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BSA honors Wendy MacDonald with Lifetime Achievement Award

Indian Wells, Calif. -- The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has honored Wendy MacDonald, chairman of BC Beari...


May 4, 2001
By MRO Magazine

Indian Wells, Calif. — The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has honored Wendy MacDonald, chairman of BC Bearing Engineers Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in a presentation at the association’s 35th annual convention. The award recognizes BSA members or manufacturers for their contribution to the association and the bearing industry.

In making the presentation, BSA 2000-2001 president Terry Tillsley of Transmission Supplies (SA) Ltd., Lethbridge, Alta., recalled MacDonald’s start in the business when she temporarily assumed the reins of her husband’s company while he saw active military duty in World War II. She took over the business permanently in 1950 after his untimely death.

“From her earliest experience during WWII when she set out to meet all her suppliers, Wendy has developed a corporate culture focussed on people — her customers, her suppliers and her employees. It has translated into a company-wide willingness to meet the needs of customers as well as an invaluable sense of loyalty, not only between the shop floor and the executive office, but also between B.C. Bearing Engineers and its customers,” Tillsley said when making the presentation in Indian Wells, Calif., at the conference — which took place April 29-May 2, 2001.

“Wendy’s unique business qualifications and experience have always been in great demand by her industry peers, and she has willingly accepted numerous positions serving many business and industry associations. In 1984 she was the first woman elected president of BSA.”


As chairman of B.C. Bearing Engineers, she has taken the company from its early years as a Vancouver upstart to a $140-million a year multinational company with branch offices and subsidiaries as far flung as Chile, Mexico, Singapore and the U.S. She is joined in the business by son Robby MacPherson, president and CEO, also a BSA past president; daughter Penny Omnes, vice-president marketing and human resources; son Scott MacPherson, president of US Bearings and Drives and incoming BSA president; and another son, Bill Dix, vice-president/international, BCB Group.

BC Bearing Engineers was previously named a Power Transmission Distributor of the Year by Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.