ABOUT CAMSC

The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) facilitates the growth of Aboriginal and minority owned businesses, by connecting them to procurement opportunities with companies and governments committed to a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Founded in 2004, CAMSC is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and prepares diverse suppliers to successfully engage and respond to corporate and government buyers. At the same time, we help large organizations develop and enhance their inclusive procurement processes, and connect them to certified suppliers.

By 2031, one in three Canadians will be Aboriginal or a visible minority, and their economic success is essential to a thriving Canadian economy 1 2. Minorities and Aboriginal Peoples are entrepreneurial, buying and starting businesses at significantly higher rates than the Canadian average. CAMSC connects buyers and suppliers, so that organizations benefit from the innovative solutions, cost savings, improved employee retention, local job creation, brand loyalty, and increased revenues that result from a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

What We Do & How We Do It

Introductions & Relationship Building

CAMSC helps connect Corporate Members and diverse Certified Suppliers through a number of exclusive opportunities, creating long lasting partnerships.

Events

We host frequent networking events (in-person and virtual), including forums and roundtables, our annual Procurement Fair, and Business Achievement Awards. See our upcoming events.

Tools and Services

CAMSC offers a wide variety of tools, such as our Diversity Business Directory: a searchable database of Certified Suppliers and Corporate Member contacts. Services include one-to-one matchmaking and customized supplier lists that prequalify suppliers for upcoming opportunities. Learn more about the benefits CAMSC offers to Corporate Members and Certified Suppliers.

Brand Exposure

Companies can also gain visibility and build brand awareness in their desired markets through channels such as event sponsorship, industry award recognition, newsletter success stories, and promotion on digital platforms. Contact us to promote your brand.

Supplier Certification

CAMSC offers national certification, giving Aboriginal and minority owned suppliers access to the leading Canadian network of organizations committed to diverse and inclusive supply chains. Our Corporate Members invest in outreach and training, and revise processes, to achieve a diverse and inclusive supply chain. They request certification to be sure that their investments in supplier inclusion are reaching the intended businesses.

Reciprocity

Through our affiliation agreement with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), CAMSC Certified Suppliers can also access the leading American network for supplier diversity.

Advisory Services for Corporate Members

CAMSC helps Corporate Members develop a business case and inclusive sourcing policies and processes, and offer support for the implementation of leading strategies to actively include diverse suppliers.

Supplier Capacity Building

Through webinars, forums, and bootcamps, we help suppliers better understand strategic sourcing processes, position the value-add of their offering, improve their bid response, and develop a variety of business skills to enhance their success securing contracts with CAMSC Corporate Members.

Media & Policy Engagement

CAMSC communicates the business, economic, and social benefits of supplier diversity, while engaging all levels of government to shape inclusive procurement policies. We highlight corporate leaders and their achievements to showcase the many advantages of inclusive supply chains.

The Benefits

Supply chain innovation & savings
More contracts awarded to
Aboriginal & minority suppliers
Business growth for Certified Suppliers
Revenue increases for Corporate Members
Job creation with more diverse candidates
Thriving local & national economies

Vision

To be the nationally recognized, respected, and trusted business partner, leading supplier diversity in all industry segments, with proven results in wealth and job creation for Aboriginal and minority suppliers.

Economic value is created through the innovation and competitiveness that diverse suppliers deliver, as connections and supply chain business opportunities increase.

Mission

To champion business relationships and the economic growth of Aboriginal and minority suppliers, through their inclusion in Canadian supply chains.

Our Team

Executive Committee

Cassandra Dorrington
(she/her)
Ex-Officio Board Member
CAMSC
President & CEO

A long-time advocate for supplier diversity, Cassandra Dorrington brings her expertise and experience working in the corporate environment, as an international consultant and an entrepreneur, to her role at CAMSC. As a co-founder of Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) and Global Supplier Diversity Alliance (GSDA), Cassandra believes in the power of the collective to drive economic inclusion across Canada and beyond.

Lloyd Switzer
(he/him)
Board Chairperson
TELUS
Chief Procurement Officer

Lloyd Switzer and his team AT TELUS are responsible for procurement and sourcing strategy, supply chain management and operations, and transforming the underlying processes and systems that support them. A seasoned telecommunications executive, Lloyd has over 30 years of experience with equipment manufacturers, service providers, and strategy consulting companies, including Nortel Networks, Deloitte, Strategos, and two technology start-ups. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, and resides in Toronto. Lloyd puts his passion for his city, region, and country into action: in addition to his work with CAMSC, he is a member of the national Board of Directors for TECHNATION, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and a co-executive sponsor for TELUS’ LGBTQ resource group in Ontario.

