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Joint Forum of Corporate Members & Certified Suppliers – How to Boost Your Visibility and Value as Diverse Suppliers

November 28, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you a certified Indigenous or minority supplier looking for ways to showcase your business and attract more opportunities? Or are you a corporate or government member interested in learning how to find and engage with diverse suppliers that can meet your needs? 

If so, join us for an engaging virtual joint forum hosted by CAMSC, the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, on November 28, 2023. We are gathering to discuss what allows suppliers to be front and centre and how they can generate visibility for themselves and their businesses. This is a best practice sharing session consisting of a panel discussion where both corporate members and certified suppliers have the opportunity to exchange insights on what works effectively and what doesn’t.  

This event is a great chance to network with other CAMSC members, learn from successful suppliers and buyers, and discover how to leverage the benefits of a diverse and inclusive supply chain. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your business and make an impact in your industry. 

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Meet the Panelists

Jessica Grey, Global Supplier Diversity Lead, RBC Royal Bank

As RBC’s Global Supplier Diversity Lead, Jessica works with a team of procurement and business professionals across the globe, leading the bank’s Supplier Diversity strategy on the Global Procurement team within the Chief Administrative & Strategy Office. Before joining RBC in 2006, Jessica provided her brand of expertise to organizations including Rogers, Myron Manufacturing, Clearnet PCS Inc (now Telus), Laval life, Direct Energy, and Energy America.

With over 30 years of experience, she is known for her strong relationship building skills, bold approach, and ability to effectively engage teams. Jessica is energized by connecting with suppliers and finding ways to advance opportunity for underrepresented businesses (women, BIPOC, LGBT+, people with disabilities, service-disabled and veteran-owned) by promoting an inclusive supply chain and levelling the playing field for suppliers. She firmly believes that enabling economic inclusion strengthens local economies and creates value for communities.

Jessica is also passionate about volunteering. She has participated on the Board of Directors for several community associations, including the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), has chaired a Federal Grant review committee with Tropicana Community Services, and leads athletic clinics for youth in Canada and the Caribbean.

Jessica was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and holds a Diploma in Business Administration from George Brown College, where she was also a varsity athlete in both soccer and basketball. Today, she continues her love for sports with her husband – her biggest fan – they have co-coached her son and daughter’s basketball rep teams as well, you can find her playing in various women’s baseball, soccer, and basketball leagues around the GTA.

 

Lisa Ross, Sr. Account Manager, Supplier Diversity & Service Parts, Magna

Lisa Ross is a Senior Account Manager for Supplier Diversity and Service Parts at Magna. Lisa has been responsible for Magna’s Supplier Diversity Program for more than ten years which requires developing customized strategies to accommodate the specific needs of more than 150 Magna facilities. She also manages an internal resource page that houses Magna’s diverse supplier databases, events, and best practices. In addition, she manages internal communications utilizing SharePoint and a quarterly newsletter. Lisa is an active member of 15 Supplier Diversity councils and chambers.

In addition to Supplier Diversity, Lisa is in charge of Magna’s Service Parts requirements. She works closely with the Magna divisions to ensure they meet the Ford Service, GM-CCA, and Mopar service requirements and expectations.

Outside of her job responsibilities, Lisa is Vice Chair of Magna’s Women’s eXchange (Wx) employee resource community and leads the Brand Committee. She works with a committee comprised of global Wx members to increase membership, recognize members’ accomplishments, and increase Magna’s exposure in local communities and skill growth programs with a goal to attract and retain female talent. Lisa is also involved with the Magna Services Charity Committee as the Diversity Lead, where she helps to determine Magna’s charitable contributions. Outside of work, Lisa is an advocate for various social justice causes. She is a member of Fems for Democracy, active in local government, and has worked to obtain signatures for various ballot initiatives in her free time.

 

Kayla Maduk, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Bell

Kayla Maduk is a Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Bell, Canada’s largest communications company. In this role, she works to extend the values and mission of Bell’s diversity and inclusion strategy to its supplier community.  During sourcing events, Kayla actively advocates for the inclusion of certified diverse suppliers, and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to increase the visibility and engagement of diverse suppliers at Bell.

 

 

Praveen Kumar, CEO,  2iSolutions Inc

Praveen Kumar is the CEO of 2iSolutions Inc, an IT/SAP consulting company and CBO of Algo8.ai, an Industrial AI company with a head office in Toronto and offices in India, the Netherlands, and the USA. In addition to the above businesses, Praveen is also the founding partner of an IT Health and Business Management College in Toronto and a Paper manufacturing plant in India. Praveen started his career at Siemens after doing a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from IIT in India. Praveen worked in AI applications in Power in the early years of his career. Praveen moved to Canada in 1998 and moved his career to business consulting, mainly using SAP, a leader in ERP and Business IT. After leaving a good career with a big consulting company, Praveen started his own business and, over the last 25 years, has been instrumental in starting 4 successful businesses in IT, SAP, AI and Paper Manufacturing.

Gurjot Romana, Vice President, New Malwa Express Inc.

Details

Date:
November 28, 2023
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm