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CAMSC’s 16th Diversity Procurement Fair Showcases Insights to Innovation – Virtual Event Continues to Facilitate Business Growth in Aboriginal and Minority-Owned Organizations
(Toronto, July 23, 2020) – Virtual attendees who attended the annual two-day business facilitation and networking event today were given insights to innovation in an adapting world. Supplier diversity leaders from industries such as automotive, food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications participated in a wide range of online webinars.
Day one kicked off with the inaugural Export Panel that was created in response to the recent signing of the USMCA, as well as the renewed focus on Onshoring. Suppliers heard from corporations who have successfully navigated crossing borders in their business ventures. A Global Affairs representative discussed resources available to companies that strive to be export ready. Also presenting on the first day was a professional Marketing Coach who gave tips on how to successfully pitch business virtually. And a panel of industry experts discussed how the pandemic is changing the landscape of businesses.
Day 2 was content full, with three panel discussions that started with innovation in the auto industry, followed by growth opportunities in the food and pharmaceutical industries and a discussion about what the future of work will look like as we all adapt to new normal. The day ended with an intimate conversation with the Honourable Anita Indira Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. She shared her vision of the role of procurement for the country and the strategies and incentives her department has put in place to nurture diversity in the procurement process across Canada.
“Going virtual with this event is a first for us,” said Cassandra Dorrington, President, CAMSC. “We can’t thank our network of corporate and supplier members enough for supporting this Fair with their knowledge and expertise. We may be online, but we are still able to provide the content our attendees expect. And we remain focused on what we are constantly striving for: a future where supplier diversity is front and centre in all facets of business here and globally.”
CAMSC is a non-profit organization established in 2004 to advance the economic strength of Aboriginal and visible minority communities through business development and employment. CAMSC’s mission is to facilitate business relationships with Canadian corporations and supplier organizations owned by Aboriginals and minorities. Since its inception, corporate members have spent more than $5 billion with CAMSC certified Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses and the network continues to grow. Visit www.camsc.ca