Alliances & Affiliates

Alliances & Affiliates

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.


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.

Inclusive Workplace & Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)

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.

Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)

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.

Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) Square

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.

Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

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).

“The Professional Women’s Network (PWN) is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, currently with chapters in Vancouver and Calgary and growing globally, focused on assisting business women to:

  • Connect easily with one another and with key male business contacts

  • Refer business to one another where appropriate

  • Develop and leverage strong business relationships with other women and with men

  • Increase profile and profitability; and

  • Contribute to the success of other business women”

“Enterprising Women with headquarters in Cary, North Carolina, USA is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the online edition of the magazine reaches one million readers in 185 countries.”

“Many networking events are impersonal and intensely sales driven. You may leave with a lot of business cards – but no real connections. CAWEE is different. We are dedicated to helping you build valuable, lasting relationships that will strengthen your business now and in the long-term. As a diverse, welcoming collective of successful professional women, CAWEE enables you to build your resource base, improve your networking skills, and make valuable connections that last.”

The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) is a nationally incorporated, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to advocacy, advancement, and connection for and on behalf of its members. CanWCC’s membership consists of women-identified entrepreneurs and businesses that are at least 50% woman(en)-owned and led.