SUMMIT DAY ONE
MONDAY JUNE 4, 2018
08:00 – 20:00 Registration
09:00 - 12:45 CGLCC AGM, CGLCC Committee, and CGLCC Council Meetings - (by invitation only)
13:00 – 13:15 Opening Remarks
- Bruce McDonald, Co-Founder & Chair, CGLCC
- Darrell Schuurman, Co-Founder & CEO
13:15 – 14:15 Plenary Session #1: Global Trends Shaping the Economic & Business Environment: What to Watch For?
Understanding economic changes at the global level is critical to the formulation of any business strategies. Brett House, Deputy Chief Economist with Scotiabank, will highlight the economic forces at play globally, as well as the political, social and technical trends that will reshape and impact Canada’s business environment.
- Brett House, Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank
14:15 - 15:30 Plenary Session #2: NAFTA, Mercosur, CETA & TPP - What They Mean for the Canadian Economy and All Canadian Businesses
One big challenge facing any business is keeping abreast of how international trade rules and economic policies can impact their domestic operations.
This panel looks at he opportunities and challenges created for Canadian businesses, and for SMEs in particular, as a result of NAFTA re-negotiations, various trade agreements, BREXIT and other events, and how each of these are reshaping priorities.
Moderator: Peter Hawkins, Managing Director, MELLOHAWK Logistics
- Sanjeev Chowdhury, Director of the Free Trade Agreement Promotion Task Force, Global Affairs Canada
- The Hon. Pierre S. Pettigrew, P.C., L.L.D, Executive Advisor, International, Deloitte Canada LLP
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:15 Special Remarks
16:15 - 17:30 Plenary Session #3: Doing Business With the US: Reassessing Priorities and Opportunities
This panel looks at the impact of the current administration’s international trade policies on Canada’s economy, as well as the challenges and opportunities of doing business with Canada’s most important trading partner, and beyond.
Moderator: Zachary Pendley, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, EY
- Sarah Wilshaw, Director General, North American Advocacy and Commercial Programs, Global Affairs Canada
- Justin Nelson, Co-Founder and CEO, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
- Kathy Cheng, Founder & President, Redwood Classics Apparel
17:30 - 20:00 Opening Reception
Mandarin Ballroom Foyer
SUMMIT DAY TWO
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
07:00 - 19:30 Registration
07:30 - 08:45 Breakfast
09:00 - 10:00 Plenary Session 4
The Role of Business in Driving Global Social Change: From Large Corporations to Young LGBTQ Entrepreneurs
The traditional world of diplomacy and foreign policy being driven by governments is changing. We are experiencing the rise of a global network of NGOs, corporations, entrepreneurs, universities, and foundations taking charge to drive greater social justice and change, including LGBT rights, in Canada and around the world. In today’s world of global citizenship, what does the future look like?
This panels looks at businesses’ role and efforts to create meaningful collaborations with communities and will examine what Canada’s businesses can do to be Agents of Change.
Moderator: Isabelle Swiderski, Founder + Creative Director, Seven25
- Gavin Armstrong, Founder & CEO, Lucky Iron Fish Enterprise
10:00 – 10:30 Plenary Session 5
Canada’s Young Entrepreneurs: Preparing for Success
CGLCC’s OUT For Business program supports young LGBTQ entrepreneurs start or grow their own business. Hear from two of our program participants on some of the challenges they face, the progress they’ve made, and the importance mentorship has on their business.
10:30 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:40 SME Stream: Session 1.1
Growing and Scaling Your Business: Leveraging Domestic Resources & Networks
It’s estimated that 15% of small businesses in Canada fail in their first year, and 49% of small businesses fail by their fifth year. So how do we change that? This panel explores a number of government and private-based resources available to all entrepreneurs looking to start and to expand their businesses domestically and/or beyond.
Moderator: Jeremy Dabor, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Sensassure
- Randal Blackwood, Vice President, Financing, BDC
- Edwin Frondozo, Regional Director, Startup Canada
- Javier Santos, Founder, The House of Purpose
11:40 – 12:20 SME Stream: Session 1.2
Driving business growth through social media
This workshop is intended for those looking to improving their knowledge, confidence and performance with social media for acquiring new customers and developing successful social media strategies.
Dan Snow, Founder, SNOW Digital & Social
11:00 – 12:20 Corporate Stream: Session 2.1
The Business Case for Supplier Diversity
Supplier Diversity is still relatively new in Canada, and many companies struggle with either implementing a program or expanding their existing program. Jamie Crump, a seasoned expert with over 25 years in strategic sourcing and supplier diversity in a variety of industries, will facilitate this interactive workshop meant to speak to some of the key pain points corporations face when implementing or expanding their program. Jamie will discuss the business initiative of Supplier Diversity and the financial business case for it, highlight the key components required for a strong supplier diversity program, and how to overcome the challenges faced.
This workshop is geared specifically for corporations looking to introduce, expand, or simply improve their supplier diversity program.
- Jamie Crump, President & CEO, The Richwell Group, LLC
12:20 -13:45 Luncheon
- Presentation of the Ambassador of the Year and the Supplier of the Year Awards.
- Debra Quade, Supplier Diversity Manager, Kellogg Company
13:45 – 14:45 Plenary Session 6
The Future World of Talent – The Impact of the Changing Workforce on Business
In Canada, and globally, we are facing a labour challenge that is severely impacting how entrepreneurs in all industries grow their businesses, and in some cases just survive.
As jobs and the required skill sets change in today's world of work, finding, recruiting and retaining the right talent with the right skill sets is becoming more important to remain competitive. According to several reports, talent acquisition and retention is one of the top 3 challenges facing companies today.
In this session, we examine the current situation, the transformations required with the new workforce makeup (driven by millennials), and the role that SMEs can play to address the challenges.
Moderator: Bill Pallett
- Ashind Thukral, Business Development Manager, A.T. Consulting & Recruiting
- Sharon Chung, Strategic Sourcing Partner, TD Bank Group
- Hanan Haddad, Director Human Resources Business Advisory, ADP
14:45 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:15 Plenary Session 7
2020 And Beyond: the Future of Supplier Diversity
The world is changing at an incredible pace. Technology, machine learning, AI are all transforming how we do business. This panel looks at how these changes are expected to impact the supply chains and procurement practices of the future, and how some sectoral industries are responding.
Moderator: Prompta Consulting Group
- Kiruba Sankar, Director-CSR, Global Procurement, RBC Royal Bank
- Bibhu Mohapatra, Vendor Manager, IT & Technology Services, TELUS
16:15 -17:30 Facilitated roundtables
This is your chance to explore direct business opportunities with major Canadian and international corporations, tier 1 companies, and governments, while also seeking out possible international trade connections.
Through a series of facilitated roundtable sessions, you will meet with other diverse suppliers and procurement specialists from several corporations and all three levels of government, including: TD Bank Group, RBC, Kellogg, BMO, City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, Government of Canada, and more.
17:30 – 17:45 Closing Remarks
- Darrell Schuurman
*Note: Program subject to change