CAMSC Fall Newsletter 2014

Oct 30, 2014

CAMSC Newsletter - 2014 Fall Issue

President’s Message
To mark our ten year anniversary, we held two major events on the same day on September 24. During the day – A Prosperity Summit where we launched our Impact Report. In the evening, we celebrated at the CAMSC Business Achievement Awards.

CAMSC's achievements over the past ten years have been nothing less than transformational as can be seen through the growth, development and success stories of Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses. Ten years ago CAMSC began as… read the full message.

Council Highlights

Impact Report

CAMSC undertook research to develop our Impact Report, highlighting the shared business, economic and social value of supply chain diversity.  Highlights include:

  • CAMSC corporate members have spent more than $1.2 billion with CAMSC certified suppliers since 2004
  • Top 3 reasons for awarding business to CAMSC certified suppliers:   (1) cost competitiveness, (2) cost savings, as well as (3) enhanced product/service quality (based on more than 180 contracts awarded in 2013)
  • CAMSC certified suppliers are growing faster than the average Canadian SME. This means they are an increasingly significant economic contributor, given that almost 12% of SMEs across Canada are Aboriginal or visible minority owned.

Click here to read the full report

Inclusive Prosperity Summit

 Hosted by CAMSC at Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the Inclusive  Prosperity Summit 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. Learn more.

Business Achievement Awards Gala
CAMSC celebrated its 10th anniversary with nearly 400 guests, including corporate executives, Aboriginal and Minority business owners at the Liberty Grand, Toronto. The wonderful evening began with our host, Anne-Marie Mediwake, anchor for CBC Television, followed by our keynote speaker Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors. Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer brought greetings on behalf of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. 7 awards were handed out and recognition was given to our long-time supporters who have been with us for 10 years. Click here to view press release. For more inspiring moments of the evening, you can view the photos and the video clips.

Award Winner Stories: 
Supplier of the Year – New Malwa Express
New Malwa Express began with just three trucks working as owner-operators for other transportation providers. It now owns a fleet of 95+ trucks and 250 various types of trailers…

CATA Technology Innovation Award – Canadian Prairie Garden Purees
A Manitoba-based agri-business, founded by Sandy Bay First Nation member Kelly Beaulieu, its innovative steam infusion cooking technology…

Procurement Business Advocate of the Year – Edet Umoafia, ABC Group
Edet Umoafia and ABC Group are strong supporters and advocates of CAMSC. He reached out to over sixty small businesses and referred them to the CAMSC supplier diversity program…

Small Business of the Year – Manitobah Mukluks
Manitobah Mukluks, an Aboriginal–owned footwear company, whose vision is to build a vibrant global brand that makes a significant impact in Aboriginal communities...

Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity – Flex-N-Gate
Flex-N-Gate has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion of CAMSC suppliers in opportunities to support its extensive range of automotive components and assemblies...

Collaboration Award – Accenture
In addition to engaging a range of CAMSC certified suppliers in IT and Professional staffing, Accenture made a significant contribution with the launch of its Diversity Supplier Development Program...

Corporation of the Year – General Motors
GM’s commitment to diverse supplier inclusion is apparent from their direct spend of more than $210 million dollars with CAMSC certified suppliers in 2013, a 95% increase from the previous year.

CAMSC Events - Save the Date

Doing Business with United Rental -November 19th, 2014, 12pm – 1pm
Don’t miss the chance to learn about a wide range of upcoming bid opportunities with United Rentals, one of the world’s largest equipment rental providers, with hundreds of rental locations across all Canadian provinces. Join other CAMSC certified Aboriginal and minority suppliers that have already successfully secured contracts through competitive bid with United Rentals. Register Now.

CAMSC Holiday Mingle - December 3rd, 2014, Toronto, ON
As part of the continued celebration of our 10th anniversary, come join us at the CAMSC Holiday Mingle.Let's toast to the holiday season and enjoy the good times. Don't miss out on this fun and networking opportunity!Cost: Free RSVP: by November 23rd.
December 3th, 2014 5:30-7:30 p.m.3rd Floor, TELUS Tower, 25 York Street, Toronto, ON

Corporate Member Forum - December 3rd, 2014, Toronto, ON
CAMSC Corporate Members are invited to join CAMSC, in advance of the Holiday Mingle, for an overview of the CAMSC Supplier Diversity Playbook. We will also preview our upcoming web-based Supplier Diversity Playbook training series that will be launched in January 2005. Network with corporate peers to share practices and lessons learned in a members-only environment.

Diversity Procurement Fair - April 14th and 15th, 2015, Toronto, ON
Each year, the Diversity Procurement Fair aims to support supply chain diversity by connecting aboriginal and minority owned business to major corporations through the delivery of 'access to success' and best practice workshops, strategic sourcing round tables and one on one meetings between suppliers and purchasing managers. SAVE THE DATE for this great event. Click here.

Other Events

2014 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair 
November 2 -5, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA

Now in its 40th year, it is the premier forum on minority supplier development in the United States. As a Global Link Partner of the NMSDC, CAMSC is demonstrating our support and commitment to leadership in supplier diversity best practice. Stop by the CAMSC booth and meet people from all over the world. For details click here

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) 2014 Annual Winter Gala, December 5th, 2014
As one of the most popular Indo-Canadian community events in the Greater Toronto Area, it is attended by large number of guests which includes the Chamber's esteemed members, sponsors, friends of the community, professionals, entrepreneurs, senior representative of corporations, government officials, political leaders, and opinion makers. The program features theme-based entertainment, spectacular songs, dance sequences and sumptuous culinary delights. Click here: Winter Gala 2014.

CAMSC Members - Leading Practices in Supplier Diversity

HP Finds New Heights with Global Supplier Diversity -Diversity Plus Magazine (pg 76)Read the article.

Best Practices for Inclusion - Purchasing B2B Magazine (pg 11) Read the article.

CAMSC New Corporate Members:


Comment posting has been disabled.

CAMSC Newsletter

CAMSC Newsletter - Winter 2017
Feb 27, 2017
President's MessagesThere are many events this year that will provide both certified...
Holiday Newsletter-2016
Dec 7, 2016
  Holiday Mingle    CAMSC hosted a Housewarming Party in our new...
This Week in Diversity News
Aug 24, 2016
Top NewsInterview with Cassandra Dorrington, President of CAMSC Jaymie White...
CAMSC Newsletter - Winter 2016
Jan 22, 2016
President's MessageSo far, 2016 has been off to a whirlwind start as CAMSC relocated offices...
CAMSC Newsletter Fall 2015
Nov 4, 2015
President's Message As we approach the last couple of months of 2015, I look back over...
CAMSC Newsletter Summer 2015
Jul 6, 2015
President's Message Summer is here in full swing and while it seems like a good time...
CAMSC Newsletter Winter 2015
Jan 28, 2015
President's MessageHappy 2015!   While a New Year brings excitement of...
CAMSC Happy Holidays
Dec 17, 2014
HOLIDAY MINGLE CAMSC hosted a Corporate Forum and Holiday Mingle at the TELUS Tower on December...
CAMSC Fall Newsletter 2014
Oct 30, 2014
CAMSC Newsletter - 2014 Fall Issue President’s MessageTo mark our ten year...
[1] [2] > »