Hot Seat: City of Toronto & Robinson Global Management

DATE: November 9, 2020

TIME: 1:45 pm - 1:50 pm ET | 10:45 - 10:50 am PT

Join us to listen to inspiring stories showcasing the impact of supplier diversity.

Mike Pacholok

Mike Pacholok is the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Toronto with past experience as a municipal law solicitor with an emphasis on procurement law. Under his leadership City of Toronto implemented Social Procurement policy. City of Toronto is currently playing a leadership role for Canadian public institutions that are interested in channeling their procurement needs to help build more equitable communities, deploying a unique strategy that blends elements of the American and European approaches.

Supplier diversity is important to the City of Toronto. The Social Procurement Program aims to achieve inclusive economic growth by improving access to the City of Toronto’s supply chain for diverse suppliers. From 2017 to 2019, the City of Toronto awarded $3.1 million dollars in low value contracts to certified diverse suppliers as part of the Social Procurement Program. A more inclusive approach to procurement represents a deliberate City of Toronto strategy to support broader City social, economic and workforce development goals, while minimizing, through a carefully crafted policy framework, risks to the City and to the integrity of the City of Toronto’s procurement processes. The Program creates a foundation to shift the City of Toronto’s procurement culture long-term, showing how all City divisions can make a positive impact on the City’s poverty-reduction goals, which is important to the City of Toronto.

Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson is President & CEO of Robinson Global Management Inc. (RGM) based in Toronto. RGM is a boutique multidisciplinary firm specializing in procurement consulting, advisory and training services. Established in 2018, RGM supports all levels of government and private sector clients, advising on both traditional and alternative methods of procurement and strategic sourcing needs. In recognition of RGM’s business growth, innovation and economic growth, Andrea Robinson was the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award at WBE Canada’s Annual Conference, Gala and Award Ceremony, November 14, 2019.

Under Andrea’s leadership, RGM has been able to both leverage and capitalize on her firm's WBE Canada Certification, in the City of Toronto’s Diverse Supplier Social Procurement Program since registration in May 2019. This has resulted in the firm's greater access to competitive opportunities with the City and over time led to successful awarded contracts.

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