief Audit Executive in 2015.

Some of his key accomplishments include the development of a loan-provisioning model, and implementation of a customer relationship management system as well as an internal control certification program. He also oversaw the transition to the new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Mr. Lucarelli is bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in accounting from Concordia University. He has completed the leadership program offered by Queen’s University, where he focused on business strategy and leadership. He is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and holds the title of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).


Susan Goodyer

Susan Goodyer

Susan Goodyer is the Managing Director of HR for Accenture Canada and brings 22 years of experience helping organizations and people improve their performance.

Susan is a passionate leader who puts people first. She is responsible for helping Accenture’s employees in Canada feel Accenture is the best place to work by providing inclusive and exceptional employee experiences. She spent 12 years working with clients in Accenture’s management consulting talent practice before joining HR to focus on talent management for Accenture. Prior to leading HR for Canada, Susan brought award winning innovation to competency management by bringing big data and advanced analytics together to measure people’s skills while predicting which skills will be in demand in the future. These innovations enable the data-driven insights that are needed to make more strategic choices in talent for our nearly 500,000 people in 120 countries across Accenture.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Psychology and Sociology from Queen’s University with a focus on social behavior. She resides in Toronto with her husband and daughter.


Jamie Crump
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Jamie Crump

Jamie Crump has focused her career in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity across a variety of industries including: banking, catastrophic insurance, heavy equipment rental, IT, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and welding and medical supply. A frequent speaker at sourcing, supplier diversity and leadership events across the U.S. and Canada, Jamie has also been responsible for strategic sourcing, business services and operations, software development, capacity provisioning, and supplier diversity over the course of her career.

Crump is the author of Backstage Pass: Pulling the Curtain Back on the Business of Supplier Diversity, that takes a look at how supplier diversity interacts with other areas of business or cast members. Termed the missing business strategy, she shows how a supplier diversity business strategy makes a company more competitive and profitable.

Jamie has also served on a number of boards and in industry/trade associations. Currently, she is on the Board of Trustees for the National Small Business Association (NSBA), an advisory board member to Diversity Professional, ProcureCon and Spend Matters. She is a member of Association for Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD), the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM), and the National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO).