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DEFY 2024

June 12 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm


DEFY Conference 2024 – Early Bird Pricing ends on Sunday, March 24!

This is your last chance to get >15% off on your tickets to the 3-day conference this June.

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DEFY Conference 2024 Call for Speakers is closed.

Be a part of something big! DEFY Conference is coming to Montreal June 11-14, 2024.

You can help shape the direction of the content at this can’t-miss first-ever Supplier Diversity joint conference representing diverse businesses, including Indigenous, Visible Minorities, Women-owned, LGBTQS2+, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities.

Bring your expertise to DEFY 2024 sessions to help identify and provide solutions to challenges in Supplier Diversity.

Please review the descriptions below and submit a proposal for presenting a session on the topics below.

AI in the Spotlight 

The world is moving towards more efficient processes in day-to-day operations – using AI has been on the rise. Organizations are embracing AI applications and leveraging various data types (structured, unstructured and semi-structured) for integrated processes across all lines of business and industries. However, implementations are not without challenges. While organizations understand the value and impact of AI; they often encounter several challenges, including costs (i.e., hardware accelerators and compute resources), lack of skilled personnel, lack of machine learning operations tools and technologies, lack of adequate volume and quality of data, and trust and governance issues.

In this track, we would like to address :

  • How do you integrate AI into the procurement process – Using Generative AI to improve processes
  • What are the best practices for leveraging AI in procurement
  • AI in procurement – Value of AI and Data

Sustainability in the Supply Chain 

Sustainability continues to be a strong mandate among corporations. The Poly crisis has indisputably impacted inflation, energy, and overall risks in supply chains.  With policies and processes in place to get to net zero and reduce carbon emissions, procurement professionals must revisit and redefine procurement decisions.  As organizations strengthen their internal processes, the expectation is that their suppliers will also implement these policies. While it sounds simple, the process is challenging.

In this track, we would like to hear from expert speakers on:

  • Forging a Path to Sustainability – Best Practices and the road map to a net zero
  • Scope 3 Emissions – Getting it done
  • Carbon Credits – Compensating for GHG

Diversity and Inclusion

The more we evolve DEIB (Diversity, Equity. Inclusion and Belonging) concepts from conversations to actual practice in the supply chain, the more we learn about the challenges we must tackle to ensure fair representation of all groups in all industries.

In this track, we would like to hear from expert speakers on:

  • Defining experience (Supplier Perspective): How can a diverse supplier communicate their collective (i.e. pro & lived) experience to overcome barriers to entry in procurement?
  • Defining experience (Buyer Perspective): What are effective/creative strategies for guiding requirements in procurement to recognize the collective experience of a diverse-owned, possibly small or young business?
  • Embracing Authenticity: Branding Workshop for 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurs designed specifically for 2SLGBTQI+ entrepreneurs seeking to develop and enhance their brand identity while staying authentic
  • Moving Economic Reconciliation beyond Token Gestures
  • Gender equality, Breaking The Bias, Women’s Economic Empowerment, The Funding Gap, and others.

Apply today, as applications close on March 8.  Help craft the future of Supplier Diversity in Canada and abroad while boosting your profile as a speaker in the community!


June 12 @ 8:00 am
June 14 @ 5:00 pm


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 René-Lévesque Blvd W,
Montreal,, Quebec H3B 2L7 Canada
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(514) 878-2000