CAMSC Introduces New Export Platform

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CAMSC Export Business Portal helps businesses maximize international market potential.

On October 29th, 2018, in partnership with Magnet, CAMSC launched an online Export Business Portal to match its Certified Suppliers to the export opportunities around the world.

“This September at the 2018 CAMSC Business Achievement Awards Gala, CAMSC recognized its growing number of Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses that exceeded expectations. These businesses are role models and continue to drive the benchmarks even higher,” says Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO, CAMSC.

“Today, during the Small Business month,” continued Dorrington, “it couldn’t be more timely to introduce the Export Portal that will contribute to the business growth of our Certified Suppliers. Based on your industry sector, the platform will identify relevant funding events, trade missions and resources that will help your certified businesses export products and services globally. It is another key resource in your toolkit of success.”

The Portal was developed by Magnet, a non-profit, digital business-growth platform co-created by Ryerson University in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Through the intelligent matching technology, Magnet Portal is designed to match relevant and timely export events and opportunities to Canadian businesses of all sizes, based on their export-readiness, sector, location and goals.

The CAMSC Export Business Portal is a free service for CAMSC Certified Suppliers and businesses that are in the process of certification. Once it identifies actionable export-related events, programs and resources, it sends you a notification of the business opportunity which is relevant for your business. There are numerous exporting opportunities beyond the Canadian market and their benefits and countless. Learn more about CAMSC Export Business Portal and the ways it can help your business here.


CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 to advance the economic strength of Aboriginal and visible minority communities through business development and employment. CAMSC’s mission is to facilitate business relationships with Canadian corporations and supplier organizations owned by Aboriginals and minorities. Since its inception in 2004, corporate members have spent more than $4 billion with CAMSC certified Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses.


For more information:

Angelina Murashka

Program Assistant, Marketing & Business Development

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council

T: 416-941-0004 x229 E: [email protected]


CAMSC Drives Momentum and Highlights Economic Leadership at 14th Annual Business Achievement Awards Gala

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The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council Recognizes Partners and Sustains Greater Representation for Aboriginal and Diverse Communities.

On September 27th, 2018, at its 14th annual Business Achievement Awards Gala, the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) recognized North American corporate leaders in supplier diversity and awarded the growing number of successful Canadian Aboriginal and minority business owners who work with them. The event celebrated this year’s triumphs in advancing and advocating for greater diversity and representation in corporate supply chains.

This year’s winners represent first, second and third generation entrepreneurship in diverse owned businesses and corporate leaders across sectors and industries committed to supplier diversity. From leading multinational corporations to local start-up businesses, the evening’s celebration of minority business success had a clear message: diversity is our future.

The Gala event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies Brandon Gomez from CTV’s Your Morning and was highlighted by a keynote speech from Mr. Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods. Mr. Fakih’s success journey as a minority-owned business leader who built a successful global chain of restaurants to become a multimillion-dollar success exemplified attainable possibilities when passion, commitment and opportunity work together. Mr. Fakih emphasized: “Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice.”

MP Jean Yip, from the riding of Scarborough—Agincourt brought greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who commended CAMSC’s ongoing dedication to building strong and inclusive business communities.

CAMSC President and CEO, Cassandra Dorrington reminded all: “We are honoured to recognize these leaders who represent the core foundation of greater representation that is behind CAMSC’s mission. This year’s winners are an impressive group of first, second and third generation Canadians who exemplify the abilities found in so many diverse and minority-owned businesses in the country.”

“We’re living in a rapidly-changing economic landscape where policy changes both in Canada and beyond its borders are having immediate effects on the business community,” continued Dorrington. “Tonight’s awards highlight the resiliency of minority business leaders who are able to rise to any challenges that come their way and to exceed expectations regarding their collective successes.”

2018 Winners and Highlights:

Supplier of the Year was awarded to emergiTEL Inc., a prolific Staffing Agency with a specialization in the placement of Technology and Business Professionals. The company promotes inclusion and diversity within the staffing industry, in the hopes of giving newcomers to Canada a fighting chance to find great employment.

Procurement Business Advocate of Year was awarded to Reggie Humphrey, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, GM. Humphrey has been Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity at General Motors (GM) since 2012 and has been with the company for over two decades. Reggie is a key player in ensuring supplier diversity is front and centre at GM.

Small Business of the Year was awarded to AceTronic Industrial Controls Inc. Since 1983, AceTronic has manufactured, distributed and serviced products that plastic manufacturers in Canada, U.S. and Mexico use to create their own products. With $1.5 million in sales over the past year, the company is poised for increased growth in the coming years.

The Technology Innovation Award was awarded LA Metal Stamping. Founded in 1976, LA Metal Stamping Co. is a business that designs, patents and manufactures metal stamped parts. The company has continued to grow with Fortune 500 companies such as GE (General Electric) and auto industry leaders like GM, Toyota and Chrysler (FCA).

The Collaboration Award was awarded to City of Toronto. In 2017, the City of Toronto implemented the Social Procurement Program, which uses the organization’s procurement to create positive social and economic outcomes. On average, the City of Toronto spends approximately $1.8 billion in procurement contracts annually. Social procurement is about leveraging a proportion of the City’s procurement spend to create economic opportunities for people from equity-seeking groups.

The Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity Award was awarded to Dana Incorporated. Dana Incorporated provides engineered solutions for improving the efficiency and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Since 2010, Dana Incorporated has been actively supporting diverse suppliers and in the last four years, the development of diverse suppliers has expanded by 76% (57% increase in spend).

Corporation of the Year Award was presented to Toyota. At TOYOTA, their long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion is driven by their founding principles of Respect for People and Continuous Improvement. Their process of diversity and inclusion is ingrained throughout TOYOTA’s business functions and is illustrated every day by their team members, supplier partners and community advocates.

For more information about CAMSC and the awards gala, visit

NMSDC Names New President: Adrienne Trimble from Toyota

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The National Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to announce the selection of Adrienne Trimble, General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota Motor North America, as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2018.

NMSDC’s Board Chairman, Joseph Hinrichs, stated, “On behalf of the NMSDC Board of Directors, we are pleased to have a leader of Adrienne’s caliber join our team. This is an exciting chapter for NMSDC and I have no doubt that Adrienne’s skills and experience will help shape the future of our organization.”

In her statement, Ms. Trimble said, “I am honored to be taking on this leadership role with NMSDC and look forward to ensuring our organization and our stakeholders remain positioned for sustainable growth and success.”

Adrienne Trimble’s appointment marks a unique, significant milestone in NMSDC’s long and close relationship with Toyota. Ms. Trimble led the company’s Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 to 2012, where she directed the development of essential supplier relationships with Toyota’s North American operations and diverse businesses across the country.

Toyota received numerous accolades under Ms. Trimble’s direction, including Corporation of the Year by the NMSDC and a number of local affiliate regional councils. Ms. Trimble joined Toyota in 2000 to establish the company’s recruitment strategy and organization design, succession planning and labor cost management efforts. Her previous experience included Human Resource leadership roles in financial services, media and healthcare industries.

“All of us at Toyota are especially appreciative that NMSDC has tapped one of our outstanding executives, Adrienne Trimble, to be its president,” said Al Smith, Group Vice President of Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. “This is a singular opportunity for her and for us, and as such demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to NMSDC and minority supplier development.”

Mr. Hinrichs, in his statement, thanked Ms. Trimble’s predecessor, NMSDC Interim President Louis Green, noting, “We also thank Louis Green for his service and for helping us stay on track during this important transition.”


Building Momentum focus of CAMSC Networking Event – 14th annual Diversity Procurement Fair

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2Over $3 billion spent on Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses since 2004

On April 10-11, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) welcomed 400 attendees at the 14th Diversity Procurement Fair.  Representatives from major North American corporations and Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers spent the two days networking and hearing from leaders in supplier diversity.

