Track 1 – Suppliers Panel:
Tools for Growth: Leveraging the Larger Supplier Diversity Community
This panel will offer suppliers new perspectives and best practices aimed at business growth and building capacity.
Building on certification and going beyond corporate supply chain opportunities, participants will be offered a glimpse into the valuable network that the supplier diversity community offers as well as insights into the changing dynamics of North American economies and staying ahead of the impacts.
Participants will leave this session with practical items to incorporate into their growth strategies.
Account Manager, SME Solutions, EDC
Innovative Solutions Canada
President & Co-Founder, Versatil BPI (Certified WBE)
Leveraging New Technologies for Growth
VP – Commercial Financial Services, RBC
Business Solutions for Banking
Trade Commissioner, Business Women in International Trade (BWIT)
Exporting as a Key Strategy for Growth
Track 2 – Corporate Panel:
Making Supplier Diversity Work in Corporations
This panel is geared to supplier diversity professionals at all stages of the supplier diversity journey. From implementing a Diversity program to ensuring it works at all levels of the organization, aligning diversity programs to fiscal and strategic objectives and measuring and reporting the impact – these are the discussions that will take place.
You will learn from experts who have practical experience managing programs, understand how to help diverse suppliers thrive and succeed and from those whose forward thinking and leveraging of technology speak to the future of supplier diversity in Corporate Canada. The result – actionable items you can apply within your own organization.
Sun Life Financial
Manager, Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, TD Bank Group: Reinvigorating Your Supplier Diversity Program
Director, Procurement, Strategy, and Integration, BMO: How to Talk ‘Supplier Diversity’ with Your C-Suite
Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Accenture Case Study: Supplier Development at Accenture
Track 3 – Government/Non-Profit Panel:
Advancing Supplier Diversity in Canada: Government Leadership
This panel of experts and thought leaders will offer different perspectives on the role governments and non-profits must take to lead the way in opening doors and building capacity for traditionally under-represented businesses.
Panelists will share latest developments and future plans and participants will learn best practices that they can then incorporate into their organizations and roles to better support certified businesses.
Supplier Diversity Manager, Kellogg’s
Chief Purchasing Official & Director, Purchasing and Materials Management Division, City of Toronto: City of Toronto’s Social Procurement Program
Vice President, Financing and Consulting, BDC: Modernizing Procurement and Implementing Supplier Diversity at BDC
Full/Deloitte Professor, University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management