Call For Nominations

WBE Canada 2021 Excellence Awards nominations are OPEN!

Event date: November 9-10, 2021
Accepting nominations: through July 19, 2021 - Deadline extended till July 26, 2021!


WBE Canada is seeking nominations for its 2021 Excellence Awards to be presented at the 12th Annual Conference. All nominations are due July 19, 2021.

Why Apply?

  • Help WBE Canada showcase and celebrate achievements in supplier diversity in Canada among event attendees and public
  • Raise your visibility within our community of Canadian women owned businesses and Corporate/Government organizations
  • Make valuable contacts and increase your sales opportunities

Awards Categories

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

Top Corporation in Supplier Diversity

This category recognizes a WBE Canada Corporate Member who is making a distinct and describable difference in the advancement of Supplier Diversity in Canada.

The recipient of this award is an organization acting as a leader in a wide range of areas, including but not limited to growth, opportunities, visibility, and participation.

  • Organization must have membership with WBE Canada and active supplier diversity program
  • Organization identifies, awards and continually increases procurement opportunities for women business owners
  • Demonstrated measurable improvement directly impacting Canadian WBEs

Evaluation criteria:

  • Vision and Leadership. Please provide a description of the Corporation’s supplier diversity program. Identify diverse initiatives directed to women-owned business enterprises currently underway or planned for the future.
  • Diverse Spend Growth. Does the nominee track procurement with WBEs? How has the Corporation grown their purchases with women-owned businesses YOY? What is the organization’s target for the upcoming year?
  • Innovation. How has the Corporation demonstrated innovative thinking in creating opportunities for certified WBEs? Is there a program in place to develop supplier program initiatives encouraging current suppliers to seek certification, recognition and awards for tier companies supporting supplier diversity?
  • Progress. How is the Corporation Planning to further increase its support for Canadian WBEs in the upcoming years?
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from a Certified WBE company that is your current supplier.
Supplier Diversity Leader

This category recognizes a procurement professional within WBE Canada’s Corporate Membership who is a champion among peers.

This individual shows tremendous leadership while leveraging innovation to advance supplier diversity. A role model internally with colleagues and externally with vendor partners, this individual is a visible champion in the supplier diversity community as well as their respective industry.

  • Individual who works for Corporate Member Organization
  • Demonstrates extraordinary leadership in promoting Canadian women owned businesses
  • Role model internally and externally to champion supplier diversity

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Vision and Leadership. How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership in the area of Supplier Diversity?
  • Innovation. How has the Nominee demonstrated innovative thinking in creating and advancing opportunities for certified WBEs?
  • Advocacy. How has the nominee utilized their business and personal networks to create opportunities to actively support and advance supplier diversity in Canada? What has been the effect of this advocacy?
  • Role Model. How has the nominee served as a role model for others with regard to advancing supplier diversity in Canada? Describe activities, such as mentoring initiatives, etc., undertaken by the nominee to share their expertise and expectations of supplier diversity within corporations in Canada.
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from an individual different than a nominator to support this nomination.
Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program

This category recognizes a WBE Canada Corporate Member that has made a distinct and describable difference in their Supplier Diversity Program.

The recipient of this award is an organization with measurable improvement to their procurement benefiting diverse suppliers

  • Organization must have membership with WBE Canada
  • Organization must track and report its diversity spend with WBEs to WBE Canada
  • Demonstrated measurable qualitative and/or quantitative improvement of its supplier diversity program YOY

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Vision and Leadership. Please provide a description of the Corporation’s supplier diversity program. Identify diverse initiatives directed to women-owned businesses enterprises currently underway or planned for the future.
  • Supplier Diversity Program. How has the Corporation furthered its Supplier Diversity program in the last year?
  • Innovation. How has the Corporation demonstrated innovative thinking in finding opportunities for Canadian WBEs?
  • Progress. How is the Corporation Planning to further increase its support for Canadian WBEs in the upcoming years?
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from somebody who can speak to positive change in your supplier diversity program (e.g. WBE supplier, Tier 1 supplier, internal buyer, executive leader).
Top WBE Supplier

This category recognizes a certified women-owned business which demonstrated excellence in business and support for other women owned businesses.

The recipient of this award achieved business growth, impacted the economy and showed dedication to supporting other women owned businesses.

  • Company must be Certified WBE in good standing with WBE Canada
  • Is current on industry trends and incorporates best practices in business operations
  • Offers exemplary customer service
  • Conducts business with other women entrepreneurs

Evaluation criteria:

  • Business Growth. How much has the business expanded YOY. Outline how the Nominee has had a measurable impact on the Canadian Economy.
  • Innovation. How has the Nominee demonstrated innovative thinking in her business that has resulted in success and motivated those around her to achieve success.
  • Career Accomplishments. What has the Nominee accomplished in her career that sets her apart. How has the Nominee served as a role model for others with regard to advancing supplier diversity in Canada? Describe activities, such as mentoring initiatives, etc., undertaken by the Nominee to advance supplier diversity in Canada.
  • Community Service. How has the Nominee demonstrated her commitment to the community at large through volunteer work, mentorship or financial support?
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from a Corporate Member organization that is your current customer.
WBE Rising Star

Awarded to a certified WBE who, within their first 3 years of certification, has demonstrated significant achievements or progress

This company shows quick implementation combined with business acumen and active involvement in the WBE Canada community.

