An MBA graduate of Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Montréal and a graduate of McGill University,B. Commerce, Wanda Bedard is founder and owner since 1991 of a manufacturing business in the custom sheet metal sector.
Following a number of years as a volunteer with UNICEF Canada, Wanda Bedard established 60 million girls, a public foundation, in 2006. The organization is completely volunteer run and raises funds for education projects for girls in the developing world. 60 million girls has since invested $2.4 million supporting 20 projects in 14 countries, with administrative costs of less than 1%, directly benefitting over 20,000 children.
Wanda is a member of the International Advisory Board of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). Wanda is also a member of the Advisory Board of Institut Mallet which supports the study and promotion of philanthropy in Québec and Canada. She has been a member of the jury for the Montreal YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award since 2009.
Wanda Bedard received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in February 2012 at the inaugural ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Laurie Normand-Starr Humanitarian Award received May 9th, 2011 on the occasion of the Table of Hope annual Gala.
Wanda was awarded the $20,000 ‘’International Service Award’’ from the Velan Foundation and the Rotary Club in December, 2009.
She was the recipient of the World of Difference 100 Award in 2009 given by The International Alliance for Women.
She was the winner of the Women of Distinction Award by the Montreal Women’s Y in 2008.
She was named Personality of the Week by Montreal newspaper LaPresse/Radio-Canada, in October 2006.
What is TEDxMontrealWomen?
The TEDxMontrealWomen event challenges each and everyone of us, as members of society, to question and define our values and beliefs in an effort to create an awareness and understanding of why we behave as we do, what motivates our behaviors and what drives our decisions to conduct our lives as we do. With this increased consciousness, we discover that we are more empowered than we previously thought to make positive, disruptive and impactful changes in whichever spheres of influence we choose. TEDxMontrealWomen is an independently organized event and an integral part of the global TEDWomen community.