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Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade

CANADIAN ABORIGINAL AND MINORITY SUPPLIER COUNCIL DIVERSITY PROCUREMENT FAIR

PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO – (March 19, 2010) Sandra Pupatello Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade will open the 6 th annual Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council Diversity Procurement Fair to be held on March 31st at the Metro Convention Centre.

Numerous corporations which purchase more than $50 billion of goods and services across all industries, will be in attendance:

• Abbott • Accenture • Acklands-Grainger • Alcatel-Lucent • BMO • CISCO • CIBC • Chrysler • CTDI • Coca-Cola • Dakkota  • Dell • Darden restaurants • Frito Lay  • GM  • Grand & Toy  • Hp • Flex-N-Gate  • Honda • IBM • JCI • Kellogg’s  • Kraft • Linamar • Mastercard • Magna • Martinrea • Merck •  Navistar •  OLG •  Pepsi • Pfizer • RBC •  RIM • Toyota Boshoku • Toyota Manufacturing • Union Gas • Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs • Visteon •  Wal-Mart • Xerox

The CAMSC Diversity Procurement Fair offers a forum where corporations and aboriginal and minority owned enterprises can exchange information, share insights, expand their networks, and forge new opportunities. “We are all familiar with the statistics on the demographic shift that is taking place in our major cities; indeed we can see it evident wherever we congregate” said Orrin Benn, president of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council. “If you are a minority or aboriginal business having trouble accessing corporate procurement chains and not getting through, the Diversity Procurement Fair is the perfect opportunity. What this fair is all about is giving these businesses an opportunity to access multinational corporation supply chains in one location. It’s an opportunity that would be very difficult to access otherwise.”

Attracting business executives, government representatives and Aboriginal and minority suppliers, the fair will include a series of workshops on corporate procurement with leading corporations, and a corporate-supplier tradeshow that provides countless businesses the opportunity to showcase their products and services to a key audience.

About CAMSC

CAMSC aims to boost economic development efforts and employment of Aboriginal and minorities in Canada through business development and employment.  CAMSC delivers programs to promote and facilitate procurement opportunities between major corporations in Canada and suppliers of all sizes owned and operated by Canadian Aboriginals and minorities.  For more information on CAMSC, please visit www.camsc.ca.

Media Contact:

Danielle Tomarelli
Manager, Events, Marketing & Corporate Membership
dtomarelli@camsc.ca

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