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Inclusive Prosperity Summit

On September 24, CAMSC hosted the Inclusive Prosperity Summit at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. It brought together major North American Corporations, Canadian economic development policy-makers, government procurement leaders and Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses.

This conference successfully connected policy makers with corporate leaders and diverse suppliers to lay the foundation for incorporating supplier diversity in government procurement programs.

In the past we celebrated the success of some provincial initiatives, such as the Province of Ontario for their pilot program on Aboriginal Procurement and Toronto 2015, for their focus on the inclusion of Supplier Diversity.

Most recently, our discussions have expanded to include the Cities of Toronto, Markham and Edmonton, and specifically we have discussed how to incorporate supplier diversity within their procurement frameworks.

As a follow up to our conference and our discussions, our goal is to establish a working group(s) to advance supplier diversity in select priority areas.

The Impact Report was launched at the Summit. Click here to see the report.

CAMSC is committed to enabling inclusive purchasing policies that build a strong, sustainable and inclusive economy that enhances prosperity for all Canadians.

The inclusive Prosperity conference will bring together Canadian economic development policy makers, government procurement leaders, as well as corporate supply chain diversity leaders to discuss the shared value of supply chain inclusion.
Leading corporations will showcase business impact and best practices in implementing supplier diversity, and seek to collaborate with government policy makers to identify opportunities and challenges for greater utilization of inclusive procurement practices.


8:00 – 9:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast


9:00 - 9:10

Welcome Remarks


9:10 - 9:45

Opening Keynote – Shared Value of Supplier Diversity
Chile Hidalgo, Associate Director, Shared Value InitiativeBallroom



US Frameworks for Supplier Diversity
Dr. Fred McKinney, President & CEO, Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council



Canadian Frameworks for Supplier Diversity
Michael Pacholok, Chief Purchasing Officer, Director, City of Toronto
Carolann Harding, Manager, Trade Development, Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador



Health Break



Leading Practices in Supplier Diversity
Albert Louis, Global Director, Supplier Diversity, Johnson Controls

Reginald Humphrey, Supplier Diversity Manager, GM Indy Sian, Director, Business Enablement, TELUS


12:15 -1:30



Opening Remarks – Marcel Kampen, RBC
CAMSC Impact Report– Kim Anderson, Sourcing Lead, Accenture
Cassandra Dorrington, President CAMSC



Concurrent Workshops
Enabling Inclusive Procurement
Katherine Pollock, Partner, Fasken Martineau
Michael Pacholok, Chief Purchasing Officer, Director, City of Toronto
Charles Varvarikos, Head, Facilities Sourcing, RBC

Speakers will review the legal environment for supplier diversity in Canada, City of Toronto vendor inclusion survey, as well as discuss development of program and sourcing manager performance metrics that enable diverse supplier inclusion.







1:30 – 2:45

Effective Approaches to Prime (Tier 1) Vendor Engagement

Marcia Seymour, Senior Manager, Procurement Corporate Responsibility, TD Bank
Catherine Grosz, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BMO
Rolanda Heard, Program Manager, Supplier Diversity, Chrysler Group

Learn how to leverage sustainable procurement questionnaires to engage prime vendors, as well as both customized and standardized approaches to goal setting with prime (Tier 1) vendors.

Salon A




2:45 – 3:00

Health Break


3:00 – 4:00

Implementing Inclusive Procurement – Roundtable Discussions
Facilitator: Debra Quade, Manager, Supplier Diversity, Kellogg Company

Breakout discussions to identify key questions and challenges to implementing inclusive procurement, as well as sharing of practices for public/private sector collaboration




A Guest room block has been reserved at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 1 (800) 441-1414
Summit rate: $239.00 plus taxes, (before August 25, 2014).
Group code: Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) group



Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street
Toronto, M5J 1E3


Starts: 2014-09-24 09:00:00
Ends: 2014-09-24 16:00:00