8:00 - 8:45 am
Registration, breakfast and networking
8:45 - 9:00 am
Welcome: Indy Sian, Telus
Opening remarks: City Councillor, Michael Thompson, Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee
9:00 - 9:45 am
Corporate panel discussion: Corporate leaders share their tips and best practices to do business with their company.
Debra Quade, Kellogg Company
Reginald Humphrey, General Motors
Charles Varvarikos, Royal Bank of Canada
Moderator: Marcia Seymour, TD Bank Group
10:00 - 11:30 am
Corporate-hosted roundtables: Connect with procurement representatives from leading corporations.
There will be three sessions of 25 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 morning!
Debra Quade is the Supplier Diversity Manager at Kellogg Company. Prior to joining Kellogg, she served as Supplier Diversity Specialist at Toyota Boshoku America in Erlanger, Kentucky and Magna Donnelly in Holland, Michigan. Debra serves on the Board of Directors for WBE Canada, and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She currently leads a MiDiCo Module for supplier inclusion and opportunity and serves on the Advisory Board for the Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council. Debra represents Kellogg Company on the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Supplier Diversity Council for the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in addition to Chairing the Certification Committee for the National Veteran Business Development Council.
Reggie Humphrey is the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at General Motors and joined the team in July 2012. He is responsible for managing GM’s supplier diversity process of inclusion, which consists of over 200 certified diverse suppliers. Reggie began his career journey in 1995 as a Production Supervisor at the Moraine Assembly Center in Moraine, OH. In 1998, he relocated to the Detroit metro area and has since worked in several operational and planning capacities in multiple organizations including; Order Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Global Purchasing, and Logistics. Reggie was recently awarded the National Advocate of the Year by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council in October 2014 and a Global Community Service Award from the Ajamu Group in January 2015.
Charles Varvarikos is an architect who specializes in the procurement of goods and services in the real estate industry. Charles graduated from McGill University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees, and obtained an MBA from Rotman School of Management Executive program at University of Toronto. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects as well as the Toronto Society of Architects. He has experience in both private practice as well as in the corporate world. Charles works in the Procurement area of RBC, and is responsible for Real Estate Procurement as well as Corporate Social Responsibility. Charles' work is increasingly focused in the area of supplier diversity, an area in which he is very passionate.
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.