Influencing Supply Chain Diversity in Capital Projects

28apr12:00 pm1:00 pmInfluencing Supply Chain Diversity in Capital Projects

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Influencing supply chain diversity in capital projects

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion found that only 39% of Canadian organizations have a Supplier Diversity Policy.

Many Canadian businesses are equal opportunity employers that have adopted various practices to help improve diversity in their workplaces. These organizations are now expanding their internal policies to create more opportunities for diversity and inclusion in the supply chain. While most agree that there are important benefits to a diverse and equitable supply chain, the question remains – where and how do we start?

With limited precedents and fewer best practices, what steps can organizations take ensure they have a diverse supplier network and are benefitting from an equitable supply chain when delivering their next capital project?

Join industry changemakers on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 9 am PT / 10 am CT / 12 noon ET / 1 pm AT for a virtual panel discussion on bringing supply chain diversity to life on your next project using a structured procurement approach that includes four key steps:

• Informal market engagement
• Prequalification
• Tender/bid
• Post-award tracking

The session will dive into real project experiences working with Microsoft, a company that sets ambitious goals for supply chain diversity in its capital projects. The panel will address questions and challenges faced by key players in the process, including owners, project managers, design and engineering consultants, and contractors.

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Ryan Fleury
Real Estate Portfolio Manager | Microsoft
Ryan has been with Microsoft for 8 years. Initially spending the first 5 years in corporate security supporting Microsoft’s Retail Operations. Ryan made the transition to his current role as real estate portfolio manager, supporting portions of Canada and the Midwest US. He is responsible for the full building lifecycle and is accountable for the overall real estate strategy within his managed geography partnering with numerous of key internal clients to deliver meaningful office space.

Cassandra Dorrington
President & CEO | Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
Cassandra Dorrington and her 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 tenure, Cassandra has been focused on expansion of the CAMSC brand, both nationally and internationally. This has resulted in significant growth and impact in the Canadian marketplace.

Demi Grand
Manager, Interiors | Synergy Projects Ltd.
With more than 14 years of construction and project management experience, Demi is a specialist in tenant improvement and interior renovation projects. In her current role at Synergy Projects, she oversees Synergy’s full Interiors portfolio, leveraging her extensive experience budgeting, scheduling, and providing full subcontractor and supply chain management services to successfully deliver a wide range of projects for her clients.

Bonita Craig
Managing Director | Colliers Project Leaders
Bonita Craig is a versatile management consultant with 15 years’ experience. She has a technical background as a mechanical engineer and is adept in empowering organizational change. She specializes in guiding clients toward informed decision making on multi-million-dollar capital developments, specifically on how to integrate climate resilience and adaption into investment planning.

Nichole Kennard
Senior Project Manager | Colliers Project Leaders
Nichole Kennard is a Senior Project Manager with Colliers Project leaders. She specializes in stakeholder engagement focused on consensus building and leadership through clear communication. As a strategic planner, she recognizes the necessity of building partnerships that emphasize collaboration and encourage accountability. Nichole has been a Director on the Board of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and has been a participant in the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program at Mount Royal University.


April 28, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT-04:00)


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