Press Release

The Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC)

Nov 8, 2019

Author: Daphne Shih

The Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) presented the 5th Annual Connect, Collaborate, Succeed event in Toronto

TORONTO, November 8th, 2019 – Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) presented its 5th Annual “Connect. Collaborate. Succeed” supplier diversity networking event on November 8th in Toronto. The focus was on cultivating, building and growing relationships and business opportunities between certified diverse suppliers, corporations, and public organizations.

SDAC’s founding members, Canada’s three certification councils (CAMSC, CGLCC and WBE Canada) have been joined together to host this event together for 5 years and gained tremendous success.

“We strive to improve economic opportunities for diverse certified suppliers from across the country. With this year’s theme Breaking Barriers to Scale, Brooke Gordon from BDC spoke about how to use technology as a tool to scale up.” said Cassandra Dorrington, President and CEO, CAMSC.

At this event, diverse suppliers connected with procurement representatives from leading corporations. During the 20-minutes sourcing roundtable sessions, they’ve learned about procurement processes and supplier diversity programs from company representatives and introduce their products, services and unique value proposition.

14 Corporations including BDC, Kellogg, TELUS and other corporations with City of Toronto and Government of Canada took part in sourcing roundtables to share their commitments to supply chain diversity and emerging opportunities.

SDAC co-founding organizations are committed to advancing supplier diversity in Canadian markets and continue to collaboratively work together to building successful partnerships for partner corporations and Canadian suppliers. To lean more, visit

About SDAC

The three founding organizations of the SDAC include: Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC – representing LGBT-owned businesses), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC – representing Aboriginal and visible minority-owned businesses), and Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada - representing women-owned businesses).  They are all incorporated not-for profit Canadian organizations with a national scope.  It is anticipated that other categories of diverse suppliers may be represented in the future. SDAC encourages participation from organizations focused on driving economic opportunities for diverse-owned businesses through supplier diversity activities. Visit

For more information:

CAMSC: Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO, T: 416-941-0004 x224,
CGLCC: Darrell Schuurman, Co-Founder, T: 416-761-5151 x22,
WBE Canada: Silvia Pencak, President, T: 416-646-6233, E:

Suppler Diversity Alliance Canada:













From Left: Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC; Silvia Pencak, WBE Canada; Brooke Gordon, BDC; Debra Quade, Kellogg; Darrell Schuurman, CGLCC



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