Speaker Panels2018-09-25T06:00:17-04:00

Speaker Panels

Track 1 – Suppliers Panel:

Tools for Growth: Leveraging the Larger Supplier Diversity Community

This panel will offer suppliers new perspectives and best practices aimed at business growth and building capacity.

Building on certification and going beyond corporate supply chain opportunities, participants will be offered a glimpse into the valuable network that the supplier diversity community offers as well as insights into the changing dynamics of North American economies and staying ahead of the impacts.

Participants will leave this session with practical items to incorporate into their growth strategies.


Amesika Baëta

Account Manager, SME Solutions, EDC

Panelist 1: 

Marie-Eve Lefebvre

Program Advisor
Innovative Solutions Canada

Panelist 2:

Sylvie Ouellette

President & Co-Founder, Versatil BPI (Certified WBE)
Leveraging New Technologies for Growth

Panelist 3:

Ivona Chyzewski

VP – Commercial Financial Services, RBC
Business Solutions for Banking

Panelist 4: 

Lynne Thomson

Trade Commissioner, Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)
Exporting as a Key Strategy for Growth

Track 2 – Corporate Panel:

Making Supplier Diversity Work in Corporations

This panel is geared to supplier diversity professionals at all stages of the supplier diversity journey. From implementing a Diversity program to ensuring it works at all levels of the organization, aligning diversity programs to fiscal and strategic objectives and measuring and reporting the impact – these are the discussions that will take place.

You will learn from experts who have practical experience managing programs, understand how to help diverse suppliers thrive and succeed and from those whose forward thinking and leveraging of technology speak to the future of supplier diversity in Corporate Canada. The result – actionable items you can apply within your own organization.


Andrew Leich

Sun Life Financial

Panelist 1:

Michelle Albanese

Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, TD Bank Group: Reinvigorating Your Supplier Diversity Program

Panelist 2:

Matt Williams

Director, Procurement, Strategy, and Integration, BMO: How to Talk ‘Supplier Diversity’ with Your C-Suite

Panelist 3:

Dora Silva-Bolanos

Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Accenture Case Study: Supplier Development at Accenture

Track 3 – Government/Non-Profit Panel:

Advancing Supplier Diversity in Canada: Government Leadership

This panel of experts and thought leaders will offer different perspectives on the role governments and non-profits must take to lead the way in opening doors and building capacity for traditionally under-represented businesses.

Panelists will share latest developments and future plans and participants will learn best practices that they can then incorporate into their organizations and roles to better support certified businesses.


Debra Quade

Supplier Diversity Manager, Kellogg’s

Panelist 1:

Michael Pacholok

Chief Purchasing Official & Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, City of Toronto: City of Toronto’s Social Procurement Program

Panelist 2:

Sharon Connolly

Vice President, Financing and Consulting, BDC: Modernizing Procurement and Implementing Supplier Diversity at BDC

Panelist 3:

Barbara Orser

Full/Deloitte Professor, University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management