Manufacturing AUTOMATION

New award recognizes women in the power transmission/motion control industry

February 21, 2014
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Wendy B. McDonald

The PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award to honour the memory of one of the power transmission/motion control industry’s true pioneers. 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.

Wendy B. McDonald, known as “Mrs. Mac,” served for more than 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearings Engineers Limited, which was acquired by Motion Industries, Inc.


A trailblazing woman business owner, 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 Wendy B. McDonald Award will be presented annually during the PTDA Industry Summit. Nominations are now being accepted through May 31, 2014, 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 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.

Download the criteria and nomination form at

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