Over $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 www.camsc.ca.