Nedra Dickson
(she/her)
Vice Chair - Nomination & Governance Committee
Accenture Inc.
Managing Director, Global Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

Nedra Dickson is responsible for leading Accenture’s efforts to maximize procurement opportunities for diverse businesses in 17 countries. She has grown Accenture’s mentoring program of diverse suppliers globally, and is responsible for increasing Accenture’s supplier diversity spend to over 30% in the US.
Nedra is a Board Member for several organizations in addition to CAMSC, including the Women Business Enterprise National Council, the Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council, the SE US Pan-Asian Pacific Council, the Supplier Diversity Leadership Council for The Conference Board, and the US Business Leadership SE Network.
She has been recognized as one of the Atlanta, Georgia Top 25 Women in their Female Success Factor Series, in WE magazine as one of America’s Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity, as one of the Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity, as WBENC Corporate Mentor of the Year 2017, as USAPCC- SE region Mentor of the Year 2017, and as a Top 30 Champion in Diversity 2017.
Nedra grew up in Arkansas and holds an MBA from University of Southern California, a BS from Florida State University, and BA from California State University at Northridge.

Rain Zhang
Vice Chair - Membership Committee
Willowest Enterprise Co. Ltd
Director
Edina Cavalli
(she/her)
Vice Chair - Membership Committee
TD
TD, Vice President, Enterprise Procurement Programs, Strategy and Support, Strategic Sourcing Group
Natalie Marchesan
(she/her)
Treasurer
Royal Bank of Canada
Global Head, Procurement

Natalie Marchesan joined the Royal Bank of Canada in 2018, where she leads a team responsible for strategic sourcing activities associated with all third party spend. Before joining RBC, Natalie served in the Canadian Air Force, and held a number of executive positions at TELUS.

Board Members

Azam Dawood
(he/him)
Board Member
BMO Financial Group
Head, Sourcing

Azam Dawood leads the sourcing team at BMO Financial Group, and is responsible for the procurement of goods and services globally for the bank. In addition to his work with CAMSC, Azam also sits on the Board of Directors of the Nanny Angel Network.

Mayur Soni
(he/him)
Board Member
Ciena
Procurement Leader
Michael R. Bourne
(he/him)
Board Member
IBM Canada Ltd.
Senior Manager, GBS/Caribbean Sourcing, Financial Operations, Supplier Diversity & Ombudsman

In addition to his sourcing, operational, and ombudsman responsibilities, Michael Bourne oversees IBM Canada Ltd.’s supplier diversity program, and is a member of the Board of Directors for both CAMSC and WBE Canada.

Bruno Olvera
Board Member
Stellantis
Head of North America Supplier Diversity Development
Allan Gray
Board Member
Port of Halifax
President & CEO
Myriam Gafarou
Board Member
EY
Third Party Risk Management Leader
Susan James
Board Member
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer
Andrea L. Robinson
Board Member
Robinson Global Management Inc
Founder, President & CEO
Brian Ritchie
Board Member
Kama.AI
President & CEO
Tamara Hicks
Board Member
General Motors
Assistant Director, Supplier Engagement

Staff

Christina Rodrigues
(she/her)
Chief Operating Officer

Christina Rodrigues is responsible for the overall daily operations of CAMSC and will enhance the range and scope of the organization’s growth and work with all CAMSC’s stakeholders.

Dan Nguyen
Member Experience Manager
Irina Borisova
(she/her)
Accountant

Irina Borisova prepares and maintains financial reports and ensures accuracy of all documents.

Thiago Kubota
(he/him)
Marketing & Communications Manager
Sandra Menassa
(she/her)
Member Success Agent
Arbab Qayyum
Member Success Agent
Christine Song
(she/her)
Event & Sponsorship Coordinator
Varda Rasheed
(she/her)
Executive Administrative Assistant
Sarah MacLean
Operations Assistant
Nickole Sereres
Supplier Engagement Specialist
Danai Makore
Supplier Engagement Specialist
Sahil Aujla
Events Intern
Robert Swanson
Web Developer

Partners

At CAMSC, we’re building a network of partners who collaborate with us to advocate, build capacity, and grow opportunities for Aboriginal and minority owned businesses. Together, we are committed to creating an inclusive economy.