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Betty Wood

Betty Wood currently works as an independent contractor with people she respects and admires on projects that interest and inspire her.

Until October 2015, Betty was an executive with Women Business Enterprise Canada Council where she led the certification program, operating protocols, and market-outreach for the non-profit organization. Previously, she was one of the founding leaders of the supplier diversity organization, WEConnect Canada that launched in March 2009.  Earlier, Betty consulted for the gender program of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group (Washington, D.C.).  Much of that work entailed advisory services for the ‘first lines of credit for women entrepreneurs in Africa’ delivered in local markets by commercial banks.  Betty enjoyed an accomplished career as a commercial banker, women’s market strategist, and advocate for women entrepreneurs. In the late 1990s, as Director of the Women Entrepreneurs Market for RBC, her strategic skills led to market share growth, impressive customer satisfaction improvement, and external honours.  Ms. Wood is one of the founders of the Global Banking Alliance for Women; former member of the International Women’s Forum; Director/Chair of Athena-Oakville; and was a mentor for young women through Career-Edge.  She has been recognized as an industry leader for developing innovative marketing programs for women in business and is the recipient of awards from RBC (EVP Award for excellence in market management); OWIT (for outstanding support for women’s international business development); the Global Business Women’s Network (USA) (for outstanding leadership of women entrepreneur programs); and The International Alliance of Women – ‘Making A Difference Award’.

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