Toronto supports supplier diversity by joining with WBE Canada

The city is the first municipality in Canada to join WBE Canada and is laying the groundwork for others to follow

July 2, 2014
by PurchasingB2B Staff
Photo: Thinkstock

Photo: Thinkstock

TORONTO—The City of Toronto has become the latest corporate member supporting WBE Canada’s efforts to increase supplier diversity and facilitate access to corporate supply chains for women-owned business enterprises across Canada.

“The City of Toronto’s membership in WBE Canada demonstrates the commitment they have made to an open and fair procurement process by increasing supplier diversity,” said Mary Anderson, president of WBE Canada. “It also emphasizes the value to be found in women-owned businesses. Our role is simply to facilitate the connection between women-owned businesses and the procurement processes of the country’s leading organizations. Once this connection is made, these businesses can win contracts based on their own merit. The City of Toronto understands the concept and by joining WBE Canada, is taking a leadership role in supplier diversity in Canada.”

The City of Toronto is the first municipality in Canada to join WBE Canada and is laying the groundwork for others to follow. Michael Pacholok, director, Shared Services Project Team, City of Toronto, said the city wants to ensure their procurement processes are open to all qualified businesses and that Toronto increases the diversity of its vendor base and leverage the social benefits.

“The City of Toronto is committed to developing a social procurement framework that supports innovation and competition,” Pacholok said. “By ensuring access to procurement opportunities to all businesses through open, fair, competitive and transparent municipal procurement processes, we are ensuring the best value for the tax payer and we strengthen our supply chain through diversity.”