Stephanie Fontaine joined the WEConnect International team in September 2019, and currently serves as the Country Director for Canada. In this role, Stephanie provides leadership for the Canadian market, working alongside local and global teams as well as WBE and Corporate Member Advisory Councils to ensure that market activities and programs help women-owned businesses leverage certification and corporate supply chains as tools for growth.
Prior to joining the team, Stephanie worked as an independent consultant, specializing in supplier diversity and business development. She worked closely with corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government to develop processes to increase procurement opportunities and visibility for diverse suppliers. As a well-known leader in the supplier diversity community, Stephanie has been regularly involved in industry events as moderator and panelist.
Stephanie started her career in food service operations and went on to project management and procurement positions before leaving the corporate world. In her last role, Stephanie designed and managed the supplier diversity program for a multinational corporation. Combining this practical background with her passion to empower women entrepreneurs, Stephanie went on to assist some of North America’s largest corporations to fulfill their objective of a more diversified supply chain, and specifically to provide better access to women businesses.