“This is the only event of its kind to bring corporations and Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses together to offer opportunities for one-on-one meetings to build business partnerships,” said Cassandra Dorrington, President CAMSC.  “There are also a number of workshops, panel discussions and various networking sessions.”

The Fair kicked off with a networking reception, sponsored by BMO.  It featured an African youth dance troupe and welcome remarks by Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The highlights of the Fair included SD Talks featuring representatives from Walker Law, Topnotch (recruitment agency) and LA Metal Stamping. The speakers shared the challenges they faced and the lessons learned on the road to success in supplier diversity.

Under the Fair theme “Building Momentum”, Louis Green, Interim President, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), U.S. delivered the luncheon keynote address about key NMSDC successes in advancing supplier diversity throughout its nearly 50-year history and highlighted examples with key corporate players.


All levels of Canadian governments participated in this year’s Diversity Fair. The panel “Navigating the Government Procurement Process” provided valuable information for suppliers who were willing to learn all the ins and outs of doing business with governments. Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, recognized CAMSC’s effort of advancing economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginals and Minority suppliers.


The Fair concluded with the popular Meeting Marketplace, which provided corporate members with the opportunity to meet and recruit prospective Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers. EY, FCA, GM, PepsiCo, TELUS, Toyota, and RBC were among those potential buyers that suppliers had the opportunity to meet. More than half a billion dollars’ worth of business is contracted annually by CAMSC’s members and the Fair is a major forum to start business partnerships.


Came all the way from Uganda, Suubi Music and Dance Troupe kicked off the reception at the Diversity Procurement Fair 2018


From left to right: Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC, Dunstan Peter, Trinity Tech, Tracy MacCharles, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services, Tanya Walker, Walker Law, Terry Sawh, Topnotch Employment Services, Mo-D, LA Metal Stamping, Agata Gorzelak, BMO, Catherine Grosz, BMO, Elsie Blauwhoff, BMO.


Louis Green, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), highlighted the importance of supplier diversity during the Keynote Luncheon.


Representatives of small businesses had a chance to network and build relationships with the corporate procurement professionals during the Meeting Marketplace appointments.



CAMSC (Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 to advance the economic strength of Aboriginal and visible minority communities through business development and employment. CAMSC’s mission is to facilitate business relationships with Canadian corporations and supplier organizations owned by Aboriginals and minorities. Since its inception in 2004, corporate members have spent more than $3-billion with CAMSC certified Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses. Visit



Global Supplier Spotlight- Summer 2018

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Network: MSDUK (United Kingdom)

Name of the Company:

Sector: Hospitality

Year Established: 2008

2017 Revenue/ Turnover in USD: GBP 8 figures,  working towards $100 million revenue.

No of Employees: 90+

Global Footprint/ Presence: Serviced apartments in over 100 gateway cities and six continents. is  a tech enabled global accommodation marketplace that provides four star corporate and serviced apartments in key cities across the world. manages its own premium residences, with end to end service delivered by world class hospitality experts.

Globally, curates premium and conveniently located residences near transit hubs whilst  providing hotel style services that are managed by world class hosts. is committed to providing a personal service to ensure globally mobile guests feel comfortable in locations across the globe.

Twitter: @thesqua_re



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Network: Supply Nation

Name of organisation: Pacific Service Group Holding  

Sector: Construction and facilities management

Year established: 2011

2017 revenue in USD: $50 million per year

No of employees: 160 employees nationally

Global footprint/presence: PSG Holdings has a national presence in Australia

Pacific Services Group Holding (PSGH) was founded in 2011 by Troy Rugless and Shane Jacobs, descendants of the Wiradjuri people, who were the first custodians of central western New South Wales.

PSGH are an established construction company specialising in commercial, industrial, government, defence and education projects. PSGH have a strong reputation for delivering high quality projects on time with outstanding customer service from the initial client contact to completion.

With a turnover of $50 million per year, PSGH has demonstrated its ability to successfully deliver large scale commercial projects. We pride ourselves on gaining repeat business through customer satisfaction.