DATE: November 10, 2021
TIME: 12:00 - 12:35 pm ET | 9:00 - 9:35 am PT
Moving Forward Together
With Lisa Siragusa, President, NRG TeleResources - Moderator
Maude Pariseau, Director, Procurement, BDC
Michelle Mascoll, Executive Director for Strategic Planning, Management and Implementation, PSPC, Government of Canada
Mike Pacholok, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Toronto
This panel will feature leaders from key government organizations with a mandate for supplier diversity and supporting Canadian diverse businesses. Join us to learn how they are integrating Supplier Diversity into their procurement processes, and how they are moving the needle forward within their organizations. This session will inspire buying organizations to move beyond recognizing the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and adopting DEI principles in supply chains as the key to Canada’s economic recovery and growth.
Suppliers will be able to peek behind the curtain and get the latest updates on the opportunities that are being created for them in government supply chains.
Lisa Siragusa is a telecommunication equipment and training specialist who believes that there is “no better connection than the human connection!”. She is the President of NRG TeleResources and over the past 15 years, has grown NRG from a local prairie-based headset company to a national telecom training and accessory partner with strategic partnerships with 3 of Canada’s largest Telcos and numerous other SMB telecom providers.
Lisa is a strong advocate for women in business and supports this passion by being a member of numerous women networks and committees such as the WBE Supplier Advisory Committee and more.
Maude has been Director, Procurement at BDC since 2016, where she is responsible for the organization's procurement and supplier diversity programs.
With a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Maude has over 15 years of experience working with entrepreneurs. Driven by a desire to increase diversity and inclusion at BDC, Maude is passionately involved in a number of networks and collaborates with several organizations offering underserved markets such as women-owned businesses and minorities the opportunity to grow through access to new supply chains or the expansion of existing channels.
Michelle Mascoll is Executive Director in the Strategic Policy Sector of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Acquisitions Program where she leads policy work around social, green, accessible, and Indigenous procurement.
Since 2006, Michelle has built her career in Canadian federal procurement, holding increasingly senior positions in the field. Professional achievements include key files related to construction around Parliament Hill; the Joint Support Ship Project of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, and leading people management initiatives to support procurement professionals within the Acquisitions Program. Michelle is committed to diversity and inclusion within the Federal Government, and across its supplier community.
Mike Pacholok is a Chief Procurement Officer of the City of Toronto’s Purchasing and Materials Management Division with past experience as a municipal law solicitor with an emphasis on procurement law. Under his leadership the City of Toronto implemented a Social Procurement policy in 2016 that aims to achieve inclusive economic growth by improving access to the City’s supply chain for diverse suppliers.. The 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. Michael is a dedicated champion of supplier diversity and a long serving member on WBE Canada’s Board of Directors, most recently helping to develop its Public Service Procurement Committee to help promote supply chain diversity in public service entities.across Canada. In September, Michael was elected as Vice Chair of the Board.