2020 WBE Canada Excellence Awards

DATE: November 10, 2020

TIME: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PT

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

2020 has been a year which has challenged us all, caught most of us off-guard and resulted in transformation - both minor and major - for many. We have witnessed companies transition their teams from the office to homes as quickly as in 2 weeks, shift their operations within 40 days and initiate new solutions and approaches which has changed doing business as we know it.

This year’s achievers and winners are WBE businesses that made change work, companies and leaders who turned supplier diversity into asset and significantly impacted the Canadian women-owned SME community. Join us as we celebrate this year’s winners of WBE Canada’s Excellence Awards.


  • Year in review
  • Remarks from The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
  • WBE Canada Procurement Champion Award
  • 2020 WBE Canada Champion Award
  • 2020 Rising Star Award - sponsored by IBM Canada
  • 2020 Supplier Diversity Leader Award - sponsored by BGIS
  • 2020 WBE Leaders - sponsored by Staples Promotional Products
  • 2020 Most Improved Supplier Diversity Program - sponsored by Cotton Candy
  • 2020 Top WBE Supplier - sponsored by GM
  • 2020 Top Corporation in Supplier Diversity - sponsored by TELUS
  • 2020 President's Award

Jennifer Popowycz

Jennifer Popowycz

Manager, Certification, WBE Canada

Jennifer, as Manager of Certification, is responsible for certification and recertification processing and oversees WBE Canada’s database. Her role is to ensure that only eligible businesses receive WBE Canada certification stamp and assists new applicants through the application process. She is an ex-officio member of Certification Committee. Jennifer is the voice of WBE Canada the second year in a row, this year in a new virtual format.

The Honourable Mary Ng

The Honourable Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

From promoting Canada to the world as a great place to do business, to helping our entrepreneurs and businesses grow and access new markets – Minister Ng is focused on helping Canadians succeed.

First elected the Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill in April 2017, Minister Ng was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2018 as Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion. After being successfully re-elected in October 2019, she became Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. Prior to serving as a Member of Parliament, Minister Ng served as Appointments Director for the Prime Minister, and as Executive Director for the President of Ryerson University where she oversaw the creation of a world-leading business incubator for tech start-ups.

Throughout her 20 years of public service, Minister Ng has been a devoted community leader with a focus on creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, and empowering small business to innovate and grow.

Silvia Pencak

Silvia Pencak

President, WBE Canada

Silvia Pencak is the President 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 more than 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. She is a wife and mom to 2 teenage girls.