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PTDA Foundation establishes award to recognize trailblazing women

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Chicago, IL − To honour the memory of Wendy Burdon McDonald, CM OBC LL.D. (Hon.) D.Tech. (Hon.), one of the power transmission/motion control industry's true pioneers, the PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award. The award will acknowledge a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company's success and has affected positive change within the power transmission/motion control industry.

Wendy B. McDonald, known to many in industry simply as ‘Mrs. Mac’, served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. of Burnaby, BC. (The company was acquired by Motion Industries Inc. in 2010.)

A trailblazing business owner, Mrs. McDonald left many legacies through her long career in the industry. Her charm and grace are legendary, as well as her philanthropy and commitment to give back to the industry and the communities that led to her success.

Mrs. McDonald was born on June 13, 1922, and she passed away at the age of 90 on December 30, 2012.

When merited, the Wendy B. McDonald Award will be presented annually during the PTDA Industry Summit. Nominations are now being accepted through May 31, 2014, for the 2014 summit October 23-25 in Orlando, FL, and will be judged by the following criteria:

Nominees must be female and employed by a PTDA member company in any capacity. There are no criteria with respect to title, position in the company or years of experience. Nominees must exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships.

Although all nominees are considered, those employed by Canadian companies or distributors receive extra consideration.

Details of the criteria and a nomination form can be downloaded at http://www.ptda.org/WBMcDonaldAward.

The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded solely by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation; contributions are tax deductible to the full amount allowed by law. For more information, visit http://www.ptda.org/foundation.


Wendy B. McDonald in 2008. Photo by Bill Roebuck.
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Caption: Wendy B. McDonald in 2008. Photo by Bill Roebuck.

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