This year, the OCC is using its convening power to address the equity gap in business with the Business Diversity Economic Expo, a business to business virtual trade show and networking event, putting a spotlight on businesses which are Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, People of Colour-owned, Women-owned, LGBTQ2+-owned, and businesses owned by People with Disabilities.  The OCC is inviting procurement officers and supply chain leaders from large private sector, public sector and academic institutions to attend and meet with business owners – and we’re excited to share that Career Edge will be exhibiting at the Business Diversity Economic Expo 2020 on October 22, October 28 and November 17!

None of us could have anticipated the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses of all sizes in every corner of the province. This impact has been even greater for Black-owned businesses, Indigenous-owned businesses, People of Colour-owned businesses, Women-owned businesses, LGBTQ2+-owned businesses, and business owned by People with Disabilities. 

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has long recognized the issue of equity in hiring practices, but equally important is ensuring that purchasing decisions do not overlook businesses owned by under-represented groups, as wealth creation is the key to long-term equality. 

The business case for supplier diversity in Canada is clear and has many benefits including more robust supply chains and increased economic development. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will be working with our partners to spotlight business diversity in the Business Diversity Economic Expo as part of the virtual 2020 Ontario Economic Series. 

 When? 

  • October 22 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm),
  • October 28 (11:30 am – 3:30pm),
  • and November 17 (10:30 am – 2:30 pm).

 Why attend?

  • Meet supply chain ready businesses owned by under-represented groups ready to do business with your organization
  • Network with industry professionals throughout the duration of the event series & meet fellow procurement officers, and supply chain leaders from large private, public sector and academic institutions
  • Opportunity to set up one-on-one videos call or text chat with vendors
  • Join video meetings with vendors, including participating in LIVE screen-share and presentation/demos in real time

Interested in attending? Click here to reserve your ticket!

To learn more, go to www.occ.ca/expo. 


About the Ontario Economic Series 

In light of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has redesigned their annual Ontario Economic Summit. For 2020, the letters in ‘OES’ will instead stand for the Ontario Economic Series, a collection of virtual forums that connect participants with some of the most influential people from across the globe. 

As it has been for nearly 20 years, OES 2020 will be the forum for visionary leaders in the public, private, education and not-for-profit sectors to shape Ontario’s future growth and role in the global economy. They will continue to value inclusivity, collaboration, and the sharing of ideas from around the world to achieve greater prosperity here in Ontario. 

Click here for more information about the Ontario Economic Series. 

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