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Academy of Achievement Wendy B McDonald

Wendy B McDonald*

Inducted 2001

Wendy McDonald, a native of British Columbia, was born and reared on a farm in North Vancouver and began her business career when her husband gave her power of attorney for his fledgling machine shop at the beginning of World War II. Even with two small children, Wendy McDonald managed to work and to keep the business going by meeting local suppliers and familiarizing herself with the administrative end of the company. In 1944, BC Bearing came into its own when she incorporated BC Bearing Engineers Ltd., maintaining Northern Metals and Engineering Company as a machine shop.


Under her guidance, BC Bearing has become Canada’s largest distributor of bearing and power transmission products, and now operates from 39 locations in five countries, serving clients in the Pacific Rim and Europe. In addition to managing a highly successful business enterprise, Mrs. McDonald devotes time to community service and professional organizations. The BC Bearing Group of Companies is truly a family endeavor, with four of Wendy’s ten children and one grandchild actively involved in its operation.


*Deceased Member