OPEN to all business owners who want to learn more about the tremendous opportunities to open doors and to access more business with “Big Brands” through supplier diversity. The focus is on learning how to cultivate, build and grow relationships and business opportunities between certified diverse suppliers, corporations, and public organizations. Learn more about those championing inclusive procurement and supplier diversity:




Moderator: Silvia Pencak, President, Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada)






  • Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
  • Dale McDermott, COO, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
  • Deidre Guy, Founder, Inclusive Workplace & Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
  • Catherine Grosz, Manager, Corporate Membership, WBE Canada, & Representing SDAC
  • Carol Attak, Senior Manager of Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, BMO Harris Bank
  • Ashifa Jumani, Director of Procurement, TELUS
  • Tara Hartley, Regional Director, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PWGSC)
  • Celso Afonseca, Manager, Account Services & Program Operations, Staples Promotional Products
  • Lisa Siragusa, President, NRG TeleResources and WBE Supplier