1:00 - 1:30pm
Registration and networking
1:30 - 1:45pm
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:
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