Presidents Message

Oct 29, 2015

As we approach the last couple of months of 2015, I look back over this year and think about all we have accomplished together. And I emphasize “together” because we couldn’t have made such strides without you. So, first, let me say ‘thank you’ to our corporate members, our supplier members and our numerous partner organizations.

We have made a busy 2015 a successful one and we don’t expect it to slow down in 2016. The next year will be about moving the needle further as we collaborate, innovate and make an impact with new initiatives with our existing members and partners and reach out to new prospective ones.

At the Business Achievement Awards last month, I announced an exciting initiative with a new partner - the NBA All Star Game that is coming to Toronto in February. We anticipate continued opportunities for organizations that were involved with the Pan Am Games this past summer. And we hope new suppliers will have the chance to work with the NBA as well.

Just last week in fact, we worked in partnership with other certification agencies and held a complimentary webinar entitled: NBA All-Star 2016 Opportunities – Supplying the All-Star Games in Toronto. The webinar highlighted supplier opportunities in areas such as Creative Services, Entertainment, Event Staffing, IT, Security and Transportation.

The suppliers that will partner with the NBA All-Star Games are driving innovative solutions that will be mutually beneficial to both parties, while forging what we hope will be longer-term relationships that will bring about some interesting changes and growth in supplier diversity.

We already know that there is continued momentum in this landscape. Our 2014 CAMSC Impact Study highlighted that fact. In the upcoming year, we will be working with the Inclusive Procurement Leadership Roundtable to see how we can measure both the business and the economic impact of supplier diversity not only here but also in the U.S.  This notion of impact is much bigger than just cost savings. It will require corporations, governments and many other stakeholders to undertake a number of initiatives to drive an overall collective impact.

This will be challenging no doubt, but I am personally looking forward to it. I look forward to all of us focusing on collaboration, innovation and impact amongst our partner network. We will continue to work closely together to drive supplier diversity in Canada. We will be there to support organizations that strategize as to how they can partner with diverse suppliers to drive innovative solutions. And we will make an even bigger impact on the economy and the communities of Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses in this country.

At the same time, we will be looking at how changes on the global supplier diversity front can influence our own growth. There is much we can learn and vice versa from other countries around the world who are advancing supplier diversity. In fact, I want to give a shout-out to our counterpart in the UK. The MSDUK is celebrating their 10-year anniversary in September 2016. They work with many of the same corporate members as CAMSC and run similar programs (i.e. Marketplace). And like us, they are advancing inclusive procurement at a fast pace.

So, stay tuned for events and programs in the New Year. But, before we start 2016 with all the engines running, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday and I hope to see you at our Holiday Mingle at the end of this month.

Cassandra Dorrington
President and CEO


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