WBE Canada, in celebration of International Women’s Day, presents “Prepare To Profit”, a one day summit and procurement fair March 10th at the Allstream Centre in Toronto. We want to prepare you to profit, our organization is all about an entry point to open a door. Let us help you be successful this year, making sure you have the tools, techniques and connections you need to profit from supplier diversity and procurement.

This exciting one day event that is all about doing business, brings over 150+ procurement professionals from leading corporations, supplier diversity internal champions, diverse suppliers, our partner organizations, government and other agencies together.

Attend this signature event to gain advantages of how to prepare and profit from procurement. Best practices for supplier diversity, celebration of business success with supplier diversity and award/recognition and focussed sessions to meet key supplier diversity and procurement buyers for corporations and public procurement. Bring lots of cards for this packed day of doing business and networking.

The list of corporations confirmed includes: Accolade Promotion Group (APG), Alcatel LucentAllegis GroupARAMARK Canada Limited, BMO, CIBCCity of TorontoCTDIThe Data GroupGMKellogg CompanyIBMTDTELUSToyotaWalmart CanadaRBC

WHEN:     March 10, 2015,  8am – 6:30pm

WHERE:    Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

(a list of near by Hotels is located on this page above venue map)




* Upon registration, paid attendees will receive a special email offering them the opportunity to book a 10 minute time slot with a professional photographer for head shots (based on availability). There are only 27 spots available – first come, first served. A “Special Offer” link will be sent by email following registration. These spots have a retail value of $200 each. There is no replacement cash value or substitution for missed time-slots. This special promotion is brought to you by WBE Canada. If you have already registered and paid for the conference, you will also receive the special offer email.


8:00 AM 9:00 AM Breakfast with Kellogg’s (registration / networking/ exhibits / photo booth / silent auction opens).
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Opening and Session : Welcome and IntroductionsGeneral Session 1:  Technology for the Future
Plus Technology Demo – our new big technology
9:30 AM 10:00 AM General Session 2: Changing Connections – Dr Ginger Grant
10:15 AM 11:30 AM Pick 1 of 4 sessions in 2 tracks designed to meet your needs depending where you are in your supplier diversity journey:

WBE Professionalism and Business Development

Session 1 – Tips and Tools to Get Started: Supplier customer performance. Just certified?  Plan your journey to supplier diversity success. 


  • How to enhance your WBE Canada/ electronic profile
  • Tips to become visible in the supplier diversity community
  • When to bid and when to pass on RFIs and RFPs
  • Understand corporate vendor ranking

Session 2 – Leverage dollars to grow Ready to speed up your business growth? Gain valuable insights.


  • Learn to use your financial information to discover ways to increase both productivity and profitability
  • Insights to gaingovernment funding to increase growth
  • Is mentorship or a business board the way to improve business performance
  • International business – using the Canadian dollar to your advantage

Corporate Insights to Improve Your Performance As a Valued Supplier 

Session 1 – Jump start your success. As you begin your supplier diversity journey to corporate procurement, how do you become that valued supplier that corporations remember? 


  • Learn what corporations expect in your pitch
  • Be ready for that first meeting
  • Gain staying power as a valued supplier
  • Insider tips to differentiate you and your business

Session 2 – Taking Supplier Diversity to the Next Level Supplier diversity relationships offer unique opportunities at each level of the value chain


  • Learn what it takes to sell directly to larger corporations
  • Gain an understanding of the responsibilities and opportunities of being a Tier 1 supplier
  • How to enter the supply chain. Stories of being a Tier 3 or 4 supplier and new best practices
  • Understand how to move up the value chain
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Networking – Booths
12:00 PM 2:00 PM Awards Luncheon: Winning BIG, sponsored by BMO

Champions of Change Recognition, plus Celebration and Supplier Diversity Award Winners for categories:Corporate Member of the Year; Corporate Leader of the Year; WBE Ambassador; President’s Awards;
and the WBE Doing Business Awards
2:00 PM 4:00 PM Meet the Procurement Decision Makers

25 TABLES – Procurement Experts – Networking with 5 table changes to meet the champions
4:00 PM 4:05 PM Announcements/silent auction winners announced
4:00 PM 6:30 PM AFTERGLOW – the Networking Reception