CAMSC Newsletter – 2014 Fall Issue
To mark our ten year anniversary, we held two major events on the same day on September 24. During the day – A Prosperity Summit where we launched our Impact Report. In the evening, we celebrated at the CAMSC Business Achievement Awards.
CAMSC’s achievements over the past ten years have been nothing less than transformational as can be seen through the growth, development and success stories of Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses. Ten years ago CAMSC began as… read the full message.
CAMSC undertook research to develop our Impact Report, highlighting the shared business, economic and social value of supply chain diversity. Highlights include:
- CAMSC corporate members have spent more than $1.2 billion with CAMSC certified suppliers since 2004
- Top 3 reasons for awarding business to CAMSC certified suppliers: (1) cost competitiveness, (2) cost savings, as well as (3) enhanced product/service quality (based on more than 180 contracts awarded in 2013)
- CAMSC certified suppliers are growing faster than the average Canadian SME. This means they are an increasingly significant economic contributor, given that almost 12% of SMEs across Canada are Aboriginal or visible minority owned.
Click here to read the full report
Inclusive Prosperity Summit
Hosted by CAMSC at Fairmont Royal York Hotel, the Inclusive Prosperity Summit brought together major North American Corporations, Canadian economic development policy- makers, government procurement leaders and Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses. This conference successfully connected policy makers with corporate leaders and diverse suppliers to lay the foundation for incorporating supplier diversity in government procurement programs. Learn more.
Business Achievement Awards Gala
CAMSC celebrated its 10th anniversary with nearly 400 guests, including corporate executives, Aboriginal and Minority business owners at the Liberty Grand, Toronto. The wonderful evening began with our host, Anne-Marie Mediwake, anchor for CBC Television, followed by our keynote speaker Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors. Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer brought greetings on behalf of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. 7 awards were handed out and recognition was given to our long-time supporters who have been with us for 10 years. Click here to view press release. For more inspiring moments of the evening, you can view the photos and the video clips.
Award Winner Stories:
Supplier of the Year – New Malwa Express
New Malwa Express began with just three trucks working as owner-operators for other transportation providers. It now owns a fleet of 95+ trucks and 250 various types of trailers…
CATA Technology Innovation Award – Canadian Prairie Garden Purees
A Manitoba-based agri-business, founded by Sandy Bay First Nation member Kelly Beaulieu, its innovative steam infusion cooking technology…
Procurement Business Advocate of the Year – Edet Umoafia, ABC Group
Edet Umoafia and ABC Group are strong supporters and advocates of CAMSC. He reached out to over sixty small businesses and referred them to the CAMSC supplier diversity program…
Small Business of the Year – Manitobah Mukluks
Manitobah Mukluks, an Aboriginal–owned footwear company, whose vision is to build a vibrant global brand that makes a significant impact in Aboriginal communities…
Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity – Flex-N-Gate
Flex-N-Gate has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion of CAMSC suppliers in opportunities to support its extensive range of automotive components and assemblies…
Collaboration Award – Accenture
In addition to engaging a range of CAMSC certified suppliers in IT and Professional staffing, Accenture made a significant contribution with the launch of its Diversity Supplier Development Program…
Corporation of the Year – General Motors
GM’s commitment to diverse supplier inclusion is apparent from their direct spend of more than $210 million dollars with CAMSC certified suppliers in 2013, a 95% increase from the previous year.
CAMSC Events – Save the Date
Doing Business with United Rental –November 19th, 2014, 12pm – 1pm
Don’t miss the chance to learn about a wide range of upcoming bid opportunities with United Rentals, one of the world’s largest equipment rental providers, with hundreds of rental locations across all Canadian provinces. Join other CAMSC certified Aboriginal and minority suppliers that have already successfully secured contracts through competitive bid with United Rentals. Register Now.
CAMSC Holiday Mingle – December 3rd, 2014, Toronto, ON
As part of the continued celebration of our 10th anniversary, come join us at the CAMSC Holiday Mingle.Let’s toast to the holiday season and enjoy the good times. Don’t miss out on this fun and networking opportunity!Cost: Free RSVP: by November 23rd.
December 3th, 2014 ｜5:30-7:30 p.m.｜3rd Floor, TELUS Tower, 25 York Street, Toronto, ON
Corporate Member Forum – December 3rd, 2014, Toronto, ON
CAMSC Corporate Members are invited to join CAMSC, in advance of the Holiday Mingle, for an overview of the CAMSC Supplier Diversity Playbook. We will also preview our upcoming web-based Supplier Diversity Playbook training series that will be launched in January 2005. Network with corporate peers to share practices and lessons learned in a members-only environment.
Diversity Procurement Fair – April 14th and 15th, 2015, Toronto, ON
Each year, the Diversity Procurement Fair aims to support supply chain diversity by connecting aboriginal and minority owned business to major corporations through the delivery of ‘access to success’ and best practice workshops, strategic sourcing round tables and one on one meetings between suppliers and purchasing managers. SAVE THE DATE for this great event. Click here.
2014 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair
November 2 -5, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA
Now in its 40th year, it is the premier forum on minority supplier development in the United States. As a Global Link Partner of the NMSDC, CAMSC is demonstrating our support and commitment to leadership in supplier diversity best practice. Stop by the CAMSC booth and meet people from all over the world. For details click here.
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) 2014 Annual Winter Gala, December 5th, 2014
As one of the most popular Indo-Canadian community events in the Greater Toronto Area, it is attended by large number of guests which includes the Chamber’s esteemed members, sponsors, friends of the community, professionals, entrepreneurs, senior representative of corporations, government officials, political leaders, and opinion makers. The program features theme-based entertainment, spectacular songs, dance sequences and sumptuous culinary delights. Click here: Winter Gala 2014.
CAMSC Members – Leading Practices in Supplier Diversity
HP Finds New Heights with Global Supplier Diversity -Diversity Plus Magazine (pg 76)Read the article.
Best Practices for Inclusion – Purchasing B2B Magazine (pg 11) Read the article.
CAMSC New Corporate Members: