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INVESTING IN INCLUSION: An Interactive Seminar

Supplier Diversity

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Sears Atrium, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
3rd Floor, 245 Church St., Toronto, ON M5B 1Z4



Reflecting the demographics of the City of Toronto, Ryerson hosts one of Canada’s most diverse student populations. Our students have differing identities and belong to a variety of communities. Within the Ryerson Community there is a great focus on entrepreneurship and supporting the development of startup.


There is a growing expectation for companies to grow their diversity and inclusion strategies beyond the walls of the organization and into the community. Supplier diversity looks to broaden an organization's supplier options by looking at smaller businesses led by people from equity seeking groups.


Beyond just supporting small businesses within the community, the business case for supplier diversity is strong. Increased revenue, more accurate just in time sourcing, enhanced innovation, improved employee and customer satisfaction are just a few of the benefits.


Investing in inclusion explores how organizations have successfully integrated supplier diversity into their daily practice. Understanding that one major barrier businesses quote, is finding qualified suppliers, we have partnered with the Canadian, Gay, Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council(CAMSC), Women's Business Enterprises Canada (WBE) and Inclusive Workplace Supplier Council of Canada (IWSCC) to help highlight easily accessible sources for diverse small businesses.


Investing in inclusion will feature organizations that have successfully established a supplier diversity program. We will discuss how these programs have been developed, the business case and the the overall impact the business at large.


Investing in Inclusion - Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time Session

8:30 am

Registration / Light Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Welcome and Keynote Introduction

9:20 am  


9:55 am


The City of Toronto
Josefina Lopez
Social Procurement Coordinator, Purchasing & Materials Management Division


Johnson & Johnson
Nicole Hutchinson
Manager, Procurement

Kiruba Sankar
Director-CSR, Global Procurement


Sunlife Financial
Andrew Leich
Assistant Vice President, Sourcing & Procurement Services


11:00 am - 12:00 am


For more information or for questions contact Jean-Pierre Fernandes at

Register for Investing in Inclusion here.

Cost: $50 (taxes included)

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