We are pleased to once again have BMO as our Presenting Sponsor. Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $692 billion as of July 31, 2016 andover 46,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. BMO helps their customers make money make sense by delivering the broadest range of financial services through a single point of contact. Their financial service professionals provide access to any services our customers require across the entire enterprise.
The Organization of Women In International Trade helps women entrepreneurs develop professionally and expand their business globally. Each of our organizations has become involved as alliances because each is already dedicated, individually and as a collaborative group, to the growth and success of women entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals. We have a different but related focus on how we support business women – OWIT (head quartered in Washington, DC, USA) is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. It is comprised of 30+ local chapters across Central, North and South America, Western Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well as providing Virtual Chapters for professionals involved in international trade without a local chapter where they reside or work. https://www.owit.org/
Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency, supporting and developing Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. EDC is a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government. EDC provides insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. EDC also supports Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. Much of the business is done in partnership with other financial institutions and through collaboration with the Government of Canada.
WBE Canada is a Canadian non-profit organization that is opening doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organization partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises. In addition to certification, WBE Canada delivers education, training, coaching and mentoring programs that are essential for Canadian women business enterprises to bid successfully on large contracts. This support contributes to significant growth for women’s businesses. The organization also facilitates the building of strong networks for women by connecting them both with procurement officers of top corporations and with other certified firms in order to enhance bidding capacity. http://www.wbecanada.org/
Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) goal is to champion business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginals and Minority suppliers. Associated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), CAMSC is also a member of SDAC (Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada) and GSDA (Global Supplier Diversity Alliance). https://www.camsc.ca/
The Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC) is a Canadian non-profit created to support Veterans and/or people with disabilities who own businesses. We provide certification so that these businesses can be officially recognized as Diverse Suppliers and work with corporate partners to increase the inclusivity of workplaces and procurement processes.
IWSCC believes that every Canadian has a right to meaningful work; to support themselves and their families. For Veterans and/or those with disabilities, that right is more of a privilege or not recognized at all. Across Canada, they are denied employment, paid less than their peers and are less likely to hold management positions. http://iwscc.ca/
It fosters economic growth by supporting and nurturing LGBT+ businesses, entrepreneurs, students and allies, and by helping Canada’s corporate world connect with the LGBT+ business community. A leader in supplier diversity, it is also the certifying body in Canada for LGBT+ businesses.
To help LGBT+ entrepreneurs thrive, it offers: Access – by building relationships between the LGBT+ business community and the corporate world, and by educating LGBT+ businesses about policies, regulations and opportunities. Engagement – by being an advocate for LGBT+ businesses and supplier diversity, while providing a forum for people to meet and exchange information. Visibility – through its regular workshops, webinars and events. Support – through its training, mentoring, supplier diversity and global programs. https://www.cglcc.ca/
The Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) supports and informs governments, businesses and key stakeholders on the importance of inclusive procurement policies and practices through supplier diversity, leading to value with economic growth and social impact.
The SDAC was established in 2016 for the intention of advancing supplier diversity in Canada. The SDAC is comprised of national supplier diversity organizations that specialize in certifying diverse suppliers. http://www.supplierdiversityalliance.ca
Concept strongly believes in customer service and is proud of their hard working and knowledgeable staff. We focus on the details that make the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary project experience. In fact, we are known in the building industry for fine workmanship, fair pricing and great customer service. We fulfill timeline requirements, in order to keep the project’s efficiency and budgets on track. We feel that every project is an opportunity to open doors and build long term relationships.
For decades the textile industry has been a major source of pollution. After years of research, Vision Textiles now has the technology to make substantial improvements. We recycle 100% post-consumer plastic bottles into eco-friendly fabrics. This unique process involves turning environmentally damaging waste into useable, sustainable yarns. The recycled yarns are then combined with natural fibers to be woven or knitted into eco-friendly fabrics, suitable for garments, home textiles and accessories.
GroYourBiz Ltd., headquartered in (Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada), is an initiative known as MyBusinessMyBoard™ brings a tactical and proven approach to meeting the needs of women business owners, who want to take their business to the next level. GroYourBiz provides monthly peer business “Advisory Board” meetings to women, engaging top experts, business analysts, and presenters and a ‘practical approach’ training guide. GroYourBiz was developed for women entrepreneurs that want to take their business to the next level. Each month entrepreneurs will draw upon the skills, expertise, inspiration and energy of like-minded entrepreneurs offering practical solutions to attracting tomorrow’s customers and expansion needs. https://groyourbiz.com/