2016 LGBT Supplier Diversity Forum June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016
Toronto, ON


  • Al Ramsay, TD Bank Group

    Regional Manager, LGBTA Business Development - GTA

    Al Ramsay is the Regional Manager, LGBT Business Development supporting the GTA. He and his team of senior advisors are responsible for the growth of the LGBT personal, wealth and business portfolios by focusing on providing expert financial advice and delivering legendary client experience.

    Over the past 10 years, Al has held increasingly senior positions supporting TD's Diversity and Inclusion mandate from a customer, employee and community standpoint. He is considered an expert in the LGBT community and is instrumental in helping TD to become a leader in this community. Al's previous work experience includes: National Manager, Community Relations - Diversity, Senior Manager, Corporate Diversity, Senior Manager, Marketing Diversity and recently a Branch Manager.

  • Caitlin Smith, CLGA

    Development Coordinator

    Caitlin serves as the Development Coordinator at the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives. She has been a fundraiser for 13 years, most recently at the Aga Khan Museum, and has worked at Casey House, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and PEN Canada.

    Caitlin holds a BA in Communications from Concordia University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University. She has also studied Book Publishing at the Banff School of Fine Arts.

    Caitlin is a fervent bibliophile, who indulges in her lunch hour with the many duplicate books surrounding her at the Archives.

  • Cassandra Dorrington, CAMSC

    President & CEO

    Cassandra Dorrington and her CAMSC team lead the charge of championing business relationships and economic growth of the Canadian supply chain through the inclusion of Aboriginal and Minority suppliers. During her term as President, Cassandra has been instrumental in expanding the CAMSC brand across Canada, as well as internationally, resulting in significant growth in both its supplier base and corporate membership in addition to having a significant impact in the Canadian marketplace.

    A strong advocate for diversity across business and government, in 2013, Cassandra was named as one of Diversity Canada’s Influential Women in Diversity and HR. An active player in the Nova Scotia marketplace in her role as Chair for the Black Business Enterprise, Cassandra currently sits as a member for Dalhousie University Board of Governors and is a past member for the Sobey School of Business Advisory Committee, in Halifax.

  • Jonathan Lovitz, NGLCC

    VP of External Affairs and Director of NGLCCNY

    Jonathan D. Lovitz is the Vice President of External Affairs of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), as well as Director of NGLCCNY. In addition to leading supplier diversity and advocacy efforts in New York, he regularly speaks to conferences and the media about LGBT economic empowerment and the vital role business plays in creating equity for the LGBT community.

    He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, The Advocate, Out Magazine, among others, and has often spoken/fundraised for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, The Trevor Project, GLSEN, the Democratic party, and more. Jonathan previously served as Director of Communications + Operations for StartOut, a national nonprofit empowering LGBT entrepreneurs; as Media Director and lead news anchor at NetworkGlobal, a leading digital news and entertainment site; and as a respected openly gay actor and news anchor for Logo TV and other major networks.

  • Kathy Cheng, Redwood Classics Apparel

    Founder & President

    Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng's high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing.

    The recipient of CAMSC's 2015 Supplier of the year award, Kathy was also one of three Canadians inducted into The 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, a North American competition and executive leadership program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners. Kathy is a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

  • Kiruba Sankar, Royal Bank of Canada

    Director, IT Procurement

    As Director of IT Procurement at RBC, Kiruba manages the IT Consulting and Professional Services category for RBC. He is directly involved in the strategic sourcing of IT consulting and professional services engagements for software, hardware, telecom and info security related projects. Kiruba has been with RBC since 2010.

    Kiruba has over 25 years of experience in global technology business management. Kiruba started as a hardware systems engineer, and through his multi-dimensional career in technology and management, has gained strong experience and knowledge of product development, OEM/ODM manufacturing, global distribution supply chain, system implementations and service support to end customers. Kiruba has played a key role in launching various new technology products and services in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America markets. He has also developed and executed various sourcing strategies globally, working with major IT Suppliers.

  • Marcia Seymour, TD Bank Group

    Senior Manager, Procurement Corporate Responsibility

    Having worked at TD Bank Group for more than forty years in a variety of roles, Marcia brings her personal perspective on diversity and inclusion to her position as Senior Manager, Procurement Corporate Responsibility. Marcia launched and now oversees TD's North American Supplier Diversity Program.

    She is dedicated to demonstrating TD’s commitment to building an inclusive barrier free environment for customers, employees, suppliers and the communities where they live and work while contributing to the overall Supplier Diversity landscape on a global basis. Marcia also launched and now oversees TD's Responsible Procurement Program which involves the assessment of TD's Suppliers on their Human Rights, Ethical and Environmental policies and practices.

  • Mary Anderson, WBE Canada


    In her role as president of WBE Canada, Mary Anderson is the driving force behind this corporate-led national non-profit organization that opens doors to new supply chains for women business enterprises (WBEs) by offering access to the growing demand for diverse and innovative suppliers.

    Bringing with her a wealth of experience, during her career Mary has worked in corporations, non-profit organizations, academia, and has also been an entrepreneur.  Mary serves on many boards and advisory committees, including: the Supplier Diversity Advisory Council to the organizing committee for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and the Supplier Advisory Committee with Public Services and Procurement Canada.

    She has received a number of awards and recognitions including: 2015 Global Advocate Award from Astra Women’s Business Alliance. 2014 the top 10 Diversity Change Leaders by Diversity Canada magazine and June 2014, the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) at its inaugural Supplier Diversity Forum named her the Program Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her efforts in counselling CGLCC on the start-up of its supplier diversity program.

  • Shiva Manishankar, Sodexo

    Sr. Manager - Value, Supply Management

    Shiva has been with Sodexo for 10 years. Prior to Sodexo, Shiva was Chief Dietitian in India. She has her Master's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and began her journey with Sodexo in Operations and subsequently held several positions within the Supply Management and Group Purchasing.

    She is currently responsible for identifying and activating Supplier Partnership "value" for Sodexo’s key stakeholders (Clients and Operators). She also leads the Supplier D&I for Sodexo Canada and focuses on enhancing the supplier base, our commitment to being a leader in diversity and inclusion, and our social and economic obligation to the communities where Sodexo operates.

    Shiva regularly attends D&I supplier focused conferences that help us in identifying diverse supplier partners such as Women owned, Minority, Aboriginal and/or LGBT.

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