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

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.

Toronto - Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) welcomed 400 attendees today at the 14th Diversity Procurement Fair. Representatives from major North American corporations and Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers spent the past 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 yesterday 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. Today, 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 Procurement 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.