Mr. Boissonnault, a former entrepreneur himself, expressed strong support for the Chamber’s efforts to advance economic opportunities for Canada’s LGBTQ2 business community, in particular through greater supplier diversity.
Mr. Boissonnault took note of the leadership role the corporate sector has played in LGBTQ2 supplier diversity, as well as the efforts engaged by the new Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) for a more inclusive federal government procurement policy. Mr. Boissonnault acknowledges that supplier diversity fosters economic and social equity. This is an issue that resonates with his mandate as special advisor, which is to promote equality and address historical and current discrimination against LGBTQ2 people.
Finally, Mr. Boissonnault also indicated a strong interest in the CGLCC’s plan to host the 5th LGBT Summit of the Americas and International Trade Conference in Toronto on June 28-30, 2017.
Following this meeting, Mr. Boissonnault and CGLCC representatives agreed to maintain on-going relations.