Our guest speaker was Al Ramsay, Regional Manager, LGBTA Business Development - GTA at TD Bank Group. Al gave a warm and inspirational talk to open the event. His expertise and work in the areas of diversity and inclusion has been instrumental in helping TD become a leader in the LGBT community.
Once again we presented awards for Program Ambassador of the Year and Certified LGBT Business Enterprise of the Year.
The LGBT Supplier Diversity Program Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Cassandra Dorrington.
As President of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Cassandra is an outstanding supplier diversity leader and an long-standing committed partner of the CGLCC. Her support and guidance was pivotal in the creation and launch of the LGBT Supplier Diversity Program in Canada. Through her extensive networks and knowledge base, she has enabled many connections, collaborated on many initiatives, supported LGBT supplier diversity development and workshops, participated in CGLCC corporate roundtables, and provided ongoing input into the growth of the CGLCC Supplier Diversity program. She has truly exemplified what it means to be an Ambassador.
The Certified LGBT Business Enterprise of the Year Award was presented to Annmarie Shrouder International.
Annemarie Shrouder was the first ever certified LGBT Business Enterprise in Canada and has continued to support the CGLCC's Supplier Diversity Program ever since. She has participated in several supplier diversity events, workshops and networking events, reaching beyond just the LGBT community. Most recently, Annemarie has worked with the CGLCC on the development of tools that will assist our corporate partners spread the supplier diversity message both internally and externally.
The event concluded with a cocktail reception and keynote from Caitlin Smith of the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives. Caitlin gave a fun and interesting talk about the archives and the 'story' of the LGBT community that it works so hard to document.
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