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Supplier Diversity Information Session – Valley Region: Discovering Opportunities for Small Businesses

July 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT

Event Overview

Supplier Diversity is growing across Canada, and it’s more than just a buzzword.

NSBI, in partnership with the Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC), is hosting a morning information session to present and discuss supplier diversity procurement and the benefits of certification in relation to exporting.

Supplier Diversity helps your business find opportunities, access supply chains, and make connections in a new way.

Join us in the Annapolis Valley at Acadia University in Wolfville, as the leadership team from Canada’s four certifying organizations for supplier diversity come together for this very special event. You’ll learn how your business can access new opportunities that are exclusively available to businesses of diversity.

What is a business of diversity*?  A business which is 51%+ owned, managed, and controlled by:

  • Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • LGBT+
  • Veterans
  • Visible Minorities
  • Women

One of the most promising opportunities for businesses of diversity is to explore new markets through supplier diversity or inclusive procurement. Supplier diversity reaches out to groups traditionally underrepresented in the supply chain of purchasing processes of major corporations or governments. It is a strategic business case that provides diverse businesses equal opportunities to become suppliers to major corporations across Canada, the US and Europe. It is also the bridge between diversity and inclusion policy and social responsibility or sustainability.

While these programs open doors for companies, they do not guarantee the business. It provides businesses of diversity with equal opportunities to pre-qualify and bid on purchased goods and services. Suppliers of diversity still must be competitive in things such as quality, price, service, delivery, etc.


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks by Laurel Broten, President & CEO, NSBI
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentations by SDAC:
Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
Darrell Schuurman, Co-Founder & CEO, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
Deidre Guy, Founder & President, Inclusive Workplace Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
Silvia Pencak, President & CEO, Women Business Enterprises Canada (WBE Canada)
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel discussion on Supplier Diversity Programming with corporate partners from BGIS, Sobey’s & RBC
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks followed by networking session with SDAC, corporate partners & NSBI
Light refreshments will be served.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Space is limited. Be sure to register early.



July 14, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT
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Acadia University
15 University Ave
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R6 Canada
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Acadia University