MRO Magazine

Nominations sought for award recognizing a trailblazing woman in the power transmission/motion control industry


February 22, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Chicago, IL – To honour the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, one of the power transmission/motion control industry’s true pioneers, the Power Transmission Distributors Association’s PTDA Foundation last year established the Wendy B. McDonald Award. The award acknowledges 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.

A trailblazing woman 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.

The inaugural recipient of the Wendy B. McDonald Award in 2014 was Pat Wheeler of Motion Industries (Canada).

When merited, the Wendy B. McDonald Award will be presented annually during the PTDA Industry Summit. Nominations are now being accepted through May 31, 2015, and will be judged by the following criteria:


– Nominees must be female and employed by a PTDA member company within the calendar year for which the nomination is being made. There are no criteria with respect to title, position in 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.

The criteria and nomination form can be downloaded at

For more information on the Foundation, visit