Mary Anderson is President of WBE Canada, which opens doors to opportunities and supply chains for women owned enterprises in Canada. WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and then facilitates opportunities for these businesses to meet buyers and get access to bids for corporate contracts as part of supplier diversity programs. As part of its mandate, the organization also provides training and education at an annual conference and through workshops and webinars. It provides mentoring, both through its own program that pairs WBEs with each other and through corporate mentoring programs. It organizes networking events with like-minded businesswomen and corporate members. Last but not least, it provides its corporate members with forums, tools and techniques to broaden and strengthen their supplier diversity initiatives.
Mary has 30 years of experience in the international trade arena. During her career, she has worked in corporations, non-profit organizations, academia, and has also been an entrepreneur. She was the first woman president to be appointed in the 75-year history of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (I.E. Canada), a position she held from 2005 to 2009. She was also President of the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce and served as the chair of the board of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) from 2008 – 2010 where she encouraged young women to enter the field of international business. In 2003 and 2004, she was Co-President of the Toronto Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Toronto). She is the past CEO of Trade Partners, a women-owned trade consulting firm.
Mary serves on many boards and advisory committees, including: the Supplier Diversity Advisory Council to the organizing committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the Supplier Advisory Committee with Public Works and Government Services Canada. She was recognized as one of the top 18 Influential Women in Diversity and HR in 2013. Mary has participated in Export Development Canada (EDC) President’s Stakeholder Panel and on advisory committees with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including the SME Advisory Board.
Mary has an MBA from the University of Ottawa.