2016 LGBT Supplier Diversity Forum June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016
Toronto, ON


1:00 - 1:30pm

Registration and networking

1:30 - 1:45pm

Welcome: CGLCC
Opening remarks: Al Ramsay, Regional Manager, LGBTA Business Development, TD Bank

1:45 - 2:15pm

Annual CGLCC Supplier Diversity Awards

Program Ambassador of the Year & Certified LGBT Business Enterprise

2:15 - 3:00pm

Corporate Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mary Anderson, WBE Canada
Panelists: Kiruba Sankar, Royal Bank of Canada
Shiva Manishankar, Sodexo

One of the benefits of Supplier Diversity is to support personal connections, but that doesn't eliminate the need to know the process. Suppliers gain business based on the value they bring to a corporation, and in order for a supplier to get into a corporation's supply chain, they have to be able to tell (and sell) their story of that value they bring.

This panel session will examine the procurement process at three different corporations, including supplier registration, supplier qualifications, and the contracting process. The panel will then offer tips and suggestions on how suppliers can best tell their story, including:

  • Traditional and non-traditional approaches
  • The need to have the big ask based on the big value
  • How a supplier should approach a corporation
  • Examples of suppliers that do it well and how they do it

3:00 - 3:45pm

Panel Discussion: Sharing the Benefits and Impacts of Supplier Diversity
Moderator: Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC
Panelists: Jonathan Lovitz, NGLCC VP of External Affairs and Director of NGLCCNY
Marcia Seymour, TD Bank Group
Kathy Cheng, Founder & President, Redwood Classics Apparel

Supplier Diversity has significant benefits for SMEs and corporations. It can also have a positive impact on our communities. Our panelists will share their perspective and experience on how supplier diversity has impacted their business, their corporation, and their community.

3:45 - 4:00pm

Supplier Diversity Global Program update

4:00 - 4:30pm

Team Building Exercise & Break

4:30 - 5:45pm

Facilitated Corporate Roundtables: Connect with procurement representatives from leading corporations.

There will be three sessions of 18 minutes each. Learn about procurement processes and supplier diversity programs from company representatives and have the chance to introduce yourself, your products/services and your unique value proposition.

Check out the Roundtables section for confirmed roundtable hosts and plan your afternoon!

5:45 - 8:00pm

Networking Cocktail Reception
Catering provided by Presidential Gourmet (a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise)


Keynote speaker: Caitlin Smith, Development Coordinator, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives