Breakout Sessions – Concurrent panel sessions.

Attendees can choose from one of the following (Click link or image for more info on speakers)

Government Procurement and Public Policy.  
As Canadian government, at all levels, seeks to develop innovative policy and programming with a focus to support women entrepreneurs, this panel looks at social procurement implementation within the City of Toronto, the development and implementation of the Acquisitions Program Transformation within the Federal Government’s Procurement Branch and how the revised NAFTA Agreement will influence and impact North American supply chains and WBEs in particular.

Moderator: Mary Anderson (WBE Canada)
Panelists: Brenda Swick (Dickinson-Wright LLP); Michael Pacholok (City of Toronto);
Carolyne Blain (Public Services and Procurement Canada); Haley Clift (OMX)

Supplier Diversity: A focus on supplier development.
Supplier diversity mentorship seeks to drive development and enhance growth for strategic suppliers, matching company values with goals of supplier diversity. Learn about GM’s ongoing program to create its unique network of professionals to drive economic parity, social relevance and business value along with their TUCK program; RBC’s successful mentorship program to support the development of an inclusive supply chain that provides the opportunity for diverse suppliers to better compete for business. Plus gain insights into how specific knowledge provided at just the right time supports both diverse suppliers and those that are developing their supplier diversity program bringing exceptional value.

Moderator: Lauren Hitchman, Naylor Building Partnerships Inc.
Panelists: Reginald Humphrey (GM); Kiruba Sankar (RBC); Jamie Crump (The Richwell Group); Kathy Cheng (Redwood Classics Apparel)

Creating Supplier Diversity:  Introductions and the changing role of supplier diversity events.
Supplier diversity events are developing new ways to bring together buyers and diverse business owners to build business success and cultivate meaningful partnerships. Learn how Toyota has honed the value proposition to support introductions, develop business and measure success through their Opportunity Exchange, how Kellogg champions the success of business to business networking, hear first hand about BMO’s outreach program across Canada to bring supplier diversity to communities and what to expect at WBENC’s National Conference and Trade Show scheduled for Detroit June 2018. Plus WBE Canada regional partners share how unique programming supports supplier diversity with a focus on regional opportunities in Canada.

Moderator: Debra Quade (Kellogg)
Panelists:  Charles J. Hendrix (Toyota); Catherine Grosz (BMO); Rona Lum (Great Lakes Women Business Council); Tanya Priske (CWB)

Note: For corporations attending who are not a panel speaker,  or interested in the above a private “Corporate Only” workshop will also be occurring during this timeslot.