  • Certified WBE Company within first 3 years of certification
  • Actively engaged and participating in WBE Canada events
  • Successful in landing corporate/government contracts

Evaluation criteria:

  • New WBE. Company must be Certified WBE in good standing with WBE Canada for less than 3 years as of June 30, 2021.
  • Business Growth. How much has the business expanded YOY?
  • Success. Describe what opportunities the business has won since becoming certified.
  • Community Engagement. Describe how the business has engaged and participated in WBE Canada events.
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from a Corporate Member organization who is your current customer.
WBE Leaders

This category recognizes certified women-owned businesses that are actively engaged with WBE Canada Community or our partner organizations.

The recipients significantly contribute to growth and support of other women-owned businesses in their region or industry.

  • Individual who works for WBE Canada Certified Company
  • Actively involved in WBE Canada Programs, Projects, Committees OR in region or industry
  • Encourages others to participate in WBE Canada programs and initiatives actively contributing to WBE community engagement

Evaluation criteria:

  • Role Model. What activities and endeavours (eg mentoring ) has the Nominee undertaken to assist other women in her community?
  • Partnership. How does the Nominee demonstrate a commitment to their community?
  • Advocacy. What are examples of the Nominee’s accomplishments as an agent of change in making a distinct and describable difference to the advancement of Canadian women?
  • Encourages others to participate in WBE Canada programs and initiatives actively contributing to WBE community engagement
  • Impact. How has the Nominee had a measurable impact on women at the local/regional level or in her industry through either job creation, partnership with other WBEs or support for the organization(s) in the region?
  • Recommendation Letter. Provide a recommendation letter from an individual different than a nominator to support this nomination.
WBE Canada Champion

This category recognizes an individual or organization who demonstrates commitment to supplier diversity in Canada, namely through referring new Corporate Members or WBEs to WBE Canada.

There is no nomination for this award as it is rewarded based on responses in Certification and Corporate membership applications.

  • Individual who referred most companies to WBE Canada
  • Tracked through applications processed between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.
Top Volunteer Award

This category recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant contribution in supplier diversity benefiting or promoting WBE Canada in 2021.

Nominations for committee members should be provided by the Committee Chairs for the contributions between July 2020 and June 2021.

  • Individual or organization who significantly contributed to the success of supplier diversity or growth of women owned businesses in Canada. Certification or Corporate Membership are not a requirement.
  • Selected by WBE Canada President

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Supplier Diversity Impact. How has the Nominee contributed to improving supplier diversity in Canada?
  • Ecosystem Impact. How has the Nominee contributed to the success of WBE Canada and its stakeholder groups, including but not limited to strengthening the ecosystem, opening opportunities, introductions, invitations to events and more?
  • Innovation. How has the Nominee contributed to improvements in supplier diversity, organizational impact or success of Canadian WBEs?
  • Recommendation Letter. Recommendation letter is preferred but not mandatory.
President's Award

This category recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated significant contribution in supplier diversity benefiting or promoting Canadian women-owned businesses in 2021.

Every submission will be considered, however the award recipient will be selected by the President of WBE Canada.

  • Individual or organization who significantly contributed to the success of supplier diversity or growth of women owned businesses in Canada. Certification or Corporate Membership are not a requirement.
  • Selected by WBE Canada President

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Supplier Diversity Awareness. How has the Nominee contributed to building awareness around supplier diversity in Canada, specifically focusing on the promotion of Canadian women-owned businesses?
  • Ecosystem Awareness. How has the Nominee contributed to the success of WBE Canada, including but not limited to opening opportunities, introductions, invitations to events and more?
  • Geographical Impact. How has the Nominee contributed to supplier diversity in a specific region across Canada (locally, regionally, nationally or internationally) - building awareness and buy-in with regional and local governments, women-owned businesses and more?
  • Recommendation Letter. Recommendation letter is preferred but not mandatory.

FAQ

12021 Awards Timeline
May 5 - Call for Award Nominations is open
July 26 - Deadline for submitting nominations
July/August- Review of nominations and selections
September/October - All nominees contacted and notified of the status of their nomination
October 1 - Announcement of top nominees
November 9 - Announcement of winners at 2021 Awards Ceremony
2Required Documentation - All nominations must include the following documentation, in English:
1. Nominator's information
2. Nominee's information
3. Nominee's relation to WBE Canada
4. Award selection - the form allows for single submission for multiple awards
5. A narrative, not to exceed 500 words, in support of the nomination, addressing the following areas: (a) Significance of contributions, (b) Quality and impact of contributions, (c) Years (duration) of significant effort
6. One (1) letter of support from a person familiar with the nominee's achievements. (Support letter cannot be written by the same person writing the narrative or individual representing the nominee's organization. A narrative is written by the nominator.)