8:30 - 9:00 am
Registration, breakfast and networking
9:00 - 9:10 am
Welcome and introductions: Kiruba Sankar, Director, Procurement-IT Professional Services, RBC
9:10 - 10:00 am
Panel Presentation: Finding your fit in the supply chain
The panel will provide an in depth discussion of each businesses role in the supply chain; Corporate Procurement, Tier 1 Supplier, and Tier 2 Supplier. We will further understand how these relationships work and the commitments and opportunities associated with successful partnerships.
Catherine Grosz, BMO Financial
Jen McAvoy, Cotton Candy
Kathy Cheng, Redwood Classics
Moderator: Marcia Seymour, TD Bank Group
10:00 - 10:15 am
10:15 - 11:45 am
Check out the Roundtables section for confirmed roundtable hosts and plan your morning!
Catherine has had an extensive and exciting career with BMO Financial Group. Since joining BMO Financial Group she has held a number of progressive roles in the Branch Environment, Corporate Head Office, the Chairman’s Office, Strategic Sourcing, and now in her current role as Manager of BMO Financial Group’s Supplier Diversity Program. In 1997, Catherine joined Strategic Sourcing to manage and negotiate with suppliers on behalf of BMO Financial Group – a key function given the Bank’s focus on improving their competitive position and improving their productivity. Today, Catherine’s role is to define a great customer and supplier experience as Manager of BMO Financial Group’s Supplier Diversity Program.
Jen McAvoy is the Director of Client Engagement at Cotton Candy, one of Canada's top specialty promotional marketing companies. Cotton Candy recently became a corporate member of WBE Canada and has been a corporate member of CAMSC since 2011. Over a twenty-five plus year career, Jen has amassed a wealth of practical experience in a wide variety of sales, marketing and entrepreneurial roles in both B2B and B2C fields. As part of her current position, Jen has been given the responsibility to educate her Cotton Candy colleagues on the tangible business advantages that a healthy and diverse supplier base can provide for her company's corporate clientele and, leading by example, the corporate branded merchandise industry in general.
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).
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.