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Women’s Day With WBE Canada

  • Wednesday, March 02, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Women entrepreneurs have surpassed pandemic fatigue and are finding creative ways to expand and grow their operations despite continued restrictions and delays in global logistic chains. Disruptions in distribution have impacted not only large corporations but also Women Business Enterprises, challenging the status quo, operations, delivery and customer support.

What does this mean for #TheFutureOfGlobalization? Are protectionist agendas of some countries destroying existing export strategies? How can WBEs adjust to these disruptions and take advantage of new opportunities? What about women-owned businesses looking to break into global markets? What is Canada doing right and what can we do better?

You’ll have the answers on March 02, 2022, as we bring together highly influential speakers weighing in on the trends in Canadian economic growth and insights on what to expect in supplier diversity on a global scale.

Who Should Attend?

  • Women Business Enterprises – certified and non-certified
  • Corporations and government organizations – members and non-members
  • Women organizations and councils
  • Champions and supporters of women-owned businesses

Why Attend?

  • Discover the latest updates from highly influential professionals and officials in Canada
  • Find out the latest insights from supply chains across industries
  • Get actionable strategies and achieve success



12:00 – 1:00 pm ET – Networking

Meet other attendees, build up your network

1:00 – 2:00 pm ET – Session 1: The Future of Globalization

  • Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, WBE Canada
  • Sabine Soumare, Executive Director, WEKH
  • Dawn Desjardins, Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist, RBC
  • Kathy Cheng, President, Redwood Classics Apparel

2:00 – 2:45 pm ET – Breakout Sessions

Learning sessions focused on current business topics like managing cashflow, tackling disruptions in supply chains and others

  • Christian Sivière, President, Solimpex
  • Laura-Lee Brenneman, Director, Growth & Transition Capital, BDC
  • Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC
  • Arlene Bakmazian, Relationship Manager, BMO Financial Group

2:45 – 3:00 pm ET – Break

3:00 – 3:55 pm ET – Session 2: The Future of Women Business Enterprises

Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

  • Catherine Grosz, Corporate Membership Manager, WBE Canada
  • Shawna Pereira, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Wonderkind Inc.
  • Celso Afonseca, Manager, Account Services & Program Operations / Supplier Diversity Business Partner, Staples Promotional Products
  • Kate Penton, Manager, Supplier Management, Rogers Communications

3:55 – 4:20 pm ET – Keynote

  • Connie Stacey, President, Growing Greener Innovations

4:20 – 4:30 pm ET – Closing Remarks

  • Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, WBE Canada

4:30 – 5:00 pm ET – Networking

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