Atlantic Canada & India Supplier Diversity Mission September 12 to 16, 2011
In the Photo:
Front Row, From Left: Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director, WEConnect India; Raji Rajalakshmi, President, eMERG; Joan Fleming, Executive Director, Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA); Uma Reddy, President, CLIK; Janice Goguen, Manager, International Business Development, ACOA Head Office; Kelly Carter, NSBI; Darlene Sponagle, ECBC; Emily Boucher, Canadian Women in Technology (CANwit); Paula Sheppard, Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE); Mary Anderson, Executive Director, WEConnect Canada; Kim Anderson, Accenture Procurement; Ron Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries; Kelly Day, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries.
Centre Row from Left: Ann Janega, Vice-President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Carol Chapman, C2Communications; Rachelle Richard-Cormier, Entrepreneurship and Business Skills Development, ACOA; Joann Dnistransky, Project Manager, Women in Business New Brunswick; Sonia Menendez, Executive Director, CWB; Dr. Mallika Das, Dept of Business & Tourism, MSVU.
Top Row from Left: Ann Worth, Women’s President Organization; Nora Perry, ACOA Nova Scotia; Carly Campbell, Economic Development Officer, ACOA Nova Scotia; Deborah Youden, Export Consultant, Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE); Tanya Priske, Lead Project Manager of CWB; Darlene Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, ACOA Head Office; Monique Belliveau, Officer, International Business Development, ACOA Head Office.
Representatives from WEConnect India and WEConnect Canada gathered in Atlantic Canada for a highly successful and enjoyable Supplier Diversity Inbound Mission from India.
The event was organized by the World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada (WTCAC) in congress with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University (CWB/MSVU) and WEConnect Canada.
Activities included a keynote address from Mary Anderson, Executive Director of WEConnect Canada and addresses from Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director of WEConnect India and Sonia Menendez, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Centre for Women in Business.
Panel discussions and one-on-one networking opportunities were held with Procurement Directors from companies operating in India, Canada and the United States, including Accenture Procurement, SBM Nova Scotia Contractors Inc., and Target.
WEConnect Canada works with a network of regional partners to identify, certify and train women business owners who sell B2B and have products or services that fill a niche for large corporations. Everyone benefits from corporations that support supplier diversity.
Included in this photo are representatives from the four Atlantic Canada partners: Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, the New Brunswick Centre for Women in Business and the Nova Scotia Centre for Women in Business and Kim Anderson from Accenture, one of WEConnect Canada’s founding members. Through a facilitated discussion at Mt. St. Vincent, we explored collaboration and best practices with three associations from India .
Entering global supply chains gets easier with connections in India. Building contacts to contracts.
Supplier Diversity Tips from TARGET and SBM Offshore – Halifax, September 12, 2011
Insights into ways in which large corporations do business with diverse suppliers were provided by Alice Roberts-Davis, Group Manager of Supplier Diversity for Target Corporation and Michele Beaton, Procurement Lead for the Nova Scotia operations of SBM Offshore.