CAMSC Newsletter Spring 2016

May 20, 2016

Author: Daphne Shih

President's Message
Congratulations to the City of Toronto for achieving an important milestone in approving the Social Procurement Framework, as the first municipality in Canada to have a Supplier Diversity policy. We hope this will lay the foundation for other municipalities across Canada...Read more. 
Success Story 
Finding the Right Fit, Anywhere - United Rentals and Fast Labour
Hear how Fast Labour Solutions, Alberta's first Aboriginal and woman-owned recruitment agency, understood United Rentals' needs and provided a diverse workforce to staff in metropolitan and more remote regions...Full Story.
Leading Practices 
RBC Encourages Its Diverse Commercial Clients to Leverage Supplier Diversity as a Pathway for Growth
RBC continues to take a leadership role in expanding the awareness and understanding of supplier diversity across Canada, collaborating with RBC Commercial Banking to host "Enabling the Growth of Your Business" Supplier Diversity Forum. Their prime vendors and diverse banking clients also learned how to respond to an RFP - discussing both the quantitative and qualitative criteria - to increase the likelihood of winning the business. The Forum also provided information on how a diverse supplier becomes certified. Click here for video presentations.
CAMSC Members Help Those Affected By Fort McMurray Wildfires
Fort McMurray wildfires have destroyed over 1,600 homes and displaced over 88,000 evacuees. CAMSC members such as BellBMO, Sun Life, TDTELUS, United RentalsRBC and Redwood Classics  are offering support. Make your donation to the Canadian Red Cross.
CAMSC 12th Annual Business Achievement Awards - Nominations Open 
Celebrate the innovative talents and accomplishments of successful Aboriginal and Minority-owned businesses, and the corporations that are leading the way with their supplier diversity programs. Network with influential CAMSC corporate members and certified suppliers. Join us on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. 
Call for Nominations: Recognize the achievements and excellence of certified suppliers and members. Nominate your organization or one you do business with until July 15. Download Nomination Form (pdf) 
Call for Sponsors: Be a sponsor of this successful gala. Reach 400 key corporations and Aboriginal and Minority-owned suppliers.  Sponsorship available at the Diamond, Gold, Silver, Star and Innovation levels.  Contact Daphne Shih
CAMSC Featured Events

Cross Border B2B Forum, Windsor, Ontario

Join FCA, GM, Toyota and automotive Tier 1's at our upcoming CAMSC Cross Border B2B Forum. Connect one-to-one with a wide range of manufacturing, transportation and indirect certified suppliers serving the automotive sectors in both Canada and the USA. Register Now.

Connections for Success 2016, Halifax, Nova Scotia

CAMSC, Black Business Initiative (BBI), Centre for Women in Business (CWB) and Ulnooweg Development Corporation invite Aboriginal, minority and women-owned businesses to explore inclusive procurement opportunities in corporate Canada's supply chain. Register Now.

Business Growth Opportunities through Supply Diversity - Winnipeg, Manitoba

CAMSC and Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) invite you to connect with corporations and hear about their commitment to supply chain diversity, emerging project opportunities, key requirements and next steps to doing business with them through our Business Opportunity Roundtable discussions. Register Now.
Inclusive Procurement Leadership Summit, Toronto, Ontario
Engage members of the Inclusive Procurement Leadership Roundtable as they present inaugural research - a series of case studies highlighting supplier diversity leading practices and the business value and impact they deliver across Canada and North America. Save the Date.
CAMSC Members' Events
Champion Products 25th Anniversary Celebrations - June 16 Vaughan, June 23 Windsor
CAMSC's long-time certified supplier Champion Products will be celebrating their anniversary with two fun-filled events. A fundraiser will also be held to support Fort McMurray wildfire victims. Cost: Free. To learn more and RSVP, please visit
Kellogg Meet the Buyers - Windsor, Ontario,July 12
Buyers presentinclude: Logistics & Warehousing, Marketing, MROS, Capital, I.T. and General Services. Kellogg has local opportunities in Belleville and Mississauga, national contracts for Canada and some North American in scope.Attendance is limited to companies certified by CAMSC, CGLCC & WBE Canada. Cost: Free. Register Now
General Motors 7th Annual Supplier Diversity Connections Matchmaker, Warren, MI, August 10
This certified-suppliers only event will connect your business to other Minority-Owned Business Entities (MBE) and Woman-Owned Business Entities (WBE) along with GM Tier 1 Suppliers that will help you diversify your supply base. The matchmaker has generated over $25 million dollars in sourcing awards. Registration starts on June 10th.
FCA 17th Annual Diversity MatchMaker Event, Auburn Hills, Michigan, September 15
With a theme "Driving Diversity with Quality Connections", this event builds awareness of minority suppliers among the Tier 1 supply base and its own purchasing network. Registration will open on June 30, 2016.
Toyota 27th Annual Opportunity Exchange, Covington, KY, November 14-15
It brings together Toyota's Tier I suppliers and diverse business owners to network and build meaningful relationships. Hear the success stories of rewarding partnerships formed at the event. Registration will open in beginning of October.
Other Upcoming Events
-by Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)
- by Canadian Municipal Business Gateway (CMBG)
- by Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs
- by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce
-by Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
-by Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
-by Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK)
-by WBE Canada
- by Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario (SCMAO) 
by National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
What to Read
Share Your Story and Event 
We love to hear stories about your business and how CAMSC has helped. If your company is celebrating an important milestone or hosting a major event to promote supply diversity, please let us know. It could be posted in our newsletter. Contact Us
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